FVIR Program Archives

You may access older archives from 2005 - 2009 here.

Listen to the Program
July 10, 2014

N. BIRD RUNNING WATER, Director, Native American and Indigenous Program
Born of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples, Runningwater was reared on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. He has overseen the Native Lab of the Institute which has launched projects such as Four Sheets to the Wind, Sikumi, Miss Navajo, Shímásání, and Drunktown's Finest. Runningwater has also established filmmaker Labs in New Zealand and Australia, which have spawned such projects as The Strength Of Water (New Zealand), Samson And Delilah (Australia), and Bran Nue Dae (Australia). Before joining Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions, the private philanthropy organization of a Rockefeller family member. He served as program associate in the Ford Foundation's Media, Arts, and Culture Program, where he built and managed domestic and global funding initiatives. Runningwater currently serves as a patron to the imagineNative Indigenous Film Festival in Toronto. Currently based in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Journalism and Native American Studies, and he received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

N. BIRD RUNNING WATERN. BIRD RUNNING WATER

Listen to the Program
July 3, 2014

UMI PERKINS teaches Hawaiian history at Kamehameha Schools, a private preparatory school for Native Hawaiian students in Honolulu, and political science at Windward Community College in Kane'ohe. He has worked for Cultural Survival, the oldest Indigenous rights organization, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A graduate of Harvard, he received a PhD in political Science at University of Hawaii Manoa in 2013. His dissertation manuscript, "Reserving Native Rights: A Genealogy of Kuleana Lands in Hawaiʻi," is under review with a university press. www.theumiverse.com and/or www.hawaiiindependent.net
UMI PERKINSUMI PERKINS

Listen to the Program
June 26, 2014

DAVID KEANU SAI, Hawaiian, specializes in international relations, state sovereignty, international laws of occupation, U.S. constitutional law, Hawaiian constitutional law and Hawaiian land titles. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. His doctoral dissertation was titled, “American Occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom: Beginning the Transition from Occupied to Restored State.” Dr. Sai has published widely and speaks around the world.
DAVID KEANU SAIDAVID KEANU SAI

Listen to the Program
June 19, 2014

AKIO MATSUMURA www.akiomatsumura.com - is a renowned diplomat who has dedicated his life to building bridges between government, business, and spiritual leaders in the cause of world peace. He is the founder and Secretary General of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival with conferences held in Oxford, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Kyoto, and Konya.

One issue has stood apart from the rest since the first reports emerged on March 11, 2011: the 400 tons of spent fuel atop the damaged structure of Reactor No. 4. In the next month, TEPCO will transfer the 1,533 assemblies " bundles of uranium, plutonium, and other radioactive materials created when the original uranium was irradiated in the reactor " to a common spent fuel pool still on site.
The transfer process is routine, but not without low-probability but high-consequence risk in normal circumstances. Worker or mechanical error could cause the robotic crane arm to drop a fuel assembly back into the pool, disrupting or damaging the still-submerged assemblies.
In this case, TEPCO s transfer process is complicated by extreme circumstances:
- A lack of information of the state of the assemblies inside the pool creates several unknowns. (Are the assemblies damaged? Have they moved inside the pool?).
- A lack of a helpful computer system that normally automates the process, and thus necessitates manual control of custom equipment.
- Workers and operators are already beleaguered by the stressful and demanding environment.
According to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, there are 1,533 spent and unused fuel rod bundles in the cooling pool at the reactor unit 4 that contain radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima in 1945.
TEPCO claims they will finish the transfer of all 1,533 spent fuel assemblies by the end of 2014, but like that of Prime Minister Abe, the confident face put forth by TEPCO has a thin link to reality. We have and will continue to see dependence on technological solutions undermined by circumstance, error, and nature. A timeline of decades rather than months is more realistic. In the next forty years the region is due for another mega-earthquake and the eruption of Mt. Fuji is becoming more likely.
The cleanup of Fukushima has become almost irrevocably polarized, seen as a referendum on nuclear power or political leadership. Political strategy has replaced common sense. But it is not the political leaders who bear any real risk. Their term limits relieve them of any public accountability.
The nuclear accident at Fukushima will cost lives, now or in the future. Japan s current solution pushes off the problem to our descendants. Their other option is immediate emergency action. Just as the Soviet Union used hundreds of thousands of its military " its liquidators " to encase Chernobyl s Reactor No. 4 " resulting in an impossible-to-know number of deaths " Japan might send its military and engineering corps on a similar sacrificial mission. This is a unique and difficult moral issue. What does it mean to command your citizens into danger outside of a war?
www.akiomatsumura.com

For the week of June 19 - 26, 2014


Can't Find My Way Home - Blind Faith
They're Mining Us - John Trudell
Garden of Love - Winston MacNuff & Fixi
Prophecy Song - Joanne Shenandoah
Listen to the Program
May 8, 2014

PAMELA RICHENBACH www.equiculture.org "I had the good fortune to spend a great deal of my life in the Bolivian Amazon, along with time in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. My life in South America with the people and the earth greatly shaped me into the person I am today. I care deeply about Mother Earth and my human family. I have come to understand Horses as ancient helpers to humankind on our road to arriving at our shared destiny of creating Peace on Earth.
The years I drove as carriage driver and tour guide in the National Park in Philadelphia are some of my happiest. Not only did I fall in love with this country through learning the details of the founding of our country, I fell more deeply in love with horses. Everywhere you go in early America, their hoof prints are right alongside us. Their stories are woven together with ours, creating a shared tapestry of hard work, pain, hope and inspiration and love."

HARRY B. WALLACE who has served as elected Chief of the Unkechaug Indian Nation since 1994, devotes his energy to preserving the culture and history of the Unkechaug Indian Nation, which has lived on its land since pre-colonial times. As Chief, Wallace chairs tribal council meetings and represents the nation at public events.

Wallace is a well-noted speaker on Native American-related issues and has given lectures at colleges throughout the United States. He is also a founding member of the Long Island Intertribal Historic Preservation Task Force, whose mission is to protect and preserve sacred sites and burial remains on Long Island.

Wallace is a member of the New York State bar and received a JD degree, graduating cum laude, from New York Law School. His law school thesis on Eastern Indian Land Claims was published by the Law Review. He also holds an AB degree from Dartmouth College.

Prior to becoming Chief, Wallace was in private practice in New York City. He is a member of the New York State, Federal, State and Tribal Courts Forum and was President of the Indian Law Committee while at New York Law School.


FA MA RAI OE - Barefoot Natives
Listen to the Program
April 3, 2014

JOHN KANE and EVAN PRITCHARD

Evan Pritchard, Abachbahametch ( Chipmunk ) of Mi kmaq and Celtic descent, is the author of No Word For Time, Native American Stories of the Sacred, Native New Yorkers, and its sequel, Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York, which is required reading for many local High Schools (source: Barnes and Noble). His latest book is Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism(Inner Traditions 2013). He is the founder and director of the Center for Algonquin Culture, which is also creating a series of books of words and phrases in Algonquian languages. Evan is also the author of Aunt Helen s Little Herb Book, a self-guided Native American tour book Touring Native New York, plus Double Dutched: The Puzzling State of New York s Native American Place Names. He has worked with countless elders to help preserve the ancient history of North America, notably the late William Commanda. Evan has taught Native American studies courses at Marist, Vassar, and at Pace University, and lectures widely across the Eastern US and Canada. His appearances on the History Channel have been seen by millions. He gives workshops and lectures on Algonquin-related subjects throughout the eastern United States, which are listed in his newsletter The Landkeeper. He can be contacted through his website www.algonquinculture.org.


VUOLGGE MU MIELDE (BASSIVARRAI) - MARI BOINE
Listen to the Program
March 27, 2014

JOHN KANE Interviews PETER BUFFET Emmy Award-winning musician has an acclaimed career that spans more than30 years as a professional musician, composer, philanthropist and author. He began hiscareer as the musical mind behind many of the early MTV bumpers of the 80s, and the climactic crescendo in the memorable Fire Dance scene in 1990 s Oscar winning film Dances with Wolves.
Buffett has received critical acclaim for his Native American-inspired music, most notablycomposing the full score for 500 Nations- the eight-hour Emmy-awarded CBS miniseries produced by Kevin Costner, and the musical production Spirit: The Seventh Fire- a NativeAmerican inspired show incorporating live native dancing, powwow singing and Imax-scale visuals (which premiered on the National Mall as part of the opening of the Smithsonian s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.).
From 1987 to present, Buffett has released 16 records, and has been signed to such labels as Narada, Epic and Hollywood Records. He now owns two independent labels, BisonHead and BeSide Records. Most of his releases had been instrumental recordings until 2006 when Buffett began experimenting with vocals and a more eclectic pop/rock sound. His latest work combines elements of soft and progressive rock in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel and Beck.
Buffett has collaborated with Grammy-nominated recording artist Akon as well as Grammy winning artist Angelique Kidjo on human rights inspired songs, one of which debuted at a special event at the UN General Assembly. He is also the only man to have performed at Eve Ensler s 10th Anniversary V-Day celebration in New Orleans.
Buffett s latest venture is his inspiring new book, Life Is What You Make It. Personal andrevealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about following passions over conventions, transcending your circumstances or status, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living life to its fullest.To bring the message of the book alive, Buffett has crafted Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett, a live music event that incorporates multi-media and personal stories to give the audience an authentic, inspirational, and impactful evening.
Using his own life story and experiences as illustration, Buffett ultimately conveys that it s ones values "and what we are able to give back to society "that shape and define us as individuals. Buffett s integrity, candor and musical talent make for an uplifting andrewarding evening that resonates with every audience member looking to lead a more
fulfilling life and leave a meaningful legacy.
For more information, please visit www.peterbuffett.com


The Venus Project - The Children of Babylon
Listen to the Program
March 20, 2014

"The Great American Disconnect: Seven Fundamental Threats To Our Democracy" (Private Label, Long Island Press, New York, 2013).

JED MOREY is the publisher of the Long Island Press, Long Island's Cultural Arts and Investigative News Journal. Morey received his undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and a Masters in Business Administration from Hofstra University. He serves on the board of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Nassau County, as well as the President's Council of Big Brothers an Big Sisters of Long Island. Additionally, Morey authors a column for the Long Island Press titled "Off the Reservation" and is a staunch advocate for American Indian rights. His column was voted Best Column in New York by the New York Press Association in 2010 and third overall in the nation among alternative publications by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia in 2012. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Eden White, and their two daughters.


School Days - Labi Siffre
Can't Get Away - Sixto Rodriquez
Listen to the Program
February 27, 2014

JACQUELINE KEELER is a writer and citizen of the Navajo Nation and born for the Yankton Sioux Tribe. She writes nationally on current Native American issues for many media outlets. New America Media Foundation and has been a featured guest on Huffington Post Live. She has been the driving force behind a Native social media campaign #NotYourMascot that trended nationally during the Super Bowl this year and challenges the use of Native people as mascots. She lives in Portland, Ore. with her husband and their two children. She is also completing a novel called "Leaving the Glittering World: an Atomic Love Story" and worked last year producing a documentary on the Bakken Oil fields called "7-Oil-1." A children's book based on her popular essay "Thanksgiving: A Native American View" is also in the works.

JOHN KANE is your host this week February 27, 2014

LIZ HILL is this week's producer.


Ride Across The River - Dire Straits
Listen to the Program
February 20, 2014

GREGG DEAL Pyramind Lake Paiute of (www.lastamericanindianonearth.com) The premise of the project is to take what would be commonly known to be Indigenous looking (by way of popular culture, misunderstandings, misconceptions) and to confront the general public with this image in every day places and doing every day things.
This project is a performance art piece wearing traditional Native American clothing in various, everyday scenarios interacting with the public which will create interesting, thought-provoking, and even comical situations where the public will be forced to look at me, as a stereotypical Native person, and what I’m doing, and question what they are watching. How will they react if they saw a Native dressed in buckskin and a headdress, doing something as mundane as shopping for cereal at the grocery store? How would they react if they saw me eating Chinese food in China Town or taking pictures of buffalo at the National Zoo? How would they react if they saw me waiting in a Metro station or were riding in the same Metro car?


Road to Hell - Chris Rea
Abends - Mari Boine
City Driven Crazy - Ghosthorse
Listen to the Program
February 13, 2014

STEVEN T. NEWCOMB (Shawnee,Lenape) is the co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, and is the Indigenous and Kumeyaay Research Coordinator for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

JOHN KANE - Interim Host

Listen to the Program
February 6, 2014

JOHN KANE (Interim Host) "My debut will include an introduction of myself to the FVIR audience. ROSS JOHN, former Seneca Nation Councilor and current Chairman for the Seneca Commission for Economic Development will be my guest this week in studio. We will discussing the State of Indian Nations Address by NCAI President Brian Cladoosby and why it misses the mark. We will also be talking about the new report regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline, tar sands oil and how corporate and government greed trumps all else."

For the week February 6-13, 2014

*REMEMBER JOHN KANE will be the Interim Host until January 2015


Is Love Enough - Michael Franti
Cry In the Forest - Dan Fogelberg
Natural Mystic - Luka Bloom
Listen to the Program
January 30, 2014

ROSS HAMILTON updates us on several theories of the Serpent Mounds in Ohio and the origin stories of the TALL BEINGS in Native lore and non-Native myth. He talks of the restoration of the order of light with Native American message now being heard and humanity as a whole must heed in order to allow the next age to take its place. Otherwise we as humans jeopardize our chances of survival and this period extends and will happen within the next 80 years or one complete generation.

CONTACTS www.facebook.com/ross.hamilton OR d.ross.hamilton@gmail.com

TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE is "officially" on a sabbatical for the next calendar year from FVIR and the Interim Host JOHN KANE will be sitting in for the remainder of 2014. Tiokasin sheds some light on rarely heard perspectives of becoming human as an Indigenous viewpoint.

For the week of January 30th - February 6, 2014


Who Discovered America - Ozomatl
Hypnotized - Fleetwood Mac
Listen to the Program
January 23, 2014

PEARL MEANS (Diñe) walked at the side of American Indian Activist, Artist, Author, Actor Russell Means as his wife, business manager and collaborator. From Activism to the Arts, from Indigenous policies to Hollywood she accompanied, organized and managed the affairs of the most influential American Indian of our time.

She serves as:
Co-Representative of the Russell Means Estate
Chair of the T.R.E.A.T.Y. Educational Endowment Fund

Some of Pearl s current projects are:

1. Promoting one of Russell's last projects "If You ve Forgotten the Names of the Clouds, You've Lost Your Way", an introduction to American Indian Thought and Philosophy. Available as an e-book and just published in paper- back. It may be purchased through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, etc. She is currently scheduling book signings. http://russellmeanslegacy.com/?page_id=31

2. The Russell Means documentary "Conspiracy to be Free"

3. Secure Funding for the 1st and only non-government health clinic in Indian Country founded by The American Indian Movement under Russell's leadership on the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation.

4. A traveling exhibit of Russell s Indian Killer Series , a political/historical series of 12 alleged American heroes portraits and narratives that outline historical truths.

5. Creating a "Russell Means Library" on his homeland on the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation, SD.

You may contact Pearl at: treaty.pm@gmail.com
http://russellmeanslegacy.com

TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE, JOHN KANE & ROBERT HENNELLY

Talk about the 'sabbatical' that Tiokasin Ghosthorse as the Host of First Voices Indigenous Radio will be taking during the calendar year 2014.

JOHN KANE will be the Interim Host for the year - About John Kane
John Karhiio Kane is a Mohawk from Kahnawake. He lives on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation and has a direct connection to the people and territories of the Six Nations. John has been involved for most of his adult life in Native issues and, specifically, defending Native sovereignty. Part of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the late 90s, he worked extensively with the League of First Nations in battles with New York State over taxation. John, an expert commentator on Native American issues, is host of a two-hour weekly radio show, "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" " now in its fourth year " which airs on ESPN Sports Radio WWKB-AM 1520 in Buffalo, New York. He appears frequently on regional TV and radio programs, including The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter, YNN - Your News Now, and WGRZ Buffalo Channel 2's (NBC) 2 Sides with Kristy Mazurek. He has been featured on Al-Jazeera Arabic, with more than 50 million viewers in the Arab world. John is a regular guest/commentator and guest host on WBAI-FM (Pacifica) in New York City; WPFW-FM (Pacifica), Washington, D.C.; KFAI-FM, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and KQRS-FM, KXXR-FM and WGVX-FM, Minneapolis. He is an op-ed columnist for The Two Row Times, a weekly news publication that reaches the Ontario-wide Native market and Haudenosaunee communities in the U.S. John publishes the Native Pride blog, which can be found at www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com. His blog has readers in 20 countries. John has a page on the ESPN website at http://www.espn1520.com/pages/17325417.php and a "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" group page on Facebook. In late 2013, John was honored with a Community Leader Media Award from the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York.


TAHI:Roots Mix - Moana & the Moa Hunters
If I Had A Rocket Launcher - Bruce Cockburn
Dream - Robert Mirabal
Listen to the Program
January 9, 2014

MADONNA THUNDER HAWK is a member of the Oohenumpa band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is grandmother to a generation of Native American activists. is a co-founder of The Lakota Peoples Law Project (LPLP) (www.lakotalaw.org) working in South Dakota to stop the illegal seizure of Indian children by the Department of Social Services.

She was an original member of the American Indian Movement, a co-founder of Women of All Red Nations (WARN), and is currently the Lakota People's Law Project's principal organizer and Tribal Liaison. Madonna has been featured in several documentary films including the recent PBS series We Shall Remain. Through her work, Madonna builds alliances and support for Child Welfare among South Dakota's tribal leaders and communities.

South Dakota, second only to Alaska, leads the nation in the number of Indian children removed from their homes; and 2/3 of all children placed in foster care in this state are Native American. Placed in non-Indian homes, the children are often subjected to sexual and physical abuse, medical over-drugging and inadequate education. In South Dakota 60% of Native American children who have been in the foster care system wind up drug addicted, incarcerated or dead by age 20. In South Dakota and many other states The Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA), which was enacted to protect Indian children by keeping them in Indian homes, is being violated. The LPLP is working for federal enforcement and reform of ICWA so that Indian children stay with their families and/or on the reservation.

The United States Government's treatment of Native Americans over the last 150 years is tantamount to a slow genocide. This is especially true in South Dakota. Six of the eleven poorest counties in the entire United States are on Indian reservations in the state. Unemployment among Native American there is over 85%. Families are torn apart. Cancer and diabetes are pandemic. Drinking water is contaminated with uranium from government mines. Education is poor. Misery abounds.
Astonishingly, the caring and vibrant spirit of the Lakota people is still intact. That they have survived such devastating federal and state policies is a testament to their phenomenal strength.
Over the years our work has gone through several phases. After an initial period of discovering the magnitude and severity of the challenges in Lakota country, we worked with our staff and allies to develop a long-term, holistic vision. What emerged were seven long-term objectives:
1. Return Lakota children to their families and tribes
2. Reclaim and steward the ancestral lands
3. Revive the traditional government of the Seven Council Fires
4. Birth a new Oyate economy of self-reliance and sustainability
5. Ensure access to education for all Lakota children in traditional spirituality, wisdom, and knowledge
6. Rebuild the kinship system
7. Protect the gifts of the Spiritual Elements (natural resources)
8. The first and most important of these is to rescue the children. Any genuine attempt at renewing Lakota society must begin there. In recognition of this, we have launched the Lakota Child Rescue Project. Explore this site to learn more about work, and please consider making a gift to the Lakota Children Legal Action Fund.


Declaration of Rights - Abyssinian
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Marvin Gaye
Šunka Waḳan Manunpe Olowan Wan
Way Down (featuring Ben Weaver) - BoozooBajou & Ben Weaver
Listen to the Program
January 2, 2014

In this edition FVIR Host - TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE speaks to the narrative of spiritual de-colonization and the marginalization of Native peoples among alternative and progressive minded westerners. The usage of the English language as a capitive and illusory language which leaves Americans in an "in search of mentality."

DEBORAH REGER hosts Moccasin Tracks and interviews with Tiokasin on another community radio station WGDR (www.wgdr.org) in Plainfield, Vermont.


Good Voice Wolf - TEE IRON CLOUD (youtube.com)
Garden of Love - WINSTON MCNUFF & FIXI
Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate (Extended Version) - SULI BREAKS
Listen to the Program
December 26, 2013

A TIMELESS BROADCAST! SITANKA WOKIKSUYE with ALEX WHITE PLUME from December 2012

ALEXANDER WHITE PLUME is Oglala Lakota and one of the founders of the Sitanka Wokiksuye (Wounded Knee Bigfoot Memorial Ride) (South Dakota) started in 1986. The nation needed a Wiping of the Tears ceremony after the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890. The ride began because of the way our people were living; they needed change and a way that brought awareness to what happened to Bigfoot and his people at Wounded Knee. "MOTHER EARTH NEEDS CULTURE." - Alex WP

To see some of Alex s work go to (www.oweakuinternational.org).

Between 1986-1990, the ride was a Wiping of the Tears ceremony for the Lakota nation. There were 19 riders on the very first ride in 1986 from Bridger, SD to Wounded Knee, SD. The ride was called the Future Generation Ride after 1990, when the Wiping of the Tears ceremony ended.

For the week of Dec. 26, 2013 - January 2, 2014


Turning Away - Dougie Maclean
Lakota Dream Song - Earl Bullhead
If 60's Were 90's - The Beautiful People
Road To Hell - Chris Rhea
Listen to the Program
December 5, 2013

REBROADCAST - Originally broadcast Feb. 28, 2013 on WBAI NYC

STAR MOUNDS - A Native American Legacy Mystery

ROSS HAMILTON has lived in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area since the age of seven and has devoted his life to bringing to light the lost history of the North American continent. He has worked with activist Vine Deloria Jr., the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians; Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman; and Iroquois chief Jake Swamp. He frequently gives interviews on the subject of the star mounds, most recently on the History Channel show Ancient Aliens.

(http://bit.ly/qNVsKE). Star Mounds is a full-color illustrated study of the precolonial monuments of the greater Ohio Valley, woven together with over fifty "medicine stories" inspired by Native American mythology that demonstrate the depth of the knowledge held by indigenous peoples about the universe they lived in.

The earthworks of the region have long mystified and intrigued scholars, archeologists, and anthropologists with their impressive size and design. The landscape practices of pioneer families destroyed much of them in the 1700s, but, during the first half of the 1800s, some serious mapmaking expeditions were able to record their locations. Utilizing many nineteenth-century maps as a base including those of the gentlemen explorers Ephraim Squier and Edwin Davis author Ross Hamilton reveals the meaning and purpose of these antique monuments.

Together with these maps, Hamilton applies new theories and geometrical formulas to the earthworks to demonstrate that the Ohio Valley was the setting of a manitou system, an interactive organization of specially shaped villages that was home to a sophisticated society of architects and astronomers. The author retells over fifty ancient stories based on Native American myth such as "The One-Eyed Man" and "The Story of How Mischief Became Hare" that clearly indicate how knowledgeable the valley's inhabitants were about the constellations and the movement of the stars. Finally, Hamilton relates the spiritual culture of the valley's early inhabitants to a kind of golden age of humanity when people lived in harmony with the Earth and Sky, and looks forward to a time when our own culture can foster a similar "spiritual technology" and life-giving relationship with nature.

Listen to the Program
November 21, 2013

TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE(Lakota) shares some of his thoughts on the upcoming American holiday season and Indigenous people's enduring legacy and perspective.

JOHN TRUDELL (Dakota) In 1980 JT gave a "Thanksgiving Day" Address regarding the American system and how the nuclear firmanent is not the reality and the elite class of citizens accept the illusion of mistreating Mother Earth.


Fala (African Version)- Tom Diakite
Screen Behind the Door - Enigma
World Flutes - Unknown Compilation
Listening - Tribal Voice (John Trudell)
Be Thankful For What You've Got - William DeVaughn
Listen to the Program
November 14, 2013

PAUL STAMETS has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years. Over this time, he has discovered and coauthored four new species of mushrooms, and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation. He received the 1998 "Bioneers Award" from The Collective Heritage Institute, and the 1999 "Founder of a New Northwest Award" from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. In 2008, Paul received the National Geographic Adventure Magazine's Green-Novator and the Argosy Foundation's E-chievement Awards. He was also named one of Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in their November "December 2008 issue. In February 2010, Paul received the President's Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter, in recognition of his contributions to Ecological Restoration.

He has written six books on mushroom cultivation, use and identification; his books Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator (coauthor) have long been hailed as the definitive texts of mushroom cultivation. Paul tells us of research at Lawrence Livermore Labs to develop ecological solutions for radioactivity, with a focus on Fukushima. Again, nature based. www.fungi.com


Whats Going On - Los Lobos
World Flutes Compilation Track II
Listen to the Program
November 8, 2013

"SEEDS OF OUR ANCESTORS, SEEDS OF LIFE"

WINONA LADUKE is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. As Program Director of Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, where she works to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is the author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel, Last Standing Woman

"You Have to Fight"

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) has devoted her life to protecting the lands of Native communities. LaDuke is the founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth and the White Earth Land Recovery Project. She is a leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems.

For the week of November 7 -14, 2013


Shop - Left On Red
Healing Song 12 - Primeaux, Mike and Attson
Dots on Shells - Yothu Yindi
Ne Puanum - Kashtin
Look At Me - Ghosthorse
Listen to the Program
October 31, 2013

On October 31st - A statement regarding the situation at Fukushima, Japan was released to the general public. This statement reflects the wisdom of the Spiritual People of the Earth, of North and South America, working in unity to restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings.
This statement is written in black and white with a foreign language that is not our own and does not convey the full depth of our concerns. It was released through the Council of Elders after a meeting in late September at Green Grass, SD - home of teh White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota. Hear the entirety of the statement as read by Tiokasin Ghosthorse.

EVAN PRITCHARD - Talks about what Henry Hudson really did at this time of the year. It should not be surprising to learn that the Algonquin perspective concerning Henry Hudson's historic visit would be different than that told in most English history books. I for one firmly believe that the saga of the Half Moon of 1609 began 392 years before, on a tiny island in the Bay of Fundy still called Fire Island by the Mi'kmaq people who live nearby and who consider it a sacred shrine. It was there in what would become St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada, that a series of eight prophets arrived, according to the Red Sky Scrolls. They brought warnings for the future and teachings for the ages. They brought these to the Algonquian speaking people, and, so some believe, for all humankind. They spoke of "medicine wheels," and hoops within hoops of what we'd call ecosystems, and hoops within hoops of what we'd call "time," though there still today is no such word in the local language of the Mi'kmaq people.

For the week of Oct 31 - November 7, 2013


Garden of Love - Winston McAnauff & Fixi
Four Directions Song - Calvin Standing Bear
Neon Sky - Song Catchers
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Luka Bloom
I'll Be Gone Before Long - Unknown Native woman
Listen to the Program
October 24, 2013

SUREE TOWFIGHNIA - Director/Co-Producer of Crying Earth Rise Up (www.cryingearthriseup.com) is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water.
It tells a timely story of protecting land, water and a way of life. A nearby uranium mining operation is extracting ore from deep in the ground by tapping the High Plains/Ogllala Aquifer, a huge underground cache of water covering 174,000 square miles from Texas to South Dakota which supplies drinking water to 82 percent of the people who live within the aquifer boundary. The mine's planned expansion further threatens the aquifer.
Crying Earth Rise Up is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water. It tells a timely story of protecting land, water and a way of life.
Please help us make a difference and get this film out to audiences! Prairie Dust Films and Crying Earth Rise Up have run out of funds and are in the middle of an exciting crowd-source campaign on KICKSTARTER.
Please click image to go their website and donate and share on your Facebook. Its important!
CRYING EARTH RISE UP
CRYING EARTH RISE UP

JOEL HEATH - Director of People of the Feather (www.peopleofthefeather.com) Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Recreations of traditional life are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America. The eyes of a remote subsistence culture challenge the world to find energy solutions that work with the seasons of our hydrological cycle.


Rebels Against The Pipeline - Che Christ
Exodus - Bob Marley and the Wailers
Burning Times - Rumors of the Big Wave
Listen to the Program
October 3, 2013

MUTABARUKA Voices his thoughts on COLUMBUS GHOST - A Jamaican (born Allan Hope, 26 December 1952, Rae Town, Kingston) is a dub poet. His name comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one who is always victorious".

LARRY MERCULIEF Indigenous Elder for Modern Times -Merculieff will spoke on indigenous elder wisdom and modern day personal to global challenges. Merculieff is an indigenous messenger and teacher. Indigenous wisdom keepers throughout the western hemisphere and other parts of the world have shared their wisdom, knowledge and prophecies with him, asking him to share their words with others. Issues related to cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living, elder wisdom, and the environment are close to his heart. He recently chaired the indigenous knowledge sessions at the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change attended by indigenous representatives from 80 nations.

SEVERN SUZUKI As a 12 year who froze the world for 7 minutes at the 1991 Earth Summit on Climate Change in Rio De Janero, Severn spoke about the apocolyptic results if we don't do as adults what we should have been doing all along. Respecting Mother Earth the way Indigenous peoples have continued to do for uncountable millenia.

TANYA FRISCHNER American Indian Law Alliance gave an informative speech regarding the Doctrine of Discovery and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2006; regarding the way anthropologists and scientists perceive the age of Indigenous peoples in the western hemisphere, and the holocaust derived from Bartolome de las Casas. He became the first resident Bishop of Chiapas, and the first officially appointed "Protector of the Indians". His extensive writings, the most famous being "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies" and "Historia de Las Indias", chronicle the first decades of colonization of the West Indies, focusing particularly on the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the Indigenous peoples.

JOHN TRUDELL - What Happened to the Tribes of Europe?


From the Beginnin - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Living In Reality - John Trudell
Listen to the Program
September 26, 2013

DARLENE PIPEBOY a Dakota elder talks about the realities, philosophies of her people and their relationship to the politics, belief systems of religion and how Indigenous peoples are surviving. She also discusses the foretelling through experience of prophecies by the way Mother Earth is moving to change things.
Her contacts are: 605.932.3628 Email - wicasa40@hotmail.com


Big Ones Get Away - Buffy Sainte-Marie
Mother Earth Cries - Al Cleveland
Puppetji vs. The Secret
Why - Enigma
Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye
Listen to the Program
September 19, 2013

GREGG DEAL Pyramind Lake Paiute of (www.lastamericanindianonearth.com) The premise of the project is to take what would be commonly known to be Indigenous looking (by way of popular culture, misunderstandings, misconceptions) and to confront the general public with this image in every day places and doing every day things.
This project is a performance art piece wearing traditional Native American clothing in various, everyday scenarios interacting with the public which will create interesting, thought-provoking, and even comical situations where the public will be forced to look at me, as a stereotypical Native person, and what I’m doing, and question what they are watching. How will they react if they saw a Native dressed in buckskin and a headdress, doing something as mundane as shopping for cereal at the grocery store? How would they react if they saw me eating Chinese food in China Town or taking pictures of buffalo at the National Zoo? How would they react if they saw me waiting in a Metro station or were riding in the same Metro car?
Last Indian on Earth
Last Indian on Earth

CHASE IRON EYES Standing Rock Lakota of (www.UnityND.com) Three former residents of the Fargo-Moorhead area are organizing a protest of this month’s planned visit to the western North Dakota town of Leith by a man who claims to lead a white supremacist group. UnityND is planning a true grassroots peaceful protest to demonstrate that we are united in a stance against hatred, violence and prejudice. Craig Paul Cobb has purchased a dozen properties in the town of Leith in the past two years and has encouraged fellow white supremacists to join him there to turn the town of 16 people about 70 miles southwest of Bismarck into a white nationalist community. Cobb, a native of Missouri, fled prosecution for hate crimes in Canada and chased the promise of high-paying jobs in the booming western North Dakota oilfields. Cobb can’t be extradited to Canada because the charge against him in Canada doesn’t exist under U.S. law.
Leith landed in the national spotlight last month after the Southern Poverty Law Center and Bismarck Tribune broke the story about Cobb’s plans, including that he had given property to two well-known white supremacists, Alex Linder and Tom Metzger, a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

UNITY ND
UNITY ND


History (Repeats Itself) - A.O.S.
All Men Choose The Path They Walk - Archie Roach
Way Out (Featuring Ben Weaver) - BoozooBajou & Ben Weaver
Bad Man's Blood - Ray Bonneville
Listen to the Program
September 12, 2013

DR. DANIEL WILDCAT (Yuchi Muscogee)
Power and Place: Rights of Mother Earth
Thanks to Censored News, Indigenous Environmental Network and Earthcycles for the audio recordging this past week at the Rights for Mother Earth Gathering in Lawrence, Kansas at the Haskell Indian Nations University.

JONAS ELROD was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He suddenly could see and hear angels, demons, auras and ghosts.
The documentary movie WAKE UP follows this fascinating story of an average guy who inexplicably developed the ability to access other dimensions. Physicians gave him a clean bill of health and were unable to provide an explanation. What was it? Why was it happening to him? One thing was certain for this 36-year old man - life as he had known it would never be the same.

MARK JOHNS-COLSON (Chehalis) His hereditary name, Syk Amen, means ."Remember like the sun". His bloodlines also consist of Yurok and Dakota. He currently lives on the Skokomish reservation in Washington state. He works with children and has co-founded a non-profit charity, Goodthinking 4 all our relations, which provides help for children living in poverty on North American reservations. To find out more about this charity visit www.4allourrelations.org.


Restoration - Coyote Oldman
Tee Iron Cloud - Good Voice Wolf
Motherless Child - Roy Finch
In the Fringe - (Unknown)
Looking for the Summer- Chris Rea
Listen to the Program
September 5, 2013

Today First Voices Indigenous Radio will be featuring a new segment with Niijii Radio and WINONA LADUKE(Anishinabe) - HONOR THE EARTH (www.honorearth.org).

Winona LaDuke's Albitoose radio program (meaning Wednesday in the Anishinabe language), and KKWE 89.9 FM, in Callaway, Minnesota. With Winona's permission we will be featuring segments regarding Mother Earth's voice and Indigenous peoples voices across Turtle Island where the equation of inclusion often is not heard. Winona LaDuke is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinabe Reservation in Northern Minnesota and the Founder of White Earth Land Recovery Project and Honor the Earth. She currently serves as the Executive Director of both organizations.

LaDuke visits first here with LYNETTE TWO BULLS at the horse pasture in White Earth, near Strawberry Lake. Lynette is a Lakota visiting today from Northern Cheyenne, where she works with her husband Philip Whiteman, Jr. to help people understand the medicine wheel model. Lynette explains the medicine wheel, spirit, and Creator live in the right brain. We are indoctrinated from a young age in modern society to be linear, left-brain dominant thinkers. Lynette also talks about the Ft. Robinson run helping the Northern Cheyenne people to heal from historic trauma of the Ft. Robinson massacre and teach the youth traditional ways.

OREN LYONS Onondaga
He was born in 1930 and raised in the culture and practices of the Iroquois on the Seneca and Onondaga reservations in Upstate New York. He is a member of the Onondaga and Seneca nations of the Six Nations Confederacy or the Haudenausaunee. As an activist for indigenous and environmental justice, Oren works with communities across the globe. As a Faithkeeper, he upholds the history and traditions of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca. Oren often addresses modern-day conflicts by sharing traditional views on the law of nature.


Sundance-Leonard Peltier's Words
Listen to the Program
August 29, 2013

BRIAN KELLY
Brian jumped into the alternative media scene in 2012 when he became involved with a group called the One People's Public Trust, an organization who had been quietly dismantling the global banking elite, utilizing a vast arrangement of UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) filings to unwind the system from within. Brian played a major role in unveiling this movement for the first time publicly on December 26, 2012 which garnered instant international attention in the banking and alternative media circuits.
Although, considering the vast censorship of mainstream media, these paradigm altering developments have been kept relatively quiet and limited to independent websites and online media platforms for distribution. Since January of this year Brian has been a guest on over 30 radio shows, sharing the hopeful message that humanity is entering a time of great positive change, to millions of listeners from all around the world.
He is the author of his own self titled blog, www.BrianKelly'sBlog.blogspot.com, co-author of www.AmericanKabuki.blogspot.com. Brian is also a co-host on three Blog Talk radio shows which can be found on www.5dmedianetwork.com, where he and his co-hosts provide weekly updates of developing and unfolding events.

For the week of August 29 - September 5, 2013


Rumours of Glory - Bruce Cockburn
Free Your Mind - Red Thunder
The Dream - Rober Mirabal
Elama - Yasser Habeeb
Wicked System - Fundamental Sound
Actions Speak Louder Than Words - Bruce Cockburn
Listen to the Program
August 22, 2013

DEBORAH REGER - Host of Moccasin Tracks in WGDR (www.wgdr.com) Goddard Community College. Moccasin Tracks explores the efforts, thoughts and wisdom of the Indigenous Peoples of Vermont- and beyond- and also grassroots activism, including non-violent civil-resistance. The show questions cooperation or resistance to the broken “white-priviledged” systems in place today that are desecrating all that is precious to Life-Affirming Human Beings that are living in peace and harmony with Mother Earth.

This week a rare interview of Tiokasin Ghosthorse who is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio.
Talks about the inspiration behind FVIR's 21 year host of the radio program beginning in 1992. He talks about the Seeding of Consciousness it takes for the species human to survive and the movements of Mother Earth that are politically and financially motivated.


Whats Going On - LOS LOBOS
FIRE INTO WATER - Alex Alexander & Tiokasin
Listen to the Program
August 15, 2013

BEN OOFANA (Kiowa) Longhorn Mountain (www.facebook.com/SaveLonghornMountain) has tremendous spiritual significance and is considered to be the most sacred of all sites by the Kiowa people of Oklahoma. Longhorn Mountain is used by the Kiowa, Comanche, Apache and other surrounding Plains Indian tribes for prayer, the vision quest and events of other religious significance. Native people also go to pray for their families in times of illness and death. Native people fast for four days and nights upon Longhorn. Longhorn Mountain is one of the very few sacred sites located in the state of Oklahoma where Native Americans go to do the vision quest.

Longhorn Mountain is currently facing a serious threat. The farmers that currently own the western half of the mountain have leased the land to Stewart Stone of Cushing Oklahoma, a rock crushing company that would strip mine the Kiowa tribe’s sacred Longhorn Mountain turning it into the gravel that is used to pave our highways. The destruction of Longhorn Mountain would be a tragic loss and an act of cultural genocide perpetrated against the Kiowa people and all traditional Native Americans.

The destruction of Longhorn Mountain would be a tremendous historical loss for the state of Oklahoma. And it would be an especially devastating loss to the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache and traditional native people from other tribes that hold Longhorn Mountain sacred. Please help us to protect Longhorn Mountain. Tell the Oklahoma State and Federal Government to protect Longhorn Mountain by recognizing it as a historical and Native American sacred site.

DAVIDICA (Lakota) (www.reverbnation.com/allmyrelationstour2013)
Rock Singer/Songwriter 
Alternative Rock recording artist; Davidica is a new comer but she‘s taken Indian Country by storm.“Throughout Indian Country you’ve got your traditional music and you’ve got your blues music, reggae, hip-hop, and country, but you’re not hearing a great deal of straight ahead Rock n Roll and certainly not seeing a huge number of Native women representing the genre. Along comes a rocker by the name of Davidica (Oglala Sioux) who has turned audiences on to her message of hope and survival thanks to her electrifying live show.” -Rock Wired Magazine’s Brian Lush. First official single released in November 2013, ”Inside My Head” is currently one away from the top spot at #2 on the National Aboriginal Top 40 Music Countdown in Canada.
DAVIDICADAVIDICA

AARON HUEY (www.honorthetreaties.org) Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk.


Inside My Head - DAVIDICA
From the Beginning - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Praises - Bill Miller
Cry In The Forest - Dan Fogelberg
Listen to the Program
August 1, 2013

ANTHONY DELLAFLORA Producer of The Language of Spirituality (www.thelanguageofspirituality.com)

Do the languages and cosmologies of Native Americans hold the keys to the mysteries of quantum physics and the nature of reality? That is the intriguing premise of The Language of Spirituality, a documentary film about the intersection of spirituality, modern science and language. Inspired by a series of dialogues between western physicists, Native scholars and elders and linguists, the documentary begins by exploring how language and worldview influence each other.

From this starting point, the late Dan "Moonhawk" Alford traces the evolution of Einstein's theory of relativity from its beginnings as a linguistic principle and its connection to the groundbreaking work of scholar Benjamin Whorf, whose study of Hopi and other Native languages in the early 20th century revealed a language structure quite dissimilar from Indo-European languages, but strikingly capable of describing the dynamic world of quantum physics, at a time when physicists were lamenting their inability to describe the subatomic realm in conventional language.

Whorf's theories, attacked by some, were bolstered by the work of noted theoretical physicist David Bohm, whose notions of reality and consciousness as expressed in his book "Wholeness and the Implicate Order," mirror the Hopi worldview. In 1992, it all came full circle when Bohm, just months before his death, was invited to meet Native elders at a dialogue in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There, Bohm was exposed to the Native worldview and found the dynamic, verb-based language that he had imagined.

Now, filmmaker Anthony DellaFlora captures this momentous meeting of minds and the beginnings of the ongoing dialogue in The Language of Spirituality.

Participants in the dialogues, including Fred Alan Wolf (What the Bleep Do We Know?), Bohm colleague F. David Peat and Blackfoot scholar Leroy Little Bear, speak about the dialogues and their implications for the future in this 62-minute documentary.


Rainy Night In Georgia - Tommy Jo White
Listen to the Program
July 25, 2013

KAREN SUSSMAN - President of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros talks about the emergency situation of 4 herd of wild horses that were originally slated for slaughter, but facing a downsizing due to the cost of maintaining the herds. The (www.ISPMB.org) wild horse ranch is located on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation in north central South Dakota. She talks about the social relationship humans have to the Horse in history as well as their behavior compared to human society's behavior. ISPMBISPMB


Cry In The Forest - Dan Fogelberg
Lost My Horse - Otis Taylor
Ebatule - Belladonna
Listen to the Program
July 11, 2013

Guest Host: JOHN KANE (www.letstalknative.blogspot.com) and guest Julianna Forlano. From Absurdity Today.
She hosted a panel at the Left Forum on using Humor for social change. She featured John Hlinko, John Fugelsang and Michael Moore. We talked about my upcoming meeting with Jodi Gillette on the "floor tax" provision of CHIPRA. We talked gaming for NYS and Eric Schneiderman's assault on Native to Native commerce. We hit on a bit of Johnny Depp and Tonto as well.
JOHN KANEJOHN KANE

Listen to the Program
June 20, 2013

EVAN PRITCHARD- a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture, and is currently Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he also teaches ethics and philosophy. www.algonquinculture.org
We discuss his new book BirdMedicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism

NINA WAS'TE (Nakota-Dakota/Cree) Kahkewistahaw, Saskatchewan Canada A mom and grandmother who works closely with mostly First Nation women, who are experiencing trauma and grief. Currently Masters student at the University of Manitoba and with a focus on the Discourse As Propaganda for Genocide. Look for Nina Waste on Facebook pronounced Nina Waste (wash dhey)


Be Thankful For What You've Got - William DeVaughn
Lazarus Man - Terry Callier
Listen to the Program
June 13, 2013

ARVOL LOOKING HORSE (Itazipcola Lakota Nation) www.worldpeaceandprayerday.com

Following the birth of a White Buffalo Calf in 1994, the Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe for the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations Arvol Looking Horse, was directed to honor the Four Directions with ceremony on Summer Solstice/June 21st. According to Lakota Star Knowledge, the birth of "Miracle," a female white buffalo, signaled a time of Earth changes and the coming of The Mending of the Hoop of all Nations. The Summer Solstice is said to be a powerful time to pray for peace and harmony among all Living Beings. Grandmother Earth's gifts; the air, water, plant, animal, and rock nations must be allowed to heal if we are to live in harmony with Her.

Ancient prophecies throughout the world have predicted this time...when population growth, over consumption, depletion of our natural resources and pollution would severely damage our Earth's life-sustaining capabilities. It has become Chief Looking Horse's personal commitment as the "Keeper of the Sacred Bundle" to assist in the fulfillment of the Mending of the Hoop of all Nations. Besides his work with his own community, meeting with global and spiritual leaders around the world and speaking and offering prayers at Universities and environmental symposiums, (including the United Nations); Chief Looking Horse's mission with World Peace and Prayer Day has already made tremendous contributions to the progress of Earth Awareness and World Peace. 


DEBRA WHITE PLUME www.oweakuinternational.org

Debra White Plume - (Oglala Lakota Nation) works with Moccasins on the Ground (www.oweakuinternational.org) and the frontline experience of bringing awareness about the ongoing devastation to Mother Earth such as the Keystone XL Pipeline to many Indigenous nations; and creating a new paradigm for themselves through creating solidarity and resistance to the destruction of Mother Earth and sacred water.
Debra spoke at the Left Forum's "Mobilizing for Ecological and Economical Transformation in New York City with a capacity crowd at the Pace University June 8, 2013.

FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 13 - 20, 2013

Listen to the Program
May 30, 2013

SETH ADLER (www.leftforum.org)

The Left Forum 2013 updates on the conference coming to Pace University New York on June 7-9, 2013

ELVIRA & HORTENCIA COLORADO - COATLICUE THEATRE COMPANY : 25 years of performance, culture and activism

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square 5th Floor
New York, NY
www.hemisphericinstitute.org

LUIS CARCAMO-HUECANTE

Mapuche Cases at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jos , Costa Rica, on May 29-30, 2013

On May 29th and 30th, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights will meet in San Jos , Costa Rica, to rule on several cases presented by the families of Mapuche political prisoners from Chile. On August 12, 2011, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights submitted to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights a claim against the Chilean state in response to the indigenous rights violations in this country. The use of state repression, violence and imprisonment against Mapuche leaders has characterized the struggles of the Mapuche ancestral rights to the land, which has produced severe human and social damage with traumatic effects upon the Mapuche families, communities, elders, adults, youth, and children

For the week of May 30 - June 6, 2013


GOD ON OUR SIDE - Aaron Neville
What About Me - Quicksilver Messenger Service
Time After Time (SFE Version) - Tara Morice
Listen to the Program
May 23, 2013

DOUG GEORGE-KANENTIIO is an Akwesasne Mohawk. He is the co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association and author of "Iroquois On Fire".

(www.Indianz.com) From article "Oneida Nation violates Iroquois laws"

"The Oneida Nation of New York did not exist until 1993, the Seneca Nation of Indians was created in 1848 and the St. Regis Tribe was formed by an act of the New York State Lesgislature in 1892. None govern according to the Great Law of Peace nor do any of the three have the requisite chiefs, clanmothers, faithkeepers or spiritual customs which define a Haudenosaunee council."

"Nonetheless the terrible deal entered into between the Oneida Nation "representative" [Ray Halbritter] on May 16 brings great harm to our people. It was negotiated in secrecy without the knowledge or consent of the Oneida people just as this self appointed "representative" did with Governor Mario Cuomo in 1993. It ceded all of the homelands [26 million acres] of the Oneidas except for a highly conditional acreage which the representative placed into "trust" which means the US and not the Oneidas own their land. It brings taxation to the Oneidas, a fatal compromise in their aboriginal sovereignty. It imposed New York State administrative and policing authority upon a people who have long opposed such policies as contradictory to their rights to exclusive jurisdiction. It concedes the Oneida's "sovereign immunity" from any judicial claim. It makes a mockery to any argument of legal distinction. And it will destroy the other Haudenosaunee if it is allowed to pass."

GONZALO MERCADO(www.thenyic.org) is the Executive Director of El Centro del Inmigrante (The Immigrant Center). "El Centro" is a community based organization in Port Richmond, Staten Island working to provide for the economic advancement and well being of immigrant workers through community organizing, education, advocacy, service provision and cultural activities as well as building bridges with receiving communities.

Port Richmond is an area in Staten Island in New York City in New York State in the North Eastern United States which has borders - it was recently the site of a terrifying hate crime. An unidentified white man drove his pickup truck into three different Mexican business. He was yelling anti-immigrant slurs, menacing stunned immigrants who were watching him and driving at high speed. He repeatedly drove his oversized red pickup truck into the security gates of the three stores. At one store he got out of his pickup truck and repeatedly hammered the security gate with a large metal item, all the while screaming and cursing.


Southern Fancy Dance - Unknown
Who Discoverd America - Ozomatl
Working Class Hero - Tina Dico
Listen to the Program
May 16, 2013

JOHN KARHIIO KANE (Mohawk) (www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com)
Discusses the "exclusivity zone" being used as a method to urge the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee to pay the half a billion dollars owed to New York State. Under the casino compact or state-run casinos could be built in areas, key to the Senecas' success..

His program Let's Talk Native airs WWKB is an AM radio station in Buffalo, New York

BRANDON ECOFFEY (Lakota) (www.Indianz.com) He is currently the managing editor at Native Sun News Weekly and a contributor to LastRealIndians.com.
Brandon also writes the Editorial Page of Native Sun News. We discuss the idea of plagiarism and the consequences to the 'real' Native communities by mainstream media and throughout "Indian Country" today.

My comments:
We all understand what it is to steal and the consequence of that action, either by choice or by playing innocent of the deed. We all have heard the definition of plagiarism' or at least a play on the word. Another kind of question is "If one person steals quotes or copies another author of words it is called plagiarism but when many people steal or copy it is called research.

I would go with the latter play on words and say it has become an epidemic for a certain class of self-identified and self-named, free association of moniker examples such as Wolf-Spirit-Soaring-With-Eagles-High-In-The-Sky and idioms running amuck and explaining everything as in Native American Proverbs fables mentality. Whew! It is entirely a distorted illusion it already is and any thinking Native would not believe the lofty moniker in the first place.

You may get the point, but many will not, especially if their so-called reputation, paycheck or pride gets the better of them. This attitude of denial, consequentially worsens the everyday struggle for the real Native or Indigenous peoples - the on-the ground, front-lines, Native people who do not dress their words nor don any costumes to prove they are the community, or the people they were born into without the accessories or privilege to do so.

So lets think and talk about this plague of plagiarism infecting the print media, the social on-line plethora of assumptions, unabashed stealing of Indigenous intellectual property . I think you get the drift.

For the week of May 16 through May 23rd, 2013


LIVES IN THE BALANCE - Jackson Browne
I WILL NOT LET THE EXAM RESULT DECIDE MY FATE (Extended Version) Suli Breaks
Listen to the Program
May 2, 2013

CANDACE DUCHENEAUX (Lakota) (www.facebook.com) and type in Mni or Mni Indigenous Water Summit to get the latest information and logistics

Water justice, sovereignty, and security for present and future generations of Turtle Island Indigenous nations through the restoration, preservation, and protection of tribal lands and waters.
Mission
To lead the western hemisphere in large scale rehabilitation of damaged ecosystems by mobilizing the implementation of vast water conservancy and ecosystem recovery methods on the tribal lands of all Turtle Island Indigenous Nations.

Beginning Spring 2013, we will begin a pilot project on the homelands of the Cheyenne River Hohwoju Lakota of the Oceti Sakowin. This project will restore the lands to health and sustainability so humankind can once again live upon the earth in peace and prosperity and enjoy her beauty and bounty. This system will provide pure water to sustain present and future generations.


OFELIA RIVAS (Tohono O'odham) (www.tiamtpublications.com) With the O'odham Solidarity Project - Ofelia related the stories of living with the looming prescence of the US/Mexican Border Wall and the patrol that has harrassed and disrupted centuries old traditional Indigenous communities.

SETH ADLER (www.leftforum.org) The Left Forum 2013 updates on the conference coming to Pace University New York on June 7-9, 2013

Mni Indigenous Water SummitMni Indigenous Water Summit


Burning Times - Rumor of the Big Wave
Road to Hell - Chris Rea
Listen to the Program
April 25, 2013

DEBRA WHITE PLUME (Lakota) Director of Owe Aku (www.oweakuinternational.org) works to bring back our way of life which includes humanity's role in nature: we are a part of it, not outside of it, not having dominion over it. To achieve this Owe Aku works to stop mining that contaminates our water and land. Owe Aku has reestablished programs that utilize the wisdom of our ancestors in combatting the effects of inter-generational trauma caused by colonization and the intentional attempts for hundreds of years to destroy our culture.
In the Lakota Language Owe Aku means Bring Back the Way.

While the current fate of KXL North rests upon U.S. Presidential approval, KXL South's now lies in the broad-spectrum opposition it has garnered in the form of legal cases as well as the grassroots civil disobedience campaigns by groups like Great Plain Tar Sands Resistance and Tar Sands Blockade. Should KXL North be permitted to start construction, these groups along with grassroots indigenous organizations, several Lakota Nation tribal councils, and over 60,000 others have pledged resistance in the form of non-violent direct action to halt pipeline construction.

STEPHANY SEAY - Media Outreach Coordinator (www.buffalofieldcampaign.org)

Kill the Bills, Not the Buffalo! Twelve anti-buffalo bills were alive at the start of this legislative session. Thanks to you and other friends of the buffalo, only two survive!

HB 143, which would have made it mandatory for the Department of Livestock to immediately kill, capture, harass, quarantine and trap for slaughter all buffalo migrating into Montana, failed yesterday in its 3rd reading in the Montana House by a vote of 50 to 50.

HB 328, which allows wildlife officials to reveal the location of wild buffalo to hunters, unfortunately, was signed into law on Friday.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock is the last line of defense against the last two surviving bills.

HB 396 would grant unconstitutional powers to county commissioners, giving them full authority over any wild buffalo transferred or introduced in Montana. It would also make it legal for the Montana Department of Livestock to auction or sell wild bison and keep the money.

SB 256 would legislatively undo a long standing Montana Supreme Court precedent that wildlife does not belong to any owner by making the state liable for any private property damage or public safety hazard caused by reintroduced buffalo.


What About Me? - Richie Havens
The Hawk - Richie Havens
Listen to the Program
April 18, 2013

KALYANEE MAM (Director) of A RIVER CHANGES COURSE

http://www.ariverchangescourse.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ARiverChangesCourse

Official Selection - 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Three young Indigenous Cambodians struggle to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and debt in this devastating and beautiful story of an ancient culture ravaged by globalization.

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while life for the Khmer people continue to flow in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction.

Elemental and A River Changes CourseElemental and A River Changes Course

EMMANUEL VAUGH-LEE (Director) of ELEMENTAL

www.elementalthefilm.com
www.facebook.com/elementalfilm

Emmanuel is a director, producer, musician and composer. In 2005 he founded the Global Oneness Project, a webby award winning media platform and production-company. He has directed and produced numerous award winning short films.

ELEMENTAL tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.


Wayfaring Stranger - Emmylou Harris
The Visions Said - John Trudell
All Men Choose the Path They Walk - Archie Roach
Listen to the Program
April 11, 2013

JANENE YAZZIE-COLLYMORE is a Dine independent scholar, entrepreneur, and human rights advocate. She is from the Black Streak Wood People clan, born for the Bitter water people. Her grandparents are from the the Comanche and White Mountain Apache Nations. As CEO of Sixth World Solutions (www.sixth-world.com) works on the front lines of community development, empowerment and liberation on the Navajo Nation. The goal of Sixth World is to nurture the development of community-owned programs, projects, and methodologies the promote economic, social and environmental justice that restore Hozho (balance), or community and individual prosperity as defined by Dine epistemology.

LISA JONES is an author and contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (www.hcn.org). THE WHITE MEDIA KILLS INDIANS AGAIN AND AGAIN (www.hcn.org/wotr/the-white-media-kills-indians-again-and-again) a column she wrote for Writers on the Range, a syndication service of High Country News in Western Colorado, this first week in April 2013.
She teaches memoir in Boulder and Denver and is the author of “Broken: A Love Story,” (www.brokenalovestory.com) a memoir about her friendship with Northern Arapaho horse gentler Stanford Addison.

Listen to the Program
April 4, 2013

MARIJO MOORE( www.marijomoore.com) of Cherokee, Irish and Dutch ancestry is the author of many books and co-editor with Trace A. Demeyer of the latest release by rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING.
Unraveling The Spreading Cloth of Time

Unraveling The Spreading Cloth of Time

Dedicated to Vine Deloria Jr

Exploring Quantum physics in relation to Indigenous peoples' understanding of the spiritual universe, this anthology includes writings from 40 Native writers from various nations. "Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time, MariJo Moore and Trace DeMeyer's brilliant anthology, explores an uncanny tension between Indigenous understandings of a moral, interconnected universe and the edges of western science and philosophy that -in time- come to the same conclusion."

MARK CAMP (www.culturalsurvival.org) is Cultural Survival's Deputy Executive Director and directs Cultural Survival's Community Radio Program.

Of the original Indigenous Peoples and more than 300 languages in North America, nearly 600 tribes and 175 living languages remained in 1997. Of these languages many were spoken primarily by elders, and 125 languages of the 175 were spoken only by middle aged or older adults. Fifty-five languages were spoken by 1 to 6 people, and only 20 were spoken widely by children. As many as 55 languages may have disappeared since 1997 (Indigenous Language Institute). The decline of languages did not occur in a vacuum. It is the result of decades of racist and discriminatory policies towards Native people.

Indigenous languages carry unique philosophies, histories, ceremonies, and irreplaceable environmental knowledge of biodiversity accumulated over millenia. Native languages constitute both the core and the foundations of tribal identities and cultures by mapping ancestors' universes and ties to traditional homelands.

But in the United States, UNESCO documents only 139 Native languages spoken today. More than 70 could fall silent in the next 5 years unless immediate action is taken to teach them to younger generations of tribal citizens. Upon request, our program has partnered with Native American tribes to help develop the resources they need to do just that: to teach their languages to their children, to keep them a living, spoken heritage.


Priests of the Golden Bull - Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffalo Mountain - Elizabeth Hill
Listen to the Program
March 28, 2013

JOHN KANE (Guest hosts with) JEREMIAH HOSEA STEVEN NEWCOMB (Lenni Lenape/Shawnee), Author of "Pagans in the Promised Land" is the guest on "First Voices Indigenous Radio" in NYC Thursday morning at 9am on WBAI FM 99.5. He will join me again, this time back home on "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" Sunday night from 9-11 on WWKB 1520AM in Buffalo. Steven is the foremost authority on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery. Listen in and you'll learn what the Doctrine of Discovery has meant to Native people and more.

For the week of March 28 to April 4, 2013


30 Seconds - Meja
Ship of Fools -
My Blood - Peter Finch
Almost Cut My Hair - Norsby, Stash, Crills and Young (I mean Crosby Stills Nash and Young)
Listen to the Program
March 21, 2013

JOHN KANE co-hosts with JEREMIAH HOSEA John K. talks about the treatment of the Six Nations within their own territory and commerce within the tribes and how the Idle No More movement in Canada is impacting Natives in the U.S.

John Trudell summarizes What Happened to the Tribes in Europe.


Priests of the Golden Bull - Buffy Sainte-Marie
Star Walker - Buffy Sainte-Marie
Living Reality - John Trudell
Listen to the Program
March 14, 2013

Prof. EVAN PRITCHARD - www.algonquinculture.org - He is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York.
He is also the author of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series. He discusses the area of Manhattan, NY before Columbus, before Henry Hudson and the idea of "occupation"; the history not often given or heard either in mainstream or altenative/progressive media.

THOMAS BANYANCA was a Hopi Native American traditional leader. One of four Hopis, including David Monongye, Dan Evehema, and Dan Katchongva, who decided or were appointed to reveal Hopi traditional wisdom and teachings, including the Hopi prophecies for the future, to the general public in 1946, after the use of the first two nuclear weapons on Japan. Banyacya was a member of the Wolf, Fox, and Coyote clans.

Banyacya grew up in the village of Moencopi and first attended Sherman Indian School in Riverside, California and then Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He lived in Kykotsmovi, Arizona on the Hopi Reservation. During World War II, Banyacya was a conscientious objector, who spent seven years in prison instead of registering for the draft.
Banyacya died on February 6, 1999 in Keams Canyon, Arizona.


Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - Buffy Sainte-Marie
Working Class Hero - Tina Dico
Listen to the Program
March 7, 2013

ANNIE LEONARD is an expert on the materials economy. The Story of Stuff, details the costs and consequences of consumer culture. www.storyofstuff.com

BOB RANDALL www.globalonessproject.org He takes you through an experience of the Aboriginal and insights of being with the land and his peoples surviving the “Stolen Generations” in Australia .
The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. The removals occurred in the period between approximately 1909 and 1969, although in some places children were still being taken until the 1970s.


My Blood – Roy Finch
Get Up, Stand Up for Your Rights - Bob Marley
Cry In The Forest – Dan Fogelberg
Silent Running – Mike and the Mechanics
Lakota Flag Song
Listen to the Program
February 28, 2013

IAN HANCOCK (Romani: Yanko le Red osko) (born August 29, 1942) (www.radoc.net) is a linguist, Romani scholar, and political advocate. He was born and raised in England, and is one of the main contributors in the field of Romani studies.
He is director of the Program of Romani Studies and the Romani Archives and Documentation Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a professor of English, linguistics and Asian studies since 1972. He has represented the Romani people at the United Nations and served as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council under President Bill Clinton, who Hancock claims has Romani ancestry.[1] He also represented the Romani people at the 1997 Rafto Prize award. He has authored several books including The Pariah Syndrome

LLEWELYN VAUGHN LEE - short audio clip on the Sea Gypsies of Burma

The music has purpose here this week.


Triste Pena - The Gypsy Kings
The Big Ones Get Away - Buffy Saint Marie
The Rivers of Belief - Enigma
Three Chiefs - Marty Stuart
Sinakaki He Wakiye - Earl Bullhead
Listen to the Program
February 21, 2013

STAR MOUNDS - A Native American Legacy Mystery

ROSS HAMILTON (www.serpentmound.org) has lived in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area since the age of seven and has devoted his life to bringing to light the lost history of the North American continent. He has worked with activist Vine Deloria Jr., the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians; Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman; and Iroquois chief Jake Swamp. He frequently gives interviews on the subject of the star mounds, most recently on the History Channel show Ancient Aliens (http://bit.ly/qNVsKE). Star Mounds is a full-color illustrated study of the precolonial monuments of the greater Ohio Valley, woven together with over fifty "medicine stories" inspired by Native American mythology that demonstrate the depth of the knowledge held by indigenous peoples about the universe they lived in.

The earthworks of the region have long mystified and intrigued scholars, archeologists, and anthropologists with their impressive size and design. The landscape practices of pioneer families destroyed much of them in the 1700s, but, during the first half of the 1800s, some serious mapmaking expeditions were able to record their locations. Utilizing many nineteenth-century maps as a base including those of the gentlemen explorers Ephraim Squier and Edwin Davis author Ross Hamilton reveals the meaning and purpose of these antique monuments.

Together with these maps, Hamilton applies new theories and geometrical formulas to the earthworks to demonstrate that the Ohio Valley was the setting of a manitou system, an interactive organization of specially shaped villages that was home to a sophisticated society of architects and astronomers. The author retells over fifty ancient stories based on Native American myth such as "The One-Eyed Man" and "The Story of How Mischief Became Hare" that clearly indicate how knowledgeable the valley's inhabitants were about the constellations and the movement of the stars. Finally, Hamilton relates the spiritual culture of the valley's early inhabitants to a kind of golden age of humanity when people lived in harmony with the Earth and Sky, and looks forward to a time when our own culture can foster a similar "spiritual technology" and life-giving relationship with nature.

Listen to the Program
February 14, 2013

JOSEPH MARSHALL III (www.josephmarshall.com) born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral storytelling.
Joseph taught at the high school and college levels, and developed native studies curriculum as well. For several years he worked for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Now he writes full time, having published nine nonfiction works, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, and has written several screenplays. Many of his books are published in foreign countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Korea, China, Japan, Romania, Brazil, Spain, and Israel. Joseph has won several awards for his books, both for the text and audio versions.

Joseph has appeared in several television documentaries, served as technical advisor for movies, and had a role in a major television network mini-series. He was a technical advisor and narrator for the Turner Network Television (TNT) and Dreamworks Television six-part mini-series Into the West, as well as playing the on-screen role of "Loved by the Buffalo," a Lakota medicine man. He is also a practitioner of primitive Lakota archery, having learned from his maternal grandfather the art of hand crafting bows and arrows. Joseph is also a specialist in wilderness survival.


Excuse Me Mister - Ben Harper
My World Is Gone - Otis Taylor and Mato Nanji
Listen to the Program
February 7, 2013

1)TIOKASIN tells of encounter "in our country they need to speak English!" 15 years ago.

2) Signing Ceremony - January 25, 2013 
Ihanktonwan Homelands, Yankton Sioux Tribe, South Dakota International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects

Supported by Yankton Sioux Tribe, The Black Hills Treaty Council, The Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association, Yinka Dene Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, West Coast Environmental Law, Honor the Earth, Earth First, Tar Sands Blockade, Walking the Red Road, 350.org, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, National Resource Defense Council, Bold Nebraska, Public Citizen, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, United Religions Initiative North America, Forest Ethics, and Tanker Free BC.

3)WADE DAVIS perhaps the most articulate and influential western advocate for the world's indigenous cultures. His stunning photographs and evocative stories capture the viewer's imagination. As a speaker, he parlays that sense of wonder into passionate concern over the rate at which cultures and languages are disappearing -- 50 percent of the world's 6,000 languages, he says, are no longer taught to children.


Free Your Mind - Red Thunder
Da-Han Lean Oaivamus - Mari Boine
Silent Warrior - Enigma
Deadwood South Dakota - Nancy Griffith
Listen to the Program
January 31, 2013

ELLEN GABRIEL - Mohawk (Kanien'keha:ka Nation) www.facebook.com/ellen.gabriel

OTIS TAYLOR - Releasing album w/Mato Najin (Nakota) - My World Is Gone www.otistaylor.com

TA"KAIYA BLANEY - Sliammon First Nation - 11 yr. old who spoke at IDLE NO MORE and 2012 RIO+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and more! www.takaiyablaney.com

GUESTSGUESTS

Listen to the Program
January 24, 2013

JENNIFER ASHAWASEGAI is a citizen of the Anishinabek Nation and member of Henvey Inlet First Nation. Jennifer is also a freelance journalist and published in Indigenous newspapers throughout North America, as well as discusses northern Ontario 'Nish' news on a weekly basis on Aboriginal People's Television Network National News. She will update us on Idle No More and the impact not only in Canada but in North America. http://www.bamoseda.com/

Jennifer Ashawasegai
Jennifer Ashawasegai
ANDY MAGER Native Peoples and Allies Plan Campaign to Renew the Two Row Wampum (www.honorthetworow.org) Syracuse, NY—The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, a statewide educational initative throughout 2013, announced the formal endorsement of the campaign by the Haudenosaunee Grand Council today. The campaign was initiated by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, a project of the Syracuse Peace Council, and developed in partnership with the Onondaga Nation and members of other Haudenosaunee nations.

The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign promotes understanding and respect for the Native Nations to which we are all neighbors, and our common obligation to protect the environment, by holding educational events throughout the year and an epic canoe trip on the Hudson River to celebrate a 400-year-old treaty that forms the basis of diplomatic relations between the Haudenosaunee and the United States to this day.

Listen to the Program
January 17, 2013

CHASE IRON EYES (Hunkpapa Lakota) - is a founding writer at www.lastrealindians.com, as well as a speaker and attorney. Chase was a principal organizer for the recent effort to reclaim Black Hills sacred land and is instrumental in organizing the 1st annual Wounded Knee Survivors Run.
JOSEPH BRINGS PLENTY (Hwokoju Lakota) - is a principal organizer of the Wounded Knee Survivors Run, a former Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and organizes the Sungmanitu Oti Boxing club keeping youth busy in the rural parts of the reservation.

DOUG GEORGE-KANENTIIO (Akwesasne Mohawk) - is the co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian and the author of "Iroquois On Fire". He resides in upstate Onieda Territory with his wife Joanne Shenandoah and family. www.aptn.ca for updates and www.idlenomore.ca The Hiawatha Institute www.Hiawatha.syr.edu
Idle No More Actions: Why the Natives are at the Point of Outrage
©by Doug George-Kanentiio

Listen to the Program
January 10, 2013

JOHN SCHERTOW is an indigenous media activist of Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) and mixed-European descent, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Since 2004, John has served as editor & publisher of www. IntercontinentalCry.org an online magazine which he also founded. In addition to his work as an editor and publisher, John has written more than 1000 articles on the struggles of Indigenous Peoples around the world.

JOHN KANE filled in for
DOUG GEORGE-KANENTIIO - Akwesasne Mohawk. He is the co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian and the author of "Iroquois On Fire". The Hiawatha Institute www.Hiawatha.syr.edu

We will update IDLE NO MORE and discuss his latest article:
"Idle No More Actions: Why the Natives are at the Point of Outrage" by Doug George-Kanentiio


Sundance - Leonard Peltier by Shaman
Justice - Bruce Cockburn
This Is Not America - David Bowie
Listen to the Program
January 3, 2013

Dr. PAMELA PALMATER is a Mi'kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is a mother of two boys, Mitchell and Jeremy ages 20 and 18 and comes from a large family of 8 sisters and 3 brothers. She has been a practicing lawyer for 14 years and she holds the position of Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and heads the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

Pam's area of expertise is in Indigenous law, politics, and governance. She has been researching and writing on issues impacting First Nations governance. Her book, Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity, considers the legal, political and social problems of federal-imposed Indian registration with regards to band membership and self-government citizenship. She has also published in the areas of Aboriginal and treaty rights, legislation and law-making, First Nation education, poverty and politics. Her most recent contribution was the report entitled: Our Children, Our Future, Our Vision: First Nation Jurisdiction over First Nation Education for the Chiefs of Ontario in response to the National Panel on Education.

Pam also engages with Canadian society on these issues by speaking and delivering training sessions to unions, churches, universities, high schools, governments and businesses with a view to educating the public about the historical context and facts behind the inaccurate myths and stereotypes impacting First Nation and Canadian relations. She is known for her focus on fact-based discussions and debate and acts as a frequent political commentator for APTN National News, InFocus, CTV, CBC and other media outlets.

For further information about Pam, please consult her website: www.indigenousnationhood.com

UKUMBWA SAUTI is an adjunct instructor of Cultural Media Studies and video production at Franklin Pierce University and New England Institute of Art. He specializes in research in television and film on issues of indigenous cultures, modernity, christianity and colonialism, spirituality and the “nature narrative”.

He has been involved on different levels with Occupy Boston and more deeply with the Decolonize to Liberate working group. Ukumbwa is the author of a blog, Indigeny & Energetics and researching and writing a book by the same name. He is an initiated Elder in the Dagara tradition of Burkina Faso in West Africa .
Contact info:
http://ukumbwasauti.blogspot.com (educational information)


Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood - Robbie Roberston
Fallen Angels - Robbie Robertson
Listen to the Program
December 27, 2012

*ALEX WHITE PLUMEis Oglala Lakota and one of the founders of the Wounded Knee Bigfoot Memorial Ride (South Dakota) started in 1986. The nation needed a Wiping of the Tears ceremony after the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890. The ride began because of the way our people were living; they needed change and a way that brought awareness to what happened to Bigfoot and his people at Wounded Knee. To see some of Alex’s work go to (www.oweakuinternational.org).
Between 1986-1990, the ride was a Wiping of the Tears ceremony for the Lakota nation. There were 19 riders on the very first ride in 1986 from Bridger, SD to Wounded Knee, SD. The ride was called the Future Generation Ride after 1990, when the Wiping of the Tears ceremony ended.

*PAM PALMATER* is a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She teaches Indigenous law, politics and governance at Ryerson University and heads their Centre for Indigenous Governance. She is a spokesperson for IDLE NO MORE (www.idlenomore.ca) and appeared on FVIR Dec. 20, 2012.
IDLE NO MORE is an evolution, which protects the land, and water that honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty.
Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and protect Mother Earth.


Turning Away - Dougie Maclean
Listen to the Program
December 20, 2012

Elivra Colorado talks about an event ACH'JABIL a Maya Ceremony to be held on Dec. 21st at the American Indian Community House.
Shaun Finnerty also will be appearing at the AICH event and will discuss the implications of the myth created by non-Native peoples and the 2012 Dec. 21 Prophecy.

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. Gives us a background and legal work, rallies, meeting, flash mob ceremonies and more concering the IDLE NO MORE movement in Canada and across the world.

Ross Hamilton - Author of Star Mounds: A Native American Legacy ties the Serpant Mound in Ohio - Draco constellation in the northern hemisphere and the syncronizing of it all to December 21, 2012 and the Maya people "Long Count" and dispels the myth of destruction and more.
December 20 - December 27th, 2012


IDLE NO MORE - Heebz the Earth Child
Listen to the Program
December 7, 2012

This program seeks to create further awareness of the struggles of the Lakota Sioux and the Cheyenne Indians to get the U.S. government to return their sacred land in South Dakota. "Paha Sapa" means "Black Hills" in the Lakota language. The story is told by the tribe's own members, some of whom are descendants of such famous chiefs as Red Cloud, Sitting Bull and Black Elk. You will hear Lakota people such as Eddie and Dawn Little Sky, Birgil Kills Straight, Ted Means, Russell Means, Chief Oliver Red Cloud, Ann Marie and Vernal Cross, Sidney Keith and many other Lakota speaking about the return of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

This film has won many awards, including the Gold Apple Award presented in 1994 by the National Education Film and Video Festival and the 1994 Cine Golden Eagle Award. It was also nominated for an Emmy.
Produced by Mel Lawrence

In 2012, United Nations Special Rapporteur James Anaya conducted a 12-day tour of Native Americans land, to determine how the United States is faring on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorsed by the administration of President Barack Obama in 2010. Mr. Anaya met with tribes in seven states on reservations and in urban areas, as well as with members of the Obama administration and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Mr. Anaya tentatively recommended the return of lands to some tribes, including the Black Hills to the Sioux.
The total owed to the Lakota is now nearly 2 Billion dollars.

For educational purposes and non-profit use only. Paha Sapa: The Struggle For The Black Hills (1993) D

Listen to the Program
November 29, 2012

JUAN GONZALEZ (Wakatel Balam) (wakatel_balam@hotmail.com) spoke at the 2012 Day of Mourning in Plymouth MA about the reality of the so-called Maya Prophecies. He spoke of the Council of Maya Elders Aj'qij'ab is the traditional way of organization
and represents all the Maya communities,
their work involves the many aspects of a society. How 'western society' has aggrandized the popularity and commercialization of a distorted version of the Maya and the Maya perspective of 2012.

CHARLES EISENSTEIN (www.charleseisenstein.net) I had a discussion of the views of western civilization and the "fear of language" of the ending time of the present day economy and mindset. What are we to do and how to approach a totally new or alternative way to involve ourselves past 2012 and beyond. We will ask Charles to be on the program in the future as our stations capabilities have compromised with limited phone service due to Full Moon Sandy.

Thanks for your patience once more WBAI studios are almost at full capacity.


In the Blood - Robbie Robertson
Can't Get Away - Sixto Rodriquez
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - Luka Bloom
Listen to the Program
October 25, 2012

ROBERT JENSEN is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism and author of the personal memoir All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, a compelling memoir that highlights the religious debate currently raging in the United States. I had the chance to contact Dr. Jensen to discuss some of the themes he raised in his book. Jensen can be reached at rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu and his articles can be found online.

JOHN TRUDELL with a 1980 "Thanksgiving Day" Address

From the FVIR archives circa 2005 - 2007


Make Me Wanna Holler' - Marvin Gaye
Listen to the Program
October 18, 2012

An audio collage of speakers and music, prophecy, activism and spoken word from the archives of First Voices Indigenous Radio circa 1981 to 2010.
In order of appearance;
Arvol Looking Horse
John Trudell
Tim Bennett (Life At The End of Empire: What A Way To Go)
Tom Cook (In Bolivia)


Cry In The Forest - Dan Fogelberg
City Boy - Keb Mo
Neon Sky - Songcatchers
Listen to the Program
October 11, 2012

DERRICK JENSEN has been called "the philosopher-poet of the environmental movement." Derrick interviewed a number of people who each hold an impassioned critique of this culture and can offer ideas on what can be done to build a real resistance movement. Derrick interviews WAZIYATA WIN- a Dakota Nation Historian and "anti-colonial" activitst as well as author of many essays.

Earth at Risk Conference in Berkley - November 2011


Wicked System - Fundamental Sound
Listen to the Program
September 27, 2012

EVAN PRITCHARD a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture, and is currently Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he also teaches ethics and philosophy. www.algonquinculture.org

THE MAHINA MOVEMENT www.mahinamovement .com Gabriella Callendar, Erica DelaRosa, and Valmoana Niemeitolu. Talk about their upcoming SOUL JOURNEY TRUTH TOUR in November 2012 - Mahina Movement is the phenomenal 3-woman trio who combine poetry and song to create passionate music tied to flesh and bone, straight from the heart. Mahina Movement’s extraordinary melodies tell stories of the personal and political wrapped with courage, strength and awareness of human struggle and connection. 3 voices and one guitar blend into a powerful force, mixing folk, rock and rhymes in English, Spanish, and Tongan simmered with indigenous roots and culture. Please check on their local NYC events.

Listen to the Program
September 20, 2012

POLLY HIGGINS is a lawyer who has dedicated her life to one client - Mother Earth. (www.pollyhiggins.com)
Polly is a barrister, author and creator of new laws to protect the Earth. Polly has proposed that Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace, to sit alongside genocide as an international crime throughout the world.

We spend this hour about ERADICATING ECOCIDE (www.thisisecocide.com). There are already four international Crimes Against Peace. They are: Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, and Crimes of Aggression. There is a missing 5th Crime Against Peace: that crime is Ecocide, including Cultural Ecocide of Indigenous peoples.

Non-ascertainable Ecocide: where the consequence, or potential consequence, is destruction, damage or loss to the territory per se, but without specific identification of cause as being that which has been created by specific human activity.

Examples of non-ascertainable ecocide affecting sizeable territories include:
*hurricanes
*tornadoes
*rising sea levels
*tsunamis
*volcanic eruptions

Ascertainable Ecocide: where the consequence, or potential consequence, is destruction, damage or loss to the territory, and liability of the legal person(s) can be determined.

The destruction of large areas of the environment and ecosystems can be caused directly or indirectly by various activities, such as nuclear testing, exploitation of resources, extractive practices, dumping of harmful chemicals, use of defoliants, emission of pollutants or war.

Listen to the Program
September 13, 2012

Prof. EVAN PRITCHARD- www.algonquinculture.org - He is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York.
He is also the author of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series. He discusses the area of Manhattan, NY before Columbus, before Henry Hudson and the idea of "occupation"; the history not often given or heard either in mainstream or altenative/progressive media.

CHASE IRON EYES (Lakota) www.lastrealindians.com - Updates the listeners on the more than 1,940 acres of land in the Black Hills considered sacred to the Great Sioux Nation appear to be heading back to the ownership of the tribes after almost 140 years in private hands. The legal aspects of 9 participating 'tribes' in assisting the return of Pe S'la - one of the nations sacred sites in the Blacks Hills of South Dakota. The Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people know that the land is the sacred home to their creation story and essential to their culture and beliefs because of the role it plays in the Star Knowledge of their people.


Kiko and the Lavendar Moon - Los Lobos
What's Going On - Los Lobos
Listen to the Program
August 23, 2012

MARIO A. MURILLO substituting for Tiokasin Ghosthorse

MAIRA IRIGARAY- an attorney and the Brazil Program Director of Amazon Watch in San Francisco. She’s been actively involved in the movement to stop Belo Monte for years and just returned from Brazil. Runs 15:15
http://amazonwatch.org/news/2012/0820-belo-monte-halted-norte-energias-l...

Belo Monte Dam Project On-Hold, Temporarily
As we reported in the previous edition of First Voices: Indigenous Radio, last week a high-level court in Brazil suspended construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Amazon's Xingu River. If you recall, the court cited evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project. Brazil's Regional Federal Tribunal upheld an earlier decision that declared the Brazilian Congress's authorization of the project in 2005 to be illegal. As a result, indigenous people have become more vocal in their opposition to Belo Monte. We wanted to revisit the story today to understand the significance of the ruling, the potential backlash as a result of the ruling, and how indigenous communities in the region are responding.

JOHN BATHKE - the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation’s historic preservation officer. The Quechan Tribe is currently fighting against the Ocotillo Express Wind Facility, a massive project of 112 turbines, each standing 450 feet tall, on more than 10,150 acres of public land in the Ocotillo Desert south of San Diego. http://itcaonline.com/?page_id=1173
Sacred Sites Hearings Begin With Concerns Over Renewable Energy Projects

The first in a series of hearings regarding sacred sites between the U.S. Interior Department and indigenous tribal leaders was held last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico. News reports said about a dozen tribal leaders showed up to air their concerns, many surrounding the fast-tracking of renewable energy projects without adequate review of the effects on sacred sites. Apparently the Interior department wants to know how it should define the term “sacred site.” Four more listening sessions are scheduled.

CHASE IRON EYES - is owner of lastrealindians.com, an attorney, writer, and speaker. Chase has also advocated for the protection of sacred sites, including Bear Butte (held sacred by several Indian Nations) in the Black Hills near Sturgis, South Dakota. Chase was raised on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Northern Plains(United States).
http://www.lastrealindians.com

Pe' Sla is an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota (just west of Rapid City). It’s considered by the Lakota people to be the Center and heart of everything that is, and it is part of their creation story. It is a sacred place. This area is currently owned by the Reynolds family, who plans on auctioning off almost 2,000 acres to the highest bidder on August 25th…this Saturday. It is likely that the state of South Dakota will put a road directly through Pe' Sla and open up this sacred place for development. The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate people, that is, the Great Sioux Nation, have a collective effort to buy as much of Pe'Sla as they can at this auction.

STEVEN T. NEWCOMB (Shawnee-Lenape) is the co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, and is the Indigenous and Kumeyaay Research Coordinator for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/ict_sbc/learning-to-see-how-am...

U.S. Federal Indian Law and Ongoing Domination of Indigenous People


Exodus - Bob Marley
Listen to the Program
August 16, 2012

MARIO MURILLO Guest Host's FVIR - In Cauca, Colombia, the war against indigenous people continues to escalate as the Nasa communities resist armed actors from all camps. On Sunday, a spiritual leader, or The Wala, was assassinated in his home in the municipality of Caloto.Segment #1: Context of the Current Crisis of Indigenous Resistance Across the Americas

Manuel Rozental, physician, activist, founding member of the Tejido de Comunicación or communication network of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, ACIN, in Colombia. Coordinator of the grassroots effort Pueblos en Camino.

Nicole Karsin, filmmaker and director of the feature documentary We Women Warriors and Flor Ilva Trochez, A Nasa indigenous leader from Cauca, Colombia and former governor of Jambaló, indigenous territory currently under siege by the Colombian Armed Forces. She is one of three indigenous women featured in the documentary by Nicole Karsin, currently showing at the IFC Docuweeks series sponsored by the International Documentary Association.

Leila Salazar-López- Amazon Watch Program Director (www.amazonwatch.com)
Belo Monte Dam Resistance

Listen to the Program
August 9, 2012

JOHN KANE - Guest Host
My guest today was Len Violi, a New York based attorney who represents a couple of Native companies and individuals involved with the tobacco industry as it exists in "Indian Country". Len has argued cases in state and federal courts as it relates to Native commerce. Mr. Violi has also brought the U.S. into an international tribunal over a NAFTA violation claimed by his Native clients.

We discussed sovereignty, the courts and in particular one of the judges who sat in on that NAFTA case, Dr. James Anaya. We spoke of some of Mr. Anaya's prejudices that he brought into the tribunal he was a part of and his role as Special Rapporteur to the UN.

John Kane
jmkane1220@aol.com

Listen to the Program
August 2, 2012

JOHN KANE - Guest Host: I talked predominantly about the misconception that "Indians" are "treated" better by Democrats. I speak directly on actions taken under both a Democratic governor and president that represents some of the most aggressive actions against our people in over 30 years. I speak of federal legislation with specifically and, arguably, "unintended" consequences for our people.

Listen to the Program
July 19, 2012

PART 2 of 2

Wisdomkeepers are the guardians of nature's mysteries within the Lakota ceremonies and their practices, the medicine that is ruled by them, the songs that infuse our senses and our spiritual body, and the forces they produce that are identical to nature and its motivating power. These oral and entirely spontaneous transmissions, given by the three holy men, Joe Flying By, Dave Chief, and Leroy Curley, are a rare treasure of the highest generosity, directed for the greatest good. Their stories are told with complete equanimity, vividly conveying, without rancor or judgement, how Western civilization lacks connection to the natural world. Because passing on elders' wisdom in the oral tradition to the next generation is almost impossible, given the fact that the three important elements of the Lakota culture--the land, the people, and the language--are all but gone, the film's producer/director has provided a great service to those who have an interest in, and wish to learn from, ancient Native American teachings that have rarely been exposed.


The narrator is Joseph Chasing Horse.

Wisdomkeepers is produced and directed by Ora Abel Russell

First Voices Indigenous Radio will be bringing to you a two part series on the Lakota culture. The Lakota were never defeated militarily, in fact they won every battle against the United States culminating with the defeat of General George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn River in Southeastern Montana 1876. The massacre of 350 Mnicoujou Lakota with the majority of whom were old people, women and children at Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1890 is often misnomered as a battle by the very same 7th Cavalry - Custer's old regiment who is often thought to have sought revenge against the Lakota.
Today the Lakota fight on against all odds and just how they are overcoming them you will find some insight with the next two broadcasts of Wisdomkeepers.

You can find more about the Lakota Wisdomkeepers on OneWorldInConcert.com.
This is Tiokasin Ghosthorse for First Voices Indigenous Radio. Thank you for joining us.

www.Oneworldinconcert.org


Almost Cut My Hair - Crosby, Stills and Nash
Neon Sky - Song Catchers
The Venus Project - The Lost Children of Babylon
Listen to the Program
July 12, 2012

PART 1 of 2

Wisdomkeepers are the guardians of nature's mysteries within the Lakota ceremonies and their practices, the medicine that is ruled by them, the songs that infuse our senses and our spiritual body, and the forces they produce that are identical to nature and its motivating power. These oral and entirely spontaneous transmissions, given by the three holy men, Joe Flying By, Dave Chief, and Leroy Curley, are a rare treasure of the highest generosity, directed for the greatest good. Their stories are told with complete equanimity, vividly conveying, without rancor or judgement, how Western civilization lacks connection to the natural world. Because passing on elders' wisdom in the oral tradition to the next generation is almost impossible, given the fact that the three important elements of the Lakota culture--the land, the people, and the language--are all but gone, the film's producer/director has provided a great service to those who have an interest in, and wish to learn from, ancient Native American teachings that have rarely been exposed.


The narrator is Joseph Chasing Horse.

Wisdomkeepers is produced and directed by Ora Abel Russell

First Voices Indigenous Radio will be bringing to you a two part series on the Lakota culture. The Lakota were never defeated militarily, in fact they won every battle against the United States culminating with the defeat of General George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn River in Southeastern Montana 1876. The massacre of 350 Mnicoujou Lakota with the majority of whom were old people, women and children at Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1890 is often misnomered as a battle by the very same 7th Cavalry - Custer's old regiment who is often thought to have sought revenge against the Lakota.
Today the Lakota fight on against all odds and just how they are overcoming them you will find some insight with the next two broadcasts of Wisdomkeepers.

You can find more about the Lakota Wisdomkeepers on OneWorldInConcert.com.
Next week we bring you part two of the series. This is Tiokasin Ghosthorse for First Voices Indigenous Radio. Thank you for joining us.

Notes: Credits:
www.Oneworldinconcert.org


Never the Same Again - Santana
It's A Good Day to Die - Robbie Robertson
Listen to the Program
July 5, 2012

DR. KRISHNA BHATTACHAN (www.nefin.org.np) Professor of Sociology in Tribhuwan University in Nepal is a leader of indigenous people's movement and coordinator of the "Indigenous Peoples' Mega Front.

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) an umbrella organization of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples’ Organization in Nepal has called a national political conference starting July 3 in the capital, Kathmandu. The conference is likely to decide upon a separate political party representing 38 percent populated indigenous nationalities of Nepal. The conference ended on July 6th with resolutions passed by what has now been estimated 51 to 70 percent of the population of Nepal is "indigenous".
The conference is to forge common view on federalism and devise a new strategy to guarantee indigenous peoples’ rights in the new political scenario, following the three-day conference.
According to the source, the conference will decide whether to form a new separate political party representing of whole indigenous peoples of the country or alter the NEFIN itself as a new political party of the indigenous peoples that will participate in the forthcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election called by the government after the demise of the past CA on May 28.

JANENE YAZZIE-COLLYMORE Dine/ Navajo: An independent scholar and CEO of Sixth World Consultants. Janene has also helped found a non-profit Indigenous Think Tank, Tecumseh Institute, in New York City. She is currently working with Owe Aku International Justice Project.
Media has published false reports that the Hopi Tribe passed the Little Colorado River settlement, which is aimed at giving Hopi and Navajo water to non-Indians in Arizona, along with the coal fired power plant, Navajo Generating Station, one of the dirtiest in the US, and Peabody Coal. The bill, devised by Arizona Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain and non-Indian attorneys, would require Hopi and Navajo to give up their aboriginal water rights. The water rights theft scheme is aided by paid armchair journalists and online aggregators who do not check the facts of what they are posting. Senate Bill 2109 favors non-Indian parties including owners of the Navajo Generating Station and the Peabody Coal Company; requires waiver of Hopi aboriginal and federal reserved water rights to the Little Colorado River; and waives any future claims for damages done to the Navajo Aquifer and sacred springs by Peabody Coal Company and owners of the Navajo Generating Station.” (from Censored News) Janene said, "there are definitely strong arm tactics being used by our Water Rights Lawyer Stanley Pollack and our Executive administration (President Ben Shelly and all his political appointees).
Our Council Delegates are listening to our people and share our dislike for the bill and settlement but they are being manipulated and coerced in private meetings with our President who is threatening to withhold support for community projects and to use past indictment charges (from the previous administration scandal of which he was also a part and plead guilty) in order to sway them to vote against their communities.
They have spent approximately $500,000 in Navajo Nation and federal funds to promote this bill (hiring lobbyist, pr firms, full page color ads in all reservation and border town newspapers run repeatedly, two hour radio station forums daily, and paying tribal employees travel and overtime to promote this SB 2109. Please google Navajo-Hopi Water Rights.

KENT LEBSOCK Director -Owe Aku International Justice Project - www.oweakuinternational.org The Black Hlls Sioux Nation Treaty Council headed by Chief Olver Red Cloud offer a Resolution of the BHSNTC in the second week of July 2012 with supporting member reservations of Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Fort Peck, Lower Brule, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Standing Rock, Santee and Yankton.The BHSNTC will present the idea of inherent sovereignty from time immemorial operates to proect the treat, land and territorial rights of the Lakota People of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties with the U.S., treaties which were ratified and confirmed by the U.S. government and the Lakota Oyate. As part of the resolution to be presented "In making this decision we affirm at the World Conference [on Indigenous Peoples 2014] must be consistent with the standards established by the United Nations for acknowledging and respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples of the world, and being no less than the standards established in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples. After exhausing all domestic legal remedies, they now offer a solution through the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council's Resolution.

Listen to the Program
June 28, 2012

ANDREW MILLER (www.amazonwatch.org) We discuss the current situation in Brazil regarding the Belo Monte "super" dam currently under construction. Various Native peoples who face extinction and other problems such as no more river(s) to maintain their once flourshing lands and peoples. This protest is specifically calling attention to the failure on the part of the dam building consortium to address the grave impacts to the lives and livelihoods of the region's indigenous inhabitants. These – already being felt just from early stages of dam construction – stem from the diversion of the majority of the flow of the Xingu River away from the 62-mile stretch known as the Big Bend. Among the concerns cited by the indigenous leaders are their inability to use the river for travel thereby isolated without access; serious decline in fish stocks, their main source of protein; decline in water quality which is used for drinking and bathing; health impacts from anticipated rise in malaria and dengue fever, among others.
On Monday, a local judge rejected an eviction order request from NESA (the dam building consortium) for the police to forcibly remove the occupiers. The judge ruled that the indigenous communities' grievances were legitimate and that the government and companies needed to negotiate with them and address their concerns. Tomorrow, officials from the Brazilian government agency FUNAI and Electronorte (State-owned power company and the main stakeholder in the dam) are scheduled to travel to the occupation to dialogue with the communities.

MAHINA MOVEMENT (www.mahinamovement.com) Live in-studio guests Mahina Movement is the phenomenal 3 women trio who combine poetry and song to create passionate music tied to flesh and bone, straight from the heart. Mahina Movement’s extraordinary melodies tell stories of the personal and political wrapped with courage, strength and awareness of human struggle and connection. 3 voices and one guitar blend into a powerful force, mixing folk, rock and rhymes in English, Spanish, and Tongan simmered with indigenous roots and culture. They will be going on their SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR to Europe: Dublin, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Florence Rome and other places in the world!!!!
PERFORMING at TWO MOONS ART HOUSE - 315 4th Avenue Brooklyn at Two Moon Art House & Cafe / 7pm FRIDAY JUNE 29th!

Listen to the Program
June 21, 2012

*NOTICE* Due to agreements with AUDIOPORT.org and Pacifica Radio Network - we will be uploading a weekly boilerplate or a generic version of reference to your radio staion. In other words, no specific station ID's but for music at the Intro, 30min break and outro. FVIR will be uploading one program for your station's rebroadcast in order to save and use less bandwidth space on AUDIOPORT.* IF you want another source to download FVIR's latest program it will be available every Thursday evening (day of original live broadcast) at www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/program_archives OR if you prefer an "RSS" feed www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/rss.

JAKE EDWARDSwww.honorthetworow.org - The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, a partnership between the Onondaga Nation and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON), is developing a broad alliance between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois or Six Nations) and their allies in New York State and beyond. Our statewide advocacy and educational campaign seeks to achieve justice by "polishing" the chain of friendship established in the first treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Dutch immigrants.

MARK CAMP - from Cultural Survival www.cs.org. - Miguel Chicaj, Baja Verapaz, in Guatemala - the Achi-Mayan community radio station, Uqul Tinamit "The Voice of the People," was raided by national police forces; their equipment confiscated and one member of the station arrested and fined. Cultural Survival has worked closely with this station over the 6 years of our work in the Community Radio Project, and called on the government to immediately release of Mr. Espinoza Ixtapa and the return of the seized equipment. Since the raid, various sectors of the community have spoken out in defense of the community radio station that has had to shut its doors.

SAMARENDRS DAS is an Indian research scholar, activist,bilingual writer, film maker based in London and Orissa. He has been involved for the last eighteen years in grassroots activism with the Dongria Kondh' and Majhi Kondh', tribal communities who have lived sustainable and self-sufficient lives for centuries in the mountains of Odisha. The Dongria Khond, one of India's most isolated indigenous peoples, have been struggling for years against UK's Department for International Development (DfID) and Vedanta's plans to mine bauxite on Niyamgiri Mountain.


Tribal Voice - Yothu Yindi
Be Thankful - WIlliam DeVaughn
Listen to the Program
June 14, 2012

*NOTICE* Due to agreements with AUDIOPORT.org and Pacifica Radio Network - we will be uploading a weekly boilerplate or a generic version of reference to your radio staion. In other words, no specific station ID's but for music at the Intro, 30min break and outro.
FVIR will be uploading one program for your station's rebroadcast in order to save and use less bandwidth space on AUDIOPORT.* IF you want another source to download FVIR's latest program it will be available every Thursday evening (day of original live broadcast) at www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/program_archives OR if you prefer an "RSS" feed www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/rss.

SISTER HERMINIA SUTAREZ - In January of 2011, the NCIP (National Commission for Indigenous People) awarded the Ati Community of greater than 40 families with a certificate of land title for two hectares of land in Boracay which includes the beach front.
When resort owners began arriving on the island the tourism soared, the Ati community was shoved aside.The Atis will continue to guard their land and hopes that they will eventually be heard so they can finally regain the land they have been waiting for. On a portion of land in dispute, the Ati will temporarily have ease of mind. But there is no certainty to the future of their fight. Right now, they are hoping to have access to the waters which was theirs. And be able to live far from those who have been discriminating them.
(Holy Rosary Parish - Ati Mission) 036 288 6582/ 01984415181 In the Philippines.

KAHONTINEH SWAMP of the Mohawk Nation.
who will be discussing RISE 2012.The Gathering of Condolence, Strength and Peace will be held at the Leech Lake Reservation from June 18th to June 23rd 2012. Kahontineh is fulfilling her father Jake Swamp's dream, his vision, need to heal and the spirit of hope for a new time to come. RISE 2012 (www.rise2012.com) has now been supported and sponsored by Indigenous Peoples from the East and the West of the United States and Canada, as well as from Indigenous Peoples from the rest of the Americas. Sister Hermenia Sutarez and Kahontineh Swamp

If you have any questions please feel free to email: Tiokasin@gmail.com


East to the West - Michael Franti
Dom - Santana
Whats Going On - Los Lobos
Listen to the Program
June 7, 2012

THIS JUNE 7TH, 2012 broadcast is available to download to all radio stations. It is an edited version for time content only.

*NOTICE* Due to agreements with AUDIOPORT.org and Pacifica Radio Network - we will be uploading a weekly boilerplate or a generic version of reference to your radio staion. In other words, no specific station ID's but for music at the Intro, 30min break and outro.
FVIR will be uploading one program for your station's rebroadcast in order to save and use less bandwidth space on AUDIOPORT.* IF you want another source to download FVIR's latest program it will be available every Thursday evening (day of original live broadcast) at www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/program_archives OR if you prefer an "RSS" feed www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/rss.

If you have any questions please feel free to email: Tiokasin@gmail.com

MILLICENT PEPION - On May 13, Haskell Indian Nations University students and advocates for cultural rights began a two-month journey to Washington, DC, to save the Wakarusa Wetlands, Lawrence's only remaining indigenous wetland prairie, from becoming the South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT). They call the journey the Trail of Broken Promises, a primarily on-foot trek through fifty towns from Kansas to Washington, DC, and are endorsed by former President William Clinton as a commitment made by Millicent Pepion that was accepted into the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU 2012). The Trail of Broken Promises has also been endorsed by the United Nations as a statement given by Pepion to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Consultation conference held May 3, 2012 at the University of Tulsa's Native American Law Center. Email: Minipah@msn.com

Youtube Page-----> http://www.youtube.com/user/ToBP2012
Twitter Page-------> https://twitter.com/#!/ToBP2012
Tumblr Page-------> http://trailofbrokenpromises.tumblr.com/

Flickr Page---------> http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobp2012/

ROBERTO RODRIQUEZ- As a result of the battle to defend ethnic studies, an incredible support nationwide has been created for Tucson's embattled Mexican American studies department. As far as TUSD is concerned, the department no longer exists.
However, the state's as well as well as the TUSD school governing board should know, MAS cannot be killed because beyond being a department, it is also a discipline, but even more importantly, it is an idea. This past weekend, Chican@ Studies and MEChA (Movimieto Estudiantl Chicano de Aztlan) from Cal State University at Northridge. the LA Save Ethnic Studies Committee and community members from the San Fernando Valley held a festival, including a 5K run, for the purposes of defending MAS and the opposing the efforts to bury it.

By Roberto Dr Cintli Rodriguez
PO BOX 3812
Tucson, AZ 85722
520-626-0824
xcolumn@gmail.com
COLUMN: http://drcintli.blogspot.com/

ARCHIVED COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS
http://web.me.com/columnoftheamericas
Millicent Pepion and Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriquez

If you have any questions please feel free to email: Tiokasin@gmail.com


The Wall/La Creatura - Mahina Movement - Album: Speak the Fire
Mr. Jones - Mahina Movement - Speak the Fire
Listen to the Program
May 31, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - SCRANTON PENNSYLVANIA
*Originally broadcast March 29th, 2012 w/additional music.

DOUG GEORGE-KANENTIIO is an Akwesasne Mohawk. He is the co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian and the author of "Iroquois On Fire". He resides in upstate Onieda Territory with his wife Joanne Shenandoah and family. The Hiawatha Institute (www.Hiawatha.syr.edu)

Kanentiio@aol.com or via surface mail: Box 450, Oneida, NY 13421

The awareness and agenda of placing Mother Earth at the top or at least the basis of the OWS movement - seems to be lacking. Doug discusses another thinking process often overlooked and minimized...even by the "new OWS movement".
Many young Original Nation peoples are preparing to step up to a leadership role but seem to lack "a process of critical analysis of the West's historical processes, to seek out the actual nature of the roots of the exploitative and oppressive conditions which are forced upon humanity. At the same time, as we gain understanding of those processes, we must reinterpret that history to the people of the world. It is the people of the West, ultimately, who are the most oppressed and exploited. They are burdened by the weight of centuries of racism, sexism, and ignorance which has rendered their people insensitive to the true nature of their lives.
We must all consciously and continuously challenge every model, every program, and every process that the West tries to force upon us. Paulo Friere wrote, in his book, the Pedagogy of the Oppressed, that it is the nature of the oppressed to imitate the oppressor, and by such actions try to gain relief from the oppressive condition. We must learn to resist that response to oppression.
The people who are living on this planet need to break with the narrow concept of human liberation, and begin to see liberation as something which needs to be extended to the whole of the Natural World. What is needed is the liberation of all the things that support Life-the air, the waters, the trees-all the things which support the sacred web of Life.

Listen to the Program
May 31, 2012

ANNIE LEONARD -The Story Of Stuff - From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calling for a sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. Especially, on this day, a holiday for most consumers. Annie Leonard is an expert in international sustainability and environmental health issues, with more than 20 years of experience investigating factories and dumps around the world. www.storyofstuff.com

STEVEN HEAPE's "Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School" gives a voice to the countless Indian children forcibly taken from their homes and families and educated in boarding schools, as part of a governmental policy to "kill the Indian and spare the man". From 1869 through the late 1960's, more than 250,000 Native Americans had been compelled to attend Indian Boarding School. This DVD tells of growing up in a harsh world of strict rules, where speaking tribal languages was severely punished. A vivid reminder that America, land of the free, was not so free for some of its citizens until relatively recently in its history. www.richheape.com

If you have any questions please feel free to email: Tiokasin@gmail.com


Listening/Honoring by John Trudell Come
Come and Get Your Love by Red Bone
Listen to the Program
May 17, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE SCRANTON, PENNYSLVANIA

STAR MOUNDS - A Native American Legacy Mystery - PART TWO of TWO

ROSS HAMILTON has lived in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area since the age of seven and has devoted his life to bringing to light the lost history of the North American continent. He has worked with activist Vine Deloria Jr., the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians; Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman; and Iroquois chief Jake Swamp. He frequently gives interviews on the subject of the star mounds, most recently on the History Channel show Ancient Aliens. Star Mounds is a full-color illustrated study of the precolonial monuments of the greater Ohio Valley, woven together with over fifty "medicine stories" inspired by Native American mythology that demonstrate the depth of the knowledge held by indigenous peoples about the universe they lived in.

Listen to the Program
May 3, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

STAR MOUNDS - A Native American Legacy Mystery - PART ONE of TWO

ROSS HAMILTON has lived in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area since the age of seven and has devoted his life to bringing to light the lost history of the North American continent. He has worked with activist Vine Deloria Jr., the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians; Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman; and Iroquois chief Jake Swamp. He frequently gives interviews on the subject of the star mounds, most recently on the History Channel show Ancient Aliens (http://bit.ly/qNVsKE). Star Mounds is a full-color illustrated study of the precolonial monuments of the greater Ohio Valley, woven together with over fifty "medicine stories" inspired by Native American mythology that demonstrate the depth of the knowledge held by indigenous peoples about the universe they lived in.

The earthworks of the region have long mystified and intrigued scholars, archeologists, and anthropologists with their impressive size and design. The landscape practices of pioneer families destroyed much of them in the 1700s, but, during the first half of the 1800s, some serious mapmaking expeditions were able to record their locations. Utilizing many nineteenth-century maps as a base—including those of the gentlemen explorers Ephraim Squier and Edwin Davis—author Ross Hamilton reveals the meaning and purpose of these antique monuments.

Together with these maps, Hamilton applies new theories and geometrical formulas to the earthworks to demonstrate that the Ohio Valley was the setting of a manitou system, an interactive organization of specially shaped villages that was home to a sophisticated society of architects and astronomers. The author retells over fifty ancient stories based on Native American myth such as "The One-Eyed Man" and "The Story of How Mischief Became Hare" that clearly indicate how knowledgeable the valley's inhabitants were about the constellations and the movement of the stars. Finally, Hamilton relates the spiritual culture of the valley's early inhabitants to a kind of golden age of humanity when people lived in harmony with the Earth and Sky, and looks forward to a time when our own culture can foster a similar "spiritual technology" and life-giving relationship with nature.

Listen to the Program
April 26, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA
SKYWAVES:Indigenous News Worldwide broadcasts within the first 15 minutes

SARAH DEER Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma (Washington) – Amnesty International USA (www.amnestyusatoday.org) condemned as “disturbing and shameful” the effort underway in the U.S. Senate to strip protections for Native American and Alaska Native women from legislation to help fight domestic violence and sexual assault.
Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is crucial especially this year, Amnesty International contends, because it incorporates key new protections for Native women found in the SAVE Native Women Act, such as clarifying tribal civil jurisdiction to issue and enforce protection orders. Amnesty International has long supported the VAWA.
Amnesty International’s groundbreaking 2007 “Maze of Injustice” report found enormous challenges when it comes to safety and justice for Native women who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. The protections in the SAVE Native Women Act help address these obstacles to protecting women and prosecuting abusers.

NIKKE ALEX of the Dineh (Navajo) Nation of Arizona - (www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com) From Censored News - She has worked with Indigenous communities around the world to help fight fossil fuel development. Nikke has carried out independent research in both uranium and coal mining on the Navajo Nation. Her research focused on the social impacts of mining on Navajo families. Nikke has worked at the US Department of Justice in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program and the US Environmental Protection Agency with the Tribal Science Council in Washington, DC. Currently, she serves as a community resource for grassroots Indigenous groups on the Navajo Nation. Arizona Senators Kyl and McCain visited the Navajo Nation to persuade tribal officials that they should agree to waive most of Navajo claims to the Lower Colorado River in order to receive $350 million worth in water development projects. During their visit they ensured the Navajo Nation president and council that there was no trickery involved and that they are negotiating this agreement in “good faith.”

LENNY FOSTER of the Dineh (Navajo) Nation - Tucson, Arizona - Casa de las Américas
MAY 11th -
182 E. 111th St.
(btwn. Lex. Ave. and 3rd Ave.)
Take the 6 train to E. 110th St.

Lenny will speak on five Native American issues: the illegal imprisonment of Leonard Peltier, land and resources taken from Native peoples by the U.S. government, stripmining, uranium mining and the pollution of the land, air and water, Native American freedom of religion and the demand to honor Native treaty rightsDirector of the Navajo Nation Corrections Project and the Spiritual Advisor for 1,500 Indian inmates in many state and federal prisons in the Western U.S. He has co-authored legislation in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado that allows Native American spiritual and religious practice in prison and results in significant reductions in prison returns.
He is a board member of the International Indian Treaty Council, a sun dancer and member of the Native American Church. He has been with the American Indian Movement since 1969 and has participated in actions including Alcatraz, Black Mesa, the Trail of Broken Treaties, Wounded Knee 1973, the Menominee Monastery Occupation, Shiprock Fairchild Occupation, the Longest Walk and the Big Mountain land struggle. He was a 1993 recipient of the City of Phoenix Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Award..
Sponsors: NYC LPDOC Chapter, NYC Jericho Movement, ProLibertad (list in formation)
For more info: nyclpdoc@gmail.com • 917-544-1577
Lenny will also be speaking at the United Nations Church Center, 777 First Avenue at 44th Street
on Wednesday, May 9th. This is part of UN events on Indigenous Issues.

Listen to the Program
April 19, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

SKYWAVES:Indigenous News Worldwide broadcasts within the first 15 minutes.

The Ramapough/Lunaape Nation is calling on all humans of good conscience to join a prayer rally/vigil on our Ceremonial Land:
Where: Mahwah, New Jersey 95 Halifax Road
Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Time: 12 noon, Rain or Shine
Why? This is the time, this is the hour to speak out for the protection of all US Watersheds that supply everyone with fresh drinking water, preserve Native traditions, and for the healing of the Earth.

CHIEF VINCENT MANN contact: 201.529.1171
The Ramapough’s traditional land has met with imprudence from numerous outside groups, including Ford Motor Company - which used our land as a “toxic dumping ground”, and now gas/oil corporations want to endanger our vital watersheds by creating underground storage facilitiesto house fracked gas for export to foreign markets. To create this supply and storage route would involve blasting and clearing of public and private lands, creating hazards for communities in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York regions which includes the beautiful Long Island Sound.Fracking fluid contaminates water sources, poisons ecosystems [animal & plant], and is currently suspect to have caused earthquakes in Ohio.

The Ramapough believe that callous disregard for humans and the Earth cannot go unanswered. The Ramapough assert: it is the civic duty of all people of good conscience everywhere to ensurechange be just and prudent rather than a reinforcement of financial inequities which continue to divide us at the cost of our environment. To that end, we are asking everyone to join us in
making their voices heard to help stop the atrocities committed on our families, communities, ourwatersheds, and the Earth.

CALEEN SISK Tribal Chief- www.winnememwintu.us/ - The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a band of indigenous people located in Northern California, have appealed to the United States Forest Service’s Regional Forester to temporarily close of part of McCloud River, located in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Forty to 60 tribal members and supporters gathered at Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore’s Vallejo office at about 9 a.m. Monday to picket, said Caleen Sisk, the Winnemem Wintu tribal chair. John Heil, a press officer for the regional forester, confirmed that range of protesters.
After an hour of picketing, Regional Forester Moore came out and addressed the group, said Sisk. She said Moore was receptive and that he did "the respectful thing" by listening to protesters’ concerns. The Forest Service's Heil said Moore will work with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest supervisor in making a decision on the river closure request.
The four-day mandatory closure would allow the tribe to carry out a traditional coming-of-age ceremony, Balas Chonas, in which teenage girls spend four days in prayer and communion with elder women before swimming across the lake and symbolically entering adulthood.
This is the not the first time the Winnemem Tribe has appealed to have the area shut down during Balas Chonas. Since 2005 they have sought to have the area temporarily closed to the public for the religious ceremony, but have only been granted "voluntary closure," in which the area is not physically closed off.

Listen to the Program
April 12, 2012

EDITED EDITION FOR WFTE SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

SKYWAVES: Indigenous News Worldwide also broadcasts within the first 15 minutes.

GREGORY CH'OC www.satiim.org.bz - Punta Gorda Town, Belize - Executive Director of the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) is a community based indigenous environmental organization working in the far south of Belize, in a region in the Toledo District that lies between the Sarstoon and Temash Rivers. SATIIM co-manages, with the Belizean Forestry Department, the 41, 898 acre Sarstoon Temash National Park. The national park was declared by government in 1994 on lands traditionally used by the Garifuna and Maya communities who live in the area. What is now SATIIM began in 1997 as the Sarstoon Temash National Park Steering Committee, which was formed after the communities around the park came together to stake a claim in the management of the land and natural resources in and around the park.

SATIIM is facing a major challenge - ongoing oil exploration and proposed drilling in the Sarstoon Temash National Park and surrounding communities. US Capital Energy (USCE), an American oil company, was given permission by the Belizean Forest Department to begin seismic testing in the National Park -- permission that SATIIM’s Board and staff felt was illegal and unfair. In response, SATIIM mounted a multifaceted advocacy campaign that involved raising awareness of the oil exploration issue through public outreach and education, coalition building, legal action, policy research and analysis, mobilizing local supporters, lobbying Government ministers, generating international political, technical and financial support and preparing to monitor and mitigate activities in the STNP if oil exploration goes ahead.

DEMELZA CHAMPAGNE, MAIA RAMNATH, and GARY PERKINSON - www.anarchistbookfair.net - New York City, a center of anarchist life, culture, struggle, and ideas for 150 years, will host its 6th annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair, a one-day exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video, and other cultural and very political productions of the anarchist scene worldwide, on April 13, 2012 at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan.
The emphasis on April 13th at 7 to 10PM will be VOICES OF INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY presented by the Native Resistance Network - www.NativeResistanceNewtwork.org

Listen to the Program
April 5, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

ROBERTO CINTL RODRIQUEZhttp://drcintli.blogspot.com/ and ARCHIVED COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS http://web.me.com/columnoftheamericas
In Tucson, Arizona’s Unified School District Governing Board amd Tea Party member Michael Hicks is taking heat following his appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Monday night. Hicks was featured in a segment discussing the School District's Mexican American Studies courses, which were dismantled in January amid a threat by the state to cut off millions of dollars in aid. The clip, 5 minutes, 25 seconds long, features "The Daily Show's" Al Madrigal interviewing Hicks and Mexican American Studies educator Curtis Acosta.
The TUSD Mexican American Studies courses were eliminated after former Arizona Schools Chief Tom Horne and his successor, John Huppenthal, determined the courses violated a state law formerly known as HB 2281. The law prohibits courses that promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic race, advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals and promote the overthrow of the U.S. government.

Listen to the Program
March 29, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - SCRANTON PENNSYLVANIA

DOUG GEORGE-KANENTIIOis an Akwesasne Mohawk. He is the co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian and the author of "Iroquois On Fire". He resides in upstate Onieda Territory with his wife Joanne Shenandoah and family. The Hiawatha Institute (www.Hiawatha.syr.edu)

Kanentiio@aol.com or via surface mail: Box 450, Oneida, NY 13421

The awareness and agenda of placing Mother Earth at the top or at least the basis of the OWS movement - seems to be lacking. Doug discusses another thinking process often overlooked and minimized...even by the "new OWS movement".
Many young Original Nation peoples are preparing to step up to a leadership role but seem to lack "a process of critical analysis of the West's historical processes, to seek out the actual nature of the roots of the exploitative and oppressive conditions which are forced upon humanity. At the same time, as we gain understanding of those processes, we must reinterpret that history to the people of the world. It is the people of the West, ultimately, who are the most oppressed and exploited. They are burdened by the weight of centuries of racism, sexism, and ignorance which has rendered their people insensitive to the true nature of their lives.
We must all consciously and continuously challenge every model, every program, and every process that the West tries to force upon us. Paulo Friere wrote, in his book, the Pedagogy of the Oppressed, that it is the nature of the oppressed to imitate the oppressor, and by such actions try to gain relief from the oppressive condition. We must learn to resist that response to oppression.
The people who are living on this planet need to break with the narrow concept of human liberation, and begin to see liberation as something which needs to be extended to the whole of the Natural World. What is needed is the liberation of all the things that support Life-the air, the waters, the trees-all the things which support the sacred web of Life.

Listen to the Program
March 22, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE SCRANTON, PA

DARLENE PIPEBOY a Dakota elder talks about the realities, philosophies of her people and their relationship to the politics, belief systems of religion and how Indigenous peoples are surviving. She also discusses the foretelling through experience of prophecies by the way Mother Earth is moving to change things. Her contacts are: 605.932.3628 and email - wicasa40@hotmail.com

Listen to the Program
March 15, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA
Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 3:00 pm -4:50 pm
@ PACE University - Room W615 New York, NY
www.leftforum.org

PANEL: Examines the struggles of Indigenous peoples defending their lands, sources, seizure of land, expropriation, environmental degradation, exploitation, re-colonization and re-occupation. Participants discuss indigenous activism and the potential/ problems for unity with Occupy Wall Street. In what ways does the “Occupy” movements reinforce the structures of greed that Indigenous peoples stand against? What form would the movement have to take if it is reconciled with the realities behind the foundation of American exceptionalism and mobilizes against the continued rape of Mother Earth?

Sally BermanzohnSally Bermanzohn, moderator, teaches Native American Studies, American Social Movements, and Truth & Reconciliation at Brooklyn College CUNY.

Janene Yazzie-Collymore Dine/ Navajo: An independent scholar and CEO of Sixth World Consultants, Janene works with her husband Kern Collymore on the Navajo Nation to help community chapters implement the Local Governance Act and pursue economic development in sustainable industries. While finishing her degree requirements in International Law with a concentration in Human Rights at Barnard College, Janene has also helped found a non-profit Indigenous Think Tank, Tecumseh Institute, in New York City. She is currently working with Owe Aku International Justice Project.

Debra White Plume Oglala Lakota author, artist, and activist from the Pine Ridge Homeland, has devoted her adult life to preserving her Lakota Way of Life, Treaty Rights and Human Rights. She works in all arenas, from the grassroots to the United Nations at Geneva and in NYC. White Plume has engaged in sacred water protection for the past decade, In addition to her well-known battles against uranium mining, she was arrested for trespassing at the White House while raising the consciousness of America and President Obama to the threats posed by the Keystone XL oil pipeline against the drinking water of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She is also a world-renowned

Kent Lebsock, a Lakota activist for more than 20 years, is the Director of Owe Aku International Justice Project which serves the traditional governing council of the Lakota Oyate, the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council. His particular contribution lies in international human rights forums ensuring international law and standards are applied to Indigenous peoples, our treaties, lands and territories.

Tiokasin Ghosthorse is Mnicoujou, Itazipco and Oglala bands of the Lakota Nation. He sits on a panel at Harvard University's Cultures On the Air. He is a board member of several children's organizations that work with suicide, poverty, and Mother Earth cultural education through his musicianship. Ghosthorse is an author, university lecturer and scholar often presenting a dichotomous thinking process of Indigenous and non-Indigenous. He is a member of the Indigenous Think Tank, Tecumseh Institute, NYC.

Listen to the Program
February 16, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA *FVIR Will be in fundraising mode until March 1st and programming will vary until regular programming resumes.

DOUGIE MACLEAN www.dougiemaclean.com is Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure" who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, 'roots based' songwriting and instrumental composition. Internationally renowned for his song 'Caledonia', music for 'Last of the Mohicans'. Recently received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame and an OBE in the New Year Honours list! Dougie has recently release a new album 'Resolution'. We were honored to have Dougie on FVIR!
All songs by Dougie Maclean


Loving One
Rescue Me
Feel So Near
Marching Mystery
Listen to the Program
February 2, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE SCRANTON PENNSYLVANIA

*FVIR will be in a fundraising mode until March 8th when regular programming will resume.

FVIR celebrates it 10th year on WBAI NY and Tiokasin Ghosthorse's 20th year on the radio!

Today is a compilation of various songs including:

What's Going On - Los Lobos
Geronimo's Cadillac - Dick Gaughan
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - Luka Bloom
Thunder Heart Excerpt 1991
History Repeats Itself - Jane's Addiction
TED Talks "America's Native Prisoners of War" - Aaron Huey
Three Chiefs - Marty Stuart
Abundance - Coyote Oldman

Listen to the Program
January 26, 2012

DELANEY BRUCEwww.whoisleonardpeltier.info) EVENT IN NYC on Saturday, February 4, 2012 • 2 to 6 p.m. - Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, Assembly Hall 
(120th and For more info: 
nyclpdoc@gmail.com • nycjericho@gmail.com • 718-325-4407

LOUISE BENALLY(Dine) - (www.blackmesindigenoussupport.org) who has been resisting relocation from Big Mountain and resilient to the policies of the American people’s government. Since 1974 14,000 Dine’ families have been forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands by U.S.-backed tribal councils and coal mining giants. Peabody Energy, also an ALEC member, is the world’s largest private-sector coal company with 2010 sales of 246 million tons and nearly $7 billion in revenues, Peabody creates 10 percent of U.S. power and 2 percent of worldwide electricity.


Sundance - Oliver Shanti
Leonard Peltier In A Cage - The Goats
The Future - Leonard Cohen
Listen to the Program
January 19, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

DEBRA WHITE PLUME- Manderson, SD - is the Director of Owe Aku or Bring Back the Way - a grassroots nongovernmental organization dedicated to the preservation of the Lakota Way of Life and Treaty Rights.

On Sunday January 15th, a group of powerful Native women held a day long conference called Winyan Ituwan or Women of Vision along with Kandi Mosset, Marie Randall, Tantoo Cardinal and many others to not only talk about women’s role in Native culture, but effects of oil and uranium effects of mining on water. We will be talking about the impacts of colonialism to Native Nations and how we will survive it. (www.oweakuinternational.org)

DR, ROBERTO RODRIQUEZ - Tuscon, Arizona - http://drcintli.blogspot.com/ While TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT claims that there are no banned books, the fact remains that administrators have come into Mexican American Studies classrooms (which no longer exist) and removed the MAS classroom materials, which includes books that were formerly utilized in the now suspended MAS program.
While TUSD claims that only 7 book titles were ordered boxed and carried off, the fact is that the confiscation, in some cases in front of the students, involved more than the 7 books that were listed by TUSD. 50 books (listed at the end of the Cambium report) are not banned, they are confiscated, or in the process of being confiscated... THUS THE BOOKS ARE NOW UNDOCUMENTED! They are as welcome in TUSD schools as undocumented migrants are welcome in this country.


Northern Cree @ Black Eagle Pow Wow - Santa Ana Star Center
Mighty Truck of Midnight - Bruce Cockburn
Winter Rain - Ferrodyne
Listen to the Program
January 12, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - Scanton, PA (go to audiport.org for your radio stations download)

WINONA LADUKE Anishinabaweg (www.niijiiradio.com>from the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota. Winona is the Executive Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project the Parent Organization of Niijii Broadcasting and Niijii Radio. Niijii in Ojibwe means friend. Over the past decade, the White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP) has approached the idea of creating an independent media platform for the White Earth Reservation and surrounding region to allow for community-based programming that provides valuable information and education to its friends and listeners.

SOPHIE GRIGS (www.survivalinternational.org) British newspaper The Observer has revealed evidence of police involvement in ‘human safaris’ in India’s Andaman Islands.The scandal, first exposed by Survival in 2010, involves tourists using an illegal road to enter the reserve of the Jarawa tribe. Tour companies and cab drivers ‘attract’ the Jarawa with biscuits and sweets. AND also in BRAZIL Loggers have invaded the Amazon home of uncontacted Awá Indians, one of whom has reportedly been ‘burned alive’

DR. ROBERTO CINTLI RODRIQUEZ (http://drcintli.blogspot.com) US Human Rights Network condemns discriminatory ruling against Ethnic Studies in Arizona and calls on the government to protect human rights to culture, identity, and self-determination. The US Human Rights Network strongly condemns the December 27th, 2011 ruling of Arizona Administrative Judge Lewis Kowal restricting the teaching of Ethnic Studies in the Tuscan Unified School District and throughout the state. Judge Kowal’s decision is a reaffirmation of HB 2281, a discriminatory law passed by the Arizona legislature in 2010 that forbids the teaching ethnic studies and the recognition of the ethnic, racial, or national heritage of the students.


Wicked System - Fundamental Sound
Natural Mystic - Luka Bloom
Suavecito - Malo
Listen to the Program
January 5, 2012

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - Scanton, PA (go to audiport.org for your radio stations download)

KAHENTINETHA HORNE of The Kanion'ke:haka/Mohawk Nation (www.mohawknationnews.com) is a member of the Rotino'shonni:onwe/Iroquois Confederacy.

What are we going to do? Is the proverbial question being asked when the financial collapse is deepened beyond repair? Although many people have an idea of gloom and doom - the reality for the awakened Indigenous peoples is to know the world is not coming to an end. The Sky Is Not Falling. It’s continuing. We’re been lead to think that we are heading into a trap to be devoured if we don’t submit. Are they ready to live under the rules of nature? Kahentinetha gives us a perspective of the movement and relationship to the politics, economics and governments (u.s. and can.) and their treatment of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.

OFELIA RIVAS of the Tohono O'odham Nation (www.solidarity-project.org) her struggles with the current technology, mining and desecretion of their lands along the 2,000 mile border wall of the U.S. and Mexico. Her general awareness of being under duress because of her views from her own people, the government and the great militarization of the lands.


Masters of War - Pearl Jam
Exodus - Bob Marley
Listen to the Program
December 29, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE - SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

DEMELZA CHAMPAGNE, JOHN FREISEN, JAKE LITTLE, JEREME AMOUAK and FARREL - NEW YORK - All join in a discussion about the current "Occupation" movement and the use of language.

"To most, the irony of a progressive social movement using the term “occupy” to reshape how Americans think about issues of democracy and equality has been clear. After all, it is generally nations, armies and police who occupy, usually by force. And in this, the United States has been a leader. The American government is just now after nine years ending its overt occupation of Iraq, is still entrenched in Afghanistan and is maintaining troops on the ground in dozens of countries worldwide. All this is not to obscure the fact that the United States as we know it came into being by way of an occupation — a gradual and devastatingly violent one that all but extinguished entire Native American populations across thousands of miles of land." "In this sense, Occupy Wall Street has occupied language, has made “occupy” its own. And, importantly, people from diverse ethnicities, cultures and languages have participated in this linguistic occupation — it is distinct from the history of forcible occupation in that it is built to accommodate all, not just the most powerful or violent." "Occupy Language might draw inspiration from both the way that the Occupy movement has reshaped definitions of “occupy,” which teaches us that we give words meaning and that discourses are not immutable, and from the way indigenous movements have contested its use, which teaches us to be ever-mindful about how language both empowers and oppresses, unifies and isolates." "By occupying language, we can expose how educational, political, and social institutions use language to further marginalize oppressed groups; resist colonizing language practices that elevate certain languages over others; resist attempts to define people with terms rooted in negative stereotypes; and begin to reshape the public discourse about our communities, and about the central role of language in racism and discrimination." excerpts from H. Samy Alin's article What If We Occupied The Language?

Listen to the Program
December 22, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WFTE SCRANTON, PA (Please go to Audioport.org for your stations downloadable version)

TOM WEISS rideforrenewables.com. December 21, 2011 (Port Arthur, TX) – Renewable energy advocate Tom Weis ended his 2,150-mile Keystone XL “Tour of Resistance” at the fence line community of West Port Arthur in the shadow of giant oil refineries spewing toxic air emissions. Weis launched the tour 10 weeks ago at the U.S./Canada border and has pedaled the entire U.S. length of the proposed tar sands pipeline in his “rocket trike” in support of landowners and communities in six states fighting Keystone XL. Pipeline opponents joined him in demanding that President Obama reject TransCanada’s presidential permit without delay.

FRED HO and CZARINA AGGABAO THELEN www.scientificsoulsessions.com Participate in a general discussion regarding the use of language and the latest article from "What If We Occupied The Language" by H. Samy Alim here is an excerpt from the article "the irony of a progressive social movement using the term “occupy” to reshape how Americans think about issues of democracy and equality has been clear. After all, it is generally nations, armies and police who occupy, usually by force. And in this, the United States has been a leader. The American government is just now after nine years ending its overt occupation of Iraq, is still entrenched in Afghanistan and is maintaining troops on the ground in dozens of countries worldwide. All this is not to obscure the fact that the United States as we know it came into being by way of an occupation — a gradual and devastatingly violent one that all but extinguished entire Native American populations across thousands of miles of land."

Listen to the Program
December 15, 2011

EDITIED VERSION FOR WFTE SCRANTON, PA.

GRANDMOTHER MARGARET BEHAN -Montana- is a member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers (www.grandmotherscouncil.org). These women have been travelling to each other's homelands for several years and next year it is Grandmother Margaret's turn to host them for their 11th Council gathering.
The dates of the Council have been set for July 20th through August 5th, 2012 and it will be held in Grandmother Margaret's homeland of the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Lame Deer, located in southeastern part of Montana. All are welcome to attend. Registration can be done on the Grandmother's website listed above. If you would like to help in any way with the gathering, or have questions, please call Lisa Caswell at (646)267-7244

JOHN KANE - New York - (www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com) on Kaneratiio or Roger Jock was arrested in upstate New York State -, was indicted by a grand jury for second-degree grand larceny for allegedly depriving deeded owner, Horst Wuersching, of a 240-acre parcel on Route 11 near the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. The grand-larceny charge refers to the theft of land with a value above $50,000.
According to the County Treasurer's Office, the parcel is assessed at $16,800. But there has not been a land revaluationfor more than 50 years, leaving the equalization rate there at 3.12 percent. The true market value of the land at 100 percent equalization is $538,462. Jock was released under the supervision of the Probation Department, and an order of protection was issued forbidding him from going back to the disputed land. The "irony" of the story is a Native man Indigenous to a parcel of land in the middle of Mohawk Territory being "stolen" from a white man!

WAZIYATAWIN -Minnesota- (www.waziyatawin.net) of the Wahpetunwan Dakota discusses the terminology of "occupation" occupiers and their choice of language is indicative of lack of consciousness about Indigenous struggles, or a dismissal of the importance or relevance of those struggles.

FRED HO - New York - (www.bigredmediainc.com) author, musician, philosopher and 3 time cancer survivor dialogues regarding "Capitialism is the cancer for the planet" and how a person would understand the toxicity one can avoid cointinuing the toxicities of manifest destiny.

Listen to the Program
December 8, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WBAI NYC (Open ended no intro - break - outro - please insert your station ID breaks)

One of the objectives of this technologic reality has to do with erasing the memories of the human beings, because we have a common collective experience. We are all the descendants of tribes. - John Trudell

From Descendants Now Ancestors 2001 (JohnTrudell.com)

Listen to the Program
November 10, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WBAI NEW YORK

MAHINA MOVEMENT (mahinamovement.com), Vaimoana Niumeitolu, Gabriella Callendar, Erica DeLaRosa

Mahina Movement is the phenomenal 3 women trio who combine poetry and song to create passionate music tied to flesh and bone, straight from the heart. Mahina Movement’s extraordinary melodies tell stories of the personal and political wrapped with courage, strength and awareness of human struggle and connection. 3 voices and one guitar blend into a powerful force, mixing folk, rock and rhymes in English, Spanish, and Tongan simmered with indigenous roots and culture. Mahina Movement’s rare sound and vision not only creates a raw, fierce artistic “movement” combining traditional and contemporary poetry, music, painting, theater, and ritual but also, is constantly generating a strong, steady “movement” for community—consisting of radical love, unstoppable activism and ruthless compassion. 

Based and consistently building and creating in New York City, Mahina Movement not only lives in New York but also makes sure to contribute their multi-talents of creativity and organizing in a place they call home. Having deep roots from all over the world—Mexico, Ireland, Tonga and Africa—Mahina Movement consists of a Musician from Hollis, Queens; a Dancer from Texas and a Painter from Utah. Together, they have carved and crafted a world of musical and artistic possibilities, running outside of boxes and crossing borders and limits. They have combined their skills, cultures, ancestors, stories and languages to reach the masses and ignite inspiration in the face of resignation and cynicism.

Dr. LYNN GUITAR (TAINO) has been Resident Director of CIEE´s (Council on International Educational Exchange) program in Liberal Arts for North Americans at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago.
She arrived on August 3, 1997, as a Fulbright Fellow, to finish the research and writing of her doctoral dissertation, Cultural Genesis: Relationships among Africans, Indians, and Spaniards in rural Hispaniola, first half of the sixteenth century…. She has lived, researched, worked, and taught as a permanent Dominican resident now for more than 14 years.

Lynne has recently written chapters for three important books: Illustrated History of the Caribbean by Francisco Scarrano and Stephan Palmie (eds.) Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives by Jane Landers (ed.), and Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary Caribbean: Amerindian Survival and Revival by Maximilian Forte (ed.), as well as articles about the Taíno peoples for dozens of professional journals. She is currently writing an historical novel about the encounter between Taínos and Spaniards but totally from the indigenous viewpoint. Please Facebook "Guanin" for more info.

Listen to the Program
October 27, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WJFF JEFFERSONVILLE, NEW YORK

PHILLIP DEERE (Muskogee Creek> Phillip was a traditional healer from Nuyaka Grounds, Okemah, Oklahoma, who became a spiritual leader, civil and human rights activist, oral historian and storyteller.
Phillip was a founder of the Traditional Youths and Elders Circle and a spiritual guide for the American Indian Movement (AIM). He was an elder and statesman for the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), and participated in the United Nations International Human Rights Commission held in Geneva, Switzerland.
He spoke about remembering traditional values, Muscogee prophecies, care for Mother Earth, and brought attention to injustices suffered by indigenous peoples of the Americas.

JOHN TRUDELL (Isanti Dakota) Poet and Human Being speaks on the values of becoming and being a human being through his experience as an Indigenous activist through the 1970's until the present.

Listen to the Program
October 6, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR KVNF PAONIA, COLORADO

MUTABARUKA Voices his thoughts on COLUMBUS GHOST - A Jamaican (born Allan Hope, 26 December 1952, Rae Town, Kingston) is a dub poet. His name comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one who is always victorious". He lives in Potosi District, St. James with his significant other, Yvonne, and their two childern. Mutabaruka continues to perform and write poems on every issue known to man. He's known for his expressions and lively performances more so than just the poems themselves. Some of his themes include sexism, politics, discrimination, poverty, race, and especially religion. Mutabaruka's stylistic form is in a way pathos related. He uses stories and experiences to get readers to think about issues in ways that they wouldn't normally think about them.

LARRY MERCULIEF Indigenous Elder for Modern Times -Merculieff will speak on indigenous elder wisdom and modern day personal to global challenges. Merculieff is an indigenous messenger and teacher. Indigenous wisdom keepers throughout the western hemisphere and other parts of the world have shared their wisdom, knowledge and prophecies with him, asking him to share their words with others. Issues related to cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living, elder wisdom, and the environment are close to his heart. He recently chaired the indigenous knowledge sessions at the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change attended by indigenous representatives from 80 nations.

SEVERN SUZUKI As a 12 year who froze the world for 7 minutes at the 1991 Earth Summit on Climate Change in Rio De Janero, Severn spoke about the apocolyptic results if we don't do as adults what we should have been doing all along. Respecting Mother Earth the way Indigenous peoples have continued to do for uncountable millenia.

TANYA FRISCHNER American Indian Law Alliance gave an informative speech regarding the Doctrine of Discovery and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2006; regarding the way anthropologists and scientists perceive the age of Indigenous peoples in the western hemisphere, and the holocaust derived from Bartolome de las Casas. He became the first resident Bishop of Chiapas, and the first officially appointed "Protector of the Indians". His extensive writings, the most famous being "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies" and "Historia de Las Indias", chronicle the first decades of colonization of the West Indies, focusing particularly on the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the Indigenous peoples.

Listen to the Program
September 29, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WBAI NEW YORK

LEFT ON RED www.leftonredmusic.com Live in studio with their new conscious aware music CD The Underground Busking Experience. Their October touris designed to promote and educate about fair trade chocolate and the child slavery in the cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast of Africa. It turns out %40 of the world's cocoa is sourced from the Ivory Coast in Africa where it's estimated over 200,000 children have been enslaved, many through trafficking. We are going into high school classrooms along the tour route to give workshops and concerts - as well as venues in the evenings. Some venues where you can catch their performance are The Huntington Cinema Arts Center on Long Island, Caffe Vivaldi in NYC, Ani DiFranco's Babeville in Buffalo, and Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. And the classrooms run the gamut of alternative education in Ithaca, NY to large inner city schools such as East High School in Rochester.

Listen to the Program
September 22, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WBAI 99.5 FM NY, NEW YORK

BINDI COLE and KALIA BROOKSwww.mocada.org Saying No: Reconciling Spirituality and Resistance in Indigenous Australian Art. The word “No” does not exist in the majority of the over 200 Australian Aboriginal languages, and where it does exist, this powerful word is reserved for the elders and is used with great care and ceremony. As these languages reach the brink of extinction, indigenous Australian artists are using contemporary art to assert their identity and culture and say no to racism, land theft and colonialism in an urban world. With this, the Museum of Contemporary African Diaporan Arts (MoCADA) announces the opening of the highly anticipated international group exhibition entitled, Saying No: Reconciling Spirituality and Resistance in Indigenous Australian Art.

THE LAST INTERNATIONALEwww.thelastinternationale.com
Especially known for their explosive live performances, The Last Internationale is constantly reinventing a new and eclectic sound that can be summed up as follows: guitar-driving, bass-pumping, boot-stomping garage rock, blues, punk, folk laced with a powerful, soul-charged (sometimes melodically haunting) voice that can fill any room. They are in studio with a few acoustic songs and we discuss the execution of Troy Davis.

Listen to the Program
September 15, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WBAI 99.5 FM NEW YORK, NY

JENNIFER JESSUM & SIMON JOSEPH (www.holymanfilm.com)
Holy Man is the story of Douglas White, an 88 year old Lakota wicasa wakan or medicine man from Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota, who spent 17 years in federal prison for a crime he did not commit. During the making of this film, filmmakers uncovered new evidence of White's innocence and brought the case back to Federal Court. HOLY MAN premieres at the 27th annual Boston Film Festival and coming soon to New York!

GROVER GAUNTT, BIRGIL KILLS STRAIGHT & ALEX WHITE PLUME For fifteen consecutive years the Zen Peacemakers (www.zenpeacemakers.org) have been conducting an international, multi-faith Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz – Birkenau in Poland, deeply plunging for five days through silence, prayer and ceremony into the genocide that was focused there in World War II. Since 2009 the Peacemaker Institute has led a bearing witness retreat in Rwanda, entering for five days the darkness that was the 1994 Tutsi genocide that still pervades every aspect of the consciousness and activity of the country.

There has not yet been a clearly defined event that has focused on the Native American genocide, oppression and neglect that began at the end of the fifteenth century and continues to this day. A defining event of this era is the massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota on December 29, 1890.

100 million+ of Original Peoples were eliminated, destroyed, drastically reduced, or moved and thoroughly traumatized, for many reasons the Lakota of the western plains have gained the prominent position in the world psyche as an archetype of what has befallen the Native peoples of the western hemisphere. It is proposed that the center of the Black Hills, serve as the place for the August 2012 Black Hills Bearing Witness Retreat.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP 7 medicine people from the Lakota Nation are in need of sponsorship to attend the Bearing Witness Retreat Oct. 31 – Nov. 5th in Auschwitz.

Please send donation check or Money Order to:

Seventh Generation Fund
P.O. Box 4569
Arcata, CA 95521
Attn: Seventh Generation Fund for Black Hills BW 2012

Please include your return address and Seventh Generation Fund will send receipt for tax purposes.

Listen to the Program
September 8, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WBAI NY

September 11th, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary day in the American’s history as one of tragedy and rememberance. 10 years later questions are still be asked as to what really happened that day 9-11-01.

Les Jamieson is one who has asked those questions or rather one who has questioned the answers most accepted by media pundits and American mainstream beliefs that have seem to fall within the narrow definitions of political, economical and religious jingoisms.
He has studied the alternative research into 9/11 since November, 2001. He has been extremely active in the 9/11 truth movement since January of 2004. He spent every Saturday through 2008 at Ground Zero doing public outreach and education as well as many other locations throughout New York City, handing out literature and informing people from all over the world about the discrepancies in the official story about 9/11. Les has attended several 9/11 Commission hearings, including hearings by the NIST investigation into why the buildings collapsed, which has given him an up close realization of the depth and scope of the official cover-up. Les has been central in planning several large 9/11 symposiums around the country and especially here in New York City.

Listen to the Program
September 1, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WBAI NY

Robbie Robertson, (born Jaime Royal Robertson, July 5, 1943); is a Canadian singer-songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known for his membership as the guitarist and primary songwriter within The Band. He was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The Band has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. As a songwriter Robertson is responsible for such classics as "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Broken Arrow" and "Somewhere Down the Crazy River", and has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Robertson was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a Jewish father and a Mohawk mother. He had his earliest exposure to music at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, where he spent summers with his mother's family.

Mari Boine, previously known as Mari Boine Persen, (born 8 November 1956) is a Norwegian Sami musician known for having added jazz and rock to the yoiks of her native people. Born in Finnmark, Norway she grew up amid the Laestadian Christian movement as well as amidst discrimination against her people. She was asked to perform at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, but refused because she perceived the invitation as an attempt to bring a token minority to the ceremonies. Gula Gula (first released by Iđut, 1989, later re-released by Real World) was her breakthrough release, and she continued to record popular albums throughout the 1990s.[1]
In 2003 Boine was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize. She was appointed knight, first class in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for her artistic diversity on September 18, 2009.

Listen to the Program
August 25, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR KVNF PAONIA COLORADO

Guest Host: JOHN KANE

Alysce Pierce from the Seneca Nation speaks of her experience as a Native businesswoman and her struggles with New York State. more to come

Listen to the Program
August 18, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR KVNF PAONIA, Colorado

Guest Host: JOHN KANE

Crystal Shawanda www.crystalshawanda.co/. She has a short bio in her own words there.

Crystal Shawanda (born in Wikwemikong, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian country music artist. CMT documented her rise to fame in the six-part series Crystal: Living the Dream, which aired in February 2008. Signed to RCA Records in 2007, she released her debut single, "You Can Let Go," in Canada in January 2008. It was the fastest climbing single on the Canadian Country Singles Chart since reaching the Top 10 in 5 weeks. It was released in the United States on March 17, 2008.

Shawanda's debut album, Dawn of a New Day, was released in Canada on June 24, 2008; it was later released in the United States on August 19. The album debuted at number 2 on the Canadian Country Albums chart, and number 16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and became the hig hest charted album by a full-blooded Canadian First Nations country artist in the SoundScan era.

Shawanda is a First Nations member of the Ojibwe band. Her surname translates to "Dawn of a New Day."

Shawanda toured Canada and the United States with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley as a special guest on the Paisley Party 2009 tour. She had previously toured with various artists across Canada and the northern United States in 2008. Her first single, "You Can Let Go," peaked at number 21 on the Hot Country Songs charts. In mid-2009, Shawanda parted ways with RCA Nashville and through her own record label, New Sun Records, and a distribution deal with EMI/On Ramp Records, released a Christmas album, titled I'll Be Home for Christmas.

In 2010, Crystal released a new single, "Beautiful Day" which made into the top twenty in Canada. "Beautiful Day" was released via her own label New Sun Records which made it the first ever song to chart that was released by a label that was owned by a First Nations woman. On her official website it was confirmed that Crystal's new single "Love Enough" will be released on August 15, 2011 in both Canada and the United States. At her fourth annual Homecoming Concert on July 29, 2011 she announced that her second studio album was complete and would be released fall 2011. It was made available for pre-order at her Homcoming.

Listen to the Program
August 11, 2011

Edited Version for KVNF Paonia, Colorado .

Guest Host: JOHN KANE (Mohawk)
PAMELA PALMATER (Mi’kmaq) www.indigenousnationhood.com Her research interests include Indigenous governance, Aboriginal and treaty rights, international human rights, Indigenous politics, and constitutional law. She has specialized in Indigenous identity issues which include Indian status, band membership, and self-government citizenship and traditional Indigenous citizenship. Her new book, Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity, considers the legal problems of status with regards to band membership and self-government citizenship was released in early 2011.

Listen to the Program
August 4, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WPKN BRIDGEPORT - NEW HAVEN, CT

Guest Host: JOHN KANE (Mohawk)

www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com John has been involved in Native issues and specifically defending Native sovereignty most of his adult life. He was part of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the late 90's and worked extensively with the League of First Nations in battles with New York State over taxation.

Two New York state senators wrote letters to the NYS Tax Commissioner stating their opposition to any interference by the department in the sales and distribution of Native tobacco products and requesting that he announce his intent regarding Native brands tobacco on and off Native reservation boundaries.

JED MOREY is the publisher of the Long Island Press www.longislandpress.com, an alternative weekly newspaper with a circulation of 85,000, which welcomes more than 750,000 unique visitors every month. He serves on the boards of the Long Island chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Nassau County, as well as the President's Council of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island.

Listen to the Program
July 28, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR KVNF PAONIA COLORADO

"What a Way to Go" is a total rejection of the self-destruction paradigm that hard-wires Amerian culture. Brutal honesty is applied to issues of our day. ␣ ␣ But these aren't just issues of our day; they are issues of the universe because the planet itself is becoming altered before our eyes toward unending extinction. It is clear we are caught in a broken myth of progress and technology, expecting those cultural bulwarks to save us even though they caused the crisis: climate chaos, petrocollapse and individual isolation and despair.

Listen to the Program
July 21, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR KVNF PAONIA, COLORADO
from a 3-hour fundraising edition.

Peter Joseph presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy" The Natural Laws, most, but not all Indigenous peoples abide by, can be heard between the lines of the speakers here.

Listen to the Program
July 14, 2011

EDITED FOR KVNF PAONIA COLORADO

Black Elk Speaks / John G. Neihardt| produced by Ralph and Natasha Friar. - WBAI presents the continuing readings by Native Americans of "Black Elk Speaks" by John G. Neihardt. It is the story of the great spiritual leader of the Oglala Sioux who was born in 1863 and lived through the onslaught of the frontier settlers and soldiers desecrating his peoples land. BROADCAST: WBAI, 3 April 1976.Running Deer of the Wampanoag, Pawnee and Cherokee as Black Elk and
Medicine Story of the Wampanoag as Fire Thunder , Wild Tree of the Apache as Flying Hawk and Standing Bear, John Neihardt was read by Ralph Briar.

Listen to the Program
July 7, 2011

EDITED FOR WPKN BRIDGEPORT-NEW HAVEN, CT

CORRINA GOULD Chochenyo Ohlone – www.protectglencove.org

Sogorea Te or Ssogoréate was a large village and
gathering/ceremonial ground utilized by dozens of tribes who lived near and around the San Francisco Bay Area, For over 3500 years, indigenous people gathered at Sogorea Te or Glen Cove, a large, shallow natural cove at the narrowest portion of the Carquinez Strait, ideal for making land crossings. The descendants recently reoccupied the 15 acred sacred site to rally against a development that would destroy burial grounds, shell mounds and other artifacts of the original peoples. They are into their 85 day with international support.

HOPI ELDERS

THOMAS BANYACYA was a Hopi Native American traditional leader. One of four Hopis, including David Monongye, Dan Evehema, and Dan Katchongva, who decided or were appointed to reveal Hopi traditional wisdom and teachings, including the Hopi prophecies for the future, to the general public in 1946, after the use of the first two nuclear weapons on Japan. Banyacya was a member of the Wolf, Fox, and Coyote clans.

Banyacya grew up in the village of Moencopi and first attended Sherman Indian School in Riverside, California and then Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He lived in Kykotsmovi, Arizona on the Hopi Reservation. During World War II, Banyacya was a conscientious objector, who spent seven years in prison instead of registering for the draft.
Banyacya died on February 6, 1999 in Keams Canyon, Arizona.

Thomas Banyacya was recorded by White Bison Media 1980.

DAN EVEHEMA was a Hopi Native American traditional leader. He is one of four Hopis (including Thomas Banyacya, David Monongye, and Dan Katchongva) who decided or were appointed to reveal Hopi traditional wisdom and teachings, including the Hopi prophecies for the future, to the general public in 1946, after the use of the first two nuclear weapons against Japan. Evehema died on January 15, 1999 at approximately 108 years of age. In his "final message" he stated that he was the last of the group of four fully knowledgeable Hopis still alive. Evehema was co-author, with Thomas Mails, of "Hotevilla: Hopi Shrine of the Covenant : Microcosm of the World" and "Hopi Survival Kit" and co-author of Techqua Ikachi, [1] the traditional Hopi newsletters produced from 1975 to 1986. The "Hopi Survival Kit" includes a signed affidavit from Dan Evehema approving the book, and is the only written account of the complete Hopi prophecies. Evehema was a member of the Greasewood/Roadrunner Clan.


</strong>Sundancer</strong> by Hope Machine, writers: Fred Gillen Jr. (Fuel For The Revolution BMI) and Steve Kirkman (Eagle Sun Music a.s.c.a.p.)
Listen to the Program
June 30, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WPKN BRIDGEPORT - NEW HAVEN, CT

JOHN TRUDELL www.johntrudell.com - DNA (Descendants Now Ancestors) - July 4th, 2011 marks the 236 year of the Declaration of Dependence, that’s right, Dependence. Some people look at this system of democracy and often question its, beginning, its history and the current events. Some people see the future as something to be questioned because of this country’s denial. John Trudell is a Dakota who is an outspoken poet who brings a street wise knowledge of experience today. As he looks into the confusion of the people of the U.S. in accepting a process of thinking that continues to lead the people into illusion of freedom.

JOHN KANE (Mohawk) www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com - NEW YORK - is an Indian educator and advocate in upstate New York, who broadcasts a show on WECK-AM in Buffalo. Two New York state senators wrote letters to the NYS Tax Commissioner stating their opposition to any interference by the department in the sales and distribution of Native tobacco products and requesting that he announce his intent regarding Native brands.

Listen to the Program
June 23, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WPKN - BRIDGEPORT - NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

WILLIE CORDUFF - www.shelltosea.com Rossport, Ireland -
An Irish environmental activist from the farming community of Rossport, parish of Kilcommon, Erris COUNTY MAYO Ireland. Corduff's parents first arrived in Rossport in 1947, and reclaimed a farm by hand out of bogland. He became a campaigner against Shells' activities in his local area.
His farming existence changed with the discovery of gas eighty three kilometres offshore to the west of Broadhaven Bay. In 2000 he discovered the exploitation of the gas involved the construction of a high pressure pipeline, 70 metres from their house, to a new refinery to be built in Bellanboy townland, just across the bay from his farmIn 2005 Corduff refused Shell access to his land and was subsequently jailed for 94 days; along with four other local men now known as the Rossport Five; for defying a court order not to interfere with Shell's work. In 2006 he said he was "prepared to die" rather than see the pipeline cross his land. He was one of the founding members of the Shell to Sea campaign group.

ELIZABETH BOUISS - www.nofrack.org - New York - June 25th Rally at 1pm to Ban Fracking and why a ban is crucial. Why regulations will not work and the harm to water, farming and agricultural lands that fracking will cause. Frack waste evaporates and the toxic chemicals end up in the air, land and water. The beauty of upstate New York will be forever scarred.
Fracking is the process of extracting methane (a potent greenhouse gas, sometimes called "natural gas") or oil by drilling into the earth and injecting millions of gallons of water mixed wtih toxic and dangerous chemicals.

CHRISTINA CHAUVENET- www.survivalinternational.org- Washington D.C. –Today, S.I. called for tourists to boycott the main highway in India’s Andaman Islands – an illegal road which cuts through the land of the endangered Jarawa tribe.
The Andaman Trunk Road is both illegal – India’s Supreme Court ordered it closed in 2002, but it remains open – and highly dangerous for the Jarawa, who number just 365.The hunter-gatherer Jarawa have only had friendly contact with outsiders since 1998 and so tourists risk passing on diseases to which the tribe has little immunity. An epidemic could decimate the tribe. Thousands of tourists, both Indian and international, travel along the road each month. Rules supposed to protect the Jarawa are routinely broken, and the Jarawa reserve is in effect a human safari park.

BEN CARNES www.eaglemanz.blogspot.com - Oklahoma – Releases article after testifying at the Cobell Hearing: “Cobell Settlement: A knife in our backs”

“Real justice for these Indians may still lie in the distant future; it may never come at all. This reality makes a statement about our society and our form of government that we should be unwilling to let stand.” Judge Royce Lamberth

Those prophetic words by Lamberth became a reality on June 20 when the federal court in Washington, DC approved the Cobell settlement. There is much ado how this was a major victory as in a David and Goliath scenario. However, one only needs to read in between the fine print to know this was a serious setback. I had already suspected it was a foregone conclusion when the settlement was first announced and Obama signed off on it. This was an easy out for the government; they secured the victory, not us.

The basic provisions of the settlement are:
$1.4 billion to pay Individual Indian Money (IIM) account owners
$1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund to "purchase" fractionated Individual Indian trust lands.
Not more than $60 million for an Indian Education Scholarship Fund to assist Native people to attend college or vocational school.

More details are available at www.indiantrust.com

Initially, the estimates arrived by Cobell was that approx. 176 billion was missing from the IIM accounts. So why did she and the attorneys spend more than 2 million dollars encouraging people to accept this settlement? A settlement that only constitutes less than 2% of the original estimates?

Listen to the Program
June 16, 2011

EDITED VERSION FOR WPKN BRIDGEPORT - NEW HAVEN, CONN.

SUZAN SHOWN HARJO Observances and ceremonies will be held across the country from June 17 through June 21 to mark the 2011 National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places.
“Native and non-Native people nationwide gather at this time for Solstice ceremonies and to honor sacred places,” said Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee). She is President of The Morning Star Institute, which organizes the National Sacred Places Prayer Days. “Ceremonies are being conducted as Native American peoples engage in legal struggles with federal agencies that side with developers that endanger or destroy Native sacred places,” said Ms. Harjo. “Once again, we call on Congress to build a door to the courts for Native nations to protect our traditional churches. Many sacred places are being damaged because Native nations do not have equal access under the First Amendment to defend them.”

All other peoples in the United States can use the First Amendment to protect their churches, but the Supreme Court closed that door to Native Americans in 1988. The Court, in the 23 years from 1988 to 2011, has declined to allow federal religious freedom statutes to be used to protect Native American sacred places or the exercise of Native American religious freedom at sacred places.

EVAN PRITCHARD New York - www.algonquinculture.org/ A descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture, and is currently Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he also teaches ethics and philosophy.
He is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York. Evan talks about his involvement with a 92 year old elder William Commanda.

ALEX ALEXANDER New York - www.alex-alexander Performs live in-studio with FVIR host Tiokasin. Alex has invented an instrument called the Electric Djembe and performs in-studio. Alex has recorded and performed worldwide with numerous high profile acts among them: Dido, Eminem, Chaka Kahn, Ritchie Blackmore, Joy Askew, Bernie Worell, The Association, Toots and the Maytalls, Sophie B. Hawkins, J.C. Chasez (NSYNC), Montel Jordan, Dougie Fresh, Julia Fordham, Youssou N'Dour and The Barrio Boyz

In 2005 he performed at the largest Multi-Artist concert in the history of music, (Live Aid -Live 8- London), in front of 250,000 fans and over 3 Billion Television and Internet viewers Worldwide with Dido & Youssou N'Dour.

Listen to the Program
June 9, 2011

EDITED VERSION for WBAI NEW YORK

LISA & JOHNNY BONTA , May 24th - A Pyramid Lake Paiute family was attacked by neo-Nazi skinheads at a Fernley, Nevada, convenience store, east of Reno. Family members were beaten with a crowbar and baseball bats, and stabbed. The neo nazis tried to cut off Bonta's braid. The victim, Bonta, was then arrested because of the white assailants connection with police. One of the attackers is the son of a retired Lyon County Sheriff officer. Bonta was denied medical treatment in jail. When the family called the jail, they were told that Bonta "would have to get his Indian doctor" if he wanted to be treated.
The convenience store clerk said there is a video showing the attackers jumping out of the vehicle with baseball bats.
Now the question remains if the US Justice Department will investigate the case, which includes police imprisoning the victim of a hate crime. CONTACT: ALYSSANBONTA@gmail.com

JAMES CRAVEN Washington D.C. – Strong opposition by thousands of Individual Indian Monies account/land holders to the $3.4 Billion “Cobell” settlement approved by Congress Nov. 2010 & signed by Pres. Obama in Dec. 2010, of only 19 will be heard on June 22, 2011.
The case raises interesting questions of statutory interpretation, the constitutional limits of aggregate litigation and class certification, whether material terms can be omitted from class notice, at what point class representative incentive payments create an impermissible conflict of interest, and whether class compensation allocation has to be rationally related to the alleged damages. The government also claims that Congress "can change the statutory rights of litigants, even where this change may retroactively eliminate an initially meritorious claim" against the government; we argue that that proposition has limits. CONTACT: JCRAVEN@clark.edu

ROSS HAMILTON Cincinnati, Ohio – Author of The Mystery of the Serpent Mound holds a conversation and challenges the mythos and fairie tales in cultures and lore across the planet. He talks of the differences in how we view history, especially in North America and how the “new comers” treat the history of Native peoples as dismissed in conjectural terminology. CONTACT: D.ROSS.HAMILTON@gmail.com

Listen to the Program
June 2, 2011

REBECCA ADAMSON www.firstpeoplesworldwide.org and PHILLEMON NAKALI LOYELEi (Nyangatom tribal member from Ethiopia’s South Omo River Valley) testified on May in Washington D.C. at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission with Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., chairing the second of an unprecedented series of meetings on Indigenous Peoples worldwide. The session was devoted to Indigenous Peoples of Africa.
Loyelei critized the dam’s devastating impact on Indigenous tribes in the Omo River Valley. Few of them have full information about the dam, and none were consulted at any stage of planning and construction. The Ethiopian government has repressed criticism of the project, and Loyelei himself testified at risk of retaliation. The World Bank halted its own review of the project’s funding application due to a lack of transparency.
The government-endorsed dam would be among the largest in the world, with a water reservoir to match. Financed by foreign investors, it will generate power for neighboring states.
But well ahead of its scheduled completion in 2013 or 2014, downstream Indigenous tribes already blame the dam for reduced water flow in the Omo River. This compounded the effects of a drought in 2009 and 2010, according to Loyelei and accounts in Western media. The drought-reduced flow meant Omo flood waters submerged less ground than usual, reducing arable land for planting. Loyelei confirmed that drought became famine and Indigenous people died of it. “In Ethiopia, we are afraid.” There is no Democracy there, he said, and anyone contacting the U.S. Embassy would be marked out for attention from the government – as Loyelei himself has been. (Since the May 12 hearing, Loyelei has been granted political asylum in the United States.)
DARLENE PIPEBOY Contact: 605.932.3628 Washington D.C. - A federal judge, in response to a motion on behalf of the Department of the Interior, has granted permission for Interior officials to begin communicating with class members on land trust consolidation provisions of the Cobell Settlement agreement. The Department will soon publish a Federal Register notice announcing its intent to begin formal government-to-government consultations with tribal leaders. Interior expects the land consolidation consultations to begin by late-summer.
The Cobell settlement was approved by Congress on November 30, 2010 (Claims Settlement Act of 2010) and signed by President Obama on December 8, 2010. Interior officials have been under a longstanding court imposed prohibition from communicating with Cobell class members while the litigation continues. Judge Hogan’s order allowing for communication between the parties states that, “This case has materially changed since the date of any other order that have prohibited such communication. The case’s posture now compels the Court to grant the motion.”
The $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement will address the Federal Government’s responsibility for trust accounts and trust assets maintained by the United States on behalf of more than 300,000 individual Indians. A fund of $1.5 billion will be used to compensate class members for their historical accounting, trust fund and asset mismanagement claims. Many "trust fund account and land holders disagree" and question the "violations of informed consent" and are asking the court for "permission to speak on the fairness of the settlement" - such as Canadian Dakota allottees who were un-informed (Historical Accounting Class) and cannot opt out, object to the $1billion Trust land Consolidation Fund to purchase "fractionated" land (another taking of land) and Indian Education Scholarship Fund (is a treaty entitlement) among others.

Listen to the Program
May 22, 2011

EDITED VERSION for KVNF PAONIA COLORADO

SEVERN SUZUKI In 1992 the UN Earth Summit was held in Rio - its findings contributed to the much-discussed Kyoto Protocol designed to combat climate change. Yet the enduring memory of that summit was a dramatic speech given by a 12 year-old girl from Canada.

Q'ORIANKA KILCHER has made a commitment to human rights and environmental activism. She speaks on behalf of various causes to achieve what she regards as environmental justice and basic Human Rights. Traveling frequently to speak at youth events, colleges and universities, Kilcher has been a featured keynote speaker for organizations such as Amnesty International, the IFG international Forum on Globalization,[9] Amazon Watch IFIP[10] and The United Nations panel discussions entitled "Indigenous Peoples: Human Rights, Dignity and Development with Identity", in collaboration with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Kilcher recently launched her own youth-driven human rights and environmental organization "On-Q Initiative",[14] to connect young Hollywood with youth activist leaders and projects from around the world, in support of environmental sustainability, corporate accountability, and basic human rights. Through her production company, IQ-Films, Kilcher is also producing several cause-driven documentaries and youth-programming projects.
In addition to public activism, Kilcher is a silent advocate for the environment, driving a Honda FCX Clarity, a hydrogen fuel cell zero-emissions vehicle. Kilcher is the first teenager to make her first car a hydrogen fuel cell. She has never pumped a single gallon of gasoline.

HOPI PROPHECY of the times foretold by the ancient peoples of North America and what will happen regarding the "purification" and the choices humankind must take to survive the changes wrought upon themselves.

Listen to the Program
April 28, 2011

EDITED VERSION WBAI NEW YORK

DOUG GEORGE-KANENTIIO - Awkesasne Mohawk www.hiawatha.syr.edu The Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge (HIIK) was established on February 19, 2011 (501.3.c is pending approval). The Institute is the fulfillment of a dream first envisioned by the Oneida leader Shenandoah 200 years ago: his wish was to provide a place of learning where the essence of Native knowledge would be shared with the world in a school of higher learning.

A group of contemporary scholars, educators and community leaders have renewed the vision. The group consisted of delegates from the member nations of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy, the oldest democratically based united nations organization on earth. He is the author of Iroquois On Fire: A Voice From the Mohawk Nation. Doug will be part of a panel in Harlem Sat. more info - Scientificsoulsessions.com

JEFF SPITZ www.groundswellfilms.org and www.navajoboy.com/webisodes - Washington DC - Jeff is screening the film Return of Navajo Boy at the Department of Energy's State of Environmental Justice Conference. As Japan struggles to contain radioactive contamination, Groundswell is reminding Americans that over a thousand abandoned Cold War-era uranium mines still contaminate the American Southwest. This month, the US Environmental Protection Agency began clean up at Skyline Mine, the site featured in the documentary.

CORRINA GOULD & WOUNDED KNEE DE OCAMPO www.protectglencove.org - Vellejo, Caifornia Glen Cove is a sacred gathering place and burial ground that has been utilized by numerous Native American tribes since at least 1,500 BC.

Archeologists working for the University of California first surveyed the Glen Cove site in 1907. Since that time, hundreds of intact skeletal remains and cremations have been documented, along with thousands of sacred objects, tools, and other artifacts.

Since 1988, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD) and the City of Vallejo have been pursuing the development of the Glen Cove site into a “fully featured” public park. GVRD’s current Master Plan calls for the installation of a parking lot, restroom facility, picnic tables, and construction of additional trails, including a paved trail. It also calls for re-grading of large areas of the site, which involves digging that will further disturb burials and sacred objects.


Apache Powder - Ferrondyne - St. Johns Day 2010
Listen to the Program
April 21, 2011

EDITED VERSION WPKN BRIDGEPORT-NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
MADONNA THUNDER HAWK www.lakotapeopleslawproject.org is a co-founder of The Lakota Peoples Law Project (LPLP) The Lakota People’s Law Project (LPLP) is working in South Dakota to stop the illegal seizure of Indian children by the Department of Social Services. South Dakota, second only to Alaska, leads the nation in the number of Indian children removed from their homes; and 2/3 of all children placed in foster care in this state are Native American. Placed in non-Indian homes, the children are often subjected to sexual and physical abuse, medical over-drugging and inadequate education. In South Dakota 60% of Native American children who have been in the foster care system wind up drug addicted, incarcerated or dead by age 20. In South Dakota and many other states The Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA), which was enacted to protect Indian children by keeping them in Indian homes, is being violated. The LPLP is working for federal enforcement and reform of ICWA so that Indian children stay with their families and/or on the reservation.

MARYAM HENEIN www.vanishingofthebees.com is the Director/Producer of the documentary Vanishing of the Bees. Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.
Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.
Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.


OFELIA RIVAS www.ikatun.org/kanarinka/ The Border Crossed Us is a temporary public art installation by the Institute for Infinitely Small Things that transplants the US-Mexico border fence in southern Arizona to the UMass Amherst campus.
From April 20 to May 1st, the UMass Amherst campus will be divided along its North-South boundary by a to-scale photographic replica of the vehicle fence that runs along the international boundary in southern Arizona. The particular stretch of fence being represented was erected in 2007 by Homeland Security and now divides the Tohono O’odham Nation – the second largest Native American reservation in the country – into two parts.
What happens when we divide a territory that the community imagines as contiguous? How does the international border in Arizona, seemingly remote from a college campus in northern New England, touch all of our lives here? The fence will run between the parking garage and the campus center. Over the course of two weeks it will serve as a provocation, a touchstone for conversation, and a site for talks and performances. Along with the fence’s insertion into daily life on campus, the project will invite a delegation of Tohono O’odham, including a tribal elder and several youth to speak about their experience. In addition, the Native American Studies Certificate Program in the Anthropology Department will hold a panel discussion on Borders & Indigenous Sovereignty as part of the campus’ annual Native American Powwow. Border issues affect several other tribes, including the Mohawk and Abenaki. The delegation of O’odham will speak along with others about these issues during the conference and participate in the powwow.


The Winter Rain by FERRODYNE Album: St. Johns Day
Continent's End by FERRODYNE Ablum: St. Johns Day
Listen to the Program
April 14, 2011

EDITED VERSION KFAI Minneapolis - Saint Paul
FAR NORTHFAR NORTH

JERRY REYNOLDS and REBECCA ADAMSON www.firstpeoplesworldwide.org The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is the reigning example of global conservation’s disregard for Indigenous Peoples. The CBFA and its enabling legislation, along with the funding that has poured into the project, represents the full playbook for dispossessing Indigenous Peoples in the name of conservation. As such it is worth a closer look.

The process of steamrolling more than 600 First Nations in the Canadian far north – not to mention spending millions of dollars to buy off opposition without the slightest investment in building the capacity of Indigenous communities to participate – had its official beginning in 2007, when 1,500 scientists worldwide petitioned Canadian governmental leaders to set aside at least 50 percent of the northern boreal forest as a “protected area.” Since then, the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement has come to include 21 forest-products corporations and their billion-dollar logging operations, nine environmental NGOs or nonprofit organizations, and not one First Nation.

The blatant disregard for more than 600 First Nations on their ancestral territories has earned the CBFA the united opposition of many Canadian First Nations.

Listen to the Program
April 7, 2011

EDITED VERSION KFAI MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL

JOANNE SHENANDOAH www.joanneshenandoah A GRAMMY Award and 12 Time Native American Music award winning artist; and Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy, Joanne Shenandoah has fulfilled the promise of her Native American name, Tekaliwah-kwa, (She Sings). " She's become one of the most acclaimed Native American recording artists of her time." Associated Press.

Since emerging as an artist in 1990, she has performed at such high-profile gigs at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Kennedy Center, Earth Day on the Mall, Woodstock '94, and the Parliament of the Worlds Religions in South Africa and the famous Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona Spain, Instanbull, Hwa Eom Temple, S. Korea and thousands of venues in the US.
***********************

IRENA SALINA www.flowtheflim.com Award-winning documentary FLOW is investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Listen to the Program
March 31, 2011

EDITED VERSION WPKN BRIDGEPORT-NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT

Bridget Brehan & Victoria Cumes Jochola and www.nisgua.org Marlin Mine in Guatemala's Western highlands. Owned by Goldcorp, Inc., the second-largest gold mining company in the world, Marlin is an open-pit and underground mine and Goldcorp's lowest-cost mine. The mine began operations in 2005 and is licensed to continue until 2015. Local communities worry about the damaging environmental and health effects of the mine, insist that their rights as indigenous peoples have been violated, and have become targets of threats and increasing criminalization because of their opposition to the mine.
**********
The Film and Video Center of the National Museum of the American Indian announces the 15th Native American Film + Video Festival, with works from the four directions.
Organized by the Museum’s Film and Video Center (FVC) the Festival is conveniently located in New York’s historic George Gustav Heye Center in Lower Manhattan (Subway Access on the 1 at South Ferry, the 4 & 5 Bowling Green and R & W at Whitehall.)

Features award-winning films on Native perspectives about the fate of the earth and its rivers throughout the hemisphere. www.nativenetworks.si.edu
CARLOS GOMEZ & GEODIEL CINDICUEThe Work Goes On
- In a region of Colombia plagued by drug traffickers and paramilitary squads, indigenous communities heroically resist. In this video, produced in the aftermath of the murder of Nasa leader Robert de Jesús Guachetá, relatives and colleagues affirm their determination to carry on.

LEON WIJNGAARDE www.eclecticreel.com Indigenous Suriname In Arawak, Sranan Tongo, and Dutch with English subtitles - Development and industrial projects threatening to devastate the indigenous peoples of Suriname have attracted little international attention. In this video, leaders from different tribal communities describe their struggles to protect their lands and waters and to secure basic human rights.

Listen to the Program
March 24, 2011

EDITED VERSION KVNF PAONIA COLORADO

MARILYN ELLE www.ipsecinfo.org INDIAN POINT - A nuclear power plant in upstate New York that is located on two major fault lines susceptible to earthquakes and the current controversy of keeping it open. With one reactor shut down with storage of spent enriched uranium reportedly leaking into the Hudson River - Gov. Cuomo wants it shut down - and two more active reactors with 1950's technology within 35 miles of NYC Times Square.

JUDITH DE LOS SANTOS www.protestbarrick.net is an independent New-York based writer and activist around issues of struggle and resistance within Africa and the Diaspora in the Americas. She has recently traveled to Cancun, Mexico to participate in the People's Alternative Forum to the UN COP16 Climate Talks. She is currently documenting the stories of Indigenous and African descendants confronting exploitation in the Caribbean, South America and the Great Lakes Region in Africa. She reported on Barrick Gold's exploitation of the Dominican Republic resources.

RICHIE O'DONNELLwww.thepipethefilm.com is the Director of "The Pipe" and award winning documentary following 3 family struggle to stop extraction giant Shell Oil from building a pipeline across County Mayo in northern Ireland. In a remote corner of the West of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the mouth of the bay against the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport, which nestles behind the dunes. However, this peaceful tranquility belies the turmoil that lies beneath, and the unique nature of the coastline which has sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline.

Listen to the Program
March 17, 2011

EDITED VERSION WPKN BRIDGEPORT - NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

ELVIRA & HORTENCIA COLORADO www.8000drumsorg -1:00 pm in Riverbank Park @ 145th & Hudson River on Sunday, March 20, 20011. For further info: 212-431-1666 or 646-492-7463.

WANBLI SINA WIN email: wamblisinawin@yahoo.com is the author of "The Red Road is not for Sale" which has been featured on Indianz.com and in Native Times and she is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Wambli's grandfather is Chief Lame Deer, Tahca Uste, John Fire, a Sicangu (Rosebud Sioux) medicine man whose life was chronicled in Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions in the 1970s. She can be reached at 918.840.6017

PAUL GALLAY www.riverkeeper.org BUCHANAN, NY — Federal regulators are studying the Indian Point nuclear power plant to determine if its earthquake safeguards are adequate, and a leading environmental group wants the plant shut down until the latest seismic data is considered.
Authorities sharpened their focus on nuclear safety after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami triggered explosions and a partial meltdown at a nuclear plant in Japan over the weekend.
The scrutiny of Indian Point has focused on earthquake vulnerability. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that it has identified 27 plants nationwide — including Indian Point — that might need to upgrade seismic safeguards because of new science that shows an increased threat.

In 2008, a study by a group of leading seismologists from Columbia University revealed a second fault line near Indian Point, the Stamford-Peekskill fault line.
Scientists said the Ramapo Seismic Zone and the Stamford-Peekskill fault line intersect roughly one mile north of Indian Point. These seismic areas have been relatively quiet — producing an occasional earthquake measuring less than 3.0.But the experts said that combination of fault lines near Indian Point were capable of producing a magnitude 7.0 temblor.
Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point, said its three nuclear units, including one that was shut down in 1974, were built to withstand a magnitude 6.1 earthqu

Listen to the Program
March 10, 2011

Pine Ridge Billboard Project
Pine Ridge Billboard Project
AARON HUEY www.emphas.is (Pine Ridge Billboard Project) and www.honorthetreaties.org - a Contributing Editor/photographer for Harper's magazine. Huey's Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation work recently rose to prominence after he was invited to give a lecture on the subject at a TED conference. Launched a campaign of awareness to the public eye regarding condtions on Native American reservations in the U.S. and the broken treaties legacy consequently forcing poverty and loss of culture.

MAURA HARRINGTON www.shelltosea.com In a remote part of West Ireland clash of cultures in modern Ireland, the rights of Indigenous farmers and of fishermen has come in direct conflict with one of the worlds most powerful oil companies - Shell. When the citizens look to their state to protect their rights, they find that the state has put Shell’s right to lay a pipeline over their own right to live. In the last of week of 2010, the people of County Mayo awaited a decision about the multinational Shell continuing with the Corrib Gas Project. The Indigenous Irish people of County Mayo focused their actions against the project. But after the remains of the Irish government gave in late January for the shell high-pressure gas pipeline and refinery in county mayo, activists have been staging blockades, actions and protests against shell in solidarity with the residents and activists of Rossport in Northeastern Ireland.

PHIL LANE of the Dakota/Chickasaw Nations www.fwii.net FOUR WORLDS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE In Feb. Chief Phil Jr. gathered an audience from across the nation for a radio talking circle on the Gulf Plague that is spreading across the Gulf of Mexico


"SHOP" by Left On Red
Listen to the Program
March 3, 2011

STEPHANY SEAY 406-646-0070 Media & Outreach, Buffalo Field Campaign, West Yellowstone, MT (bfc-media@wildrockies.org) www.buffalofieldcampaign.org
One hundred and ninety-nine of America's last wild buffalo have been killed in the hunt. This marks the largest number of wild buffalo killed by hunters since it was reinstated in 2005.
The wild buffalo of the Greater Yellowstone region are the last continuously wild population left in America. Fewer than 3,700 exist, and because of politically-driven mismanagement schemes that block them from accessing available habitat, they are ecologically extinct throughout their native range.
Near Gardiner, all of the bulls that had been wintering in the Eagle Creek area of Gallatin National Forest - the main area for hunting buffalo north of Yellowstone - have been killed by hunters. Now there is nothing left but their ghosts. For the first time this winter, since the buffalo began to migrate and the buffalo hunt began, patrols have found these migration areas empty of buffalo. Just the way Montana's cattle interests want it.

Five hundred and twenty five wild buffalo remain in captivity inside Yellowstone National Park's Stephens Creek buffalo trap. One would-be buffalo mother has recently lost her calf, likely due to the stress of confinement and the intake of unnatural feed. The Park says they have no plans to ship any of the buffalo to slaughter, nor any plans to capture more. Our attorneys with the Montana office of Western Watersheds Project are pressing forward with an appeal to our emergency injunction, legal action that - along with your many calls and letters to Montana and Yellowstone - has helped keep these buffalo alive. These efforts seek not only to prevent slaughter, but release them from the trap. Yellowstone officials also say they are still trying to interpret the meaning of Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer's executive order which halted the Park's plans to transport wild bison to slaughter through Montana. Yellowstone's Superintendent Dan Wenk is scheduled to meet with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on March 8th.

PHIL LANE of the Dakota/Chickasaw Nations www.fwii.net FOUR WORLDS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE gathered listeners from across the nation for a radio talking circle on the Gulf Plague that is spreading across the Gulf Region.

Listen to the Program
January 27, 2011

KELSEY MILLER (www.kalpulli.drupalgardens.com) discusses Kapulli Turtle Island Multiversity and working to help bring people back to a sustainable, sane kind of life - is an organization dedicated to education of ecological restoration and cultural restoration. We are concerned with the effects of colonization all over the world and we strive to be a voice advocating an Earth-centered culture.

KAHENTINETHA HORN (www.mohawknationnews.com) 71, pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting police officers and obstructing justice. The charges arose when the publisher and editor of Mohawk Nation News was attacked at the Akwesasne Canada-US border on June 14, 2008 by Canadian Border Service Agents (CBSA.)
The judge gave her a sentence of an absolute discharge, with no criminal record.

Kahentinetha had a problem that occurred at the border two and a half years ago one June 14, 2008. She drove to the Canada-US checkpoint on Cornwall Island with two Mohawks, a man and a woman. She talks of continuing harrassment of U.S./Canada border guards toward Indigenous peop


Listening/Honor Song - John Trudell
Ready for the Storm - Dougie Maclean
Listen to the Program
January 20, 2011

ROBERTO RODRIQUEZ drcinti.blogspot.com Tucson, Arizona the national narrative has been crafted as a story about heroism and healing. And it is a true and uplifting story. Yet, Arizona’s actual hate has generally been off the radar. And again, this hate isn’t necessarily about right-left, Republican vs. Democrats, conservatives (Tea Partiers) vs. Liberals. Instead, most of the hate – as manifested in the state legislature and in the public discourse – is about Mexicans/migrants and the border. Since 2000, thousands of migrants have died along the border. And since 2,000, the anti-Mexican legislation has steamrolled through the state legislature. Most of the world knows about the 2010 racial profiling SB 1070. Less known is the 2010 anti-Ethnic Studies HB 2281 – an attempt to impose upon Arizona schools – a Eurocentric Master Narrative of History. On Jan. 3, Mexican American Studies-TUSD was declared illegal by the outgoing state schools superintendent. The only remedy is it elimination. This year, at least two more outrageous measures are being added to this list; one would nullify the 14th Amendment and the other will require children to turn in their parents [immigration status] to school authorities.
Arizona’s state legislature wasted no time or did not let the tragedy get in their way of addressing Arizona’s actual hate… in their own peculiar way. Just a mere 4 days after the Jan. 8 massacre – and on the same day that the president was attempting to heal the nation – a 2012 proposal (SCR 1010) to exempt Arizona from International Law was introduced.

DOUGIE MACLEAN dougiemaclean.com is Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, 'roots based' songwriting and instrumental composition. Internationally renowned for his song 'Caledonia', music for 'Last of the Mohicans'. Recently received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame and an OBE in the New Year Honours list! Dougie has recently release a new album 'Resolution'. We were honored to have Dougie on FVIR!


Loving One - Resolution by Dougie Maclean
Turning Away - Resolution by Dougie Maclean
Listen to the Program
January 13, 2011

MAURA HARRINGTON shelltosea.com In Dec. 2010, the people of County Mayo awaited a decision about the multinational Shell continuing with the Corrib Gas Project. If permission is granted, the people of County Mayo, West Ireland will direct action against the project. A senior figure in Shell said that there could be dozens of gasfields similar to a major one off Ireland's west coast that has become the focus of a bitter battle with local people, according to a Wikilieaks cable from the US embassy in Dublin.

CHRISTINA CHAUVENET survivalinternational.org On January 17th, Botswana’s Court of Appeal will begin a hearing to decide whether Kalahari Bushmen living on their ancestral lands have the right to water.The Bushmen, who returned to their lands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve after a previous court victory, are appealing against a 2010 High Court ruling that denied their right to access a well in the reserve they had used for decades. The 2010 ruling, which came a week before the UN formally recognized water as a fundamental human right, has been slammed by Africa’s key human rights body for denying the Bushmen’s ‘right to life’. Without the well, the Bushmen are forced to make arduous nearly 300 miles journeys by foot or donkey to fetch water from outside the reserve.

THOMAS POWERS thekillingofcrazyhorse.com Discusses the importance of original languages, the transmission of Native and American history, and
one question at the heart of ‘the killing of Crazy Horse’ and that is: why did Crazy Horse let the Army kill him? He was a warrior first and last but he walked to his own death and resisted only in the final moments when it became impossible to trust the Army further.
The most comprehensive narrative about Crazy Horse the Lakota warrior as a human being as told by the tiyospayes (extended families).

WAZIYATAWIN a professor and author of Indigenous history at the University of Victoria in British Columbia remarked at Winona State University in Nov. 2010 that the Dakota people might have to reclaim lost tribal lands "by any means necessary" has drawn the scrutiny of federal authorities. Waziyatawin said she received a call this week from the FBI to discuss the remarks "All of you are going to have to figure out your role. For Dakota people, I know we're going to need to recover our land base, by any means necessary."

Listen to the Program
January 6, 2011

STEPHANY SEAY - www.buffalofieldcampaign.org Buffalo Field Campaign in Montana. The wild bison of the Yellowstone region are America’s last continuously wild population. During 2007-2008 more than 1,300 wild bison were captured in Yellowstone National Park and shipped to slaughter. Nearly 3,800 wild bison have been eliminated from America’s last wild population since 2000. Bison once spanned the North American continent, but today, fewer than 3900 wild bison exist, confined to the man-made boundaries of Yellowstone National Park and consequently are ecologically extinct throughout their native range. “In fact, if protected, wild bison would enhance the ecological, economical and cultural health of the state, the nation, and Native American buffalo cultures.”
OFELIA RIVAS – T’ohono Odom comments on the relationship “ethnic cleansing” Arizona state HB2281 as part of the bigger picture to rid the U.S and the State of Arizona of its “brown and red people”.
RICHARD MARTINEZ– Attorney for www.saveethnicstudies.org A few days after signing Arizona Senate Bill 1070, Arizona governor, Jan Brewer signed HB 2281. Republican legislators have introduced and passed legislation that threatens to bring about the demise of all ethnic studies programs throughout states public high schools. Arizona legislators have been adding one layer after another to criminalize immigrants and eliminating programs that teach students to think critically and become stakeholders in their communities is part of their larger plan. HB 2281 intends to push out “out-of-compliance” ethnic studies programs and under vague interpretations that label their educational content as “promoting resentment toward a class of people,” and “promoting the overthrow of the U.S. government.” As ridiculous as these claims seem, state legislators have designed HB 2281 to strip elected local school boards of their governing and decision-making powers.

Listen to the Program
December 30, 2010

MAURA HARRINGTON www.shelltosea.com is a spokeswoman for the Shell to Sea campaign, from County Mayo, Ireland. The Shell to Sea campaign has been involved in a local community based protest against the SHELL OIL Company for over ten years. Kilcommon parish, Erris, County Mayo, Ireland opposes the proposed construction of a natural gas pipeline through Rossport, and also opposes the ongoing construction by Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Marathon Oil of a refinery at Bellanaboy intended to refine the natural gas from the Corrib gas field. The stated aim of the campaign is that the gas be refined at sea, rather than inland, as is done with Ireland's only other producing gas field off County Cork. They maintain the proximity of a natural gas pipeline is a risk to local residents.
BARBARA ELK reads from "The Unfolding" - a piece authored with audio from 500 Nations serving as historical background of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre of the Mnicoujou Lakota and eyewitness accounts with music of Ghostdance by Robbie Robertson and Someday by XIT.


Ghost Dance by Robbie Robertson
Someday by XIT
Listen to the Program
December 23, 2010

SANTI HITORANGI www.saverapanui New Evictions By Chilean Forces Of Rapanui The Chilean government is now moving to evict all Rapanui from their lands in a move to grab and privatize the Moai.

NICKOLAS KOZLOFF www.nikolaskozloff.com Wikileaks: FBI Now Keeping Tabs on Native Americans --- in South America?

CANUNPA GLUHA MANI of the Strong Heart Warrior Society ( 605) 517-1547 a show-down with Tribal Police when thirteen traditional Grandmothers were arrested for "inciting a riot" on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation following a threatened take-over to protest the lack recognition of illegal activities, such alcohol sales and drug dealing – by the Tribal Government. The Grandmothers were released without charges.

RAY TRICOMO kapulli.drupalgardens.com Introduces us to eco-centric and indigenous-centric ideas of the coming trials and preparation in thinking processes. He calls it a Turtle Island land and education multiversity located in Minnesota.

Listen to the Program
December 16, 2010

SANTI HITORANGI (www.saverapanui.org)who was wounded by fourteen pellet shots in his back and legs while he filmed the events of December 3rd, was forced to leave the island without notice because he was hunted by the Chilean Special Forces to destroy his media and evidence of the undue violence. He has arrived safely back in the United States. On Dec. 3rd in Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, there were serious clashes between Chilean police and the Rapa Nui people; violence erupted when security forces tried to evict protestors who were occupying government buildings.

WADE DAVIS advocates for the world's indigenous cultures -- 50 percent of the world's 6,000 languages, he says, are no longer taught to children. He argues, in the most beautiful terms, that language isn't just a collection of vocabulary and grammatical rules. In fact, "Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind." A Harvard-educated ethnobotanist, believes humanity's greatest legacy is the "ethnosphere," the cultural counterpart to the biosphere, and "the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness." He beautifully articulates the intellectual, emotional and moral reasons why it's in everyone's best interest to preserve the world's Indigenous cultures.

Listen to the Program
December 9, 2010

SUSAN HITO (www.saverapanui.org) On Friday, December 3, Chilean troops opened fire on unarmed Rapa Nui (Easter Island) People who have been peacefully occupying tribal land taken over by the State. The attack has left 21 Rapanui wounded with 3 needing to be evacuated to mainland Chile to be treated for their serious wounds. Indigenous Rapanui Pia Tuki among those wounded in a violent attack by Chilean Govt. forces on Easter Island. Chilean special forces are hunting for individuals who have been involved with the reoccupation and those they are targeting who have helped share the story with the international press.

TORI TIMMS (www.ejfoundation.org) Discusses the Environmental Justice Foundation's report "No Place Like Home". Climate change is attributable for the deaths of over 300,000 people, seriously affects a further 325 million people, and causes economic losses of US$125 billion. Four billion people are vulnerable to the effects of climate change and 500-600 million people – around 10% of the planet’s human population – are at extreme risk. As such, climate change has been recognised as a fundamental threat to human rights.

CASEY CAMP-HORINEK and KANDI MOSSETT are organizers of the Indigenous Environmental Network (www.ienearth.org) and discuss the "walk out" and suspended credentials of Indigenous delegates to the COP16 in Cancun, Mexico. They also spoke of respective experiences with Climate Change-Crisis and now "crash"; the 2,000 mile dirty oil tar sands Keystone XL Pipeline slated for 2010 construction through 6 western states and including lands on Indian reservations such as North Dakota - 3rd most oil producing state - and environmental consequences that continue to be unheard in mainstream and alternative media.

KARAH WOODWARD from Digital Warrior Media also contributes.

Music: "Burning Times" by Rumors of the Big Wave

Listen to the Program
December 2, 2010

Aaron Huey www.aaronhuey.com is a photographer for the National Geographic magazines, the Smithsonian Magazine, Harpers, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and many more in the foreign press. Huey has photographed Taliban ambushes and drug eradication in Afghanistan, antiquities smuggling in Mali, lost temples in Burma, and circling sharks in French Polynesia. Recently Huey has been recognized for his efforts to shine a light on the oppression of Native Americans through his photography. Huey recently spoke at a TED conference, a prestigious forum for the most important issues and Ideas of our time. His talk about Native American Prisoners of War has focused a great deal of energy and attention on the brutal history the United States government in its quest for Manifest Destiny.
Kent Lebsock Director of Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) www.oweakuinternational.org tells us of the caveats of U.S., delaying any progress in agreeing to sign the 2008 UN Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples. It is the only country in the world that has not signed.
Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network www.ienearth.org . The United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Cancun, Mexico will be the final opportunity for 194 countries to negotiate the terms of climate change policies that have been set forth by Western countries since the Kyoto Protocol. These nations are also most responsible for the economic policies that have led to increased global temperatures and environmental disasters impoverishing many and claiming the lives of millions of disenfranchised people throughout the Americas, East Asia and Africa. Community groups from around the world will converge in Cancun to demand their terms and conditions be considered and incorporated.

Listen to the Program
November 25, 2010

1st of 3 Hours of Special - First Voices Indigenous Radio 9AM to 10AM
CHRISTINE HALVORSON
Program Director
Rainforest Foundation In a critical decision, one of Brazil’s Supreme Court Judges voted in favor of maintaining Raposa Serra do Sol (RSS) as a continuous indigenous land. Although the other judges on the Court still need to vote on the matter, this was seen as an important victory for indigenous peoples. Minister Ayres Britto’s decision was celebrated by the indigenous peoples of RSS, who had been mobilized in their communities, as well as in the state capitol and outside the Supreme Court in Brasilia. Raposa Serra do Sol is the traditional home of some 19,000 Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang and Wapichana people in Northern Brazil. Located on the boundary of Guyana and Venezuela, RSS is over 6,000 square miles of mountains, savannahs, and forests. Minister Ayres Britto’s important vote was a strong reaffirmation of indigenous rights in Brazil. We will be following the case closely, and hope the others will follow his lead. Rainforest Foundation: www.rainforestfoundation.org Tel: 212 431 9098
Fax: 212 431 9197


CHRISTINE ROSE www.Changingwinds.org

JONAS ELROD and MARK COLSON www.wakeupthefilm.org

Listen to the Program
November 18, 2010

DELANEY BRUCE www.whoisleonardpeltier.info Peltier Family Accuses U.S. Government of Medical Neglect “A man dies from prostate cancer every 16 minutes in this country. Why does my brother have to wait over a year to receive even a diagnosis?” Leonard Peltier, who maintains his innocence, was wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1977. Imprisoned for 35 years—currently at the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania—Peltier has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of Congress and others—including a judge who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release. Widely recognized for his humanitarian works and a six-time Nobel Prize nominee, Peltier also is an accomplished author and painter. Sister Betty Solano says Peltier began exhibiting symptoms commonly attributed to prostate cancer over a year ago. His age (he is 66 years old) and family history are risk factors for the disease. Pressured by Peltier’s attorneys, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ran standard blood tests in June. Peltier received the results last week, over four months later. A physician only now says a biopsy is needed to make a diagnosis.

On Dec. 16th, any and all supporters in Washington D.C. to demonstrate LPODOC support of . If it is like last year, we will stand across the street from the Department of the Interior Building from sunrise until 5 pm.It is vital to all our efforts that we have a strong attendance. President Barack Obama will host the second White House Tribal Nations Conference on December 16.As part of his campaign, Obama promised to hold yearly meetings with tribes. His first summit took place November 5, 2009, and he ordered all federal agencies to come up with detailed consultation plans.All 565 federally recognized tribes are invited to send one representative to the conference. LP DOC Chapter Albuquerque, NM

REBECCA SPOONER www.survivalinternational.org Survival has sent a letter signed by more than fifty leading NGOs to oil companies Perenco, Repsol-YPF and ConocoPhillips to demand their immediate withdrawal from an area inhabited by uncontacted tribes in Peru.
Amazon Watch and Save America’s Forests join a global array of NGOs that have pledged their support to stop the companies from working in oil blocks 39 and 67 in the northern Peruvian Amazon.
Anthropological research has shown that the area is inhabited by at least two uncontacted tribes, who lack immunity to diseases brought by outsiders and who could face extinction if contact is made. Despite strong opposition from Peru’s indigenous organizations, Anglo-French Perenco has applied to the Peruvian Energy Ministry to build a pipeline in block 67 that will cut across 207 kms of land and affect the rainforest for 500 meters on either side.
Meanwhile, Spanish-Argentine Repsol-YPF along with its US partner, ConocoPhillips, has applied to cut 454 kms of seismic lines and construct 152 heliports in block 39.
Uncontacted Indians are thought to traverse the border between Peru and the Yasuní Park, where a large reserve has been set aside for them by the Ecuadorian government.
Survival’s Director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘Operating in this area demonstrates an utter disregard for some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, who may feel forced to defend their territory. If the companies have any sense, they will leave the area to its rightful owners before lives, and reputations, are ruined.’
Act now to help the Uncontacted Indians of Peru

Listen to the Program
November 11, 2010

***REMINDER: FIRST VOICES INDIGENOUS RADIO MOVES TO 9AM - THURSDAYS Beginning November 18th***

DAVID AMRAM: The First 80 Years www.davidamram.comHe has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works; numerous scores for Broadway theater and film; two operas and more. Today, as he has for over 50 years, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages. He celebrates his 80th birthday on November 17th.

CHRISTINE ROSE www.changingwinds.org For ten years, providing warm clothing to the reservations in South Dakota. The effects of your efforts have been long lasting and life changing for many people, but each year we are approached by new communities that are not on anyone else's list. They are the remote places where Native children routinely go without coats and socks. They are the places that have no where else to turn for help. The goods we send are brought out into distant communities where the truly humble live.

JONAS ELROD www.wakeupthefilm.org was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. Joining us is MARK COLSON www.4allourrelations.org Physicians gave Jonas a clean bill of health and were unable to provide an explanation. What was it? Why was it happening to him? One thing was certain for this 36-year old man - life as he had known it would never be the same. Jonas crisscrosses the country, along the way, he encounters an amazing group of teachers, scientists, mystics and spiritual healers who help him piece together this intricate puzzle.

Listen to the Program
November 4, 2010

*FVIR will broadcast at a new time 9AM beginning Nov. 18th
ZUBEN ORNELAS www.realityhouse.org OR www.AICH.org Crossing Generations an event HONORING OUR WARRIORS (VETERANS), sponsored by the American Indian Community House and Reality House, Inc., in association with Intertribal Healing Circle, has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 3pm to 7pm @ the American Indian Community House located at 11 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York.
CANUNPA GLUHA MANI www.lakotaoyate.net Discusses the fate of many Lakota children on the Pine Ridge Reservation being fostered and adopted out of their culture into a non-traditional values, at an alarming rate.
MARK CAMP www.cs.org of Cultural Survival . In Guatemala, community radio is the best tool to provide rural, Indigenous Guatemalans with the news and information that they need. Despite promises made in the Guatemalan Constitution and the Peace Accords, the telecommunications law does not allow licenses for nonprofit community radio. Only mainstream commercial radio and government-run radio are allowed. The country's 205 community radio stations, which broadcast locally in Spanish and Mayan languages, provide a crucial venue for educational programs, local and national news, preventative health care, and emergency relief.

Listen to the Program
September 30, 2010

Grandmother Jyoti of the International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers www.grandmotherscounil.org. In the fall of 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers gathered from all over the world, from Alaska, North, South, and Central America; Africa; and Asia. “We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of Indigenous ways of life”.
Debra White Plume of the Pine Ridge Lakota Nation www.bringbacktheway.com has been engaged in protection of water through Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) to challenge the worlds largest uranium producer, Cameco, Inc., as it attempts to open four uranium mines near the reservation borders. She is the lead plaintiff against Cameco, Inc. She also is involved in opposing Powertech, Inc. which proposes uranium mining in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Listen to the Program
September 23, 2010

JENNIFER KRIESBERG (Tuscarora Nation) of the Red Diva Project's "The Road Forward" which brings attention to missing and murdered aboriginal women, according to the Native Women's Association of Canada is: 582. The "unofficial" number is over 1,200 www.nwac.ca/
JAMES CRAVEN (Blackfeet Nation) www.jimcraven10.worpress.com discusses has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Federal Government and Yale University by 20 descendents of the Apache warrior Geronimo, who say that their famous ancestor’s remains were stolen from Fort Sill, Oklahama and are illegally in the possession of “Skull and Bones”– a secret society at Yale.

Listen to the Program
September 16, 2010

Johnathan Mazower www.survivalinternational.org reports on several fronts regarding the near extinction of 34 Indigenous groups in South America and a recent victory by the Dongria Kondh people of India against an international mining corporation Vedanta's billionaire owner Anil Agarwai.
Dean Looking Hawk & James Craven co-hosts of an old but now new program called "Mitakuye Oyasin" on KBOO in Portland, Oregon Thursday evenings 6 PM PT on www.kboo.org and the endangered Indigenous voices on community radio stations misunderstood through western concepts. They also discuss the oft used term Mitakuye Oyasin and how it cannot imply ownership.

Listen to the Program
September 9, 2010

SANTI HITORANGI www.saverapanui.org Armed Chilean Police forcibly removed the unarmed Rapanui Hito family in the middle of the night from the Hanga Roa Hotel. The Hito family are being charged with criminal trespass and terrorism. They are in imminent danger of being taken from the island to prisons in mainland Chile.
Under Chilean law it is illegal for a non-Rapanui to own land on the island. The Chilean corporation, the Hotelera InterAmericana, illegally sold the Hangaroa Hotel by the Chilean government The new (old) Chilean government is the same party as the late dictator Pinochet.
LEN FOSTER (Dine') Spiritual Advisor and Director of the Navajo Nations Corrections Project discusses a joint report for the UN Periodic Review from the US Human Rights Network has been released. Unlike the US State Department's watered-down version of the testimony presented at the Listening Conferences, this 423-page document covers American Indian treaties and specific concerns expressed by Native Americans. EMAIL: len.foster@nndoh.org

Listen to the Program
September 2, 2010

SUSAN HITORANGI www.saverapanui.org Updates regarding the "reoccupation of Rapanui lands" misnomered as Easter Island, by the Rapanui people and the arrest warrants for a large number of its original inhabitants. Illegally taken Rapanui lands by the Chilean government is in question.
JOHN KANE www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com Updates comments by NYC Mayor Bloomberg and NYS Govenor Patterson regarding a five-judge panel from the appellate court will consider the tax-collection issue in more depth today, said Margaret A. Murphy, the Buffalo attorney who persuaded Green to reinstate the restraining order Wednesday. The governor's office said the state is making efforts to have the injunction lifted once again but, in the meantime, will not enforce the cigarette tax collections against any tribe.
OFELIA RIVAS www.solidarity-project.org The U.S.National Guard and the Dept. of Homeland Security (sic) will fully militarize the O'odham/Mexico border where 58 migrant-Indigenous deaths in the month of July, 44 were on the Tohono O'odham Reservation where tribal officials have diminished authority.

Listen to the Program
August 26, 2010

JAMES SWAN of the United Urban Warrior Society is a group of people working to help reassure the community, and the Native American population, by conducting community policing in Rapid City, South Dakota. EMAIL: aimbhc@yahoo.com

KARAH WOODWARD Digital Warrior Media reports on a rally held at City Hall in NYC regarding Mayor Bloomberg remarks to Governor Paterson to "get yourself a cowboy hat and a shotgun" to enforce the collection of cigarette taxes from tobacco products sold on Indian reservations. The Native contingent demanded an apology for the racially insensitive and offensive comments.
JOHN KANE www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com comments on and counters Mayor Bloombergs statement of "the law of the land" and U.S. Constutional law. The Mayor's office did not return any calls or offer FVIR and statments.

SANTI HITORANGI and SUSAN HITO-SHAPIRO www.SaveRapanui.org 500 Indigenous Rapa Nui--a place more commonly known as Easter Island-- have been occupying more than two dozen sites over a land dispute that dates back to 1888. Over half of island's Indigenous population of 5,000, issued a letter to the Pacific Island Forum and President Pinera, requesting the Rapa Nui's right to secede from Chile.The letter proposes that the island, situated on the southeastern point of the Polynesian triangle, would be better off if it was an official part of Oceania.

Listen to the Program
July 22, 2010

Emily Schiffer, Dana Dupris, Carlys High Bear, Demi Beautiful Bald Eagle, Wynema Dupris, Karlisle High Bear, Samantha High Bear, Jessie Carlson
www.myviewpoint.org
MyViewpointPhotography@gmail.com
My Viewpoint is a youth photography initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Students (aged 6-20) learn both darkroom and digital techniques. Their images have been published in several magazines including PDN, South Dakota Magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine Online (upcoming). For two weeks in July five committed teenage photographers and three adults will travel from South Dakota to New York to begin the design of a national group exhibition. The purpose of this trip is to explore the ways in which the youth want to exhibit My Viewpoint’s work, and to begin the curation process. The youth will also be photographing New York City, and printing their images at ICP’s facilities.

Listen to the Program
July 15, 2010

Tina Cordova, Louise Benally & Anna Rondon a coalition of community groups affected by uranium mining and committed to renewable energy development — announces the 31st Anniversary Commemoration of the Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill of July 16 - 1979. The purposes of this event are to remember and honor the Diné communities that were affected by the largest release of radioactive waste in U.S. history, and to reaffirm the Navajo Nation’s ban on uranium mining and processing. www.sric.org

Valerie Taliman Publicist for the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team which has travelled with their own Haudenousaunee passports since 1977 were denied orginally by England and given assurances by the US State Dept. that they would be allowed to return to the U.S. The national lacrosse team is to particpate in the the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships today and competing against England in the opening game. www.iroquoisnationals.org

Listen to the Program
July 8, 2010

Canunpa Gluha Mani In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order that removed the Nebraska land from the reservation; the legality of this order has been disputed. Ever since, Whiteclay has been notable primarily for the vast quantities of alcohol sold to residents of the legally dry Pine Ridge reservation. The status of Whiteclay's beer stores became a volatile political issue in the late 1990s, as a pair of unsolved murders in 1999 led to a series of marches and rallies led by various activist groups (including the American Indian Movement (AIM) and Nebraskans for Peace) demanding that the state of Nebraska revoke the area's liquor licenses and increase law enforcement in the area. www.battleforwhiteclay.org

Brenda Dardar-Robichaux The Houma Indian Nation of Louisiana’s coastline prepare for the worst as the eco-destruction as the Gulf oil crisis continues to affect living conditions. The man-made disaster that has pumped millions of gallons of toxic crude into the Gulf of Mexico is nothing like a hurricane. It’s far worse. www.unitedhoumanation.org

Paul Stamets The BP oil spill has inflicted enormous harm in the Gulf of Mexico and will continue to do so for decades, to come. Although estimates have been that BP could be liable for more than 14 billion dollars in clean up damages, very few in the media have mentioned the long-term, generational consequences of this oil spill. We must now deal with the after effects. One solution is mycoremediation, the process of using fungi to return a contaminated eco-system to a less contaminated land. www.fungi.com/mycotech/petroleum_problem.html

Listen to the Program
July 1, 2010

Ronald Holloway of The NJ Sand Hill Band Of Lenape & Cherokee Indians filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court in Newark NJ laying claim to the State of NJ as well as charging the then Governor Corzine, NJ Sec'ty of State Nina Wells; NJ Attorney General Ann Milgram and NJ Senate President, Richard Codey with violation of human rights, genocide, and breaking of treaties etc. Contact: 973.293.3884
Chanunpa Gluha Mani "He Walks As He Protects The Pipe" protest and form a blockade against Whiteclay, Neb. -situated on South Dakota/Nebraska border- and the illegal drug and alcohol trafficking occurring on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. www.battleforwhiteclay.org
Britton Schwartz www.amazonwatch.org Peruvian President Alan Garcia dealt a blow to the indigenous rights movement when he recently refused to sign a law that would give indigenous people more control over oil and mining projects on their traditional lands.
Daniel Pinchbeck www.2012timeforchange.com Presents an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom. Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic [sic] wisdom of [Indigenous] cultures with the scientific method.
Featuring: Sting, David Lynch, Gilberto Gil, Ellen Page, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Paul Stamets, Buckminster Fuller, Barbara Marx Hubbard and many others...

Listen to the Program
June 24, 2010

JAMIE BILLIOT (Dulac People of the Houma Nation, Louisiana), Director of the Community Center in Dulac, here at the USSF to speak to the affects of the BP Gulf oil spill.
CLAYTON THOMAS-MULLER(Mathais Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan in Northern Manitoba, Canada) is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. Clayton is the campaigner organizer of the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign.
CASEY CAMP-HORINEK(Ponca Nation) is a long-time Native rights activist and environmentalist.Her community has witnessed the Keystone pipeline coming down from the tar sands bring synthetic crude to Oklahoma to be refined in the oil refineries, creating respiratory problems for the Ponca people.

Listen to the Program
June 17, 2010

SCOTT RICHARD LYONS (Ojibwe/Dakota) is associate professor of English at Syracuse University, where he teaches Indigenous and American literatures. Author of the new book X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent During the 18th and 19th centuries, North American Indian leaders leaders community signed treaties with the Europeans powers and the American and Canadian governments with an "X", signifying their and assent to the the terms. These "X-marks" indicated coercion (because the treaties were made under unfair conditiions), reistance (because they were often met with protest), and acquiescence (to both a European modernity and the end of a particular moment of Indian history and identity).
KAREN SUSSMAN Contact: 605-964-6866 International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros The keeping of 300 wild mustangs set for slaughter in various means by the Bureau of Land Management and other public lands users in contention with the ideals of ISPMB to rescue the horses.
ISPMB in Lantry, South Dakota is situated on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation undergoing a recent touchdown of more than 5 tornadoes (the morning of this interview).

May 20, 2010

Hello Listeners!!!

ON MAY 20th from 10AM to 12PM (noon)

FIRST VOICES INDIGENOUS RADIO

will be fundraising/membership driving to stay on the air. FVIR supporters must pledge between the hours of 10AM to 12PM for several premiums.

Please help keep First Voices Indigenous Radio on the air!.

We need to show a strong financially supported 2 hours of FVIR on May 20th. FVIR needs your support.

PLEASE PLEDGE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10AM to 12PM on MAY 20th Eastern NYC

Call 212.209.2950

FVIR will return to "regular" programming on June 17th.

Listen to the Program
May 6, 2010

Reports of 3 Blackhawk helicopters attempting to land on the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre site for "educational and historical" purposes is thwarted by the traditional Lakota and the logic used by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Indian Reorganization Act government to communicate. Censored News

OFELIA RIVAS Voice Against the Wall From the Sonoran Desert, the O’odham, the people of the Lightening Lands. Her visit to the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of the Mother Earth, which was held in Cochabamba, Bolivia from April 20th to 22nd.

KAREN MARRERO SARAYAKU April 29th a group of men from Sarayaku were attacked with dynamite and firearms. Our comrades managed to see that some of the attackers were of African race.The reasons behind the attack have to do with the position of Sarayaku to not allow a group of outsiders to occupy a portion of land, within the territory legally alotted to Sarayaku, in order to construct a new airstrip. The intention of these persons is to settle there and form a pseudocommunity, that they call Kutukachi, in order to negotiate with the oil company AGIP.

Listen to the Program
April 29, 2010

KARMEN RAMIREZ BOSCAN (Wayuu) - the real life of Avatar’s Indigenous peoples - talks about the impact of Colombia’s armed conflict and trans-national companies. The Wayuu’s opposition to eight megaprojects - Jepirachi Wind Park, the Caribe Gas Pipeline between Colombia and Venezuela, the Rancheria River dam, and especially to the El Cerrejon mine were the reasons for the official persecution. Their work in defense of their territory, international denunciations about the operations of transnationals have resulted in being threatened by paramilitaries and the criminalization of their activities. From the Desert – Notes about paramilitaries and violence in Wayuu territory of the Middle Guajira.

Listen to the Program
April 22, 2010

KAREN REDHAWK DALLET (Shadow Catchers Institute) & BRAD GARNESS(Alaskan Inter-Council) and KAI LANDOW & TOM ANTHONY -Attny. Hawaii Kingdom
"On April 19-22, 2010, over 15,000 people and up to 70 governments from all over the world will gather to attend the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The event is in response to the failed COP15 in Copenhagen and aims to highlight the central role of peoples movements and social movements in the climate struggle and the critical alliance that must be forged between movements and progressive governments. We also discussed the meaning of the word "Indigenous". In collaboration with Govinda Dalton of Earthcycles, Mo Hollis of Seventh Generation Fund, Kerin Gould of Abya Yala Nexus and Karah Woodward - Digital Warrior Media

Listen to the Program
April 15, 2010

JOHN CHASE Yup'ik Eskimo hunter living above the arctic circle in Kotzebue, Alaska, talks about the idea of 'nukalpiaq'. It is a Yup'ik name for a person - a great hunter and provider. They are generally young men. He is interviewed by Andrei Jacobs.


FVIR THEME: "Tahi" (Roots Mix) Moana & the Moa Hunters - Tangata Records
"Easlen People" Diane Patterson - Sacred Sound
Listen to the Program
April 8, 2010

WILMA MANKILLER 64, the once dirt-poor Oklahoma farm girl who grew up to become an activist for American Indian causes and women's rights, an author and the first woman to hold the Cherokee Nation’s highest office, died Tuesday.

PETER BRATT – Director of La Mission Interview by Andrei Jacobs (Producer)

DARLENE PIPEBOY Converses about being a human being with the values of a Dakota woman as an elder. Contact number 605-932-3628

Listen to the Program
April 1, 2010

ELIAS PAILLAN, a Mapuche radio journalist exposes the inefficiency and limitations of state after the Feb. 27th earthquake & tsunami wreaked havoc in the countryside and coastline of south central Chile, leaving thousands of victims and destroyed villages. The mainstream media in the U.S. encloses the bubble created to sell as a developed country - Chile.

JOAO AMORIM - Director and Writer of 2012:Time For Change
As conscious agents of evolution redesign a post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all, rather than breakdown and barbarism. 2012 brings a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed Mother Earth to the brink. Evolve to Solve a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of Indigenous cultures thinking with the new scientific method.

Listen to the Program
March 25, 2010

JOSE AYLWIN - MAPUCHE In the wake of February's 8.8 earthquake in Chile In contrast of official Chilean claims that ‘the situation is under control’, reports from the south of the country claim that rural communities are currently without ‘food, water, gas, electricity and telecommunications’. The status of the Mapuche-Lafkenche, who are based along Chile’s coastline, is of particular concern.

LETICIA GLADUE, DAPHNE OMINAYAK and DAWN SEESEEQUON- Lubicon Cree Nation of Little Buffalo, Alberta, Canada. It has been twenty years since the United Nations Human Rights Committee first ruled that the failure to resolve Lubicon claims to their traditional lands had led to ongoing violations of their human rights by the impact of oil development. Three young women come to the UN to speak about the shocking treatment of their people and how they are growing up without access to traditional lands cut off by loggin, and extraction corporations enforced by the Canadian government.

JOHN KANE of NATIVE PRIDE March 11th, US Senate passes the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act H.R.1676 | S.1147- the impact it has relating to the US Constitution and the Indian Commerce Clause. However, it does something else that isn’t so clear. It gives the states the power to enforce what is known as the Jenkins Act, a federal law, against tribal economic interests.


Tahi Moana and the Moa Hunters Once Were Warriors
Dream Robert Mirabal Mirabal
Listening/Honor Song John Trudell Tribal Voice
Listen to the Program
March 18, 2010

BILL MILLER a Mohican, 3 x Grammy Award winning singer songwriter and a master of the Native flute along with multiple Native American Music awards in recognition of his songwriting.
TARA PRETENDS EAGLE WEBER Founder of the Intertribal Warrior Society for Children, created in honor of her son's battle against Neurological Lyme Disease which is dedicated to the health & safety of children. a professional Journalist & photographer covering Native Entertainment, for several years now, attributing her breakthrough to her interview w/ Mohawk Rock Legend Robbie Robertson.
With the hope someday, that her connection w/ Native music could help bring healing to the children, especially Native children.Today, the Warrior Society is works with the Oglala Lakota Nation to support their fight in their epidemic of suicide.
DAVID HILL of SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL an NGO that helps indigenous peoples defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their futures. The Guarani of Brazil have been evicted from their traditional lands due to the growing demand for ethanol as an alternative to gasoline will take more land from the Guarani and further worsen the situation. One Guarani community living on the roadside, who have seen three of their leaders killed by ranchers’ gunmen, said, ‘We are growing impatient with the excessive delay of land demarcation. It is slowly killing us and exposing us to genocide’.

Listen to the Program
March 11, 2010

>MARIJO MOORE Author of The Boy With A Tree Growing From His Ear by Renegade Publishing and 17 other books. We review the motion within the pages of her newest books. Contact: 828-665-7630
RUDOLFO SALM Stop Belo Monte The Brazilian government is planning to build Belo Monte, what would be the world’s third- largest hydroelectric project on one of the Amazon’s major tributaries, the Xingu. One of more than 100 large dams being planned for the Brazilian Amazon, Belo Monte would divert the flow of the Xingu River and devastate an extensive area of the Brazilian rainforest, displacing over 20,000 to 40,000 people and threatening the survival of Indigenous peoples.Arikafu Xipaia at the Xingu River that will change if the Belo Monte Dam is built.Arikafu Xipaia at the Xingu River that will change if the Belo Monte Dam is built.

Listen to the Program
March 4, 2010

Concepcion, Chile - Jose Alywin Observatorio Ciudadono - The 8.8 magnitude earthquake on February 27th, ultimately exposes the political elite and the media who deny, that of a country where affluence coexists with material poverty, the First World with Third World. Despite the efforts they have made for years to show Chile as a winner, a country which allows the North Amerian Free Trade Agreement and more recently, its incorporation into the OECD, in the top leagues, as if all its inhabitants were invited to the same party, the earthquake has revealed the social inequality that still exists in the country.

The Native Women's Association of Canada Kate Rexe - Director of NWAC - There are 520 known cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls entered into the NWAC database. NWAC believes there are many more cases that have not yet been documented, especially for earlier decades. In Canada where the Indigenous population makes up less than 2% of the Canadian population, if compared to the rest of the population their death and disappearance rate would be equivalent to over 18,000 Canadian women and girls missing or murdered in the past thirty years.

Ofelia Rivas Voice Against the Wall - Imprisoned in southern Chiapas and recently released while supporting Zapatistas. She lives on Tohono O'odham land on the US/Mexico border and exposes the human rights abuses of the US Border Patrol and ongoing militarization of the border and O'odham land.

Listen to the Program
January 28, 2010

Dahoud Andre and Miriam Neptune Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees - speak regarding the relief efforts being denied by the U.S militarization in Haiti.
Joseph Brings Plenty- Cheyenne River (Lakota) Sioux Tribe- Chairman on the declared "disaster area" by the Governor Rounds of South Dakota - during the third of major ice and snowstorms that has devastated the CRSTs since early Dec. 2009. The noticeable effect of an "emergency" would be relief efforts by the Red Cross or Federal Emergency Management Agency, until this date 1-28-10 "FEMA has not shown up on Cheyenne River and what Red Cross aid there is for Natives on this reservation is sparse at best". The National Guard is assisting with restoring power and water resources but with 10-21 days. Meanwhile, subzero temperatures, no water, no gasoline, no stores or businesses, no schools and no power keep services inadequate for most of the members on and near the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Reservations. For help and information, call the CRST Emergency Coordination Center at (605) 964-7711 (or -7712)

Listen to the Program
January 21, 2010

Commentary on the devastation of the earthquake in Haiti and the militarization of the country by the U.S. A magnitude 5.9 aftershock, since the 12 ­January cataclysm, caused no serious reported damage or casualties.
Basem Khader Gaza Blockade http://www.electronicintifada.net
Continues to Suffocate Daily Life more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty. The blockade does not target armed groups but rather punishes Gaza’s entire population by restricting the entry of food, medical supplies, educational equipment and building materials. An estimated 280 of the 641 schools in Gaza were damaged and 18 were destroyed. More than half of Gaza’s population is under the age of 18 and the disruption to their education is having a devastating impact. Hospitals have also been badly affected by the military offensive and the blockade. Trucks of medical aid provided by the World Health Organization have been repeatedly refused entry to Gaza without explanation by Israeli officials.
Soli “Papakihei” Niheu, a Kanaka Maoli Elder from the Kingdom of Hawai'i, has been at the forefront of Hawai'ian struggles for over 45 years. Soli talks about how he has to protect land rights and stop military test bombing, and in the ongoing sovereignty movement. http://alstonbannerman.org

Listen to the Program
January 20, 2010
Listen to the Program
January 14, 2010

Basem Khader - former economist with the United Nations updates us on the situation at the Egypt/Gaza border. Website: electronicintifada.net
Phillip Whiteman Jr. and Lynette Two Bulls have organized the Northern Cheyenne's Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run - about 100 tribal members - most of them grade-schoolers - run 400 miles every year since 1996 from Fort Robinson, Neb., to Busby, Montana. Website:
YellowBirdinc.org

Silvia Burley is the Chairperson of the California Valley Miwok Tribe at californiavalleymiwoktribe.us or contact 209.931.4567 prepare to lock themselves inside their Tribal Headquarters in Stockton, CA. on Jan. 15th, when the Sheriff is coming to forcibly evict them from their land because of foreclosure.
The Miwok called for a 2-day protest and speak-out gathering at the Bureau of Indian Affairs recently on January 6th and 7th. The BIA was targeted because they have been withholding funds that the Miwok need in order to pay for their land. In question is 1 1/2 acres, purchased after US Congress passed the "Termination Act of 1953" - terminating 0.92 Percent of an acre.

Listen to the Program
February 15, 2007

Environmental Justice & Indigenous Rights: Battling Climate Change and Protecting Sacred Sites

Native Activists Rally to Protect Sacred Medicine Lake in CA
Native American organizers and allies are fighting to protect Medicine Lake – a sacred place near Mount Shasta in the Highlands of Northern California. The Bureau of Land Management, California Energy Commission and Calpine Energy have been trying to build geothermal power plants in the area since the 1980s. Native peoples who are opposed to the power plants and their supporters are planning a protest next Tuesday, February 20th at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Office in Alturas, California. The BLM is planning to appeal a 9th Circuit court ruling on Medicine Lake.
Mark Lebeau, a citizen of the Pitt River Nation and Co-Chair of Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites.
For more Info: www.treatycouncil.org , Video Link: Pit River Nation Fights For Their Land, www.ienearth.org

U.S. Energy Policy and Climate Change – and the Harmful Impacts on Indigenous Peoples
The debate on global warming seems to have finally ended thanks to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which recently concluded there was a 90 percent chance human actions have been a major contributor to global warming. The panel of 2,500 scientists predicted more drought, heat waves and a slow gain in sea levels, even if greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels used in power plants, factories and cars are capped. So now the question is what do we do? Which is what legislators, government officials and business leaders from the 20 largest energy-consuming countries were asking and discussing yesterday at a Capitol Hill meeting. There were representatives from the G8 – or Group of 8 industrialized nations - Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, the United States, Canada and Japan. There were also representatives from China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Brazil, which together produce 75% of the world’s greenhouse gases. The world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases is the United States. Yesterday corporate moguls, policy experts and U.S. senators told the world forum the US must take the lead on global warming, especially if it wants to encourage China and India to follow suit. But as world leaders struggle to find ways to collaborate, there are still voices going unheard. Indigenous peoples in Canada, the US and throughout the Americas hold valuable land and water resources that have long been exploited by the provincial, state and federal governments and by corporations trying to meet the energy needs of an industrialized world. Indigenous peoples have disproportionately suffered impacts due to the production and use of energy, yet are among those who benefit least from these energy developments.
Jihan Gearon, Native Energy Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. Jihan is originally from Fort Defiance, AZ, which is on the eastern side of the Navajo Nation. She studied Energy Science and Technology at Stanford University and began her environmental justice career at Redefining Progress as a Program Associate for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC). At the EJCC, she worked with a broad coalition of people of color, low-income, and Indigenous communities and organizations on climate justice issues. For more information: Indigenous Environmental Network – www.ienearth.org

July 27, 2006

Protecting Mother Earth: The Battle to Defend Sacred Sites and the Indigenous Youth Movement
“Government agencies and others in charge of protecting the relationships between our people, the land, air and water have repeatedly broken treaties and promises. In doing so, they have failed in their duty to uphold the tribal and the public trust. The many changes in these relationships have been well documented, but science remains inadequate for understanding their origins and essence. This scientific uncertainty has been misused to carry out economic, cultural and political exploitation of the land and resources. Failure to recognize the complexity of these relationships will further impair the future health of our people and function of the environment.”
An excerpt from a statement presented at the 14th Protecting Mother Earth Conference hosted by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) in Northern Minnesota. From July 6th to 9th, hundreds of indigenous people gathered in the beautiful homeland of the Leech Lake Anishinaabe Nation. People from Indigenous Nations and communities throughout the Americas discussed the challenges they face in the protection of their and our homelands. Mineral extraction, toxic contamination, unsustainable energy and climate change continue to plague Nations as environmental justice issues. At the gathering, IEN asked people to share strategies for battling these problems and to come together to seek new strategies to protect communities. We hear some voices from the gathering. We hear about the fight for the protection of sacred sites, at both Bear Butte, South Dakota and the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona. We hear how the Indigenous Environmental movement is standing ground as a human rights struggle.
The Bemidji statement says: “We have the sacred right and obligation to protect the common wealth of our lands and the common health of our people and all our relations for this generation and seven generations to come. We are the Guardians for the 7th generation.”
Carter Camp, speaking at the 14th Protecting Mother Earth Conference. For more information visit: www.defendbearbutte.org

Across the Great Plains over 30 Indigenous Nations acknowledge the sacredness of Bear Butte and it’s surrounding area, which is the Black Hills. It is a mountain inhabited by spirits and spiritual powers that are well known to the native people of the Great Plains. They say Bear Butte is central to ceremonial life and necessary for their health and well being. But now, plans to build enormous biker bars and campsites around the sacred mountain are forcing the Great Plains people to take up a fight. The new development hopes to attract the more than 600,000 bikers attending the “Sturgis Bike Rally” in August. The indigenous defenders say “Never since Custer discovered gold has our Mato Paha been threatened by such a combination of greed, government and legal adversity.” Traditional Indian people have been fighting to save the mountain for centuries. In 1876, Chief Sitting Bull gathered over 6000 Indians at the Butte to urge them to defend the sacred lands. Chief Crazy Horse spoke from the mountain to remind his people that the Paha Sapa is not for sale. Other battles followed, one lost in the US court system in the 1980s when Chief Fools Crow brought it to the Supreme Court. At the Protecting Mother Conference this year, Carter Camp described the current battle and made a rallying call to action to protect Bear Butte.
Tom Goldtooth, Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, for more information visit www.ienearth.org.

The Indigenous Environmental Network holds the Protecting Mother Earth conferences to help Indigenous Peoples confront many challenges on both the local and global level. I asked the director of IEN – Tom Goldtooth – to talk about the 14th gathering held in the homeland of the Leech Lake Anishinaabe Nation.
Alberta Nells, Dine member of the Save the Peaks Coalition, for more information visit www.sacredland.org.
From many places in northern Arizona, the horizon is dramatically marked by three 12,000-foot volcanic peaks that rise out of the Colorado Plateau south of the Grand Canyon. The San Francisco Peaks are sacred to 13 tribes. For the Navajo, the Peaks are the sacred mountain of the west, called “Shining On Top.” They are a key boundary marker and a place where medicine men collect herbs for healing ceremonies. To the Hopi, the Peaks are “The Place of Snow on the Very Top,” home for half of the year to the ancestral kachina spirits who live among the clouds around the summit. When properly honored through song and ceremony, the kachinas bring gentle rains to thirsty corn plants. The peaks are one of the “sacred places where the Earth brushes up against the unseen world,” in the words of Yavapai-Apache Chairman Vincent Randall. At the Protecting Mother Earth conference, Alberta Nells traveled from Arizona to learn strategies for protecting these peaks. She is a part of the coalition to save the peaks, and is only 16 years old. I caught up with her at the conference and asked her about her role as a youth in protecting sacred sites.

June 30, 2006

Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Suffers Water Crisis, Files Lawsuit For Rights to Reservoir Project; Language Teacher Succeeds in Making Lakota Part of High School Curriculum

Kickapoo Tribe Files Lawsuit Against U.S. and Local Officials for Water Rights
The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas relies on water from the Delaware River for consumption, but they are suffering from a serious water shortage and water quality problem. Their plans for a solution have been blocked by a disagreement with local officials. In turn, the tribe announced a lawsuit against the local watershed board, the state of Kansas and the U.S. government. The tribe filed its lawsuit in the middle of June in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, naming 14 federal, state and local officials as defendants. The tribe’s proposed solution to their water problems is a reservoir project. Local officials say this can’t happen unless more money is offered. And now the question of who has senior water rights lies at the center of the dispute. Meanwhile, one tribal member told a reporter for the Kansas City Channel “We are crying for help. We must have water, or we won’t hold out much longer.”

Damon Williams, General Counsel for the Kickapoo tribe in Kansas. Link for more information: The Native American Rights Fund

Lakota Teacher Fights for Language Rights in Public School
The issue of language has been in the news recently as a component of the “path to citizenship” for immigrants coming to the U.S. In May, the Senate passed immigration legislation that would create a program permitting undocumented immigrants who had resided in the United States for five years or more to "earn" their citizenship after paying a fine and back taxes, learning English and holding a job for six years. But as lawmakers push for more incentives to learn English, how are the first languages of this continent faring? Throughout Indian country, the fight is on to keep ancient languages from crumbling under the weight of English. Language revitalization programs are on the rise as activists struggle to get the youth interested and to make it clear that the language is still relevant. In 1995, the Alaska Native Language Center found that of 175 indigenous languages still spoken in the United States, 155 were on the verge of disappearing because children no longer learned them.

Susana Geliga, director of the Little White Buffalo Project, teaches the Lakota language at a public high school in South Dakota. To contact the Little White Buffalo Project: P.O. Box 6203, Rapid City, SD 57709

News and Announcements

Fire Thunder Goes to Trial - Suspended president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, Cecilia Fire Thunder, will go before the tribal council today for her third impeachment hearing. The hearing was called over Fire Thunder's public opposition to the state's restrictive abortion law. Fire Thunder said in an interview with Indian Country Today “I got really angry about a bunch of white guys in the state Legislature making decisions about my body, again." Fire Thunder was ordered not to talk to the media but she told ICT she couldn't remain silent as Native women continue to suffer sexual and physical abuse, many of them at the hands of non-Indians. She said ''The abortion issue is the key that opens the padlock to sexual deviancy that is occurring on the Pine Ridge reservation,” referring to rape and incest. Critics say her call to open a women's clinic on the Pine Ridge Reservation went against traditional Lakota values. They say she solicited funds for the clinic in violation of tribal law. The tribal council subsequently suspended Fire Thunder and outlawed abortion. Some tribal members have started a drive to put a ban on abortion in the tribe's constitution.

EPA Know of Hazardous Waste Dump Near U.S./Mexico Border - Documents show a hazardous waste dump planned by the Mexican government and a private company near Tohono ceremonial grounds was kept secret from the Indigenous peoples. The documents show the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency knew about the dump nearly one year before in Mexico were informed. Indian Country Today obtained the EPA reports that describe the dump and say “No significant impacts” were expected. The EPA knew Mexico had issued state and federal permits to store 45,000 tons of asbestos, organocholorides and industrial waste sludge. The permit is for 50 years in the community of Quitovac, where annual sacred ceremonies are held. Whistle blowers exposed the hazardous waste dump in February 2006, but most learned of the dump months later. According to Indian Country Today, said the government entities are working in collusion and ignoring the impact on the traditional communities and their culture and spiritual well-being. in the state of Sonora said the hazardous waste dump would expose children to deadly toxins, contaminate underground well water, desecrate ceremonial grounds and affect those who depend on tourism for livelihood.

Canadian Native Groups Cancel Rail Blockade - Canadian aboriginal groups canceled a planned blockade of Canadian National Railway lines set for Thursday, after the company agreed to lobby Ottawa to help resolve natives' outstanding land claims, both groups said on Wednesday. CN Rail had asked the courts to stop Indian groups in the western province of Manitoba from carrying out threats to block rail lines in an effort to draw attention to their land claims disputes with the federal government. The groups requested on Wednesday that the matter be put aside in court after each had made oral commitments. According to Reuters, Rondeau River First Nation Chief Terrance Nelson said his community will rally next to a CN line about 60 miles south of Winnipeg that leads south to the United States. Another group intends to rally at a domestic CN line.

Interior Official Charged in Abramoff Scandal - The first official charge in connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal has been made against an Interior Department official. Roger Stillwell is expected to plead guilty next month to a misdemeanor charge. He worked closely with Abramoff, whose clients included U.S. territorial governments that fall under Interior's jurisdiction. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee released a report a week ago on its Abramoff investigation. The report urges tribes to develop contracting and conflict of interest laws to ensure that legal, lobbying and other contracts are subjected to an open and transparent process. The committee also urged tribes to strengthen their elections process.

Bush Administration Withholds $300M from Indian Housing - The Bush administration's decision to withhold up to $300 million in Indian housing funds came under fire on Wednesday. Key members of Congress questioned why the Department of Housing and Urban Administration appeared to be punishing nearly every single federally recognized tribe by denying them access to their money. They suggested a legislative fix may be needed to prevent what tribal housing leaders predicted would be a total disaster. Sen. Byron Dorgan, the vice chairman of the Senate Indian affairs committee said HUD was going overboard by tying up the entire program over a lawsuit filed by just one tribe. The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana filed a lawsuit after HUD claimed they received excess funds under the Native American Housing and Self-determination Act. Marty Shuravaloff, the newly elected president of the National American Indian Housing Council, said some tribes may have to stop building homes altogether as a result of the administration's move.

Ward Churchill To Appeal Dismissal - Ward Churchill has vowed to appeal his firing through university channels and file a federal lawsuit if his appeal fails. The University of Colorado professor now faces dismissal for alleged research misconduct. Churchill ignited a furious controversy with a 2001 essay that compared some of the World Trade Center victims to Adolf Eichmann, who orchestrated the Holocaust. On Wednesday he called the investigation of his work "a farce" and said he is being singled out because he is a dissident scholar. Ward Churchill told The Associated Press no scholar's work could stand up to the scrutiny he is under. University officials concluded his essay was protected by the Constitution but they ordered an investigation into his scholarship. A faculty committee concluded last month that Churchill committed "serious, repeated, and deliberate research misconduct," and Interim Chancellor Philip DeStefano said Monday the university should fire him.

Canadian Tribe Rejects Treaty Money as Insult - The Chief of the West Point First Nation in the Northwest territories of Canada is demanding more money from the federal government for annuities after receiving a check for an amount which she called “an insult”. The government sent Chief Karen Felker a check for $216, that’s $3 a person for the 72-member band for their hunting and fishing allowance. It’s a legal provision under a Treaty signed in 1921. The government originally agreed to send ammunition and twine for hunting and fishing but replaced it with money in the early 1990s without consulting the band. Chief Felker sent the check back to Ottawa this month with a warning that it won’t accept any more money until the federal government accounts for inflation or at least send actual hunting supplies. A spokeswoman for the federal government’s Indian and Northern Affairs Department said the West Point First Nation’s money will be put in a special fund and returned in full if the band eventually decides to collect it. Other bands are applauding the West Point Chief’s demand.

Announcement: Upcoming IEN Conference - Next week will be the 14th Annual Protecting Mother Earth Conference. An Indigenous International Grassroots Environmental Gathering. It begins next Thursday, July 6th and ends on Sunday the 9th. You can go to www.ienearth.org for more information. We’ll be webstreaming the many workshops and speeches taking place. There are activists convening from Alaska, Arizona, Montana, well, from all corners of Indian country. You can get information on webstreaming from the IEN web site: www.ienearth.org

June 22, 2006

Native Americans, Military Service and PTSD

We take a look at the culturally-unique experience of Native Americans and combat experience. How are Native American veterans coping with post traumatic stress disorder and why are they the ethnic group with the highest proportion of military enlistment in the U.S.? Compared to the general population, nearly three times as many Native Americans have served in the armed forces as non Indians during the 20th century.

Red Lake Elder and Vietnam Veteran Says PTSD Best Treated With Tribal Ceremonies.
The Iraq war has sparked a rise in Vietnam Veterans seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs show that PTSD disability compensation cases have nearly doubled since 2000, most notably since 2003, when the U.S. and UK invaded Iraq. A survey of Vietnam Veterans revealed that watching reports about the war on TV triggered flashbacks, sleeplessness, and depression among the Veterans. Many said they sought counseling since the 2003 Iraq war. And now as thousands of veterans are returning from combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, concern is growing about the ability of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to meet the demand for mental health services. Over the past year, the number of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan diagnosed with PTSD has more than doubled, increasing from a cumulative 9,000 by May 2005 to 25,000 by last month, according to a recent VA report. A statement from the Democratic members of the House VA Committee said that even as the number of PTSD cases increased, the VA had cut back the number of PTSD therapy sessions for veterans by 25% in the last 10 years.

For many Native American Veterans, culturally-specific treatment for PTSD is an even more important issue. This week, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley and the director of a VA Medical Center in Arizona signed an agreement to add the traditional Lifeway Ceremony to a dozen ceremonies for which the VA now pays. Returning Navajo veterans reportedly used traditional ceremonies for healing more than anything else. Other Native nations show similar patterns. Many Native veterans suffering from PTSD supplement or replace standard psychotherapeutic techniques with culturally specific healing techniques. The path to healing for Native veterans is oftentimes more complicated and meaningful than a visit to the nearest VA medical center.

Larry Stillday, a tribal elder from Ponemah, a village on the Ojibwe Red Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota. He is a Vietnam Veteran and outpatient supervisor at the Ponemah Health Center.

Gulf War Veteran on the Cultural Barriers Encountered when Struggling with PTSD.
We continue talking about Native Americans and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the combat experience in general for Native Americans.
Sean Fahrlander, (Anishinaabe) Navy Gulf War veteran.

Indigenous News Roundup

Committee to release results of Abramoff investigation

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is releasing a report today on its Jack Abramoff investigation. The staffs of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the committee chairman, and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the vice chairman, worked on the report. It summarizes what the committee learned over the course of its investigation and makes recommendations for potential changes to prevent tribe from being defrauded again. The committee held five hearings and investigated how much money tribes spent on the services of Abramoff and Michael Scanlon, one of Abramoff's associates. The probe did not focus on members of Congress who are tied to Abramoff. The report will be considered at a business meeting this morning.

Former BIA official Reveals former Interior Department deputy secretary Griles as Abramoff's "Point Man."

Smith said Griles regularly advocated for the interests of Abramoff's tribal clients. In the wake of the election of George W. Bush, Smith said Abramoff and other Republicans wanted to "make a killing inside the BIA" by representing wealthy gaming tribes. Smith said "They have no respect whatsoever for Native Americans. They're there to make a lot of money."

Racist Cartoon Targets Seminole Tribe

In Davie Florida, the mayor has denounced a cartoon as racist that a member of the town’s planning board circulated. Davie Mayor Tom Treux charged Karen Stenzel-Nowicki with sending around a cartoon depicting Seminole Leader Max Osceola as shirtless and banging on a drum as his canoe passes the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. A local councilwoman is depicted at the other end of the boat, with the words “open space princess” tattooed on her arm and a cocktail in hand. Treux said Stenzel-Nowicki denied drawing the cartoon, but he is calling for her removal for circulating it. The town council postponed a decision last night on whether to remove her. Stenzel-Nowicki is defending her actions as her constitutional right to free speech. According to the Miami Herald, Osceola hasn’t seen the cartoon and he said he doesn’t need to. He said “They’re stereotyping natives. They think every native lives in a tepee and has drums as a musical instrument. That’s the uneducated nonnative trying to stereotype us.”

North Dakota: Group Challenges Right to Use "Fighting Siouxs" Mascot

The University of North Dakota is moving forward with a lawsuit against the NCAA’s Indian mascot policy. The NCAA has asked colleges and universities with an American Indian mascot to conduct a review. The State Board of Higher Education voted 8-0 last week to challenge the placement of the "Fighting Sioux" logo and name on the list of hostile and/or abusive mascots. The NCAA has rejected two UND appeals, saying the university may not use the nickname or logo during NCAA postseason tournaments and it may not host a tournament if it continues using them. A number of Indian tribes, as well as faculty members and students on UND's Grand Forks campus, support dropping the nickname and logo, contending that they cause campus divisiveness. David Gipp, president of Bismarck's United Tribes Technical College, sent a letter to board members this week, asking them to forgo legal action.

Six Nations Caledonia Update

Police arrested a prominent Six Nations businessman on assault charges relating to an incident in Caledonia, Ontario on June 4. Ken Hill is charged with two counts of assault stemming from a confrontation between native protesters and Caledonia residents. Protesters have been occupying the housing development since Feb. 28. They say the property is part of a land grant dating from 1784, but provincial and federal governments insist the land in question was surrendered in 1841. Yesterday, dozens of non-aboriginal Caledonia residents protested outside a convention center where Ontario Premier McGuinty was speaking. He met briefly with three of the protestors who complained that the Ontario Provincial Police failed to respond to violent clashes between residents and aboriginal protesters and accused the government of abandoning the rule of law in the community. Meanwhile, Six Nations protesters say they are conducting an archeological dig at the occupied housing site in search of a burial site. They reportedly believe thousands of bodies may be buried there. They have had to publicly insist they are not digging a bunker after residents reported fears of militant actions. A survey done earlier for the developers found fragments of aboriginal artifacts, but no evidence of a burial ground. And the Ontario government is refusing to disclose how much it paid last week when it bought out the developer for the tract of land at the center of the occupation. However, the sale does not mean the province is giving the land back to the First Nations, and talks are continuing to end the occupation. On the same day, the government increased aid to compensate Caledonia-area businesses hurt by road blockades to about $1.7 million. The province is also talking about compensating those residents who suffered during the blockade.

Hawaiian School Ruling

Judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Tuesday about the Hawaiians-only admissions policy at Kamehameha Schools. Admission to the elite school is first granted to all qualified Native Hawaiian students. Only one in eight eligible applicants get in, and tuition is 60 percent subsidized by the private trust. The case began three years ago when a Caucasian boy, only identified as John Doe, sued for admission to the school. Following the initial ruling last year declaring Kamehameha's Hawaiians-only admissions policy illegal, 15,000 people marched through downtown Honolulu in protest. The attorney for the school Kathleen Sullivan said yesterday, QUOTE "What we argue is that our admissions policy is entirely legal under U.S. civil rights laws because it helps redress the continuing harms from a legacy of devastation against the Native Hawaiian people that Congress has acknowledged and for which Congress has apologized. The success story of the Kamehameha Schools in lifting up Hawaiian children, educating them and sending them off to seed the society with leaders is exactly what Princess Pauahi intended when she left her charitable testamentary trust, and it's exactly what the Kamehameha Schools do today."

Michigan Tribe Seeks Boost in Recognition Struggle

The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians asked the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday to speed up its federal recognition petition. The tribe needs federal recognition to obtain $4.4 million, its share of a Congressional settlement fund. The tribe also wants to provide health, education, housing and other services to its members, said Ron Yob, the chairman. Virginia Tribes Press for Recognition Measure A bill to extend federal recognition to six Virginia tribes went before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday. The bill contains no language on gaming rights. Members of Congress from Virginia and Chief Stephen R. Adkins of the Chickahominy Tribe said legislative recognition is warranted due to special circumstances. A state law forbade tribal members from identifying themselves as Indian. Adkins said, "The state systematically worked to destroy us. I call it paper genocide." The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. National Aboriginal Day Celebrated in Canada Yesterday people celebrated the 10th National Aboriginal Day in Canada. A festival kicked off in Montreal yesterday that will last through the weekend. It will have singing, dancing and storytelling. The opening ceremony brought together aboriginals from across Canada and the United States, the Montreal community and visitors from around the world. Celinda Sosa, a Quechua Indian, and minister for economic development for Bolivia spoke in support of the solidarity of Aboriginal people in Canada. Visit http://www.nativelynx.qc.ca to learn more about the 2006 First Peoples Festival.

June 15, 2006

Penobscot Nation Part of Unique Collaboration to Restore River and Salmon; Montana Coal Wars Veteran Gail Small on Energy Policies, Land Rights, Abramoff and More

Cecilia Fire Thunder Refuses to Be Silenced
In South Dakota, Oglala Sioux Tribe President Cecilia Fire Thunder is speaking out against a gag order issued by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council. She says a suspension letter she received from the Tribal council ordered her not to talk to the media. She called it a violation of her constitutional rights in an interview Tuesday, according to the Rapid City Journal. The tribal council suspended Fire Thunder last month for proposing an abortion clinic on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and for allegedly raising money for the clinic. She proposed the clinic in response to South Dakota’s new abortion ban, which has since been referred to a statewide vote in November. The tribal council also banned abortions on the reservation. Last year there were two attempts to impeach Fire Thunder. She was suspended once and reinstated when charges were dismissed. She is the first woman elected as president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. A hearing to discuss impeachment has not yet been set.

The Navajo Nation Declares State of Emergency
The Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency in the wake of ongoing drought conditions and a series of recent wildfires, according to a press release. Of nine fires only one is still burning, said Selena Manychildren, Navajo Department of Emergency Management public information officer, according to the Farmington Daily Times of New Mexico. People who need fires for ceremonial purposes are required to obtain a BIA Burn Permit, which will only be issued for ceremonial use. The law enforcement department reportedly used all their funding last week to provide meals, water and other supplies, she said. The Department is seeking water, energy bars, toiletries and non-perishable food among other items.

US Supreme Court Decision Favors Native Hawaiian Programs
A lawsuit seeking to cut off public money used for Native Hawaiian programs has suffered a setback in the U.S. Supreme Court. The lawsuit contended that programs through the Office of Hawaiian Affairs should not receive state funding on the grounds that they only benefit people of Native Hawaiian ancestry. But the Supreme Court Monday told an appeals court to reconsider whether taxpayers have the right to sue over how the government spends their money. A lawyer for the Hawaii taxpayers making the claim said the Ninth Circuit Court could stand by its September ruling that taxpayers can challenge Hawaiians-only programs, or he could refile the lawsuit with new plaintiffs. Chief Justice John Roberts did not participate in the decision and the Supreme Court offered no explanation. Roberts was previously hired by the state to defend the Office of Hawaiian Affair’s Hawaiians-only voting restriction. In the case, the court ruled unconstitutional OHA's requirement that voters for its trustees must have Hawaiian blood.

Appeals Court Blocks Critical Trust Fund Reports
A federal appeals court ruled last Friday to suppress reports which contained information that the US Department of the Interior allegedly destroyed documents related to a class action lawsuit brought by Native Americans. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit against the Department ten years ago, accusing the government of mismanaging an Indian trust in their names for a period of 120 years. The Native Americans say they are owed tens of billions of dollars. The author of the reports, Alan Balaran, was appointed by US District Judge Royce Lamberth. He supervised the exchange of information between parties in the lawsuit and investigated document destruction. Balaran's reports to the judge, including observations from personal visits, found the department had destroyed Indian records, sometimes intentionally, at federal depositories and Indian reservations in the West. According to the Associated Press, Keith Harper, a lawyer for the Indian plaintiffs suing the department, said Friday, "Most of the facts in those reports have been conceded as true" by the Interior Department. Interior officials nonetheless asked a federal appeals court to strike Balaran's reports from the record, saying he had improperly hired as an expert witness a former Interior contractor who had accused the department of fraud. Balaran resigned two years ago, saying the government wanted him off the case after he found evidence that private landowners near the Navajo Nation got as much as 20 times more money than Indian landowners from gas pipeline companies for rights to cross their land. Those findings have not been disputed by the government in the lawsuit.

Caledonia Update
From the Six Nations standoff in Caledonia: Violent incidents last Friday resulted in the arrest warrants for seven people. Ontario Premier McGuinty on Monday called an end to negotiations with native protestors and said it’s time the road blockades come down. He said the Native community must help search for the seven wanted people. Talks between the government and Six Nations people are set to resume today. Protestors have now removed barricades from the railway and roads, and say the government now has no excuse to avoid tackling their land claims. Negotiators will update the Six Nations community after the talks end tonight. Yesterday, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the traditional native government, issued a news release saying the seven people wanted by the OPP will not be at the protest site until the Confederacy completes its own investigation, according to the Hamilton Spectator. Also yesterday, Caledonia business owner launched a class action lawsuit to recoup tens of millions of dollars in losses, their lawyers said Wednesday according to the Canadian press. Only two businesses have signed on so far. The suit is expected to grow exponentially as homeowners may join the legal fight. Six Nations and other Aboriginal protestors have been occupying a half-finished housing development since the end of February.

Colorado University Panel Votes to Fire Ward Churchill
The committee at University of Colorado looking into charges against Ward Churchill issued a strongly worded report Tuesday. The panel, made up of nine CU faculty, a staff member and a graduate student, agreed unanimously with an investigative committee’s earlier findings that Churchill “has committed serious, repeated and deliberate research misconduct.” This includes plagiarism and fabrication of material. In a vote with secret ballots, a majority of the committee said the ethnic studies professor should be fired. The committee forwarded a 20-page report to the University’s Interim Provost and Dean. They will evaluate the report and then advise the Chancellor on what they think should happen to Churchill. The Chancellor will make the final decision, most likely in the next few weeks, according to the Rocky Mountain News. Churchill’s attorney, David Lane, has said Churchill will sue CU in federal court if he is fired. Churchill and Lane have called the investigation politically motivated and the committees’ findings without merit.

Three South Carolina Tribes Seek Federal Recognition
In South Carolina, the Commission for Minority Affairs met last week to consider the recognition petitions of three more tribes. The Croatan Pee Dee, the Piedmont American Indian Association-Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation and the Darlington County Pee Dee Tribe are the latest to seek state recognition. The commission has recognized two tribes so far. The Croatan Pee Dee group has since withdrawn after questions were raised about its status and Indian ancestry. One expert reportedly said the group is making claims that can not be supported by history or documentation.

Abramoff Investigation Update
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will meet on June 22 to vote on the Jack Abramoff lobbying investigation report, Indianz.com is reporting. Back in June 2005, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the chairman of the committee, said the committee would issue a report. He said it would make recommendations to prevent tribes from being duped by lobbyists. Five people have since been indicted in connection with their lobbying activities in Washington, D.C. Four of them have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with federal prosecutors as the investigation targets members of Congress. The committee itself held five hearings as part of its investigation. Tribal leaders, lobbyists, former Bush administration officials and other people connected to the scandal testified, although in some cases, they refused to provide testimony.

Cherokees to Vote on Whether to Admit Freedmen
The Cherokee tribal council voted Monday night to have Cherokee voters decide whether the descendents of black freedmen should be allowed to enroll in the Cherokee tribe. The vote could come in a special election, at a cost of $150,000 to $350,000, or at the tribe’s next regular election — in July 2007. The Council failed on Monday to gather the majority needed to call the special election. The Cherokees’ Judicial Appeals Tribunal ruled in March that descendants of black freedmen — emancipated slaves who joined the Cherokees in the 1800s — must be recognized as citizens of the tribe. More than 800 descendants of freedmen have registered with the Cherokee Nation since the tribal high court’s ruling. Amending the constitution would remove them from the tribe’s citizenship rolls. According to the Muskogee Phoenix, most councilors said Indian blood should be required for tribal membership.

Native American Music Awards
The 8th Annual Native American Music Awards were recently held in Florida, co-sponsored by the Seminole Tribe. An equal mix of new artists and previous Nammy Award winners were nominated. The Nammys are also designed to make Native American music more accessible to a wide audience. Keith Secola won artist of the year for “Americana” and Best Male artist was Wade Fernandez with “Song of the Black Wolf.” This year’s Best Female Artist was Pura Fe’ with “Follow Your Heart’s Desire.” Jim Boyd won Songwriter of the Year for “Treaties.” Winner for Song/Single of the Year went to Bill Miller for “Sacred Ground.”

IEN Protecting Mother Earth Conference
The 14th Annual Protecting Mother Earth Conference will take place July 6 – 9 in Cass Lake, Minnesota at the Leech Lake Memorial Pow-wow Grounds. Hosted by the Indigenous Environmental Network, there will be workshops on Water of Life & Prayer for the Water, Toxic Contamination and Health of All Life, Energy & Climate Justice, Native Youth Resistance Movement, and more. For more information go to www.ienearth.org or contact Simone Senogles at +1 218 751- 4967 or simone@ienearth.org

Penobscot Nation Moves Forward With River Restoration Project
For years, the Penobscot Nation has fought to increase the number of fish annually making it to their homelands. But their journey has been halted by several dams on the Penobscot River owned by the PPL Corporation. In 2004, the federal government, the Penobscot Nation and the PPL Corporation all signed the Lower Penobscot River Multi-party Settlement Agreement. It is a collaborative effort to restore the Penobscot River. The Agreement allows for increased production at some PPL mills and calls for the removal of two dams. Another dam would be decommissioned and bypassed with a fishway. At the end of May, PPL Corporation started generating more power at other dams, signaling a step towards compensating for the loss of power generated by the dams which will be removed and decommissioned. The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is now working to raise $25 million to buy the three dams from PPL. The trust includes six conservation groups and the Penobscot Nation. John Banks, Penobscot and director of natural resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation. Visit this web site for more information: www.penobscotriver.org and www.penobscotnation.org

Montana Coal War Veteran Gail Small on Energy Policy, Food Politics and More
The largest coal strip mine and gasification complex in America lies just 15 miles from the Cheyenne Reservation. The Cheyenne people are living on one of the poorest Reservations in the country and yet for over 30 years, they have refused to strip mine their homeland for promises of riches. As a teenager, Gail Small was immersed in the infamous Montana Coal Wars – a grassroots struggle to reverse government policy allowing energy companies to mine the rich coal reserves underneath the Northern Cheyenne reservation. Prohibited from mining on the reservation, the coal companies have dug into nearby lands scarring the landscape with strip mines. After getting her law degree from the University of Oregon, Small returned to the Northern Cheyenne reservation and founded Native Action, a ground-breaking non-profit advocacy group dedicated to environmental and political reforms, education and other causes that directly affect the life of her tribe. Today Native Action is struggling to keep thousands of methane gas wells from surrounding the Northern Cheyenne reservation. In April 2005, they lost a battle to stop a ruling that is allowing 500 wells per year to be opened up in Southeastern Montana despite the fact that the environmental impact statement the Bureau of Land Management issued was declared invalid. The wells will be right up to the Cheyenne’s borders within two years if the industry has it’s way. Gail Small, Northern Cheyenne lawyer and founder of Native Action. For more information visit: www.nativeaction.org

June 8, 2006

A Debate on the Native Hawaii Recognition Bill; 100 Days: An Update on the Six Nations Standoff in Caledonia; The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Moves Towards Federal Recognition

100 Days of Occupation: Six Nations Standoff at Caledonia Continuessix nations standoff in Caledonia
First Nations chiefs from across Ontario pledged their support to Caledonia protestors yesterday on the eve of the occupation’s 100th day. The group of 100 chiefs also warned governments to expect more occupations if aboriginal land claims aren’t settled. "We are all one nation across this country," said Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, who represents 43 First Nations across the province. Six Nations spokesperson Clyde Powless said the mass show of support was about more than Caledonia. "Canada," he shouted, "this giant you woke up grew enormously today and will continue to grow." Meanwhile in the Canadian Parliament on Monday, Progressive Conservatives leader John Tory made a motion calling for a public inquiry into Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s handling of the Caledonia standoff. Liberals failed to vote down the motion even though they have a majority in the legislature. There were only 6 or 7 Liberals in the legislature at the time. McGuinty dismissed the motion’s vote as “mischief-making” and told reporters on Tuesday the vote shows the Progressive Conservatives who sponsored it “have not drawn the lessons that should be drawn from Ipperwash.” In 1995, police killed native protestor Dudley George at Ipperwash provincial park. An inquiry to determine if the PC government of Mike Harris directed police force against protestors who occupied the provincial park on Lake Huron has not yet concluded. In February, Six Nations members occupied or reclaimed land where a housing development was under construction. The situation became more tense weeks ago after the Ontario Provincial Police stormed the site to enforce a court order as land claims talks continued. The Six Nations community has made it clear they want to deal primarily with the federal government. An update from: Kahentinetha Horn, Editor of Mohawk Nation News, www.mohawknationnews.com

Debate on the Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill: Giving Native Hawaiians Their Long Overdue or Preventing Land and Sovereignty Claims?
The U.S. Senate debated for three hours on Wednesday the long-stalled Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill. The bill would recognize a legal and political relationship between the United States and a Native Hawaiian governing entity, giving Native Hawaiians self-governing rights similar to those of Native American tribes. The Native Hawaiian governing entity would be authorized to negotiate with the state and federal governments over such issues as historical grievances and control of natural resources, lands and assets. Yesterday on the Senate floor, opponents blasted the bill as divisive and race-based. Supporters said the bill would give recognition that’s long overdue for Native Hawaiians. It has been called the Akaka bill after it’s sponsor, Democratic Senator Dan Akaka. He says Native Hawaiians have not been given the same treatment as other indigenous people in the U.S. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee launched the longest attack on the bill yesterday calling it a “dangerous precedent.” He said “If we start down this path, the end may be the disintegration of the United States into ethnic enclaves… [it] Wouldn't be much different than if American citizens who were descended from Hispanics who lived in Texas before it became a republic in 1836 created their own tribe.” Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona voiced concern that the bill will “divide Hawaii and encourage racial division there and elsewhere.” The bill’s supporters who spoke yesterday on the Senate included both Democratic Senators from Hawaii, Republican Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska, and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. Meanwhile, in Hawaii yesterday a group of Native Hawaiians occupied Iolani Palace for a couple of hours to protest the bill. Members of the group Hui Pu said the Akaka bill would prevent Hawaiian land and sovereignty claims, among other things. One protestor said, “I think it is important that history knows that Hawaiians stood up against this bill despite that fact that there is hundreds of thousands of dollars of propaganda by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and other organizations to support this bill.” This according to KITV Honolulu. Lobbyists for the bill include the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the National Congress of American Indians, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and the American Bar Association. Anne Keala Kelly, Native Hawai'ian journalist and filmmaker. She is working on a documentary called "Noho Hewa Ma: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i." Robert Klein, attorney with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as its board counsel, and a former associate justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. While on the high court, Klein authored the landmark decision expanding the rights of Hawaiians to enter some private property for traditional gathering, religious and cultural practices.

Federal Recognition in the United States: The Mashpee Wampanoag Seek Tribal Status
After decades of work, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts was recently accorded preliminary acknowledgment by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Mashpee Wampanoag were among the earliest Native peoples of North America to have significant contact with Europeans. Almost 400 years ago, they greeted the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower near what is now the town of Plymouth. It is their story that has been mythologized in the celebration of Thanksgiving. Federal recognition will make this tribe the 564th recognized tribe in the nation and the second in Massachusetts. The preliminary decision is followed by a 210-day public comment period. The tribe will receive final determination by March 31, 2007. Glenn Marshall, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council. Christine Grabowski, PhD. She has more than 20 years experience in federal recognition and has testified before Congress on the process. She is the principal of Grabowski & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in economic development, research and analysis, and communications for Indian country.

June 1, 2006

Carrie Dann on the Pentagon's Cancelled "Divine Strake" Test Blast; Tohono O'odham Battle Secret Plans to Build a Hazardous Waste Dump Near Ceremonial Land; Winona LaDuke on Food Sovereignty: the New Arena of Colonialism

Divine Strake Test Called Off, Western Shoshone Protest Ongoing Violation of Land Sovereignty
The Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency had planned to detonate a 700-ton non-nuclear fuels explosion at the Nevada test site tomorrow, June 2nd. But the test, called the "Divine Strake." was postponed by the National Nuclear Safety Administration because of questions about possible fallout. Members of the Western Shoshone Nation were at the forefront of opposition to the test. They and their supporters argue that the test site, along with most of Nevada and parts of California, Idaho and Utah, is still Western Shoshone land. Though Divine Strake has been delayed indefinitely, more than 200 people peacefully demonstrated on Sunday at the Nevada Test Site. More than 30 were arrested when they crossed over onto the site. Carrie Dann was one of those people. For over forty years, along with her late sister Mary, Carrie has been at the forefront of the Western Shoshone Nation’s struggle for land rights and sovereignty. Leading the political and legal battle to retain ancestral lands, Dann has squared off against international gold mining corporations, the nuclear industry and the U.S. government. Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone Nation, working with the Western Shoshone Defense Project. Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network.

Opponents of Secretly Planned Toxic Waste Dump Near U.S.- Mexico Border Say it Poses Danger to Indigenous Communities on Border and Violates International Law

Plans to build a hazardous waste dump in Tohono territory south of the U.S. - Mexico international border have drawn fire from the indigenous communities straddling the border, local officials in Tucson, and citizens in Mexico. The plans have been secretly carried out without notifying in the surrounding communities, who fear for the effects of released toxins into the land, air and water. Pima county officials in Arizona said Mexico violated an international treaty when it failed to notify them about plans for the waste facility. It would be located about 125 miles southwest of Tucson, close to the Tohono community of Quitovac where sacred ceremonies are conducted. People on both sides of the border have voiced opposition during protests in April and May. Ofelia Rivas, member of the nation. Brenda Norrell, a journalist with Indian Country Today. Talli Nauman, co- director of the independent media project: Journalism to Raise Environmental Awareness. She is a long time collaborator with the International Relations Center based in Silver City, New Mexico, of the Americas Program.

Links to articles:
Brenda Norrell's article "O'odham Oppose Planned Hazardous Waste Dump" in Indian Country Today.
Talli Nauman's article "Public Due Consideration on New U.S. - Mexico Border Toxic Waste Site Proposal" published by the Americas Program of the International Relations Center.

Winona LaDuke on Food Sovereignty: "The New Arena of Colonialism...is the Biological Make-up of the World"

Author and activist Winona Laduke, a Mississippi Band Anishinaabe, recently spoke at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City with Northern Cheyenne lawyer Gail Small. LaDuke (re)affirmed her commitment to preserve Native lands against the ravages of environmental abuse. She also spoke about recovering humanity, in the theme of her most recent book “Recovering the Sacred.” We play her speech from that night, in which she talks about food sovereignty and more. Winona LaDuke, activist and author. Her newest book is "Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming." She is the Program Director of Honor the Earth and the Founding Director of White Earth Land Recovery Project.

May 4, 2006

Bringing Indigenous Issues to the United Nations: Re-defining the Millennium Development Goals; Bolivian Water War Leader Oscar Olivera Collaborates in Film Project, Fundraiser Tonight!

Fundraiser for "Gringomobile Diaries: Bolivia", will show raw clips of the film and raise money for post-production costs. Also showing "Gringoton (Gringo-thon)" and other award-winning films and documentaries by Greg Berger, co-creator of "Gringomobile Diaries: Bolivia"
Where: Carlito's Cafe Lexington Avenue, between 106th and 107th Streets
When: 7 pm, Thursday May 4th

The Millennium Development Goals and Indigenous Peoples: Re-defining the Millennium Development Goals

Next week, thousand of Indigenous Peoples from all over the world will convene at the United Nations to bring their concerns and recommendations to the Permanent Forum, which is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council with a mandate to discuss Indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. There will be several side events organized by Indigenous activists during the two-week session that are open to the public, including "Water is Life," "Indigenous Peoples' Toronto Charter on HIV/AIDS", and "Papal Bulls, Manifest Destiny & American Empire." We speak with Kent Lebsock, Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance.

Visit the web site for more information, www.ailanyc.org, American Indian Law Alliance, aila@ailanyc.org

April 7, 2006

Mohawk Nation Clashes With Canadian Authorities; Lakota Elders Share Wisdom on Issues From Global Warming to Abortion

Mohawks Continue Peaceful Takeover to Halt Non-Indigenous Development on Tribal Land

We speak with Hazel Hill, an Onkwehonweh at Grand River community, currently in a jurisdictional dispute with the Canadian government. There is an effort by non-Indigenous people to build 300 houses on Onkwehonweh territory. Elder Iroquois women and other Indigenous peoples from various nations have stopped the development by staging protests and negotiating with the developers. Their struggle to preserve the land continues.

Hazel Hill, can be contacted at thebasketcase@ol.aibn.com

Lakota Elders Willard and Darlene Pipeboy Share Wisdom

Willard and Darlene Pipeboy speak about a range of issues, from Global Warming, to Immigration and Abortion. They are from South Dakota.

April 6, 2006

Western Shoshone Condemn U.S. Nuclear Simulation Plans on Tribal Lands; Biker Bar Threatens to Desecrate Bear Butte

Charon Asetoyer: Candidate for the South Dakota State Senate!

Charon Asetoyer (Comanche) is the Executive Director of the Native Women's Health Education Resource Center, a grassroots women's health institute on the Yankton Nakota Reservation in South Dakota. She recently announced her candidacy for the SD state senate! She is determined to fight for women's access to reproductive health care in direct opposition to the state's recent almost-total ban on abortion.

If you would like to support her campaign, you can mail a donation to: Campaign for Change/Asetoyer P.O. Box 472 Lake Andes, SD 57356

Western Shoshone Say Military Testing Violates Sovereignty

The U.S. Defense Department plans to detonate 700 tons of explosives on Western Shoshone land at the Nevada Test site this June. The detonation has been named the "Divine Strake." A groups of scientists has criticized the plan, saying the test is intended to simulate a nuclear blast as part of Pentagon research into the development of low-yield nuclear weapons. Native Americans in the Nevada region are protesting the plans for a number of reasons, including on spiritual, philosophical and legal grounds. Raymond Yowell, Chief of the Western Shoshone National Council, said: "We're opposed to any further military testing on Shoshone lands. This is a direct violation of the CERD finding and an affront to our religious belief - Mother Earth is sacred and should not be harmed. All people who are opposed to these actions by the U.S. should step forward and make their opposition known." The CERD finding refers to a decision recently by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). It urged the U.S. to stop actions being taken against the Western Shoshone peoples of the Western Shoshone nation.

Raymond Yowell, chief of the Western Shoshone National Council

Julie Fishel, Western Shoshone Defense Project

Tribal Coalition Gains Momentum, Calls For Support to Block Biker Bar from Desecrating Sacred Land

A beer license was recently approved for a biker complex that business owners hope to profit from during an annual rally in nearby Sturgis. The bar would be about 2 1/2 miles from the base of Bear Butte, a place where Native Americans go to pray, fast, and meditate. Native Americans have been strongly opposed, and we speak with one activist there.

Carter Camp, with the grass-roots organization Defend Bear Butte!

March 30, 2006

Abramoff Scandal's Impact on Indian Country; Native American Author Gabriel Horn on "Contemplations of a Primal Mind"

Abramoff Scandal Rocks Indian Country: Is There Going to be Permanent Damage as a Result?

Disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to almost five years in prison in a Miami case for wire fraud and conspiracy in a $147.5 million casino-boat purchase in 2000. For his lead role in orchestrating the use and misuse of between $66 million and $82 million in tribal fees and political contributions, Abramoff has pleaded guilty to the attempted corruption of public officials, among other things. Federal prosecutors praised his cooperation in the Washington case to the Miami court. They have suggested they'll ask for less than the 30-year prison term possible on the Washington charges, contingent on Abramoff's continuing cooperation. We get a report on the latest from Washington. We also look at the scandal's impact on Indian country. David Wilkins discusses American Indian nations' relationship with Washington lobbyists, the issues of sovereignty that are at stake, and mainstream media coverage of the issue. Wilkens recently wrote in a column for Indian Country Today that "Indian nations must end their dependency on non-Indians and instead look to develop a Native crop of strategists, liaisons and lobbyists trained in the values and traditions of their own nations."

Dr. David E. Wilkins (Lumbee) , professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He holds adjunct appointments in Political Science, Law, and American Studies. His research interests include federal Indian policy and law, comparative indigenous peoples, tribal governments, judicial politics, and tribal-sate relations. He has published several books, including American Indian Politics and the American Political System; The Navajo Political Experience, Uneven Ground: American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Law (with Tsianina Lomawaima); and Tribes, Treaties, and Constitutional Tribulations (with Vine Deloria, Jr.). His articles have appeared in a range of social science, law, historical, and ethic studies journals.

Laura Strickler, a reporter based in Washington for Capitol News Connection with Public Radio International. She has been covering the Abramoff affair for Native American stations as well.

A Discussion with Native American Author Gabriel Horn

He is the author of "The Native American book of Knowledge" and "The Native American Book of Life", as well as "Contemplations of a Primal Mind." He shares his philosophical outlook, highlighting Native Americans' unique connection to Turtle Island (North America) and his struggle to understand Indigenous identity.

Gabriel Horn, a nationally recognized lecturer on Native American philosophy and its connection to the rights of indigenous people, animals, and the welfare of the environment. Horn was one of the original teachers who helped establish the American Indian Movement Survival Schools in Minnesota and is now a professor of writing and literature. Selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Horn has written the award-winning Ceremony -- In The Circle of Life, as well as Contemplations of a Primal Mind, The Book of Ceremonies, and the novel Transcendence, co-written with his wife Amy. He lives in Florida near the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Activist Alert!: Help Put a Stop to the Commercial Desecration of Bear Butte

Visit the web site www.Matopaha.org to sign the online petition to help stop this desecration. Bear Butte is sacred land in South Dakota for the Lakota. A developer is threatening to build a 600-acre biker bar and concert venue at the base of Bear Butte. Signatures are needed by April 4th to be presented at a public hearing with Commissioners in South Dakota.

March 16, 2006

Oil Pipeline in Peru Ruptures a Fifth Time: How Amazon Indians are Being Burned

IDB, Peruvian Government and Amazon Pipeline Consortia Evade Questions and Criticism about Camisea Failures The major oil pipeline Camisea in Peru ruptured for a fifth time in 18 months, triggering a fire that injured local residents of the village of Echarate in the southern region of Cuzco, Peru. A Health Ministry report stated 25 families were affected. Doctors have banned the consumption of fish from local rivers and vegetables grown in the area until the degree of pollution caused by the spill can be assessed. A report earlier this year revealed a large part of the pipeline was built using severely corroded pipes left over from earlier projects in Brazil and Ecuador and the welding was done by unskilled workers. Another report shows how indigenous communities that come into contact with pipeline workers are suffering and dying from diseases they are vulnerable to as a result of isolation. We talk to Amazon Watch director Atossa Soltani about the Camisea Natural Gas Project, the first major gas development in Peru. It is located in one of the world's most ecologically prized rainforests in the remote Lower Urubamba Valley of the Peruvian Amazon.

Atossa Soltani, executive director of Amazon Watch, a non-profit organization that works to defend the environment and rights of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin.

March 9, 2006

Abortion Ban in South Dakota Draws Native Opposition, and Indigenous Peoples' Demands for UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights Continue into 11th Year

Native Women Unite in South Dakota to Fight Abortion Ban

Native American women are organizing at the grass-roots level to protest the bill that was recently signed by Governor Rounds of South Dakota that would ban virtually all abortions in the state. We find out how the abortion ban impacts Native women and communities and hear about efforts to combat it.

Charon Asetoyer, founder and executive director of the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center, a grass-roots women's health institute on the Yankton reservation in South Dakota.

Indigenous Peoples Demand Formal Rights Declaration at UN Session, and The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i

Indigenous Women and men from around the world convened in Geneva to demand a formal United Nations declaration of Indigenous rights. About 90 representatives of governments, specialists from indigenous regions of the world, non-governmental organizations, as well as scholars and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples participated in the 11th session of the working group of the Commission on Human Rights. The agenda included the crucial issues of the indigenous rights to self-determination, lands, territories and resources, with an emphasis on the fundamental right to restitution.

Anne Keala Kelly, Native Hawai'ian journalist and filmmaker. She is working on a documentary called "Noho Hewa Ma: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i." It chronicles how the American war machine took hold in Hawai'i, and how to the detriment of the Hawai'ian people it has expanded throughout the Pacific.

February 7, 2006

Agreement Between Coastal Native Canadian Nations, Loggers and Environmentalists Protects Sacred Forest

The New York Times reports that a coalition of Native Americans, loggers and environmentalists have announced an agreement that will protect the Great Bear Rain Forest, home to sacred sites for the Gitga'at in British Columbia. The article reports "The process has already inspired similar efforts to save the Canadian boreal forest, to the north, and suggestions that the agreement could be a model for preservation in the Amazon and other threatened forests." Chairman of the Heiltsuk nation said, "Now we can manage our destiny. Without this agreement, we would be going to court forever and we would have to put our children and our old ladies dressed in button blankets in the way of the chainsaws."

February 2, 2006

Confronting Myths: From the Legend of Pocahontas to the Discourse on Palestine

Louisiana's Coastal Tribes Appeal For Help

In southern Louisiana, leaders of four coastal Native American tribes, the Bayou Lafourche, Grand Caillou/Dulac, Isle de Jean Charles Bands of the Biloxi-Chitimacha and the Pointe au Chien Indian tribes are issuing a call for help again. The tribes were all left reeling in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and still need relief assistance. Randy Verdun, Chief of the Bayou Lafourche Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha tribe said, "It's a call to action, a call that we hope is heard. Help us preserve our distinct cultures and traditions. Without help, they will surely be lost." We speak with: Patty Ferguson, Tribal Attorney for the Pointe au Chien Indian Tribe.
Full Press Release
For more info, to make a donation or provide grant information to the affected tribes contact:

* Patty Ferguson - Tribal Attorney, Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe 480-425-2637 Ferguson@SacksTierney.com
* Marlene Foret - Chairwoman, Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha (985) 594-6593 mmforet@mobiletel.com
* Albert Naquin - Chief, Isle de Jean Charles Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha (985) 232-1286 whitebuffaloa@netscape.net
* Charles Verdin - Chairman, Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe (985) 856-5336 pacit@cowscorner.com
* Randy Verdun – Chief, Bayou Lafourche Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha (225) 485-8765 bccmi@aol.com
* Naomi Archer - Coordinator, Four Directions Relief Project (828) 230.1404 fourdirections@riseup.net
* Or Visit the Four Directions Solidarity Network

Confronting Stereotypes in "The New World", Shattering the Myth of Pocahontas

Nearly two weeks ago, the film "The New World" opened in theaters around the country. The film attempts to retell the mythical story of Pocahontas and John Smith as a passionate love story, with the settlement of the Jamestown colony taking place in the backdrop. Few reviews have criticized the film for perpetuating racist and sexist stereotypes, suggesting these ideas are so enmeshed in American culture that they are overlooked without protest.

Camilla Townsend, Associate Professor of History at Colgate University. She specializes in Native American and Latin American history. She is the author of several books, including "Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma" and "Burying the White Gods: New Perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico."

Free Speech or Racist Propaganda?: Multi-Faith Coalition Mobilizes to Respond to Anti-Palestinian Ad

In a recent issue of The Nation magazine, a full-page ad by the organization called Facts and Logic About the Middle East, or FLAME, claims to confront myths about Palestine. The ad says the nationhood of Palestine is a myth. The group's ad has outraged many people, including the group WESPAC. We speak with some representatives.

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 3, 2006: Tiokasin Ghosthorse will play the flute and introduce the documentary film, "Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story." The film, by Robert Redford and Michael Apted shows the mockery made by the U.S. government of its own judicial system. It shows the FBI-led reign of terror perpetrated on the Lakota Reservation in 1973. Tiokasin will have a Q&A session following the film. Begins 7:30 pm, at Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay Street, Tompkinsville, Staten Island. Everything Goes Book Cafe & Neighborhood Stage

February 3, 2006: the 30th anniversary of Leonard Peltier's capture in Canada.
NYC Jericho and ProLibertad will show the film "Warrior: the Life of Leonard Peltier" by Susie Bear. 6:30 pm, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 521 W. 125th Street, Manhattan.
Call 718-220-6004.

January 26, 2006

Indigenous Environmental Network Director Charges Bush Administration With Crimes Against Humanity; A Discussion With Charmaine Whiteface, Defender of the Black Hills

Indigenous People Demand an End to the Bush Administration's Human Rights Violations We speak with an Indigenous political activist who testified at the recent International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration held in New York City. We hear about the various Indigenous communities whose human rights have been violated as a result of the Bush administration's policies.

Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network

Defenders of the Black Hills

We hear about Bear Butte, a small mountain about 8 miles off the northeastern corner of the Black Hills. It is sacred to more than 60 Native nations from the North American continent and is being threatened by urban sprawl from the nearby town of Sturgis, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Although the community was able to stop the building of an outdoor shooting range four miles from this sacred mountain, they are now facing an individual who wants to build a number of biker bars, an outdoor concert arena, and a biker campground on 300 acres only one and a half miles from the base.

Also, there are close to 1,000 abandoned uranium mines and prospects in the north, northwest, and western portions of the Treaty Territory, in SD, ND, MT, WY, and also in the southern Black Hills. Nebraska currently has an active uranium mine just south of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The Native community became aware of these this past year and are trying to bring this information to the attention of the public. We hear about these issues and more.

Charmaine White Face, Coordinator of the Defenders of the Black Hills

January 5, 2006

Burial Ground Threatened, the Abramoff Scandal, Mohawks Under Siege

Slave and Native American Burial Ground Threatened by Development

A historic burial ground reported to hold the remains of slaves, Native Americans and early Dutch settlers, which is privately owned, is slated for development. The Coalition for the Preservation of Teaneck's Indian-Slave Cemetery is attempting to raise $100,000 by next week in order to save the Pomander Walk and prevent the graves from being desecrated. As fundraising efforts continue, we speak with a member of the coalition about the issue. Northjersey.com reports the ongoing battle.

Laura Zucker, of the Coalition to Preserve Teaneck 's Native American/African Slave/Settler Cemetery

Tribal Chairman Sprague on How Abramoff Cost Tribe Millions

Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff tried to stop the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish tribe of Michigan from building a casino that would have created thousands of jobs for scores of unemployed people. Abramoff allegedly stymied these efforts because he and partner Michael Scanlon were paid more than $14 million by a past tribal council of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to prevent development of competing casinos in Michigan. These included the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish tribe's proposed casino, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe. We speak with the Chairman about the details and efforts to recover.

D.K. Sprague, Chairman of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Tribe, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe.

Kanehsatake Mohawks: We Were Invaded by Mercenaries, Arrested and Given Unfair Trial

We speak with two members of the Kanehsatake Mohawk community about the recent trial and sentencing of Mohawks arrested almost a year ago for rioting under questionable circumstances. They describe last month's trial as "a sham" and go into detail about how Mohawk sovereignty was violated and U.S. law was broken. We speak to two members of the community: Pearl Bonspille and John Harding.

January 2, 2006

Homeless for Over a Century, a Tribe Awaits U.S. Redemption

Here is an article that describes one tribe's struggle for federal recognition, highlighting the history of U.S. land theft that displaced the tribe and left them marginalized. The article also provides a good outline of how the the recognition process unfolds, including its shortcomings and inadequacies, and the reasons why tribes continue to seek it.
By Jim Robbins The New York Times December 24, 2005

Here at the base of a rise called Hill 57, a steady, cold wind blows on a cloudless day as James Parker Shield and Russ Boham tell of life for the landless Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

The tribe, its land taken away more than a century ago, squatted in Great Falls and elsewhere in north-central Montana through the late 1960's, living as many as 12 to a tar-paper shack without plumbing, and scavenging at the dump for scrap metal, rags and food. Parents often ran afoul of state child welfare officials. ''They'd see you sleeping in a car body and take you away from your family,'' said Mr. Boham, who, like Mr. Shield, was among those shipped to the state orphanage when he was a child.

Today, with most of its members living in public housing around Great Falls, Mr. Shield and Mr. Boham are leading a protracted fight for government recognition of the tribe. Recognition would allow their people to gain control of federal money to buy land here for a tribal headquarters and housing, and to win back a measure of dignity.

The 112 families led by Chief Little Shell lost their North Dakota homeland to the government in 1892 when a chief of the Pembina Chippewa signed away their rights to it, without their authority and in their absence. The Little Shell had left home, in the Turtle Mountain area, to go hunting, and an Indian agent forced the other Chippewa to accept the Ten Cent Treaty -- so called by Indians because it bought about 10 million acres of Chippewa land, including that of the Little Shell, for a million dollars.

Ever since, the Little Shell have known only diaspora. Most came to Montana, where they lived near dumps and on the streets of Great Falls, Helena and other towns. In 1896, angry whites asked the government to do something about them, and the Army rounded them up at gunpoint, put them on boxcars and shipped them to Canada. ''Most of them made their way back,'' said Mr. Shield, the vice president of the tribal council, which Mr. Boham serves as assistant.

The three other surviving Chippewa tribes from the Turtle Mountain area -- the Turtle Mountain, the White Earth and the Rocky Boy -- were all less scattered and received federal recognition over time; they now have reservations. But the 4,500 or so Little Shell still await official recognition from the Office of Federal Acknowledgment at the Interior Department, a quest for which they have gained the support not only of other tribes in Montana but also of the Montana governor's office, the State Legislature and Cascade County, which includes Great Falls.

The recognition process was created by the government in 1978 to make reparations to tribes that had been forced to move from place to place throughout American history. There are now 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Roughly 220 others have expressed interest in recognition, but such efforts are often strongly opposed. Some of that opposition comes from tribes, already recognized, that are eager to protect their vast casino gambling income, and from states that do not want recognized tribes within their borders, because a bid for recognition is occasionally a ploy of relatively few Indians with dubious historical ties simply to open a new casino. ''We're running into the ripple effects of gaming and politics,'' Mr. Shield contended. ''But the gaming has nothing to do with us. If you take a hard look at the gaming opportunities in Montana, there's no market and no population. We want a home.''

James E. Cason, an associate deputy interior secretary who oversees Indian affairs, denied that the gambling issue had been a factor in the case of the Little Shell, who first applied for recognition in 1984, who received preliminary approval in 2000 and who have spent much of the time since then engaged in assembling the documentation needed for final approval. (The final draft of their petition was sent to the government earlier this year.) ''It doesn't have anything to do with gaming -- it's a non issue,'' Mr. Cason said, adding that the Little Shell had been ''in control of this process the last five years and have asked for extensions.'' With the final draft now in hand, ''we will try to do it as expeditiously as we can,'' he said.

But the recognition process has long been criticized by Indians as unwieldy, partly because of a requirement for extensive documentation that proves they have acted as a tribe politically and culturally over the last two centuries. ''It's extremely onerous, almost prohibitively so,'' said Kim Gottschalk, a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund, a nonprofit law firm based in Boulder, Colorado, that is researching the Little Shell claim. The fund estimates that it has spent more than $1 million in out-of-pocket expenses on the petition, not counting lawyers' pay.

Kevin Gover, a Pawnee Indian who was assistant interior secretary for Indian affairs from 1997 to 2000 and is now a law professor at Arizona State University, is also critical of the recognition program. ''They've been around for 30 years,'' he said, ''and they've never managed to approve more than two a year.'' Professor Gover said the Office of Federal Acknowledgment demanded far too much documentation, ''and that is especially a problem for tribes like the Little Shell,'' who lived in a remote area and have no written records from the period.

The Little Shell band is not claiming land. But with $3.5 million held in trust for it by the federal government until recognition is achieved, it would buy 200 acres of farmland here in Cascade County, where most tribal members live, and build a headquarters, a clinic and housing. In November, Cascade County commissioners passed a resolution calling for the county to be the home base of the tribe, even though that would mean the removal of 200 acres from the tax base.

"We support them moving forward with official recognition,'' said Commissioner Lance Olson. ''But if they aren't going to recognize them, they should tell them.'' Federal recognition would also allow the Little Shell to apply for minority contracts and to have a government-to-government relationship with Washington. ''That means they could no longer treat us,'' Mr. Shield said, ''like someone they don't want to admit they fathered.''

December 8, 2005

Here are today's guests:

* Marijo Moore, Author and former commentator on First Voices Indigenous Radio, speaks about her new book called "Confessions of a Madwoman": go to her web site www.marijomoore.com.
* Leslye Abbey, social worker and independent filmmaker, she is screening a testimonial film called "Houma Nation vs. Hurricanes" this Sunday, December 11th at 11am, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens. Learn more about how Katrina and Rita impacted the Houma nation. Phone 516-679-8216 for more information.
* Charles Verdin, Chair of the Pointe-au-Chien tribe in the lower bayou of southern Louisiana. He speaks about the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on his community, and the historical context of the tribe. Interview by John Hamilton, producer at Democracy Now!.
* Stephen Martin, working with LakotaKidz. He speaks about how the rising cost of fuel will impact Native reservations in South Dakota this winter. Prices will be extremely high there, where the winters are deadly cold, reaching well below 0 degrees. His organization works to deliver services, but faces major logistical obstacles.

Show Headlines

Nevada Tribe Hit by Fire Still Waiting on BIA For Assistance

Members of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada were hit by a fire three months ago and are still waiting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to provide assistance. The fire destroyed 3,000 acres of reservation land on the Nevada-Oregon border. Reservation members have applied for monetary aid and supplies through the BIA social services, but the agency says first the Red Cross must investigate the applications. A BIA spokeswoman said, "It appears the federal government can do more. I do not know when the Red Cross will go out there." The tribe has been meeting with state officials and members of Congress, including democratic Senator Harry Reid. Members are also struggling to get firewood and the US service Forest Service has said it's against federal law for them to provide free wood. Also pending is the $1,700 bill for drinking water delivered the day of the fire. Tribal members were without water for a week.

Lummis Enlist Fire, an Old Ally, As They Battle Scourge of Drugs

The Lummi nation in Washington state reportedly set a boarded-up house on fire in a community effort to battle rampant drug abuse. The family owning the house agreed to the ceremony. The Seattle Times reports that illegal drugs were sold out of the house. The Lummi nation launched a major anti-drug campaign in 2002 after tragedies related to drug abuse skyrocketed. Tribal members report increasing drug-related prosecutions and establishing more youth treatment facilities and even banishing dealers from the rez. Members say they have returned to the teachings of their ancestors and the power of fire.

AIM Calls for Newspaper Columnist To Be Fired For Criticizing Deloria

The Colorado branch of the American Indian Movement is calling for Rocky Mountain News columnist Vincent Carroll to be fired after words on Vine Deloria Jr, who passed away November 13. The controversy center around the following passage Carroll wrote: But what the obituaries and tributes have for the most part danced around or ignored is the utterly wacky nature of some of his views. [In a 1996 book] Deloria rejected the Bering land bridge theory of prehistoric migration to the Western Hemisphere since he believed Indians existed here 'at the beginning' - probably as contemporaries of dinosaurs. And this bizarre claim only hints at his contempt for much science. Deloria insisted that we shouldn't sanitize America's past. Fair enough. But let's not sanitize his legacy, either."

This was AIM's response: Would you have disrespected Martin Luther King in the same way? No. Would you have disrespected any European-American leader in that manner? No. Recently, you rightfully gave the death of Rosa Parks prominent, multiple day coverage in your paper. Why not for Deloria? Is it because American Indians could not possibly have done anything important enough to merit such coverage? Is it because you and your staff are entirely unaware of Deloria and his contributions? If so, we hope that the racism inherent in such ignorance is obvious to you. A couple dozen AIM members signed the letter.

Supreme Court Nominee Alito Voted to Support Indian's Religious Freedom

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito has a miniscule record when it comes to Indian issues, but there is one decision that looks favorable for Indians. A couple of years ago the US court of appeals for the third circuit heard the case of Dennis Blackhawk, a man brought up in a traditional Oglala Lakota home. Pennsylvania officials tried to force Blackhawk to obtain an exotic wildlife dealer permit to keep several black bears. Blackhawk sued, saying that violated his right to religious expression. Blackhawk conducted ceremonies with the bears, as advised by Lakota elders. The court sided with Blackhawk with Alito writing the majority opinion.

Supreme Court Rules State Can Tax Reservation Fuel, Blow Dealt to the Potawatomi Nation

The Supreme Court has ruled that states have the right to tax fuel sold on Indian reservations. A Prairie band Potawatomi attorney called it "an utter failure to give federal protection to tribal sovereignty" In a 7-2 vote, justices ruled that Kansas could tax distributors selling fuel at the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe's gas station near Topeka. Tribal attorneys argued the Potawatomi tribe already taxes the fuel to pay for reservation roads traveled by tribal members and non-Indians alike. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy agreed, saying the fuel is "effectively double-taxed." They also said that forcing the tax could result in the gas station going out of business. The ruling spells bad news for other tribes as well. Sixteen other states that impose a motor fuel tax and have Indian lands within their borders had urged the high court to hear the case. They argued that a restriction on their ability "to tax uniformly throughout the state will inhibit their ability" to fund highway construction and maintenance.

Tex Hall, former leader of the National Congress of American Indians and the current chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nation blasted the ruling. He said: "The Supreme Court's ruling today puts Indian tribes into a situation that they were never supposed to be in under the United States Constitution - fighting political battles within the state legislatures to fend off or repeal state laws like Kansas'. If sovereignty means anything, it means that no tribe should have to go hat in hand to the non-Indians of the state they live in and ask for the right to exercise their inherent sovereign powers. Seven of the Justices sitting on the Court don't get this. I think Indian Country is getting fed up with this kind of nonsense, and we are going to have to step up our role in deciding whether or not Samuel Alito is confirmed to the Supreme Court."

November 15, 2005

Vine Deloria Jr. Passes After a Life of Seminal Work

November 14, 2005 article in Indian Country Today by Jim Adams

TUCSON, Ariz. - Vine Deloria Jr., the intellectual star of the American Indian renaissance, passed on Nov. 13, after struggling for several weeks with declining health. His immeasurable influence became immediately apparent in an outpouring of tributes from all corners of Indian country.

''I cannot think of any words I could possibly say that even begin to capture the significance of this man and his work among Native people and on our behalf for the past half century,'' said Richard West Jr., director of the National Museum of the American Indian in a message to his staff. ''He has been our ranking scholar and intellectual light for all of those years.''

The NMAI was only one of many Native institutions that Deloria made possible or deeply influenced during his 73 years. From the activist end of the spectrum, a tribute on the Colorado AIM Web site said, ''It is safe to say that without the example provided by the writing and the thinking of Vine Deloria Jr., there likely would have been no American Indian Movement, there would be no international indigenous peoples' movement as it exists today, and there would be little hope for the future of indigenous peoples in the Americas.''

Deloria wrote more than 20 books, starting with his best seller ''Custer Died for your Sins'' in 1969. His powerful, acerbic criticism made a deep impression on the dominant culture as well as the activist movement then erupting on the scene. But he has an even longer career working behind the scenes of Native organizations.

He was drafted, as he put it, to be executive director of the National Congress of American Indians in 1964. He was a founding trustee of the NMAI when it consisted of the Gustav Heye collection in New York City and helped guide its sale to the Smithsonian Institution. He was a major thinker for the movements for sacred land protection, for treaty rights and for the protection and repatriation of Indian remains.

In spite of his trenchant criticism of European Christianity, he also served for a time on the executive committee of the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. He was the fourth generation descendant of the Yankton Sioux prophet Saswe, and his father and grandfather were both prominent Episcopal churchmen.

TIME magazine once called Deloria one of the 10 most influential theologians of the 20th century. This March he received the second annual American Indian Visionary Award from Indian Country Today. In a self-deprecating acceptance speech abounding in anecdotes and teasing humor, Deloria gave credit to the remarkable generation of leaders that it was his privilege to work with, beginning with his service at the NCAI.

Deloria was born in 1933 in Martin, S.D., on the border of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Although his lineage was predominately Yankton Dakota, his grandfather Philip, an Episcopal priest, had enrolled the family in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where he was stationed. Deloria served in the U.S. Marine Corps and received a master's degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Rock Island, Ill. After his stint at the NCAI, he pursued an academic career, culminating in the position of professor of history at the University of Colorado.

He remained an incisive writer and social critic to the end. He refused an honorary degree from the University of Colorado because he disapproved of its performance during an athletic scandal. During his last year, he was at work on a major book on the miraculous deeds of American Indian medicine men.

November 10, 2005

Angus Hemlock, legal researcher for the traditional governing body for the Kanienkehaka nation (Mohawk nation)

Lola Forester, Aboriginal host and programmer for the National Aboriginal Radio Program for SBS Radio in Australia.

November 3, 2005

Renee Gurneau, President of the Red Lake College

Jose Barreiro, Senior Editor of Indian Country Today

Kent Nerburn, Author, sculptor, and educator, speaking on his new book: Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce.

September 1, 2005

Fundraiser: Pro-Choice Movement in Mexico partnering with Zapatistas2

September 1st, 2005 at 8pm
Carlito's Cafe 1701 Lexington Avenue, between 106 and 107
El Barrio of East Harlem

"Aborto Sin Pena" ("Abortion Without Shame/Abortion Without Penalty") is almost complete! Fundraiser tonight to complete the project. Clips from the film to be screened, special surprise raffle and DJ Alex Rivera spins. Help support this unprecedented political event! Sliding scale suggested donation, $5 - $10, no one turned away.

August 25, 2005

Gwitch'in Nation Launches National Campaign to Protect the Arctic Refuge and a Way of Life Protect the arctic Refuge

The Gwitch'in Nation launched a national campaign in Washington, D.C. on August 13 called "Drum! Dance! Sing! Protect the Arctic Refuge! The Gwitch'in are preparing to battle members of Congress who are trying to insert provisions into the national Budget Bill for oil development in the coastal plains of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. During the next five weeks members of Indigenous nations from across the country will travel to D.C. to support the Gwitch'in. The vigil, held across from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, is scheduled to culminate in a demonstration during the week of September 20th, when Congress members supporting a plan for drilling in the Arctic will make their next move.

We speak with three Indigenous people of different nations who are in Washington, D.C. for the Save the Arctic campaign. We discuss how oil development could impact the Gwitch'in nation and all the wildlife in the region, how the recently signed Energy bill impacts Native Alaskans and other Indian lands, and the broader threats oil development may hasten such as climate change, human rights violations and opening nationally protected wildlife regions to energy development.

* Sarah James, Member of the Gwitch'in Steering Committee2
* Kelvin Long, Director of ECHOES (Educating Communities While Healing and Offering Environmental Support), and member of Black Mesa Water Coalition
* Clayton Thomas-Mueller, Native Energy Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network

August 18, 2005

News on Colombia from Mario Murillo and Maori Music

We speak with Nicholas Przybyla, veteran of Operation: Enduring Freedom and East Timor and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Nicholas Przybyla speaks about the new documentary film, which he helped produce, Operation: Veteran Freedom. The film chronicles the events of March 2005, when thousands of people assembled outside of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina to protest two years of occupation in Iraq. The group was primarily veterans and family members of soldiers who had fought and died in the war-torn regions of the Middle East. Go to the web site to view trailers.

Listen to the song "the Immaculate Woman" by Mato, a band that Tiokasin Ghosthorse performs with, by downloading the MP3.

We speak with Mario Murillo, host of the Friday edition of Wakeup Call and producer of many other programs on WBAI. Murillo is a veteran radio journalist and currently assistant professor in the School of Communication at the Hofstra University. He is author of "Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization." Mario reports from Bogota, Colombia and discusses the Indigenous communities in southern Cauca, a hotbed for vocalized resistance to the Free Trade of the Americas accord, continued militarization and military intervention of the United States. Murillo reports the Colombian government is targeting Indigenous leaders by various threatening means and that Indigenous communities fear government incursions could lead to massive displacements.

A brief discussion with James Webster, a Maori musician, is accompanied by beautiful flute performances. Webster makes the flutes which he plays.

New York Station Links to Indigenous Radio Station in Colombia

Santander de Quilichao, Cauca, Colombia
“Brothers and sisters of the Nasa people, you are my family, we are one family, that’s what I feel. We come from one common mother, Mother Earth.” With these words, Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Lakota), indigenous broadcaster and journalist from WBAI Pacifica Radio, expressed the spirit of the communication web that was established between Radio Payu’mat of Santander de Quilichao in northern Cauca, and WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York, during the initial broadcast that inaugurated the relationship of these stations. The broadcast, part of the Friday edition of Wake-Up Call in New York and the morning news program of Radio Payu’mat, took place on August 12, 2005 at 7:00am.

The 40-minute live broadcast was one of the concrete results of the visit by radio journalist and educator Mario Murillo, veteran broadcaster with WBAI, who was in Northern cauca from August 5 through the 12th. Mario was hosted by the Association of Northern Indigenous Councils, ACIN, and visited a number of indigenous communities, including Toribío, Jambaló and Canoas.

“It’s impossible to know the truth of what is happening in Colombia without visiting some of these communities that are directly affected by the conflict,” said Murillo during the roundtable discussion, hosted in New York by Mimi Rosenberg and Tiokasin. “Not even the people in Bogota or in other big cities of the country know the reality because their sources of information continue being the major corporate media and the official voices that distort the truth.” He added, “if this is the case within Colombia, imagine the level of disinformation that is making it to the United States and the perspective people have of the conflict.”

The agenda of the weeklong visit was directed towards various aspects of the ACIN’s Communication “web” set up within the context of aggression, resistance and promotion of the indigenous community’s life plan. The goal was to establish concrete links of solidarity through community communication media, and particularly radio. In Northern Cauca, along with Radio Payu’mat, there are two other community indigenous radio stations, Voces de Nuestra Tierra in Jambalo, and Radio Nasa, in Toribio, shut down by the Ministry of Communication in 2004, but brought back on the air in June 2005 by order of a tribunal of the local indigenous council.

As a result of the meetings with the ACIN’s Communication “web,”, a number of proposals were made with the hopes of developing the sister-station relationship:

1. Establish a permanent correspondence on the air every week, both on WBAI Radio from reporters of Radio Payu’mat, and vice versa, with voices from New York. The first of these broadcasts will air on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 7am ET on WBAI Radio, and at 8:10am Cauca time over Payu’mat. This will allow audiences in both locales to hear voices of each community discuss matters of importance affecting each country.
2. Establish an internet-link through the web pages of WBAI ( HYPERLINK "http://www.wbai.org" www.wbai.org) and the ACIN, in order to make information from both sites available to visitors to each.
3. Begin to develop plans to coordinate a North American delegation of community media activists from WBAI and other local media projects to visit Colombia in June-July of 2006 in order to have a direct exchange of ideas, strategies and experiences.
4. Explore the possibility of inviting a delegation from Cauca to the United States with the objective of fortifying the Communication “web” between the two countries. This would allow audiences in New York to meet directly with these delegates and hear experiences first hand. Along with this, we would explore ways of sending a delegation from Cauca to the “Our Media” international forum, to be held in Bangalore, India in December 2005.
5. Develop a campaign of material support in the U.S. for the ACIN’s media program, organizing events in the community to collect funds and other resources to strengthen the production capacity of the three indigenous stations in Northern Cauca. With respect to this, Mario Murillo said: “It was inspiring to see the tremendous capacity and commitment that existed at the community level to the issues relating to communication despite the serious limitations that exist impinging the development of these activities. For example, the people can barely even count on the most minimum production equipment such as recorders and microphones, but they’re still producing every day.”

“My message for those listeners in the United States is to keep struggling for your freedom, to recognize that to win freedom means to struggle against dependence, disinformation, propaganda and consumerism,” said Dora Muñoz, indigenous journalist from Radio Payumat. She added “from this point on, the direct communication between the two communities is a reality. We’ll now both be able to hear voices that would normally never be heard.”

Ultimately it will now be possible to weave a communication of solidarity and of truth between peoples and processes. “These proposals can serve as a model that we should develop with other community media around Colombia, throughout Latin America and the rest of the world” said Gustavo Ulcué of the ACIN’s internet project, known as the Telecentro.

Northern Cauca has been the center of indigenous mobilizing in Colombia for over thirty years, and is currently at the center of an intense military campaign on the part of the Colombian Armed Forces and the guerillas of the FARC. Indigenous leaders describe this as a direct threat to the many social gains made over the years by the movement.

August 13, 2005

Send us news about Indigenous communities and People

Please send information or news to firstvoices@wbai.org to let Tiokasin and Mattie know the latest news and background on people and communities that you want others to know about. First Voices Indigenous Radio belongs to the Indigenous peoples of the world and we are always striving to bring more voices and stories to the airwaves. Please help our struggle to end the silencing of Indigenous voices by contributing to our efforts.

August 11, 2005

INDIGENOUS NEWS: South African Government Charged With Ignoring Indigenous Needs.

A United Nations expert on Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, has called for the South African government to improve efforts to meet the needs of Indigenous peoples. During a 12 day visit, Stavenhagen met with government officials and representatives of Indigenous groups. Leaders from the five main Khoi-San groups condemned delays in the government's delivery of public services. However, the UN representative reportedly acknowledged the South African government's "tremendous efforts" to end inequalities. Among the Indigenous leaders' criticisms were charges that the government was ignoring issues such as language, culture, health and economic transformation and land rights. Petrus Vaalbooi from the Kumani-San tribe said "Our letters (rock art) are seen as a national treasure, but we do not benefit. The museums are full of Bushmen but to what benefit of our people?"

Venezuela Grants Indigenous Land Rights

In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez formally recognized six Indigenous communities as the original "owners" of their ancestral lands by granting land titles in a ceremony last Tuesday. The territory covers more than 300,000 acres. One Indigenous woman from the Kari'na community said of Chavez, "He has been the first president who has kept his word to a people who have been stripped of their lands." However, Chavez warned that national unity must ultimately take precedence over Indigenous land claims. Chavez urged other Indigenous groups not to ask for "infinite lands of territory." An estimated 300,000 Venezuelans belong to 28 Indigenous groups, many living in the country's sparsely populated southeast.

Bush's Energy Bill: A Strike Against Native Communities

In the United States, it looks like Native Americans will be significantly impacted by the massive energy bill President Bush signed this week. Native activists are denouncing the new legislation, citing the major benefits for energy companies and the revival of the nuclear power industry. Title V section of the bill deals directly with energy development on Indian lands, including Alaska. The provision releases the federal government of its traditional "trust responsibility" to tribes in the negotiation and enforcement of energy development agreements. Some tribal activists fear unfair deals will be made between powerful energy corporations and tribal governments.

NCAA Bans 18 Racist Mascots

The National Collegiate Athletic Association launched a storm of controversy when it announced last Friday that it is banning the use of 18 Indian mascots and nicknames during NCAA-sanctioned events beginning next February. Among those banned are the Florida State Seminoles, sparking criticism from Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Governor Bush said the decision insulted the Florida State University and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Bush said, "It's ridiculous. How politically correct can we get? The folks that make these decisions need to get out more often." Florida State University is planning an appeal and Attorney Barry Richard, who represented George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential recount, has agreed to represent FSU if needed. The Native community has been working for more than 50 years to ban images and names like Cleveland's chief wahoo, the Washington Redskins, the Kansas city chiefs and the Atlanta Braves.

A Spokesperson from the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media said: "The American public has been conditioned by the sports industry, educational institutions and the media to trivialize Indigenous culture as common and harmless entertainment. On high school and college campuses Native American students do not feel welcome if the school uses as its mascot a Chief, the highest political position you can attain in our society. Using our names, likeness and religious symbols to excite the crowd does not feel like honor or respect, it is hurtful and confusing to our young people."

Colleges and universities subject to the new policy:

* Alcorn State University (Braves)
* Central Michigan University (Chippewas)
* Catawba College (Indians)
* Florida State University (Seminoles)
* Midwestern State University (Indians)
* University of Utah (Utes)
* Indiana University-Pennsylvania (Indians)
* Carthage College (Redmen)
* Bradley University (Braves)
* Arkansas State University (Indians)
* Chowan College (Braves)
* University of Illinois-Champaign (Illini)
* University of Louisiana-Monroe (Indians)
* McMurry University (Indians)
* Mississippi College (Choctaws)
* Newberry College (Indians)
* University of North Dakota (Fighting Sioux)
* Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Savages)

Hawai'i: Occupied Territory Past and Present

Guests:

* Noenoe Silva, Associate Professor of Political Science and Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i's Manoa. She is the author of "Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism."
* Keala Kelly, Native Hawaiian journalist and filmmaker.

Our two guests explain that Hawai'i is more than a vacation paradise - Hawai'i is an illegally and militarily occupied country. Noenoe Silva describes how histories of Hawai'i have been based exclusively on English-language sources, failing to take into account the thousands of pages of newspapers, books, and letters written in the mother tongue of Native Hawaiians. Silva refutes the long-held idea that native Hawaiians passively accepted the erosion of their culture and loss of their nation. While Silva describes a history, Keala Kelly gives voice to today's ongoing resistance to political and cultural domination.

Last Saturday, 15,000 Native Hawaiians marched down the streets of Honolulu in opposition to a 9th Circuit Court Ruling that invalidates the Hawaiian-only admissions policy of a school established in 1887, prior to the US-backed overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. It was established as part of the will of a Hawaiian princess. Keala Kelly protested the decision because she says it infringes on Hawaiian self-determination. Keala Kelly and Noenoe Silva also speak about what the Akaka bill could bring to Hawai'i and the impending threat of military expansion on Hawaiian lands. The Akaka bill, if passed, will open up more land to the seizure of the US government, which Kelly argues will be used for military expansion. She made a film that can be accessed at www.nohohewa.com.

August 9, 2005

July 15, 2005 Show

The struggle to end the racist practice of using Indian mascots is looked at with the history of the word "Redskins." What are the origins and how has the word been used?
Beverly Jacobs is the President of the Native Women's Association in Canada, and tells us about the gendered and racialized forms of violence and oppression Native women experience in Canada.

Bush's Energy Bill Passes

What does this mean for Native people in the United States? Go to Democracy Now!'s web site to read the transcript or listen to the MP3 of a segment on August 9th with Clayton Thomas-Muller. He is the Native energy organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, and discusses what the energy bill means for Native lands.

May 10, 2005

Ponca v. Carbon Black Company

"The Continental Carbon Company has exhibited a callous disregard towards the Ponca Tribe of Indians and our people by continuing to pollute our people, our lands, and our air. The Ponca Tribe was forced to take this land at gunpoint by the government, and now it is all we have left," Ponca Tribal Chairman Dwight Buffalohead said in a statement.

The Ponca Tribe and individual tribal members filed a federal class action lawsuit on April 20 aimed at halting Continental Carbon Co. from spewing carbon black over Ponca land and tribal members and coating everything surrounding the factory in black soot. The class action suit seeks a court order forcing Continental Carbon Co. to halt polluting the land and air. Further, it demands the company clean up the properties it continues to pollute and seeks damages for the Ponca Tribe and its people.

The federal complaint alleges trespass, private nuisance, public nuisance, failure to warn, personal injuries, negligence, medical monitoring, unjust enrichment and punitive damages. The defendants are Continental Carbon Co.; China Synthetic Rubber Corp. and its domestic corporation, CSRC USA; and Taiwan Cement Corp. The parent company is a publicly traded corporation in Taiwan, which owns the Ponca City carbon black facility. CSRC is the fourth-largest producer of carbon black in the world.

In 2004, a delegation of Ponca tribal members traveled to Taiwan and attempted to meet with the corporate owners and stockholders in session. While the Ponca delegation was surrounded by Taiwanese police, the stockholders voted not to hear the concerns of the Ponca delegation.

May 6, 2005

Navajo Uranium Mining Ban Under Scrutiny

On Friday, April 30th President Joe Shirley Jr. signed an agreement to ban uranium mining and processing on Navajo lands. The Dine Natural Resources Protection Act was first approved by the Dine council by a vote of 63-19 and the ban enjoys widespread support on the reservation.

"I don't want to subject any more of my people to exposure to uranium and the cancers that it causes," Shirley said during the signing ceremony."As long as there are no answers to cancer, we shouldn't have uranium mining on the Navajo Nation," he added. "I believe the powers that be committed genocide on Navajo land by allowing uranium." The ban also re-enforces Navajo sovereignty over its land, Shirley said.

Hydro Resources Inc. has waged a campaign over the past decade to obtain federal permits to conduct in-situ leach uranium mining and uranium processing. President of HRI, Craig Bartels, has not offered comment on whether HRI would recognize the Navajo Nation's anti-uranium stance and withdraw its petition to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for license.

The Navajo Nation has the right to ban uranium mining and processing on its land but the question for a federal court is how it defines Navajo Indian land, added Bartels, HRI President, referring to allotted lands where some Navajo owners hope to sign lucrative deals with HRI. A group of Navajo allottees supports HRI.

The nation has lost many precious Navajo medicine people, according to Shirley, who are few in numbers, from health problems related to uranium exposure. The bright yellow earth that contains uranium was widely used in sand painting and traditional healing ceremonies throughout Navajo history, Shirley said.

Bartels said Tuesday that if the council and President Joe Shirley Jr. gave him and his staff the same amount of time they gave to Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, HRI would correct the "misinformation" the environmental group gave them. "We've tried to meet with the council and president but ENDAUM was invited to speak twice at winter and spring session, Bartels said. "And yet as much as we tried, we're not allowed to speak so it's no wonder that there's a lot of misinformation. Certain people have a certain agenda and they're doing all they can to shut out anyone else that has a different agenda," he added. "Basically, it's just a few people, anti-nuclear activists, that say this (in-situ leach uranium mining) is unsafe."

May 5, 2005

Gracie Horne announces the World Peace and Prayer Day 2005 at Paha Sapa, known to many people as the Black Hills, South Dakota. Sounds like it'll be a great time. This event is on June 21, and will be preceded by the Prayer Run for World Peace, which begins on May 15 and ends on June 15 in Piedmont, South Dakota.

Tama Waipara and Ataahua Papa visit the studio to promote the Pacifika - New York Hawaiian Film Festival and to share their Maori perspectives and wisdom with us. Ataahua has a sister showing a film that sounds very interesting. It provides on view on how New Zealanders were impacted by the events of 9/11.

Kent Lebsock comes down to the studio to speak about Globalization and Indigenous Peoples. Kent is Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance, an organization that has been committed to struggling for the rights of Indigenous peoples for the past 16 years. He discussed the nuances of globalization and highlighted that globalization is a concept that is not alien to many Indigenous societies.

Mac Suara Kadiwel, a Brazilian Indigenous Land Rights Activist, comes to the studio to speak about the racists policies of the Brazilian government and the disparities Indigenous peoples face regarding human rights and land rights. Amnesty International released a report on Indigenous peoples on March 30, 2005 and their treatment in Brazil.

It was a show brimming with brightness and awareness - Indigenous Voices cutting through the silence! We hope you can listen to our next show, which won't be until after the May fund-drive ends at WBAI. We will be on the air on May 11th to raise funds.

On Indians and Patriotism

April 28, 2005, Indian Country Today, Steven Newcomb - Indigenous Law Institute
After the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, millions of Americans became more fervent in their patriotism toward the United States. In this era of the Patriot Act, those who dare to question ''patriotism'' are made to feel that they may be ''treading on thin ice.'' One American Indian leader even suggested that you can tell who a ''real'' Indian is because a ''real'' Indian is patriotic toward the United States.

This made me wonder about my own thoughts on patriotism. After considerable reflection, I have decided that because of my spiritual beliefs, and because of all that our Native ancestors have suffered at the hands of the United States, I consider myself to be a ''matriot.'' A matriot is someone who loves, is loyal to, and promotes the interests of Mother Earth. I consider myself deeply matriotic.

As a result of those who had a patriotic dedication to promoting the patriarchal interests of the American empire, entire Indian nations no longer exist: their ancestral lands that made their way of life viable were taken over by an imperial country. Look east of the Mississippi River, where highly intelligent and vibrant Indian civilizations once thrived on hundreds of millions of acres of land, with their own languages, cultures, economies and spiritual traditions. How many of those Native civilizations still exist there?

Thanks to U.S. patriotism and the Indian Removal Act, relatively few Indian nations exist east of the Mississippi, on extremely small areas of their once-vast ancestral lands. Almost all Indian nations west of the Mississippi have been squeezed into smaller areas of land, the vast majority of their ancestral lands stripped from them.

Look at all the lands where my matrilineal and matriotic Delaware ancestors once lived, in what is now known as Manhattan Island, Delaware, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. With patriotic fervor, first European colonists and later the United States took over our lands, thereby destroying our traditional world and spiritual way of life.

Think of the many thousands of years in which our respective indigenous languages evolved, accumulating knowledge and wisdom over eons. And think of all the patriotic effort that U.S. government officials and Christian missionaries dedicated to destroying our respective Native languages, right down to their cognitive roots.

In their patriotic fervor, such people had no regard for our rich heritage, only contempt for our cultural and spiritual knowledge. Their patriotic work involved an ardent and greed-laden desire to destroy us in order to fatten and enrich themselves, as ''God's chosen people,'' on our lands and resources, to which they felt eminently entitled based on the ''promised land'' narrative of their ''good book.''

Because our indigenous languages reflect our own indigenous conceptual systems, which are rooted in our brains, the systematic abuse of American Indian children by the United States in an effort to destroy our Indian languages affected those Indian children to their core. Those children were our ancestors, our aunts and uncles, our mothers and fathers, our sisters and brothers - relatives of all the members of our respective nations.

One of the things U.S. boarding schools beat into American Indian children was patriotism toward the American flag and devotion to the Bible, in part by working to make Indian children ashamed of their own Native spirituality. As a spiritual matter and as a matter of conscience, how can I feel patriotic toward a political entity that worked so hard to destroy us as distinct nations and peoples that have existed in this hemisphere for thousands and thousands of years?

However, I am extremely matriotic toward Mother Earth. Matriotism is entirely consistent with our traditional cultural and spiritual way of life. I believe that a society dedicated to the values of matriotism would honor and respect motherhood and ''the motherland.'' It would acknowledge women as a source of life. It would support women and help them to thrive and excel by powerfully nurturing their innate intelligence. It would not abuse them emotionally, physically or sexually. A matriotic society would not regard women, or men, as a kind of property.

A society dedicated to matriotism - a sacred regard for the Earth and all living things - also would not allow poisons, such as pesticides, petroleum and toxic nuclear wastes, to leach into the veins of Mother Earth.

One example of Mother Earth being poisoned is found in the town of Moab, Utah, on the edge of the Colorado River where, according to a recent report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, some 58,000 gallons of radioactive liquid leach each and every day into sacred waters upon which animals, fish and millions of people rely.

Another such example is the Columbia River. For generations, highly radioactive liquid has been leaching from decomposing steel drums at the Hanford nuclear facility into the groundwater that runs into the Columbia River and the fish that live there. Now the U.S. government plans to bury 77,000 tons of radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain in the Western Shoshone territory.

Given such patriarchal desecrations, I am content to be matriotic like my Shawnee and Delaware ancestors. As they and all our indigenous ancestors knew, we only have one Mother Earth, and we are all her children.

Steven Newcomb is the indigenous law research coordinator at Kumeyaay Community College on the Sycuan Indian Reservation, co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, and a columnist for Indian Country Today.

Congress: Make the streets safe for Indian women too!

April 28, 2005, Indian Country Today, Suzan Shown Harjo
The streets of Indian country aren't safe for American Indian and Alaska Native women. Nearly 90 percent of the perpetrators of violent crimes against Native women are non-Indians - 60 percent are white men - and Native nations can't touch them.

Congress created this haven for non-Indian criminals on reservations and it's up to Congress to fix it. The 109th Congress has a chance to do that very thing this year, when it considers reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

VAWA 2005 is being drafted now to address the deplorable situation of women in America, where physical abuse is a feature of one-quarter of all marriages and where one-third of women who are treated in emergency rooms are victims of domestic violence.

While Native women also sustain injuries in abusive relationships, most of the men who assault Native women are strangers or acquaintances (80 percent) rather than intimate partners or family members (20 percent), according to a U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics report, ''American Indians and Crime (1992 - 2002),'' issued in December 2004.

This statistical profile and a raft of other studies, including the 2000 National Violence Against Women Survey, report that:

* American Indian and Alaska Native women are more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crime as other women in America.
* American Indian and Alaska Native women suffer sexual assaults at a rate of more than three times that of women of other races.
* More than one in three American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped during her lifetime.
* The rate of violent crime experienced by American Indian women is nearly 50 percent higher than that reported by black males, the second highest gender/race category victimized by violent crime.

Most violent crimes are committed intra-racially, as with white-on-white crime. This is not the pattern in Indian country, where 88 percent of the perpetrators of violent crime against Indians are non-Indians.

Why can't Indian governments punish these violent non-Indians and why should Congress step in? It's a long, complex history, but the short answer is that the federal government made this jurisdictional mess and should take every opportunity to clean it up.

Over a century ago in the name of ''Indian civilization,'' the federal government criminalized tribal traditions and took control of the reservations. When the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government did not have jurisdiction over Indian murders of Indians, Congress enacted the Major Crimes Act, authorizing federal jurisdiction over murder and other serious offenses involving Indian people.

Congress expanded federal jurisdiction, effectively restricting tribal authorities, under the Assimilative Crimes Act and myriad gaming, environmental, repatriation, arts and other laws. Tribal jurisdiction and remedies were limited under the federal tribal termination policy. Starting in the 1940s, Congress gave selected states certain criminal and civil authorities over Indian offenses. In the 1968 Indian Civil Rights Act, Congress restricted the sentencing authority of tribal courts to a one-year imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. The Supreme Court ruled in 1978 that Indian tribes cannot prosecute non-Indians in criminal matters.

That brings us to the present situation, where Native nations cannot punish non-Indians who harm Indian women in Indian territory, or can only give them a slap on the wrist. There are many reasons why the federal and state governments aren't doing a better job at bringing these bad men to justice. Basically, it comes down to geography and connectedness. The federal and state agents don't live where the crimes are being committed and the victims aren't their neighbors.

Only the reinstatement of tribal jurisdiction and remedies has a chance of reversing the epidemic levels of violence against Native women. In VAWA 2005, Congress can address the jurisdictional void that prevents Indian tribes from prosecuting non-Indians perpetrating these crimes. VAWA was signed into law in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000. VAWA 2000 mandates that protection orders from one tribe or state be afforded full faith and credit in outside jurisdictions. It also clarifies that Indian tribes have full civil jurisdiction to enforce protection orders, including authority to enforce any orders through civil contempt proceedings, the exclusion of violators from Indian lands and other ''appropriate mechanisms.''

Some states do not comply with the federal mandate and exhibit hostility toward affording full faith and credit to protection orders issued by tribal courts. Alaska's executive branch has challenged a state judge's decision allowing enforcement of a banishment order issued by the Native village of Perryville. The Minnesota Supreme Court in 2003 rejected a proposed statewide court rule for the consistent enforcement of all tribal court orders.

Advocates are working with legislators and staffers on the reauthorization of VAWA, which is set to expire this September. Advocates in Indian country would do well to work (and work fast) with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the judiciary committees to develop a bill that could stand alone or be folded into VAWA 2005.

A meaningful VAWA provision for Indian country would restore tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians in the area of violent crime against women. Proponents should be prepared for the inevitable discussion about review of tribal court decisions and opt-in/opt-out mechanisms.

At the very least, Congress should provide necessary funding to study full faith and credit implementation problems, in particular with regard to tribal domestic violence protection orders, and should withhold certain federal monies (unrelated to domestic violence prevention and response) from states that refuse to comply with VAWA's full faith and credit mandate.

VAWA's effect in Indian country would be strengthened by provisions ensuring tribal law enforcement officers' access to national databases that track criminal history; a national database of tribal protection orders and tribal adult sex offenders to track serial offenders who travel between different Indian nations; an increase in funding for tribal governments and programs providing infrastructure and services to survivors of rape, stalking and domestic and dating violence; and a tribal division within the Office on Violence Against Women to act as the liaison to tribal governments on issues unique to Indian nations and Indian women.

Congress can continue with the same jurisdictional system that devalues Native women and handicaps Native nations, or it can fill the jurisdictional void with something that might just work. If Congress fails to act, the reservation streets will remain safe for violent non-Indians - and the Indian women and their children and grandchildren will suffer. How is that good for anyone but the bad people?

Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, is president of the Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C., and a columnist for Indian Country Today.

May 5, 2005

Navajo Nation Council Bans Uranium Mining

April 4, 2005, Editors Report/Indian Country Today

Uranium mining has been a health and environmental scourge, and yet an economic engine as well at Navajo. For some 50 years, Navajo have lived with the effects of thousands of open pit mines, many left unredeemed after decades of exposure. But health and life issues trumped economic issues April 19, when the Navajo Nation Council passed the Din Natural Resources Protection Act of 2005 in a vote of 69 - 13.

The new act, which Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. is expected to sign, outlaws uranium mining and processing throughout the vast territory. The measure, which caught a few people by surprise, is evidence of a strong and persistent Navajo grassroots movement that has organized for years against the restart of uranium mining on the reservation.

The strong movement has grown and recently achieved its major objective because it is grounded in spiritual teaching that, along with concerns for health issues, still resonates among traditionalists on the reservation. Respect for the spiritual quality and importance of water in people's everyday life is an intricate part of the Navajo and other Native opposition to uranium mining and processing technologies. By their long-term polluting nature, these processes too often violate principles of cultural and technical common sense. At Hopi, too, located within the vast Navajo territory, strong concerns are increasingly raised in this deeply traditional community about a coal slurry pipeline that is depleting an aquifer of pristine, virtually non-renewable water. Respect for water as source of health and life, and the leadership to protect it from contamination, are wonderful Indian principles of ancient law very much needed in governmental and business practice today.

The 27,000-square-mile reservation, which spreads across parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, sits upon one of the world's largest deposits of uranium ore. At one time declared a ''national sacrifice area'' in federal planning documents, the Four Corners region of Navajo country was invaded by the uranium and coal industries throughout the Cold War years and to the present. As an industry, it provided a lot of employment which, by its very nature, has caused untold damage to the people and the ecology of their homelands.

Over time, among the more than 255,000 members of the nation - of which an estimated 180,000 live in Navajo land - the uranium mining companies recruited, trained and employed thousands of Navajo as miners and in other professions. The Navajo workers were callously misinformed and uninformed for decades about the dangerous nature of the materials they were made to handle. The close nature of their work with radiation-laden yellow cake caused many cancer and other deaths - perhaps as many as one person per family in some communities across the reservation. The country's worst radioactive uranium spill happened in 1979, when 100 million gallons of radioactive liquid contaminated waterways in Church Rock and Crownpoint. Navajo people have lived with the scourge of uranium mining and the ensuing contamination of their lands for too long.

The Radiation Expose Compensation Act of 1990 came too late for many elderly Navajo miners. But it provided compensation and was a needed recognition by the federal government that the uranium venture thrust upon the Navajo by the federal government brought severe disregard for the safety and health of whole communities. Obvious evidence is still found in the many areas where radioactive materials remain dangerously close to communities and homes. The largest Indian nation in the country is right to listen to its most ancient voices on this issue.

For more than 30 years, various groups of Navajo grassroots people have sought to examine, critique and then stop the mining. They have become a force to reckon with and give every indication of continuing the campaign to not allow the nuclear contamination to restart within or even near the reservation.

The recent over-the-top victory for opposition to uranium mining on the reservation, particularly in its eastern portion, was directly fueled by concerns that a new wave of mining is imminent. This was signaled by provisions in the federal energy bill to subsidize uranium corporations with $30 million in incentives to further develop the region. The watchdog movement now sets its eye on provisions of the energy bill that encourage in situ leaching research in areas adjacent to the reservation.

U.S. Congressman Tom Udall, D-N.M., an ally of the Navajo mining opponents, has taken on Section 631 of the energy bill that authorizes the appropriations of $30 million over three years to ''identify, test and develop improved in situ leaching mining technologies, including low-cost environmental restoration technologies.'' Udall calls the federal subsidy ''corporate welfare ... [that] will have a severe impact on the Southwest's environment and on the public health of the Native American communities I represent.'' His amendment to strike the subsidies is a further limitation on the nuclear industry in the region. Udall's call for a comprehensive energy policy that enhances alternative sources of energy is also compatible with Native philosophies.

As always, proponents of the present energy policy will try to ram the industry down the Navajo people's throats. Lawsuits are, of course, expected; and, most dangerously, Sen. Pete Domenici might decide to move federal legislation to prohibit the Navajo Nation from regulating uranium mining on its own lands.

As always, the problem of radioactive uranium, in situ leach mining included, is its likelihood to contaminate groundwater, in the present Navajo case, for some 15,000 people. This is a threat and a reality to public health that tens of thousands of other Navajos have lived with for too many decades. A different approach is possible.

A bit less explosive and always potentially troublesome, yet the rail of a more prosperous economic base, the Navajo Nation has the construction of six casinos in the works. Likely to be operated by the nation government, with some reasonable management and good grassroots orientation in terms of disbursement of benefits in health, education and infrastructure assistance, a well-regulated gaming industry could be just the right economic engine for the largest Indian nation in the United States.

There is a lot to be said about a well-regulated gaming industry to go with a nation's other tourism and hospitality, crafts and agricultural enterprises. It can be the precise financial base - at this time in history - to allow the country's largest Indian nation to solidify its land base, grow and prosper its population, and be able to fully defend and enhance its water sources and other environmental wonders.

April 24, 2005

Peru Plans Reserve for Isolated Indigenous Group

The Peruvian government has created a commission that is in the early stages of designing plans for a reserve for the Mashco-Piro Indigenous group, one of 11 Indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation in the Peruvian Amazon. There is no reliable data on the Mashco-Piro, but there are estimates that there are 800 members of the group. The commission is planning to create “transitory territorial reserves” to enable to Mashco-Piro to maintain extensive routes to move freely about. A commission member, an anthropologist, said that the reserves will be assigned “until they decide, through their own community organization, to obtain recognition and ownership titles over land.” The Alto Puros province, home to 2,800 members of 8 Indigenous groups, is threatened by illegal logging that causes displacement of Indigenous communities and engenders social violence. Peru, one of the six South American countries that share the Amazon, loses 265,000 hectares of tropical rainforest annually to logging.

Brazil Formalizes Indigenous Reserve

The Brazilian Justice Ministry decided on Friday, April 15 to formalize the demarcation of the Raposa Sierra del Sol reserve in the northern state of Roraima, recognizing the right of 15,000 Indigenous members of five ethnic groups to the territory. The 1.74 million hectare reserve in on the border with Guyana and Venezuela and has been the site of contention and violence between Indigenous groups and white landowners growing rice and raising cattle for more than three decades. More than 20 Indigenous activists have died during the 30 year struggle to regain ancestral territory and the right to fish and hunt on their own land. A one-year deadline has been set for the large landowners to pull out of the territory. The Roraima Governor Ottomar Pinto said he would appeal the decision as soon as President Lula signed it, and rice growers announced calls for protest demonstrations. In January 2004, rice growers staged violent protests calling to break up the reserve in which three Catholic missionaries were briefly taken hostage.

April 21, 2005

Indigenous Environmental Network makes a statement at the 13th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

The Commission on Sustainable Development 13 Negotiations Lack an Ethical Framework for the Cultural Manifestations of Water Water is Life: the recognition, as a guiding principle, that 'water connects and regulates planet earth as the sacred mat of life' by nourishing the land and all living organisms, including human beings. An ethical framework based upon respect for life-giving water and its cultural manifestations is of critical importance for water, sanitation and human settlement policy. Humanity must declare all water sources as sacred sites. Underlying the global water crisis is not just a governance crisis, but also a cultural crisis. Water is a vital resource, having economic, ecological, social and spiritual functions. Relations between peoples and their environment are embedded in culture. Water is life, physical, emotional and spiritual. It should not be considered merely as an economic resource. Sharing water is an ethical imperative and expression of human solidarity. The intimate relationship between water and people should be explicitly taken into account in all decision-making processes. Cultural diversity, developed during the millennia by human societies, constitutes a treasure of sustainable practices and innovative approaches. Indigenous knowledge holders should be full partners with scientists to find solutions for water-related and human settlement issues. Education is necessary to learn about the sacredness of water as the inclusion of Indigenous and traditional laws are needed to 'protect water for the future generations of all plants and animals.' Statement presented by Tom Goldtooth, representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network. ien@igc.org

Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide

By Dr. Andrea Smith, Foreword by Winona Laduke
Smith highlights the connections between various forms of violence, perpetrated by the state and by society, and documents their impact on Native women. Smith's examination begins with the impact of the abuse endured at boarding schools from the 1880s to the 1980s. She connects these roots of violence to other forms of violence manifested in white appropriation of Native culture, environmental racism, and population control. Importantly, she includes radical and innovative strategies for eliminating gendered violence. Dr. Andrea Smith (Cherokee) is an assistant professor of Native American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the largest grassroots, multiracial feminist organization in the U.S. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in History of Consciousness.