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Media Roundtable: Coverage Of Native History & The Truth About California Missions


On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're remembering the late award-winning journalist Elias Castillo by rebroadcasting our conversation about his book Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions. The violent mission system claimed the lives of more than 62,000 Indians. 

Later in the show, we'll discuss media coverage of Native history and the public symbols glorifying that dark history.


Elias Castillo, award winning journalist, three times Pulitzer Prize nominee, and author of A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions

Valentin Lopez, chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costaanoan/Ohlone Indians, which stretches from Santa Cruz to Monterey and inland to Mission San Juan Bautista

Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today

Web Resources:

Yes!: 10 Indigenous People Whose Statues Should Replace Columbus’

The Guardian: Donald Trump should stay away from Mount Rushmore, Sioux leader says

Color Lines: News Flash: Telling Native Stories Without Native Journalists Is Not a Good Idea


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.