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A Turning Point: Panel discussion on mental health issues facing Native Americans

Tiffany Tarpley and Dave DeNatale moderated the panel discussion on WKYC.com, the WKYC app, Facebook Live, and YouTube.

CLEVELAND — As we continue our series of Front Row: A Turning Point, examining whether the concerns raised this past summer about systemic racism are resulting in any structural social changes, 3News hosted a panel discussion focusing on the health of Native Americans on Wednesday night.

Tiffany Tarpley and Dave DeNatale moderated the panel discussion on mental health issues facing Native Americans that was livestreamed on WKYC.com, the WKYC app, and on WKYC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Speaking with Tiffany and Dave were:

  • Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, a University of Michigan psychology professor and Tulalip tribe member who has spent years studying the psychological effects of Native stereotypes and logos on both Native Americans and non-Natives. 
  • Jeremiah O’Callahan of the Onondaga (nation) Eel Clan, part of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He is a Sequoia Fellow with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and vice chairman of the Advisory Board for Native Americans at NASA Glenn. 
  • Cynthia Connolly, a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians located in Northern Michigan. She has served as development director at Policy Matters Ohio, a nonprofit policy research institute, since 2015.

The conversation centered around the portrayal of Native Americans in our society, including the recent focus on sports nicknames and mascots. Plus, the impact of how Native American history is being taught in schools.

The discussion is a prelude to November’s Front Row: A Turning Point special, which will focus on racial disparities in health. It airs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 19.

You can watch A Turning Point panel on Native American health in the player below:

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