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From: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon10/29/07 7:00 AM 
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KQRS remarks upset Indian leaders

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1513988.html

On-air comments about Sioux tribes made by Tom Barnard and his co-host sparked the uproar.

By Terry Collins, Star Tribune

Last update: October 28, 2007 – 9:53 PM
Furious over recent on-air comments made by KQRS Radio personality Tom Barnard and his show's co-hosts, American Indian leaders plan to protest at KQRS at 10 a.m. today.

Representatives of the American Indian Movement (AIM), the Red Lake Indian Reservation and urban Indian leaders hope to meet with executives from the classic-rock station (92.5 FM) at its southeast Minneapolis headquarters regarding the on-air statements by Barnard and his co-host, Terri Traen, AIM co-founder Clyde Bellecourt said Sunday.

Bellecourt said the remarks about the Red Lake Chippewa and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribes were "ignorant." He compared them to comments made this spring by shock jock Don Imus, who was fired from his syndicated show for calling members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team, "nappy-headed ho's."

The KQ morning show, known for its pull-no-punches style when delivering weird news, ethnic jokes and political diatribes, is among the most popular morning programs in the Twin Cities.

Calls placed to Marc Kalman, president and general manager of KQRS, were not immediately returned Sunday.

The uproar stems from a broadcast last month in which Barnard and Traen talked about the Red Lake and Shakopee tribes while discussing a report by the state Health Department that Beltrami County has the state's highest rate of suicide among young people.

The jocks then mentioned Bemidji and the Red Lake Indian Reservation, which are both located in Beltrami County.

"Maybe it's genetic; isn't there a lot of incest up there?" Traen said about the tribe.

"Not that I know of," Barnard replied.

"I think there is," Traen continued. "Don't quote me on that, but I'm pretty sure."

"Well, I'm glad you just threw it out there, then," Barnard said to laughter in the background.

Barnard also criticized the Shakopee Sioux, who own the Mystic Lake Casino, for "doing a hell of a job helping them out."

Traen commented, "They don't give them anything?"

"Hell, no!" Barnard replied.

Another member of the morning team refers to the casino as "Mistake Lake," and calls Bellecourt, "Clyde Bellycourt."

Bellecourt said Red Lake has received nearly $4 million in grants from the Shakopee tribe since 2004 toward building a new Boys and Girls Club, assisting with the recent rebirth of the tribe's walleye fishing industry and creating a center in Bemidji to address sexual assault.

He said the Indian leaders will push the station executives to take swift action on Barnard.

"He's been getting away with this crap for years," Bellecourt said, adding that the Morning Show crew should be disciplined and be required to take sensitivity training courses.

Minority groups have long criticized Barnard and his crew for their on-air banter.

In the late 1990s, members of the Somali community picketed over Barnard and Co.'s mocking of Somali dialects after a Somali cabdriver was slain. Before that, the Asian-American community was irate when Barnard and his co-hosts made fun of a teenage Hmong girl who was charged with killing her newborn son.

They said of her potential $10,000 fine: "That's a lot of eggrolls."

Terry Collins • 612-673-1790

Terry Collins • tcollins@startribune.com

© 2007 Star Tribune. All rights reserved.

 
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From: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon10/29/07 2:31 PM 
To: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 8) 
 2310.2 in reply to 2310.1 

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1515148.html

Indian leaders win several concessions from KQRS after Barnard show comments

More than a dozen American Indian leaders filed into the corporate offices of radio station KQRS-FM (92.5) this morning to lodge a formal complaint against the show of morning talk show host Tom Barnard over what they said were extremely offensive comments about suicide rates on the Red Lake reservation in northern Minnesota.

By Curt Brown and Terry Collins, Star Tribune

Last update: October 29, 2007 – 1:11 PM
American Indian leaders secured several concessions today after meeting with executives at KQRS Radio (92.5 FM) in the wake of troubling on-air comments during Tom Barnard's popular morning program.

After the meeting at the station's corporate offices in southeast Minneapolis, KQRS president and general manager Marc Kalman said the station would take the following steps:

-- Broadcast a public apology.

-- Give equal air time to positive issues involving the American Indian community.

-- Work to hire American Indian interns.

-- Continue airing public service announcements for the suicide hot line.

-- Invite members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton and Red Lake tribes to be on the morning show.

Tribal leaders said that overall they're pleased but would have preferred stronger measures including some of the on-air personalities being fired.

The uproar stems from a broadcast last month in which Barnard and co-host Terri Traen talked about the Red Lake and Shakopee tribes while discussing a report by the state Health Department that Beltrami County has the state's highest rate of suicide among young people.

The jocks then mentioned Bemidji and the Red Lake reservation, both in Beltrami County.

"Maybe it's genetic; isn't there a lot of incest up there?" Traen said about the tribe.

"Not that I know of," Barnard replied.

"I think there is," Traen continued. "Don't quote me on that, but I'm pretty sure."Well, I'm glad you just threw it out there, then," Barnard said to laughter in the background.

Barnard also criticized the Shakopee Sioux, who own the Mystic Lake Casino, for "doing a hell of a job helping them out."

Traen commented, "They don't give them anything?"

"Hell, no!" Barnard replied.

Bellecourt said Red Lake has received nearly $4 million in grants from the Shakopee tribe since 2004 toward building a new Boys and Girls Club, assisting with the recent rebirth of the tribe's walleye fishing industry and creating a center in Bemidji to address sexual assault.

More than a dozen Indian leaders filed into the KQRS corporate offices about 10 this morning to lodge their formal complaint.

"These were irresponsible comments that are way out of bounds and intolerable," said Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd (Buck) Jourdain, before the meeting at the offices in southeast Minneapolis. Jourdain compared the comments to those several months ago by Don Imus about the Rutgers women's basketball team that were racial and sexual in nature. Imus lost his syndicated radio job over that incident.

"Those comments [by Imus] were about losing a basketball game, and these are about life and death," said Jourdain, "and we're not going to endure this ignorance any longer in a state that emphasizes Minnesota Nice."

Jourdain added that there has not been a suicide on his reservation in more than two years.

Joining Jourdain and others from the Red Lake reservation for the meeting were members of the American Indian Movement and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux.

AIM co-founder Clyde Bellecourt on Sunday said the remarks about the Red Lake Chippewa and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribes were "ignorant."

The KQ morning show, known for its pull-no-punches style when delivering weird news, ethnic jokes and political diatribes, is among the most popular morning programs in the Twin Cities.

Barnard has been "getting away with this crap for years," Bellecourt said.

Minority groups have long criticized Barnard and his crew for their on-air banter.

 

 
From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon10/30/07 5:56 PM 
To: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 8) 
 2310.3 in reply to 2310.2 

Good deal. A nice little victory.

Thanks D.

Tim

 

 
From: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon11/1/07 2:00 PM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 8) 
 2310.4 in reply to 2310.3 
bitter sweet my friend bitter sweet...peace D
 

 
From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon11/1/07 4:03 PM 
To: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 8) 
 2310.5 in reply to 2310.4 

Agreed D. You ever hear these guys up your way?

Tim

 

 
From: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon11/3/07 9:50 AM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 8) 
 2310.6 in reply to 2310.5 

I am brain dead at the moment...not sure who you mean...KQRS...try not to listen to the station...the biggest rock station around...the DJ's are ass&)%$^...

As for Clyde and Jourdain, yes...notice Jourdain said there had been no suicide in the last 2 years...well my friend, the sacred staff arrived when the youth ran it there, back in aug of 05.. ”Honor the Youth Run”. “Broken feathers have no honor” We still have a hotline 877-209-1266… as we were on the trail, there was one suicide on sat morning...since the staff came to Red Lake the Ancestors are there helping...

we are proud of the "facts"...Red Lakers are a real REZ...they don't play and have a very negative reputation in these parts...that is of course on the waschu side of things...the rest of us know the struggles...peace D

 

 
From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon11/5/07 2:39 PM 
To: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 8) 
 2310.7 in reply to 2310.6 

I'm sorry sis, I meant the DJs.
Sounds like more places should take the lead of Red Lake. You guys make us all proud.

Tim

 

 
From: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon11/6/07 9:26 AM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 8) 
 2310.8 in reply to 2310.7 
you know I have to say every time you call me "Sis" I smile.....my brothers use to call me that ...must be that part of the country...I was born in the Cumberland gap area of the woods...peace D
 

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