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Red Lake's Holly Cook Macarro brings Indigenous advocacy to Washington

RED LAKE, Minn. - It felt surreal, to say the least, for Holly Cook Macarro to be sitting between two U.S. presidents, visiting and sharing a meal in a room full of famous and prominent individuals during a White House State Dinner.

Cook Macarro couldn't help but think back to where she had started - growing up in Red Lake and then Bemidji, a passionate young person with an interest in tribal advocacy.

"Thinking back makes me choke up a little bit," she said. "I'm a kid who was born in an Indian hospital in Red Lake Nation, and I was sitting next to two presidents. How did I get here?"


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