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Decolonized News Hour is a groundbreaking news and commentary show featuring the latest stories from Indian Country, in all its underappreciated diversity, and investigations of current issues from a Native perspective. Co-hosted by Jen Deerinwater (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Johnnie Jae (Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw), and Desiree Kane (Miwok), Decolonized News Hour brings you the news, voices, and viewpoints that most people aren’t hearing about. Funding for the first season of Decolonized News Hour has been provided by The R & M Lang Foundation.
Johnnie Jae is an Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw, rabble-rousing journalist, organizer, creator, and futurist who loves empowering others to chase their passions and create for healing and revolutionary change in the world. She is the founder of A Tribe Called Geek, an award-winning media platform for Indigenous Geek Culture and STEM, and #Indigenerds4Hope, a suicide prevention initiative designed to educate, encourage, and empower Native youth. Jae is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots and LiveIndigenousOK. She is a member of the Women Warriors Work Collective and served as a co-chair for the 2017 March for Racial Justice. She previously hosted the Indigenous Flame and A Tribe Called Geek podcasts and worked as a producer for several other podcasts on the Success Native Style Radio Network.
While primarily recognized for her work with A Tribe Called Geek, Jae also facilitates several workshops that address mental health and suicide in Indian Country, Native mascots & stereotypes, Indigenous representation & journalism, Indigenous STEM & tech, and the utilization of social and digital media for business and activism. Her ability to seamlessly shift from humor and pop culture to advocacy and business has made her a prominent and much sought-after speaker, panelist, and commentator.
Desiree Kane is a Miwok multimedia journalist who can be found regularly commenting on The Real News Network, producing First Foods, an educational class series by and for Indigenous People, and working as a video producer for The Ministry of Hemp.
Desiree’s documentary photography is currently being showcased in the New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM at the Beyond Standing Rock exhibit. She has worked with Firestarter Films as an associate producer, camera operator and investigative journalist on the feature-length documentary Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She was part of the organizing body for Boulder Valley Indigenous People’s Day 2019, which focused heavily on #MMIWG2S, an epidemic that has taken the lives of so many Native women, girls, and two spirits.
In 2017, Desiree lived in Guyana as a teacher with the Amerindian People’s Association and the Rainforest Foundation, developing a two-year, media-making, capacity-building program for Indigenous Guyanese youth facing land loss from logging, deforestation, and mining in their home territories. She spent most of 2016 living at Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation documenting the #NoDAPL movement.
Desiree has developed an expansive and diverse body of journalistic work, including: a short-form documentary on coal in the Navajo Nation for VICE News; Creative Loafing, a travel+tech column; a report for Earth Island Journal on an Indigenous Women’s Treaty Signing in Paris; a multimedia exposé for Shadowproof detailing immigrant detention in Aurora, CO. Her writing and views have been featured across a wide range of publications, from Yes! Magazine and Truthout to The Guardian and the Los Angeles Times. She is proud to be a bridge between communities and so excited to be part of The Real News Network.
Jen Deerinwater is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, bisexual, Two Spirit, multiply-disabled journalist, speaker, and organizer who covers the issues her communities face with an intersectional lens. Jen is the founding executive director of Crushing Colonialism, a Disability Futures fellow, and the co-creator and co-host of the Decolonized News Hour on The Real News Network.
Jen is a contributor to Truthout and her work has been featured in a wide range of publications, including Bitch, Rewire.News, and In These Times. Jen is the co-editor of Sacred and Subversive and her work is included in the anthologies Disability Visibility and Two-Spirits Belong Here. She has been interviewed for numerous outlets on her work and The Advocate named Jen a 2019 Champion of Pride.