COLT Executive Director, OJ Semans, featured on Native America Calling (MEDIA SHARE)

Native America Calling

The Executive Director of the Coalition of Large Tribes and also the co-executive director of Four Directions Vote, OJ Semans, had the opportunity to join Native America Calling today and share his thoughts with a panel on air. Please join us in hearing thoughts on aging and culture in this media share, starting at 6:05 mark into the broadcast.

Media Share from Native America Calling (February 21st, 2024)

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 – Elder wisdom vs. aging out


President Joe Biden’s age in relation to his ability to do his job is a topic making front page news with questions about his memory, cognitive function, and physical stamina. At 81, President Biden is not that much older than his presumptive Republican election opponent, 77-year-old Donald Trump. Native Americans have a pronounced respect for the wisdom of elders. We’ll explore Native voters’ perceptions of age for elected officials as well as ways Native traditions for elders can inform the larger society’s views on aging.


OJ Semans Sr. (Rosebud Sioux Tribe), co-executive director of Four Directions Vote

Dr. Sandy Grande (Quechua), professor of Political Science and Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Connecticut

David Baldridge (Cherokee), co-founder and executive director of the International Association for Indigenous Aging

Billie Tohee (Otoe-Missouria), acting executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging

Break 1 Music: The Elders (song) Randy Wood (artist) My Heart & Soul (album)

Break 2 Music: V for Vanity (song) THRONE (artist) Lionfish (album)