Native Minnesota Podcast

Join Rebecca Crooks-Stratton, Secretary/Treasurer of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and leader of the Understand Native Minnesota campaign, as she interviews thought leaders and change makers in Minnesota and across Indian Country. This powerful podcast celebrates Native culture, personalities and accomplishments while helping dispel common myths and misconceptions about Indigenous peoples.

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The importance of Indigenous representation with Wayne Ducheneaux
Posted on May 5, 2021
In this first episode, Rebecca speaks with Wayne Ducheneaux, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux nation in South Dakota and the executive director of the Native Governance Center. Wayne shares his background and how he was called to serving his tribe and Indian Country in his career. The conversation centers on the importance of Native American representation – whether its in the White House Cabinet or in pop culture – and how the current focus on racial inequities can serve Native communities. “In the wake of the George Floyd incident, there’s been a bright light shown on inequities. We as Native people have experienced these since the first treaty was broken… we have a chance to address them now.”