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Frank Waln is a rapper and member of the Sicangu Lakota. He grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Waln has rapped about the Keystone XL Pipeline, his battle with depression, and the modern Native American experience.

Waln joins Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson to talk about his new album, Tokiya, which comes out this year, and his efforts to be a role model for young Native Americans.

Joseph Medicine Crow, a World War II veteran, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and revered elder of the Crow Nation, died Sunday at the age of 102.

Born in a log home near Lodge Grass, Montana, Crow became the first member of the Crow Nation to earn a graduate degree.

He was a Crow War Chief, having completed the required four war deeds while fighting for the 103rd Infantry in Germany during World War II.

David Martin Davies

It’s the most misunderstood cactus in Texas – Peyote. For thousands of years before the arrival of the European it was a sacred plant for the original peoples of North America. But today it remains an illegal controlled substance and the future of peyote is in doubt.

In American popular culture, peyote is a substance that is linked to the mystical – metaphysical and the bizarre. In the most recent edition of the video game Grand Theft Auto the player seeks out peyote plants and gets the virtual experience of grand hallucinations and animal vision quests.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Texas Tribune

This week on Fronteras: 

--Pope Francis travels a migrant’s path in Mexico, ending up in Ciudad Juarez, a city where some have felt hopeless.  

--In New Mexico, Native Americans finally are regaining some of their conquered ancestral lands.

--Texas Republicans are worried about winning their share of the Latino presidential primary vote on Super Tuesday.

-- A San Diego program serves as a catalyst, encouraging immigrant parents to finish their education.

--Racial slurs prompt Texas A&M officials to apologize to some Dallas students.

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Classical music has borrowed from folk melodies for centuries, but when it comes to American heritage, you’re more likely to find music based on blues, jazz, or rural Appalachia than the original sounds of the continent—songs and melodies of Native Americans. Two new albums approach Native American sounds from different angles, and both are worth examination.

Native American Tribe Bets On Olive Oil

Nov 29, 2015

The bucolic Capay Valley is about an hour outside Sacramento, Calif., and its ranches, alfalfa fields and small, organic produce farms have earned it a reputation as an agricultural gem. It's pretty serene, except for the cacophony inside the valley's most lucrative business, the Cache Creek Casino.

Native American youth living on reservations can often face an overwhelming array of challenges, including poverty, addiction and abuse. Partly because of hurdles, high school dropout rates and suicides are far higher on reservations than the national average.

Native American actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie that they say insults their culture.

Rose Mary De Luna

On Saturday there’s a Fiesta event that weather won’t likely affect. And it’s one of the Fiesta’s unique get-togethers. It’s called the United San Antonio Pow Wow. What to expect at a Pow Wow?

"You can expect a lot of things including dancing, including different styles of dance and exhibitions.”

Erwin De Luna is the President of the United San Antonio Pow Wow, which is an official Fiesta event.

When it comes to marijuana laws, the Justice Department is now treating American Indian tribes the way it treats states that have legalized pot.

The move, announced in December, has inadvertently sparked interest in the marijuana business. While many see dollar signs, others worry about contributing to the impact substance abuse has already had on Indian Country.

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