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Retired after 39 years

Former Morongo Chairman Robert Martin has retired after 39 years. Plus ICT's Dalton Walker joins us to talk basketball and powwows.

Elected to his first term as chairman in 1983, Robert Martin served 18 years as chairman and another 11 years on the Morongo Tribal Council over the last four decades.

During his time in tribal leadership, Martin helped lift Morongo from generations of crushing poverty and neglect into the economic and cultural powerhouse it is today.

(Related: Paradigm shift: Tribe is now an owner of the power grid)

Dalton Walker, Red Lake Anishinaabe, is the deputy managing editor of Indian Country Today. Walker joins us to talk NBA Finals, the Native American Basketball Invitational and female powwow emcees. 

A slice of our Indigenous World  

  • An historic election in Canada as RoseAnne Archibald is chosen to lead the Assembly of First Nations.

  • A pair of new maps are highlighting Indigenous languages spoken in California’s Los Angeles county.

  • Liza Black, who is Cherokee, is being blocked by Warner Brothers from publishing several of its historical photos in her new book.

  • Rutherford Falls is being renewed for a second season.

  • Tommy Orange is working on a sequel to his award winning novel 'There There.’ 

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Her powwow voice

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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.

Dalton Walker, Red Lake Anishinaabe, is a national correspondent at Indian Country Today. Follow him on Twitter: @daltonwalker. Walker is based in Phoenix and enjoys Arizona winters.

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