Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum sparked immediate backlash when he told a conservative youth gathering that European Christians built America from ‘nothing,’ and that there is little Native American culture in American culture. He’s not the first, nor probably the last, to try to rewrite Native Americans out of history. Also, the fate of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money is now in the hands of the United States Supreme Court. The High Court heard arguments over whether Congress intended to include for-profit Alaska Native Corporations in aid intended for tribes. The arguments hinge on the language of one particularly confusing sentence in the legislation. Also federal health officials are considering resuming the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after complications surfaced. We’ll talk with a medical professional about the latest. And #NativeNerd Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) will round out the hour with the latest in pop culture including his new favorite show, “Rutherford Falls”.
Savannah Romero (Eastern Shoshone)- manager of partnerships and programs for IllumiNative
CAPT Matthew Clark – lead for the Vaccine Task Force Safety and Monitoring Team at the Indian Health Service
Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk)- associate editor for Indian Country Today
Break 1 music: Muskwa Dance (feat. Quinton Tootoosis & Dawn Desmarais) (song) Dallas Arcand (artist) Modern Day Warrior (album)
Break 2 music: Natural Anthem (song) Jesse Ed Davis (artist) Keep Me Comin’ (album)