Welcome to Indigenous in Music! This week our guest comes to us from Los Angeles, California, she is a singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. Shylah Ray Sunshine will be stopping by in our spotlight to tell us about her new album “Into the Wild.” You can hear her music and find out all about her on her homepage at shylahraysunshine.com. Shylah is featured in the current issue of the SAY Magazine, visit us on our homepage at Indigenous in Music.com to find out all about her.
Music from Shylah Ray Sunshine, Sandra Sutter, Tracy Bone, Herbie Barnes,
John MeLeod, The Jerry Cans, Joyslam, Centavrvs, Samantha Crain, Linda McKinzie, Mary Bryton, Jace Martin, Khu.eex, Joey Styles, Carsen Gray, Cody Coyote, DJ krayzkree, Black Bear, A Tribe Called Red, QVLN, Stevie Salas, Julian Taylor Band, William C. Wikcemna, Once A Tree, Austen Brauker, Tom Bee, Leah Belle, Twin Flames, Callie Bennett, Pura Fe and much much more.
In other words: People are jealous of the Indian health system.
This is Trahant Reports.
There is a lot of background to the roll out of coronavirus vaccines in Indian Country. The pandemic is still lethal. The rates of infection in Indian Country are significantly higher than in other communities. A new study by the Urban Indian Health Institute points out the incidence rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives is 3.5 times higher than that of non-Hispanic Whites and the mortality rate is 1.8 times higher. The reasons go far beyond this pandemic: Chronic diseases, crowded housing, the lack of clean water and healthy foods as well as an underfunded Indian health system.
But tribal governments were far more inclined to implement public health orders, including lock downs and mask requirements.
The thing is tribal governments, unlike their state counterparts, already have a culture of public health.
One clear reason is that the Indian health system is just that, a system. There are mechanics in place to distribute vaccines efficiently to a population. That’s something that is missing from most of the U.S health system where doctors and hospitals are scattered about without any real logic.
But Indian Country is different. The Indian health system — a combination of federal clinics and hospitals, plus those run by tribes and nonprofits — is a system serving a distinct population and so a distribution plan could be properly executed.
The Cherokee Nation announced that it passed its first 10,000 vaccinations, including a priority for first-language Cherokee speakers, and it’s now adding Phase 2 priority patients to its distribution. The Navajo Nation lifted its weekend lockdowns so that more people can take the shot. Already more than 40,000 have received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. And in Alaska more than 30 percent of all vaccines have been administered through the Alaska Native health system.
Sovereignty in action.
Welcome to Indigenous in Music! This week we welcome back from the Pine Ridge Indian Nation, Mr. Wanbli Ceya AKA JUQ. He has just released his 3rd Lakota Pop album entitled “Yamni.” You can find out all about him on our homepage and hear his music on Spotify.
Music from JUQ, Mattmac, Drezus, Brandis Knudsen, La Yegros, Ana Tijoux,
Orishas, Yomil y El Dany, Iceis Rain, DJ Shub, QVLN, Lightingcloud, Leonard Summer, Joey Stylez, Northern Cree, Difessa, Matt Richards, Twin Flames,
Carlos Santana, The Isley Brothers, Digging Roots, Elastic Bond, El Hijo De La Cumbia, Nortec Collective, Ozomatli, Pablo Nouvell, Chambao, Nancy Sanchez, Stoik, DJ krayzkree, XAXO, Buffy Sainte Marie and much much more.
Welcome to Indigenous in Music! This week Larry welcomes Edmonton, Alberta’s top Indigenous Hip hop fusion artist Mr. “Rellik. He has just released his newest project which comes with new song and video called “Train Wreck.” You can hear his music and find out all about him on his homepage at rellikmusic.ca.
Music from Rellik, Nathan Cunningham, Indian City, Julian Taylor, Sober Junkie, Locos Por Juana, XAXO, Dj Bitman, Carsen Gray, Red Rockerz, Boogey the Beat, Iceis Rain, Herbie Barnes, JC Campbell, Michael Bucher, Angel Baribeau, Jace Martin, Mary Bryton, Bajofondo, Bebel Gilberto, Shon Denay, Ana Tijoux, Twin Flames, Marcelo D2, Stevie Salas, The Bloodshots, Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers, Mike Paul, The Jerry Cans and much much more.
Encore: Welcome to Indigenous in Music! This week our guest comes to us from from Ottawa Ontario, he is a singer, producer and entrepreneur. He has just released his new album “Find Myself,” and he’ll be stopping by to tell us all about. Paul is featured in the current issue of the SAY Magazine, visit us on our homepage at Indigenous in Music.com to find out all about him.
Music from Paul Star, Mike Bern, Jace Martin, Jimmy Lee Young, Mike Paul, John Mcleod, John Trudell, Joyslam, Joey Nowyuk, Wolf Den, Jasmine Netsena, Kris Paul, Kaeley Jade, Joey Stylez, QVLN, Angel Baribeau, Nancy Sanchez, Midnight Shine, Sober Junkie, Twin Flames, Los Lonely Boys, 1915, Shauit, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Deanne Rose Moore, Leah Belle, Herbie Barnes, Laura Niquay, Nathan Cunningham, Leonard Summer and much much more.
Let’s look at the numbers behind any cabinet appointment.
This is Trahant Reports.
The appointment of Rep. Deb Haaland — or any tribal citizen — to a presidential cabinet would make history. Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, would be the first Native American to operate a cabinet level agency.
Vice President Charles Curtis, Kaw, is the only tribal citizen to ever serve in a presidential cabinet, but he did not run an agency. Nor did he do much. He was rarely consulted. Attended only a few cabinet meetings and he did little to influence policy.
Haaland would be the first Native American to serve in the cabinet as an agency head, running the Interior department.
There have been roughly 750 cabinet appointments from 45 presidents.
The math here: One cabinet appointment out of 750 equals 0.133333333333 percent.
Bad. But extrapolate that beyond the cabinet, across government and the daunting nature of this representation is clear. There are 4,000 jobs that will be appointed by the next president. To reach parity with the population, it would require at least 80 such appointments.
There are zero Native Americans in the United States Senate. In the history of the country there have only been four, all men.
The people’s House where Haaland now serves has better numbers. There will be four members in the next Congress, or 0.91954022988506 perc ent. Since the Congress first began there have been 10,363 members since 1789 or 0.16404516066776 percent.
More numbers. There are currently 870 authorized judges; nine on the Supreme Court, 179 on courts of appeals, 673 for the district courts and nine on the Court of International Trade. There are two tribal citizens serving as district court judges. Or 0.22988505747126 percent. In the history of the country there have been three Native Americans serving as district court judges.
At the Interior Department, the agency responsible for the relationship between the government of the United States and tribal governments, there have been 53 secretaries. The math here is easy. Zero from 53 is still zero.
There was at least one candidate for the Interior before Haaland. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s name was floated to George Bush. Campbell is Northern Cheyenne. As then Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colorado, wrote about Campbell’s qualifications. “As you know, his work in Congress included time as chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, and he did extensive work on issues important to the West such as water, forestry, public land management and resource development.” Bush picked Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne.
And Rep. Ben Reifel, R-South Dakota, in another era might have been considered. He took a lame duck appointment as commissioner of Indian affairs under Nixon, serving just a few months. Or even Brig. Gen. Ely Parker, Seneca, who also was commissioner of Indian affairs had to resign his rank in the military in order to take the Indian affairs post.
Then that was another time. At least that’s what we are told.
I am Mark Trahant.