Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 31, 2013

Mohawk John Kane on Native Radio Panel at Left Forum 2013 NY

John Kane


By Liz Hill
Posted at Censored News
(WASHINGTON, D.C., May 30, 2013) – Radio host John Kane of “Let’s Talk Native...with John Kane” will be a featured speaker on a panel discussion about Native radio at the Left Forum 2013 “Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation” Conference on June 7-9 at Pace University (1 Pace Plaza) in New York City. The panel, titled “Native/Indigenous Radio in Turtle Island (North America),” will take place Saturday, June 8, from 3:40 to 5:20 p.m.

“Indigenous media is less about forums for ‘crying foul’ over perceived injustices and more about offering a clear and intelligent perspective that challenges the conventional views that enable injustices,” says Kane. “Our job is not to be the the first or the last word on any subject.”

The panel, which will be moderated by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, host and executive producer of “First Voices Indigenous Radio” at WBAI-FM in New York City, will include K. Kehaulani Kauanui, host and producer of “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond,” WESU-FM, Middletown, Conn.

“It's on us to make sure the conversations are happening and to turn up the volume on them,” says Kane. “Native people are not served by the mainstream media and we are certainly not served by stoic or reverent silence.”

A unique phenomenon in the U.S. and the world, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The conference is held each year in New York City. This year’s featured speakers include political theorist, activist and MIT professor of linguistics Noam Chomsky and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone.

John Kane and Tiokasin Ghosthorse are joined by Debra White Plume, Lakota, and Janene Yazzie, Dine' at the Forum, read more:
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About John Kane
John Karhiio Kane is a Mohawk from Kahnawake. He lives on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation and has a direct connection to the people and territories of the Six Nations. Kane has been involved for most of his adult life in Native issues and, specifically, defending Native sovereignty. He was part of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the late 90s and worked extensively with the League of First Nations in battles with New York State over taxation.

Kane is a frequent guest and guest host of First Voices Indigenous Radio, which broadcasts from WBAI-FM (Pacifica) in New York City and has been a guest on The Nightwolf Show on WPFW-FM (Pacifica) in Washington, D.C., “The Martha Fast Horse Show” on KQRS-FM, KXXR-FM and WGVX-FM in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and “First Person Radio” with Laura Waterman Wittstock, on KFAI-FM in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

For three years, he has been host of "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane," which airs on WWKB-AM 1520 in Buffalo, New York and WQRS-FM 98.3 in Salamanca, New York. Kane’s strong voice on Native issues has earned him numerous invitations to appear on “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter,” an influential public radio program that broadcasts from the New York State Capitol in Albany and airs in 20 markets throughout the state. Arbetter has also featured John on her television news segments (“The Capitol Report”) that air during local news throughout the state. Kane is a frequent guest on WGRZ Buffalo Channel 2's (NBC) “2 Sides with Kristy Mazurek”; he is called upon as an expert commentator on Native issues.

Kane and "Let's Talk Native..." have been featured in Buffalo Spree Magazine and the ARTVOICE and have earned mention in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He participated in the UN's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples program on August 9, 2012, in a program titled, "Indigenous Media: Empowering Indigenous Voices.” Kane's words to the assembly earned three rounds of applause and an unplanned reception line at the close of the program.

Kane takes pride in tackling the tough issues that face Native people and refuses to participate in the "buffalo speeches" that continue to dumb down Native culture and beliefs. He also writes the Native Pride blog, which can be found at His radio shows and appearances are posted on the blog with articles, quotes and links. Kane also has a page on the WWKB website at and a "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" group page on Facebook. Kane is not afraid to be labeled a warrior but prefers to be considered a conversationalist and a teacher.

Liz Hill
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