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A conversation on cannabis

We’re talking with the publisher of a magazine that highlights hemp production and medical marijuana. Plus, we’ll hear about a new program the International Women’s Media Foundation is creating

Mary Jane Oatman launched a magazine last year called, Tribal Hemp and Cannabis. She serves as the executive director of the Indigenous Cannabis Coalition, a nonprofit based in Kamiah, Idaho. The magazine is published quarterly by Mary Jane and her mother, Judy Oatman, to highlight Natives that invest in industrial hemp and marijuana.

For 16 years listeners heard Tara Gatewood hosting hundreds of programs on the radio show, Native America Calling. She’s talked to guests about everything from higher education, to music, national legislation and land defenders. However, Friday will be her last day on the air as she takes on a new role. She’s joining the International Women’s Media Foundation and will lead a program focusing on news coverage on the high rates of violence against Native women and girls in the U.S. 

A slice of our Indigenous World

  • The Hopi Tribe is extending its emergency declaration and natural disaster order until this weekend. To help, visit
  • Rising COVID infection rates are being linked to the Delta variant and tribes are seeing cases among those who are unvaccinated. 
  • Museums are slowly reopening after being shut down during the pandemic, Carina Dominguez has more. 
  • A new Australian fish farming course is helping Indigenous students pursue careers in aquaculture.

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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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Carina Dominguez, Pascua Yaqui, is a correspondent for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @CarinaNicole7 Carina is based in Phoenix and New York.

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