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American Indian Airwaves (AIA), an Indigenous public affairs radio porgram and, perhaps, the longest running Native American radio program within both Indigenous and the United States broadcast communication histories. Also, AIA broadcast weekly every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm (PCT) on KPFK FM 90.7 Los Angeles (http://www.kpfk.org). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiacr American Indian Airwaves is produced in Burntswamp Studios and started broadcasting on March 1st, 1973 on KPFK in order t ...
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Today we go to the state of Alaska which is home to 229 federally recognized Native American nations. Our guest joins us for the hour to share her experiences at the United Nations Environmental Programme 4th Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (April 23rd-29th, 2024), including the United States violations of the United Nations …
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Today on American Indian Airwaves we go to the Barbareño band of the Chumash Nation in the Santa Barbara County area to a Chumash sacred site respectfully known as Shalawa. Approximately three-acres of Shalawa remains and to non-Native American peoples, the place is commonly referred to as “Hammonds Meadow” and “Sea Meadow”. Since Spanish coloniali…
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As of 4/23/2024 at least 34,183 Palestinians have been killed; 77,143 wounded have been wounded; over 8,000 Palestinians are missing, and over 50% of all Palestinian homes have been destroyed as a result of the Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. Meanwhile, common diseases such as hepatitis and meningitis, to name a few, are rapidly spreading …
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The “Peace and Dignity Journeys” is an indigenous and First Nation ceremonial run that invites the participation of Native and non-Native individuals committed to the survival of Native American cultures, nations, and the uniting of the indigenous peoples across Turtle Island (North, Central and South America). With its roots in traditions of runni…
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With Hollywood film production costs easily exceeding millions of dollars per film, and given the constant marginalization, erasures, and stereotypes about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples for more than a century, as well as the film industry’s chronic unwillingness to unconditionally support an abundance of Native American film productions,…
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Once numbering at least 40-60 million, settler colonial men once hunted the buffalo through the train windows for sport – who had the most kills. By 1890, however, there were less than 1,000 buffalo with only 23 surviving in Yellowstone’s Pelican Valley. Today, in Yellowstone National Park, the buffalo are trapped for slaughter and quarantine. In f…
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In a coordinated effort between several federal and local government agencies and private contractors, more than 400,000 tons of toxic and hazards waste are planning to be removed from Lahaina and transported to the temporary debris storage site in Olowalu. The toxic and hazardous waste includes high levels of household waste, asbestos, arsenic, le…
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How does history relate to the present? What is settler colonialism? How are the two related to each other and what is the connection between the past to the present? What is Zionism? What is the Doctrine of Discovery/Dominion? Moreover, how does this relate to Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island? What are the parallels between the legacy of se…
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Thursday, 01/25/2024, on American Indian Airwaves “Defiling Mother Earth: Stopping the Mountain Valley Pipeline”Today on American Indian Airwaves listeners will hear an update the $6.6 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline construction struggles and how the Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, a joint venture of several companies operating in the extractive i…
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Today on American Indian Airwaves, we will hear highlights on what happened at the 30th Anniversary of the Beginning of the War Against Oblivion, the armed uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) on January 1st, 1994, against the colonial state of Mexico and global capitalism. The anniversary-gathering was organized by thousand…
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Diné ‘defender of the sacred, artist, activist, musician, author, land defender, Warrior,’ Klee Benally Walks On or transitioned on the morning of December 31, 2023. He was 48 years old and from what the place of many houses in what is known as Flagstaff, AZ. He was from the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water People clan and born for the Wandering People …
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December 29th of every year marks another anniversary of the Wound Knee Massacre of 1890 and the Occupation of Wounded Knee occurred from 02/27/1973 to 05/08/1973. The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 is the result of the United States (U.S.) 7th Calvary stopped Miniconjou and Lakota Ghost Dancers and community members from returning home to Pine Ridg…
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So far, 2023 has been a remarkable year for Indigenous musicians across Turtle Island. Many Native Americans bands, First Nation’s musicians, and Indigenous peoples from the Siberian region have released new music over the past several months, and two different First Nations bands from Australia were recognized at the 19th National Indigenous Music…
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Since 1970, Indigenous people & their allies annually gather on Cole's Hill in Plymouth, MA to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native American peoples do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims & other European settlers. In fact, the settler colonial Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of mil…
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With Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and the Colorado River decades-plus declining water levels with a one-year reprieve last year, and an ever-increasing demand for the water in the living Colorado River over the centuries by the states of California, Nevada, and Arizona, agricultural businesses and other commercial industries, Native American nations hav…
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With 1,272 Buffalo relations killed in 2023 so far in part due to the Yellowstone National Park Service buffalo management practices, the Yellowstone National Park Service just released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Buffalo Management which will be more detrimental to the Buffalo. Moreover, over the years, the Yellowstone National Pa…
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Both guests for today’s program chronicle the historical legacies of Indigenous/Latine’ struggles and experiences in the Kumeyaay traditional territories now known as San Diego, CA. Both guests discuss theater, Spanish settler colonialism, the Indigeneity, the dismantling and resistance of Chicano masculinity, the interrelations between the urban p…
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In the region of the Lacandon forest in Chiapas, Mexico, Indigenous peoples throughout the region continue experiencing even more escalated state-military-cartel violence within systemically and vehement capitalized world. The cartel-state-corporate violence has increased substantially over the past six months and Indigenous peoples are responding.…
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On June 10th, 2022, a Bolivian court sentenced former de facto president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, to 10 years in prison. Áñez assumed power during a violent and illegal coup in November 2019 that ousted the country’s popular Indigenous president, Evo Morales, sending him into exile, and killing over 37 people. During Anez’s short term as the illeg…
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Thursday, 8/31/2023, on American Indian Airwaves on KPFK, 7pm to 8pm (PCT)“The Living Histories of Lahaina and Self Determination for Hawaiian Nation and Cannabis: From Gold Rush to Green Rush”Part 1:The living histories of Lahaina are told through the intergenerational means of passing traditional stories, songs, language, and life from one Kanaka…
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On August 8th, 2023, a deadly fire swept through the Hawaiian town of Lahaina, destroying nearly everything in its path. The number of lives taken has reached at least 115 as of 8/22/2023, more than 800 people are still missing, and more than 2,000 structures were destroyed. Eight hours before a deadly fire swept through the Hawaiian town of Lahain…
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One day before International Indigenous Peoples Day, President Joe Biden created on August 8th, 2023, a new national monument in Arizona covering close to a million acres of lands surrounding the Grand Canyon important and sacred to nearby Native American nations. The Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni (Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Mon…
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Today on American Indian Airwaves, a renewed effort towards seeking freedom for international, political Indigenous prisoner Leonard Peltier, who since 1977 wrongfully continues serving two consecutive life sentences in a federal penitentiary despite ongoing severe health issues, plus more here on American Indian Airwaves. Leonard Peltier is from t…
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Part 1:In the United States, American Indian/Alaskan Native and Native American peoples experience higher rates of violence than any other demographic. In fact, Native American women and girls are disproportionately affected by the violence. For example, a 2016 study by the National Institute of Justice estimated that 84 percent of American Indian …
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During the Red Power Movement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as part of its COINTELPRO (counterintelligence program), actively surveilled, infiltrated, and attempted to neutralize Native American activists and the American Indian Movement (AIM). With the establishment of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Indian Movement in Box Ca…
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Over the past several months under the Biden Administration, several fossil fuel mega projects or “carbon bombs” have been approved with a mega gold mining project currently under proposal and in opposition by numerous Alaska Native organizations, communities, and nations.For instance, on March 13th, 2023, the U.S. Interior Department approved the …
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Indigenous peoples are approximately 5% of the world’s population, manage at least 25% of the world’s land surfaces, 40% of the world’s protected areas, and steward about 80% of the world’s biodiversity. Each year Indigenous peoples from scores of different nations and cultures across Mother Earth convene at the United Nations Permanent Forum on In…
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”United Nation Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 22nd Session: 17-28 April 2023 Highlights on Indigenous Peoples, human health, planetary and territorial health and climate change: a rights-based approach”Indigenous peoples are approximately 5% of the world’s population, manage at least 25% of the world’s land surfaces, 40% of the world’s protec…
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On today’s program we report on the disappearance of Indigenous peoples in Mexico, the impunity of perpetrators committing crimes against Indigenous, how some self-defense groups are criminalized, and the response by the National Indigenous Congress (CNI). In Mexico, and since the January, several Indigenous defenders of land, territory, and the en…
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2023 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Wounded Knee which is the outcome of over 200 members of the American Indian Movement and supporters occupying Wounded Knee, Lakota Nation (South Dakota) for 71 days from February 27th, 1973, to May 8th, 1973. The Occupation of Wounded Knee was in response to a call to action for help from tradit…
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Part 1The Apache Stronghold with Indigenous allies and US and international supporters have tirelessly been working to stop a nearly eight-year-long process to exchange Oak Flat, a 2,200-acre site in Tonto National Forest, to Resolution Cooper, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHP, which plans to construct one of the largest cooper and ore mining pits…
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2023 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Wounded Knee which is the outcome of over 200 members of the American Indian Movement and supporters occupying Wounded Knee, Lakota Nation (South Dakota) for 71 days from February 27th, 1973, to May 8th, 1973. The Occupation of Wounded Knee was in response to a call to action for help from tradit…
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Support KPFK and pick up the book at www.kpfk.orgWhen Mexico moved to abolish slavery, Texas seceded in 1836-in a replay of 1776-- in order to perpetuate enslavement of Africans forevermore. Until 1845 Texas was an independent nation and moved to challenge the U.S. for leadership in the odious commerce of the African Slave Trade: Texas also compete…
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Part 1Nuclear Colonialism with Leona Morgan (Dine’ Nation) is a three-part interview that will broadcast over three consecutive episodes of American Indian Airwaves. The series focuses on our guest’s community work since 2007, which includes combatting against many aspects of nuclear colonialism. Today’s program concludes our three-part interview o…
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Nuclear Colonialism is one aspect of settler colonialism that remains highly censored in the American mass and digital media landscape. With approximately 11% of all abandon uranium mines located in “Indian Country,” nuclear power plants average life-span ranging from 40 to 50 years, the promotion of nuclear power as “green energy,” the United Stat…
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Part 1 Nuclear Colonialism with Leona Morgan (Dine’ Nation) is a three-part interview broadcasting over three consecutive episodes. The series focuses on our guest’s community work since 2007, which includes combating against many aspects of nuclear colonialism. Our guest not only helped prevent the construction of a new ISL (in situ leach) uranium…
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Colonial Denial of Indigenous Migrant Asylees and Refugees Rights and State-Sponsored Terrorism along the U.S.-Mexico Colonial Border and the South”Recent American mass media coverage of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico colonial border continuously censor, erase, and ignore the harsh experiences of migrating Indigenous peoples legally seeking asylum …
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With approximately 6,000 remaining non-domesticated buffalo relations, a severe tragedy occurred on December 29th, 2022, when a semi-truck, on HWY 191 in West Yellowstone, Montana, took the lives of 13 bison and yearlings. Despite the legal speed limit on HWY 191, the semi-truck was traveling too fast to stop in time before colliding into the buffa…
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Track ListingTrack 1: Archie Roach, Song: “Spiritual Love”. Album: Let Love Rule (2016): https://www.archieroach.com/Track 2: Samantha Crain, Song: “Reunion”. Album: A Small Death (2020): https://www.samanthacrain.com/Track 3: Opliam, Song: “Land Back”. Album: All Roads Are Good (2022): https://opliammusic.com/Track 4: Gary Farmer & the Troublemake…
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December 29th of every year marks another anniversary of the Wound Knee Massacre of 1890 and the Occupation of Wounded Knee occurred from 02/27/1973 to 05/08/1973. The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 is the result of the United States (U.S.) 7th Calvary stopped Miniconjou and Lakota Ghost Dancers and community members from returning home to Pine Ridg…
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Part: 1The Leonard Peltier Walk to Justice, organized by the American Indian Movement’s Grand Governing Council (AIMGGC), began on September 1st, 2022, from Minneapolis, and concluded 1,100 miles later, on November 13th, 2022, in Washington D.C. with approximately 2,000 supporters showing up in support of demanding President Biden issue an immediat…
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Part: 1Kawisente McGregor and Melody Talcott joins us to discussing the demystification and deconstruction of the violent settler colonial holiday, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), and what is means to give thanks from cultural perspectives. Guests:• Kawisente McGregor, Kanien’kehá:ka (People of the Spark or Flint), meaning ‘Icicle Melting’ …
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Liko Martin and Laulani Teale (Hawaiian Nations). Liko Martin, Haku Mele, is one of Hawai’i’s renowned songwriters and activist; founder and co-founder of many Indigenous organizations; a farmer, fisherman, cultural practitioner, peacemaker, and veteran; a Kupuna Advisor for Ho’opae Pono Peace Project, plus more. Laulani Teale is a musician, artist…
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Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Nation, is Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Nation, one of three historic California Indigenous Nations that are recognized as Ohlone. Valentin is Mutsun, Awaswas, Chumash and Yokuts (http://amahmutsun.org/governance/tribal-council) and he joins us for this exclusive interview regarding Amah Mutsun Nation history, culture, tr…
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“The 16th Many Winters Gathering of Elders: 530 Years of Spiritual Survival & Healing Through Traditional Teachings”Part 1:_________________________________________________________Stephanie Mushrush (Washoe Nation), Chair of the 16th Many Winters Gather of Elders, and George Funmaker (Ho-Chunk Nation), committee member of the 16th Many Winters Gath…
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Part 1On September 6, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded the public comment period for its proposed Clean Water Act determination (known as Section 404c) for protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska from the proposed, massive Pebble Mine Project. More than 500,000 Americans weighed in on the proposed determination, bringing the total comment…
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On September 8th, 2022, Indigenous peoples and allies from Appalachia and elsewhere protested in Washington DC against the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The protest – No Sacrifice Zones – was against the concessions demanded by WV Senator Joe Manchin in the $750 billion Inflation Reduction Act, which the concessions if granted will expedite the p…
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The second weekend of September 2022 marks the 20th Anniversary Tomol Crossing which is a Chumash 26-mile voyage across the Santa Barbara Channel, off the coast of Santa Barbara County, CA. to the island of Limuw (also known as the Santa Cruz Island). This year signifies the 20th cross-channel voyage in over 150 years and the tomol, a Chumash word …
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On July 25th, 2022, Pope Francis apologized Canada's Indigenous peoples on their land for the Church's role in residential schools where indigenous children were starved, beaten for speaking their Indigenous languages, violently and sexually abused, endured various forms of forced cultural assimilation such as mandatory Christianization, plus more …
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