Aug 28, 2018
Native Opinion Episode 139
JUST A MIX OF SOMETHING DIFFERENT & IDENTITY.
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In this episode of Native Opinion:
In this weeks episode of our show, We share a story of Noah Baker, a 11 year old who likes to play Stick Ball, a traditional native game similar to lacrossse, as well as other sports such as basketball, Baseball and Football. But becuase of a school rule that requires students to have hair of a certain length to play sports, Noah is put in a impossible position… keep his culturally traditional long hair, or cut it so that he can play. Our discussion of Noah’s situation expands on public, private schools and univercities rules that violate native students rights, and of the Native American Religious Freedom Act, which is designed to protect native students rights in these types of situations.
Additionally, we introduce part 1 of a two part series…“Indigenous Rights and Environmental Racism” a paper by a member of the Mashantucket Pequot (Western) Tribal nation, and historic preservaton officer, Marissa Turnbull.
Plus our Native News and Listener feedback segments
ARTICLES DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
**NATIVE STUDENT RIGHTS**
**Indigenous Rights and Environmental Racism**
FACT: During the United Nations declaration on Indigenous Peoples initial proposal, over 140 countries voted in favor of it, while four member states voted AGAINST it. Those countries were: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. However, each country later endorced the declaration, with THE UNITED STATES being the LAST to reverse its opposition in 2010 under President Obama’s tenure. Watch President Obama’s Address at the Tribal Nations Conference in 2010
**MAIN CONTENT DISCUSSED**
Did Francis Drake Bring Enslaved Africans to North America
Decades Before Jamestown?
MUSIC PRESENTED IN THIS EPISODE:
Artist: Tom Durocher
Track: The Honor Song
**Good afternoon everyone. Yesterday, I took my drum and went to sing to our horses. For the most part, we don’t give thanks to them or appreciate the work they do for us, their companionship and their teachings.
I was taught by my late father and grandfather that we need to honor them for their work and partnership. They used to sing to their horses when they were riding or driving them.
Yesterday, I sang many songs to them including this one - called The Honor Song. I am grateful for their teachings, they are always non-judgmental and honest. Some of my closest friends have been my horses throughout the years and have helped me through some very difficult times. .**
Kutupitush! (Thank You!) for listening!