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Indian Country honors the past and future

We're taking a look at early childhood education, learning about sacred sites, plus we meet an extraordinary musician and honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

Anishinaabe citizen Charlie LeDuff was a reporter at the New York times in the spring of 2001, he had just won his first Pulitzer prize. LeDuff was covering the union and labor groups in the fall of 2001. When the terrorist attack shocked the world and the country for the next year, he reported from ground zero. He joins us to reflect on that day.

Early childhood education is essential for the development of youth to be successful in school and beyond. Native American educators are indigenizing the curriculum at the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Janice LaFloe is its founder. She’s a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. 

Patty Talahongva caught up with White Mountain Apache Musician Laura Ortman in France, where she was on the last day of her Jerome Camargo Residency. She’s a classically-trained violinist, but her music is far from traditional. 

Indigenous people have made the desert their home for thousands of years but not all are controlled by tribal nations. Sacred sites like the Sleeping Giants are controlled by the Bureau of Land Management. Xolon Salinan citizen Deb Krol wrote about the Blythe Intaglio. She's an Indigenous affairs reporter for the Arizona Republic.

Plus Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores gives us a tour of the Intaglio in the video produced by the Arizona Republic.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • California is gearing up for its recall election taking place next Tuesday. 
  • Clean up and recovery from Hurricane Ida will take months for the 15 tribes in the direct path of the hurricane. 
  • Manager of the Cherokee Language Program, Roy Boney, Jr. is Northeastern State University’s 2022 Sequoyah fellow.
  • Congratulations go out to the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team as it sweeps the competition. 
  • Haliwa-Saponi citizen Brooke Simpson is taking her talents to “America’s Got Talent.”

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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 Nebrathka and Mnisota.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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