Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 23, 2013

Mohawk John Kane: Radio and TV Sun, Aug 26, 2013

Native American commentator John Kane will dominate mainstream radio and TV in two U.S. media markets on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2013

By Liz Hill

WASHINGTON – On Sunday, Aug. 26, Native American radio and television commentator John Kane will be featured on mainstream commercial radio and TV throughout the day in two U.S. media markets: Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minn. and Buffalo, N.Y.

At 6:30 a.m. EDT/5:30 a.m. CDT and 7 a.m. EDT/6 a.m. CDT, Kane will be a guest on “The Martha Fast Horse Show,” a 1/2-hour public and cultural affairs talk show hosted by Martha Fast Horse (Rosebud Sicangu Lakota). 

Fast Horse will announce that Kane will be a regular monthly guest on her program starting in September. In the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, “The Martha Fast Horse Show” airs on KQRS-FM 92.5 at 6:30 a.m. EDT/5:30 a.m. CDT and at 7 a.m. EDT/6 a.m. CDT on KXXR-FM 93.7 and WGVX-FM 105.1. The show streams at and

At noon EDT, Kane will be a guest on WGRZ-TV’s (NBC/Buffalo, N.Y.), “2 Sides,” a live political talk show. Kane, who is a regular guest on the show, will dissect the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ recent attempt to use federal law to enforce state law on Native lands. Tune in locally in the Buffalo area to Channel 2.

“These are invaluable opportunities for me to put national Native issues on the mainstream media map,” says Kane. “ In particular, during my ‘2 Sides’ appearance, I will come down hard on the federal government for its repeated attempts to wage war against Native-to-Native trade.”

From 9 to 11 p.m. EDT, Kane will host his regular Sunday talk show, “Let’s Talk Native...with John Kane,” which airs live on WWKB-AM 1520 in Buffalo, N.Y. His in-studio guests will be musicians Davidica (Oglala Lakota), Tracy Bone (Ojibway) and J.C. Campbell (Ojibway/Cree) from the "All My Relations Tour." Live streaming is available on and on a Tune In app (search WWKB-AM 1520, Buffalo, N.Y.).

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. John 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.

John has been host of "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" – not in its fourth year – which airs on WWKB 1520 AM in Buffalo, New York and WQRS FM98.3 in Salamanca, New York. John’s  powerful and informed 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 on “The Capitol Report,” which air during local news throughout New York. John is a frequent guest on WGRZ Buffalo Channel 2's “2 Sides”; he is called upon as an expert commentator on Native issues. He also is a frequent guest on “YNN – Your News Now,” Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour cable network in Albany and Buffalo, New York (two of the network’s four regional news channels). In June 2013, John provided commentary about the obstacles faced by North American Native peoples on “From Washington,” the global live broadcast from Washington, D.C., of Al Jazeera International, which has more than 260 million viewers in 130 countries.

John is a columnist for “The Two Row Times,” a weekly print and online publication that covers issues from Six Nations/New Credit and beyond the Grand. He 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. John has a page on the WWKB website at and a "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" group page on Facebook. He also can be found on Twitter @letstalknative.

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Liz Hill
Liz Hill Public Relations, Ltd.

1 comment:

Lloyd Vivola said...

"But the third question and the one they always have to get to is: What if? "What would the board do if a different student or students decided to wear symbols representing their personal religious, ethnic or racial group?" "What if someone showed up with a confederate flag, wiccan (witch) symbol or in the extreme, Nazi cross?" Although I am not sure I even need to address the disrespectful and insulting analogy made between a symbol of our identity and the choices Mr. Rinaldi made for comparison, let me say it is amazing how he or anyone on the Board could maintain this level of ignorance about who and what Native people are. Seneca is not a religion. Mohawk is not an ethnicity and Cayuga is not a race. Tuscarora is not a belief and Onondaga is not a lifestyle choice. We are not Native Americans. We are Onkwe Ohnwe, real human beings with a culture, a history, a future and ties to our homeland that Americans can't begin to understand. And these comments make it obvious. An eagle feather is not the symbol of a belief system or a philosophy. It is a symbol of respect and honor and the connection that we have for each other, our past and to nature. It also represents a reminder to stay vigilant and aware of the threats to our people; threats such as those born out of ignorance and racism."

John Kane, from his Let's Talk Native Pride Blogspot; Friday, June 7, 2013.

A most eloquent defense of indigenous people's sovereignty, but also a most telling assessment of how the settler communities and their governments continue as they have for centuries to embrace the violence and self-deprivation that come by way of forced segregation, culturally and spiritually, while dispelling - tragically? - the wisdom, experience and friendship of the indigenous communities that have lived the homeland since long before the newcomers' arrival. Let us hope that a positive change is taking place as indigenous perspectives gain voice and more of us in the settler communities learn to listen earnestly to our Turtle Island cohabitants.