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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Update of TRC project and International implications

    Key Discussion Points :
    What has happened since Oct 16,2012
    How visible is this project on an international level
    Is Genocide accurate in describing what happened to Native people in the US?
    How can we be allies?

    Guests:
    Esther Attean, Passamaquoddy Tribal Member/Staff member for Muskie Institute and a convening member of the Tribal/State Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    Bennett Collins, Research Assistant, University of St. Andrews Scotland, writing a research paper about the Wabanaki TRC process with Professor Alison Watson and Professor Sioban McEvoy-Levy to be presented at the International Studies Association Conference In Toronto Canada next year.

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Historic Novel Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

    Program Topic: Abandoned and Homeless Children from 1854-1929
    Key Discussion Points :
    a) Children were boarded on trains and sent west to live with adopted families for labor or to be part of the family but most of the children were adopted to work on the family farms etc.
    b) Thousands of children were sent out west without any contact or communication with their birth parents, mostly as a result of parental loss or neglect.
    c) Majority of Children were Irish Immigrants
    d) Christina Baker Kline talks about writing and some ways to put your ideas on paper

    Guest:
    A) Christina Baker Kline is a Novelist, her book Orphan Train was on the NY Times Best Seller List for six weeks and in the USA Today best seller list for over twenty weeks

    To find out more about Christina Baker Kline you can go to the following sites:
    www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/christina-baker-kline
    christinabakerkline.com/bio/

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Economic equality

    Program Topic: Major issues facing the Penobscot Nation in the area of economic progress

    Key Discussion Points :
    a) Background of economic state of the Penobscot Nation
    b) Efforts to improve the economic condition of the tribe
    c) Gaming as the biggest and most controversial issue
    d) Gaming in Maine today and where are the tribal interests

    Guest: Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Poems written by Wabanaki youth

    Key Discussion Points :
    a) Cultural differences in expression
    b) Teachers need to understand the differences
    c) Wabanki youth write from a different perspective
    d) Teachers need to be open to learn other ways of learning and writing

    Guests:
    Roger Paul, Teacher at Indian Island School and the University of Maine, Malanie Ruark, Teacher at Old Town High School, Students Kahlan Newsom, Sarah Fields

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice, Global effects and effects here in Maine

    Key Discussion Points :

    a) Global Indigenous resource issues and Environmental Justice issue how they connect

    b) How both issues effect the US, Canada and Maine

    c) Specific environmental projects here in Maine and their potential effects

    d) What we can do to address these issues

    Guests:
    Sherri Mitchell esq. Penobscot Nation Tribal Member and Director of the Land Peace Foundation
    Maria Girouard, Native Rights and Environmental Activist and Penobscot Nation Tribal Member

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  • Producer/Host: Maria Girouard
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue/Topic: Idle No More

    What is “Idle No More”? How did it begin? What issues are confronted in this movement?

    Guests:
    Sherri Mitchell, Director of the Land Peace Foundation
    Jules Koostachin, Indigenous Rights Activist & Educator, Attawapeskat First Nations Citizen

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Holidays and Native American Stereotypes

    Program Topic: October and November Holidays Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month
    a) What is the image of Native People projected by these holidays
    b) What is the myth about Thanksgiving
    c) What lessons can we learn from this

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    A) Dr. Darren Ranco, Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine Orono
    B) Jamie Bisonnette, Chair of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission
    C ) Dr. Alex Wilson, University of Saskatchewan Canada

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Wabanaki/ State Truth and Reconciliation Commission appointments
    Program Topic: Duties of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Historic background
    b) Application process/how the commissioners will be chosen
    c) The commissioners Qualifications/ job description and expectations

    Guests:
    A) Esther Attean
    B) Arla Patch

    Call In Program: No

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