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A More Perfect Union: What it means for one Native academic from WSU

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This program, “A More Perfect Union,” is about how Native people in the Northwest have sought to create a more perfect union for their people and their communities.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

These are the first 52 words of the U.S. Constitution. This program, “A More Perfect Union,” is about how Native people in the Northwest have sought to create a more perfect union for their people and their communities.

Here’s what those words mean to Cheryl Ellenwood from Washington State University’s Social of Philosophy, Politics and Public Affairs and Center for Native American Research and Collaboration, speaking here with Sueann Ramella from Northwest Public Broadcasting.