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History in the Making: Reflections on Contemporary Issues Facing Native Americans

First Peoples Week

Originally Aired: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Rebecca Nagle | Art by Ryan Redcorn / Buffalo Nickel Creative


2020 has been an historic year for Native American rights. From the Supreme Court victory in McGirt v. Oklahoma to Washington’s NFL team finally changing its name, Native Nations and their citizens are celebrating long-awaited gains. At the same time, Indian Country has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and Native leaders have joined the call to address anti-Black racism in policing, policy, and even within our own communities.

Journalist and podcast host Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee), host of the podcast This Land, convenes a group of Native leaders as they discuss U.S. Government policies currently at play, the impact of COVID-19 on their communities, and what’s at stake for native peoples in this election.

Panel guests:

  • Amanda Blackhorse (Diné) is a social worker, mom and was the lead plaintiff in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football; The lawsuit that challenged the trademark of the Washington football team’s racist name.
  • Amber Starks (Mvskoke) is a salon owner, a natural hair advocate, and a social media influencer at the intersection of Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty.
  • Abigail Echo Hawk (Pawnee) is a public health advocate, researcher, and the director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and the Chief Research Officer for the Seattle Indian Health Board.

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