May 2014 Turtle Island: Voices Rising Archives

12-3am: Turtle Island Voices Rising

Hosted by Charlie Thayer of KFAI’s Homegrown Hip-Hop Radio, presenting an eclectic array of Indigenous Music

5-6am: Idle No More Indigenous Report

Hosted by Patricia Shepard. Idle No More discusses treaties, environmental issues and an array of different topics which are related to local and international news involving Native and First Nations in the United States and Canada.

6-7am: Aabitoose - Inter-Generational Activism

Winona LaDuke speaks with elders Faith Spotted Eagle and Tantoo Cardinal and with youth Bridgette DePape and Winona Vizenor. Faith Spotted Eagle works for the Braveheart Society, and has been busy burying her ancestors who have been rising from the Missouri River for the past 15 year. Spotted Eagle has been working with the Yankton Lakota Nation to assert treaty rights, along with federal law to shut down the Missouri River for ceremonial purposes.

LaDuke also visits with Winona Vizenor, a recent graduate from Minneapolis South High and advocate for the All Nations program, which is designed to connect American Indian students with their traditional cultures. South High discriminated against All Nations program by preventing them from drumming or smudging within the school. Winona Vizenor worked with students to plan a walk-out with All Nations students to demand respect after a race riot broke out between Ameircan Indian and Somali students. Vizenor and the students were successful in their efforts, and All Nations students got their rights back.

Bridgette DePape is a young woman Winona LaDuke met on the Tar Sands Healing Walk and former paige for the Canadian Parliament, who interrupted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Throne Speech with a sign that said “STOP HARPER.” The tar sands are the largest industrial project in human history, and are centered in Ft. McMurray, Alberta. Cree and Metis actor Tantoo Cardinal grew up in Ft. McMurray, and can’t even return home because of the environmental destruction. Cardinal talks about growing up with tar sands development in the 1960s, when oil workers began to arrive and immediately began to destroy sacred places, medicines, and cultural resources. Despite tar sands developments, the connection between generations past, present, and future is strengthening and Red Nations people are uniting to defend Mother Earth.

7-8am: Cowboys & Indians - Music Inspired By The Keystone Pipeline

Hosted by Laura Waterman Wittstock. Comments about the Keystone pipeline will be interspersed with Pow Wow and Country music: honor song and old time pow wow music along with older country and western tunes popular with cowboys and Indians.

8-9am: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Hosted by John Kane of “Let’s Talk Native…With John Kane” out of WWKB-Amherst, NY. The 13th Session of the UNPFII met from May 12 – 23 in New York City. As a columnist for the Two Row Times newspaper, Kane was able to get UN accreditation as a media rep to attend this otherwise non-public event. This program will speak about the significant accomplishments or lack of them from this UN event.

9-11am: Wicoie Nandagikendan and MN's First Languages

Hosted by Jewell Arcoren. This program will feature the work of Wicoie Nandagikendan, we would like to do some interviews of folks who are working in the field of Dakota and Ojibwe revitalization as well to get their perspective on the state of MN’s first languages and possibly look at some strategies for continuing to grow and revitalize Dakota & Ojibwe languages. Featuring Sisokaduta Joe Bendickson, Katie Jo Bendickson, Brenda Cisneros, Hope Flanagan, Darren Cobenais, LaVon Lee, Melissa Boyd, Jean Taylor, and Jennifer Bendickson

11am-12pm: Women Are Sacred

Hosted by Rebecca McDonald. A panel discussion with the crew from the Women Are Sacred documentary, and excerpts from the film will be woven together featuring original musical compositions by Marisa Carr, from the Women Are Sacred soundtrack.

Panelists Nancy Smith, Marisa Carr, Rebecca McDonald and Ashley Fairbanks will discuss the making of the documentary Women Are Sacred, and address the following topics: Representations of American Indian women in the media, the importance of Native American women as storytellers, sexual assault and domestic violence in Native Country, resources available to survivors and methods for healing.


The Manidoowaadiziwag Ikwewag (Women Are Sacred) documentary film is an education and training tool, developed from the work produced by the Minnesota Accessing Paths to Safety Project, or MAPS Project.

The film chronicles the first-hand stories of American Indian women survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse with disabilities from the White Earth Nation. Learn about their history and tradition, the impact of historical trauma and intergenerational grief, and the resources available for survivors on and around the reservation.

Dig deep into the everyday work of committed advocates and service providers at the MAPS pilot sites as they explore traditional methodologies, and best practices for providing culturally-appropriate crime victim and disability services.

Directed, produced, filmed and edited by Rebecca McDonald off bfreshproductions. Co-produced by Nancy Smith, design by Ashley Fairbanks, photography by Cheryl Vargas, and music by Marisa Carr.

12-1pm: Live From The Ave: Poets from SHORE STORY

Hosted by R. Vincent Moniz. An hour reading mixed with conversations with four Indigenous poets performing in the Emily Johnson curated reading SHORE. The poets will discuss aspects from their writing process as well the show they’ll be performing in at The Loft Literary Center.

1-2pm: Rosy Simas Danse: Traditions and Transitions

Hosted by Laura Waterman Wittstock. New dance work underway about Indian transition from the traditional world to the new ways – sometimes conquerable and sometimes confusing. Composer and other dancers will join Rosy.

2-3pm: Igniting the 8th Fire: Modern Day Warrior Experience & Responsibility

Hosted by Deanna Standing Cloud. Native youth have a tremendous responsibility to carry their culture into the future. During our discussion, we will explore the legacy of colonization and how it has affected the well being of our families and communities. The multitude of issues in our communities all are connected to the 7 Fires Prophecy of the Anishinaabe people. Some of our youth do not understand how precious and powerful they truly are. I’m hoping with this discussion composed of myself, Charlie Thayer (another community leader), a respected elder and a Native youth will inspire our young people to wake up to the fact that they are tremendously important and they have a responsibility to ignite the 8th fire.

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