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Join us as we commemorate the centennial of the Indian Citizenship Act, also known as the Snyder Act, signed into law by President Calvin Coolidge on June 2, 1924. This pivotal legislation marked a significant milestone in Native American history, granting citizenship to all noncitizen American Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States.

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In observation of this historic occasion, our Indigenous newsrooms — Native News Online and Tribal Business News — proudly present "Heritage Unbound: Native American Citizenship at 100." This isn't just a reflection on history; it's an exploration of its lasting positive and negative impact. This hour-long program will be streamed on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 12 noon ET, with additional showings scheduled throughout the month of June. 
The stream will feature discussions with Native American leaders to discuss the historic legislation and what citizenship means for our people and future generations. Guests include: 
  • Bryan Newland (Bay Mills Indian Community), Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs
  • Mark Charles (Navajo). Author, "Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery":
  • Jacqueline DeLeon (Pueblo of Isleta), Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Chuck Hoskin, Jr., Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation 
  • Shannon Holsey, President, Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe of Mohican
  • Aaron Payment (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa), vice president, Kauffman and Associates
Join us as we reflect on the legacy of the Indian Citizenship Act and its enduring impact on Native American communities across the United States.
Tune in on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at noon ET on Native News Online's Facebook, X (Twitter), or YouTube channel to be inspired.

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Join us in celebrating 100 years of Native citizenship. On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting Native Americans US citizenship, a pivotal moment in their quest for equality. This year marks its centennial, inspiring our special project, "Heritage Unbound: Native American Citizenship at 100," celebrating their journey with stories of resilience, struggle, and triumph. Your donations fuel initiatives like these, ensuring our coverage and projects honoring Native American heritage thrive. Your donations fuel initiatives like these, ensuring our coverage and projects honoring Native American heritage thrive.

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