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Recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day With A Native Storyteller

Suzanne Michelle White is a member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of Cherokee, Delaware, and Lumbee nations/tribes.
EVIE HEMPHILL
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ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Today is Columbus Day, and it also marks a holiday that more and more cities and organizations are formally recognizing: Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations to the United Nations, and it’s meant to honor Native Americans with a recognition of their histories and cultures.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked about recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day with Suzanne Michelle White. A high school science teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, White is a member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of Cherokee, Delaware and Lumbee nations/tribes.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan, Alexis Moore and Tonina Saputo. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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