(WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2013) – For the next two weeks, Native American radio and television commentator John Kane of “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane” will take his brand of Native talk radio to New York City. Kane will guest host “First Voices Indigenous Radio,” which will air live on Thursday, July 11 and Thursday, July 18 from 9 to 10 a.m. EDT on WBAI-FM 99.5 (Pacifica). Kane will be filling in for Tiokasin Ghosthorse, the program’s regular host. The shows will stream live at www.wbai.org.
“First Voices Indigenous Radio” rebroadcasts on more than 40 FM radio frequencies/stations around the country for the week following each live program (www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org).
“This is an opportunity for me to put regional and national Native issues, including our territories’ ongoing conflicts with New York State, in front of a New York City audience,” says Kane. “Among other issues, the Cuomo administration continues to wage a war against Native-to-Native trade. This administration has killed any commerce between Native retailers and state licensed wholesalers in the tobacco business, effectively shutting off the flow of nationally branded cigarettes to Native retailers.”
Kane will revisit the ongoing action by the New York Attorney General against the producers of Seneca and King Mountain (Yakama) cigarettes. “Anyone who has examined this situation knows New York State has no legal ground to stand on when it comes to stopping our own manufacturing, wholesaling and distribution, yet the State Department of Taxation and Finance is still authorizing seizures of Native brands as they travel from territory to territory and the State Attorney General is attempting to sue or otherwise dissuade Native manufacturers from shipping into or through the state,” says Kane.
“I will also dissect the recent casino exclusivity zone revenue sharing deals struck by New York State with the Oneida, St. Regis Mohawk and Seneca nations, the Governor’s plans to open up Las Vegas-style casino gaming throughout the state, and why I believe his gaming referendum will fail,” says Kane.
Kane’s guest on July 11 will be political satirist Julianna Forlano. Forlano is host and creator of the award-winning news parody series “Absurdity Today” (www.absurditytoday.com). “Julianna and I will discuss the ongoing stereotyping of Native Americans in popular culture, an issue that won’t die and which has exploded in recent weeks with actor Johnny Depp’s bizarre portrayal of Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” as well as the continuing fiery debate surrounding the name of Washington, D.C.’s professional football team.”
ABOUT JOHN KANE
John Karhiio Kane is a Mohawk from Kahnawake. He lives on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation and has a direct connection to the people and territories of the Six Nations. John has been involved for most of his adult life in Native issues and, specifically, defending Native sovereignty. He was part of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the late 90s and worked extensively with the League of First Nations in battles with New York State over taxation.
For three years, John has been host of “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane,” which airs on WWKB 1520 AM in Buffalo, New York and WQRS FM98.3 in Salamanca, New York. John’s strong voice on Native issues has earned him numerous invitations to appear on “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter,” an influential public radio program that broadcasts from the New York State Capitol in Albany and airs in 20 markets throughout the state. Arbetter has also featured John on her television news segments on “The Capitol Report,” which air during local news throughout New York. John is a frequent guest on WGRZ Buffalo Channel 2’s “2 Sides with Kristy Mazurek”; he is called upon as an expert commentator on Native issues. He also is a frequent guest on “YNN – Your News Now,” Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour cable network in Albany and Buffalo, New York (two of the network’s four regional news channels). In June 2013, John provided commentary about the obstacles faced by North American Native peoples on “From Washington,” the global live broadcast from Washington, D.C., of Al Jazeera International, which has more than 260 million viewers in 130 countries.
John writes the Native Pride blog, which can be found at www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com. His radio shows and appearances are posted on the blog with articles, quotes and links. John has a page on the WWKB website at www.kb1520.com and a “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane” group page on Facebook.
John takes pride in tackling the tough issues that face Native people and refuses to participate in the “buffalo speeches” that continue to dumb down Native culture and beliefs. He is not afraid to be labeled a warrior but prefers to be considered a conversationalist and a teacher.