In concert with production partner, KKWE/Niijii Radio, TruthToTell traveled west last Wednesday evening, August 14th, to the White Earth Reservation to air/televise the 7th in our series of LIVE Community Connections forums on critical Minnesota issues in the rooms of Community Partner Shooting Star Casino – where we taped an debate on the meaning and impacts of a proposed new home rule constitution to be voted on by White Earth Nation tribal members this Fall. This is a burning issue among members of the entire Minnesota Chippewa Tribe(MCT), whose current Constitution currently governs all Minnesota bands under its jurisdiction.
The audience consisted of all residents and enrollees affected by the proposed constitutional provisions and commentators and analysts from various Chippewa nations in Minnesota. So lively was this debate, we went almost two hours.
The edited program will be posted on websites everywhere, as well. Producer David Zierott and St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) are televising the forum as TTT’s Media Partner. Additional distribution will come on TruthToTell’s regular air slot at 9:00 AM Labor Day Monday on KFAI, and on television at 8:00 PM August 19 on SPNN St. Paul Cable Channel 19, and MTN Minneapolis Cable Channel 16
Producer/Host Andy Driscoll and Associate Producer/Co-host Michelle Alimoradi, in concert with community and media partners wanted to bring this Community Connections program to affected residents of the Reservation and its neighborhoods/communities, conversations that strike at the heart of the White Earth Band’s quality of life, as well as its integrity in protecting the longstanding treaties negotiated over the ability to govern by democratic vote.
TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI community radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.
CivicMedia-Minnesota is a 501c3 non-profit production company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, created to bring civic and media literacy to the Twin Cities region and Minnesota, informing, educating and empowering residents and students in local, state and regional public affairs and to amplify the voices of concerned communities on key issues facing them every day. CMM’s main goal is to engage citizens by helping them understand issues of governance and public policy, critique media coverage of critical policy matters, encourage public discourse and help people take collective action to resolve problems and influence public policy. More information and past show archives can be found at www.truthtotell.org.
ERMA VIZENOR – White Earth Tribal Chair
GERALD VIZENOR – Author/Poet, Constitution Writer
MICHAEL DAHL – White Earth Land Recovery Project Community Liaison and Niijii Radio
SHARON ENJADY – Anishinaabe Grandmother
TERRY JANIS (Lakota) – Attorney, Constitutional Reform Manager, White Earth