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Connections: Discussing Native American identity


Senator Elizabeth Warren released a DNA test in an attempt to confirm her Native American ancestry. The Cherokee Nation responded by condemning the test and explaining that it does not prove that Warren is anything but a white woman.

Our guests discuss Native American identity. Our panel:

  • Ronnie Pollack, member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Eagle Clan, executive director of the Native American Cultural Center, and host of "Two Canoes with Ronnie Pollack" on WYSL 92.1 FM   
  • Ron Garrow, Akwasasne Mohawk, Bear Clan, and cultural advisor for SURJ ROC
  • Roger Dube, Mohawk, Turtle Clan/Abenaki, and fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Jordan Dube, Mohawk/Abenaki
  • Michael Oberg, distinguished professor of history at SUNY Genseo, and author of “Native America: A History”


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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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