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Indian Country races into the weekend

This week, we have artists in studios and on the race track. Plus an update on wildfires and climate change

The western United States still faces deadly wild fires. KLCC reporter Brian Bull joins us this week with an update. He’s a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho. The fires have had a huge effect on air quality.

Native stories are front and center in two television comedy shows. Jana Schmieding, Sicangu Lakota, has a hand as both a main character and writer for "Rutherford Falls" — and a nurse in "Reservation Dogs." She tells us what it means to be involved in these shows.

Women make up half of the college educated workforce, but only 28 percent go into science and engineering. But things are looking up for girls. Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, lifts off for this report.

The Santa Fe Indian Market returned last weekend. It attracts the nation’s best visual artists and buyers from all over the world. Jennifer Loren from “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” was there and tells us about it. 

Imagine a relay that passes a rider, instead of a baton. Indian Relay started with Plateau Tribes in the west, but is quickly making its way east. Shirley Sneve has this report.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of July 6th, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest vaccination rate in the country. 
  • Rallies across British Columbia, Canada are calling out old-growth logging in the southern part of Vancouver Island. 
  • Indigenous Brazilians are marching in the streets ahead of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on land rights. 
  • The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games are underway.

Find more details on these headlines 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.

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in California. 

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer at Indian Country Today. Have a great story you've just got to share, pitch it to vmoniz@indiancountrytoday.com.

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