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30 Minutes- Indigenous Authors Speak Part 1
Indigenous Authors Speak (28:53)2012-06-03 Amanda Shauger
30 Minutes- Indigenous Authors Speak Part 1
Indigenous Authors Speak-Internationally and locally renowned voices blend their talents in support of The Indigenous Alliance without Borders. 30 Minutes features Part 1 of Indigenous Authors Speak- a group of internationally and locally renowned voices who spoke in support of the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders or Alianza Indigena SinFronteras. The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders is an inter-tribal advocacy and human rights community organization created in the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation's territory in 1997, to be the international voice for traditional southern borderlands Indigenous peoples and to carry out diverse activities designed to contribute to the promotion, respect and protection of indigenous rights.

In May, Indigenous Authors presented their work to a full house at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tucson. In part one of a multi part series, speakers include Indigenous Alliance Elder Jose Matus, renowned writer Simon Ortiz;  Sarah Gonzales, Sam Dominguez, Jose Martinez, and Enrique Garcia from Tucson Youth Poetry Slam; Chucho Ruiz from Calpolli Teoxicalli; Darian Francisco from Ha:san Preparatory & Leadership School; and poet Natalie Diaz.

The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders and community partners hosted a fundraiser featuring Indigenous authors on May 26 Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson. The event featured: Simon Ortiz, Kenny Dyer- Redner, Laura Tohe, Bojan Louis, Henry Oso Quintero, Joseph A. Quintana, Natalie Diaz, Shining Soul with Emcee Alex Soto and Emcee Franco Habre.

The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders consists of individual members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, Kickapoo Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Yaqui in Mexico, Chicanos/Chicanas and five community organizations working together in promoting respect for indigenous rights.

The Indigenous Alliance and the following community partners: Yoeme Commission on Human Rights, Tonatierra, Yoeme Tekia Cultural Center & Museum, Immigrant Rights Group of UUCT, Derechos Humanos, Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, Protect Shuck Shon and Calpolli Teoxicalli sponsored this fundraising event.