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Debra Uta­cia Krol, a cit­i­zen of the Xolon Sali­nan Tribe, is an Indige­nous affairs reporter at the Ari­zona Repub­lic. Her cur­rent cov­er­age area, which is sup­port­ed by the Cate­na Foun­da­tion and the Water Fun­der Ini­tia­tive, is the inter­sec­tion of cli­mate, cul­ture and com­merce. Debra has more than two decades of exper­tise in report­ing on Native issues for pub­li­ca­tions large and small, with an empha­sis on envi­ron­men­tal and sci­ence issues, and has been a con­trib­u­tor to two books on Native tra­di­tions. The focus of Debra’s talk with Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse will be her July 26, 2020 Ari­zona Repub­lic arti­cle, “ Being very frank about our his­to­ry’: As Sier­ra Club acknowl­edges racist past, Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties look for reck­on­ing.” https://​bit​.ly/​2​E​MWQxJ. If time allows, Tiokasin and Debra will dis­cuss anoth­er issue that she has been close­ly mon­i­tor­ing: the pro­posed devel­op­ment of two hydro-elec­tric dams on or close to the con­flu­ence of the Col­orado and Lit­tle Col­orado Rivers near the Grand Canyon.

In the sec­ond half-hour, Co-Host Anne Keala Kel­ly (Kana­ka Maoli) catch­es up with Strong­Hearts Native Helpline Direc­tor Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippe­wa Indi­ans). On Mon­day, August 3, Strong­Hearts Native Helpline launched Sex­u­al Vio­lence Advo­ca­cy, adding this to the orga­ni­za­tions domes­tic vio­lence and dat­ing vio­lence ser­vices. Strong­Hearts advo­cates are now pre­pared to han­dle the dev­as­tat­ing impacts of sex­u­al vio­lence in Indi­an Coun­try. They will pro­vide peer to peer sup­port, cri­sis inter­ven­tion, assis­tance with safe­ty plan­ning, edu­ca­tion and refer­rals to Native-cen­tered resources. The dispir­it­ing truth is that when com­pared to oth­er races in the Unit­ed States, Native Amer­i­can women are twice as like­ly to expe­ri­ence sex­u­al assault or rape and most like­ly at the hands of a non-Native. Its an exten­sion of abuse that began with Euro­pean con­tact and has con­tin­ued to this day, adding up to more than 500 years of vio­lence against the Indige­nous peo­ples of Tur­tle Island. This con­tin­ued tool of col­o­niza­tion rep­re­sents a lack of respect for Native peo­ples and is an assault on human­i­ty and Moth­er Earth. www​.strong​heartshelpline​.org.