When the United States took action to preserve what is now known as Yosemite National Park, they encountered a major problem: it was home to a number of Indigenous people from several tribes. The federal government expelled the Native residents. Some right away, others over time. It’s a scene that continues to play out across the globe. Today on Native America Calling, we take a look at a new graphic comic by Gord Hill (member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation) and a series of articles from Grist which reveal the bloody legacy of conservation in light of the current push to preserve 30% of the Earth’s land by 2030 with Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), editor-at-large at Grist; environmental journalist Blanca Begert; and Maria Parazo Rose, spatial data analyst at Grist.
Break 1 music: Original Gourd Song Sung By The Old Warriors (song) Kiowa Tiapiah Society (artist) Kiowa Gourd Dance Vol. 1 (album)
Break 2 music: Heeia (song) Henry Kapono (artist) The Wild Hawaiian (album)