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7 Indigenous Pioneers You Need to Know

Today is Indigenous People's Day, and we're taking the opportunity to celebrate the work of indigenous scientists, engineers, and inventors who have shaped our world. They've built rockets, developed technology used both on Earth and on Mars, and contributed to our understanding of how ancient peoples interacted with the animals in their ecosystem.

From the first Native American physician to a steadfast youth climate activist to a NASA astronaut, these seven indigenous pioneers have paved an inspiring path.