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Indian Country's dreams and aspirations

On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today we're showcasing an Olympic legend, an attorney storyteller and a Kiowa filmmaker.

It’s been called one of the greatest moments in Olympic history. The year was 1964. The place was Tokyo, Japan, and the runner was Billy Mills. He was not even considered a medalist for the 10,000 meter race… but he surged in the last lap to capture the gold. Nearly 60 years later, he remains the only American to win gold in this race. We caught up with him to relive that winning moment.

Mary Kathryn Nagle is a partner at Pipestem and Nagle Law. She represents the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and works on issues facing women. Today Mary Kathryn joins the show to talk about theater, another one of her passions. 

It was the "dream team" in a way. A Kiowa filmmaker makes a movie about a Kiowa author — with a mostly Kiowa film crew. And it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. "Words From A Bear" documents the life of N. Scott Momaday, and was part of the PBS American Masters series. He joins us to talk about the power of the media. A short film he posted recently on facebook has gone viral.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • A bipartisan amendment for urban Indian health, which is part of the large Infrastructure bill, passes the Senate. 
  • A tribe in Washington is filing a lawsuit against the U.S. government. 
  • Ballots are still being counted in Seattle’s race for mayor. 
  • In other news from Seattle… the city gets 20 percent of its electricity from three dams built more than 100 miles north of the city limits. 
  • It’s almost time for the premiere of one of Indian Country’s most talked about comedy series. 
  • An Ojibwe woman from Fond du Lac won the women’s division of the 2021 Colorado Trail Race

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.