Laura Waterman Wittstock
First Person Radio-Weds, Sept 21@9:00AM: DOUG AND RACHEL LIMóN: Native Artists and Art Activists; TruthToTell Sept 19: TEACHERS AND TENURE: Achievement, Contracts, Certification - Listen Below
First Person Radio-Weds, Sept 21@9:00AM: DOUG AND RACHEL LIMóN: Native Artists and Art Activists-LISTEN BELOW
First Person Radio's Laura Waterman Wittstock with Andy Driscoll talks with husband and wife artists Doug and Rachel Limón. Their work has won awards all over the Upper Midwest Region. And their art has also become part of significant collections. Doug's recent cradleboard project to create four new cradleboards received matching funds needed to complete the project (one cradleboard shown below). Rachel's "Moondance" is hand-sculptured clay and paint of stingrays in the moonlight.
Doug Limón (Oneida/Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) is on the Advisory Board of All My Relations Arts, Minneapolis, MN; a member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA), Albuquerque, NM; listed in the Source Directory of Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Washington, DC; a member of the Turtle Foundation USA, Bellingham, WA; a member of the Southwest Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), Santa Fe, NM; a member of the Ziibiwing Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI; a member of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Billings, MT; a member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico; a former board member of the Northside Arts Collective (NAC) in Minneapolis, MN; and former Chairman of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce (MAICC).
The focus of Rachel Limón's work is on the beauty and intrigue of nature, either people, animals, plant or sea life. Rachel uses raku clay to express her inner creativity. She has explored a multitude of mediums such as photography, jewelry, watercolor and sumi-e painting as well. Many of her pieces are functional with the hope that nature and art can be enjoyed and cherished everyday. She is committed to community development through the arts.
54:23 minutes (49.79 MB)
First Person Radio-Weds, Sep 7 @9:00AM: JUDY PASTERNAK: Yellow Dirt Author; TruthToTell, Sept 5: CORRIDOR HOUSING: Assuring Affordability as Rails Go Down
From Judy Pasternak's Website:
A craggy mesa once housed Monument No. 2, the hottest, richest, most productive uranium mine in the Navajo homeland, in a remote desert near the Arizona-Utah line. To the families who have dwelled for generations in the spring-fed valley below, the mesa is the wounded center of their world. They and the hundreds of Indians who labored at the mine have been forever changed by the government’s desperate press for more nuclear weapons than any other nation on Earth.
Yellow Dirt is their story.
It is the saga of four generations whose lives have been shaped by uranium.
What happened at Monument No. 2 was repeated in communities across the reservation. Despite warnings from doctors and scientists that long-term exposure could be harmful, even fatal, thousands of miners worked unprotected. Long after the uranium boom ended, the neighbors continued to live with contamination. The radioactive “yellow dirt” ended up in their drinking supplies, in their walls and floors, in their playgrounds, their bread ovens, their churches and even their garbage dumps.
Few knew what had happened until Judy Pasternak wrote a prizewinning Los Angeles Times series that galvanized a powerful Congressman and a famous prosecutor to press for redress and repair of the grievous damage.
In Yellow Dirt, Pasternak provides gripping new details. She introduces the family of Adakai the Gambler, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whose fates were intertwined with that of Monument No. 2 and with decisions made without their knowledge in distant capitals and labs. She weaves the personal and the political into a chronicle of betrayal, of willful negligence, and ultimately, of reckoning.
55:17 minutes (50.62 MB)
TruthToTell, Mon., Sept 5@9AM: CORRIDOR HOUSING: Assuring Affordability as Rails Go Down; First Person Radio Aug 31: BRENDA CHILD, PhD, MIGUEL VARGAS: UofM Indian Studies and Boarding School Author-AUDIO Link Below
First Person Radio:Weds, Aug 31 @9:00AM: BRENDA CHILD, PhD: Boarding Schools to Indian Studies; TruthToTell Aug 29: THE COMMON GOOD v INDIVIDUALISM: Founding Falters - LISTEN BELOW-VIDEO UP-see Archives
First Person Radio Aug 31: BRENDA CHILD, PhD, MIGUEL VARGAS: UofM Indian Studies and Boarding School Author-AUDIO Below
Laura Waterman Wittstock (with Andy Driscoll) talks with Professor Brenda Child, Chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota and the Department's Community Outreach Coordinator, Miguel Vargas.
At the University of Minnesota, Child was recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service. She was born on and remains a citizen of the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota.
Dr. Child received her PhD in History at the University of Iowa and was a Katrin Lamon Fellow at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her book, Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (University of Nebraska, 1998), won the North American Indian Prose Award.
Miguel Vargas has been Outreach Coordinator since Fall 2007. He coordinates the Ojibwemodaa Eta! Language Programs and Scholarships, outreaching to K-12 Schools/Youth Programs for visiting opportunities, and moderating the Minnesota Indian Affairs Listserv (MINN-IND).
57:14 minutes (52.4 MB)
First Person Radio:Weds, Aug 24 @9:00AM: NATIVE AMERICAN PHILANTHROPY: Funding Self-Determination - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/@KFAI.org; TruthToTell ENCORE, Aug 22: T.R. REID: Why Can't The US Do Healthcare Right?-AUDIO BELOW
First Person Radio Aug 24: NATIVE AMERICAN PHILANTHROPY: Funding Self-Determination - AUDIO and LINKS BELOW
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First Person Radio's Laura Waterman Wittstock (with Andy Driscoll) talks about philanthropy in the American Indian community. The foundations represented by our guests have committed their resources to fostering Native self-determination, empowerment, education, leadership and community development. We’ll hear from program officers the role they see for Native philanthropy’s role in driving development and public policy through indigenous cultural values, organizing, and sense of community.
56:02 minutes (51.31 MB)