Friday, April 11, 2008

KFAI’s Indian Uprising for April 13, 2008, #261

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CDT

Fresh Energy of St. Paul, Minnesota is an organization leading the transition to a clean, efficient and fair energy system. Its goals are: Healthy Economies, Healthy People, Healthy Environment and Energy Independence. Fresh Energy focus areas are: Clean Electricity, Energy Efficiency, Transportation Policy, Global Warming Solutions and Energy Justice.

"Fresh Energy is the only nonprofit in Minnesota whose sole focus is a clean, just energy future for the Upper Midwest. Often, the economically disadvantaged are the most adversely affected by energy decisions. The Energy Justice program at Fresh Energy works to pass policies that help build the capacity of low-income individuals to have a strong voice in those decisions."

Green is the new black. It’s now possible to be hip, stylish, and environmentally friendly. But like the latest fashions, most green innovations and technologies are beyond the reach of low-income families – those who, ironically, need them the most.

Household weatherization is a grim example, with some of the worst cases on tribal lands. Currently in Minnesota, many tribal members spend as much as 25 percent of their household incomes on energy. It’s a combination of low monthly incomes and deplorable housing conditions – drafty windows, un-insulated walls. Existing assistance programs do not meet the needs of many of these Minnesotans.

To illustrate: there are 1,500 houses on Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian reservation, and of that number, it’s estimated that 70 percent are in need of weatherization. Currently, the Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program provides enough funding to insulate 18 homes a year. At this rate, it would take more than 50 years to meet the current weatherization needs of the Red Lake Nation.


Daryl Sager (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), Energy Justice Program Associate, Fresh Energy, Inc.

Others: TBA

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Indian Uprising, a one-hour radio public and cultural affairs program relevant to Native Indigenous people, is broadcast each Sunday at 7:00 p.m. CDT over KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. The program is produced and hosted by volunteer Chris Spotted Eagle.

For internet listening, visit, click Play under ON AIR NOW or for listening later via the station's archives, click PROGRAMS & SCHEDULE > Indian Uprising > STREAM. Programs are archived only for two weeks.

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