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Honoring Indigenous heritage

Coming up, a historic agreement between the Yurok Tribe and California. Plus, Tesla is partnering with a tribal nation, for a second time. And, an Indigenous take on William Shakespeare
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A slice of our Indigenous world:​

Jim Gray was the youngest ​Chief to be elected to lead the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. Today he runs Gray Consulting and helps other tribes with a number of issues, such as updating their tribal constitutions. He says it all starts with tribal sovereignty.

In September, the Yurok Tribe signed an agreement with the state of California to make it easier to harvest traditional products. Rosie Clayburn, the Tribes’ Heritage Preservation Officer tells us what this means to her people. 

In Rapid City, South Dakota, Natives make up just a fraction of the city’s population but more than half the jail population. A circle of elders is playing a direct role in trying to change that. Stewart Huntington has more.

Tesla is partnering with the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico. The electric car company announced in October that it will open a plant there. Gov. Joey Sanchez explains what this partnership means to his people.

Perhaps the audience in England was surprised to see a Mohegan woman going to Europe to study Shakespeare and to write plays from an Indigenous perspective. Patty Talahongva sat down with Madeline Sayet to talk about her journey and her play, "Where We Belong."

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