Anna Whiting-Sorrell was the first woman teacher's assistant for the Political Science Department at the University of Montana, she has a master's degree in Public Administration, and she's the first political scientist we've had on the show. She's served her community as the director of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services... and she's also Annie's mom. In this episode of the NDN Science Show, Anna and Annie have a conversation about how we as Indigenous people need to heal our historic traumas and make sure we have a seat at the table where natives can defend natives. Anna believes deeply that Indigenous people need to tell their own stories. Enjoy!
Here are some of the main ideas in this episode:
- Anna's childhood and how alcoholism affected her siblings
- Her perspective on gender roles in the modern world
- The long road to getting her education and her work in politics
- Cultural appropriation, being a 'token Indin', and walking in two worlds
- The importance of having Indigenous voices in politics
- Anna's 3 Tips for being Indigenous in the modern world
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On today’s show, we took a bit of a different approach to our conversation. Both of us chose a topic within this overarching idea of Indigenous Environmental Issues. This is an important area to explore because our connection to the natural world is inseparable. Unlike the broad topic of being Indigenous in the modern world, this episode is more specific. We discuss oil transportation along the BNSF Railroad and the implications that spills have on the people, landscape, and watershed in western Montana. We also relate the reasons for why this is so significant to Indigenous communities by looking at two documents as examples of ways current approaches are highly colonized, but also for ways we can move forward with environmental issues in general. Some of the main ideas we talk about are: - The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway: How much oil is transported, Implications for the watershed, How this can affect all people - The Rights of Mother Earth: The Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People - Government Documents at Different Levels - Grassroots Change through Personal Change - The Power of Your Vote ~ Links and Resources: Oil and Water Don't Mix YouTube Video Understanding Oil Spills In Freshwater Environments Middle Fork Flathead River: Treat: Oil Transport by Rail United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia's Historic Bill ~ Like this show? Leave us a review here... even one sentence helps! And if you leave your Twitter handle we'll be sure to thank you personally! You can also Support the Show on PayPal ...
This event was so epic! It's almost impossible for us to truly wrap our minds around but we do our best on today's episode. Although there have been other events of comparable size, this was potentially the largest flood event in Earth's history. The only other event that's potentially larger happened in Siberia. This "lake" carved a path through the Rocky Mountains that still frames the landscape around places like Missoula and Camas Prairie, MT. Enjoy! ~ Links & Resources: Red Earth, White Lies by Vine Deloria Jr Ice Age Flood Institute Floodscapes Map Explore Ice-Age Floods and Glacial Features - An Interactive Map Montana Natural History Center Mystery of the Megaflood on Nova Post-Glacial Radiocarbon Ages for the Southern Cordilleran Ice Sheet Glacial Lake Missoula Documentary 1 Glacial Lake Missoula Documentary 2 ~ Like this show? Leave us a review here... even one sentence helps! And if you leave your Twitter handle we'll be sure to thank you personally! You can also Support the Show on PayPal. ...
We're back! And to get back in the groove, we decided to do another episode on the topic of Being Indigenous in the Modern World (#BIMW). This is a big topic and we bounce around to different topics a lot, but that's a part of why it's so fun to record these episodes. Enjoy! Here are some of the main ideas we talk about: - IndigiFact about How Cats Land on Their Feet - Updates on why we took a month off - What makes this topic so broad/wide-reaching - Sustainable/Renewable/Clean/Green Energy - Some Ideas to Be Indigenous in the Modern World ~ Links & Resources: How do cats land on their feet? Links: 1, 2, 3, 4 Do toilets spin in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere? Links: 1, 2 Are cats good mousers? Links: 1, 2, 3 Ecological complexity, fuzzy logic, and holism in indigenous knowledge Jaden Smith's Water Filter & Food Truck Zealandia ~ Like this show? Leave us a review here... even one sentence helps! And if you leave your Twitter handle we'll be sure to thank you personally! You can also Support the Show on PayPal ...