A February, United States Supreme Court Ruling has sent rumbles through Indian Country. The ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar handed down by the Roberts court throws into dispute the sovereignty of land recovered by tribes not recognized before the 1934 enactment of The Indian Reorganization Act. The decision turns on its head over 70 years of legal interpretation by the courts and by the Department of the Interior. The Narrangasett Tribe inside Rhode Island are the immediate losers in the case but have vowed to fight what they see as the " latest attempt at Judicial Termination" referring to the illegal state dissolution of the tribe in 1810.
This month's featured guests are John Sorenson & Seth Truby, co-founders of Sunnyside Neighborhood Energy(SunNE) . Their aim is to build a local renewable energy system based at the Sunnyside Environmental school that would provide space heat and hot water for hundreds of nearby homes and small businesses. Thermal energy districts have been created in towns and villages in Canada and Europe; if SunNE succee
In the past week there has been intense outrage over AIG executive bonuses and other manifestations of corporate greed. How do we go beyond the angry mob mentality? Guest Rob Johnson, who co-wrote "Too Big to Bail: The 'Paulson Put,' Presidential Politics, and the Global Financial Meltdown" with Thomas Ferguson, provides a larger context for understanding the current financial crisis and analyzing the knee-jerk responses that currently rule in the mass media.
Hosted by Frann Michel, this show features a film review of Che, a conversation about what's wrong with merit pay for teachers, a commentary about the political opening for the left created by the AIG bonus scandal, and a short story about international family ties by Luz María Gordillo.
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And in the second half of the show, we talk with people on the street about the value of art and arts funding with a special feature by Frank Reynolds. To find out more about arts funding crisis in the Portland tri-counties visit RACC.org and TheArtsCan.org