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Native America Calling: Elder wisdom vs. aging out
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Elder wisdom vs. aging out
President Joe Biden’s age in relation to his ability to do his job is a topic making front page news with questions about his memory, cognitive function, and physical stamina.

At 81, President Biden is not that much older than his presumptive Republican election opponent, 77-year-old Donald Trump. Native Americans have a pronounced respect for the wisdom of elders.

Join the conversation to explore Native voters’ perceptions of age for elected officials as well as ways Native traditions for elders can inform the larger society’s views on aging.

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President Joe Biden in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. Photo by Adam Schultz / White House

Guests on Native America Calling
OJ Semans Sr. (Rosebud Sioux Tribe), co-executive director of Four Directions Vote

Dr. Sandy Grande (Quechua), professor of Political Science and Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Connecticut

David Baldridge (Cherokee), co-founder and executive director of the International Association for Indigenous Aging

Billie Tohee (Otoe-Missouria), executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging

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