Policy Chats
Policy Chats
Nov 27, 2020
2020 Election: Native American Affairs (with Roseanne Rosenthal)
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In this episode, Chair of the UCR Graduate Student Researchers In Areas of Native American Studies Society, Roseanne Rosenthal talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about Native American history, issues and policy implications.

About Roseanne Rosenthal:

Roseanne Rosenthal is Mescalero Apache and Tewa. She is a non-traditional student who decided to come back to school after decades of working as a nurse in many different areas. Roseanne is a Forensic Nurse and Crime Scene Investigator certified through the UCR Extension Center. Prior to being admitted to UCR’s Cultural Anthropology graduate program, she worked in the Emergency Room Trauma Center, as a Nurse Administrator for a multi-specialty medical group, and as a Nurse Case Manager for an HMO management company.

Roseanne is an active member in many organizations at UCR including having founded the Native American Honor Society and is the coordinator of the Indigenize UCR project. She is involved in the Native American Student Association (NASA), American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and the Graduate American Indian Alliance (GAIA).

Podcast Highlights:

“A lot of [the Relocation Act of 1956] was sold as this is the American Dream, for lack of a better phrase, and it turned out not to be. [Native Americans] were just used as field workers and were living in horrible conditions.”

-       Roseanne Rosenthal on the topic of discriminatory policies and practices against indigenous communities in the United States.

“A lot of times people think of Natives as in history. They don't think of us as here.”

-       Roseanne Rosenthal on the topic of Native Americans feeling invisible and forgotten compared to other groups in the country.

“I think the first step, a major step, is to be transparent and not teach something that's romanticized.”

-       Roseanne Rosenthal on the topic of what the Biden-Harris administration can do to aid the Native American community.


Roseanne Rosenthal (UCR Anthropology Ph.D student)


Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

Vivek Kakar (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

Music by:

C Codaine



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This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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