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The roots of Indian Country's evolution

On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today, a retiring Morongo chairman reflects on 18 years of leadership. Plus, an Ojibwe woman finds healing through basket making. *Corrected

Robert Martin was elected chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in 1983. He served 18 years as chairman and another 11 years on council. Over the last four decades, Martin helped lift Morongo from generations of crushing poverty into the economic and cultural powerhouse it is today.

ICT national correspondent Mary Annette Pember sometimes finds unexpected stories along the trail. Stories that emerge in these situations take on lives of their own and are far richer and more interesting than anything they could have expected. This is one of those times. She reports on a nuanced, emotional story about how traditional Native crafts and life ways can enrich and offer healing to those who do this work. 

Generations of Native American children were removed from their homes during the Indian Boarding School era, creating a break in culture and identity. Today, those survivors and their descendants are still healing from this traumatic period in American history. The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition was formed to address this historical trauma. Christine McCleave is the chief executive officer.

ICT's Shirley Sneve took a road trip to the Black Hills last weekend to see friends and family and take in some art. She has this report from Native POP. The outdoor event features original fine art by approximately 50 established and emerging Great Plains Native visual artists and performing artists. There are also demonstrations by tribal citizens of traditional and contemporary arts such as regalia making, storytelling, and flute making. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Good news for many Native families with the announcement of the expanded Child Tax Credit
  • A citizen of the Osage Nation is taking command of the United States Naval Test Pilot School. 
  • Californian Assemblymember James Ramos is working with tribal leaders to pass a bill replacing the sculpture of Junipero Serra.
  • The Muscogee Nation will host its first in person event in two years this weekend. 
  • Indigenous people across North America are working to change the way we use, understand, and create maps of outdoor spaces. 
  • A new study suggests satellite data is helping Indigenous Peruvians save the rainforest.

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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.

Mary Annette Pember, Red Cliff Ojibwe tribe, is a national correspondent for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @mapember. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio

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This story has been corrected to read "The roots of Indian Country's evolution."