The Trashcan Sinatras have been making music for 30 years – and to celebrate, they’re coming from their native Scotland to tour the US, coming to the Twin Cities on Thursday 12th October – and to help them prepare, they will be joining Simon Husbands on this week’s TRUE BRIT! Join Simon as he talks trash with Paul Livingston of the band. Learn about Shabby Road Studios and the cats who frequented the place, and catch up with some Trashcan music, new and old – on True Brit!
Dave Romm, a long-time KFAI radio personality, passed away on September 16th.
Dave co-hosted Shockwave on KFAI for 28 years, saying he “just wanted to be weird on the radio.” On Sunday, Oct. 1 Sound Affects presented a memorial to Dave’s celebrated weirdness on Shockwave, overseen by Jerry Stearns and Brian Westley, who co-hosted with him. Science fiction and comedy from the Dave’s invention, St. Paul Spaceport.
Sound Affects: A Radio Playground, Sunday Oct. 1, 9:30-10:30 PM.
Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 1 pm Central Time as she talks with Mohawk radio and podcast host John Kane about the latest Indian Country news and what he is hearing in New York State. His “Let’s Talk Native” programs are on Facebook.This week we are going to discuss the Trump tweets and his statements that have touched the nerves of millions of sports fans who are being asked to take sides on whether players (and owners) can kneel before, during, or after the Star Spangled Banner is played. We’ll also cover other national and regional news stories.
John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk, is a national commentator on Native issues. He hosts the weekly radio show: “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane,” on WBAI-FM 99.5 in New York City NS “Let’s Talk Native” on the LTN Radio Network. He has just launched a YouTube Channel “Let’s Talk Native TV”
Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 1 pm for a repeat appearance of Indigeneity Now host Roy Taylor. We will have a news roundup and some cuts from Roy’s show.. Roy is the former co-host of FIRST PERSON RADIO. We will hear some samples from his show, which is filled with arts, international news and interview and is well worth a listen. Roy’s show airs at 6 pm on Wednesdays.
Both programs have evolved from the original Native American Program that began in 1979 on KFAI’s schedule as the new station was beginning service to the near Southside of Minneapolis. It took dedicated work to get the live program on the air each week by volunteer staff from MIGIZI Communications. Roy and Laura were among those. KFAI has had a proud tradition of providing the American Indian community with news and music, along with interesting interviews. This yer marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of MIGIZI and the 40th is just around the corner for KFAI.
Roy Taylor is Principal of White Eagle Consulting, LLC, in Minneapolis. As producer and host of Indigeneity Now, he covers international indigenous news and has guests on his show from politics, government, the arts and literature.
Join Laura Waterman Wittstock as she talks with Harvey Winje about the history of the Phillips Neighborhood, KFAI’s neighbor and home to a large American Indian population. The area of the Phillips Neighborhood began as Indian land but as settlers moved in and Indian families were pushed out, Philips became a welcoming point for newly arriving immigrant families, which in the late 20th Century meant, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, other Asian and African groups. Indian people never completely left Phillips. Once rail, bus, and automobile transportation became available, Indians began moving back and forth from reservations to Phillips and back. Harvey has many, many stories to share about his newspaper, The Alley, and the history of the area.
Harvey Winje is a first generation born American, albeit not until his 1940 birth in the community named in the 1960’s for the abolitionist Wendell Phillips. He serves as the stipend-paid editor of The Alley Newspaper, a 42 year old monthly newspaper of the Phillips Community. He is a carpenter, small business owner, great-grandfather, and an inveterate keeper of history and building parts. He has tried, with mixed results and his own self-doubts, to bring seven years of post high school philosophy, history, and religious academic book learning back to his home community. Harvey has taken his carpentry skills gleaned from his father and older brothers and adapted them to building design & construction management on buildings like the Bailey Building home of KFAI, the KFAI Studio itself, and the Cedar. His long love of community building has been demonstrated in helping to preserve The Alley Newspaper and advocating for the still relevant words of Wendell and Ann Phillips.
KFAI fondly remembers J. Otis Powell‽, poet, scholar, visionary and dear friend to many.
Celebrate J. Otis Powell‽’s life at a KFAI community gathering on Saturday, September 30th from 2-4pm at SPNN. Bring your stories, bring your poetry, bring your memories and spend time with a community of people who loved him.
J. Otis will be honored posthumously at the 2017 Annual Sally Awards, held on Monday, October 16th. Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. Consider honoring J. Otis Powell‽for his Commitment to community by attending. Click here to reserve your spot!
He was one of the founders of the Write On! Radio program and a frequent and consistently uplifting presence at KFAI both on and off the air. Since his untimely death on August 28th, J. Otis’s many friends have celebrated his contributions to our shared culture throughout the KFAI program schedule. You can hear some of the moments our program hosts shared by clicking on the links at our J. Otis Powell‽ page.
Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 1 pm as she talks with Chief John Harrington and Carol LaFleur about metro transit police outreach and coordination at Native events and bringing employment opportunities from Metro transit to community members.
John Harrington was appointed to serve as the Metro Transit Chief of Police for the Twin Cities area in 2012. He served as a Minnesota State Senator from the east side of St. Paul for the redistricting biennium ending in 2012. During his tenure as a State Senator, John served on the Public Safety and Judiciary, the E-12 Education, the Local Government, and the Senate Ethics Committees. He was named the 39th Police Chief for the City of St. Paul. He began his police career in 1977. As St. Paul Police Chief, he tackled some of the city’s more difficult problems, including domestic violence and gang violence. He increased the diversity of the police department by 40 percent and he helped found the Police Foundation and Shop with Cops.
He attended DeLaSalle High School in Chicage and earned a BA from Dartmouth College. He earned an MA in Education from St. Thomas and graduated from the FBI National Academy, 201st Session.
John is on the faculty at Metropolitan State University sine 1986, teaching Community Oriented Policing and Gangs.
John serves on Metro State University board, the Minnesota Humanities Commission, the Red Cross and Zulu District of the Boy Scouts. He also helped launch Ujamaa Place: a non profit that works with African American men to transition the out of prison and gangs into productive lives in the community.
Carol LaFleur is an Associate Community Outreach Coordinator for Metro Transit Police Department. She shares information with communities of color about employment opportunities with Metro Transit, such as law enforcement, mechanic technicians, bus operators, construction, and college internships.
Carol builds and maintains relationships between Metro Transit Police and the Twin Cities’ Native American community. She attends meetings and promotes events that help Native Americans develop positive and healthy relationships with Metro Transit Police Officers. Carol has participated in the following events: Elders Picnic, Elders Holiday Meal, Pow Wows, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Meetings, Urban Indian Advisory Board, and Cooking and Baseball with cops.
Carol has Criminal Justice degrees from North Hennepin Community College and Metropolitan State University. Carol has spoken many times about her passion for her community, and the struggles she faced in exploring and understanding her own Native American heritage.
Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday August 23, 2017 at 1 pm for a lively discussion about American Indian politics and news with Shoshone journalist Mark Trahant. There is almost too much news streaming over the airwaves — a climate in which American Indian news can actually get drowned out. But, we have the Federal budget, local candidates getting ready for the next election season, and regional stories coming from tribal areas.
Mark Trahant is an independent journalist and a faculty member at the University of North Dakota as the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism.
In addition to teaching, he has been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in a Alaska native village. He also has been editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho in the spring of 2011 and again in 2012. He taught courses on social media, the American West and editorial writing. In 2009 and 2010 Trahant was a Kaiser Media Fellow writing about health care reform focused on programs the government already operates, such as the Indian Health Service. He was recently the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News. Trahant is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.
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