Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez. Roberto Rodriguez is a long-time journalist/columnist who returned after 30 years to the classroom to get his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His 2008 dissertation was on the 7,000 year history of maiz. It led to his book: “Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother” from the University of Arizona Press. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Mexican American Studies. He is working on Smiling Brown, a project that investigates color and color consciousness. He also has a forthcoming book from the University (UA Press): “Yolqui: A Warrior summonsed from the spirit world,” a memoir and book chronicling the underworld of law enforcement abuse. In the second half-hour, Tiokasin speaks with Indigenous rights activist Tina Ngata. On June 19, 2018, Tina was prominently featured in an article that made national news in New Zealand, “Human rights advocate takes [Captain] Cook concerns to U.N.” Tina blogs at The Non-Plastic Maori (

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