Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 4, 2015

Listen: Tiokasin Ghosthorse hosts First Voices Indigenous Radio

Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, Cheyenne River in South Dakota

FVIR Program Archives

April 30, 2015
STEPHANY SEAY is the Media Coordinator of the Montana-based Buffalo Field Campaign, the only group working in the field, the courts, and the policy arena to protect America's last wild, migratory buffalo. (
MADONNA THUNDERHAWK Lakota People’s Law Project’s a veteran of every modern American Indian struggle, from the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island to the 1973 stand at Wounded Knee. (
LYLA JUNE JOHNSTON is co-founder of The Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council, which works to heal intergenerational trauma and ethnic division in the northern New Mexico. Lyla is a walker within the Nihigaal Bee Iiná Movement, a 1,000-mile prayer walk through Diné Tah (the Navajo homeland) that is exposing the exploitation of Diné land and people by uranium, coal, oil and gas industries. (
Madonna Lyla

This Is Not America - David Bowie/The Pat Metheny Group
The Venus Project - The Children of Babylon
April 16, 2015
MATT PETERSON and MALEK RASAMNY about their documentary film project "The Native and the Refugee: Reservations, Sovereignty and Autonomy," which investigates the experiences of Palestinian refugee camps and American Indian reservations and the similar struggles that exist between Native Americans and Palestinians. The second half-hour features social entrepreneur.
The Native and the Refugee
JANENE YAZZIE founder of Sixth World Solutions with her partner Kern Collymore, and several of her Navajo Nation colleagues, including BYRON HUSKON who are involved with watershed restoration and conservation on the Navajo Nation.
April 9, 2015
DANIEL KAUFMN is the Executive Director the Endangered Language Alliance in New York City. The Endangered Language Alliance is an independent non-profit and is the only organization in the world focused on the immense linguistic diversity of urban areas. Many of the New York area’s estimated 800 languages are highly endangered. ELA documents and describes under-described and endangered languages, educating a larger public and collaborating with communities.
Daniel was featured in a March 30 article in The New Yorker titled “A Loss for Words: Can a Dying Language be Saved” by Judith Thurman. She begins her article by stating: “The consequences of losing a language may not be understood before it’s too late.” Daniel has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University.
RENE OSWALDO GONZALEZ PIZARRO (Mixe) Researcher for the Center for Studies and Development of Indigenous Languages of Oaxaca.
EMMANUEL VAUGHAN-LEE is a filmmaker, musician and composer. He has directed and produced numerous award-winning films and released three critically acclaimed albums. His work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals worldwide about the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language.
Marie’s Dictionary -
Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Cheyenne River Lakota), Host and Executive Producer
Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer
Cynthia Treis, Associate Producer
Loye Miller, Audio Editor

Ghost Dance - Robbie Robertson - Music for the Native Americans
Unbound - Robbie Robertson - Contact from the Underworld of Redboy
April 2, 2015
KAMAHANA KEALOHA has been working as an organizer of a group of Kanaka Maoli representing several Hawaiian islands and a multi-ethnic group of supporters who are opposing the construction of a 30-meter telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea—also known as Mauna A Wakea—the most sacred place in the Hawaiian Islands for the Kanaka Maoli. The group, led by Lanakila Mangauil, a prominent cultural practitioner from Hawai’i Island, has formed a blockade at 9,000 feet above sea level at Mauna Kea. KAMAHANA is a cultural practitioner with family roots on Hawai’i Island.
“It’s 19 stories tall, which is like building a skyscraper on top of the mountain, a place that is being violated in many ways culturally, environmentally and spiritually. However, this struggle is about so much more. We are fighting against our erasure and ethnocide as well as the threat for all to our main water aquifer and endangered species conservation district.” (
Kamahana Keaholha Candyce Paul
CANDYCE PAUL Outreach Coordinator for Committee for Future Generations, a group of volunteers who got together to stand against the nuclear industry’s proposal to store high-level nuclear waste in northern Saskatchewan. They are also involved in making the uranium mining corporations and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission accountable for the long term health problems created by radiation and environmental damage as it is impacting on the mainly Dene, Cree and Metis people who live and work closest to the uranium mines and all those affected wherever the nuclear industry, both power generating and military, everywhere the uranium is used. She is a mother and an educator, a protector, not an environmentalist nor an activist, responding to a serious threat to ALL future generations (

What's Going On - Los Lobos Live at the Fillmore
We Are All Related - The Science Symphony
March 26, 2015
UKUMBWA SAUTIis an initiated Elder in the Dagara tradition from Burkina Faso in west Africa and is a diviner, numerologist and spiritual counselor. He also works as an Adjunct Professor of Cultural Media Studies. Ukumbwa has created a line of research and critique called "Indigeny & Energetics," some of the perspectives of which reside on his blog of the same name. Part of this work looks at the history and effects of Christianity in the Indigenous and modern world and the persistence of the elements of religious privilege and predatory missiology. Ukumbwa has been active in the Pan-African movement, Black Lives Matter and other anti-racism work and the Occupy/Decolonize to Liberate movements. He has presented at spiritual conferences in the New England region and California and has been active in organizing ritual work in the Boston, New York and Toronto, Canada. Ukumbwa can be reached on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and email at
JUN-San YASUDA is a Japanese Buddhist Nun from the Nipponzan Myohoji order. In 1978, Native Americans organized The Longest Walk , wherein participants walked cross-country from San Francisco, California to Washington, DC. Accompanying them on their walk was a Japanese Buddhist Nun from the Nipponzan Myohoji order. Since then, Jun Yasuda has crossed the country 8 times on foot and logged in several thousand additional miles for the cause of peace.
Jun-san Yasuda is now leading The 2015 NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Peace Walk For A Nuclear Free Future For Peace and the Planet, which started on Friday, March 20 in San Francisco. Participants will walk to the United Nations in New York City. They will arrive on Sunday, April 26. 2015 marks 70 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Carrying this urgent prayer, we will walk to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York City. Our peace walkers from Japan will report on situation of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, from which we must conclude that there can be no peaceful use of nuclear technology.
Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer
Cynthia Treis, Associate Producer
Loye Miller, Audio Editor

Tiokasin is available for concerts, lectures and other speaking engagements.
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Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota and the bands of Itazipco/Mnicoujou and Oglala. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY - Pacifica Radio. Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.” One reviewer called him “a cultural resonator in the key of life.”
Politics for the Lakota is spiritual and is not separate from the rest of life.
Tiokasin has had a long history in Indigenous rights activism and advocacy. He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Ever since his UN work, he has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (North America) and overseas about the importance of living with each other and with Mother Earth.
He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Lakota Reservations, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.”
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is also a master musician and one of the great exponents of the ancient red cedar Lakota flute, and plays traditional and contemporary music, using both Indigenous and European instruments. He has been a major figure in preserving and reviving the cedar wood flute tradition and has combined “spoken word” and music in performances since childhood. Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the United Nations as well as at numerous universities and concert venues.

His words of Indigenous insight and global concern are offered though the experience of "one Lakota living in one world".

~ Mitakuye Oyasin

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