Category Archives: Make No Bones About It

Make No Bones About It! Raven says happy winter!

Here’s wishing you all a better 2021. Stay close to the earth. Chose Earth. All of our loyalty should be to the earth. Have a great winter! Be safe and be well and as they say wear your mask, wash your hands, and think your way through. Many blessings!


Cody Blackbird on “Make No Bones About It.” Jan 17th, 2016 at 4pm

“Not only is Cody Blackbird an incredible Native Flute player, but I love how he blends the Native sound with blues and classic rock. He and his band definitely know how to bring the heart and soul.” Bibi McGill, Musical Director/Lead Guitarist for Beyonce

“Cody’s music, which he terms “AlterNative Fusion,” sits in a class by itself in the music world” Buffalo ArtVoice

Cody Blackbird has been widely recognized as one of the worlds top Native American musicians touring today. Blending the old with the new, Cody merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues rock sounds with The Cody Blackbird Band. The band has been compared to a hybrid Native version of the famous Blues rock band “Blues Traveler”
Featured on NBC, PBS, WGN, MSNBC, CNN and The NY Times Cody has performed over 1500 shows both nationally and internationally and with the band they plan on taking it to the next level. The Cody Blackbird Band has shared the bill with such artists as Arlo Guthrie, Lynyrd Skinard’s Rickey Medlocke, Peter, Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow, Nahko Bear, Xavier Rudd, and Reggae legends “Big Mountain”

Most recently Cody returned from a 7 day solo Japan Tour, playing Yamaha Corporate Headquarters “Yamaha Ginza” as well as Nagoya Yamaha and KIWA Hall in Tokyo in celebration of High Spirits Flutes 25th anniversary

The band is gearing up for their 2016 “All In” tour which will take them to over 25 different states, Australia, and Japan

They are currently recording their full length album to be released early new year of 2016

The Cody Blackbird Band is:
Xavier Torres on guitar, bass, vocals
Lewis Schwenk on guitar
Caleb Blackbird on Flute, Trumpet and vocals
Cody Blackbird, NA Flute, Lead Vocals

Anchorage Press

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Deloria Many Grey Horses shares on “Make No Bones About It.” 4-26-2015 at 4:30 pm

10511600_10104143737982673_5751566715818436358_oDeloria Many Grey Horses‘ projects give voice to at-risk Indigenous youth. Many Grey Horses draws out the youths’ perspectives and cultural understandings from their stories. As one of the main youth leaders in a documentary, A Place at the Table, she helped to spread awareness on what it means to live in mainstream culture while holding on to your roots. Many Grey Horses worked in Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, on behalf of the Four Worlds International Institute, with the Canadian Government funded SEARCH Project. This initiative worked with Regional Southeast Asia Partners for Advancing Human Rights, Gender Issues, Child Protection, Ethnic Minorities and Indigenous Peoples.

This initiative focused on curriculum development and facilitating training programs for co-creating community-based social media, improving digital literacy and strengthening digital technology capacities for regional, national and local NGO’s. Many Grey Horses’ work has a special emphasis on ethnic minority and Indigenous young peoples and their communities. Her recent work as project manager of the Manual of Aboriginal Best Practices in Sports and Wellbeing is aimed at a young audience. The manual helps young Indigenous people deal with cultural identity loss and emotional disconnection amidst other social and economic pressures. An Aboriginal engagement consultant at the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate in Alberta, Many Grey Horses’ work addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of Indigenous youth. She notes that 68% of young people in care in Alberta are Indigenous and in Edmonton, the percentage of Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system hovers around 80%. In this role, she is dedicated to creating a strong relationship between Indigenous communities and government, provide cultural awareness training for youth serving agencies and provide rights based training to youth in care and in the criminal justice system. From the Kainai Nation, Many Grey Horses uses storytelling as a vehicle to deliver each person’s message. She gives Indigenous young people personal freedom to express themselves.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Dan Wahpepah share with Raven about this year World Peace and Prayer Day 2015, on KAOS radio, March 29,th 4-5pm

Chief Arvol Looking Horse founder of World Peace and Prayer Day. Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundleand holds the responsibility of spiritual leader among the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota People.

He will be joined with:

Indigenous community leader Dan Wahpepah, Anishinabe/Kickapoo, Sac and Fox .  Dan is one of the founders of Red Earth Descendants. Red Earth Descendants will be hosting World Peace and Prayer Day 2015 in Ahsland Oregon.




Alan Parker, a Citizen of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Nation, on “Make No Bones About It.” 3-15-2015, 5pm


Alan Parker, a Citizen of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Nation, serves as Adjunct Faculty for Tribal Students enrolled in the Indigenous Development and Advancement PhD program at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Alan Parker served as Staff Director, Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, Washington, DC, where was appointed by Senator Daniel K Inouye, Chairman of the Committee. His responsibilities as Staff Director included the development of a comprehensive legislative program for the Committee. Major legislative initiatives of the Committee during this time included the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the National Museum of American Indian Act, the Indian Self-Governance Act, the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act and the Indian Housing Act. In the 1980’s, Alan served as President, The American Indian National Bank, Washington, DC. The AINB was the only National Bank in the US owned and operated by Indian Tribes. Established in 1974, the Tribal Shareholders engaged in commercial banking serving a market of Tribal Business enterprises. Prior to this, he was appointed by Sen. James Abourezk and served as Chief Counsel, Select Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, Washington, DC, from April 1977 until July 1980. The Select Committee was created to serve as the first independent legislative Committee within the US Congress with responsibility for all legislative proposals dealing with Native American issues and concerns. They also exercised congressional oversight authority over federal agencies and offices charged with US Trust Responsibilities and public services for the 350 Indian Tribal and Alaska Native communities located in the US. Major legislative activities conducted under Parker’s term in this office included The Indian Child Welfare Act, The American Indian Religious Freedom Act, and Tribal Colleges authorizing Authority as well as historical Indian Land and Water Rights Legislative Settlements.

Education Achievements: Parker attended UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California, where he received a Juris Doctor degree in June 1972. Parker’s work researching Tribal and State Court Relationships led to publication of his work in the University of Montana Law Review

Military Service: In June 1965 Parker was drafted into the US Army and was sent to Officer Candidate School where he received a commission as a Lieutenant in the Signal Corps and served until August 1968 when he was honorably discharged. Prior to being discharged he was awarded a Bronze Star medal for meritorious service under combat conditions in the Republic of South Vietnam.

“Make No Bones About It” is awared the “New Perspectives in Resistance in Radio Award” by Censored News

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I am very humbled and feel so blessed to have been honored by Censored News-  New Perspectives in Resistance in Radio Award, we are amongst great leaders that I am so very honored to share this award with. Thank you Brenda Norrell and Censored News!

New Perspectives in Resistance in Radio Awards go to John Kane, Mohawk, at Let’s Talk Native; James Browneagle at Tribal Voices Radio in northern California and Raven Redbone at Make No Bones About It, Olympia, Washington.

E. D. “Marty” Martinez (MSG US Army Retired) Tonight at 4:30 pm-11-2-2014

E. D. “Marty” Martinez (MSG US Army Retired)

Born amongst humble means and a multiracial family I arrived in 1952 in the cityof Santa Barbara, CA.  Where my Father and Mother started their own bakery for the people of Santa Barbara.  I have two older and one younger sibling.  Lived inSanta Barbara until age five and then moved on to Anderson, CA where my father worked with family, at a bakery, there and later took a managerial baker position with the Safeway Company in Redding, CA.

An opening to a new store came about three years later and so at age nine we
moved to Paradise, CA where I literally grew up.  I was a child of the woods and
nature and spent every opportunity wondering the canyons and woods near my
home.  Active in scholastics, sports and spiritual pursuits.  Graduated from H.S.,
accepting a scholarship to UCLA.  Was an athlete and fraternity member during
my short stay.

Volunteered for the US Army in late 1971.  I entered the service, back then, as a
36C-Telephone Installer and Construction Lineman.  It seemed according to my
recruiter the only job open!!!  Got to basic and soon found out I was the old man
at 20!  Graduated from Basic and went to my Advanced Individual Training at Ft.Gordon, GA.

There fate intervened in the form of Airborne Recruiters wanting to know if some  of us wanted to jump out of perfectly good airplanes?  Well, being the curious lad
I am, I ended up volunteering to do just that.  The Army sent me to Ft. Benning, GA where I graduated from Airborne training.  While I was there, another curious thing happened, Special Forces Recruiters showed up at Jump School and asked if we  wanted to be, the best of the best?  Well, my sense of adventure got the best of me.

I volunteered for Special Forces training where I was immediately sent to Ft. Bragg, NC to begin my, best of the best, training.  Several months later I was fortunate enough to walk across the stage and receive my hard earned Green Beret.  I was  assigned to a unit in 7th Special Forces Group.  I asked my Sergeant Major if it was  possible to get to Southeast Asia before everything was over.  Knowing my curious self I didn’t want to waste all this training and not to have used it!

He said he could get me there, if and only if, I went to Ranger School.  So, being
me, I said sign me up!  Spent two and a half months back in Georgia at Ft.
Benning and earned my Ranger tab.  Got back to Bragg and my ticket was waiting. Thus, starting a 27 year military career.  Placed my footprints all across this Earth. Only one continent, I never managed to tread, Antarctica.  Flown over it, never placed my foot on it.

I am one of those natives that has actually been walking the road all along but
never realizing it until my awakening!  Always knew I had several tribes in my
background.  Until a little research showed I have Comanche, Cherokee,
Yaqui and Mayan.  I was blessed and honored to be asked to join the VA Sweat
Lodge Elder Council a few years ago.  Our Chief, Warren Guhl, has been on your
Show discussing the Inipi and our work there.  I am forever grateful for his asking, so, here we are!


Native American Special Observance 2014 Flyer


Legacy of the Salmon People

Swil Kanim on Make No Bones About It. – June 22, 2014 at 4pm



Swil Kanim, a classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation. He was born on November 11, 1961 in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the Bellingham, Washington area.

As a young boy, he was separated from his parents and spent the remainder of his childhood in foster homes. One of his teachers encouraged him to enroll in a music program, and the violin became his music instrument of choice. Through music, he found his path to healing childhood wounds and reconnect to his native roots.

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’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.

During a recent interview, Swil Kanim said the following about the “Works for the People” CD: “I played each piece of the album as if it was the only chance I had to record it. I was striving for the perfection in the moment rather than perfection in the eternal recording. I wanted to create that feeling that I was playing for the individual listener. Rather than have an album of individual pieces, I would try to tie each track together considering the energy level of the preceding and following piece and the last piece with the first piece.”

Will be visiting with Robert Upham and Scotti Clifford about an upcoming event. “Blues Concert & Art Benefit- Honoring Our “Unsung Heroes”. -March 16th, 2014 4:30pm


Description of the event happening this March 22, 2014.
Blues Music by Waylon Mendoza & Scatter Their Own. Art by Robert Upham of the Harlem Indian Project & Blue Pony Youth Program. Join us in honoring our Unsung Heroes & American Indian History through Ledger Art, Blues Music, Spoken Word and Poetry.