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Indian Country's long and ongoing struggle

On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today, we're tackling stereotypes.

Tim Giago is the founder of our news organization: Indian Country Today. It began as the Lakota Times in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. We’ll hear how his journalism made a path against injustice.

In the late 80s, Charlene Teters was a graduate student at the University of Illinois when she came face to face with the harmful effects of Native mascots. Teters joins us to talk about the Cleveland team announcing its name change.

On most Indian reservations across the country, you’ll meet rez dogs. Sometimes roaming free, sometimes the pride of the tribe and their owners. Lori Edmo has this report.

In Las Vegas, editor Mark Trahant had a chance to profile a business that’s busting stereotypes. Their motto is Native owned and organically grown. 

Native Tribes in Alaska also face a certain amount of stereotypes. But here’s a story that goes beyond that. And some might say, beyond belief! But the Alaska Native games serve a purpose and have been adapted for centuries. Drea Yazzie reports.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined Natives on the National Mall to welcome a totem pole made by master carvers from the Lummi Nation
  • Tribes in Nevada are opposing a planned mine there. 
  • And in Canada, The head of a mining company is defending comments saying Maine is a good place to do business because of tribes' lack of rights. 
  • The Crow Indian Tribe in Montana filed a civil complaint against the Bureau of Indian Affairs alleging excessive use of force by an officer. 
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is now making its way to the Uru Chipaya people who live in some of Bolivia's most rural areas. 
  • The first Hmong American to make the Olympic team is also celebrating her first Olympic gold medal.

Find more details on these stories at the top of today's show.

Thank you for watching!

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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. On Instagram: @CarinaNicole7 Carina is based in Phoenix and New York.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer at Indian Country Today. Have a great story you've just got to share, email him at

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