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:
- A Turning Point | Panel discussion about the terms Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and 'Latinx/Latiné'
- A Turning Point conversation: 3News' Russ Mitchell leads discussion on critical race theory
- A Turning Point panel discussion: Racial disparities in baseball
- A Turning Point: Panel discusses the LGBTQ+ Community and the School of One
More coverage of A Turning Point:
- A Turning Point: Cleveland's Latino population and its political reach
- A Turning Point: Innovative training in Lorain County aims to break down barriers between state troopers, citizens
- A Turning Point: Jesse Owens and the legacy of the old oak tree
- A turning point for transgender athletes at the Olympics
- 'It's a blessing': Colombian immigrant Gus Hoyas brings knowledge, assistance to Elyria's Hispanic community
- Club Azteca's legacy in Cleveland to live on thanks to a community effort