Matt Remle (Hunkpapa Lakota). Matt lives in Duwamish Territory — Seattle, Washington — with his family. He is the editor and writer for Last Real Indians and works for the Office of Native Education for the Marysville School District. Matt is the co-founder of the group Mazaska Talks which focuses on global divestment from banks and corporations that negatively impact social welfare and the environment. He is the author of Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution, Seattle’s resolution calling on Congress to engage in reconciliation with Tribes over the Boarding School Era policies, Seattle’s resolution to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, and Seattle’s ordinance to divest from Wells Fargo. He’s currently serving on the City of Seattle’s stakeholders committee to establish a public bank and served on Seattle’s Green New Deal Steering Committee. In 2014, Matt was awarded Seattle’s Individual Human Rights Leader award. In 2017, he was awarded the National Indian Education Association’s Educator of the Year, the Billy Frank Jr. Natural Resource Protection Award, and was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential People. In 2020, Matt was named by the Seattle Times as one of the “top ten most influential people to watch for in the next decade.” Matt serves on the Steering Committee of Stop the Money Pipeline, a network of more than 130 organizations and tens of thousands of everyday people who are working to hold the financial sector accountable for its role in the climate crisis. stopthemoneypipeline.com
In the second half of the show, Tiokasin catches up with Max Wilbert. Max is a writer, organizer and wilderness guide, and has been part of grassroots political work for nearly 20 years. He is an author and his essays have been published many places, including CounterPunch and Dissident Voice. Max’s latest book is “Bright Green Lies: How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It.” In January of 2021, Max Wilbert and Will Falk launched an occupation of a proposed lithium mine at Thacker Pass in northern Nevada. Max appears regularly on First Voices Radio to give updates on what’s happening at Thacker Pass and what we can do to support the peoples’ efforts. To keep up with the news about Thacker Pass, check out the website at protectthackerpass.org and Protect Thacker Pass on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.