Turtle Island Project director calls racism “insidious” in towns surrounding American Indian reservations in northern Michigan, but more obvious in South Dakota

Racism, violence rises in towns bordering American Indian reservations

Two American Indian advocates spoke out recently on a national radio show against racism on towns that border American Indian reservations where murder, beatings, and other assaults have been documented.

Turtle Island Project founder/director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard and Art Neskahi, director of Southwest Intertribal Voice in Cortez, NM were the guests of show host/producer Harlan McKosato on Native America Calling.

Native American Calling national radio show: “Bordertown Racism”
Part 1
Original air date: August 28, 2007

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Native American Calling national radio show: “Bordertown Racism”
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Original air date: August 28, 2007


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Turtle Island Project founder/director Rev. Lynn Hubbard was recent guest (August 28, 2007) on the national Native America Calling radio show to talk about “Bordertown Racism” along with Art Neskahi, director of Southwest Intertribal Voice in Cortez, NM

The Turtle Island Project thanks the Cortez Journal (John R. Crane) and the Navajo Times (Donovan Quintero) newspapers because our video includes newspaper photos of the 2007 Walk for Peace and Justice organized by Art Neskahi. A map of Michigan Indian tribes was created by Edwards Outdoor Marketing.

Harlan McKosato is the host/producer.

McKosato is a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.

The show is produced at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and airs Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. EST.

Topic: Bordertown Racism.

The ongoing violence, hate crimes and other discriminatory actions toward Native people in reservation and village bordertowns is cresting.

But instead of fighting back with an eye-for-an-eye attitude, tribal members are seeking healing through promotion of racial tolerance and understanding.

How are false stereotypes fostering resentment of Native people, and how do Native people fight back without causing an “Indian Uprising?”

Guests are Art Neskahi of the Navajo Nation, organizer of the upcoming Walk for Peace and Justice, and Rev. Lynn Hubbard of the Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church.

Native America Calling live at 1:00pm EST on these radio stations.

http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

KNBA-FM 90.3 Anchorage, Alaska

NV1 Albuquerque, NM

KILI 90.1 Porcupine, SD

KISU 91.1 FM Pocatello, Idaho

KGLP 91.7 FM Gallup, New Mexico

KUNM-FM 89.9 FM Albuquerque, New Mexico

KSJD 91.5 Cortez, Colorado

KSUT-FM 91.3 FM Ignacio, Colorado

KSFC 91.9 FM Spokane, Washington

WOJB-FM 88.9 FM Hayward, Wisconsin

CFIE 106.5 FM Aboriginal Voices Radio Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Native American Radio Service:

Rezervations with Dawn Karima

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Each episode includes a Native “featured musical artist” as well. Please send a complimentary copy of your cd or dvd, film or book, or product along with your press kit and tribal affiliation to:

REZERVATIONS

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American Indian Living is a one-hour weekly talk show focusing on health issues in Indian country. Show host is David DeRose M.D., president of the Oklahoma-based CompassHealth, Inc.

CompassHealth:

http://www.compasshealth.net

http://www.nativeministries.com/article.php?id=11

National Native News

A weekday, five-minute radio newscast, anchored by Antonia Gonzales (Navajo). NNN is produced in Albuquerque, NM.

Daily headlines and more at:

http://www.nativenews.net/

Earthsongs is authentic and hip, informed and indigenous, a modern mix of today’s Native artists. Host Shyanne Beatty (Hangwichin Athabascan).

http://www.earthsongs.net/

Reach the Rez

A one hour weekly high energy, program featuring Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B with a Native twist, hosted by well-known actor and rapper Litefoot (Cherokee).

http://reachtherezradio.com

UnderCurrents is a thoughtful yet playful freeform music mix. Based in AAA, the mix includes Rock, Folk, Blues, Reggae, Dub, Electronica, HipHop, World and Roots music, and an excellent selection of contemporary Native artists. Host Gregg McVicar (Tlingit).

http://www.undercurrentsradio.net/

AlterNativeVoices is a one hour Native radio magazine that features Native music, interviews, and news. AlterNative Voices is produced/hosted by Z. Susanne Aikman (Eastern Band Cherokee) and originates from KUVO-FM in Denver.

http://www.alternativevoices.org/

Voices from the Circle highlights Native news, music, issues, entertainment and storytelling from reservations and urban communities. Co-hosts Jim DeNomie (Bad River Chippewa), Barbara Jersey (Menominee/Potawatomi) and Shadow (Radio Dog).

Wisdom of the Elders Series One is a three part Native American radio series containing eight one hour weekly shows which present messages and stories of distinctive indigenous role models from numerous tribes across Turtle Island. Each show features prophetic wisdom from gifted elders plus natural health and healing, storytelling, and traditional and contemporary Native American music.

http://www.wisdomoftheelders.org/

MI Historical Society map quiz on tribes:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/hal_mhc_mhm_tribal-locationsp65_93237_7.pdf

Great Map of Michigan Tribe locations::

http://www.edwards1.com/rose/native/indian-map.htm

Links to tribes:

http://www.500nations.com/Michigan_Tribes.asp

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I am a news reporter, writer and investigative journalist and began my career about 40 years ago as a young teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during the middle of high school. I'm a news reporter, writer & investigative journalist specializing in street news, plus Indigenous, civil rights & environment reporting. Currently volunteer media advisor for numerous American Indian & environment related nonprofits that include the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ & its executive director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute (CTI) in Marquette, MI & its many projects founded by Rev. Jon Magnuson, Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI, Celtic Christianity Today (CCT) founded by Rev. Dr. George Cairns, the Turtle Island Project founded by pastors Hubbard & Cairns. In its third summer, the CTI Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project & its volunteers built a16-foot geodesic dome solar-powered greenhouse that was built in this summer at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) in an effort to restore native species plants to northern Michigan. It's located at the tribe's Natural Resources Department north of L'Anse along Lake Superior. During the summer of 2010, Zaagkii Project teens built & painted 25 beautiful reliquaries that are boxes made from pine & cedar that are used to store seeds for planting & included samples of Native American medicine including sweetgrass, cedar, sage & tobacco. From April-June 2009, I promoted the EarthKeeper Tree Project that planted 12,000 trees across northern Michigan. Co-edited "Unafraid," the second book by Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI that was printed in May 2009 based on her father's handwritten sermons she found in shoebox. I edited numerous videos for nonprofit CCT. Began career 35 years ago as teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during middle of high school. I was co-coordinator of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by local media who didn't report anything positive about the music icon. Mr. Terence Dicks was the other co-coordinator & most recently served as chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission and serves on the Georgia Clients Council. Mr. Brown taught us to "fight the good fight" by battling all forms of racism & evil while not uttering a bad word about those who try to block justice, respect, fairness & kindness to all. As a child, I lived in the Harbert, Michigan home built by late poet Carl Sandburg, where the legendary author penned some of his greatest works including his Chicago works & Lincoln papers. The four-story home had a sundeck on the top & a cool walk-in safe in the basement. The neighborhood (Birchwood) has numerous cottages used for other purposes by Sandburg like the milk house where they milked goats. My parents remodeled fourth floor of the home that stands atop the Lake Michigan sand dunes/bluffs. They found items that belonged to Mr. Sandburg concealed in the walls including prescription bottles with his name, reading glasses, & a small, thin metal stamp with his name. I've worked for dozens of newspapers & radio & TV stations in GA & MI. I'm volunteer media advisor for several interfaith environmental projects involving Native Americans across Upper Peninsula of MI including the Turtle Island Project, The Zaagkii Project, the Interfaith Earth Healing Initiative, EarthKeeper Initiative & the Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project. The Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project restores bee & butterfly habitat to help pollination of plants following death of billions of bees. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community youth & Marquette teens built butterfly houses, planted/distributed 26,000 native plants to help pollinators. The Earth Healing Initiative assisted EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge. EHI helped organize interfaith participation across eight states for the 100 plus recycling projects (April 2008) involving recycling millions of pounds of electronic waste & proper disposal of millions of pills/pharmaceuticals. EPA goals were exceeded by 500%. Under an EPA grant, EHI provided free media services for the cities/groups/tribes including videos & press releases. The EarthKeeper environment projects include an annual Earth Day Clean Sweep (2005-2007) at 24 free drop-off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan that collected over 370 tons of household hazardous waste. The 2007 EarthKeeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep collected over one ton of drugs plus $500,000 in narcotics in only three hours. Some 2,000 residents participated & many brought in pharmaceuticals for their family, friends & neighbors. In 2006, 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones & other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons & vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project teaches teens to respect nature & themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to remote lakes & streams in northern Michigan to plant/care for wild rice. The teens test water quality to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. The Turtle Island Project was co-founded in July 2007 by Rev. Lynn Hubbard of Rock Point, AR (Ex. Dir. of the Navajo Lutheran Mission) & Rev. Dr. George Cairns of Chesterton, IN, United Church of Christ minister & research professor for the Chicago Theological Seminary. TIP promotes respect for culture & heritage of indigenous peoples like American Indians. TIP is a platform for American Indians to be heard unedited by whites. Rev. Hubbard says whites don't have the knowledge or right to speak on behalf of Native Americans. I specialize in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops & courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the books "Illusions" & "Jonathon Livingston Seagull." Love to fish, hunt, camp & skydive. Belong to Delta Chi national fraternity. I was active in Junior Achievement, band played cornet. With my dear friend, the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, we were the co-coordinators of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by the local media who found no reasons to print or report anything positive about the music icon. I am honored to help the human rights activist Terence Dicks - with some of his projects including the nonprofit Georgia Center for Children and Education - and the economic initiative he founded titled "Claiming A Street Named King." I am the volunteer media advisor for several environmental projects across Michigan's Upper Peninsula including EarthKeeper II - an Initiative of the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI. EarthKeepers II is an Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Goals: Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins like Airborne Mercury in cooperation with the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, 10 faith traditions and Native American tribes like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Previously known as the Earth Keeper Initiative - that project included many environmental projects including an annual Earth Day Clean sweep at two dozen free drop off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan. The target of the 2007 Earth Keeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep are all kinds of medicines. In 2006, some 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones and other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons and vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project taught at-risk teens (just sentenced in juvenile court) to respect nature and themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to very remote lakes and streams in northern Michigan to plant and care for wild rice. The teens conducted water quality and other tests to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. I have always specialized in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops and courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the book "Illusions."
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