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First Voices Indigenous Radio

In the first half of this repeat edi­tion of First Voic­es Radio, Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse talks with Crys­tal Echo Hawk (Pawnee). Crys­tal is Founder, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Echo Hawk Con­sult­ing. Crys­tal and Echo Hawk Con­sult­ing were the orig­i­nal design­ers and co-project thought lead­ers of the Reclaim­ing Native Truth Project.The Reclaim­ing Native Truth Project, which was com­plet­ed in June 2018, con­duct­ed unprece­dent­ed pub­lic opin­ion research, mes­sage test­ing and mul­ti-sec­tor orga­niz­ing to inform the devel­op­ment of strate­gies to tack­le mis­con­cep­tions, stereo­types, and the invis­i­bil­i­ty of Native peo­ples with­in pop­u­lar cul­ture, media, insti­tu­tions and soci­ety. The report includes ground­break­ing research find­ings, mes­sage guides and nar­ra­tive change strate­gies that have been met with over­whelm­ing excite­ment and praise regard­ing the pos­i­tive impact this body of work can have for Native peo­ples. Crys­tal also found­ed Illu­mi­Na­tive, in part­ner­ship with well-known and respect­ed Native artists, activists, thought lead­ers and allies in pop cul­ture and enter­tain­ment. Illu­mi­Na­tives mis­sion is to cre­ate a nar­ra­tive shift in pop cul­ture about, by and for Native peo­ples. The sec­ond half of the show is devot­ed to com­men­tary from Tiokasin. He explores the ques­tion: What does it mean to be Indigenous?