One year on from the start of Deb Haaland’s historic term as America’s first Indigenous Interior Secretary, Native political watchers give their insights into the major issues likely to make waves in 2022. Experts have their eyes on the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the jurisdiction questions unfolding in Oklahoma, rising Native political leaders and the back-and-forth over protecting important land.
Matthew Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) – law professor at Michigan State University’s college of law and author of the “Turtle Talk” blog
Dr. Laura Harjo (Muscogee Creek Nation) – associate professor in Native American studies at OU and an affiliated faculty in the University of Oklahoma’s regional and city planning program
Kandi White (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) – Native energy & climate campaign coordinator for the Indigenous Environmental Network
Edgar Blatchford (Inupiaq and Yupik) – associate professor of Alaska Native studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage and former chairman of the board