Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 2, 2014

John Kane recipient of media award in New York

John Kane is Recipient of Community Leader Media Award from the National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York

John Kane
By Liz Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 2, 2014) – John Kane, Mohawk activist and national expert commentator on Native issues, will receive a Community Leader Media Award from the National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York. Kane is one of a select group of people and organizations chosen for their exemplary acts and deeds of service to the cause of promoting sisterhood and brotherhood in the local Western New York community.

“The significance of being selected for this award cannot be overstated since the Federation’s mission, which is ‘dedicated to overcoming racism, bias and discrimination by building respect and trust through education, advocacy and community involvement,’ so closely mirrors my own,” says Kane. “This award is an acknowledgement and recognition by others, particularly in Western New York, that my strategy, which is to create and promote meaningful forums for conversation on the issues facing Native peoples, is working.”

This year’s award designations include arts and culture, community service and volunteerism, education, healthcare, interfaith, media, social services, sports, youth, among others. Kane is the sole recipient in the media category.

Kane will be honored at a noon luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Buffalo Convention Center. For more information about this year's awards, visit Contact for photos.

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. John has been involved for most of his adult life in Native issues and, specifically, defending Native sovereignty. Part of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the late 90s, he worked extensively with the League of First Nations in battles with New York State over taxation. John, an expert commentator on Native American issues, is host of a two-hour weekly radio show, "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" – now in its fourth year – which airs on ESPN Sports Radio WWKB-AM 1520 in Buffalo, New York. He appears frequently on regional TV and radio programs, including “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter,” “YNN - Your News Now,” and WGRZ Buffalo Channel 2's “2 Sides with Kristy Mazurek.”  He has been featured on Al Jazeera Arabic, which has more than 50 million viewers in the Arab world. John is a frequent guest/guest host of “First Voices Indigenous Radio,” WBAI-FM (Pacifica) in New York City and “First Person Radio,” KFAI-FM, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. and a monthly guest commentator on “The Martha Fast Horse Show,” KQRS-FM, KXXR-FM and WGVX-FM, Minneapolis. He is a weekly columnist to “The Two Row Times,” a weekly newspaper that covers news and issues from Six Nations. John publishes the Native Pride blog, which can be found His blog has readers in 20 countries. John has a page on the ESPN website at a "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" group page on Facebook.

Contact: Liz Hill
Liz Hill Public Relations, Ltd.
1514 17th Street, NW, #402
Washington, DC 20036

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