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Health and hardcore rock 'n' roll

We visit with MIGIZI Communications and the National Indian Education Association. Plus, we're talking Native health, and rock and roll
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MIGIZI Communications has been a pillar of the Minneapolis Urban Indian community since 1977. Through the decades it has served thousands of youth with opportunities to advance their knowledge in the media and beyond. Kelly Drummer joins us. She’s Oglala, and MIGIZI’s executive director.

Robin Butterfield, Ho-Chunk, former chair of the National Indian Education Association, also joins us. One of the resolutions passed at the recent convention addresses critical race theory. 

David Wilson, Navajo, is the first director of the Tribal Health Research Office at the National Institutes of Health. Since 2017, he has addressed tribal leaders about their concerns. He also teaches at the Center for American Indian Health at John Hopkins University. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And this week, the American Indian Cancer Foundation celebrated Indigenous Pink. Its CEO Melissa Buffalo, Meskwaki, joins us.

Stevie Salas, Apache, was a boy growing up in Oceanside, California, dreaming of becoming a rock and roll musician. In the late 1980s he made his dream come true. We learn about his storied career.

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