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First Voices Indigenous Radio

Dur­ing this week’s edi­tion of First Voic­es Radio, we extend a warm wel­come to Anne Keala Kel­ly from the ille­gal­ly occu­pied Hawai­ian King­dom, sit­ting in as Guest Host for Tiokasin Ghosthorse who is away from the stu­dio this week. Keala (Kana­ka Oiwi) has been a fre­quent guest and com­men­ta­tor on First Voic­es Radio for many years. She is an award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er, jour­nal­ist, writer and activist.

In the first half-hour, Keala wel­comes Pania New­ton. Pania is a Maori activist and mem­ber of SOUL (Save Our Unique Land­scapes), the group lead­ing a years-long protest to pro­tect Ihu­matao, an area in Auck­land, Aotearoa (New Zealand) that is slat­ed for a large real estate devel­op­ment. The essence of this issue is not unlike what is now hap­pen­ing at Mau­na Kea on Hawaii Island, pro­tec­tion of a site that is sacred to Native Hawai­ian peo­ple. The pro­tec­tion of Ihu­matao and why it’s impor­tant is also not well known in the U.S.; and Keala brings this issue to the air­waves so that all of us can be bet­ter edu­cat­ed about oth­er sacred places around the world that are sim­i­lar­ly endan­gered. More infor­ma­tion can be found at https://​www​.pro​tec​ti​hu​matao​.com/.

In the sec­ond half-hour, Keala talks with a fre­quent vis­i­tor to First Voic­es Radio, Mario Muril­lo. Mario is a Pro­fes­sor and the Vice Dean of the Her­bert School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at Hof­s­tra Uni­ver­si­ty, and teach­es in the Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Stud­ies Pro­gram there. He has cov­ered Latin Amer­i­ca for a num­ber of radio out­lets and jour­nals. Indige­nous resis­tance through­out the hemi­sphere has accel­er­at­ed, and Mario helps us make sense of the ongo­ing mas­sacres, occur­ring on an ongo­ing basis, of Indige­nous peo­ples defend­ing their ter­ri­to­ries and also brings us up to date on what’s going with the Indige­nous resis­tance move­ments through­out Latin Amer­i­ca. Mario notes, It’s impor­tant to point out that each one of these coun­tries [Brazil, Chile, Colom­bia, Ecuador, etc.] has dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances that are lead­ing to unrest and mobi­liza­tions.” Mario also talks about the upcom­ing Novem­ber 21 Nation­al March in Colom­bia, which will call atten­tion to the ongo­ing mas­sacres of Indige­nous peo­ples and protest­ing the gov­ern­ment of Colom­bia Pres­i­dent Ivan Duque.