Debra Utacia Krol returns to “First Voices Radio” for the full hour. Debra is an award-winning Indigenous affairs reporter at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She is a citizen of the Xolon SalinanTribe. Debra’s current coverage area — which is supported by the Catena Foundation and the Water Funder Initiative — is the intersection of climate, culture and commerce. Debra has more than two decades of expertise in reporting on Native issues for publications large and small, with an emphasis on environmental and science issues, and has been a contributor to two books on Native traditions. Debra has been doing excellent reporting on the issue of Indigenous peoples’ water rights in Arizona. In the first half of the show, she and Tiokasin will be discussing her recent investigative report in The Arizona Republic: “Arizona loses more of its Colorado River water allocation under new drought plan” (Aug. 16, updated Aug. 19, 2022). In the second half, they will discuss another of Debra’s recent investigative articles for The Arizona Republic: “Poachers cash in on sage craze, imperiling the plant’s survival for Native cultural needs” (Aug. 28, updated Sept. 1, 2022). Read the articles here:;

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Music selection

1. Song Title: Tahi Roots Mix (First Voices Radio Theme Song); Artist: Moana and the Moa Hunters; Album: Tahi (1993); Label: Southside Records (Australia and New Zealand) (00:00:22)

2. Song Title: It Feels Like Summer; Artist: Childish Gambino; Album: Summer Pack (2018); Label: Wolf+Rothstein/Liberator Music (00:26:32)

3. Song Title: By the River Side; Artist: Matthew O’Neil; Album: Songs of Connection (2022); Label: Underwater Panther Coalition (00:42:04)

4. Song Title: What About Me; Artist: Quicksilver Messenger Service; Album: What About Me (1970); Label: Capitol Records (00:47:17)

5. Song Title: Circles; Artist: Post Malone; Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019); Label: Republic Records (00:54:34)