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The healing ways of Indian Country

On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today we're looking at the many ways Indigenous people heal themselves

Graffiti is sometimes an eye sore throughout Indian Country, but in Eagle Butte, the youth are encouraged to spray. They are taught by some of the country's greatest Native artists at RED CAN. The annual event for the Cheyenne River Youth Project is just one of the many programs happening in South Dakota. Julie Garreau, a founder and its executive director, joins us. She is Mnicoujou Lakota. 

On Jan. 7, we invited Walter Lamar to talk about the Capitol insurrection that happened as lawmakers fled to safety. He’s an expert on security and a member of the Blackfeet Tribe. He's back this week to analyze the testimony at the House committee hearings on the insurrection.

An Athabascan woman was named the inaugural Dr. Susan and Susette LaFlesche Professorship in Public Health in Nebraska. Dr. Siobhan Wescott tells us about the La Flesche sisters of the Omaha Tribe.

Laughter is the best medicine, and after a summer filled with promos and previews, "Reservation Dogs" is finally out on Hulu. The story centers on teens living in Oklahoma, who want nothing more than to get out of town for the glamour of Los Angeles. But it’s how they go about it that gives us a glimpse of reservation life. Taika Waititi, Māori, and Sterlin Harjo, Seminole and Muscogee, are the producers of the series that features Native actors, Native writers, and Native directors. Last week, the stars were in L.A. to premier Reservation Dogs and ICT's Max Montour was there to catch all of the action.

(Related: #NativeNerd review: ‘Reservation Dogs’)

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California and the Point Reyes National Seashore are announcing a first of its kind partnership.
  • South Dakota’s Department of Education is removing Indigenous topics from social studies standards that are being drafted. 
  • The Canadian government is committing 321 million dollars for programs to help Indigenous communities search burial sites. 
  • A Native studies program in Canada is cashing in a big donation spurred by a prominent Indigenous ally.

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.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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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