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Preparing for our future generations

A hip-hop artist plays with an orchestra, plus a California park gets an Indigenous name, and we look to the future of education

The American Pops Orchestra will soon release a new episode of its PBS series “One Voice: The Songs We Share.” This one will feature Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln. The multi-genre artist will not only host the program, but he will perform two original songs.

A state park that was known as Patrick’s Point, named after a settler in the 1880s who is believed to have murdered Native people, has been renamed. The California State Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to restore the park’s Yurok name, Sue-Meg. Skip Lowry joins us. He is a community organizer who worked on this effort. 

It’s already time to think about financial aid for next school year. Joining us from the Osage education department is Mary Wildcat and Lauren Redeagle. They explain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. 

The World Space Association is celebrating Space Week. Its theme is "Women in Space." We’re joined by Racquel Redhouse who has worked at NASA for 18 years. She’s held several titles over her time working at the nation’s leading organization for space exploration.

  • President Joe Biden is expanding two national monuments in southern Utah. 
  • The number of Native Americans currently serving as federal judges grows from three to four with the senate confirmation of Lauren King. 
  • Questions are being raised from Native advocates about the Coast Guard's response to the major oil spill in California. 
  • The President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, is launching a major reform of the agricultural sector in a bid to help poor, Indigenous farmers in the country.

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