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Making language accessible for Indigenous people

We're celebrating International Week of the Deaf with a Meskwaki advocate who is opening doors, plus we learn the importance of Indigenous languages for generations to come

Sarah Young Bear-Brown, Meskwaki, joins us. Her work aims to advance Native people — and she’s also a prominent advocate who is deaf. 

We’re also joined by American Sign Language interpreter, Amber Braithwait.

“Landback” appears all over Indian Country, and in Montana, it's more than just words. Amy Croover, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, is from the Nature Conservancy. She  tells us about an important land transfer back to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Decades in the making, the First American Museum is now open in Oklahoma City. Deputy Director Shoshana Wasserman, Muscogee Creek, has been key to its development. She joins us to talk about the themes in the museum.

Injunuity is a series of short animations produced by Adrian Baker for PBS. He shares a piece called “TONGUES” with us. It features Tom Phillips, Alfredo Didrickson and Shawna Claw on the importance of Indigenous language.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • A leading organization working to advance Native people in agriculture is helping food producers.
  • The University of Arizona is partnering with tribes in that state to address the environmental challenges they face on their lands. 
  • A tribal nation on the east coast is calling on Boston University to rename one of its buildings. 
  • If you go into the Kansas City Airport in the next year you might see Indigenous art hanging in the waiting area to board your next flight. 
  • In Minnesota’s capital Indigenous artists are coming together this weekend to showcase their talent.

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. 

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