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In the first half-hour of this spe­cial REPEAT EDI­TION, Ger­ald (Jer­ry) Hill is an enrolled mem­ber of the Onei­da Nation in Wis­con­sin. He is Pres­i­dent of the Indige­nous Lan­guage Insti­tute in San­ta Fe, New Mex­i­co, and has been a mem­ber of the Indige­nous Lan­guage Board of Direc­tors since 1997. A sec­ond lan­guage speak­er of Onei­da, Jer­ry has years of expe­ri­ence in the field of Native lan­guage revi­tal­iza­tion. Jer­ry is an elect­ed Chief Appel­late Judge of the Onei­da Nation. He has a bach­e­lors degree in Lin­guis­tics from Cal­i­for­nia State, North­ridge and a JD from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis. Jer­ry talk about the state of Native lan­guages today and also the ILIs 9th annu­al sym­po­sium, Symposium:Understanding Inter­gen­er­a­tional Trau­ma: The Heal­ing Pow­er of Lan­guage, which took place in Octo­ber 2224, 2018 in San­ta Fe, New Mexico.

Adri­an Suther­land, front­man of the Cree roots-rock band Mid­night Shine, is the guest in the sec­ond half-hour. Mid­night Shine came togeth­er by chance and they stayed togeth­er for a shot. When Adri­an Suther­land, who is from Canadas iso­lat­ed Cree com­mu­ni­ty of Attawapiskat, was offered the open­ing spot for the rock band, Troop­er, in Tim­mins, Ontario, he reeled in three oth­er musi­cians from his north­ern region to form Mid­night Shine. Their inten­tion was to make the most of this one-off per­for­mance. Eight years, three albums, sev­en Top 10 Indige­nous Music Count­down radio sin­gles, and 200-plus media sto­ries lat­er ” you could say they have. Turn­ing heads with a sound that seam­less­ly mix­es roots, clas­sic and mod­ern rock with touch­es of Mushkegowuk Cree, Mid­night Shine is push­ing musi­cal bound­aries and bold­ly tak­ing new strides, while stay­ing true to who they are and where they come from. Shar­ing a glimpse through songs of what life is like in the far North, Mid­night Shine is a must-hear band youll take a real shine to. The seg­ment includes songs from two of the bands CDs: Sis­ter Love from High Road (2018); Heart of Gold (cov­er) from High Road and North­ern Man from North­ern Man (2014). Heart of Gold was released as a music video in Jan­u­ary 2019 and to date is approach­ing 200K views on YouTube.