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NAME: Tiokasin Ghosthorse  
NATION: Lakota  
DISCIPLINE: Radio Personality/Lakota Star Knowledge Lecturer  


Tiokasin is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota. He holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Native American Studies and Communications. Tiokasin has been a powerful influential energy in the perseverance of the cedar wood flute tradition and presently keeps a flute made from 600-year-old wood. He has combined the insightful "spoken word" with the transcendence of the cedar flute for 30 years. He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations Conference on Human Rights International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

He participated in several occupations including Wounded Knee, SD in 1973, Lyle Point, WA, Western Shoshone, NV and Big Mountain, AZ and has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (N. America) and overseas since that time. He is a survivor of the "Reign of Terror" from 1972-1976 on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to "kill the Indian and save the man".

My ancestors, whom I always acknowledge and accept responsibility for their words, are Chief Gall (Pizi), Yellow Hawk (Cetan Zi), Swift Eagle (Wanbli Luzan), American Horse (Tasunke Wasicu), Bear Awake (Mato Nakpa) and Ghost Horse (Tasunka Wanagi)

Program Description:

First Voices brings to the airwaves the experiences, perspectives and struggles of Indigenous people who have been almost totally excluded from both mainstream and progressive, alternative media. Our purpose is to help ensure the continuance and survival of Indigenous cultures and Nations by letting the People tell their own story, in their own words, and often in their own languages and ways of speaking. And with as little outside interference and interruption as possible.

As we open up the airwaves week after week to the voices seldom heard in the last 511 years, it is our hope that the newcomers to this Land - that is, every immigrant group - will begin to question their assumptions about Indigenous people here. We hope they become educated and informed, get activated, break down their romanticization, break free of their stereotypes, and begin to form real relationships with Indigenous communities based, finally, on respect and real understanding.

This one hour is devoted to bringing the voices of the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (i.e., North America) and connecting their struggles with those of other Indigenous Peoples around the world. And while never forgetting that standing upon Mother Earth is a great responsibility.

We ask our guests with great respect to do the honor of coming on the program to offer their knowledge, wisdom, and experience, a knowledge that has been handed down over hundreds of thousands of years. It is a responsibility we take very seriously, and we know it is with great urgency that we ask these voices to be shared in this time of changes. We hope we offer our listeners a perspective they have been missing for far too long. The voice America has tried to silence, the voices of Indigenous Peoples.

Tiokasin knows that First Voices Indigenous Radio belongs to all the Native Peoples here in Turtle Island (renamed North America by the occupiers). The responsibilities that can be taught by listening to the real land owners (so to speak) and understanding the knowledge, the wisdom, the struggles, and the unheard voices.

It is said that if the lies continue about Native peoples it will create an illusion that all Americans will dearly pay for in the future... and the future is now. What kind of world are Americans creating with their priviledge of denying Native people's voice and the reality of truth that Natives experience daily.

Tiokasin's global perspective reality is the experience of living with and understanding these two worlds - Indigenous and non-Indigenous. The teachings of the Lakota are profound and relevant in the universe today! Lakota knowledge empowers through inclusion, by teaching responsibility of choices. This contributes to an emerging world, affecting the environmental/Mother Earth issues we as human beings ponder when it comes to what it means to be civilized.

First Voices Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. WBAI 99.5FM NYC