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A new generation of youth share their songs with pride

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Lee Strubinger
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Rosebud Singers from Rosebud Elementary sing for U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland

This interview posted above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland was in South Dakota in October to hear stories from Native American elders about their experiences at Indian boarding schools.

At many of those boarding schools, students were harshly punished for speaking their language and sharing their traditional culture.

But here's something else that happened during Secretary Haaland's visit ... something that perhaps went unnoticed in the larger story of truth and reconciliation.

Children gathered to sing (with pride) for the nation's first indigenous cabinet secretary.

Here are the Rosebud Singers from Rosebud elementary singing for Secretary Haaland in Mission, South Dakota.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.
Carl Norquist is a producer and writer for In the Moment. An EMMY-winning producer, Carl previously worked for KTIV News 4 in Sioux City, IA. Carl is a Minnesota native and graduate of Augustana University with majors in Art and English.