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What we do and who we are...

Bvlbancha Liberation Radio has been formed by the strong undercurrent of Indigenous leadership and is nestled in the heart of Bvlbancha, more widely recognized as New Orleans. Our raison d'être is the creation of a micro-grid communication station which not only offers a platform for the unheard voices but also serves as a crucible for collective power building. We delve into Indigenous news, shedding light on the captivating perspectives that often remain unnoticed, and celebrating the diverse spectrum of Indigenous music. Our mission encapsulates the propagation of culture, the sharing of stories, and the promotion of understanding. We are among the few public voices bringing attention to the environmental concerns in the greater Gulf South region and connecting the national and international policies and practices at play. Our station's purpose is tightly intertwined with the environment, and we pledge to continuously address these issues, striving to create a positive impact on the surroundings that cradle us. Bvlbancha Liberation Radio is not just a broadcasting service; it's a movement. We believe in the power of communication, in the need for Indigenous representation, and in the urgency of environmental conservation. And so, we continue to be a beacon of truth, a home for cultural expression, and a sanctuary for the earth.

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How We got Started

After Hurricane Ida in 2021, the Indigenous Environmental Network sent gear and an engineer down to equip our Intertribal community, from Bvlbancha and the bayous, to setup an online radio for crucial information sharing in a post storm environment and in case of emergency situations, supporting a clearing house for mutual aid groups while also engaging in mutual aid and cultural projects ourselves. Through experience living on the frontlines of climate abuse, where the legacies of environmental racism are deeply rooted, our network has recognized that the disaster is not coming, it is constant, we are preparing, we are prepared.
We are providing a safe space for Indigenous Peoples and allies to discuss pressing land and water issues and adaptation practices, while wrestling with critical analyses of policies that shape how we fight for our lives and our Earth, while living just south of Cancer Alley, just north of the Dead Zone, in the heart of the Mississippi River Delta, where the consequences of the Plantationocene reflect realities and relationships with global systems.
The Choctaw called New Orleans Bvlbancha, “place of babbling languages” or “place of many tongues”, long before the colonizers sailed in to rebrand the sacred site, where ceremony and trade are connected to a web of waterways. In the spirit of diversity, exchange and education, Bvlbancha Liberation Radio has been and will continue to strategize pathways for communities to engage in and to influence our collective planetary well-being, knowing that a just and sustainable way forward is not possible unless our communities are able to reckon, repair, heal from and to prohibit the perpetuation of white supremacy mentalities, policies and practices.

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