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R4R Guest: BIG WIND
SHOW: March 19th 2018

Micah "Big Wind" Lott is a Northern Arapaho tribe member, community organizer and life-long environmental/Indigenous rights activist. He grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. He, along with his sister, "Little Wind" were one of only a few who spent the entire winter of 2017 at the Standing Rock camp in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction. There they vowed to spread the message of a fossil free future and now travel across the nation to educate, advise and organize events in defense of Water.

"The country is witnessing 'the privatization of clean water. We have a hard time getting clean water now,' he said. People should think of how difficult it will be to get clean water in seven generations.
'That’s why I’m going to continue fighting this,' he said. 'I feel everyone should be fighting to make sure they are getting clean water." (www.wyofile.com)


 ANNE WHITE HAT

ANNE WHITE HAT from the front lines of the No Bayou Bridge Protest happening in Louisiana.

ANNE WHITE HAT from the front lines of the No Bayou Bridge Protest happening in Louisiana.


R4R Guest: ANNE WHITE HAT
SHOW: October 2nd 2018

Anne White Hat is a member of the Aske Tiospaye (clan) of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. The Sicangu Lakota are one of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota Oyate (the Lakota Nation). Anne’s father’s side of the family are direct descendants of Chief Iron Shell. Her grandfather was Chief Hollow Horn Bear. Her tribe lived near the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Anne is a member of the Wisdom of Elders Council holds herb and wellness work shops. She reaches out to urban Indians, regional tribes and anyone who wants to learn the practical knowledge of plants and healing.

The audiences at her presentations include youth, adults and elders. She helped form the Sicangu Way of Life Project with community members on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in the 1990’s, an organization committed to re-establishing and strengthening sustainable communities grounded in Lakota thought and philosophy.

Anne is an ethno-botanist. She shares reproductive health and wellness programs which are reviving age-old Lakota midwifery practices and addressing policy issues that impact rights to culturally appropriate healthcare.

NO BAYOU BRIDGE PROTEST

Since April 2017, Anne and other opponents of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline have been trickling into an encampment in south Louisiana to block construction of the 163-mile crude oil pipeline being built by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) which will destroy the region’s water supply like it threatens to do in Standing Rock. 

Water protectors there have successfully disrupted the building of the pipeline, but in recent weeks police upped the ante by arresting and charging activists under a controversial new law.

On Aug. 9, three demonstrators with the L’eau Est La Vie protest camp in Rayne were kayaking through public waters adjoining Bayou Bridge construction when they became the first in the state to be arrested on charges of “critical infrastructure” trespass. The law, which went into effect on Aug. 1, redefines pipelines as critical infrastructure. As a result, trespassing along them – a crime that previously warranted not much more than a misdemeanor citation – is a felony offense that carries up to five years imprisonment and fines up to $1,000.

NO BAYOU BRIDGE website

Help Water Protectors in Louisiana by Pledging to Resist

Anne White Hat on Facebook


 
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R4R Guests: ROBERTO MUKARO BORREO & CLIFF MATIAS
SHOW: October 2nd 2018

ROBERTO MUKARO BORREO International Mechanisms Director at US Human Rights Network and consultant at Tribal Link Foundation

CLIFF MATIAS cultural director at Redhawk Native American Arts Council. The council is the primary organizing group behind New York’s Indigenous peoples day celebration.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE”S DAY (Re-Thinking Columbus Day)

Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday celebrating the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. In the United States, it is growing as an official city and state holiday replacing Columbus Day (est 1937).

The United Nations declared Aug. 9 as International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in 1994, but millions of people who are still effected by the mass genocide and colonization that followed famous 1492 expedition don’t want to give Columbus any more credit. Now, all across the North and South America people celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on Columbus Day, and it’s official recognition is growing on federal and local levels.

In 1977, a delegation of Native nations, at the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, proposed renaming Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Though the resolution passed by an overwhelming majority, convincing cities to change the name of the holiday has not been easy as many are hesitant to acknowledge the pain and atrocities that Columbus represents.

The movement has been successful and continues to grow in strength. Berkeley, California, became the first U.S. city to replace Columbus Day 1992, and cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, and Austin are officially observing Indigenous Peoples' Day.

In Latin American countries the day is called “Dia de la Raza,” or “Day of the Race,” and is celebrated in Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In Nicaragua the day is called “Day of the Indigenous Resistance,” and Argentina renamed the holiday, “Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity,” while Chile changed it to “Día del Descubrimiento de Dos Mundos,” or “Day of the Encounter Between the Two Worlds.”

Redhawk Council.org - Indigenous Peoples Celebration

Ask New York City to Change Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day

Roberto Mukaro Borreo on Facebook

Cliff Matias on Facebook