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The many stories of Indian Country

We’ll hear from one of the primary plaintiffs in the Keeps Eagle lawsuit. Plus, we take a look at the early days of Indian Gaming

Our Las Vegas coverage continues!

Today we're talking about Native American agriculture with Sherry Salway Black and Porter Holden. Sherry has worked for more than 40 years in American Indian issues at the American Indian Policy Review Commission; Indian Health Service, First Nations Development Institute, and with the National Congress of American Indians.

Porter was a lead plaintiff in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack case. That 12 year litigation closed out a landmark racial discrimination case against the federal government. It required the USDA to pay $680 million in damages to thousands of Native American growers.

There are so many stories to tell from the National Indian Gaming Association trade show. One is that for the first time a lot of vendors are coming out of the pandemic to be with a big crowd. There are some 6,000 people in attendance. We're talking with Ann Yazzie who has one of the extraordinary booths at the trade show. Ann tells us what it's been like and how she's faring.

And we're also sitting down with John Tahsuda III, a regular contributor to Indian Country Today. John has worked as a staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs committee, and he's a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The Texas Senate is trying to pass a bill to remove required public school lessons on Native American history. 
  • 80 Percent Studios is announcing the release “Chickaloonies,” an all-ages, fantasy adventure. 
  • Our editor Mark Trahant receives a National Indian Gaming Association Lifetime Achievement Award for his 4 decades of journalism.
  • And while we are not supposed to be the news, Carina Dominguez introduces you to our show's new anchor. 

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.

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

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at 

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