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Culturally relevant financial education

We speak with money experts to get advice for your family. Plus, more on health care as a treaty right for Native Americans.

Joining us today are Christy Finsel, Osage, and Felecia Freeman, Potawatomi, from the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition. It’s a national nonprofit organization dedicated to working with tribes to help create opportunities for economic self-sufficiency for tribal citizens. 

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When the U.S. government signs treaties with other nations, it is expected to uphold the terms of those treaties. In 1868, the second Treaty of Fort Laramie was signed between the U.S. and several tribal nations in the great plains — and it specified health care. However the government did not fulfill that treaty obligation. Mary Annette Pember, Red Cliff Ojibwe, joins us now to talk about the case that brought it to court. 

(Related: Federal court affirms health care as treaty right)

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making more than $171 million available for Native communities. 
  • Native American leaders in South Dakota are keeping a close eye on redistricting. 
  • A new Colorado law granting Native Americans in-state college tuition is already attracting students. 
  • A recent Arizona law is protecting Native American students who want to wear traditional regalia during their graduation ceremonies. 
  • The Ute Mountain Ute’s charter school in Colorado is officially on its way to shaping the futures of young tribal citizens. 
  • The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that healthcare is a treaty right guaranteed to tribal nations who signed the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie.

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

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Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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