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A Turning Point: Panel discussion focuses on Native Americans making a difference in Northeast Ohio

3News' Mark Naymik served as the moderator for our panel discussion on Tuesday night.

CLEVELAND — November marks Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize all of the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. 

While celebrating the culture and heritage of Native Americans, it is also a time to reflect upon the challenges that they have faced in the past and embracing positive change moving forward into the future.

On Tuesday night, 3News presented the latest in our series of A Turning Point panel discussions, shining the spotlight on Native Americans making a difference in Northeast Ohio. 

Moderator Mark Naymik was joined by the following panelists:

  • Nancy Kelsey, Communications and Community Relations Director for Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County
  • Jess Vellajo, Doula and small business owner
  • Cynthia Connolly, Director of Programming, City Club of Cleveland
  • Joe Connolly, Aerospace Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center

Also, Thursday night we presented our "A Turning Point" special focusing on Northeast Ohio's Indigenous past, plus the recent changes made out of respect for Native Americans. Click here for a link to the show and our various segments.

You can watch Tuesday's entire panel discussion in the player below:

Previous Turning Point panel discussions:

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