Along the River

“Along the River” consists of long and short-form radio focused on sharing Native community stories. Along the River highlights Native understandings and features powerful community work taking place in Native country. 

Native language and arts programs, cultural foods education, tribal justice, environmental issues, community outreach and youth civic engagement... sharing stories and celebrating on-going initiatives and programs that are focused on cultural stewardship and environment and community health.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the
HSU  Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Yurok Tribe

The Yurok Tribe announced it is cancelling its commercial fishery for a third consecutive year due to a relatively low salmon abundance forecast for the fall of 2018. Dave Hillemeier, program director for Yurok Tribe Fisheries, spoke with KHSU about the recent announcement.

The Tribe is participating in the ongoing process to remove the lower four Klamath River dams, which are slated for decommissioning in the next couple of years. Those efforts, in concert with resolving water allocation issues and restoring habitat, are the most effective actions that can be taken to rebuild the Klamath salmon population.


HA Foundation

Lindsie Bear is the new program director for the Native Cultures Fund at Humboldt Area Foundation. Lindsie and her family recently joined the north coast community from the bay area. She previously worked with HeyDay Press, an independent, nonprofit publisher that promotes awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. 

Lindsie spoke with Jessica Eden about her new role and the community strengthening work she's delighted to be a part of.


Wiyot Filmmaker, Michelle Hernandez on Her Film, DOUK

Aug 20, 2018

Michelle Hernandez is a Wiyot tribal member and grew up on the Table Bluff Reservation. She has a soon to be released film titled DOUK, about a family that faces the abduction of their daughters to one of the many Native boarding schools in early 20th century America.

Douk is a historical fiction drama based in the 1910’s era. It tells the story of a young Native girl, Irene, who deals with a difficult reality of her and her sister being taken away from their family and sent to boarding school, where they will be assimilated into the western culture. This means that once this happens, they will no longer be able to practice their language, culture, and traditions. 

Colonization, Revitalization and Coming of Age

Aug 7, 2018

"The empowerment of women empowers the whole community." Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy discusses the impact of colonialism on Native women and the coming of age ceremonies for young women which impact the entire community.


On August 25th, the Wiyot Tribe will host Wiyot Day to provide an opportunity for the whole community to come together and celebrate Wiyot Culture and to honor elders and veterans. The event is held at Table Bluff Reservation in Loleta and features dance and cultural demonstrations, a Stick Game, Card Game Tournament, live music, games for kids and a community dinner. Wiyot Tribal Chair, Ted Hernandez, talks about the significance of the event for the Tribe and community.

 

Find Yourself In The Club

Jul 31, 2018

In June 2018, the Big Lagoon Rancheria opened The Club, a full-service, family focused fitness club in McKinleyville.  Virgil Moorehead, a clinical psychologist at Two Feathers Native American Family Services and Jennifer Enos, the head strength and conditioning coach at The Club, talk about their philosophy of a holistic approach to physical and mental health.


Linguist Susan Gehr shares a bit of Karuk language. "A'ama" means salmon. Susan provides cultural context and examples of the use of the Karuk word for salmon. 


Cutcha Risling Baldy on the Power of The Flower Dance

Jul 16, 2018

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy is a writer, blogger and educator. Dr. Risling Baldy is Hupa, Yurok and Karuk and an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California. She is a professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State. Dr. Risling Baldy's first book, We Are Dancing For You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women's Coming-Of-Age Ceremonies uses a framework of Native Feminisms to locate revitalization within a broad context of decolonizing praxis and considers how this renaissance of women's coming-of-age ceremonies confounds ethnographic depictions of Native women; challenges anthropological theories about menstruation, gender, and coming-of-age; and addresses gender inequality and gender violence within Native communities. 


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Danielle Orr shares her engaging discussion with Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe, about restorative justice and the Tribal Court system.

By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are beginning to take notice.


 "We can all contribute to something greater than ourselves. Ceremony is bigger than the individuals and has its own spirit." Lyn Risling is a painter, illustrator, educator and author of the new book Coyote At The Big Time, which takes young readers to a Native California Big Time, with Coyote as their guide. Lyn Risling’s beautiful illustrations depict the diversity of traditions that continue to thrive throughout the state.


What is the mental health prevention and early intervention impact of two culturally specific practices - the Stick Game and Flower Dance?

Virgil Moorehead from Two Feathers Native American Family Services and Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State are collaborating to study the impact of cultural practices and ceremony and to rethink Native American Mental Health.


Brittany Britton Explores Cross-Sections of Cultures

May 28, 2018

Hupa multi-media artist and College of the Redwoods Art History educator, Brittany Britton talks about how living in Hoopa influences her art and how she addresses cross-sections of  gender and cultural identity. 


Native women aged 25 - 55 are the station's target audience because "nothing gets started or stopped without them." KIDE FM Hoopa Tribal Radio Station Manager, Joe Orozco talks about the importance of Tribally owned and operated community radio in remote, rural areas and the ways in which Hupa culture is cultivated through the station. 

Marlon Sherman discusses topics from treaty law, Tribal law and his philosophy of Cooperative Autonomy.  

Marlon Sherman is a Professor & Department Chair in the HSU Native American Studies Department, specializing in indigenous and tribal law, justice, peacemaking, governance, environment, resource use, culture, history and philosophy.

Dr. Frank Kanawha Lake tells KHSU that "reinstating traditional burning regimes today benefits not only the tribes and those ecosystems, but also the larger society and the public."  


Lyn Risling

“It’s a real mix of linguists and community activists, scholars and academics and community folks coming together to talk about issues that are important to us," explains Paula Tripp-Allen with the Native American Center For Academic Excellence (ITEPP). The California Indian Conference and California Big Time & Social Gathering takes place  in the HSU Forbes Complex on April 7th. 

Here's A Story: Carrie

Mar 16, 2018
Jessica Eden

Identity, sense of place, community. 

 Recovering heritage: Carrie shares a story.

The  HSU Department of Social Work in partnership with Two Feathers Native American Family Services & HSU Native American Studies, Child Development and Psychology Departments present Indigenous Knowledge: Community, Well-Being and Healing to rethink mental health services in Native Amercian communities.


As the U.S. prepares for Thanksgiving next week, many of us think of the image of happy 'Pilgrims and Indians' coming together for a big feast. But what about the rest of the story -- the historical facts versus the Mayflower myths?


Here's A Story: Tia

Oct 31, 2017
Stormy Taylor

Identity, sense of place and community. Indigenous women: Tia shares a story.


Thursday Night Talk: The Race Beat presents a special program in honor of  Humboldt State University's 24th Annual Indigenous Peoples' Week. The Indigenous Voices Forum offered a discussion about Christopher Columbus, the Doctrine of Discovery and Indigenous Peoples Rights. HSU professor, Cutcha Risling Baldy and KHSU's Lorna Bryant hosted the forum held in HSU's Kate Buchanan Room Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Panelists included professors Marlon Sherman and Kayla Begay of Humboldt State's Native American Studies Department; Tia Oros Peters and Chris Peters of Seventh Generation Fund of Indigenous Peoples, Inc.; and Cynthia Boshell, former HSU lecturer. 

Click here for more information about Indigenous Peoples Week events.

Rios to Rivers Connects Youth From Klamath and Patagonia

Jul 25, 2017

Ríos to Rivers has a new exchange between young people of the Klamath River Basin and the Río Baker in Patagonia, Chile.  Through cultural exchange and place-based experiences, young people are educated and empowered to become the next generation of river stewards.