First Voices Radio

09/04/22 - Debra Utacia Krol

September 05, 2022 Tiokasin Ghosthorse
First Voices Radio
09/04/22 - Debra Utacia Krol
Show Notes

Debra Utacia Krol returns to “First Voices Radio” for the full hour. Debra is an award-winning Indigenous affairs reporter at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She is a citizen of the Xolon SalinanTribe. Debra’s current coverage area — which is supported by the Catena Foundation and the Water Funder Initiative — is the intersection of climate, culture and commerce. Debra has more than two decades of expertise in reporting on Native issues for publications large and small, with an emphasis on environmental and science issues, and has been a contributor to two books on Native traditions. Debra has been doing excellent reporting on the issue of Indigenous peoples’ water rights in Arizona.

In the first half of the show, she and Tiokasin will be discussing her recent investigative report in The Arizona Republic: “Arizona loses more of its Colorado River water allocation under new drought plan” (Aug. 16, updated Aug. 19, 2022).

In the second half, they will discuss another of Debra’s recent investigative articles for The Arizona Republic: “Poachers cash in on sage craze, imperiling the plant’s survival for Native cultural needs” (Aug. 28, updated Sept. 1, 2022).

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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: It Feels Like Summer
Artist: Childish Gambino
Album: Summer Pack (2018)
Label: Wolf+Rothstein/Liberator Music
3. Song Title: By the River Side
Artist: Matthew O’Neil
Album: Songs of Connection (2022)
Label: Underwater Panther Coalition
4. Song Title: What About Me
Artist: Quicksilver Messenger Service
Album: What About Me (1970)
Label: Capitol Records
5. Song Title: Circles
Artist: Post Malone
Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019)
Label: Republic Records
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