In the first half-hour, Tiokasin speaks with Elizabeth Woody ((Warm Springs, Yakama and Diné), executive director since 2018 of The Museum at Warm Springs in Warm Springs, Oregon. The Museum opened its doors to the public on March 14, 1993 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout 2023 with special exhibits, public programs and events. Built to Smithsonian Institution professional standards, The Museum’s mission is to preserve, advance and share the traditions, cultural and artistic heritage of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. Elizabeth is an internationally renowned poet, author, essayist and visual artist. She is also an educator, mentor, collaborator and community leader. In 2016, Elizabeth became the first Native American to be named Oregon’s Poet Laureate. Find out more about The Museum at Warm Springs at

In the second half-hour, Tiokasin talks with Charles Lyons and Christian Poirier about Charles’ July 11, 2023 article for the environmental news site Mongabay, titled “Six months on, the Yanomami crisis continues amid rising violence.” The article was produced with funding from Earth Journalism Network. Charles, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker. He is currently making a documentary film about former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He is senior consultant for Amazon Aid Foundation. Last year, Charles produced coverage of the 2022 Brazilian election for PBS NewsHour, which included two long-form reports –– one on deforestation in the Amazon; the other on Indigenous rights. Prior to that, he received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to produce and edit coverage of the pandemic in Brazil, also for PBS NewsHour. He is currently writing a series of articles on illegal gold mining in Amazonian countries for Mongabay. Christian Poirier is a senior member of Amazon Watch’s team. Having coordinated the Brazil Program since 2009, Christian helped lead international solidarity campaigns to halt the construction of large Amazon dams and to call on the global private sector to cease its complicity in environmental destruction and human rights abuses in the Amazon. He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of international development and advocacy, focusing on environmental, agrarian, and social justice issues. Read Charles’ article at

Production Credits:

Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Lakota), Host and Executive Producer

Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer

Karen Ramirez (Mayan), Studio Engineer, Radio Kingston

Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Audio Editor

Kevin Richardson, Podcast Editor

Music Selections:

1. Song Title: Tahi Roots Mix (First Voices Radio Theme Song)

Artist: Moana and the Moa Hunters

Album: Tahi (1993)

Label: Southside Records (Australia and New Zealand)


2. Song Title: Joy’All

Artist: Jenny Lewis

Album: Joy’All (2023)

Label: Blue Note/Capitol


3. Song Title: Mad World

Artist: Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules

Album: Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets (2001)

Label: Down Up Down Music



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