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.
About Art Durand
Songs Come Down
Art Durand has always maintained an honorable reputation in the Native American music community.
It is a privilege for us to highlight some of Art’s biographical information.
For over thirty years Art has performed for audiences large and small in the seven western states.
In 1986-87 Art hosted the White Mouse Radio Hour on Radio station KKUP fm in Cupertino CA.
1999-2004 Art hosted the two hour weekly radio program “Turtle Island” on KZSC fm, in Santa Cruz CA.
Contact Songs Come Down today at 425-760-0844 to request information, or browse our website for more information about Songs Come Down or the internet radio show.
BEARS PUBLIC INTRODUCTION
My name is Art Durand. Arthur, in Middle English means Warrior King. In Ancient Welch Arthur translates as “The Great Bear” Referring to the Big Dipper, those seven stars we see in the night sky. Twenty two years ago an Inupiat man gave me the name “Nanalq” White Bear and I am known by that name also.
I am an urban Indian, raised two generations and a thousand miles from my homeland.
My grandfathers Christian name was George Durand. I never learned his real name.
I left the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1979 with a back pack, seven dollars and change and an Appalachian Folk Dulcimer. I traveled the seven western states for eighteen years. Wherever I stopped, I fell in with Indigenous people who treated me most kindly.
Deloria 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.
Quanah Parker Brightman is a Lakota Sioux and Creek Indian who was born in Oakland California. Quanah Brightman is the National President of United Native Americans Inc., a non-profit indigenous movement organization formed by Dr. Lehman L. Brightman in San Francisco, California in 1968 to promote the decolonization and unity of all Indigenous People.
In his capacity as member of UNA, Mr. Brightman has testified before the United Nations Listening Sessions and the U.S. Department of Education’s Urban Indian Education Listening and Learning Sessions and founded Idle No More in the San Francisco Bay Area. .
Quanah Parker Brightman has led and participated in many pro-indigenous protests, marches, and sit-ins throughout the United States. Mr. Brightman is a strong advocate against the many hate crimes that are affecting Indigenous people around the world. He advocates for the enforcement of all indigenous treaties made with the United States, reparations and accountability of the theft of tribal ancestral lands and natural resources, the protection of Native American sacred sites and burial sites, pro-indigenous curriculum to be taught in public schools (K-12), ending the use of the blood quantum, improving the negative image of indigenous people and ending tribal corruption in Indian gaming.
If you are interested in scheduling Quanah Parker Brightman to present a workshop or be a guest lecturer, please call (510)672-7187 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Raven will visit with Charles Upham and Joanelle Romero, April 12th, 2015 at 5pm only on KAOS 89.3 fm.
Charles Upham a member of the Blackfeet Nation, father of award-winning actress Misty Upham, and of owner of Reelworks Entertainment Group will be joined with Joanelle Romero of Apache, Cheyenne, Spanish and Jewish heritage is the founder of Red Nation Celebration .
We will be learning more about Native Women in Film & Television Film Festival that happen recently(2015) honoring his late daughter award-winning actress Misty Upham .
Join Raven as he visits with Aleticia Kyle Silverwood Tijerina, PhD. about The Big Mountain Sustainable Housing Land Recovery Project .
Aleticia Kyle Silverwood Tijerina, PhD (Odawa/Irish/Italian)
Dr. Aleticia Kyle Silverwood Tijerina, joined the Red Nation movement in 1983 as a young woman. Leaving the East Coast where she was writing plays and performing, she headed to the southwest to pursue the dream of performance art with her own indigenous peoples. Settling in Flagstaff, Arizona, she created the El Quetzalcoatl Teatro theater troupe and became involved in the political struggle of the Dine people living in Big Mountain Arizona who were in the fight of their lives to resist relocation off their traditional lands. In 1983, she committed to dance for four years at the Sun Dance ceremony on Big Mountain that was hosted by the family of Louise Benally. The Chief of the Big Mountain Sun Dance is Lakota Chief Leonard Crow Dog. The Lakota dance was being conducted to help bring strength to the grandmothers and 100 families at Big Mountain who were being forced off their land by the US government.
Today, Dr. Tijerina continues to commit herself to social justice issues which impact her own indigenous peoples through organizational development projects. In 2014, she created the Big Mountain Sustainable Housing and Land Development Project that is raising money to support green housing on the Navajo reservation. Louise Benally was chosen as a recipient of a broader green housing initiative led by Community Rebuilds who is spearheading a project to support indigenous social activists and others through the green housing initiative.
We will be joined with Che Jim
Che Jim (Dinéh/Odawa) was born in1989 and raised in Flagstaff Arizona, son to Alan Jim and Aleticia Tijerina and a father of 2. He has been involved in traditional native ceremonies his entire life, including the Big Mountain Sundance on the land of Louise Benally. Che, along with his mother and sister, Asdzaanazbaa, formed the project in order to build eco-friendly housing to those living on the reservation.
Che is currently working as a consultant for rehabilitation programs promoting sobriety for native people through native culture and traditional teachings. He and his family travel multiple times a year to different communities around the country to help in various spiritual events and show support to those in need.