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In late June, a mountaintop cross in Riverside that bears the name of Franciscan friar Junipero Serra became the most recent target of those who call for removal of all Serra statues and namesakes, part of a renewed focus across the country to remove monuments associated with racism, colonialism or slavery.

A statue of Serra at Mission San Luis Obispo De Tolosa is now in storage, after being removed by church administrators around June 23.

Today we will be turning our attention to the experiences and views of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples. In a new poll, Native Americans report substantial and significant personal experiences of discrimination, across many areas of life.  The report shows that 75% of Native Americans believe there is discrimination against Native people in America today. Kris Kington Barker speaks with Northern Chumash Tribal co-chair and 35th District representative for the Democratic Party Violet Cavanaugh and Roberto Monge, co-founder of City Repair SLO about the experience and views of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples and examine both the state of discrimination in America and discuss issues and attitudes closer to home.