Tag Archives: Indigenous

Peter Ali on “Make No Bones About It.” April 8th, 2018 5pm

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.


Caroline LaPorte on “Make No Bones About It.” April 8th, 2018 4pm

Photo by StrongHearts Native Helpline.

Caroline LaPorte

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.

Che christ on “Make No Bones About It.” 1/21/2018 4pm

Che christ:

is an underground poet from the valley of the sun; a phoenix-born, Chicago-bred hip hop MC who uses his music and poetry to empower the people while documenting the struggles of community resistance to colonization on stolen lands. His current project Until We Overcome: The Hidden Facets of Apartheid in Amerika is a literary collection of voices and stories collected from the frontlines of turtle islands’ movements for justice.

We will be hearing songs from his CD.

Che Christ

Gabriel Ayala on “Make No Bones About It.” Dec 24th, 2017 at 4pm

“Love Your Children, Honor Your Elders & Respect Your Women”

-Gabriel Ayala

A member of the Yaqui people of Southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala is an accomplished classical musician. He is positioned at the forefront of a new generation of Native American musicians, breaking all native and non-native stereotypes with his trailblazing assortment of music genres and accolades.

Gabriel earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although he truly enjoys being a teacher, his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in Master Class settings.

Ayala performs regularly throughout the United States and Internationally. Locally, he has appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum of the American Indian, Musical Instrument Museum and the Oscar Meyer Theater in Madison, Wisconsin. Recently, he was a featured artist at President Barack Obamaʼs Inaugural Ball. He has been recognized by the former State of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, now Director of Homeland Security, for his musical achievements. In addition, he has also been highly honored with the University of Arizonaʼs Tanner Award that recognizes significant professional career success and contributions and leadership benefiting American Indian communities. Not only is Gabriel recognized locally and in the United States but he has also had the opportunity to play for Pope Benedict XVI at the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Rome, Italy. He was also the featured performer at the “Festival Internacional de la Guitarra Academica” in Venezuela with performances in Caracas, Guarenas, Guatire and on National Public Television throughout Venezuela.

Gabriel has been featured in several media publications such as “Native Peoples”, “Indian Country Today”, “SAY Magazine” (Canadian and United States Editions), “Spirit of the Southwest (German Publication)”, “Native America Calling”, “Canadian Broadcasting Corporation” and numerous others.

Gabriel has received numerous music awards from national and international awards programs that include Native American Music Awards “Best Instrumental CD”, “Best World Music”, and “Artist of the Year”, the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards “Best International Album”, and Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards “Best Instrumental”.

Gabriel received many accolades in his career among them is the honor of sharing the stage with Motown living legends The Four Tops, The Temptations, Richie Havens, Dr. John, and many others.

In 2012, Gabriel started his own record label/recording studio entilted, “DeezMas Records”, in hopes to start a Native American Record Label to help promote aspiring Native American Artists. “Shades of Blue” is Ayalaʼs first release through DeezMas

Records and it has been met with great success. Upon itʼs release, “Shades of Blue” was ranked #1 on CDBaby for over four (4) months. Prior to DeezMas Records, Ayala released three self-distributed albums: “Self Titled” in 2003, “Iʼll Be Home for Christmas” in 2007 and “Tango!” in 2008. Gabriel also has several other releases through his past record label with a total of ten (10) CDʼs on the market.

lthough Gabriel is a classically trained musician, he has ventured out into playing many diverse genres of music which include classical, jazz, flamenco, tango and most recently JazzMenco. JazzMenco is Gabrielʼs original genre of music which he showcases around the world. The fusion of jazz and traditional flamenco was inspired by his affinity for both of these genres. JazzMenco can be described as the driving rhythmic force of flamenco with the improvisational feel and chord structure of jazz.

As Ayala continues to travel throughout the United States and other countries, he serves as an advocate for education for all youth. He does this through guitar workshops, motivational speaking, presentations in various minority communities. He sets an example for native communities by instilling his values of living a traditional lifestyle while abstaining from Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco.

Gabriel believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy,

“Love your children, Honor your elders, and Respect your women”. Gabriel wants to share the gift of music with as many people as possible. And he serves as an example and delivers a message to children, letting them know that they can become whatever they dream. Gabriel currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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Scatter Their Own on”Make No Bones About It,” November 26, 2017 at 4pm

Scatter Their Own on “Make No Bones About It.” July 17th, 2016 at 4pm. Tune in and experience these beautiful people! I am super excited to have a visit with our relatives.


A little bit about Scatter Their Own

Scatter Their Own out of South Dakota’s Oglala Nation share heartfelt music with the world. .” Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford nurture and shares their thoughtful songs . The sounds of their music will rock your senses and sooth your soul. We invite you to join our conversation with this alter-Native duo. Scatter Their Own is our May Music Maker and we’ll also give away cd copies of the new album.

(Photo Credit: Scatter Their Own)

Remembering Dennis Banks, 11-5-2017 at 5pm on “Make No Bones About It.”

Tune in this Sunday, November 5th, 2017 and listen to an older interview  with Dennis Banks and a couple of friends some of the voices you might  recognize. It was exciting and fun to have this time with Dennis. We raise our hands up to you for all you have done. Prayers for your journey and prayers to your family!

Remembering Dennis Banks. 11-5-2017 at 5pm on “Make No Bones About It.”

Tune in this Sunday, November 5th, 2017 and listen to an older interview  with Dennis Banks and a couple of friends some of the voices you might  recognize. It was exciting and fun to have this time with Dennis. We raise our hands up to you for all you have done. Prayers for your journey and prayers to your family!