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Indian Country's warriors for change

On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today we're highlighting change makers, plus a special feature remembering Independence day.

State Sen. Tom Brewer is the first and only Native American in the Nebraska Legislature. He served in Afghanistan and is a strong advocate for rural and Native American issues. He worked with other advocates like Frank LaMere to close liquor stores in White Clay, Nebraska, a town close to the border of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

The Bush Fellowship provides up to $100,000 to individuals to pursue education and learning experiences. One of the recipients is Kimimila Locke, who is opening a high school on Standing Rock. She’ll be working to create safe spaces that reconnect Indigenous youth to the land and culture.

Minnesota is on Dakota land. The confluence of waterways there made a perfect hub for commerce and ceremony. In 1766, an English explorer stumbled upon an important Dakota sacred site. He named it Carver’s Cave, but its original name, Wakan Tipi, has been reclaimed. It’s part of a larger inner city effort to clean up toxic land. Maggie Lorenz leads those efforts at the Lower Phalen Creek Project. 

The 18th annual Native American Basketball Invitational and youth summit sees representatives from over 150 tribal nations who play 436 games of basketball. Brent Cahwee, co-founder of, will be a commentator for NABI.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Indian Country Today is turning the big 4-0 today!
  • Puyallup tribal citizens return to their ancestral lands in Washington state to harvest cedar bark for the first time in years.
  • Lawsuits are being filed against the USDA over funds earmarked for disadvantaged farmers, including Indigenous growers, Carina Dominguez reports. 
  • The next phase of the Restoration Act for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation is starting.

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.

Shirley Sneve, Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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. Twitter: @Carinad7, IG: @CarinaNicole7 She is based in Phoenix and New York.

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