Role of media is giving voices to the voiceless indigenous peoples

Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota and has a long history with Indigenous activism and advocacy. Tiokasin is the Founder, Host and Executive Producer of “First Voices Radio” (formerly “First Voices Indigenous Radio”) for the last 27 years in New York City and Seattle/Olympia, Washington. In 2016, he received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize from the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy.

He holds different leadership roles, to name a few, he is lecturer at Yale University's school of divinity, ecology and forestry. He is also a master musician and one of the great exponents of the ancient red cedar Lakota flute. He plays traditional and contemporary music, using both Indigenous and European instruments. He has been a major figure in preserving and reviving the cedar wood flute tradition and has combined “spoken word” and music in performances since childhood. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY - Pacifica Radio.

Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator. 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.

In this progream, he talks about the role of media to give voice to voiceless indigenous peoples.

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