Seventy-five years ago Japan surrendered, officially ending World War II. Associate professor of American Indian Studies and Navy veteran James Riding In, Pawnee, says the fact that speaking Indigenous languages helped win the war was “ironic.” He comes from a military family and describes the trauma his dad experienced as a young boy who was ripped away from his great-grandmother by federal agents. His father didn’t speak any English when he was forced into boarding school.
Also on the newscast Indian Country Today’s national correspondent Mary Annette Pember talks about the Spiritual Exemplars fellowship. It’s sponsored through the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Just before the pandemic hit, the award sent Pember to Nepal where she talked to Indira Ranamagar of the Magar tribe and the founder and director of Prisoners’ Assistance Nepal, a non-profit charitable organization helping incarcerated women and their children.
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