It Matters is pleased to have this opportunity to bring our listeners insight and the chance to communicate and learn of the First Nations of America.
Joining us is Charles, a representative of the Apache Nation. He will tell us of his work with the seed bank, which is an attempt to collect seeds from native plants, especially those which were utilized by Native Americans for food before the Europeans arrived.
The goal is to distribute these seeds for planting in part to all those who want them, but especially to Native Americans who can grow them on reservation lands where they are free to do so without interference from agribusiness. Charles is also involved in dealing with the threat and results of Agent Orange, which was sprayed by the U.S.. government on the San Carlos Reservation in the 1950s in order to facilitate water flow for the Gila River area and its agriculture. That's a topic that should and will upset us all.
Freddie Bitsoie is an anthropologist and chef specializi