Chumash Reclaiming & Renaming: Indio Muerto to Hutash - MMIWG2 Human Rights Emergency in CA

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“Chumash Reclaiming & Renaming: Indio Muerto to Hutash and MMIWG2 Human Rights Emergency in northern California” Part 1: What does colonial place-name markers such as Indio Muerto (“Dead Indian”) Street in the City of Santa Barbara, CA mean to the Chumash peoples? The colonial street name origins trace back to the city of Santa Barbara establishment in 1851 when the town council directed Captain Salisbury Haley make a survey and map the “town”. Thereupon the surveyed location of discovering a Chumash ancestor, in an act of violence, Captain Salisbury Haley named the street Indio Muerto. What is the symbolic meaning behind the street name “Dead Indian” and how does it connect to other colonial spaces that aggravate and perpetuate various manifestations of settler colonialism, racism, and historical trauma? After 28 years of Chumash activists demanding for the offensive street name to be changed, the Advisory Council to the Santana Barbara city council, unanimously voted 10-0 on August 10th, 2020 to change the offense street name to Hutash (Earth Mother). Turn in for this segment of the program to hear from two Chumash activist’s participation in this momentous event, what does this action mean, and what happens next? Plus more. Guests: Marcus Lopez (Chumash Nation), Barbareño Chumash Tribal Council, Co-host & Executive Producer of American Indian Airwaves, community organizer and activist. Fidel Rodriguez (Chumash Nation), long-time activist, community organizer, and host and producer of Divine Forces Radio. Part 2: The To' Kee Skuy' Soo Ney-Wo-Chek' I Will See You Again in a Good Way Progress Report published in July of 2020 is the first report to cover Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited peoples within the northern California area. With the recent Trump Administration’s establishment of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force office opening in Billings, Montana and the same administration’s failure along with several elected officials to even consider The Reduce, Return and Recover Act - a proposed bill the late US House Rep. John Lewis wanted to see introduced that would be the most comprehensive piece of MMIW legislation going far beyond the Savanna’s Act – MMWIWG2 rates in northern California are alarmingly high. In fact, according to the report, “SBI has documented 165 MMIWG2 cases in California. This makes California the state with the fifth-highest number nationally, trailing behind Montana (237), Washington (235), New Mexico (188), and Arizona (188). Notably, Northern California outranks many states, and if it were a state, would be in the top 10, with 105 cases.” Turn in for highlights about this newly released and informative report, the egregious human rights abuses chronicled, and a whole lot more. Guest: Michaela Madrid (Lower Brule Lakota Sioux Nation), Operations Manager, Sovereign Bodies Institute. American Indian Airwaves regularly broadcast Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm (PCT) on KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angeles, CA; FM 98.7 in Santa Barbara, CA; FM 99.5 in China Lake, CA; FM 93.7 in North San Diego, CA; FM 99.1 KLBP in Long Beach, CA (Thursdays 5pm-6pm); and WCRS FM 98.3/102.1 in Columbus, OH.

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