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Sharing our roots

Coming up a Native classical guitarist, and a marathon runner share their story. Plus, more on the history and what we know about bison dying from a mysterious disease
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In South Dakota, Mycoplasma bovis, a mysterious disease, is taking a toll on bison. It is common in cattle, but rarely deadly. Many want to learn more. The New York Times visited Fred DuBray’s bison herd, saying this disease has no cure. DuBray tells us when he first noticed something was wrong.

Red Lake Ojibwe citizen Brendan Strong was just looking for a way to walk off a late-night, unhealthy meal when he began his long distance running. So far, Brendan has logged over 91 miles in three half marathons and two full marathons.

In Shawnee, Oklahoma, the Potawatomi Nation is remembering its 155th Anniversary of moving to Indian Territory. The treaty of 1867 was the final push for Indigenous families to move from Kansas to Oklahoma. It promised more than 575,000 acres of land. Kelli Mosteller has served as the director for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center since 2010. 

An app is aiming to reach a new generation of Chickasaw language speakers. ICT’s Patty Talahongva reports. 

Cora McGuire-Cyrette is the leader of the Ontario Native Women’s Association. She reflects on its charge.

Best Instrumental CD, Best World Music, and Artist of the Year are some of the awards Gabriel Ayala has earned from the Native American Music Awards over his career. He combines traditional native values with classical music. 


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