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Thinking Aloud
Native Americans Today
Even as late as the twentieth century, many still believed that Native Americans would disappear as communities, societies, or cultures distinct from the American mainstream. The idea was that they would eventually become assimilated into a culture predominated by a western European heritage. But ethnic and cultural uniqueness are not expendable, and today the prevailing attitude is that they should not be. Tribal governance, rights, economies and traditions are far from dead. What are the issues that concern today's Native Americans most?nbsp; Marcus Smith speaks with Larry Echohawk of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He'll share a bit of his perspective and life experience as an American Indian--what's on his mind that could or should be on ours as well.—Original airdate: 8/9/2006

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