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Native Power: Language, Land, and Water NoDAPL

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Special thanks to the Christensen Fund for supporting Making Contact’s indigenous storytelling fellows.

The actions at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota continue. On the night of November 20, 2016, militarized police forces used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets, hospitalizing a dozen water protectors and injuring 160 others. While mainstream media coverage is sorely lacking and distorting, Native and independent journalists have been using social media to share anything from live Facebook video of on-the-ground actions to profiles within the Oceti Sakowin Camp. We share interviews from a grassroots media group called the Voices of Standing Rock. In the second half of the radio program you’ll hear Making Contact’s Community Storytelling Fellow, Vincent Medina, a Chochenyo Ohlone Native American who is a part of a young generation working to revitalize the Chochenyo language for future generations.

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We are now seeking applications for our next Community Storytelling Fellowship, Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis. Deadline 3/22/17. Apply here. Please spread the word! 


  • Kevin Gillbert, Activist at Standing Rock
  • Voices of Standing Rock, Grassroots Media Group  
  • Audrey De La Rosa, Native American Water Protector
  • S, Water Protector, First People, Toronto, Canada
  • Vincent Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone, Language and Culture Activist, Making Contact Community Storytelling Fellow  
  • Gabriel Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone  
  • Dottie Galvan, Chochenyo Ohlone Elder
  • Cathy G., Chochenyo Ohlone Elder


  • Contributing Producers:  Voices of Standing Rock, Vincent Medina
  • Host: R.J. Lozada
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Web Editor: Kwan Booth
  • Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


  • _ghost, “Lullaby”
  • Kai Engel, “July”
  • Lee Rosevere, “The Secret to Growing Up”
  • Lee Rosevere, “Making a Change”
  • Lee Rosevere, “Slow Lights”


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