ABOUT SWIL KANIM
Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation.
Because of his unique ability to inspire audiences to express themselves honorably, Swil Kanim is a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences, workshops, school assemblies, and rehabilitation centers.
He travels extensively throughout the United States, enchanting audiences with his original composition music and native storytelling. His workshops, The Elements of Honor, are attended by people from all walks of life.
Swil Kanim considers himself and his music to be the product of a well supported public school music program. Music and the performance of music helped him to process the traumas associated with his early placement into the foster care system.
Swil Kanim’s compositions incorporate classical influences as well as musical interpretations of his journey from depression and despair to spiritual and emotional freedom. The music and stories that emerge from his experiences have been transforming people’s lives for decades.
Nancy’s parents are Donald & Janet McCloud, we grew up on the banks of the Nisqually River, my father’s parents are Willie Frank & Angeline Tobin, my mother’s are Mamie McCoy & John Renecker – I have 7 siblings, 6 children and 10 grandchildren. I live in Yelm, WA., by my parents home..
Janet is a Tulalip Tribal Member, Don is a Puyallup Tribal member.
Nancy grew up in the fishing wars on both the Nisqually & Puyallup River – we seen, heard and felt the anger of the sportsmen, game agents and the state government.
Nancy graduated from college at Evergreen College under the direction of Mary Hilliare.
Nancy worked at the Puyallup Tribe off and on for over 30 years – I like Natural resources jobs,. Nancy has been on Tribal Council during the Land Claims Settlement.
Signed the Centennial Accord & Puyallup Tribal Land Claims.
Nancy is very vocal when it comes to telling the truth of the fishing rights, or protecting our natural resources.
Nancy said we were very luck our parents took us around d the United States to visit other nations, participate in their ceremonies and learn different traditions and cultures.
Chief Phil Lane, Jr – Hereditary Chief And Elder
Chief Phil Lane Jr. is a traditionally recognized Hereditary Chief and Elder. He is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations. He is an internationally recognized indigenous leader in human and community development.The founder and chairman of the Four World’s International Institute (FWII), an organization dedicated to “unifying the human family through the Fourth Way”, Chief Phil Lane, Jr. is the recipient of many awards, including the John Denver Windstar Award, and is a frequent speaker on behalf of indigenous rights and wisdom
Peter Ali on Native American flute and Dean Evenson on silver flute.
Native American flutist Peter Ali will be sharing about his new album “Prayers on the Wind.” Looking forward to talking with Peter and sharing his music with you all.
Photo by StrongHearts Native Helpline.
Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor
Caroline LaPorte is the first Native Affairs Senior Policy Advisor for the StrongHearts Native Helpline and is an immediate descendant of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. In her policy work, LaPorte, a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and who concurrently serves on the NIWRC’s Policy Team, will focus on specialized issues including criminal justice, children and youth, firearms, housing and human rights relating to domestic violence in tribal communities. Before joining StrongHearts, she worked as a family law attorney and at Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that represents children in foster care.
LaPorte brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Indian law and federal, tribal and state jurisdiction to StrongHearts, having held a clerk position with the Office of Tribal Justice within the Department of Justice and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians criminal justice system. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in Florida and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Baylor University in Texas.