07-07-21 - Native in the Spotlight: Sharice Davids


Welcome to native. America calling from studio forty-nine in albuquerque. I'm monica brain when united states representatives. Cherise david's was a kid. She talked so much in class. The teacher made her move her desk into the hallway today. David is using her love of discussion to listen and learn more about the needs of her constituents in her kansas district. She's one of the first two native women to be elected to congress and she has a new children's book out called therese's big voice representative cherise. David's is our native in the spotlight. We'll be right back. This is national native news. Antonio gonzalez work continues on a boarding school project in rapid city. South dakota as discoveries are made of burial sites at former residential schools in canada. Mike mohan reports almost a decade ago. Volunteer driven effort was launched to verify details about native children buried at a former federal boarding school. On rapid city's westside that research pave the way for an historic agreement with the city to establish parcels of land for native purposes project volunteer valerie. A big eagle says news out of canada and the remains of two hundred and fifteen children found their as an emotional element to the local effort. We tried this horror stories of children. That were you know killed and buried and we've heard this from others and it's really really challenging new details about the land. Transfer will be shared at a public meeting this thursday including converting some of the property into a native american community center that follows a resolution approved by the city council. Last fall acknowledging that tribes were never given a portion of the land along after the school closed. fellow project. Volunteer eric zimmer notes. The non native population can share in this experience as well what we're talking about doing. This undertaking work that sort of raises the quality of life for everyone in the community through a long careful deliberate process of trying to understand and respond to the more challenging. Parts of our history in volunteers were recently recognized for their work with an honorable mention in the outstanding public. History project award issued annually by the national council on public history. That was mike mohan. Canada has a new governor general. The nuclear mary simon as dan carpenter reports. She's making history as the first indigenous person to take on the role of the queen's representative in canada in two in the lamb mega can among oxygen ramzan cassini began her introductory remarks in an editor. She went on design both prime minister justin trudeau and queen elizabeth for their confidence in what she described as a very historic opportunity. This is a moment that i hope all canadians feel part of because my appointment reflects our collective progress towards building a more inclusive just and equitable society. Simon also becomes canada's thirtieth governor general. The queen approved the appointment. On trudeau's recommendation. Canada is a place defined by people people who serve those around them who tackle big challenges with hope and determination and above all who never stopped working to build a brighter tomorrow in other words people like mary. simon. Simon is from nunavik in northern quebec. She has long been an advocate for inuit rights and culture. She has also worked with the federal government on several issues including nafta the repatriation of the constitution and the implementation of canada's. I land claims policy. She is also represented. Canada as ambassador of circum polar affairs and as ambassador to denmark. Simon's appointment comes as the country. Struggles with reconciliation and is more unmarked graves are discovered across the country on the grounds of former residential schools. It's not clear yet when she will take up her new post for national native news. I'm dan carpenter the. Us postal service and sealaska heritage institute are holding a release ceremony for the raven story. Stamp on july thirtieth in juneau alaska. It was designed by clinking artists. Rico whirl the ceremony is public and will be live streamed. The stamp is now available for presell. I'm antonio gonzales. National native news is produced by kohana broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by the center for indigenous cancer research at roswell park comprehensive cancer center dedicated to cancer research medicine and cancer care for indigenous population. 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Two native women elected to congress and david's is openly the first openly gay us representative from kansas. Today we'll talk with representative david's about her new children's book. Cherise zeke voice. It's about her own journey growing up and finding her voice to connect with other people. Welcome to native america calling representative david's. We're glad to have you here. I got good to beat that. Yeah it's great to talk with you. I think the last time we talked with you. You were not an elected member of congress so We're so we're so happy to have you on the air today. Congratulations Thank you. Yeah so okay so i really enjoyed this book I got to learn a lot about your upbringing. Tell us a little bit about you. Know who you were growing up. Well i think one of the things. That was pretty amazing about doing this. project was just Kind of taking the time to think about that actually and You know. I think that a lot of times you know kids look at grownups and they think oh man they've got it all figured out I think most of us know that's just not true And and as a kid. I always so You know i mean. I talked a lot which is in the book I had to learn some lessons from that. Like how to listen as well as talk And i just. I was like a a really high energy kid In addition to talking a lot. I was like obsessed with seriously so i was running around. You know trying to Be a martial artists. Even i am not sure i knew what that meant at the time but Yeah and then. And then of course You mentioned it in your In your kind introduction as my my mom was in the army for twenty years from before. I was born until after i got out of high school so I did get the get the chance to to live in a few different places. Although my mom will joke sometimes that she joined the army thought we'd see the world and we mostly kansas and missouri. Which is how a ho chunk ends up. Ho chunk from wisconsin ends up in kansas. And so what were some of the other places that you got to to visit when you're go and live when you were a kid. Yeah what we were So we were in germany for a little while My mom was stationed there a couple of times. Actually she was stationed there when i was born And then she was stationed there when actually when my brothers were born so i have two little brothers. They're eight nine years younger than me and You know growing up on on army bases It's funny because even though we were in germany and i got to see a a a bit about You know german kind of culture and food and the language and that sort of thing You know as a as a seven or eight year old. I mostly played with other kids. Who were from all over. The united states Whose parents were were stationed Stationed there and then my mom actually got stationed in korea And was at the base near the demilitarized zone. And so I lived with my cousin. In milwaukee In wisconsin for a little while my brothers lived in black river falls which is where You know the ho chunk tribal headquarters is there. And you've got palo grounds there and So it was you know it was interesting. 'cause we lived in kansas and missouri and and then a little bit overseas you. Your mom didn't want to risk it taking you to near the dmz. Oh i think it wasn't even an option Because she When she got stationed there I think that's an interest. That's interesting. Because i always say you know you don't take your kids when you go to the dnc Yeah i think it wasn't even an option she worked with the military police When she was there you know. I mentioned in the intro that you are first generation college student but i was also reading that you actually call yourself a former first generation college student because your mom went back and went to college tells about that. Yeah and actually just then when you were when when we were talking about the my mom getting stationed in korea and I was thinking. Gee my mom should write a book. I've been telling us for years Yeah so my mom actually started taking college classes Doing you know at that time. They call them. Correspondence courses think And and that was like during the time that she was in the in the army and after she got out of the army she did a couple of things and then ended up working at the post office And she just retired from the post office About a month ago And she during that whole time was working on On her You know coursework and then she ended up getting an associate's degree actually johnson county community college. Which is where. I also went and got my associates degree and then. She got her bachelor's degree at the university of missouri and kansas city Which is where. I got my bachelor's degree and she studied history So she was doing that while she was working fulltime and with also you know For portion of that time still raising my brothers because they were You know they were getting getting out of high school And going through high school during some of that time to i'm on is just a very determined person. She sounds like Yeah if you're just joining us today we are talking with congresswoman cherise. David's she represents kansas's third district and she's ho chunk and she's our native in the spotlight today if you'd like to chat with her Or you have questions for her gives a call. Phone lines are open. The number is one eight hundred nine nine. Six two eight four eight. That's one eight hundred nine nine native so representative david's did you. What did your mom share with you about the importance of education when you were growing up and you know when you graduated from high school. Did you know that you wanted to go to college. Or did you have other plans That's a really good question. You know my mom I always felt like my mom gave gave me the space to kind of Learn and Be kind of like a an autonomous little person growing up but then you know obviously gave me a lot of guidance and that sort of thing and she. I didn't find out until Years later but she is to take me to a lot of She took me to a basketball games. Like the We lived in south central missouri near but it used to be called sms. You southwest missouri state university. I think it's just called missouri state university now but she would take me to the basketball games The women's basketball games and years later. She said she told me that. Like part of the reason that she took me to those basketball games so that i could see women who were in college and also You know playing sports. Because i was very very sports. I played soccer and tennis and And she wasn't explicit about it. She didn't say. I'm i'm taking you to these. See you can see people in college She just it was just part of like trying to normalize Being on a college. Campus like going to You know going to places where you see people in college And then she also would signed me up for camps That with with You know the colleges would put on little soccer camps and tennis camps in that sort of thing and She told me that later Which i thought was interesting because it did impact and influence my idea about like. Oh well maybe. I can go to this college or maybe i can go to that college Without without her saying like you have to go to college. Because if you don't you won't be successful like my mom never said anything like that to me. And i and i think it really Was was very impactful for me. And it's part of when i think about what the you know. Some of the story of the book it's not. This is not a book about how to run for congress. you know. This is a book about like taking the things that we're learning along the way and and Figuring out how they impact what we want to be ourselves. Yeah that's one of the things. I really liked about the book as well Was getting to see you know your journey and trying out a few different things as well as eventually becoming elected i. We're going to talk a lot more about that as well as You know some other detours in your life and some of the things that you You really wanted to share with folks through this kid's book and if you're just joining us cherise. David's is our native in the spotlight. She is a us. United states house of representatives In the united states house of representatives and she represents kansas's third district. And if you'd like to chat with her give us a call. The number is one eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight thousand hustle. One eight hundred nine nine native if you'd like to maybe ask her some questions Or congratulate her on her success Phone lines are open for you. Give us a call. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight one of the things. I learned About representative david's is that she doesn't like onions on her pizza and i have to agree with her. I'm not a big fan of onions on pizza either. What about you give us a call. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight the break. We're going to talk more about her journey to college and to law school and and being a lawyer and also we're going to talk a little bit about some of her priorities for The work that she's doing in congress so again. Your voice is missing from this conversation. We're talking with cherise. David's one eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight. The discovery of more than one thousand children's remains at several catholic church run. Residential schools in canada has indigenous leaders demanding a formal apology from the pope for generations of horrific abuse. It's also sparking discussions about reexamining native peoples relationship with christianity. That's on the next native. America calling support by roswell park tribal communities face persistent challenges in health equity such as cancer and higher death rates the centre for indigenous cancer research at roswell park. Comprehensive cancer center is dedicated to advancing cancer research that will lead to translatable science medicine and cancer care for indigenous populations worldwide. Are you at high risk for cancer. A no charge online assessment tool is available at roswell park dot org slash. Assess me yoho way. Your old show cut shop on lord. Oh way say you are listening to native america calling monica brain sitting in for tara gatewood and we are talking with congresswoman cherise. David's today she's our native in the spotlight Before the break representative david's. We were talking a little bit about Your your childhood and growing up in in your book. You share that Sometimes kids would ask you. What are you and Yeah i wonder if you could just share you know sort of that experience of talking to your mom about that and coming to understand your tribal identity. Yeah so that's actually like this is one of the stories. That it's kind of hard to distill down There's still down especially when you're used to tell the story for pretty much everything. it's hard to distill it down and figure out what stories makes sense to be included but I was pretty intentional about wanting to include Wanting to include this. Because i one. I feel like there's a lot of people who know who like know what that may not this specific thing although i have a feeling that Actually call this the the mommy. What am i story I feel like this sort of thing happens to a lot of people Not just needed kids but A lot of kids Depending on where they're growing up and and that sort of thing but it's it's part of feeling Kind of small or invisible in some ways. And i think a lot of people know what it's like to to Be the only person like them in a place And so i. I wanted to include this because it it conveys the hat but like we're not alone in those experiences That people You know pe- people feel that way In their lives and And then and then the second piece is is just Being able to share a bit about kind of both how. My mom approach things. You know like yeah. I'm gonna answer this question but also make sure that you know that like that's not. It's not really a nice way to To be curious about another person And and and then getting the chance to kind of Gave a little bit of the historic context of Of of why You know kids. I might be the only native kid In in a classroom or in a group of friends And and then not even realizing that. I you know in talking to my mom and you know with my aunts and cousins around and all that like i think sometimes we don't we don't realize the You know where we're at in a society because when you're little it's like you and your family you know And so i thought it was really important and You know coming home and and say and telly asking me on my my mom you know. What am i and my mom telling me you know your your hotel and And a bit about the the history of of removal of of native people from From our homelands And and then obviously Learning a bit about like ho chunk being known as People at the big voice or In the in the very very back of the book we got the chance to include some historical information about ho chunk nation and Former president of johns john reindeer Put some Information in there about about Our our language about our par- Clan system and travel history and and that sort of thing Which i was very very excited to be able to share that Through this through this book yeah. I think that that was one of the things i liked about. The book. too is You know it doesn't go into too much in the actual like body of the book. Just sort of Talks a little bit about it. Ensures that story but that There's this opportunity for more learning and more understanding about people who Are like you you know or who are different from you. Which i think is like the most important thing. When it comes to children's books is being able to both see yourself reflected and also learned something new. We're talking with cherise david's. She is a representative for kansas third district and one of Well now to Native women in congress and If you wanna talk with her give us a call. The number is one eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight a steak a call. We've got aaron in albuquerque tuned in on k. u. n. m. Hey there erin hi. What would you like to share today. I was just wondering how you feel about them holland Be the interior and what you think. She can do for native communities here in the. Us go ahead three-sided about it. yeah. I'm excited about Now secretary holland I will say that it was a little bit bitter sweet when she got appointed only because For a lot of the for a lot of the first term her and i would do events together and go to things and And i would often tell people. Like i don't know how i would. I don't know how i would do this experience without debt here with me and And now she's not in housing Turns out i can manage it but You know the so bittersweet just because for an i are such good friends And now we have to really plan out how we're gonna hang out with each other and that sort of thing but On the other side of it. I do You know. I think that went her. And i got elected in twenty eighteen. I didn't really get to experience them as a kind collective Joy and happiness that came along with with The kind of historical nature of our elections But when she got appointed to to run the department of interior Both nominated and then confirmed and then Got sworn in I felt like. I could experience a little bit of like what indian country was experiencing when she got when she when she got sworn in and It's it's pretty phenomenal. And so there's like so there's that piece of it because it's a very there's definitely a very personal aspect of Of anything that happens with deb because she's You know like my sister and And then i think that like the impacts of having that holland is our secretary of interior Not just for indian country but for Actually for our planet because of the role that the interior department plays in conservation and way into management. The federal government has millions of acres of of of of land. That come under the purview of the department of interior. And i think that Her approach of of stewardship land Is is going to be really really impactful for that and then for indian country Know having somebody who really understands what. Sovereignty means What a government to government relationship Has looked like and can look like and should look like combined with her you know. She's a lawyer She went to law school. She understands She understands these issues and policies in a way that I'm like no no other interior secretary house before With her from her perspective. If that makes sense So i just. I think that you know it's gonna be it. It's it's it's just gonna be so impactful for generations and i don't even know that we're going to really truly understand it during our lifetime. Just how impactful it's going to be. Thanks aaron representative david's. Do you ever worry though that you might find yourself. Like on opposite sides of her Maybe you know some some sort of issue That interior takes up with the state of kansas That's an interesting question. I don't know that. I would say i worry about it And you know. I always tell people. I'm a very pragmatic person I actually some of the ways that i think about things is Is not if it will happen. But when And that's what a lot of things because We can you know we can Hope for the best but plan for contingencies. You know and and when when it comes to It makes this you know Secretary holland is also A rai- raised by in a military family In some ways. I think you can. You can tell with both of us. The level of responsibility and duty that we feel toward You know it sort our constituencies towards the You know the oath that we take when when when we Come into the offices that were in that. We're both going to be always trying to do. What's what's best for For like for the country for indian country for You know the that their role that we're in and and if we happen to be on the On different different in different places on an issue or something That's just that that just means that the the our our offices and our Roles you know requires that we just try to figure that out. Yeah in a cordial way. I'm curious Representative david's if you might talk about the differences between the two administrations You know transitioning like how things are different now. with the biden administration versus the trump administration That's a really good question. You know i think that I'm i'm just at the beginning of you know i'm in my second term and just at the beginning of it And the the difference that i can see so far Has a lot to do with the level of engagement. That the that this president has Has had and because because we're talking because we're talking Kind of a lot about native stuff in indian country That's the first thing that i would highlight is just President biden's Commitment to You know he didn't he didn't Only a point that holland for purposes of of having a native In the cabinet like she's obviously skilled and knows what she's doing but he's done so many other things that Make that make make that appointment. Just one data point in his effort to try to make sure that we truly have a government to government relationship with the federal government and tribal governments and And i think that there's been you know a lot of As a as part of those btcu plus community. I would say that you know the efforts to make sure that Lgbtq and spirit folks are being discriminated against I've appreciated those efforts and then You know transportation and infrastructure As one of my committee's and getting the chance to to really dig into and and work on getting an infrastructure Getting some infrastructure done is is going to be really helpful and i'll say that there has been You know i. I might be preaching to the choir here but Definitely the need to have some robust infrastructure investments in indian country is. I don't know if we can overstate the importance of that. Yeah i think that the pandemic is really sort of laid bare the infrastructure. You know that Whether it's access to internet or just having running water Yeah proper funding for ihs. I mean like so many things absolutely. Let's take a few more calls we've got congresswoman therese david's on the line today she's native in the spotlight and there's still time few on a chat with her. Give us a call. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight. Let's go to gary in albuquerque tuned in on k. u. m. Hey there gary and what are you thinking about go ahead. I'm probably not the most politically savvy person and there's a lot of people that know know how to now political landscape really well and for for for me. It's sometimes hard to know you know who to trust. And so you hear politicians who promise this or that What sometimes it's it's difficult to sort of decipher what's going on and it's just wondering your feelings of how 'cause i'm no no feeling person in this position how you know we're we're supposed to sort of look at what's going on in politics and and separate the bull from from what's important. What's real gary. That's such a great question Representative david's go ahead. Yeah i mean. I think there's a couple of things That are super important especially these days. One is like figuring out kinda where to get information from you know i mean. I think that that's one of the things that we Because there's so much information out there like never in human history have we had access to the amount of information that we have access to now. And i think that You know for me. One of the things that i always do is And this is my maybe my mom. Maybe my mom is still dissing me as well. not sure but I always. I always ask the question. For what purpose And and that's with all kinds of things including like Like for for what purpose is this information being. Is this information being shared. And and you know who. Who is the information coming from. And and that sort of thing. And i think that Being able to find the the the people and that can be you know it could be It could be an elected official or it could be You know somebody in your community that you that you're like hey. That person thinks through a lot of stuff and And you know asking asking. Lots of questions is usually the approach that i take but You know. I think that. I do think that the more relationships individual relationships we can build up with people it will help us with some of the some of the the stuff. That's hard to decipher right now. And i think about that from the perspective of How the pandemic and monica you kind of mentioned the impact of the pandemic has had you know what exacerbated a lot of issues including access to things like broadband you know. Some people are getting overloaded with information and some people are getting no information and so For for those of us who have The ability to to help point folks in in a in a good direction I think some of us have a responsibility to do that. And then for the folks who are looking for information just asking tons of questions of people Because because i think you know like my office we tried to. We tried to really make sure that we were sharing Kind of you know here. Here's where testing sites are rooting for folks to get their vaccines and hang on one second congresswoman david's. We're going to go to a short break. 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You're talking a little bit about like how we can know who to trust in politics and And you're starting to mention a little bit about just you know at the beginning of the pandemic being able to put out that good reliable truthful information about What was going on anything you want to add to that I'm particularly curious. You know it if you had to interact with constituents who are calling and saying they. They thought this was a hoax or or things like that. Yeah i think so there. So yes there's been Absolutely you know I don't want it to seem like i think some some concerns and hesitancy or You know like there is. There is a long long history That we that we have In our country particularly as like native people of In some ways. I think one of the ways that we try to keep safest by saying. Wait a minute who's telling me this. And how like just trying to figure out who to who to believe in who to trust right. What am i signing here. Which is yeah. What is the paper and And so. I do think that i do think that there are There are some things that i know. I have experienced Growing up that have influenced that stuff. In fact you know i One of the things that In the book it's kind of funny. Actually how like how. Much of the person i am. I was able to fit into this into this book. But there's a portion where i talk about going to law school you know and like so much of of that process like i didn't know any lawyers growing up and then i started to learn more and more as i was going through school and then i and then As i started to learn about things like treaties about the ways that native people The history Like the legal history of native people in this country and And all of that sort of thing. Like i always try to keep in mind that we have to and this is me now as an elected right. We have to make sure we're meeting people in iraq. We have to make sure that you know if if someone if i say here's where you can go Get a cova test for a vaccine and the response and the response has something to do more with like a lack of trust. That's not necessarily about the codes vaccine or the covert Pandemic that has more to do with you. Know how as how as the people's government are we making sure that the people can trust what's going on And i think to me that is a huge huge issue That we have to be. We have to be thoughtful about. And it's one of the reasons that and Anytime when on talking to folks and and you're absolutely right. I heard from people who You know when. I got my vaccine. Quite a few people reached out to me and said like tell me what happens or Are you sure we should be doing this. And that sort of thing. And i and you know the only thing i can do is Let folks know why. I did it. that i you know the the the vaccine safe and effective I encouraged my mom to get it. You know so that people know that Like i'm i'm here to tell you And share with you and and Have a real conversation about this stuff. I'm not just saying something and then walking away. Which i think is what has been a lot of people's experience particularly in indian country when we're when we have you know a long history of being very what i consider to be a very a strong feeling of paternalism. You know and and it's written into some of the laws and some of the treaties and so trying to make sure that we're addressing that for people is really important Let's take a call if you wanna talk to representatives receive. It's there's still time. Give us a call. The number is one eight hundred nine nine. Six two eight four eight. We've got mark in net lake on the voice for reservation in minnesota tuned in on k. B f t. Hey there mark. Thanks for waiting. What would you like to share more definitely. You know what you don't want on the coffee with a democrat and You know the all users a hopefully he's also hopefully on Helping people with alcohol addiction thing. You know native missed a lot. The reason okay you know what the all those Those okay more because we would do like national consciousness medium would get more appropriate those over. Okay mark thanks. We had a little bit of a problem with his line there. But i think what he's asking about is You know What your priorities are in terms of alcohol addiction or addictions in general yeah Yeah and I think i heard a little bit of Maybe mark might have mentioned something about making sure that there's Funding available for Ihs or a. i also having a hard time hearing. ihs hhs but A couple of things. I want to mention our that. We have There's a there's a group of us that's been pushing to make sure that we've got the funding necessary for For indian health service for ihs And doing that in a way that makes it. so if there's a government shutdown or anything That the that that funding is not interrupted because For so many reasons but the federal government trust responsibility is one of the main reasons that we need to do that. And i've been working with some of my colleagues tom. Cole is He's actually on the other side of the aisle and him and i have Both been working together to try to make sure that we can that we can get. Ihs funding done in the way that it needs to be So that's one piece is just making sure that the resources are there and then And then being supportive of you know organizations within the federal government that Do the grant making that do the research you know whether we're talking about santa or or the Nih work that's happening And then and then the other thing is just making sure that you know. I talk a lot about trauma. Informed care Actually and I think that when we think about how we take care of ourselves and how we take care of each other as communities the the level of of trauma that That we are experiencing and you know this is true in native communities. But it's also just. I mean we're all in the middle of Living through Or Losing friends and loved ones to a pandemic but has changed every aspect of our lives This is a traumatic time to be alive And that's stacked on top of everything else. That was already You know very hard. And so i think that from from my perspective from my office perspective making sure that we're thinking about those things and how we take care of each other's really really important When you think about when you're talking about funding for Ihs are you. Are you hoping for just like a fix if there's a problem if there's a shutdown or more encompassing like forward funding. Ihs like the way that they do with the veterans Yeah pushing for the Well we Forward funding advanced appropriations There's a there's a number of ways that people talk about it but making sure that that funding is there Ahead of time and the veterans affairs is actually a really great Example that i'm glad you brought up because that's That that is what we've been pushing for. Still working on speaking of veterans affairs. I mean i know that. That's probably an issue. That's near and dear to your heart. Are there any priorities. That you have In terms of helping veterans Yeah actually that's a good You know it is nearing gears. My heart i know we. We kind of already talked about my mom. A little bit that she Was in the army for twenty years from before. I was born until after i got out of high school and There's there's just a strong History and legacy With the ho chunk people of course but actually a lot of tribes. You know Native people serve In a service members At a at the highest rate of any other group in this country and And so i think. Because i because i know more about What that experience is like and what you know exiting Exiting as a service member Can be like for folks I it has been a huge priority in my office. in fact we have Somebody on our team. Who's the wounded warrior fellow So he served in iraq and afghanistan and it is And he's been in our office and he handles He handles the work with with veterans. And a lot of times it can. It's just so hard times to navigate the bureaucracy and if one thing goes wrong it can take years to figure out sometimes because it's so complicated so we have somebody dedicated on our team to making sure that You know we're we're trying to help address those kinds of issues and then For you know policy or legislation We we're trying to make sure that that The the services that are available are known to veterans In fact i introduced a bill called the serve. Act to try to make sure that That veterans have access to and awareness of all of the entrepreneurial Resources that are there. Because you know i well i think. Red native people are very entrepreneurial in general And and have had to be for a long time but Going into the to the service you. You weren't leadership skills you learn Problem solving a fortitude and that sort of thing like who better to be entrepreneurs than than our veterans and so just trying to figure out ways to make sure we're being supportive there. Yeah absolutely let's take a call. We've got michelle in albuquerque tuned in on k. u. m. Hey there michelle hi. Good morning I'd like to thank you for your outstanding service. And your ability to think broadly and more than just your State representative your state that you represent so thank you very much. I do have a question. Are there instances in which In indigenous peoples who serve in the us has representative such as bad herald from new mexico who I guess it's cherokee. I was wondering on that point do you. Are you able to work together on issues that affect indigenous peoples are just partisan politics prevent that from happening. And i'm know book boy. Oh yeah so. That's a that's a really great great question. Michelle and i think that One of the one of the things. I'll point to is the Is the pre-funding or advance appropriations for Indian health service That's actually Been something that in a bipartisan way. Has we've but we've been pushing for that And actually that started before. I got the congress but I've been working with tom. Cole who's He's a representative from oklahoma And the more and the most senior of the of all of us Natives in the congress right now and and then mark mullen is another one So because of the pandemic things have you know i it. It's been an interesting Thing 'cause usually we see each other on the house floor so we don't see each other as much but Tom cole in mark mullen. We're both in congress last time Or last session. And i got to work with them on on a number of issues Healthcare issues Foster care and adoption issues which i think You know We we could have a whole hour long thing about Foster care and adoption Issues at and then and then a ten hour conversation on the radio about What predated that with the with the boarding school issues that were like That is becoming a more mainstream conversation. We know that's been a conversation in indian country for a long time But yeah there. There's been plenty of Murder missing indigenous women and people issues or something that we come together in a bipartisan. Way to work on and so I think that this is one of the one of the brighter points. We can point to of of bipartisanship is that for issues For the most part issues in indian country are Were able to get a bipartisan support. Well we're just wrapping up now Representative david's What would you want Kids to take away from your book. Cherise 's big voice Well i think the biggest. They're probably three big picture. Things one is. I just hope that That kids can see that. There's a lot of There's twists and turns and ups and downs and all of that and Obstacles like some of us have some of us have more obstacles than others but everybody has some obstacles and that There's a lot of power in in learning to use your big voice Learning to listen and and I think that's important and then it's important to recognize that we get to decide what success means for ourselves. You know that's why i say this sh- racist big voice is not a book how to become a member of congress I just hope that people can see that You know we we get to decide what success means for ourselves and And that we all deserve to be seen and heard because too many of us when we're little antoine when we grow up know what it's like to feel smaller invisible or ignored and And all all our all our young people deserve to be seen and and heard i love it. Thank you so much representative. Cherise david's for joining us today. 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