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MSNBC Presents "The Culture Is: Indigenous Women" Hosted by Alyssa London

MSNBC's Alyssa London hosts a panel of seven trailblazing Indigenous women for a candid conversation about native identity, stereotypes, the erasure of indigenous history and the importance of growing up within the culture.


May 31, 2023

The MSNBC series The Culture Is returns for a fourth special focused on Indigenous women who are shaping American culture. Hosted by NBC News and MSNBC contributor Alyssa London, the first person of Tlingit descent to be crowned Miss Alaska USA and founder of the media and education company Culture Story, The Culture Is: Indigenous Women premieres Sunday, June 4 at 10 p.m. ET. on MSNBC. The special will also stream on Peacock.

London, a leading voice on Indigenous culture and identity, sat down with seven trailblazing Indigenous women for an honest and thought-provoking discussion about Native identity, stereotypes, and the generational trauma within Indigenous communities. The roundtable conversation was filmed in Suquamish, Washington and features cuisine from the Suquamish tribe.

The one-hour special features a roundtable with:

  • Crystal Echo-Hawk, Executive Director of IllumiNative
  • Amber Midthunder, the first Indigenous actress to lead an action franchise
  • Kimberly Teehee, Cherokee Nation's First Delegate to Congress
  • Jhane Myers, Emmy Award Winning Producer
  • Janee Kassanavoid, 2024 Olympic hopeful and the first Native American woman to medal at the World Athletics Track & Field Championship in Oregon
  • Plus a special appearance by Secretary Deb Haaland, the U.S. secretary of the interior and first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary
  • Additionally, London sat down in Anchorage, Alaska for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Rep. Mary Peltola, the first Alaska Native elected to Congress

The Culture Is is a special four-part series highlighting Black, Latina, Asian American Pacific Islander and Indigenous women, elevating diverse voices across MSNBC platforms. On June 19, 2022, The Culture Is: Black Women aired and was followed by The Culture Is: Latina, which aired August 7, 2022 and The Culture Is: AAPI Women, which aired April 2, 2023. All three previous specials are available to view on Peacock.

Tune in Sunday, June 4 at 10 p.m. ET and for more, follow @MSNBC and @alyssaklondon on Twitter.