Audio for free use from Standing Rock

I traveled to Standing Rock on December 1st for a week to cover the veteran’s deployment to the encampments aiming to block the Dakota Access Pipeline. It was an extraordinary week of reporting, during which a group of other reporters and I, as well as many of the veterans, were stuck onsite during a brutal blizzard and hundreds more slept on the floor at a nearby hotel. I spoke a bit about my trip and the dangerous conditions on the Marc Steiner radio show.

Native American Marine Corps veterans Bugsy Barnowski and Andrew Lowe came from Oklahoma for the veterans deployment at Standing Rock

Native American Marine Corps veterans Bugsy Barnowski and Andrew Lowe came from Oklahoma for the veterans deployment at Standing Rock

I’m planning to go back to Standing Rock and am looking for collaborators on a documentary work, likely audio but possibly video. In the meantime, I’m offering two tracks from my hours of tape for public use/under Creative Commons. I’m particularly hoping there are ways some smaller public radio stations might use the material. I’m also attaching transcripts.

On tape: Drum and voice performance by Che Jim (Dine (Navajo)) and Giovanni Sanchez (from Pennsylvania but ethnically indigenous Mexican (Mexica)). After the performance they speak in more spiritual and transformational terms about Standing Rock. In the interview-only second audio link they speak more about movement-building and also the role of the arts. They gave explicit permission for me to share this audio.

Contact info:

Giovanni Sanchez
Giovannis11607@gmail.com

and

Che Jim
Executive Director
Healing Arrows Indigenous Social Justice & Wellness
www.healingarrows.org
healingarrowsforsocialjustice@gmail.com
928.225.1707

He writes: “The mission of Healing Arrows for Indigenous Social Justice and Wellness is to advocate, promote and educate on issues of social justice for Indigenous Peoples and to educate wellness approaches to healing and health.”

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performance and intvu

interview-only, about the broader movement

Transcripts attached.ts-sr0052_intvuche-n-giovanni_n_xo

ts-performance_intvu-cheandgiovanni

About Farai Chideya

Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She contributes to print, public radio, and cable television; and she also hosts a series of town hall meetings in both New York and San Francisco, with New York Public Radio and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, respectively. You can see an archive of her 2010 midterm election specials -- which foreshadowed some of the current political and immigration debates -- at PopandPolitics.com, which she founded in 1995.