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Today, Crooked Media, the progressive media company that delivers bold and entertaining content across news, politics and culture, released the audio trailer for season two of the award-winning and chart-topping investigative podcast ‘This Land,’ hosted by journalist and Cherokee Nation citizen, Rebecca Nagle. Following the extraordinary success of season one, ‘This Land’ returns with another deep dive into an underreported legal battle with the potential to do outsized harm to American Indian tribes and Native people across the county.

Over eight episodes, Nagle will take listeners through the 40-year history of the Indian Child Welfare Act and narrate her more than year-long investigation into a current federal lawsuit, Brackeen v. Haaland, spurred by an adoption dispute in Dallas. The investigation included hundreds of interviews with caseworkers, lawyers, families, more than 60 FOIA requests, and more than 10,000 court documents and ultimately, what Nagle and her investigative team — including Critical Frequency’s Amy Westervelt — discovered is a well-funded, systemic, far-right operation that is using Native children to attack Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), threaten American Indian tribes and advance a conservative agenda.

Listen to the audio trailer here.

Season two of "This Land" launches August 23, 2021.

Season two of "This Land" launches August 23, 2021.

“When I started this investigation, I had no idea it would lead to a powerful group of corporate lawyers and one of the biggest law firms in the country. From years of family separation policies to nefarious big oil operations, there’s so much to unpack here beyond fraught adoption disputes,” . “I hope that 'This Land' will bring additional attention to the case, because even though we’ve made some discoveries no one has previously been able to figure out, I believe we’ve barely just scratched the surface.”

Just like in season one, the new season will explore Native American rights and tribal sovereignty through Nagle’s lens as a Native woman with a unique understanding of how the American court system has systematically failed to protect tribes and their members. And just like season one, which aired just before the case it focused on was decided by the Supreme Court, this season is particularly timely because Brackeen v. Haaland is expected to be heard by the court during its next session.

“Rebecca is an exceptional reporter with an incredible gift for storytelling. 'This Land' sheds light on an important issue that we should all know more about, but it’s Rebecca’s singular voice and her empathetic approach to her reporting that bring it to life. We know our listeners are going to be just as riveted by season two as much as they were by season one. Also, if you haven’t listened to season one, you can catch up anytime. It’s a great binge before season two,” said Sarah Geismer, Head of Development and Production at Crooked Media

The first two episodes of the series will debut Monday, August 23 with new episodes dropping across all podcast platforms on Mondays through the beginning of October. Listeners can follow along to find out what’s at stake, the seedy special interests behind the case, and the larger right wing attack on tribal sovereignty that threatens the entire legal structure defending Native American rights.

‘This Land’ boasts an extensive list of Native staff and crew, including additional reporting from Martha Troian, citizen of Lac Seul First Nation; additional editing from Pauly Denetclaw, citizen of Navajo Nation; original score composition by Jerod Tate, citizen of Chickasaw Nation; and This Land logotype by Keli Gonzales, citizen of Cherokee Nation.

For more information about ‘This Land’ visit crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/

About This Land Season Two

ALM — as referred to in court documents — is a Navajo and Cherokee toddler. When he was a baby, a white couple from the suburbs of Dallas wanted to adopt him, but a federal law said they couldn’t. So they sued. The Brackeens' case would have been a normal adoption dispute, but then one of the most powerful corporate law firms in the United States took it on and helped the couple launch a federal lawsuit. Today, the lawsuit doesn’t just impact the future of one child, or even the future of one law. It threatens the entire legal structure defending Native American rights. The second season of This Land is a timely exposé about how the far right is using Native children to quietly dismantle American Indian tribes and advance a conservative agenda.

About Rebecca Nagle

Rebecca Nagle is an award winning advocate, writer, and citizen of the Cherokee Nation. As the host of the chart-topping podcast “This Land”, Nagle told the story of one Supreme Court case about tribal land in Oklahoma, the small town murder that started it, and the surprising connection to her own family history. Her writing about Native representation and tribal sovereignty has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, Teen Vogue, Indian Country Today, and more.

Recently Nagle received The American Mosaic Journalism Prize, the largest cash prize for journalism in the United States. In 2016, Nagle was named one of the National Center American Indian Enterprise Development’s Native American 40 Under 40 for her work to support survivors and advocate for policy change to address the crisis of violence against Native women. She has also been named to the 100 Most Creative People by Fast Company, YBCA 100 List, and Best Editorial by the Native American Journalist Association. Nagle lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

About Crooked Media

Crooked Media believes that we need a better conversation about politics, culture, and the world around us — one that doesn’t just focus on what’s broken, but what we can do to fix it. At a time when it’s increasingly easy to feel cynical or hopeless, former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor have created a place where people can have honest conversations and tell stories that inform, entertain, and inspire action. In 2017 they started Crooked with Pod Save America — a no-bullshit conversation about politics. Since then, we’ve continued to add new shows, voices, and opportunities for activism through our Vote Save America platform, because it’s up to each of us to do our part to engage in our democracy and build a better world.

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