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Investigating the Indian Boarding School era

We’ll hear the latest on Stonechild Chiefstick's family who is filing a federal lawsuit to seek justice. Plus, find out how Indian Country is preparing for an investigation into the US boarding school policy

After generations of Native American children removed from their homes during the Indian Boarding School era, there was a break in culture and identity. Today, those survivors and their descendants are still healing from this traumatic period in American Indian history. In 2012, the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition was formed to address this historical trauma. Christine McCleave is the chief executive officer for the organization, which is based in Minneapolis.

Richard Walker is a freelance journalist for Indian Country Today. He joins us to talk about his latest reporting about an Indigenous man killed by police in 2019 in Poulsbo, Washington, near the Suquamish Reservation. The family is now suing the city in federal court.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • A long time advocate for Inuit culture and rights, Mary Simon is being named Canada’s 1st Indigenous governor general. 
  • Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer is the first woman and first person who identifies as LGBTQ2S to be elected grand chief. 
  • Minnesota is forming the nation's first state office on missing and murdered Indigenous people. 
  • The clock is ticking for 25 Colorado schools to remove their American Indian mascots. 
  • The U.S. State Department is naming Jared Tate a Cultural Ambassador.

Find more details on these stories at the top of today's show.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix.

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