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First Voices Indigenous Radio

Tiokas­in’s first guest of the hour is Alex White Plume. Alex was born on the Pine Ridge Reser­va­tion and grew up strong­ly con­nect­ed to Lako­ta cul­ture. He is a for­mer Vice-Pres­i­dent and Trib­al Pres­i­dent of the Oglala Lako­ta Nation, and is one of the founders of the Wound­ed Knee Big­foot Memo­r­i­al Ride, which began in 1986. Alex is also a farmer and from 2000 to 2002, he earned unwant­ed pub­lic­i­ty when Unit­ed States fed­er­al drug agents raid­ed his farm and destroyed his crop of indus­tri­al hemp before he could har­vest it for seed as he intend­ed. A lot has hap­pened since those ear­ly years and Tiokasin and Alex dis­cuss the chal­lenges and changes that he has been through to the present.

Tiokas­in’s sec­ond guest of the hour is Amalia Crdo­va, a film­mak­er, cura­tor and schol­ar spe­cial­iz­ing in Indige­nous film. She is the Lati­no Dig­i­tal Cura­tor at the Smith­son­ian Insti­tu­tions Cen­ter for Folk­life and Cul­tur­al Her­itage. Amalia was pre­vi­ous­ly a Latin Amer­i­can pro­gram spe­cial­ist for the Film and Video Cen­ter of the Nation­al Muse­um of the Amer­i­can Indi­an in New York City. She has served as Assis­tant Direc­tor of New York Uni­ver­si­ty’s Cen­ter for Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Stud­ies, and taught at NYU’s Gal­latin School of Indi­vid­u­al­ized Study. Amalia holds a Ph.D. in Cin­e­ma Stud­ies and a M.A. in Per­for­mance Stud­ies from NYU. She is from San­ti­a­go, Chile (Wallma­pu / Mapuche Ter­ri­to­ry). Tiokasin will talk with Amalia about the cur­rent polit­i­cal unrest and the vio­lent protests in Chile that have forced the can­cel­la­tion of the COP 25 cli­mate con­fer­ence in San­ti­a­go, which was sched­uled for Decem­ber 2019.

Our third guest of the hour is Manuel Rozen­tal, who has a spe­cial report on the Octo­ber 29, 2019 mas­sacre of Indige­nous peo­ple in Colom­bia. Manuel is a Colom­bian activist, researcher and com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­er with Indige­nous and pop­u­lar move­ments in Colom­bia and through­out the Amer­i­c­as for close to 40 years. On Octo­ber 29, 2019, the Indige­nous guard of the munic­i­pal­i­ty of Toribio, North­ern Cau­ca, was car­ry­ing out its ter­ri­to­r­i­al con­trol patrol in the La Luz sec­tor of the Tacuey reserve, when three vehi­cles arrived with mem­bers of the Dagob­er­to Ramos col­umn of the FARC dis­si­dent group, who, with com­plete dis­re­spect to the Indige­nous guard and their legit­i­mate exer­cise of auton­o­my, fired indis­crim­i­nate­ly, end­ing the life of the Nee­hwesx Indige­nous Author­i­ty Cristi­na Bautista and the Asdru­val Caya­pu Guards, Eliodoro Fin­scue, Jos Ger­ar­do Soto and James Wil­fre­do Soto, as well as leav­ing the oth­er mem­bers of the author­i­ty injured Peteche, and the Guardians Jos Nor­man Mon­taño, Matas Mon­taño, Dora Rut Mesa and Roge­lio Taquinas. Tiokasin and Manuel dis­cuss this most recent atroc­i­ty car­ried out against Indige­nous people.