First Voices Radio

05/22/22 - Doug George-Kanentiio, CC Hovie

May 23, 2022 Tiokasin Ghosthorse
First Voices Radio
05/22/22 - Doug George-Kanentiio, CC Hovie
Show Notes

"There is a reason why the Six Nations-Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) were not invited to Rome to meet the pope and secure an apology for the victims of the residential schools. We don't want an apology, we want justice," writes residential school survivor Doug George-Kanentiio (Akwesasne Mohawk) in a column that was widely published in April. Tiokasin and Doug discuss the recent papal apology.

Doug was born and raised at the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne. Doug George-Kanentiio was born and raised at the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne. He attended school on and near the reservation before enrolling at Syracuse University and then the Antioch School of Law.

Doug was a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association before serving the Mohawk Nation as editor of the journals Akwesasne Notes and Indian Time. He worked with the late Vine Deloria, Jr., on the Traditional Knowledge conferences before joining the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Doug is vice-president for the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge, a non-profit higher learning facility that is based on Iroquois principles. He resides on Oneida Iroquois Territory. Read Doug's column:

The second half-hour, Tiokasin discusses Native elder abuse with CC Hovie, Communications Manager at StrongHearts Native Helpline. Domestic abuse can look similar in elder relationships as it does in their younger counterparts, but some elders may be more vulnerable to the impacts of abuse and less able to get support. CC Hovie is Anishinaabe Ojibwe from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Indians.

In her job, CC develops and oversees all StrongHearts' communications and media efforts to support the organization's mission, vision and goals. Prior to working at StrongHearts, CC was the Program Coordinator for the Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network in Michigan.

CC is experienced in public relations, media appearances, and marketing strategies. She volunteered as the Marketing Director for several non-profits and helped them create brand identity by leveraging her skills in electronic and print media. In 2002, CC began working in the domestic violence prevention field at the Advocacy Resource Center for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

She attended Lake Superior State University and Ferris State University with a concentration on Business Management. For more information about StrongHearts Native Helpline, visit

Production Credits:
Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Lakota), Host and Executive Producer
Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer
Malcolm Burn, Studio Engineer, Radio Kingston, WKNY 1490 AM and 107.9 FM, Kingston, NY
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Audio Editor

Music Selections:
1. Song Title: Tahi Roots Mix (First Voices Radio Theme Song)
Artist: Moana and the Moa Hunters
Album: Tahi (1993)
Label: Southside Records (Australia and New Zealand)

2. Song Title: Wela'lin
Song Length: 03:01
Artist: Emma Stevens, Morgan Toney & SHIFT FROM THA 902
Album: N/A (Single, 2021)
Label: N/A

3. Song Title: Another Day in Paradise
Song Length: 05:22
Artist: Phil Collins
Album: Another Day in Paradise (1989)
Label: Atlantic Records

4. Song Title: Come As You Are
Song Length: 03:44
Artist: Nirvana
Album: Nevermind (1992)
Label: DGC

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