Thursday, January 25, 2007

Indigenous Politics

We were supposed to do a podcast this week, but it doesn't look like its going to happen. We'll try again next week though, but in the meantime, you can wait in eager anticipation for this new radio program on indigenous politics that I'm posting about below:

Please tune in each Monday from 5:10-6pm (Eastern Standard Time) for:

"INDIGENOUS POLITICS: FROM NATIVE NEW ENGLAND AND BEYOND" a new radio program on WESU, Middletown, Connecticut with host J. Kehaulani Kauanui on 88.1 FM (The WESU transmitter covers two-thirds of the state of CT and reaches as far north as Springfield, MA, and south to Long Island, NY.)

Or, listen online LIVE via the stream from WESU website:

The show will be launched on Monday, February 5th by J. Kehaulani Kauanui, with production support from Kalia Lydgate (Wes `07), Amelia Dean Walker (Wes `07) and Raffi Stern (Wes `07). Presented as a talk show, this multi-media program will feature interviews with political leaders, community activists, cultural authorities, filmmakers & artists, as well
as academics and independent scholars whose work addresses indigenous politics related to cultural politics and sovereignty struggles.

Future topics will include: tribal nations in Connecticut and the state backlash against their quest for federal recognition, Native feminisms, the same-sex marriage bans in Indian Country, indigenous environmental issues, US militarism and indigenous peoples’ service, domestic violence and restorative justice, Hawaiians and the politics of federal
recognition, indigenous language revitalization, sports teams and Indian mascots, The US presidential election and American Indian voters, indigenous peoples and the prison industrial complex, contemporary land rights Indian gaming and the politics of casinos, and indigenous youth movements.

For more information, email:

Monday, January 15, 2007

Biba Nuebu na Sakkan

Just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone, and that I'm back in the states. Both Angie and me are eager to start the podcasts again. I haven't heard from Madel though, which means she probably snuck off to Palau during the break and then decided not to come back. Lucky...

We've got plenty to talk about for the podcasts though, most importantly, decolonization.

While I was on Guam for the break, me and several others organized a forum on political status titled Decolonizing Our Lives. We had more than 200 people attend, from all over Guam, hoben, amko', gefsaga' popble, malate', brodie.

Since I've been back in the states the conversation has continued about the politics of decolonization, albeit with a wider scope now, involving Latin American communities and Native Americans. For the Crossing Borders Conference that our department is organizing this year, Ghosts, Monsters and The Dead, it looks like we'll have at least one panel focusing on decolonial studies and philosophies.