Annual Third Coast Festival & November Special Programs

Nov 12, 2019

The Best of the Best: Third Coast Audio Festival returns to KISU-FM this Thanksgiving Day from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Third Coast Festival has been called "the Sundance of Radio" and features the best stories from around the world.

KISU has included this festival's broadcast every year in its Thanksgiving Day programming lineup since the festival was first offered to stations more than 15 years ago.

More information about Third Coast in 2019 at

 Two other special broadcast airing on November 28th and 29th will focus on relocation and assimilation of Native Americans in the United States.

Uprooted: The 1950s plan to erase Indian Country - November 28 at 11:00 am

In the 1950s, the U.S. government launched a campaign to assimilate Native Americans by eliminating reservations, terminating tribal governments, and persuading Native people to move to cities. Hundreds of thousands of Native people relocated to distant cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Oakland, and Los Angeles. This documentary presents the voices of people who survived a devastating plan to solve "the Indian problem."

Spotlight on Indigenous Relocation - Airing November 29th at 11:00 am

An honest, insightful discussion of the ongoing trauma and mental health impacts from the U.S. government's American Indian Relocation Program - designed in the 1950s to assimilate Indigenous people into white-centric society and eliminate tribal governments and culture. Indigenous experts delve into the impacts of historical trauma in their community and the resiliency factors that empower so many to overcome persistent systems of discrimination.

Hosted by Anton Treuer, Ph.D. (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe), Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. Panelists include:

  • Delores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D. (Caddo of Oklahoma, affiliated with Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana), Director of Indian Country Child Trauma Center and Native American Programs at University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Ann Bullock, MD (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Chief Clinical Consultant of Family Medicine and Director of the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention at Indian Health Service
  • Dorene Day (Nett Lake, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa), Midewiwin kwe, Anishinaabe midwife, traditional practitioner, educator, trainer