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We're taking a look at this week’s White House Tribal Nations Summit. Plus, more on what tribes playing a role in co-managing public lands could look like
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The 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit brought together tribal leaders and high level policy makers. Under the Obama administration Hunkpapa and Oglala citizen Jodi Archambault helped implement this historic gathering. ICT Editor Mark Trahant spoke with her earlier this week.

Kevin Washburn, Chickasaw, served as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior in the Obama Administration. (Photo courtesy of Washburn)

At a time when Indigenous-led conservation is crucial to addressing climate change, conversations are beginning about what co-management of public lands look like. Writing about the idea of co-management of public lands is Kevin Washburn. The former assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the Interior in the Obama administration. He joins the show to talk more about what co-management would look like.

Indian Country Today celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Patty Talahongva gives us a history lesson about this media company’s origins.

  • In Minnesota, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the State’s Historical Society are working to preserve and present Indigenous culture.
  • Efforts to preserve Indigenous languages are happening all around the world.
  • The University of Kansas is known for its language departments, and a young scholar is carrying on that tradition. 
  • The hoop dance is taking center stage in a New York City adaptation of the Nutcracker.
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