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June 28, 2024: Indian Citizenship Act prompts reflection, not celebration; Elephants name each other

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Tom Hesse
Southern Ute Tribal Council Vice Chair Lorelei Cloud points to members of her family included in a historic photo. The photo is a part of a display marking the 100th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act. The exhibit is on display in the Leonard C. Burch building on the Southern Ute Reservation.

Strange as it seems, Native Americans became U.S. citizens only 100 years ago. Southern Ute leaders here say the milestone is reason to reflect, rather than celebrate. Then, Colorado researchers find that elephants seem to have names for one another, much like humans. Also, meet the boys who found a rare junior T-Rex fossil. Plus, an award-winning literary road trip with "Reading Colorado." And Hanging Lake comes back from the brink.