It’s official, the Washington NFL football team is now known as the Commanders. The change comes after a half century of work by Native rights advocates who urged team owners to abandon its former derogatory name. Red Lake Band of Ojibwe citizen and political commentator Holly Cook Macarro reflects on this decision. She is a partner with Spirit Rock Consulting.
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, the Walker River Paiute in Nevada will be cheering on the Los Angeles Rams, and watching tribal citizen Austin Corbett play in the big game. Chairman Amber Torres joins the show to share her elation for Corbett.
Stanford University’s law school had never had a Native faculty member. That is until Nambe Pueblo citizen Elizabeth Reese was hired as an assistant professor of law. She tells us more about her journey.
Cynthia Chavez Lamar is the incoming leader for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The San Felipe Pueblo citizen talks about how her childhood impacts her life today.
There is new leadership at Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand Eighth Generation which is owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe. Colleen EchoHawk has served as the executive director of the Chief Seattle Club and she was a mayoral candidate for the city last year and is ready to talk about the future of the brand.
The Grammy nominated drum group Northern Cree from Canada was recently featured on NPR's Tiny Desk meets globalFEST. The group was formed 40 years ago by the Wood Brothers from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. We'll hear their performance of “The Dream” by Leroy Whitstone.
- The National Congress of American Indians Executive Committee held a special election to fill its Recording Secretary position.
- A Senate hearing is focusing on what Indigenous people have been saying for a long time.
- This year’s National Tribal Public Health Summit will be all virtual.
- February's National Wear Red Day is a time to support Indigenous women's heart health.
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