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'We own our own stories'

We'll meet an award-winning Kiowa filmmaker who talks about his independent film work. Plus more on the remaining six billion dollars in the American Rescue Plan Act.

It was the Dream Team, in a way. A Kiowa filmmaker makes a movie about a Kiowa author, with a mostly Kiowa film crew. And it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Jeffery Palmer's film, "Words From A Bear" documents the life of N. Scott Momaday, and was part of the PBS American Masters series. Palmer joins the show to talk about one of his films that is going viral on social media.

John Tahsuda III is a regular contributor to Indian Country Today. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. Prior to that he worked with Navigators Global, which is a company that provides political services to several industries including tribes.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is formally apologizing to Pacific Islanders for the infamous mid-1970s Dawn Raids. 
  • Votes are still being counted in Seattle’s primary race for mayor, and the two Indigenous candidates are trailing for now. 
  • A Los Angeles city council member is working to help light up the Navajo Nation. 
  • A Mississippi riverfront project in Minneapolis is in the planning stages and organizers say it will share the history of the four Dakota tribes in the state. 
  • The Indigenous Place Names project is celebrating Dena'ina artistry at a park in Anchorage, Alaska.

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.

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

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