Native American life front and center in DC with historic march

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Friday marks the first Indigenous People's March on Washington, DC where thousands of Native Americans and allies united in the nation's capital.

North Dakota tribal chairman Jamie Azure traveled all the way to DC to rally for his community. He is advocating for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's act that narrowly failed in last year's Congress. Azure wants to see greater protections for Native American women, and for voting rights.

This year, the first two Native American women took office in Congress - Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) - and Azure says their historic victories are inspiring.

"You know, and it's that trailblazing and it shows our youth that you can be anything you want to be. And it's just a great thing," said Jamie Azure, Tribal Chairman of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Azure adds these movements are especially inspiring for his two young daughters.

Azure adds there's progress in his tribe with strengthening ties between his community and the North Dakota Governor's office. He says more tribes today are also building better working relationships with the federal government.