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Chief Lynn Malerba on her new role as U.S. Treasurer

Chief Lynn Malerba stands with her hand on a book as she is sworn in as U.S. Treasurer. Her family stands next to her watching on and smiling.
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Lynn Malerba, a Native American who is the lifetime Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, stands with family while she takes an oath during her swearing-in ceremony as U.S. Treasurer in Washington, D.C., on September 12, 2022.

Chief of the Mohegan Tribe Lynn Malerba made history when she was sworn in as U.S. Treasurer in September, the first Native American to be appointed to the role.

She was also appointed by President Joe Biden to oversee the launch of a new Office of Tribal and Native Affairs within the Treasury Department, developing "new ways to help tribes develop their economies to overcome challenges that are unique to tribal lands," the AP reported.

This hour, we hear from Chief Malerba about this important new post, and her efforts to improve communication between the U.S. Treasury and the 574 unique tribes that are federally recognized in the United States.

Plus, CT Humanities executive director Jason Mancini examined census records to reveal the historical erasure of New England's vibrant Native American population. He joins us to discuss.

GUESTS:

  • Lynn Malerba: Chief, Mohegan Tribe; U.S. Treasurer
  • Dr. Jason Mancini: Executive Director, CT Humanities

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