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A great time to be Indigenous

More from an advocate-actress, the legendary man who developed the Cherokee syllabary and an elite marathon runner
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Ashley Callingbull, Plains Cree, has appeared in numerous television shows including "Blackstone," and the "Amazing Race Canada." She is a model, an actress, and an advocate. In 2015, she became the first Indigenous woman to win the title of Mrs. Universe. She joins us to talk about an upcoming television show and her soon-to-be book deal. 

Sequoyah was born in the 1770s and is credited with creating the Cherokee language syllabary. A new film takes viewers on a journey about his life and the legacy he's left behind. "Searching for Sequoyah" was written and produced by LeAnne Howe, Choctaw. It was co-produced and narrated by Joshua Nelson, Cherokee. Howe and Nelson join our newscast to tell us more. 

Hopi runner Kyle Sumatzkuku was one of a handful of Natives to compete in this year's Boston Marathon. He ran the marathon in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 17 seconds. That time earned him an impressive 48th place out of 15,000 runners. He joins us to tell us about his race, and what his future races may look like. 

  • Demonstrators in Washington D.C. are putting more pressure on President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to halt extractive fossil fuel projects. 
  • NCAI members elected Mark Macarro to serve as the organization's first vice president.
  • The University of Hawai’i is asking for input on how to use the sacred land Mauna Kea over the next 20 years. 
  • Indigenous people in Paraguay took to the streets to advocate for land rights. 
  • A Cherokee author is finding their voice while creating award-winning children’s books.
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