• Loren Spears and Christian Hopkins on set of Story in the Public Square

    January 21, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    One of the big stories of the last six months has been the protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline.  This week on “Story in the Public Square,” two Native American activists talk about events on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and the role of storytelling in native culture.

    Lorén Spears is a Narragansett educator, author, artist, oral historian and executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, R.I., dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Narragansett and Native American history and culture.

    Christian Hopkins is a Native American activist and entrepreneur. A recent business graduate from Haskell Indian Nations University, he traveled to Cannonball, North Dakota, to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, protecting their water and supporting their voice in opposition against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

    “Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at 1:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

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