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  • FIRST VOICES RADIO: First Voices Radio
    by (Tiokasin Ghosthorse) on August 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Debra Utacia Krol, a citizen of the Xolon Salinan Tribe, is an Indigenous affairs reporter at the Arizona Republic. Her current coverage area, which is supported by the Catena Foundation and the Water Funder Initiative, is the intersection of climate, culture and commerce. Debra has more than two decades of expertise in reporting on Native issues for publications large and small, with an emphasis on environmental and science issues, and has been a contributor to two books on Native traditions. The focus of Debra's talk with Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse will be her July 26, 2020 Arizona Republic article, "'Being very frank about our history': As Sierra Club acknowledges racist past, Indigenous communities look for reckoning." If time allows, Tiokasin and Debra will discuss another issue that she has been closely monitoring: the proposed development of two hydro-electric dams on or close to the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers near the Grand Canyon. In the second half-hour, Co-Host Anne Keala Kelly (Kanaka Maoli) catches up with StrongHearts Native Helpline Director Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians). On Monday, August 3, StrongHearts Native Helpline launched Sexual Violence Advocacy, adding this to the organizations domestic violence and dating violence services. StrongHearts advocates are now prepared to handle the devastating impacts of sexual violence in Indian Country. They will provide peer to peer support, crisis intervention, assistance with safety planning, education and referrals to Native-centered resources. The dispiriting truth is that when compared to other races in the United States, Native American women are twice as likely to experience sexual assault or rape and most likely at the hands of a non-Native. Its an extension of abuse that began with European contact and has continued to this day, adding up to more than 500 years of violence against the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. This continued tool of colonization represents a lack of respect for Native peoples and is an assault on humanity and Mother Earth.


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