Billy Frank Jr. Park and Trail in Olympia


Billy Frank Jr. Trail & Park This coming week Billy Frank Jr. will be Honored. The Port of Olympia, The Frank Family, Squaxin Island Nation, Nisqually Nation, and the City of Olympia all worked together to make this happen. Together they will be naming the park in Billy Frank Jr.’s honor. East Bay Trail will be named for a true hero! On Uncle Billy’s Birthday March 9th, 2018. It’s on a Friday. It starts at 10am. Come be apart of the healing!

Billy Frank Jr. Trail & Park

This coming week Billy Frank Jr. will be Honored. The Port of Olympia, The Frank Family, Squaxin Island Nation, Nisqually Nation, and the City of Olympia all worked together to make this happen. Together they will be naming the park in Billy Frank Jr.’s honor. East Bay Trail will be named for a true hero! On Uncle Billy’s Birthday March 9th, 2018. It’s on a Friday. It starts at 10am. Come be apart of the healing!

Joanelle Romero on “Make No Bones About It.” Feb 18th, 2018 5pm


#WhyWeWearRED National Global Campaign initiative aims to bring awareness to Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women, fight sexual harassment, assault, inequality for women in all kinds of workplaces, including Native Youth Matter/suicide prevention.

Calina Lawrence on Make No Bones About It. Feb 18th, 2018 at 4pm


An enrolled member of the Suquamish TribeCalina Lawrence was born and raised within her Indigenous culture in the Pacific Northwest area of Washington State. She recently joined friend Shailene Woodley on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe awards as part of the #MeToo movement. Calina’s vocal journey began at a young age when she was first introduced to her cultural music. While lending her voice to the preservation of Suquamish traditions, she also grew to love singing many contemporary genres. Lawrence was raised to understand the importance of spreading awareness about the social injustices that have impacted the quality of lives on tribal reservations and within urban Native communities. Her involvement in music has led her in activism in the cities of SeattleSan Francisco, and Oakland. Lawrence recently graduated with Honors from the University of San Francisco, attaining her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice; a Music concentration. The art-ivist has spent recent time traveling the country in advocacy for Native Treaty Rights and the “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as well as the “NoLNG253” movement led by the Puyallup Tribe. Lawrence dedicates her artistry and energy to address: POC racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education/mainstream United States media, climate injustice, blood quantum and enrollment issues, foster youth, suicide prevention, violence against women, and many other causes. Since graduation, this indigenous vocalist has released her debut single entitled “Alcatraz” a folk song (January ‘17) followed by the release of “Generations” (July ’17) a hip-hop track featuring 14 y/o Lil Deya.  Most recently, she has released “Don’t Count Me Out” (December ’17) featuring indigenous vocalist/emcee Desirae Harp. Lawrence will be releasing her first album in the year 2018. Lawrence will continue traveling the Nation pursuing her career as a musician/activist in the genres of Traditional FolkHip HopR&B/Soul, and Spoken Word Poetry while based out of the cities of Seattle/San Francisco.

Preview YouTube video Calina Lawrence feat. Desirae Harp- Don’t Count Me Out [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Calina Lawrence feat. Desirae Harp- Don’t Count Me Out [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Preview YouTube video Calina Lawrence ft. Lil Deya – Generations [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Calina Lawrence ft. Lil Deya – Generations [OFFICIAL VIDEO]



Yvonne Swan on “Make No Bones About It.” 1/28/2018 at 4pm

Yvonne Swan (was Wanrow), Sinixt Arrow Lakes of the Colville Confederated Tribes is known for the “Wanrow Instruction”, a 1977 case law in Washington state stemming from a 1972 shooting death of a known Caucasian child molester. When her case reached the Washington State Supreme Court the ruling changed the law regarding women and self defense across the United States. Since then countless defendants have been helped when their defense was self-defense. The precedent also made it illegal to record a person without her/or his knowledge or consent and emergency police tapes are not to be used as evidence to convict.

Yvonne also worked for the International Indian Treaty Council, the diplomatic arm of the American Indian Movement (AIM) where they continue to bring violations of Indigenous human rights to the attention of the world through the United Nations. Yvonne continues to advocate for Native Rights and continues to organize grassroots movements. She was successful in helping her people get their ancient ancestral remains returned to them and reburied.

Yvonne displayed her art during our Indigenous Peoples Day 2017.

Yvonne is talking with Jimbo Simmons.

Che christ on “Make No Bones About It.” 1/21/2018 4pm

Che christ:

is an underground poet from the valley of the sun; a phoenix-born, Chicago-bred hip hop MC who uses his music and poetry to empower the people while documenting the struggles of community resistance to colonization on stolen lands. His current project Until We Overcome: The Hidden Facets of Apartheid in Amerika is a literary collection of voices and stories collected from the frontlines of turtle islands’ movements for justice.

We will be hearing songs from his CD.

Che Christ

Gabriel Ayala on “Make No Bones About It.” Dec 24th, 2017 at 4pm

“Love Your Children, Honor Your Elders & Respect Your Women”

-Gabriel Ayala

A member of the Yaqui people of Southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala is an accomplished classical musician. He is positioned at the forefront of a new generation of Native American musicians, breaking all native and non-native stereotypes with his trailblazing assortment of music genres and accolades.

Gabriel earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although he truly enjoys being a teacher, his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in Master Class settings.

Ayala performs regularly throughout the United States and Internationally. Locally, he has appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum of the American Indian, Musical Instrument Museum and the Oscar Meyer Theater in Madison, Wisconsin. Recently, he was a featured artist at President Barack Obamaʼs Inaugural Ball. He has been recognized by the former State of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, now Director of Homeland Security, for his musical achievements. In addition, he has also been highly honored with the University of Arizonaʼs Tanner Award that recognizes significant professional career success and contributions and leadership benefiting American Indian communities. Not only is Gabriel recognized locally and in the United States but he has also had the opportunity to play for Pope Benedict XVI at the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Rome, Italy. He was also the featured performer at the “Festival Internacional de la Guitarra Academica” in Venezuela with performances in Caracas, Guarenas, Guatire and on National Public Television throughout Venezuela.

Gabriel has been featured in several media publications such as “Native Peoples”, “Indian Country Today”, “SAY Magazine” (Canadian and United States Editions), “Spirit of the Southwest (German Publication)”, “Native America Calling”, “Canadian Broadcasting Corporation” and numerous others.

Gabriel has received numerous music awards from national and international awards programs that include Native American Music Awards “Best Instrumental CD”, “Best World Music”, and “Artist of the Year”, the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards “Best International Album”, and Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards “Best Instrumental”.

Gabriel received many accolades in his career among them is the honor of sharing the stage with Motown living legends The Four Tops, The Temptations, Richie Havens, Dr. John, and many others.

In 2012, Gabriel started his own record label/recording studio entilted, “DeezMas Records”, in hopes to start a Native American Record Label to help promote aspiring Native American Artists. “Shades of Blue” is Ayalaʼs first release through DeezMas

Records and it has been met with great success. Upon itʼs release, “Shades of Blue” was ranked #1 on CDBaby for over four (4) months. Prior to DeezMas Records, Ayala released three self-distributed albums: “Self Titled” in 2003, “Iʼll Be Home for Christmas” in 2007 and “Tango!” in 2008. Gabriel also has several other releases through his past record label with a total of ten (10) CDʼs on the market.

lthough Gabriel is a classically trained musician, he has ventured out into playing many diverse genres of music which include classical, jazz, flamenco, tango and most recently JazzMenco. JazzMenco is Gabrielʼs original genre of music which he showcases around the world. The fusion of jazz and traditional flamenco was inspired by his affinity for both of these genres. JazzMenco can be described as the driving rhythmic force of flamenco with the improvisational feel and chord structure of jazz.

As Ayala continues to travel throughout the United States and other countries, he serves as an advocate for education for all youth. He does this through guitar workshops, motivational speaking, presentations in various minority communities. He sets an example for native communities by instilling his values of living a traditional lifestyle while abstaining from Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco.

Gabriel believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy,

“Love your children, Honor your elders, and Respect your women”. Gabriel wants to share the gift of music with as many people as possible. And he serves as an example and delivers a message to children, letting them know that they can become whatever they dream. Gabriel currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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