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Healing with horses and voices

A Lakota rancher made the healing power of horses his life’s work. Plus some legal decisions are impacting tribes, and, meet a Congress members with a big voice.

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The Hunkpapa leader Sitting Bull was a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885. The horse he rode was trained to dance at the sound of gunshot. In 1890, Sitting Bull was killed outside his cabin by Indian Agents. Legend has it that the horse danced and fell to the ground when Sitting Bull was assassinated. That horse was a gift from Buffalo Bill Cody, but the legacy of Sitting Bull’s horses lives on today. Jon Eagle Sr. has made it his life’s work to bring healing through horses. “Becoming one with the spirit of the Horse” is the business Jon and his family started for breeding and equine therapy.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court held that a tribal police officer can detain temporarily and search non-Indian persons on highways running through their lands for potential law violations. Attorney Trent Shores joins us to break this down. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation, he served 18 years in the Department of Justice, and chaired the Native American Issues Subcommittee to the Attorney General’s Advisory Council. He recently left the Northern District of Oklahoma as U.S. Attorney.

She comes from the People of the big voice, so perhaps it’s fitting that Sharice Davids grew up to become one of the first Native women to be elected to Congress. As a child she loved to talk and that’s what also helped her win over the voters. She’s chosen to tell her story in a children’s book, “Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes A Congresswoman” And in her words, You deserve to be seen and heard.

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Native art is coming to a miniature golf course in Minneapolis.

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