Big announcement for our morning public affairs listeners: First Voices Radio has been added to our regular programming schedule and will air every Monday from 11am-12pm beginning Monday, June 10.
First Voices Radio (formerly First Voices Indigenous Radio) — the first Indigenous radio program in the northeastern U.S. —has been airing on WBAI since 2003. With more than 1 million online hits annually, the program has become known for bringing to the airwaves the experiences, perspectives and struggles of Indigenous peoples worldwide whose exclusion from mainstream, progressive and alternative media is deleterious to the whole of humanity. The program’s Host, Executive Producer and Founder Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation in South Dakota and the bands of Itazipco/Mnicoujou and Oglala. 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.
FVR is syndicated on more than 70 community and public radio stations in 17 states in the U.S. and three Canadian provinces, including: British Columbia; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Idaho; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Manitoba; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Montana; New Hampshire; New York; Northwest Territories; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; Tennessee; and Washington.