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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock as she talks with Harvey Winje about the history of the Phillips Neighborhood, KFAI’s neighbor and home to a large American Indian population. The area of the Phillips Neighborhood began as Indian land but as settlers moved in and Indian families were pushed out, Philips became a welcoming point for newly arriving immigrant families, which in the late 20th Century meant, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, other Asian and African groups.
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  • KFAI fondly remembers J. Otis Powell‽, poet, scholar, visionary and dear friend to many.

    Celebrate J. Otis Powell‽‘s life at a KFAI community gathering on Saturday, September 30th from 2-4pm at SPNN. Bring your stories, bring your poetry, bring your memories and spend time with a community of people who loved him.

    J. Otis will be honored posthumously at the 2017 Annual Sally Awards, held on Monday, October 16th. Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. Consider honoring J. Otis Powell for his Commitment to community by attending. Click here to reserve your spot!

    He was one of the founders of the Write On! Radio program and a frequent and consistently uplifting presence at KFAI both on and off the air. Since his untimely death on August 28th, J. Otis’s many friends have celebrated his contributions to our shared culture throughout the KFAI program schedule.

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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday August 23, 2017 at 1 pm for a lively discussion about American Indian politics and news with Shoshone journalist Mark Trahant. There is almost too much news streaming over the airwaves — a climate in which American Indian news can actually get drowned out. But, we have the Federal budget, local candidates getting ready for the next election season, and regional stories coming from tribal areas.
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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday August 9, 2017  at 1 pm as she talks with Mohawk radio and podcast host John Kane about the latest Indian Country news and what he is hearing in New York State. His 8/7 program on “Let’s Talk Native” has a big topic. Watch it on Facebook. "The politics of fear. It's finally beginning to wear thin but they are still trying threaten us and back us down with fear.
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  • A Minnesota Mosque has survived an attack by someone with an "improvised explosive device" F.B.I.

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  • FIRST PERSON RADIO starts the new schedule on Wednesday, August 2, 1017 at 1:00 p.m. My guest tomorrow is Professor Robert J. Miller, author of several books, most notably Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny, (2006 and paperback 2008) and (co-authored), Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies. He is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.
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  • The fight to defend civil liberties is ongoing and not every American agrees on just where those rights begin and end.

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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday July 26 at 9 am as she catches up on a previously planned program with Denise Nelson and Deanna Rae StandingCloud, with special guest Keith Secola. They will all be in the 4th Annual Owamni Falling Water Festival. this Saturday, July 29. The free family event celebration brings together indigineous culture with music, art, food, and exhibitor booths. Performers include Hoka Hey Drum Group, Bluedog, Frank Waln, and Keith Secola. 

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  • Minnesota’s 13th ward is by most measures a great neighborhood to live in.  Beautiful parks, wonderful shops and restaurants, good schools and friendly neighbors.  Bad stuff doesn’t happen here—until it does.

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