This Week on Sprouts…August 10th

Paul DeMain on Rootstock Radio

This week on Sprouts, Rootstock Radio talks with Paul DeMain, managing editor of Indian Country Communication, IncThe piece is produced by Charlie Knower and hosted by Theresa Marquez of Roostock Radio in Viroqua, WI. Rootstock Radio is a part of CROPP Cooperative, a coop of organic farmers in America.

DeMain talks about Native American food sovereignty through Midwest Native history and the need to focus on clean water efforts. He believes that going back to the idea of feeding ourselves is critical to reversing the health issues pervasive among all Americans. DeMain also reminds us of the Native community model that all things on the earth are living entities and deserve respect. DeMain

Indian Country Communication, Inc. is an independent and Native-owned business located on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation in northern Wisconsin. They produce and publish News From Indian Country in an effort to provide news and information from Indigenous Nations to the public. They are also one of the few tribal oriented publications that is not owned, or politically controlled by, a tribal government.

A Relationship with Food and Earth

Theresa knows DeMain through her 30 years of work in the organic food industry. “I enjoyed my conversation with DeMain immensely. [I] learned a lot about the issues facing Native peoples today as well as the work they are doing to protect our shared earth.”

Paul’s Ojibwe name, Skabewis, means “messenger,” a very appropriate description of his life. He is a speaker, journalist, teacher, and a member of the Oneida tribe of Wisconsin. DeMain is also on the board of Honor the Earth, Winona LaDuke’s organization working to support Native environmental initiatives.

Charlie hopes the show will encourage people to be more serious about supporting the organic industry and local farmers. He says, “I think the two part series will wake people up to…the connection of spirituality, religion, and food.”

“[The story] is important to local and non-local communities. [It] affects my neighbors, it affects you down in Ames, people in Manhattan. It’s all part of the difference between leading a good life and not such a good life. We choose to lead a good life.”


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