Monthly Archives: December 2012

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe on KAOS 89.3 FM


Chief Theresa Spence shares with us on Make No Bones About It.

This is About Mother Earth!


This is About Mother Earth!

As Keeper of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, I would like to send out support for the efforts of Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation, for giving of herself through fasting with prayers for the protection of Mother Earth.

Throughout history, there have been many Voices from different Nations trying to alert us of the prophecies that are now upon us. We are in a time of Great Urgency, especially since the animals have been showing their sacred color white to tell us we need to change the Path we are on.

The war in the Middle East over money, oil and power, in the name of Spirituality, has been affecting us for far too long. A Healing now needs to happen from that lesson. Those lessons now exist in those territories in the lack of animal and plant life, as well as the many orphans and childless parents.

Political decision makers throughout history have made decisions that have affected many People, lands and animal/plant life, the recent decision made to subject Mother Earth and take away any protection she had left, is a decision that affects all humanity.

This effort has to be understood the same light of our Peace work, which is “All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer”. This effort to protect Mother Earth is all Humanity’s responsibility, not just Aboriginal People. Every human being has had Ancestors in their lineage that understood their umbilical cord to the Earth, understanding the need to always protect and thank her. Therefore, all Humanity has to re-connect to their own Indigenous Roots of their lineage – to heal their connection and responsibility with Mother Earth and become a united voice.

In a Sacred Hoop Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Brian Cladoosby shares with us on KAOS 89.3 FM

Swinomish Tribal Chairman, Brian Cladoosby

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe from coastal Washington is honored as a finalist for the 2012 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award for his exceptional skill in strengthening economic and environmental conditions among Coast Salish tribal communities. His dedication to developing a holistic voice for all members of 66 Coast Salish tribes and nations has bridged tribal boundaries, strengthening efforts to protect indigenous human rights and to restore the region from ecological degradation. He has served the Swinomish Tribal Senate for 28 years and has been elected chairman for the past sixteen consecutive years.

As a fisherman, Cladoosby has a strong connection to the salmon from which Coast Salish tribes draw their livelihood. Of his own tribe, he says, “Swinomish always has been and always will be a fishing tribe.” Echoed in this statement is the Chairman’s commitment to protect the environment and natural resources, while ensuring the prosperity of an age-old traditional industry for future generations. The sustenance of these resources for tribal culture and health is of utmost importance.

Chairman Cladoosby and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community share a common goal: to develop a strong economic development plan that supports members’ way of life. The tribe committed to this plan when they purchased the formerly leased Swinomish Fish Company in 2009. The Swinomish Fish Company, one of two remaining canneries in western Washington, represents a tribal investment that ensures that all fishermen, tribal and non-tribal, have the ability to maintain their livelihood.

Brian’s vision and hard work, along with the help of tribal elders and the community, have increased the Swinomish Fish Company’s annual revenue from $3 million in 2009 to $14 million in 2011, bringing economic development back into the hands of tribal communities. Swinomish Fish Company has also increased inter-tribal cooperation in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska through its purchases of nearly 22 tribes’ fish and seafood resources. By creating the Native Catch seafood brand, Cladoosby has added value to all tribal fishing communities and created a positive image of Indian country seafood processing.

Under the Chairman’s leadership, economic activity has thrived in the Swinomish community with nearly 750 people involved in tribal enterprise. In 2011, Cladoosby was honored with the American Indian Tribal Leader Award at the Reservation Economic Summit & American Indian Business Trade Fair for his exceptional achievements.

Cladoosby has been a strong supporter of the Coast Salish Gathering, a platform that brings together tribal and non-tribal governing bodies to develop innovative policies to protect the environment and natural resources. In 2008, he helped organize the Tribal Journey Water Quality Project in collaboration with the Coast Salish Western Washington Tribes, British Columbia First Nations, and the U.S. Geological Survey to map 607 miles of coastline along the Salish Sea. The initiative coupled traditional tribal ecological knowledge with modern technological equipment, as participants towed state-of-the-art water quality probes and global positioning systems (GPS) in canoes. These efforts were honored in 2009 by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and earned the Coast Salish Gathering the Partners in Conservation Award. The Coast Salish Nation owns the data collected through this project, emphasizing the importance of indigenous autonomy in environmental protection efforts.

When President Obama held the first government-to-government meeting of his presidency in 2010, Brian Cladoosby was selected from a pool of 571 candidates as one of twelve tribal leaders to attend. His eminent career as a spokesman for the preservation of indigenous culture and the development of economic opportunity for Coast Salish tribes makes Cladoosby a distinguished choice for this honor. A visionary dedicated to serving the needs of his people, Brian brings together a strong focus on environmental stewardship, productive dialogue, and spiritual connectedness.

Brian and his wife of 33 years, Nina, live in La Conner, Washington. They have two daughters, LaVonne and Mary, granddaughter Isabella and new grandson, Nathanael.

Photo by Benjamin Drummond

Raven visits with Chief Phil Lane Jr. 12-23-2012 at 4pm


Although an accomplished athlete and an acclaimed film producer, Phil Lane Jr.’s life has, first and foremost, been an exercise in fostering human relations and community development. Native American and a hereditary Chief – of the Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw tribes – Lane has dedicated himself for over four decades to the pursuit of equality for the indigenous peoples of four different continents, including Africa. Born at the Haskell Indian Residential School, Lane grew up understanding, firsthand, the economic, spiritual, and political struggles of native groups. With that understanding, Lane chose, as an adult, to begin his career as an educator, speaking to students of all levels and ages about the culture and history of Native American peoples. In 1982, he was a founding member of the organization for which he still works as International Coordinator: Four Worlds International, a non-profit that brings unites the peoples of multiple tribes in development efforts. Ten years after the founding of Four Worlds, Lane was named the recipient of the prestigious Windstar Award for his tireless dedication toward a sustainable future for indigenous people on a global level. Lane was the first and, to date, only Native American to have ever been distinguished with the elite honor. Several years of guiding native communities toward a more prosperous and holistic life experience inspired Lane to write a novel as well as produce multiple television programs and films, including the award-winning series “Walking with Grandfather.” With a keen sense of responsibility and an undying respect towards the tribes into which he was born, Lane is tirelessly focused on the well-being and sustainability of native peoples in North America and around the world.

“In all of our actions, we must seek to be living examples of the changes we wish to see in the world. By walking the path, we make the path visible”

“The greater the difficulty in our path, the greater the opportunity for our growth and ultimate victory; we can always become more than we have ever been.”

Resume of Phil Lane, Jr.:

Phil Lane Jr. Reflects on Working Toward Peace:
Swiss Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights:

David Swallow, Jr.

Roger Fernandes on Make No Bones About It. Dec 16th, 2012 @5:15 PM.


Roger Fernandes, master storyteller, Lower Elwha S’Klallam.
Roger Fernandes, or Kawasa, is a member of the Lower Elwha Band of the S’Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles, Washington area. He describes himself as an urban Indian as his mother, Violet Charles, moved to the city of Seattle where he was born in 1951. English surnames are common in the Puget Sound region and his family name is Charles. His great-grandmother was Annie Ned from Sequim, who married into the Makah tribe and moved to Neah Bay, the h
ome of the Makah people on the northern Olympia Peninsula. He is from a family of four brothers who are all active doing various cultural things like singing, basket making, artwork and storytelling.

Today the Lower S’Klallam are at the north end of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington just north of the Olympic Mountains foothills and the shores of the Straits of San Juan De Fuca. The reservation is about ten miles outside of Port Angeles, Washington.

Roger has been storytelling for about seven or eight years. The stories he started with were simple legends. Through his own interest and doors being opened by understanding those stories he moved into telling myths, creation stories, flood stories, and hero stories. In sharing these types of stories Native people can teach non-Natives about the aspects of their culture that go beyond food, shelter, and clothing. These stories actually define the culture of the tellers.

A story he shares of his tribe is how the S’Klallam people got their name. Stories incorporate songs and dances as an integral part when being told and are included in several stories that he tells. In the course of learning Native American stories, Roger has integrated stories he has learned from other cultures around the world like Mexico, Africa and Asia. All stories speak the same human language and teach same lessons.

Also a tribal historian, Roger gives a comprehensive multimedia presentation on the art of the Coast Salish people, including slides showing that the art of the Salish people. Their art is quite a bit different than that of the stereotypical northwest coastal Indian art like totem poles, masks and button blankets. He’s accumulated artifacts and artwork to show how the native people of this area created their designs, art, basketry and carving. A couple of other topics Roger uses is the environment and health and healing. He believes art, music and stories reflect the culture and the culture reflects the environment. Spiritual health that people need is told in stories that convey how a human being is to live in balance with family, community, and nature. Stories lead to a spiritual and emotional understanding on how to live in the world.

Roger is involved in art organizations and initiatives by and for Native American artists. He’s the Executive Director of South Wind Native Arts and Education Foundation a small grass roots non-profit and he’s on the arts advisory committee for the Potlatch Fund. He has recorded a CD ‘Teachings of the First People’ that shares several of the stories he tells in his performances. He won a folk life award from the Washington Arts Commission for his work in teaching about Coast Salish art. He also has a degree in Native American Studies from the Evergreen State College.

Roger does a lot of work in schools and tailors his presentations to young people. Children understand stories at one level and so he gives them access to stories that are easy to interpret. Native people call their stories “the teachings” as they are the fundamental way of teaching children. He likes them to be involved in the interpretive process. Elders have another level of understanding and bring a lot of wisdom and knowledge to any discussion so a strength that should be built on is the cross generational experience in storytelling. His audiences include community groups such as schools, libraries, parks departments, senior centers and open forum presentations that are geared towards a general audience.

Roger Fernandes
821 209 th Ave NE
Sammamish, WA 98074

PHOTO BY Alex Garla

Return of the White Buffalo

Arvol Lookinghorse is a Lakota spiritual leader and 19th generation keeper of the Tradition of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf. (Wakan Chanupa). According to the Wodakota website: “People of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux Nation believe the White Buffalo Calf Woman appeared to the tribes hundreds of years ago, bringing instruction in sacred ceremonies of how to live in balance with all life, and leaving behind a sacred bundle containing a sacred pipe of peace. She left prophecies about a time in which she would return again. The 1994 birth of a white buffalo calf is believed to have been the sign that these times were now at hand.” Arvol’s story is woven together with the return of the White Buffalo and the healing of the planet. He has travelled around the world with a message of peace and urging people to honour the earth and all of its inhabitants while promoting dialogue among indigenous people.

Raven visits with Jana Mashonee 5pm Sunday December 2, 2012


With her new album, New Moon Born, poised to burst onto the mainstream music scene, it’s no wonder Jana Mashonee is all smiles these days. The album represents a significant departure from her previous endeavors, taking on a decidedly more upbeat rhythm and blues flavor. “The album is about rebirth and new beginnings; it reflects a phase in my life that has taken on a different shape and direction from anything I’ve done before,” she says. “This music conveys my personal truths and beliefs.” In addition to

providing all the vocals and piano, Jana wrote and co-produced the album.Since the 2006 release of her GRAMMY-nominated concept album, American Indian Story, the Lumbee Indian singer-songwriter has not had a moment’s rest. Amidst her demanding touring schedule which has taken her to 48 states as well as Europe and Canada, she found time in 2007 to shoot a video for American Indian Story’s first single, “The Enlightened Time.” Met with critical acclaim and enthusiastic fan response, the video has won numerous film festival awards, as well as a NAMMY for Best Short Form Music Video, Jana’s seventh Native American Music Award.

Jana also recorded American Indian Christmas, a unique album of ten traditional Christmas carols, each sung in a different Native American tongue. “I thought it would be special to do this album since many people have never heard, let alone heard sung, a Native language,” she says. Recorded with a full orchestra and traditional Native American instruments, this holiday album continues to receive rave reviews from press and fans alike.

At the start of the new millennium, Jana found success with chart-topping club hits like “More Than Life” and her cover of Led Zeppelin’s epic, “Stairway to Heaven,” earning her the honor of being the first Native American female to land on the Billboard dance charts. Her powerful voice, uplifting message, and exotic beauty and style garnered widespread press attention.

Despite her fast-paced career, Jana has still found time to give back by establishing her non-profit organization, Jana’s Kids, in 2002. Through the foundation, she helps Native American youth achieve their dreams. Starting in 2007, Jana’s Kids began awarding the David L. Boyle Family Scholarship to Native students. “I hope to raise more money so that I can fund a full two to four years of schooling for each person receiving a scholarship. That’s my current goal.”

This is indeed an exciting time for Jana with New Moon Born set to take her career to new heights. Despite this, she is decidedly peaceful. “Find the inspiration within yourself first and then you can help others,” she says. “I believe everyone has the responsibility in their lives to influence other people positively.” Jana Mashonee is truly the embodiment of the ancient Lumbee proverb: “She walks in beauty in two worlds.”