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'This ought to be a country that keeps its word'

Coming up, the McGirt decision is back in court, and a look at Colorado’s dark history. Plus, we're filled to the brim with Indigenous sports and arts
Pictured: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. spoke with President Biden during a White House virtual meeting August 11 on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Cherokee Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will reconsider a part of the landmark case McGirt vs Oklahoma this spring. Cherokee Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. tells us what this means for Oklahoma tribes.

Richard Williams, the president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, is planning to retire.

Richard Williams, Cheyenne

When Rick Williams was researching his family’s Cheyenne roots, he discovered an 1860's proclamation that called for Coloradans to kill hostile Indians and take their property.

Dr. Arne Vainio, a family-practice physician at the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe’s Min-No-Aya-Win Human Services Clinic, came through a challenging early life to become a physician and celebrated contributor to his communities. He was recently named Physician of the Year and recently in 2016 won a Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero award. Ojibwe Doctor, Mad Scientist, Arne Vainio, Physician of the Year, Association of American Indian Physicians, American Indian Physicians, Unsung Hero, Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Suicide, Addiction, Higher Education, Native American Education, American Indian Education, University of Minnesota Duluth, American Indian Students, Native American Students, University of Wisconsin Superior, Indian Health, Native American Health and Wellness, Seattle Indian Health Board, Puget Sound, Seattle, Walking Into the Unknown, We Are Healers, Breast Cancer, Ojibwe language immersion, Language Immersion, Real Men Wear Pink, American Indian Cancer Foundation, Jim Northrup

Dr. Arne Vainio, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

A sense of loss is nothing new to Indigenous people. But how do we cope with this grief? Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe citizen Dr. Arne Vainio talks about one of his patients whose heart was still broken years after the death of her child.

Pawnee and Euchee Citizen talks with Patty Talahongva on 06-01-21 about Indigenous Surfers

Brent Cahwee, Pawnee and Euchee

There’s plenty of athletes that Pawnee and Euchee citizen Brent Cahwee is following on the website he co-founded NDNSPORTS.COM. Today we're talking basketball and football with our favorite sports analyst.

Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, is a former forward for the San Jose Earthquakes. (Photo courtesy of Wondolowski)

Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa

After 17 years, Kiowa citizen Chris Wondolowski retired, but he’s now in the front office of his former team, the San Jose Earthquakes. He joins the show to talk about his incredible career.

Tsanavi Spoonhunter, Northern Arapaho

Tsanavi Spoonhunter, Northern Arapaho

A new film called "Purple Flower Girl" features the artwork and life of Jean LaMarr. It’s directed by Northern Arapaho citizen Tsanavi Spoonhunter, a former ICT Fellow. She joins us to talk about the film.

  • Last weekend some 400 Karankawa Kadla and their supporters organized protests across Texas. 
  • As some residents celebrated Australia's national day on Wednesday, others held protests across the country. 
  • In Paraguay, the Indigenous Maká female football team is breaking barriers. 
  • $180M is the price tag for the expansion at the rebranded “Gila River Resorts & Casinos.” ICT Correspondent Carina Dominguez has all the sights and sounds. 

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