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"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Tuesday, July 16, 2019


Our guest is David Treuer, an Ojibwe writer from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, whose previous books include four novels and two books of nonfiction. He discusses his latest book, a well-regarded historical study titled "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present." Written as a follow-up to Dee Brown's classic history of the Indian Plains Wars, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," Treuer says its also a rebuttal to the assertion from Brown, that with the end of the wars, Indian culture was effectively destroyed. In fact, he writes, Indian culture since 1890, has been one of resistance and resilience.


Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.