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Her vision for Native education

Santa Fe Indian School’s first female superintendent joins the show to talk about her vision for the school going forward. Plus, Meghan Sullivan breaks down the recent Supreme Court decision involving Alaska Native corporations

The Santa Fe Indian School was first established in 1890 as a federal Indian boarding school and was initially tasked with assimilating Native children. SFIS is now a fully tribally controlled school and its mission encourages its 700 students to participate in culture and pursue an education at the same time. We’re joined today by the school’s new superintendent, Christie Abeyta, who happens to be the first ever female to hold the position. 

The Supreme Court ruled that Alaska Native corporations were eligible for pandemic relief funding found in the CARES act. The ruling was the culmination of a year-long battle that divided Indian Country and called into question long-standing legal precedents. Joining us is ICT reporter Meghan Sullivan.

(Related: Alaska Native corporations win COVID-19 aid case)

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Another First Nation in British Columbia is reporting the discovery of unmarked graves near the site of a former residential school.
  • Indigenous climate advocates are bringing their message to the entrances of the White House. 
  • A sex trafficking sting in Northern Minnesota caught 2 more workers from Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline.
  • A unique Indigenous program is selecting 21 women for its Inter-generational Indigenous Women's Leadership Fellowship.
  • A newly renovated entertainment center is opening tomorrow at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in California. 

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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at

Meghan Fate Sullivan, Koyukon Athabascan, is a former Stanford Rebele Fellow turned freelance journalist for Indian Country Today. She grew up in Alaska, and is currently reporting on her home state from our Anchorage Bureau. Follow her on Twitter: @mfatesully

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