30-year regalia fight continues

More on the fight to wear Native regalia at high school graduations, plus how First Nations issues fit into Canada's national election

In 1992, Oglala citizen Sophia Marjanovic's request to wear anything other than a cap and gown at her high school graduation was considered controversial and because of the attention, she was targeted by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. She joins us today to talk about a problem that hasn’t gone away in the three decades since her fight began.

Next week Canada will hold what’s called a “snap election,” and candidates are working hard to get the Indigenous vote. There are several historic firsts happening in this race. Indigenous organizations are endorsing candidates for the first time, and more Indigenous candidates are running for office. Here to explain more about the election is citizen of the Métis Nation and former editor-in-chief of Indian Country Today Miles Morrisseau.

It’s been in the making for decades and now finally the First Americans Museum is opening in Oklahoma City. This massive museum undertaking includes representation from all 39 tribes in the great state of Oklahoma, Kaitlin Onawa Boysel reports.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Alaska’s largest hospital is entering a crisis standard of care. 
  • Indigenous people in South Dakota are demanding their history be taught in schools there. 
  • The Cherokee Nation is making history. 
  • It’s pageant season, which means another new titleholder.

Find more details on these headlines 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.

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Oklahoma. 

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