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April 18, 2024: Educating skiers on Indigenous history of the slopes; Using greenhouse gases for ceramics

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50min 31sec
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Connor Ryan, a Lakota and a professional skier, at his home mountain of Winter Park Resort on April 8, 2024. Ryan has played a leading role in helping the ski area work to add indigenous elements to its history.

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Before ski resorts came to dominate life in the mountains here, the Colorado Rockies were home to Indigenous tribes. We're learning about how Winter Park resort is educating skiers and snowboarders about the history of the land where the ski resort's located. Then, hundreds of shuttered mines in Colorado are still seeping large amounts of methane; today, a scientist-turned-entrepreneur has a plan to burn the potent greenhouse gas -- to make ceramics.