tv [untitled] January 16, 2011 7:30pm-8:00pm PST
we are calling all our veterans to come up. veterans, you do not need to be native american. all our veterans, come on up. randy surely, where are you at? lead them out. -- randy shirley. i had someone asked me why we honor our veterans. one of the dumbest question is i have ever heard. i was offended when i heard it. i'm still offended. you wonder why native people honor our veterans. because my elders said so. before r.e.m. men, our young women go off to serve in the
military, back home, we have ceremony to protect them, to make share -- make sure that they return home safe to their family, to be a round their friends, to be able to sing and dance when they come back. we did the same period this arena represents a place of healing. they leave with their culture, their traditions, their language. they learn about these things.
they meet new people. it expands their horizons. it also gives them the opportunity to pursue higher education, go out and find a job with veterans preference. so why do we honor our veterans? because we are told to. that is the way it was done before my great, great grandfather, my great grandfather, my grandfather, my dad, and now me. if you still do not understand it, see me after. i will be in the parking lot. hey, i'm kidding. [laughter] i will have margin havemartin
almost 6:00. i do not get paid until 6:00, right? once again, thank you, veterans. let's get down to business, why we are here. i would say honoring our own, thanks to kqed, san francisco's native american health center, the mayor's office of neighborhood services, and the native american aids project. our hosts probably do not realize the impact that this
event has on the native american community. but it is something we look forward to every year. these four honorees -- i have had the pleasure, the privilege of working with them on a professional level. i do not know if i have an unprofessional level, but as well as in any powwow irina, so it gives me great pride and pleasure as well toemcee -- to emcee this event. how many native americans in the san francisco bay area? let's see -- one, two --
even though one of them is lakota. at this time, i would like to turn the microphone over to john of kqed. >> thanks, carol -- banks, ea -- thanks, earl. i'm president of kqed media. i'm glad you are all here, and we are glad you are all here, and kqed is proud to be joining in partnership with the san francisco mayor's office of
neighborhood services and the san francisco native american health center and the native american aids project in celebrating american indian heritage month. we proudly celebrates the diversity out northern california by commemorating american indian heritage with more than 60 programs this year -- this month, in fact. these programs are highlighted in a guide along with listings of community resources and local events, and you can find that actkqed.org/ -- at kq ed.org/heritage. i wanted to point out a couple of films we have coming up on our films series. one is called "real injun" and it is an interesting trip through the history of north american native people as they have been portrayed in the
history of movies from silent did today. the second explores the life and death of fred martina's and the spiritual nature and gender. two spirits is going to come on kqed television in june of 2011, but we are also sponsoring the american indian film festival this year, and that will be premiering at the festival i think next week. then, just this past month in october, helped dialogue with a special theory from kqed public radio did a report on the current condition of native american health with interviews from health care providers, community leaders, and experts in the gaming industry in california, that if you would like more information or to receive a free copy of that report, you can pick it up right over here in the north like court at the kqed table.
it is my honor to introduce our first artery, nathan costello. [applause] nathan is omaha, lakota, northern cheyenne, and was born in winnebago, nebraska. he participates in the sun dance in south dakota and assists with ceremonies in california. nathan is respectful to elders and those who struggle with the digit -- addiction and other health issues. the path he found through recovery is called the good, read have, at half that requires one to give back and take care of the community. he has chosen to walk the good red road with support from friendship house and native american health center staff. after graduating from friendship house in 1996, nathan joint sober spirits, a support group of friendship house alumni. they provide security at powwows
and other community events, and they are role models for a clean and sober life style, reaching out to community members who are struggling with addiction. nathan has volunteered for the san francisco and oakland tribal tanf program and has been a motivational speaker at schools throughout the area. he is a strong advocate for embracing native cultural arts, activities, and athletics. in 1998, nathan received the native american new millennium award from hollywood and the stars, a lifetime achievement award. in 1999, the southern california motion-picture council gave nathan an award of special merit for his outstanding contribution to the native american motion picture community. in 2006, nathan also for dissipated in the sacred run from alcatraz