Tag Archives: Indigenous

Celia Espinoza on “Make No Bones ABout It. 5pm

Celia Espinoza, Mexican Mestiza. She has been a coordinator with Freshet since June 2017 and became involved with Standing Rock as an organizer in my hometown in Idaho in September of 2016. We made two trips with donations to Oceti Sakowin in November and December. This movement changed my life in many ways so I am grateful to be able to reciprocate that. 

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Tara Trudell on “Make No Bones About It.        September 24, 2017 at 5pm

Tara Trudell- Poet/ Filmaker / Activist

Tara Evonne is an artist who is passionate about combining poetry and film to create a visual art form of her own. Her art focuses on being socially aware and conscious of the injustices that plague our society. Social conscious is a top priority as a she rediscovers her own word in a world that only attempts to silence the Indigenous spirit. Her goal is to illuminate the Indigenous spirit through performance art. She is of Mexican, Spanish, and Santee Sioux descent and cultivates a vision which includes representation of her ancestors and earth. She is a student of the Media Arts with a concentration in Film and Audio. 

http://www.taratrudell.com 

Tonight we will be sharing about honoring our Uncle Billy Frank Jr. 

Photo from Hank Adams and written by Hank Adams

Mark Hoover’s photo of Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) chairman Billy Frank Jr. (published 2017). Northwest Treaty Tribes, Peggen Frank There is presently a proposal pending before the Port of Olympia to rename Marine Drive west of Olympia’s East Bay as “Billy Frank Jr. Way”- with Petitions circulating in support of that action. Marine Drive ends in vicinity and site of the Protocols and Welcoming of Canoes for the respective Paddle to Squaxin Island Canoe Journey 2012 and the Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey 2016. The following is my statement in support of the Petitions for the renaming as circulated variously by Brian M Frisina, Freddie Xwenang Lane, Colleen Jollie, Peggen Frank and others:
“Billy Frank Jr. descends from honored 19th Century-born leaders of each the Squaxin Island and Nisqually Indian Nations whose ancestral boundaries touch in the waters of Budd’s Inlet west of Marine Drive. In December 2000, the Memorial and Life Celebration for “Jim” Heckman – the most significant non-tribal witness in the federal case of United States v. Washington (Boldt Decision 1974) – was held on East Bay Drive parallel to and in sight of the site where Heckman set up his Marine Drive USF&WS one-man office in 1962 near the KGY Radio tower and became one of Billy Frank Jr.’s closest friends and colleagues. Billy Frank’s last fishing arrest came not on the Nisqually River but rather at the floodgates connecting and separating Budd’s Inlet from Capitol Lake in Olympia. Billy Frank’s ‘formal schooling’ ended in attendance at Washington Junior High and Olympia High School – both in Olympia. That was noted when he was confirmed by the Washington State Senate in Olympia as a Trustee for The Evergreen State College to serve an extended term as Trustee from 1996 into 2003 under Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke. Additional to his work with 20 tribes’ Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) from 1977 until May 5, 2014, Billy Frank, Jr. was appointed by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to serve as one of the co-Chairs of the original Puget Sound Partnership (along with Bill Ruckleshaus and Jay Manning) to lead “the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound” – the “deep fjord estuary” extending from the U.S.-Canadian border southward through the broader Salish Sea and southwesterly to the environs of Marine Drive in Olympia, WA. Under U.S. Presidents Carter and Reagan, Billy was named to the diplomatic team negotiating conclusion of the 1985 ratified Pacific Salmon Treaty between the U.S. and Canada directed at limiting harvest interceptions of salmon returning home to all the waters of Puget Sound – and in the early 1990’s Billy was instrumental in convincing Third World Nations in the United Nations General Assembly to finally ban the “walls of death” fishing nets of up to 20-miles in length in open ocean international waters. In November 2015. Billy Frank, Jr., posthumously was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (PMOF), by U.S. President Barack Obama. And BTW, Billy was a U.S. Marine. But more relevant to a renaming of “Marine Drive,” is the fact that Billy Frank, Jr., was a fisherman.”

Lisa Pemberton on Make No Bones About It. September 3rd, 2017 at 4pm


Lisa Pemberton (White Earth Chippewa) is a reporter and news team leader at The Olympian. She covers education, Thurston County government and breaking news. She has worked for the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, the Department of Labor and Industries and The Seattle Times. Lisa’s parents are the late Jerry and Norma Pemberton, who helped lead (and in some cases create) drug and alcohol prevention programs for numerous tribes including Puyallup, Muckleshoot and Squaxin Island. She was raised in Washington State and has close ties to several Puget Sound tribes. Lisa and her husband Todd have three children, ages 10, 12 and 16. She has won several awards and was most recently honored with national awards from the Native American Journalists Association for stories on the Paddle to Nisqually (canoe journey) and controversial test tickets fired at JBLM that affected the Nisqually tribal community.

Art Durand on “Make No Bones About It.” September 3rd, 2017 at 5pm

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. 

 

Thana Redhawk on”Make No Bones About It” August 20, 2017 at 4pm

THANA REDHAWK As an influential eloquent speaker, published poet and award winning spoken word artist, Thana Redhawk is a heaARTivist for the evolution in human consciousness. Through her poetry, music, activism and honoring sacred purpose in each being, she prays to empower others by decolonizing hearts through rEmbering what it means to be a human being. 
Thana currently hosts the radio show’s called Native Voices Radio on KPFN in Mendocino County, Ca and Native Nations Radio / Apache Radio broadcast via internet with the servers on sovereign Apache Territory. 
Thana is currently working on creating a new television channel “Indigenous Entertainment Television”, to bring indigenous content to the people, for the people, from the people. She is also the owner of Native Voices Media INC. and Human Intelligence Network Co-founder.
Thana is also a Board member of Native American Entertainment Coalition of California, Sacred World Peace Alliance (Protection of White Bison herd) both non profit organizations. As the Youngest Grandmother on the Grandmother’s Circle the Earth Council she feels we are here not to impress others, but to leave an inspired impression by keeping prayer strong, remembering everything is sacred and everything is related.

Here to plant fearless beauty of the healing of hearts, minds and spirits… we are the prayers of thousands of seeds the anceStars planted while singing the songs of creation…

Thana Redhawk

Swil Kanim on “Make No Bones About It.” August 6th, 2017 at 4pm

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.

Swil Kanim