A majority of the Minneapolis city council pledge to dismantle that city’s police department. It’s an idea that’s gaining momentum after George Floyd died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. Does dismantling the police mean there’s no one to respond to 911 calls? Proponents say it diverts public money to social services like mental health workers or homelessness experts instead of relying mainly on armed officers. Native Americans are among the populations disproportionately injured and killed by police. Could a new approach save Native lives? We’ll check in with a variety of opinions.
Dave Rogers (Nez Perce /Winnebago/Lakota) – CEO of Tribal Public Safety Innovations LLC
Dr. Nick Estes (Lower Brule Sioux) – assistant professor of American Studies at University of New Mexico
Stephanie Lumsden (Hoopa) – PhD candidate in gender studies at UCLA and lecturer at Humboldt state university
Break 1 music: Learned from the Late Ralph Kotay (song) Kenneth Cozad & Group (artist) Songs of Our Old People – Ol d-Time Round Dance Songs of Oklahoma (album)
Break 2 music: Umumutayayata (Rolling Thunder) (song) Clark Tenakhongva (artist) Öngtupqa (album)