January 2014 First Person Radio Archives

Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 as we look at the music and life of Floyd Red Crow Westerman. August 17, He died on December 13, 2007 in Los Angeles but lived a lifetime carrying the Indian world with him wherever he went. We will here a few comments from Floyd and we will play his music, familiar to most but ever new to those coming from new generations.


Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 as she talks with N. Bird Runningwater, Director of Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program. He oversees the Native Lab Fellowship which selects four projects annually in a national competition. Born of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples, Runningwater was reared on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. He has overseen the Native Lab of the Institute which has launched projects such as Four Sheets to the Wind, Sikumi, Miss Navajo, Shímásání, and Drunktown's Finest.

Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, January 12, 2014 as she talks with Heid Erdrich, the author of four poetry collections, including Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems, The Mother's Tongue, Fishing for Myth, and Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community . She has received awards from the Loft Literary Center, the Archibald Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, First People's Fund and she won a Minnesota Book Award for National Monuments in 2009.

Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 as she talks with Brian Frisina aka Raven Redbone, Metis/Italian. He is passionate about bringing awareness of Indigenous  issues to everyone and his show is his means of getting it done. “I would like to see all our human family come together, but it is important for those of who are not the original peoples to know what truly happened here on the planet we call home.