Believe What You Like But Know What You Must

People are free to be consumed with contemplating their existence, their origins, the origins of the universe, supreme beings, controllers of destiny or anything else. But solving "the Great Mystery" is neither a requirement of being Ohnkwe Ohnwe nor does it provide a path to righteousness. I maintain that spirituality does not require faith or the leaps that faith requires but rather awareness. If it helps to believe that "God has a plan" and we just must have faith that "He" knows what "He" is doing, then walk that path. My interest is in taking the mystery out of life by pointing to the obvious that is ignored everyday in the midst of fanatical ideology and the sometimes not too subtle influences of promoting beliefs over knowledge. I have said it before: “beliefs are what you are told, knowledge is what you experience”. I support a culture that prepares us to receive knowledge and to live a life with purpose. I am certainly not suggesting there is only one way to do that.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

A New Time Slot for "Let's Talk Native..."

As I close in on a complete year for the radio show I launched on August 10th of last year, my time slot has been upgraded to the tail end of the drive time. LTN will air live on Tuesday mornings from 9am to 10am. The drive time is considered prime time for radio and I hope to continue to connect with listeners stuck in their slow morning commute. Perhaps listening in on a good conversation will make the drive seem shorter.
The year has been consumed by a lot of conversation over the State's continuing attempts to gain revenue from Native sales and will likely continue to be so. The issue has lead me to three appearances on The Capitol Pressroom, including a debate with Jim Calvin of the New York Association of Convenience Stores and an appearance with New York Senator George Maziarz. Senator Maziarz also appeared with me on my show as well.
In August, as I enter my second year as the only Native radio show in Western New York, I will also be hosting the only Native radio show in the New York City Metropolitan area. My good friend Tiokasin Ghosthorse, who produces and hosts "First Voices Indigenous Radio" on WBAI FM 99.5 in Manhattan, asked me to host his show while he returns home to South Dakota for ceremonies and visits with friends and family. I look forward to the four shows in New York and hope to spread our message close to the homes of some of our biggest political detractors.
So note the new time for "Let's Talk Native..." and look for my appearances on "First Voices Indigenous Radio" all next month. As always, LTN shows will be posted here on Native Pride. If you don't have the opportunity to catch FVIR streaming live on www.wbai.org you will be able to catch them here on Native Pride as well.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'm Commuting to New York City in August

One of the guys who got me interested in doing radio is my friend Tiokasin Ghosthorse. Tiokasin is a man of many talents, not the least of which is being a musician. But I came to know him as the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio, which airs out of WBAI FM 99.5 in New York City. Over the years Tiokasin has turned to me as a resource for news affecting the people of the Six Nations as well as a guest to talk about history and culture, specifically on his Thanksgiving specials. His show airs on Thursday mornings live from 9 till 10 but is carried by about 20 other stations on various days and times throughout the U.S. and Canada. The shows can be streamed live from http://www.wbai.org/ and can be listened to out of archive there or on http://www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/.

A couple of weeks ago Tiokasin asked if I would guest host for his show in August while he goes home to South Dakota to do ceremonies and to connect with his family and community. So needless to say, I'll be hosting First Voices Indigenous Radio for the four Thursdays of August. I want to thank Tiokasin for asking me to fill in and bring a little of Let's Talk Native... to the Big Apple and I also want to thank the supporters of LTN who are helping me to be able to do a show in Buffalo on Tuesday and a show in New York on Thursday. I made the trip last week and appeared on Thursday's show. It was the the first time I was an in-studio guest and it allowed the chance to meet the WBAI personnel and find my way around. I want to thank Ross John Enterprises and Pierce Trading for assisting me with the trip.

Much of the political will against Native people is based in the New York metropolitan area so this is an opportunity to take it to them. My appearances on The Capitol Pressroom have allowed me to take it to them where they work, FVIR and WBAI will let me take to where they live. I'll post the shows on Native Pride so be sure and check them out.

For the month of August, the Native voice on Buffalo radio will also be the Native voice on New York radio.