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Join Native News Online Publisher Levi Rickert and Senior Reporter Jenna Kunze as they interview Native American Rights Fund Staff Attorney Morgan Saunders and Pipestem Law Council Shoney Blake. This episode will discuss the importance of protecting Native Americans’ religious rights to wear tribal regalia during this graduation season.

Saunders is an experienced litigator who is passionate about ensuring tribes have an advocate in every room where decisions are being made, especially in Washington, DC. At NARF, Saunders is based in the DC office. Her work has focused on protecting Native religious rights, including wearing eagle feathers at graduation. She also supports the Tribal Supreme Court Project, which protects Native interests at the U.S. Supreme Court. In this role, she helped coordinate the amicus brief strategy for Brackeen v. Haaland. Most recently, Saunders has been supporting voting rights and election protection issues.


Blake is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, Shoney has represented clients in federal litigation and co-authored amicus briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court and in federal appellate and district courts on behalf of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Congress of American Indians.


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