President Obama was one of the few sitting presidents to visit a reservation. His administration also restored more than half a million acres to tribal nations. Tribes and environmental groups applauded his moves to protect Bears Ears, Badger Two-Medicine and block the Keystone XL Pipeline. But others criticize his administration for failing to take decisive action to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. How does President Obama’s legacy stack up? Will he go down in the history books as one of the best presidents for Native Americans and Alaska Natives?
Jacqueline Pata (Tlingit) – Executive Director for the National Congress of American Indians
Raina Thiele (Dena’ina Athabascan and Yup’ik) – president of Thiele Strategies
Debra Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) – Chairwoman of the New Mexico Democratic Party
Yatibaey Evans (Ahtna Athabascan) – Alaska Native education director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and president of the National Indian Education Association
Brayden “Sonny” White (Mohawk) – northeastern regional representative for UNITY
Break music: My Winter Song (song) Andrea Menard (artist) Sparkle (album)