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Oklahoma's First Americans Museum opens

More on the impact the California gubernatorial recall has on tribes, plus, elders are honored in film, and we visit Oklahoma’s newest museum

Earlier this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated a recall and will stay in office. Here to discuss the results and reaction to the election is Tracy Edwards. She is the CEO of the Redding Rancheria located in Northern California. 

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians received federal restoration in 1994, and since then only men have been elected to lead the tribe. Rebecca Richards received the most votes and joins us today to talk about this historic win.

Elders have been especially impacted during the coronavirus pandemic due to isolation. One study shows that prolonged social isolation is as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Navajo Nation citizen Larry Curley is the executive director of National Indian Council on Aging, he joins us.

Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone citizen Kathy Jefferson Bancroft, who is the Historic Preservation Officer for her tribe, and filmmaker Ann Kaneko join us to talk about the the documentary "MANZANAR DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST."

It’s been in the making for decades and now finally the First Americans Museum is opening in Oklahoma City. This massive museum undertaking includes representation from all 39 tribes in the great state of Oklahoma, Kaitlin Onawa Boysel reports.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The Minnesota based StrongHearts Native Helpline is releasing its report on sexual violence. 
  • The Justice Department’s Office of Violence Against Women is awarding more than 400,000 dollars to the Penobscot Nation. 
  • The Nisqually tribe in Washington state is buying back some of its territory to protect the river and all life in it. 
  • Members of Mexico's Indigenous Zapatista rebel movement are going on a cultural tour to Europe. 
  • Indigenous women in Brazil are protesting the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro.

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

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

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