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Peterson Zah's life full of achievement

One of the Navajo Nation's prolific presidents visits the show. Plus, the latest on Indigenous athletes playing on major stages

Navajo leader Peterson Zah received a lifetime achievement award earlier this month from the Grand Canyon Trust. From 1982 to 1987, he served as the chairman of the Navajo Nation, then became its first president in 1990. Zah sat down with Navajo freelancer Jaynie Parrish at his home in Window Rock, Arizona to talk about his long and storied career.

The winter Olympics are just about to start but there’s plenty of other athletes that Pawnee and Euchee citizen Brent Cahwee is following. Cahwee, our go to Indigenous sports analyst, co-founded the website NDNSPORTS.COM. He joins the show with more on the Native athletes he's keeping an eye on.

  • Around the country, tribal leaders are being invited to participate in an engagement session with high level federal officials. 
  • On Wednesday, the Smithsonian named Cynthia Chavez Lamar as the new director of the National Museum of the American Indian— making her the first Native woman to lead in this position.
  • Little has changed two years after a damaging report showing how state troopers in Washington treat Native Americans. 
  • A New Mexico school employee is going to federal prison for stealing Apple products intended for Native children. 
  • In Canada, an exhibition of Buffy Sainte-Marie's digital art is showing a different side of the iconic musician.

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


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