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Apache Stronghold files appeal as Oak Flat land swap scheduled to take place in March
"This is national native news. I'm antonio gonzalez a prosecutor in northern california's going after five indigenous activists who toppled the statue of sarah last year in protest of the catholic mission systems. Founder they all face. Felony charges but community groups are calling for the charges to be dropped christina honest reports. They're called the indigenous peoples day five. The group of indigenous women and two spirit activists are charged with felony vandalism toppling. A statue of unique perot sarah on indigenous peoples day. Twenty twenty right out front of the mission san rafael in marin county california carina gold is leader of the confederated villages of luzon aloni one of the tribes and slaved into the mission system. Unique perot sarah founded. She's calling for the charges to be dropped. Our tribal people have been the objects of genocide here in california by the catholic church since the inception of california the hippo sarah. The statue that was taken down in october is a A symbol to california native people and to many other indigenous people about the genocide that happened on our lands when the catholic church. I came here despite the catholic churches history of genocide against native americans. Some of its members demanded. Marin county's district attorney at a hate crimes charge against the activists but more than fifty community groups and seventy five thousand petition signatories are demanding. The charges be dropped. Noting the nationwide reckoning with symbols of oppression. I'm christina honest reporting from san rafael california for national native news. A nonprofit advocating for the protection of oak flat. A sacred site in arizona is appealing a federal judges decision to not temporarily blocked the project that will turn the land into a copper mine and gibson from arizona. Public media has more than nonprofit apache stronghold is one of a few groups that sued to stop a congressionally mandated. Land swap of us forest service land which includes oak flat to resolution copper. A subsidiary of international copper company's attorney. Luca goodrich is representing apache stronghold in the appeal. He says the federal government plans to transfer the land on march. Eleventh of the government has actually destroying a centuries-old sacred site and making their religious practices. They're impossible and so. This is actually really an easy case. When it comes to finding a substantial burden on religious exercise their challenging the judge's order that said the land swap wouldn't be a substantial burden on the apache people's religious practice among other things. Goodrich says he expects the courts rule before the march deadline for national native news. I'm emma gibson. The national congress of american indians winter session kicks off this week. Which is being held virtually. Ncaa president fon sharp delivers the state of indian nations address. Monday tribal leaders throughout the week. We'll interact with federal officials white house representatives and us lawmakers tribal leaders are laying out priorities for the air and developing plans to work with the biden administration and congress cove in nineteen and the confirmation hearing for pollen for interior secretary are among top agenda items the likud ray-ban defoe gibb way in wisconsin is holding mass covid nineteen vaccination events planned for the next seven wins days the tribes clinic vaccinated more than two hundred community members at its first event last week. The vaccines are open to eligible tribal members. Eighteen years old andover. I'm antonio
From ballet dancer to zombie slayer: Cree actor Michael Greyeyes on his prolific career
"You may have seen my guest today on the small screen and big screens or on the stage. Michael is is a man of many talents. He's a classically trained ballet dancer. Choreographer director playwright and renowned actor over his three decade. Long career michael has appeared in some of the most beloved first nation films like dance me outside and smoke signals. He has taken on challenging roles. Playing indigenous leaders like sitting bull wandering spirit to come see and crazy horse more recently. He's taken the small screen by storm appearing on hit tv shows like fear the walking dead true detective and the soon to be released nbc. Comedy rutherford falls. Michael is net. Oh and a member of the musket lake cremation in sketch. Juan and he joins me now from los angeles. Welcome to the show. Michael falen thank you so much for the invitation. Oh it's so great to have you here so you're in los angeles right now But i wanna go back a bit. Can you tell me about where you grew up. I'm from treaty. Six territory in saskatchewan My mom and dad are from reserves in the middle of saskatchewan. My dad's from moscow. And my mom is from sweet grass and my sister and my family. We lived in a couple of places where in the capelle valley. Of course lebron and then we moved to saskatoon and saskatoon was where i spent my boyhood until i was plucked plucked from the prairies at the age of ten years old to attend canada's national ballet school in toronto and my family and i we moved from treaty six territory to To dish with one spoon territory. So i could pursue dance as as a career potential career and so i wanna talk about your dancing a bit but first i want to know what was it. Like growing up on the prairies. What do you remember What do you remember about growing up on the prairies. So many beautiful things. Obviously that's home. That's that's that's my home. That's where i know about my family. My a my early years. I remember the sunlight of remember the sky. I remember my cousins and all my relatives. And i remember playing just riding my bike with my banana seat all over town. They need to make banana seats again. They're very comfortable. they do they do in los angeles. There's a whole like bike culture. We're fleeing be tricked out bike's banana seats. So you're known primarily as an actor now but as you mentioned you know you got into the entertainment industry in a different way. You started as a dancer as a ballet dancer. So how does a kid growing up in saskatoon and up in the ballet well by accident entirely by axes we were living in saskatoon and my mom was a teacher at the school for the deaf. A very famous School for deaf children in saskatoon and my sister. And i were doing you know little kid things. I was playing hockey of course and my sister was taking dance lessons so mumbai. I we used to week for my sister in the car and i was you know five six years old so i was like a super board super easily so it was like she died. She'd done and i would go up and check on her. I remember the classes at the university of scotch one and it was kind of like this wile experiences little kid i walk in. I'd look for her and then she be dancing with these little girls. In one day. I decided to really kinda pay attention to what they were doing. And i and then. I blurted got ceesay. Teacher overheard me. She said well. Do you think it's easy. Why don't you come on back next week. So i said A will and i told my mom all week. I'm going to dance next week. And she of course you know. I apparently said lots of crazy things as as a boy but as the days got closer. She was like okay he. He's repeating it. He's he's he's he's insistent about this. Why do you think you're going to death sex because the teacher invited me so with my mom and my mom used me. I'm so so sorry. Michael thinks that you've invited him. Smith usually oh yeah yeah yeah come on in. And that's how. It started precocious boy pushing his way into a dance class that he hadn't signed up for.
Alaska tribes await word from FCC about broadband licenses
"This is national native news. Tony gonzales alaska. Tribes are awaiting word on scores of wireless broadband licenses by the federal communications commission. It's part of a push to improve internet access and underserved communities a startup called alaska. Tribal spectrum received a one hundred thousand dollar grant to register as many alaska tribes during the final months of last year's application period gym berlin. Heads the keybase nonprofit which has signed up nearly seventy tribes mcnally commission were set up to create a recreated website in an application process to make it very very simple to join the consortium application and get as many as many tribes to grab a hold of for free asset before before the window closed any unclaimed licenses will go to auction to private carriers berlin says it was a big push to get rural tribes with poor internet to enroll on their website and the struggles. They had were told the craziest stories. You'd ever wanna hear trying to get their application in some of them. We ended up faxing in in in in to get an in Somehow to handwrite it. You know and do paper applications. I mean it was. It's so challenging. One of those tribes as douglas indian association near juneau kamal lint off says the trip was happy to get assistance. We had no clue. You know what this really was. And then no clue on how to how we manage it or even get started We had probably a couple of different places contact us and we kinda jumped on board with that one stinking. I was all we needed to do. Some of the applications overlap the douglas tribes applications for coverage in an area also claimed by central council of clinton haida indian tribes. Overlapping claims are being negotiated. Tribes will still have to pay for infrastructure. The cares act created a one billion dollar broadband fund tribes can apply for alaska. Tribal spectrum has applied separately for a federal community connect grant to bring broadband service to villages and the bristol bay region montana state lawmakers heard two bills wednesday seeking to establish indigenous peoples day in october yellowstone. Public radio's caitlyn. Nicholas has more senate bill. One forty six brought by senator. Shane mauricio a democrat from missoula would replace columbus day with indigenous peoples day. Senate bill ninety four sponsored by democrat. Susan weber from browning in northern montana would also establish indigenous peoples day but does not remove columbus day. More support was shown for the proposal to remove columbus day. Even the other bill sponsor said she preferred it. But many proponents including jordan thompson confederated salem in kootenai tribal member spoke on behalf of both bills are believed that the first bill we heard today was kind of like inviting everyone to the same backyard for a barbecue. This one's more like waving at each other with fence in between so we support it. But i'd much rather be at the barbecue. Proponents of the bills spoke to the importance of celebrating. What they called true. Us history acknowledging olive montana's citizens and the harm of celebrating christopher columbus whose acts of genocide and crimes against native. Americans are well documented. No one opposed either bill. During the hearing similar montana legislation failed in twenty seventeen and twenty nineteen. No executive action was taken on either bill for national news and report for america. I'm caitlyn nicholas the. Us senate committee on indian affairs holding. Its first meeting of the new congress thursday. The committee will elect new leaders. Senator bryan shots democrat from hawaii. As chairman and republican senator. Lisa murkowski from alaska as vice chair cove in nineteen relief healthcare education sacred site protection and a long list of other issues are among tribal priorities. I man tonia
Line 3 pipeline lawsuit fails, campaigners want Kansas City name change, and Dakota Access pipeline protests continue
"This is national native news. Tonia gonzales tribes and environmental organizations lost a legal battle to stop construction of the line. Three pipeline in northern minnesota. But their attorney says there are still some good options in the fight against the pipeline as melinda to whose reports monet naismith is a staff attorney with earthjustice. She is representing the red lake band of chippewas. The white earth band of ojibway the indigenous rights group honor the earth and the sierra club. In fighting the three hundred forty mile pipeline tributary third. The minnesota court of appeals rejected the request for a preliminary injunction to stop work on it and bridge. The canadian company building line three claims it is exempt from needing a new presidential permit to cross the us. Canadian border because the pipeline is considered a replacement project and it secured that permit decades ago. However naismith says it's an entirely new pipeline along an entirely new route so it really is a new project. In any case she said the us president can resend the permit at will like president biden. Just did for the keystone excel tar sands pipeline. A second option is to get the army corps of engineers to resend several permits. She argues the core granted illegally last november under the clean water act which allowed construction to start but the law is very clear that before issuing a permit under the clean water act and an evaluation under the national environmental policy act or niba that the army corps needed to look at the risk of spills from the pipeline and needed to look at how that risk of spills would affect local tribes and tribal resources and they did neither here in the line. Three earthjustice filed a lawsuit in federal district court in washington. Dc last december seeking to get the permits overturned naismith also filed for a preliminary injunction which would allow her clients to have their day in court. Melinda to who's national native news members of indigenous groups demonstrated outside the tampa bay. Buccaneers that stadium in florida sunday as football fans headed in for the super bowl. They held change the name signs calling on the visiting kansas city team to end. Its use of native names and is a leash. Norris with the group. Florida indigenous rights and equality says much of the day was spent educating the public about indigenous people. Rethought we have to at least go stand and educate and make a statement that it's not okay to objectify and dehumanize indigenous people of our land inc. we're building awareness for sure and It's i think it's just interaction at a time so we've had a couple of positive interactions and then some that are not so positive but i think at any any type of interaction is a step in the right direction to create a shift and as soon as you turn the light on and bring awareness to something People have to think about it even if they don't want to and they're mad about it they still have to think about it so i think for that. We are building awareness in harboring is an education to this area on this issue members from the group not in our honor based in the kansas city area traveled to tampa to join the demonstration. Planes were also rented which flu around tampa over the weekend. With change the name banners the standing rock youth council is hosting a run to call on president biden to shut down the dakota access pipeline young people from the standing rock and cheyenne river sioux nations. Plan to run to the site of the no dapple resistance counts for years ago in north dakota. The run to the cannonball river is scheduled to begin on tuesday. I'm antonio
A Conversation With Robert De Corah
"Today will hear the rest of robert decor is story. Robert his elder who grew up in the heart of chicago. We pick up where he left off shortly after he joined a game. So i had a friend and he said he's become an aristocrat and i thought oh nieces. Would you like to go with me. So i went with him and The accepted us. And i would become a gang member now during that time. You experience violence all growing up. I've been attacked with knives a number of times. One time somebody running at me and my friends running from me and had a knife news ready to plunge it in me and i jumped as high as i could get in the air. I mean high. And i kicked with all my katamon chest and the knife went flying and he just sat. There cursing me out than do anything. Well he was golden gloves news. Also a wrestler so a week later he challenged me and there we go again but during the gangs end up being forced into a fight. What happened is we're sitting on church steps all getting drunk and some guys Could you move down and stuff. Why i'm rapping to this girl. I said yeah. I moved down so the leader calls me over. Says what do you do. I mean the main wrapping twos girl. You're gonna take their tech wiping. He said madonna step. You don't take their. And i says well don't bother me. He says you either find him or you find me. Take your pick. I went over to him and i pushed him. He kicked me hit me. I went down. And i practice high not practice. Judo cry anything. My dad scientists say would go out because he's drinking a lot on the weekends he'd have billy club on he'd have brass snuck sam or he'd have a chain around his waist because in chicago somebody this walkup and hit you and so that happened and so fine. Lhasa hurt me inside. I'm going to hurt you. So i put him down and i thought of down here already hurt me. I'm going to hurt him. So i started stopping him. And i thought you're not going to get back up and so finally. The gang leader said timeout. He said get out of here within a month or two got into a gang war and During the gang war get shot a began in a dance club and there about Maybe forty of them and there was only maybe about eight of us. We were in an all ireland scandal lines three of our games together and that night our lines broke up and fight between one leader. Another person happened in the alley and later that night here comes about fifty of them so two volunteers said we're going to start to calling and we're going to go get the gun since so they went and got the guns. They didn't get back in time. There was only five of us. Young men there were two women and we're running five of us against and we get within a half a city block them and the gang leader on our side says breath the shotguns and we didn't have given with us they brought out there was boom. I feel myself getting sprayed. And when i heard that i was running so fast until my feet hit the ground i'd been running in mid air. I never could do that. The rest of my life tried that when you get shot trust me you can do things. You never thought you could.
03-01-21 Preparing for the next pandemic
"This is national native news. I'm making camera in. Frien- tony gonzales. Billboards have gone up in multiple states urging lawmakers to confirm representative deb holland's nomination as secretary of interior. The hill reports the global indigenous council and rocky mountain tribal leaders council. Put up the billboards in west virginia wyoming montana and south dakota. Those are the home states of senators. Joe manchin john. Barrosso steve daines and mike rounds respectively. Danes has been vocal opponents and said he will vote against holland's nomination mansion said he will vote for hollande global indigenous council president. Tom rogers said that billboard went up before the senator announced his support but rodgers noted that other lawmakers were not as courteous as mansion. And the billboards are designed to quote. Teach them teachable moment for history. The signs have images of holland and say the first people to receive this land the last to receive the vote and our first secretary of the interior support representative deb. Haaland barosso said of the billboards. That holland did not sufficiently answer questions during the hearing a spokesperson for daines said the senator quote respect the feedback from all montanes to schools in eugene oregon were recently bestowed towering hand carved totem poles by the school district for j. natives program. Kabc's brian bowl reports cova nineteen delayed delivery of the first poll north eugene high school by nearly a year there is a much smaller crowd than usual but there are no less appreciative school. Principal trinity way to honor our native students and community to honor the land on which school is built north eugene senior hilly night pipe and junior kief schick both the natives program. We're pleased to see the polls installed because we've worked so hard to get this thing up and we finally got it up. It feels good to know like when i graduate our legacy. We'll still be here. The second poll was installed at madison. Middle school. native staff say wants on campus schools are in session. There will be a larger ceremony for the totem poles for national native news. I'm brian bowl in california. Native americans are concerned. They're being undercounted in data on deaths from covid. Nineteen usa today reported indigenous leaders. There as elsewhere are seeing significant numbers of deaths in their communities data from the centers for disease control and prevention shows american indians and alaskan natives are the single group hardest hit by the pandemic. But there's a long standing problem in california and around the country of native. Americans being racially classified. The state has the largest number of american indians and alaskan natives. But they're often declared white latino or black on forms by hospital workers or they're listed as other in colorado native american advocates last week made the case at a legislative committee hearing to replace a statue with a memorial to the sand creek massacre colorado public radio reports. Protesters tore down a statue of a soldier that listed sand creek battle in eighteen sixty four. Us soldiers killed at least two hundred thirty cheyenne and arapaho people sand creek most of them women children and the elderly now a proposed bronze statue created by a sand creek. It could take its place. It depicts a cheyenne woman sitting with her left arm extended while holding an empty cradle boards signifying the loss of her child. Some lawmakers have not opposed the statue but have taken issue with putting it in such a prominent site but democratic state representative susana. Lontine told the denver channel. The location on the building's west steps is appropriate because troops returning from the massacre paraded body parts as trophies through the streets of denver and ended at that spot. The capital development committee plans discussion of location for a future meeting the committee. The governor's office must approve that location before the full legislature can vote on it for national native news and megan camera. National native news is produced by broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by aarp aarp creates an connects people to unique tools and programmes helps conserve personal resources and tackles issues that matter most to individuals families and communities more at aarp dot org. If you're a native american expanding or starting a business the indian loan guarantee and insurance program supports your lender so your lender can make the business loan you need info by emailing dc. I b. i a. dot gov the office of indian energy and economic development supports this program native voice one the native american radio network.
02-26-21 February in the news
"Welcome to native america calling from studio forty nine in albuquerque. I'm monica brain. We're getting a new look at the red planet. Thanks to the new mars. Perseverance rover today. We'll talk with the nabet engineer. Who worked on the project. Also a cherokee nation supreme court ruling made a major change to the constitution on tribal identity by removing the phrase by blood. It's a combination of a long fight by cherokee freedman and a new investigative series. Takes a look at how oil pipelines intersect with the interests of native nations as a regular news roundup. We'll be right back. This is national. Native news antonio gonzales. The south dakota state senate supports a resolution to open an inquiry on the soldiers who were awarded the medal of honor for their participation. In the genocide of around three hundred native americans richard two bulls reports. The wounded knee massacre occurred in eighteen ninety. After a group of mostly lakota. Women and children led by chief big foot. We're seeking refuge on the pine ridge reservation when they were deterred by the us seven calvary near wounded knee creek. They were stripped of their weapons and after a shot rang out. They were eventually gunned down twenty. Us soldiers were awarded the medal of honor. Native americans have opposes recognition including remmy. Bald eagle. A us army combat veteran. Who served in the middle east for me personally. As as as as a soldier as a as a combat veteran is to. It's two one it gives a little bit more legitimacy to my service it is. It is difficult for any native american to love this country. Because of what we've been through but we love this land so we stand up for it and we go to war for it is the spokesperson and enrolled member of the cheyenne river sioux tribe. He says this resolution is the first of many to honor those native americans who were massacred that fateful day and to restore the honor of the nation's highest valor united states. You know like i said earlier has united states prides itself on freedom and being united and liberty than honesty and integrity and awarding medals of honor for the massacre of women and children and babies is none of them. And i think it's a statement to not just the the people of the united states but the rest of the world that that we can step back and say we have wrong and we're gonna make steps to right that wrong because we have integrity. This resolution according to ball legal may take decades of persistence for it to ultimately happen. But it's a good first step in creating a path to healing and understanding each other's differences in rapid city. I'm richard bulls petition drive to keep a native american themed mascot for roseburg high school and organ is underway kale. Cc's brian bowl reports. In recent years oregon public schools ended their indian mascots unless a local tribe agreed to sponsor it which is what the cow creek band of qui- indians in roseburg indicated. Twenty seventeen with a three year revisitation term some roseburg alumni and families are working to keep the indians in an email to hail cc organizer. Sony provencal sell shall submit a petition ahead of the local school board meeting on wednesday. Saying the community identifies as indians and supporters. Admire the cow creek band but there have also been recent calls to end the indians with critics arguing. Neither the deal nor the mascot represents all native people are hsl alma. Random dozer who identifies as muskogee creek choctaw and cherokee says non-indians claiming the mascot honors native people doesn't sit well with her and others feedback farm for roseburg. Public schools has seen hundreds of responses for national native news. I'm brian bowl. The indian health service has surpassed its goal of administering four hundred thousand cove nineteen vaccine by the end of the month. I chess chief. Medical officer. Rear admiral michael tote credits reaching the goal with partnerships with ihs tribal and urban clinics across the country. The ihs has currently distributing pfizer and madonna. I'm antonio gone national. Native news is produced by kalani broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by the american indian college fund providing scholarships native students of every age for over thirty years applications for the upcoming school year accepted through may thirty first at college fund dot org support by the saskia chambers law firm championing tribal sovereignty and defending native american rights since nineteen seventy six with offices in washington. Dc new mexico. California and alaska native voice one the native american radio network. This
02-25-21 Deb Haalands road ahead
"From studio eight six nine minutes letter pueblo. I'm tara gate. Would republican senators had sharp questions about representative deb. Hollies record on gas and oil development democrats braised collins qualifications both sides acknowledged the historic opportunity for native woman to hit the us department of interior. She faces a vote to be confirmed by the full senate. Coming up. we'll go over the highlights from the hearings this week. We'll also take your calls. We go live right after national native news. This is national native news. Tonio gonzalez montana. Us senator steve daines opposing deb holland's nomination for interior secretary. He showed his disapproval during questioning at the two day. Confirmation hearing this week in washington holland has support from montana. Tribal leaders and native legislators yellowstone public radio caitlyn nicholas has more many tribal nations in montana. Most recently the crow nation support holland's confirmation while montana's republican senator. Steve daines has come out as one of holland's strongest opponents you support a ban. On fracking and no new pipelines. Senator president biden does not support a ban on. Fracking is my understanding and it would be his agenda that we would but do you personally. Support a ban on fracking and no new pipelines. Senator if i say if i am confirmed as secretary i would be serving at the pleasure of the president and it would be his that i would forward while senator danes questioned representative holland about critical minerals trapping semiautomatic weapon bands and grizzly bear management. He did not ask her about how she will handle oversight of interior programs that impact. Native americans. Such as the bureau of indian. Affairs isn't the role of cabinet secretary to advice the president on these important shoes. Not just follow him blindly senator the way i have always taken any position i've had is. I feel that. I'm part of a team and if i'm confirmed it's working with all of the other cabinet secretaries as well as with president biden senator. Dan said he will work. To block and defeat holland's nomination calling her a quote hardline ideologue with radical views out of touch with montana and the west end quote democratic senator. Jon tester says he will vote to confirm the congresswoman. I'm caitlyn nicholas. A group advocating for the protection of oak flat. A sacred site in arizona filed an emergency appeal this week. And it's pursued to overturn a federal judges decision to allow sites transfer to copper company emma gibson from arizona public media reports the emergency appeal is meant to speed up the legal process as march eleventh approaches. The day the federal government is expected to swap thousands of acres of federal land which includes oak flat for land owned by resolution copper. If the land transfer takes place the proposed coppermine would be one of the largest in the country transforming flat into a crater and severing apache religious practices. Their when they're nosy senior. The head of the nonprofit apache stronghold recalled the traumatic history of in his words imprisonment on reservations. He says the transfer is yet another way. The united states government is selling out the apache people last week. The nonprofit filed an appeal to the federal judges preliminary injunction ruling for national native news and gibson this week the cherokee nation supreme court ruled the language by blood is void and should be removed from cherokee nation law including the tribes constitution. The decision was in response to a case which determined friedman how full rights is turkey citizens based on a treaty from the eighteen hundreds cherokee nation principal chief chuck hoskin junior welcomed. The decision saying the cherokee nation is stronger when they move forward as citizens together and on equal basis under the law the cherokee nation has about eight thousand five hundred enrolled citizens of friedman descendants. Federal consultations are taking place thursday as part of the national congress of american indians virtual winter session. The department of agriculture is holding a meeting on food distribution programs on reservations and the bureau of indian affairs is taking comments on whether petitioners denied federal tribal recognition. Status should be able to resubmit another request. The consultations are being held on conference calls. I'm antonio gonzalez. National native news is produced by kohana broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support
02-24-21 Book of the Month: Even As We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
"Welcome to native america. Calling from studio eight six nine minutes led a pueblo. I'm tara gate. Would jerky author a net scenario. Clap saddle invite tweeted back to nineteen forty two and the time of world war two even as we breeze brings readers to grow park in in north carolina or foreign diplomats create a lot of intrigue for the authors main character who was cherokee and takes on a job as he groundskeeper at the in or hear more about the dynamic story line from the author today on february book of the month. We go live right after national native news. Stay tuned this is national native news. I mean antonio gonzalez native women elected officials are among those paying attention to the confirmation hearing of deb holland. For secretary of the interior christina has would kansas state representative resonates with holland and says it's important for native people to hold space and have a voice them for so long has pretty genocide and you know has chose corporate over the betterment of our land. It's really hard to see someone who's harry's our values and the dizziness value in a very important position on a historical position to bring the voices to the table often felt like our voices firi- holland often talks about her pueblo way of life and struggles she's faced as a single mother as a congresswoman from new mexico. Hollins been a strong advocate for indigenous and environmental issues. North dakota state representative ruth. Buffalo says if confirmed she believes holland will continue to advocate for native people. They see her going to the communities and listening. I i see her Being really down to earth People person and so. I know that she's gonna hit the ground running that she league's going to go to the community who are being impacted by different policies. Ecessary moment and she's going to go there and listen I that's what i see happening. Hall testified tuesday at our confirmation hearing which included being grilled by pro fossil fuel. Senators holland says as secretary. She'll push forward. President biden's agenda and work to find balance on energy and climate issues. Those types of conversations marijuana has would says she has with lawmakers in kansas and believes holland will listen to all sides. When i saw that your home. There's a lot of anger from you. Know the side. That really through evacuees fossil fuels. We need to move forward of continuing the conversation of constantly. Chicane one another in okay. How many you know. He's also variety is you know is really the best method of going or for our for our country. Buffalo agrees and says future generations must be kept in mind our hope that we can find common ground moving forward and that we can really put the health of the people at the forefront. I'm and also the health of our our soil In house of our our air in the health of our our water inside hope that we're thinking long term and not just fortunately holland's confirmation hearing in the senate and energy natural resources committee lasted more than two hours and was picked back up wednesday morning. The nation's first missing and murdered indigenous persons report issued by. Us attorney's office came out last week as kale c. c.'s. Brian bull reports. Comprehensive data is still an issue by state justice department standards. There are eleven missing. An eight murdered indigenous people connected to oregon but multiple sources of such data use different definitions which can create information gaps as part of a federal effort to streamline data and develop bonds with tribal communities the district of oregon. Us attorney's office will collaborate with the state's nine federally recognized tribes this year cedar wilkie gelatinous the missing and murdered indigenous person coordinator for the district. She says it's a milestone that our office released the report but also call for help and making up more thorough. This is what our data it looks like. We know it's an incomplete picture and we need help. In updating the data and knowing about
02-23-21 The State of Indian Nations
"Of american indians president fond sharp says the time has passed do for the federal government to fully fund its treaty entrust responsibilities. She demands congress enact. A twenty billion dollar covid nineteen relief package four needed nations. Those are some of the highlights of the twenty twenty one st of indian nations address today or here the full speech and the congressional response. That's coming up right. After national leader moves. This is national native news. I'm antonio gonzales deb. Haaland fouled to work hard for everyone lead the interior department ethically and work with members of congress if confirmed as secretary of the interior the new mexico congresswoman who's laguna and pueblo introduced herself in her native language gave a land acknowledgement and talked about her pueblo routes as she testified tuesday morning before the senate committee on energy and natural resources which is considering her nomination to be secretary holland made history becoming one of the first native american woman elected to congress and if confirmed would be the first native american cabinet secretary this historic nature of my confirmation is not lost on me but i will say it's not about me rather i hope this nomination would be an inspiration for americans moving forward together as one nation and creating opportunities for all of us hall and talked about her struggles as a single mother relating to the interior department's plan to recover from the pandemic manage and protect resources and acknowledge both climate challenges and the oil and gas industry holland has broad support from tribes national native organizations and environmental groups while she faces opposition from republicans concerned about resource development national congress of american indians. President font sharp says tribal nations are strong. Sharp delivered the ncaa. I state of indian nations address. Virtually monday she talks about covid. Nineteen hitting indian country hard taking lives impacting education the economy and now the need to recover. Our resolve is being tested by dire crises across multiple fronts but we are rising to the occasion undaunted drying on a strength fortitude wisdom and lived experience of our ancestors who overcame equally grave challenges in their time to prepare us to me the challenges of our time. The truth is we have been here many times before and we have always her severe sharp touched on climate change. Racial justice in the native vote playing a role in the twenty twenty general election. She called on the federal government to keep its treaty and trust responsibilities and to strengthen relationships with tribes sharp says indian country is encouraged by the biden administration for nominating a native american deb holland for interior secretary and president biden's recent memorandum directing federal agencies to consult with tribes. The state of indian nations is delivered annually by. Ncaa is president as tribal leaders from across the country. Meet to lay out priorities for the year and foreign plans to work with the federal government. The white house and congress as south dakota house committee is passing a bill that seeks to close the gap when a missing indigenous person has taken off the reservation. Tribes in the fbi are aware of the missing person but the state can be left out of the loop democratic representative. Perry poor air. Is oglala lakota. She wants to close the gap. The bill establishes the office of liaison for missing and murdered indigenous person. In the attorney. General's office that office would coordinate with the mini governmental jurisdictions. That exist in south dakota when a child or a woman or any missing person crosses off of the reservation. We have a seamless operation. Which happens in sometimes other crimes like fugitives But when it comes to missing and murdered indigenous women and children it's unseen and it's unheard says. There are currently seventy seven missing indigenous people from reservations in the state. I'm antonio gonzalez. National native news is produced by kohana broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by the sonata chambers law firm championing tribal sovereignty and defending native american rights since nineteen seventy six with offices in washington. Dc new mexico.
02-22-21 Maintaining harmony in the household
"Welcome to native america calling from studio eight six nine in his letter pueblo. I'm tara gatewood. The covid nineteen pandemic is many of us spending a lot. More time for kids parents siblings. Who needs younger school. Children in many college students may be studying at home and the adults in the house may also be working from home. Spending that much time under the same roof can lead to conflicts but there are some tricks to maintaining harmony. We'll hear about those can get your take two. That's coming up right after national native news. This is national native news. I'm antonio gonzalez a prosecutor in northern california's going after five indigenous activists who toppled the statue of sarah last year in protest of the catholic mission systems. Founder they all face. Felony charges but community groups are calling for the charges to be dropped christina honest reports. They're called the indigenous peoples day five. The group of indigenous women and two spirit activists are charged with felony vandalism toppling. A statue of unique perot sarah on indigenous peoples day. Twenty twenty right out front of the mission san rafael in marin county california carina gold is leader of the confederated villages of luzon aloni one of the tribes and slaved into the mission system. Unique perot sarah founded. She's calling for the charges to be dropped. Our tribal people have been the objects of genocide here in california by the catholic church since the inception of california the hippo sarah. The statue that was taken down in october is a A symbol to california native people and to many other indigenous people about the genocide that happened on our lands when the catholic church. I came here despite the catholic churches history of genocide against native americans. Some of its members demanded. Marin county's district attorney at a hate crimes charge against the activists but more than fifty community groups and seventy five thousand petition signatories are demanding. The charges be dropped. Noting the nationwide reckoning with symbols of oppression. I'm christina honest reporting from san rafael california for national native news. A nonprofit advocating for the protection of oak flat. A sacred site in arizona is appealing a federal judges decision to not temporarily blocked the project that will turn the land into a copper mine and gibson from arizona. Public media has more than nonprofit apache stronghold is one of a few groups that sued to stop a congressionally mandated. Land swap of us forest service land which includes oak flat to resolution copper. A subsidiary of international copper company's attorney. Luca goodrich is representing apache stronghold in the appeal. He says the federal government plans to transfer the land on march. Eleventh of the government has actually destroying a centuries-old sacred site and making their religious practices. They're impossible and so. This is actually really an easy case. When it comes to finding a substantial burden on religious exercise their challenging the judge's order that said the land swap wouldn't be a substantial burden on the apache people's religious practice among other things. Goodrich says he expects the courts rule before the march deadline for national native news. I'm emma gibson. The national congress of american indians winter session kicks off this week. Which is being held virtually. Ncaa president fon sharp delivers the state of indian nations address. Monday tribal leaders throughout the week. We'll interact with federal officials white house representatives and us lawmakers tribal leaders are laying out priorities for the air and developing plans to work with the biden administration and congress cove in nineteen and the confirmation hearing for pollen for interior secretary are among top agenda items the likud ray-ban defoe gibb way in wisconsin is holding mass covid nineteen vaccination events planned for the next seven wins days the tribes clinic vaccinated more than two hundred community members at its first event last week. The vaccines are open to eligible tribal members. Eighteen years old andover. I'm antonio gonzales. National native news is produced by kohana broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support
02-19-21 Indigenous films at the Sundance Film Festival
"This is national native news. Antonio gonzales hopi leaders are encouraged by a slight flattening of cova. Nineteen cases have follows a major fall and winter surge. That saw infections the reservation reach a high point arizona. Public radio's ryan hinds reports. Hopi health officials cautioned that the drop in cases is not yet sustained and still early but they credit fewer large gatherings in recent weeks after the holidays caused infections on. The reservation and elsewhere skyrocket for the decline. The tribe reported nearly seventy confirmed active cases as of tuesday and widespread transmission in all twelve villages. Hopi officials say the percent of positive tests a key indicator of virus spread his nearly twenty two percent more than four times. The national average in far higher than arizona's statewide positively the tribe says the rate has to be well below ten percent before leaders will consider lifting mandates and restrictions tribal officials say. They're making steady progress. Vaccinating both hopi and non hopi residents so far health workers have administered about five thousand shots in about a third have been second. Doses officials will receive six hundred more next week when they'll hold community vaccination events for national native news. I'm ryan hinds in flagstaff. Oklahoma tribes are providing assistance to tribal citizens after winter. Weather swept across the state this week. The kiowa tribe is offering firewood and rights to doctors appointments giving priority to elders the tribe also booked hotel rooms for those without heat or water. The choctaw nation declared a state of emergency to enact its emergency operation plan as the weather impacts travel water. He'd him food. The emergency management team as providing resources to tribal members. Federal assistance is being provided to oklahoma texas and other states impacted by winter weather which includes coordinating relief efforts with tribes a native business woman living in houston says growing up on the navajo reservation and arena where many people live daily without running water and electricity helped her deal with conditions in texas week as residents faced power outages drinking water shortages and freezing temperatures. A saiki statuary is founder and ceo of ashi beauty. She says she prepared days. Before the storm gathering supplies such as water and fuel for generators up the red. This is not really something new. Something i've always been taught to do different chaser light so out or water goes out so just for parents by household holes and you know help my in laws in prepared for to store growing up on the right is the inner product on the resignation but now who nation it truly is really helped me molded me and prepared for needs to survive off and on the reservation family and friends back home have been reaching out while neighbors in texas have been helping each other. Which reminds her of the way people showed support to the navajo nation last year. How can we help these people and just not loud though we were on the news everywhere. I've seen a hotspot of cove in nineteen invisible officer of like you know the whole world is praying for us and you know funding us apply to. It's so crazy. How roles change in how situation. You could be in a good situation and transit that situation. It's like it's it's scary but it's an eye opener that we as human beings all races. We need to come together more than anything and continue to pray and look out for one. Another texas officials. Thursday told the public. They're working around the clock to restore power to residents across the state. I'm antonio gonzalez National native news is produced by kawana broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by the center for indigenous cancer research at roswell park comprehensive cancer center dedicated to cancer research medicine and cancer care for indigenous population. The no charge online risk assessment tool is available at roswell park dot org slash. Assess me support for law and justice related programming provided by. Hobbs strauss dean and walker l. l. p. a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending tribal rights for more than thirty years. More information available at hans strauss dot com
02-18-21 Medical experts: dont lower guard on COVID-19
"Welcome to native america calling from studio eight six nine minutes but a pueblo. Unterrogation would new variants of the virus that causes covid. Nineteen have been found in the united states. Little talk with an expert from the centers for disease control and prevention about what we need to know about these virus mutations. Vaccinations continue but are going better in some places compared to others we'll find out why we'll also get updates on what's working and what isn't in native communities when it comes to fighting the pandemic we go live it after national native news. This is national native news. I an tonio gonzalez. The montana missing indigenous persons task force announced the fort. Belknap indian community became the last tribal police force. In the state to join a national network of criminal justice databases yellowstone public radio. Caitlyn nicholas reports. The police of the nakota in nations are the newest law enforcement team in montana to join the criminal justice information network also known as sejin. Brian frost missing. Persons specialist for the task. Force says season is basically a law enforcement pipeline connecting criminal justice databases from the state the federal bureau of investigation and other federal and state agencies. So when they want sensitive criminal justice law enforcement information or when we have an active missing person's case they used to call blaine county and lane county to perform those transactions for them. Now fort belknap will be able to do that on their own. They won't have a third party. So that's fantastic. Means the task force also reports missing persons cases are down nearly ten percent since january after many people were found alive and well there are one hundred sixty seven active missing persons cases in montana. Nearly thirty two percent of those missing are indigenous. Only about seven percent of montana's of american for national aid of news report for america. I'm caitlyn nicholas. Us lawmakers wednesday speaking to members of the native american contractors association during the group's annual two day conference held virtually pledged to work with indian country on economic prosperity cove nineteen relief and business development. Senator bryan shots of hawaii says he looks forward to working with tribes in his new role as chair of the senate committee on indian affairs. He says the next cove nineteen relief package has big investments tribes and says. There's likely bipartisan support and areas of tribal business and contracting. I'm hoping that this can be a relaunch of our partnership over the long run. And and i'm very much looking forward to what is to come. Congressman don young of alaska discussed his role as a ranking member on the house subcommittee for indigenous peoples. And we're going to do to work together to try to make sure that my alaskan native primarily to be frank with you and american indians or forty eight a can continue to go forward and be successful congresswoman depp holland whose biden's nominee for secretary of the interior. And a three minute prerecorded. Message spoke about tribal economic and business initiatives government government relationships and trust responsibilities. Thursday's agenda includes remarks from us. Lawmakers from montana nevada maine and illinois as the native organization sets priorities for the year and develops plans to work with the biden administration. A federal judge temporarily stopped the sale of a national archives building in seattle washington. Be as trip. Crouse has more at a written order filed tuesday morning. Us district court. Judge john kuhn our or to the eminent sales the national archives building and removal of immense archival collection in a news release washington. State's attorney general. Bob ferguson said quote. Today's legal victory blocks the federal government's unlawful plan to sell the archives and scattered the dna of our region thousands of miles away in quote in january. Two thousand twenty. A five person panel identified the archives building in seattle and eleven other facilities as excess properties in opportunities for the federal government to cut costs. The archives building houses a collection that includes historical documents and records for two hundred. Seventy two federally recognized tribes in alaska idaho oregon and washington. A sale of the building could move the archives records as far away as kansas city missouri and riverside california in january two thousand and twenty one washington state's attorney general and forty tribes states and community organizations filed a motion to block the sale of the building in anchorage trip. Krause and antonio gonzalez national native news is produced by cohen broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by
02-17-21 Navigating the pandemic with disabilities
"Being of the community reopening is expected friday afternoon but could change as officials consider whether and to energy conditions. The senate committee on energy and natural resources has scheduled a hearing to consider the nomination of deb. For secretary of the interior. The hearing will be held. Tuesday morning february. Twenty third in washington dc as a member of congress from new mexico holland at laguna and hayman's pueblo. Has been a strong advocate for native american and environmental issues. Tribal leaders in recent weeks have continued to voice. Support for holland hopeful. A native american will lead the interior department after a number of republican members of congress are opposing her nomination over concerns of resource development. Committee members will participate. In tuesday's hearing both in person and virtually it will be streamed online for the public and native woman running for mayor of seattle reflects on growing up in a small town. In alaska tim ellis with k. Uac has more choline echo. Hawk began her journey. Forty four years ago in the small town of delta junction alaska. Where she was raised echo. Hawk says growing up in a small town helped her appreciate the ties that bind a community. Together darren lot of dangerous that he and the little towns diversity. Like echo hawks father howard upon indian who came to town in the nineteen seventies to work for the trans alaska pipeline echo. Hawk says her father taught her and her seven sisters and brothers that they should be proud of their heritage and learn more about it every day. Insane alas you are upon. You are an echo hawk. And you could do anything. She gained an even greater appreciation of our identity. When a similarly multicultural family moved in next door the father of the family next door was fred judge on son of katie john. The renowned baskin whose decades long legal fight led to greater subsistence fishing rights for alaskan natives. Echo hawk says she was inspired by katie. john's determination to win the case. We have an incredible privilege of seeing her fighting for subsistence. We have the incredible privilege and honor for us to call her grandma katy after she graduated from high school in one thousand nine hundred ninety four echo hawk went to college earn degrees then travelled around the country and abroad before settling in seattle in two thousand and three there. She worked for the american indian heritage middle college before taking a job with the chief. Seattle club in organization that helps urban native people in need. She's now executive director. Echo hawk says the success of the seattle clubs program and her appreciation of communities big and small lead her last month to declare her candidacy for mayor of seattle. That was tim. Ellis reporting jasmine blackwater. Nygren navajo was sworn into the arizona. State legislature last week to replace a representative who resigned to join the biden administration ama- gibson from arizona. Public media has more blackwater. Nygren recently passed arizona's bar exam and she's worked within the navajo nation's legislative and judicial branches. She received her bachelor's degree from stanford and her law degree from arizona. State navajo nation president. Jonathan nez congratulated the new member of arizona state legislator and he said he always encourages young members of the nation to get an education then help their communities myron. Soci- is the other state representative for district seven which covers a large portion of the navajo nation for national native news. I'm emma gibson and demand tony gonzalez. National native news is produced by kohana broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support
02-16-21 Courts back Line 3 pipeline construction despite risks
"Welcome to native america calling from studio eight six nine in this a pueblo. I'm tara gatewood to recent court. Decisions cleared the way for building a more than one thousand mile. Oil pipeline across northern minnesota enbridge the company behind the line three pipeline project says it could have the project completed within nine months tribes and opposition groups. Continue to push back against the project and are turning up at construction sites coming up. We'll get an update on the issue. We go live right after national native news. This is national native news. Megan camera in for antonio gonzalez washington a bill banning the use of native american names symbols or images as mascots in public schools will now go before full state house of representatives after passing out of committee k. g. m. i. reports. The bill was introduced by representative deborah mechanic. The only native american member of the state legislature. She told the seattle times. She was inspired to introduce the legislation after the washington. Dc nfl team abandoned. Its name last. July under pressure from protesters and investors washington has been slow to change. Because it's local school districts have the power to determine their own mascots and team names mechanics said in a hearing on the bill that will mascot defenders has said. Some of the symbols are meant to honor native americans. They are still stereotypes. We hear laying sports language being called out. Kill the chief dance. he'll raise we do not feel in any way. The band would not apply to schools on tribal lands or schools with enrollment boundaries that include tribal land or schools in counties with a reservation or tribal trust land but the seattle times reports. Those schools would have to seek approval of the residing tribe. There are twenty nine federally recognized tribes in washington. A member of the tribal council of the fort yuma khachatryan indian tribe in southern arizona died in early february after contracting covid. Nineteen emma gibson from arizona public media reports. She had also served as the chief. Judge of the san manuel of mission indians. Tribal court claudette. See white died almost a month after being sworn into the council throughout her life white also served on the kitchen and san manuel tribal courts. Could sean president. Jordan de joaquin says judge way applied restorative justice by implementing tribal customs and traditions while in court stepping away from standard punishments. She also served a trial and appellate judge in a variety of tribal courts in arizona. Judge white was known for her expertise and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and the sandman manuel tribal government says. She helped travel youth. Educate communities and support those impacted by human trafficking for nationally of news and emma gibson. A new project will digitize thousands of histories of native americans in archives and universities. The doris duke. Check in announced. Its granting one point. Six million dollars to the association of tribal archives libraries and museums and seven universities for the native oral history revitalization project tucson dot com reports. The interviews were collected in the nineteen sixties and seventies and spent one hundred and fifty cultures. Subjects were asked to reflect on the experience of living on reservations and attending boarding schools. They were also asked about their knowledge of native traditions. Only about a quarter of the archive has been digitized. Far the foundation said the funds will also allow for expansion of the collections to include contemporary voices and develop related curriculum resources for students and visitors and in california a bill introduced by the first native american elected to the state legislature would replace a toppled statue of father who nipper sarah with a tribute to sacramento regional tribes. Writing and cal matters dot org assemblyman. James see romo's notes. He does not condone the vandalism last year. That took down the sarah statute in capital park. But he writes that it is quote long past time for a more accurate and complete telling of the mission periods impact on california native americans and sarah. His bill has sponsorship and support of six tribes in the sacramento area. It would repeal a statutory requirement that a monument to sarah be maintained on the capitol grounds. It would also require that a new capitol. Annex include a mural dedicated to the state's indigenous people in a hearing room the california globe reports the bill has garnered cosigners giving it a renewed push to pass by the summer for national native news. I'm megan cambric. National native news is produced by wanted broadcast corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by the american indian college fund providing
High Hopes for Haaland (ep 247)
"On this week's indigenous roundtable tie hopes for holland deb holland that is the congresswoman from mexico and citizen of the laguna pueblo. Could make history as the first indigenous person to ever serve as secretary of the interior for the united states. First things first though she still needs to be confirmed by the us senate although committee hearings have wrapped up as of this recording. Ah vote has yet to be held. But amidst all the excitement over her potential appointment some have struck a more cautious tone about what it may or may not make possible. That includes nick. Martin staff writer at the new republic and the author of the recent peace. Deb pollens assent in the complicated legacy of native representation in a moment. We'll hear why martin thinks even someone is capable as holland confronts an unfortunate truth that whenever needed people have occupied positions of great power within the colonial machine that either left embittered or transition themselves into an active participant in the grand american tradition treaty breaking and excuse making but just before we find out why martin feels the game of us. Politics is so rigged. We wanna take a minute to thank the people
Creating Culpability for Colonial Cosplay: Pt 2 (ep 246)
"All right. Let's rejoin the roundtable. Now already in progress. Where i am once again. Conversation with kim talbert social professor in the faculty of native studies at the university of alberta and kens call us associate professor in the institute for critical indigenous studies and the graduate school of journalism at. Ub war all right. Kim and candice. Thanks for coming back for this extended discussion about Jeez i the word zeitgeist comes to mind. But i know that's not quite right but basically What what did i say. We are meteorologists. Trying to take the temperature trying to understand what's going on with all these discussions around indigenous identity contentious claims to such identity and the part of universities which we really didn't actually get into but i'm sure we will in a as we talk about. You know solutions to these problems because universities are seen as sort of one of the greatest sources of allowing people to self identify as indigenous without any form of verification and validation or other types of confirmation but also on on the internet has been discussions around skin color. And you know alesia on quick baril in that episode of canada. Land that we've been talking about the one talking about the michelle latimer situation Do we call it. The michelle latimer affair kate. Sorry latimer But as part of that discussion Alesia talked about how indigenous people have differential access to the industry in part based on their proximity to whiteness and their ability to code. Switch as she said you know. Turn on and off your accent for example one fluency in english one's ability to just comfortably move from one language to the next and i just let me answer myself here because i'm what you would call depending on the time of year a fair skinned indian and you know these conversations have reminded me that That puts me in a certain position. Not one that. I chose but i would argue one that i benefit from. How could i not given a society that demonize is dark skin a variety of populations and punishes them and through all sorts of macro microaggressions. And i'm just thinking you know. It's a privilege to just go through life where you get followed around in the in the grocery store rick once once that i can remember and i was. Once summer i had long hair which probably gonna induce laughter. Because you know. I don't have much hair anymore but i want to see a picture over the it here media extra but in a sense you get the option to choose whether or not you identify as indigenous god. I can't imagine that now but not not not as a kid like now people. Just think i'm i think i'm puerto rican or something but as a kid. Yeah wow that's interesting. You know settler societies. Not in their face reminding them of the are that their indigenous conflicting issues. Here it's hard not to conflate them because in some ways they are conflicted but in a way you get to have your bank and needed to win when it's when it's convenient to researcher digital you do so when it's convenient to say i'm going to step away from this tense situation of you know racism because they don't see me as indigenous right this kind of stuff. This is what comes up. This is gets triggered and this is why people get very emotional about this when unhealthy. I did bring that up right. And so she was talking about the latimer case but also about her own case and she's obviously very connected person but she was talking about her own light skin privilege. I think yeah no. i mean. Four settler pheno typologies but on the other hand to deny right. That would be like you know saying well. I don't see color or races. A contract so therefore i don't think it exists Raise asian definitely exists. Yeah but of course no surprise when you're talking about skin color in a way you're talking about blood you're talking about jeans you're talking about mixing mixed blood Or half breed full. Bloods all this stuff. Right muggles right. And i don't want to pretend you know that there isn't a price to be paid for some and doors to be opened for others depending on whether your darker or lighter in terms of your skin color and and that's in part a function of genetics right. So this is. This is why i think for the outsiders for for for those with a casual interest in this stuff. It just gets really confusing. But the reason i bring it up is there was a discussion. A fairly passionate discussion on twitter about whether or not light skinned people are taking up more space than they're entitled to at the cost to opportunities that are designated for indigenous people in other words. this idea. That appearance based discrimination targets people differentially. So isn't it in a sense incumbent upon those of a lighter hue to step aside to step back and make space for those who are most targeted by skin based colonialism basically fair skinned people get treated better is that these and there was a back and forth about that and somebody said well if that to the extent that that is true than fair skinned people should stop hogging all the awards all the the grants all the access to opportunities implicit. That of course is they're taking a disproportionate share because they're more palatable less threatening to settler institutions who dole out all these opportunities. Yeah i think it's probably a mixed bag to though for people. Who because i you know as i've said we have. We have three different races in my family. Right and So we're all dakota though And so we definitely are very explicit and talking about how these the intersections of race play out with our tribal identity and but for people that do look white but that are connected and grew up in our family and community they ha. It's a mixed bag right there. The same hardships any of us had but yeah they go out in the world and they might get a job at a fancy upscale store that one of the brown or black members of our family might have a harder time. So it's yeah
Contemplating the Consequences of Colonial Cosplay (ep 245)
"And joining me back at the round table once again are in edmonton kim talbert socio professor in the faculty of native studies at the university of alberta kim. Hi rick and in vancouver candice collison so professor in the institute for critical studies and the graduate school of journalism at uvc candice hijack so once again we find ourselves poring over the pitfalls of self identification arguably directive contested claims to indigenous identity and Just kind of taking the temperature of what's going on because does seem to be a constellation of overlapping discussions events Conflicts and that all kind of tap into each other when it comes to identity how is established who has the right to contest it. Who has the right to confirm it. I then wanted to get into proposed solutions. Some of them propose tenuously. Some of them proposed quite forcefully and We'll we'll get into the different mechanisms and philosophies therefore there to Therein anyway. I'm not quite sure how to speak but before we go much further though I'd like to start in. What might seem like a strange way or or stranger than usual anyway by recommending people. If they haven't already too. I listen to a recent episode on this subject of hannah. The land this one featuring comedian and Thunder bay podcast host. Ryan mcmahon filmmaker aletha article baril and inuk seal. Hunter stephen lonsdale The latter two of whom were featured in a documentary called inconvenient indian directed by michelle latimer. Of course it is one of the films that was essentially Pulled from public viewing as a result of the controversy surrounding ms latimer and And it's funny. Because you know to be honest. I didn't necessarily want to tackle this topic to begin with a lot of mine fields. Although i also felt too that you know we covered it pretty well in previous discussions all of which were compiled into summer. Show about self indigenisation. But also because i just thought you know. Canada land had got to it first. And i don't want to be repetitive or redundant but you know you realize listening to their excellent conversation which was an hour long. There was so much to say even after an hour of incredible insights. And i thought. Why don't we build on those insights and look at other dimensions of this issue which there are many and there are many intersections as a result so to the listener. If you haven't heard that. Excellent episode of canada land episode three fifty nine entitled the convenient pretending. Pause this show right now and put that one in your ears and then come back. We'll wait we'll give you sick And your back. Wasn't it great so there you go. So we've all listened to it now including us and kim in kansas. I i sort of thought we might start since we push people to listen to the episode. What are the types of things that Their discussion the three folks prompted for you. Not just about the situation involving Ms latimer but the larger issues that were raised as a result. And what more would you have liked to have been discussed. Had they had more time in that we can discuss here on our roundtable. Kim i two things. Well i thought i of. I thought that canada land episode was excellent. I thought it was really. I really appreciated the enter. The stories that were internal to the in some of the somewhat inside circle in the industry. Yeah having been a little bit on the inside of another high profile case. I recognized a lot of the same dynamics and so that was very interesting. I think it was really good for people who have not been close to these kinds of situations before To hear that. I account by aletha arnold cook burrell very important to have her voice there. She was very heartfelt. She had a lot to say about how this went down for her personally. And some of the other Indigenous people in the industry and how community people and how they were affected. I very much recognized the tone of what she was saying. How things went down. It's very familiar in these cases so this is not. I don't think this is a unique situation at all. But she really gave the listener a sense of how painful this says. People don't bring this out because they're trying to especially people that are close to these people because they're trying to you. Know there's always these flippant kinds of. Oh you're jealous or this this is full painful. And it upsets a lot of people's lives because So that was. I think really important. And then the other thing is the host is jesse brown. Yes really had some great insights being a white guy. Think he's a white guy and had some really great insights into the difference between indigenous storytelling ethics and The maybe the right to tell stories explore identity. He really kind of highlighted a different ethic between what he called western culture and the kind of indigenous storytelling ethic or right to speak that Elite here was talking about so those were two of the really important things about the canada. Land episode yeah. I agree that It was interesting to hear jesse kind of reflect upon the ethics of the journalistic profession as it's been largely shaped by the dominant culture and try to juxtapose that against the ethic that Aletha was putting forth. Which is you know. There are some stories that are only hours to tell but also to just sort of saying you know. This is how i see the story or referencing. The fact that this is a story somebody told me or this is a story. Somebody told you know like sort of placing locating where the story's coming from and highlighting the fact that a story reflects the teller in some respects or in a lot of respects candace. How 'bout you were. Where did your mind go listening to this episode of canada land. Discussions with ryan mcmahon. Aletha article and stephen lonsdale. I like both of you. I was really impressed with the episode. I thought it dealt with a number of issues and brought things up that haven't really been discussed or covered by a lot of the journalism around it. And i guess the thing that really struck me by the end of it is that it's like an right you know we're sort of talking about a storyteller telling a certain kind of story and and who they're accountable to which i thought was really really profoundly discussed actually by alethia ernest All the way she talked about accountability and an even her being part of the episode. She did it because she felt she said. At the end she felt like ryan mcmahon being part of canada lance storytelling about thunder bay. Meant that there was greater accountability on the show right so indigenous journalists participating in mainstream media make it a different
Why medically-assisted dying is very much an Indigenous issue (ep 244)
"I'm record from winnipeg this media and digital episode to forty four on this week's program medically assisted death. It's a controversial subject to say the least precisely why. Any effort to legislate as proven just as contentious so it is in canada for laws have been challenged and critiqued. Both in and out of court has either too broad to narrow or even a mix of both depending on. Who's doing the talking and whom they're talking about and with the federal government poised to rico five medical assistance in dying or made there are those concerned the law's expansion of access to it do more harm than good that the gap between intent in outcome. We'll see those already. Put at risk placed into even greater peril. In a moment. we'll meet one such critic who in a recent editorial argued that proposed changes to the law. Risks the reince corruption of the canadian colonial logic of eugenics the beginning of that extended conversation. Just ahead but first some quick.
What does it mean to give land back to Indigenous communities?
"Today on the show land back to words that have become popular at rallies gatherings and protests across canada. But how easy is it to just give land back to indigenous communities turns out this very simple phrase opens up a lot more questions that clay that that creator used to construct our bodies. This is part of who we are. And i think that there's sort of naturalization that the land is already gone and there's nothing that can be done about it and we know that that's not true more and more people ask. How can i give back to indigenous people. What can i do to reciprocate. That's today on unreserved. One of the loudest and most frequent demands of indigenous people in the relationship with settlers is for the return of the land. That's a quote from land back. An in-depth report about the ongoing dispossession of indigenous lands in canada and indigenous. People are doing to get it back. Land was published by the yellow had institute. A first nation led think tank based at ryerson university in toronto hayden kings. The executive director of the yellow had institute. he's finished nabi from beausoleil first nation and he joins me now hayden. Welcome nice to be here. Nice to have you. So why did you want to write this report. You read the quote. It's very long. Demand by indigenous people may the loudest demand in a relationship with canadians has been for land restitution for honoring treaties for getting the land. Back in i think every generation or so this demand results in conflict. And i think that we could sort of see that coming. And we taking our direction from people on the ground on the blockade enforcing indigenous jurisdiction and really just taking direction from those folks and they were telling us that that we need some resources analysis some research to really help push the cases for Forgetting the land back. And when we're talking about colonization in canada do you think it ultimately is a conversation about land. Colonization has many facets wide reaching and affects every aspect of our lives as indigenous people. But i think you know you trace all the policy areas or all the areas of life in a relationship between canadians and indigenous people and they all sort of go back to the same place which is which is back to the theft of land dispossession of of indigenous people from the land. And all the sort of socio economic challenges that we see in contemporary canada. I think they all go back to that. And i know that there are some instances of of communities actually getting land back And you point to those in the report. Can you tell us a bit about that. There has been this concerted effort over the past century or two to shape a narrative that land dispossession is natural. That it sort of happened that at that is over now need to move on and figure out how you're going to live your life as a canadian with all the benefits that are afforded the canadians. And and i think that there's this sort of naturalization that the land is already gone And there's nothing that can be done about it and we know that that's not true. Historically we know that our ancestors fought for the land we know that people in our communities are fighting for the land. And so it's not a foregone conclusion in an integral part of the land back for us was to to really show that there are communities out there across the country that are actually asserting jurisdiction to the land and enforcing their jurisdiction. It's really important to talk about those cases into show other communities that know the narrative that candidates spinning land is gone. And you're never gonna get back is is wrong. It's false it's a lie. It's a myth and there are all these communities out there that are that are actually getting it back telling those stories or those stories. I think is important to show communities that they can do that. Too and there are alternatives to wet What candidate tells us as possible. Inland back the report. You right There is a stubborn insistence canada. The provinces and territories that they own the land. Can you tell us what you mean by that. There's this long history of canada and canadians sort of mythology ising the emergence of the country. I think there's this narrative that settlers came here and they met indigenous people and there was a for trade and treaties were made and everything everyone got along well and and out of those treaties indigenous people agreed to give the land canadians. And you know next thing you know. There's this this country in all these provinces in and and that's that but that's not the story that indigenous people know the story that indigenous people know as settlers coming and tricking indigenous people negotiating treaties. And then writing down versions. That weren't agreed to in in the text of those treaties and there hasn't really been an effort by canadians to grapple with this deceit. That was really the origin of the relationship and we have mountains of evidence weather. It's the record versions of oral negotiations of treaties or written versions of treaties. That were written at the time of of treaty negotiation that tell us that that indigenous people never accepted this this deal in so we have this country that that road is a constitution that empowered itself to expand westward empowered itself to create legislatures and courts in multiple entire legal systems without actually getting the permission or even a sheeting with indigenous people. And i think that that's a huge gap in canada's legitimacy legitimacy to claim that it's a that it's a sovereign state that has this exclusive authority over all this territory when when indigenous people still very much
Senator Cantwell talks about tribal broadband at confirmation hearing
"This is national native news antonio gonzales the biden administration says it's ordered a pause new oil and gas leasing on public lands does not apply to tribal nations the mountain west news bureaus savannah mar reports the administration issued the clarification after the chairman of the youth indian tribe called the initial. Moratorium direct attack on tribal sovereignty. Stephen fast tourists of the northern arapaho. Business council agreed that would impact all of our guests tribes. Pretty bad it would triple fast. Horror says those tribes rely on oil and gas revenue to pay for social services and unlike state and local governments. They don't have a tax base to back on. The issue is thornier for climate activists. Gold tooth with the nonprofit indigenous environmental network. It's nice to see them. Ministration recognized travel it is disheartening to the tribes. The use that to continue fossil fuel extraction moving forward gold tooth hopes to biden will support tribes in divesting from fossil fuel industry for national native news. I'm savannah mar this week. President biden signed a memorandum on tribal consultation. It directs all executive departments and agencies to engage a regular consultation with tribes agencies. Have ninety days to come up with a plan. Tribal leaders across the country are welcoming the memo in a statement principal chief of the cherokee nation. Chuck hoskin junior applauded. The action hoskins says meaningful consultation is vital to treble governments to have a seat at the table to shape policy and hold the federal government responsible. He says the memorandum is the first comprehensive white house affirmation of mandatory consultation with tribes since two thousand nine the tribal consultation follow directives laid out by the obama administration. President biden says he's committed to honoring tribal sovereignty and including tribal voices and policy and hopes to strengthen the government's relationship with tribes this week washington. Us senator. Maria cantwell address. President biden's nominee for us. Secretary of commerce rhode island governor gina raimondo and talked about tribal broadband. Steve jackson has more. Senator can't will introduce legislation last session. That would accelerate the deployment of broadband services to tribal communities by setting aside fcc and usda funds for deployment on tribal lands at the confirmation hearing for commerce secretary. Can't well made governor raimondo. Aware of the issue and the secretary will inherit a new program as part of the kobe. Bill the tribal broadband connectivity program. It two thousand nineteen report from. Fcc found that less than half of households in indian country have access to high speed broadband services a twenty percent gap from non tribal areas. And so i hope that we will be able to get good administration of that program. The cova pandemic has only increased the problem of limited broadband. Dude at more people working from home as well as distance learning for students for national native news. I'm steve jackson reporting from spokane alaskan native artist and illustrator. Michaela goad was honored by the american library association. This week with the randolph called toco metal. She said to be the first native american to win the award. A member of the central council of lincoln and haida indian tribes go was recognized for most distinguished american picture book for children. We are water protectors. The book written by carol lindstrom turtle mountain honors water protectors for fighting for indigenous rights and environmental justice. Awards were announced during the association's virtual midwinter gathering. I'm antonio
Washington State sues government, push for COVID vaccine uptake, and indigenous rights activist dies
"The national native news on tonia gonzales washington state attorney general bob ferguson announced. The state is suing the federal government to stop. Its plans to sell the national archives building in seattle the government which ship off digitize records to archive centers out of state as steve jackson reports. Tribal nations are among those that. Want the information to stay in the pacific northwest. Bob ferguson says. The plan violates current law. Because there's an exemption for buildings the archive being put up for sale if it's used for specific types of research in addition he says the federal government didn't consult with those who would be impacted by the closure that includes twenty nine native american tribes have signed onto the suit. Fawn sharp is the president of the chronology indian nation. She says native americans in the northwest are seeing a resurgence of language and culture and the archive is a vital source for information leading to a point of just having a basic understanding of this rich and baskets and if if this information were to ever leave the pacific northwest there would be a loss gnarly his tribal nation. It'd be lost entire at pacific northwest and put a price on a value of what those are. House at tribal nations ferguson says the suit seeks an injunction to stop the sale of the building. He hopes the case will receive an expedited hearing in federal court for national native news. I'm steve jackson reporting from spokane leaders and tribal communities are getting creative to encourage uptake of the cove. Nineteen vaccine the mountain west news bureaus savannah mar reports. The northern arapaho tribe has been hit hard by the pandemic and many tribal members are eager to be vaccinated. That's according to lisa. You're walking with the tribes medical clinic. However there are some that do have questions she says. Clinic staff have been fielding those questions via social media. And they've been getting help from arapahoe. Ceremonial elders like george moss. Who agreed to get the first shot in to have it. Broadcast live on facebook people. To have mr moss him so i can take the vaccine is speaks volumes tribes like the navajo nation had council members get vaccinated on camera. The black feet nation in montana is using the black veep language to counter misinformation and educate members about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for the mountain west news bureau. I'm savannah mar georgina. Lewis from alabama pueblo in new mexico intends to run for congress. The five term state democratic lawmaker and attorney is joining the race for the anticipated of the first congressional district currently held by deb holland holland. Who's a member of laguna pueblo has been picked by the biden harris team for secretary of the interior. If holland's confirmed the state would call for a special election wants the. Us house vacancy occurs with candidates nominated by major political parties in new mexico on her campaign website. Lewis says she's been a tireless champion for the earth people and future generations and would continue. The fight holland began holland. Strong advocate for native american issues environmental issues and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls rancher and indigenous rights advocate carry. Dan has died in nevada. At the age of eighty eight democracy now reports kerry and her late sister. Mary long fought the federal government over land rights and environmental issues. The western shoshoni sisters were committed to protecting their way of life and the rights of their people fighting for land back and land restoration from poisoning. Their legal and political battles began in the nineteen seventies and they spent their lives advocating for indigenous rights. I antonio
Celebrating The Class Of 2020
"Twenty twenty was a year of big changes for me as well. I took on hosting the show. It's almost been half a year and time has really flown. I remember when i found out that. I got the gig. I was buying pajamas. The official outfit and university of twenty twenty when the call came in and i yelled into my phone what And then there were a few other choice words I won't share here. I then went. And i grabbed a second pair of. Pj's a celebration gift to myself. And every time. I put on those. Pj's i think of that day it was a good moment. Another great moment was earlier. This season when i got a chance to speak with actor lorne cardinal who won the imaginative august schellenberg award of excellence. The award recognizes the work of an indigenous actor whose work celebrates the spirit and commitment that schellenberg showed over the course of his career. One of lawrence. Most recognizable roles is sergeant davis. Quinton from the hit. Tv show corner gas. I asked him if he thought taking on. The role of davis changed the course of his career. It did it did in the fact that just national recognition and from all all people they just know really like davis and the davis is basically my version of a pachinko clown. That's how i approached him. Was everything was exciting to him. Everything was new and fresh. That's where he gets so excited all the time because he's actually excited. He loves it totally. he's never halfway with anything. He's all in or nothing. And i mean what a gift to be able to play like a funny indigenous character right because frequently it is. It can be a lot of the same note. I think for seven dizziness actor so to be able to play you know a lovable clown and just live in that world of comedy for all of those seasons and still even now. Because you're doing the animated show right physical comedy. So i was able to bring those chops in as well with that innocent so i was throwing stuff in there and they were kind of like okay. Slow down there turbo easy. Then i can do okay. I'm like that if anyone gives me a prop it's all over. Couldn't find out what it does one of my favorite episodes of security cam. When i got to play with my keizer and i got the police. Shield is well. So how can they have fun with this dropping my hat and bend over and like getting myself into the throat with the police. Shield all the time and then trying to get into the car with the police. Shield while i'm into ended up seeing myself in guide to help me get out behind the wheel behind the glass in the driver's seat. When okay i'm getting phobic now you know it's one of the things. You're blessed with incredible writers. The comedy writers in canada working on that show so we didn't have to do any improvising or anything like that was all scripted and we stuck to the script and we made choices not to bring up the indigenous background of davis. He is what he is. The only time we did we did do. It was a great cup episode. Where davis leaves the tickets for the grey cup somewhere. And they're at the game and he can't find him and stuff in my partner tear. Is you know. Maybe they're in a glovebox. No because they're for gloves. They're not there and i said well i'm just go over there and get them off that person over there and then and tears go no. You can't do that you can't go scalped tickets. You can't do that and i go. Why because of macree man and she goes no. Because you're a cop and it's illegal in but in that scene original scripts said why. Because i'm a native man and so we had the discussion said i don't identify myself. As a native man i'm a crewman. So that's how davis would respond. I'm a man put. The writers wanted no no. We need a native. i said okay. So every take we did i said crewman producers. Come up to me. Say okay. Let's not just give them one so they have it. In the canon. The writers will be happy. Oh sure yeah okay. Let's do it again. I just would not budge on that. Because i know if i did it once they would use that one so i didn't give them any option and i explained. I said this is how i view myself is davis would view and so he doesn't say he's a native man he says he's creek like backwards heritage in one of the episodes. They wanted me to say the eskimo debate came up. And i said i'm not saying eskimo so again i had to defend my stand because i didn't want other people could say it but you know this is a derogatory remark to our brothers and sisters. So i'm not gonna. I'm not gonna say that. I'll say i'll say in you it.
"This is native america calling. I'm tara gatewood. Joining us live from my homeland of sheer doing via skype and people are often inspired to pursue veterinary medicine because of their love for animals but being a veterinarian is much more than just caring for adorable puppies and kittens. it involves years of schooling in the sciences. Today we're looking into what it's like being a native veterinarian. Some vets work with house. Pets like dogs. Cats birds bets also work with livestock. And they're also in an important part of reducing outta control cat in dog populations in and around native communities our guests on the show today. We'll tell you there's a need for more native veterinarians and technicians and we'll hear more from them about their passion to serve their native communities by working with animals. And you can join us to. Do you have questions about what it takes to become a veterinarian. Are there enough that veterinary clinics in your community. Tell us about it at one. Eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight. That's also one eight hundred nine nine native and right now we're going to start off in crown point new mexico. We have dr germain day. She is a director of the veterinary teaching hospital and the land grant program at the navajo technical university and she is today and is our pleasure to have her here. dr day. Welcome to native america calling and feel free to further. Introduce yourself good morning yet. And this is dr germain day. I would like to introduce myself in The net I am of the touch. Eat ni clan kiani buses. Chain a she does she say they. She doesn't let my pledge there. You said nausea that nasha so to translate that to english. I just said that my Clan is touchy knee. Which is the red running into the water. People claiming i am born and for the towering house clan. My grandfather's late grandfather's clan is salt people clan and my paternal Grandfather's clan is start of the ridge street people clan. I am from coyote canyon new mexico which is on the eastern side of the navajo nation and i Attended the colorado state university in fort collins. Colorado i graduated. I graduated from school in two thousand one. I've been in practice since two thousand one. So it's been about twenty years when i first Graduated vet school. I went into private practice Mixed animal practice where. I worked on small animals and large animals. In some exotics. I worked in the The gallup new mexico and the say benito area initially then moved on to Grants to a clinic and grants. Then i Did some relief work in georgia. Texas california before returning to new mexico worked in albuquerque For a little bit for a few years before i returned to the navajo nation. I started at navajo technical university in two thousand nine as the director of the veterinary teaching hospital and the land grant program. And i've been here ever since. Wow and there's been quite a journey to to those different places but what was it that drew you to this profession. Why did you want to pursue a veterinary career swell. So i as. I grew up on a a ranch. I was exposed to Large animals my family owned cattle horses. Sheep goats and I just enjoyed and enjoyed being around animals. I brody horses With my sister brother and cousins starting at the age of about three and Just spent a lot of time outdoors with animals then later as a preteen and teenager. I did some volunteer work at the local veterinary clinic in gallup and really enjoyed that work then as i moved into Graduated from high school and went on into college. I had a professor. That thought i should go to medical school but i realized at that point that i really wanted to go into veterinary medicine and
In Historic Move, Biden To Pick Native American Rep. Haaland As Interior Secretary
"President-elect biden sandy. Wanted his administration to reflect america and two of his nominees to lead his environmental agenda. Appear to support that promise. Michael regan would be the first black man to lead the environmental protection agency. If confirmed by the senate and new mexico congresswoman deb holland is biden's pick for the interior department. She would be the first native american to serve as a cabinet secretary. Npr's nathan rod reports hamas nomination is especially symbolic. The department of the interior is a massive agency responsible for about one fifth of all the land in the united states deals with natural resources and wildlife recreation and national parks. But it's also responsible for the relationship between the federal government and the people. Those lands were taken from or a number of scholars who have done really great work to show how the creation of national parks was predicated on the removal of native peoples katrina phillips as a history professor at macalester college in minnesota. And she's a member of the red cliff band of lake superior ojibway and she says it's fair to say that for most of its history. The interior department has been used as a tool to oppress indigenous people in the us which is why she says she still in shock that deb holland a member of the laguna pueblo. In new mexico has been nominated to lead it to harm someone who understands this history and indigenous sovereignty and land rights and treaty rights is. Just i mean. I'm just i'm so happy right now. It's just hard to believe that this nomination cam through a large coalition of native american tribes along with environmental groups progressive leaders pushed for holland to get the post now just because of the symbolism but because of her experience she's a two-term congresswoman who served on a committee with oversight of interior and she comes from new mexico a fossil fuel dependence state that is trying to transition to renewable energies in an interview with npr before her nomination holland made clear. She'd want the country as a whole to try to do the same. Climate changes the challenge of our lifetime and it's imperative that we invested an equitable renewable energy economy. President elect joe biden has said he wants the country to be carbon neutral by the year twenty fifty and his interior secretary holland would have a big role in shaping that future roughly one quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the us come from public lands. She also said she'd restore trust with the interior. Seventy thousand some employees prioritize conserving thirty percent of all us land and water and undo some of the damage that the trump administration has done to our environment. Native americans and other minorities are disproportionately affected by climate change and pollution in dallas goal to founder of the indigenous environmental network says it would be invaluable to have someone in charge of interior. Who understands that but he says the fight is not over. We're not stopping here. Like we celebrate this victory but we as a climate justice movement as an indigenous rights movement are going to continue to push the biden administration to to its promises and to do so in an equitable way nathan. Rot npr news.