Tag Archives: Make No Bones About It

Brother Mikey on “Make No Bones About It.” September 23, 2018 4pm

Brother Mikey is a singer/songwriter from Orlando Florida.Born in Bayamon Puerto Rico and raised in The Bronx N.Y. “Music has been a part of my life for as long as i can remember,but it is only recently that i discovered the healing power it carries.Music is leading me back to my indigenous Taino roots and back to the Mother Earth”.Influenced by awakened artists such as Nahko and Medicine for the people,Trevor Hall,Michael Franti ect.

“to be a part of some ones healing..That is the ultimate adventure!”

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Robby Romero on “Make No Bones About It.” September 16, 2018 5pm

BORN ON THE REZ ~ RED THUNDER

Robby Romero

THE NEW TRACK BORN ON THE REZ

Produced by four time grammy winner DON WAS

featuring Ojibwa Warrior Dennis Banks and

the legendary Kris Kristofferson

COMMEMORATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY RED THUNDER RELEASE

The 25th Anniversary release of Robby Romero’s groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed debut RED THUNDER features the new track, BORN ON THE REZ produced by four time Grammy Award winning musician, record producer, and record executive, Don Was. BORN ON THE REZ was recorded at Capitol Records Studios with three time Grammy Award winning music engineer Ed Cherney. The new track features a host of famed upcoming and legendary award winning artists and Water Protectors including Jim Cox on piano/vocals, Gary Farmer on blues harp/vocals, Jim Keltner on buffalo drums/rattles/vocals, Danny “Kooch” Kortchmar on guitar/vocals, Robert Mirabal on pueblo flutes/vocals, Robby Romero on acoustic guitar/pueblo rattles/vocals, and Don Was on upright bass/vocals. The Water Protector Choir includes Victoria Asher, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Frances Fisher, Tina Malia, Bob Neuwirth, Dakota Romero, Chris Stills, Kholan Studi, Jimmy Lee Young, Raye Zaragoza, and the Great Ojibwa Warrior Dennis Banks and three time Grammy Award winner, Golden Globe winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson.

The 25th Anniversary also includes remastered original recordings, a remix/remastered version of the Indian Country hit single HEARTBEAT by Grammy Award winning musician, producer, engineer, Steve Addabbo (with Al Kooper on piano, and Ataahua PaPa and Dakota Romero on backing vocals), and Robby’s American Indian stereo-type breaking PSA that won the 1993 CableAce Award as part of MTV’s ‘Free Your Mind’ campaign.

Robby Romero, rose to prominence in 1990 with the global broadcast of his first internationally televised music picture campaign, IS IT TOO LATE and with his designation as a United Nations Ambassador Of Youth For The Environment. Robby’s innovative music pictures broadcast on MTV and VH1 introduced Native Rock Music to the music television generation. His stereotype-breaking public service announcements and politicized rockumentary films catapulted him into an arena of his own making. Robby’s work has premiered at the United Nations and on national and international networks from Sundance TV to SABC Africa.

In 2016, Robby joined the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) and Water Protectors on the front-lines of an historic Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline—an oil pipeline snaking through 1851 treaty land adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Inspired by passion, wisdom, and courage Robby wrote BORN ON THE REZ, the first in a series of singles and music pictures to be released in support of the Native Children’s Survival #Honor1851Treaty campaign.

“We’re on a journey to create a wave of momentum for the 50th Anniversary of The “Trail of Broken Treaties” caravan to Washington, D.C., September 17, 2022 — and to generate over a million petition signatures to #Honor1851Treaty and #RightTheWrong of at least one of the more than 500 broken treaties made with Native Nations.” – Robby Romero

The Oceti Sakowin Homelands Premiere of the BORN ON THE REZ music picture will be held on 23 September at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Robby Romero

Pualani Case on” Make No Bones About It.” September 9th, 2018 4pm

Pualani Case, born and raised  on the Island of Hawai’i surrounded by the high mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala, the fresh waters of Kohakohau and Waikoloa and the plains of Waimea. Pua’s life path and purpose has led her to become a Kumu Hula, a teacher of traditional dance and chant, and  a teacher of the ways, culture and traditions of the kanaka maoli or native peoples of Hawai’i. With a degree in Hawaiian Language and culture, and a teaching degree in Social Studies, interwoven with the traditional teachings, philosophies and expectations from her kupuna or elders, Pua has integrated ‘Ike Hawai’i or Hawaiian knowledge and lessons into the public school system for over 30 years.

Pua and her ‘ohana, her family are active as spiritual and cultural leaders in and beyond their community. They are an integral part of  the protocol and ceremonies for Na Kalaiwa’a, Moku o Keawe Makali’i Voyaging Canoe, as well as for Hokule’a and other Pacific Island Voyages. Pua sits on various educational and cultural boards including the Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, Waimea Community Education Hui, and MKEA, Mauna Kea Education and Awareness. Pua and her family are petitioners in the Contested Case hearing filed on behalf of Mauna Kea Mountain. As a representative of the Mauna Kea ‘Ohana Na Kia’I Mauna, Idle No More Hawai’i Warriors Rising and Idle No More Mauna, Kea she and her family have traveled throughout the continent, to Europe and various places across the Pacific to network, support and address the issues and challenges facing sacred places and life ways of the people of HawaiʻI and beyond Hawaii. In the past two years, Pua has represented the Mauna Kea Movement in  Aotearoa as a keynote speaker at the He Manawa Whenua Conference at Waikato, and in California in support of the Winnemem Wintuʻs efforts to bring back the salmon to the McCloud. She has stood on the frontlines in North Dakota at Standing Rock and Sacred Stone Camps with fellow Mauna Kea Protectors in support of the Native Americans stance on keeping pipelines out of their rivers. In October, Pua was featured at Indigenous Day Celebrations in New York City and was a guest speaker at the University of New York on Movements and Alliance Building between Native Peoples. This work is a one of commitment, dedication, passion and a mission to weave the relationships and strengthen the alliances with peoples everywhere for the highest good for the earth.

Tara Trudell on Make No Bones About It. September 9th, 2018 5pm

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.

TARA EVONNE TRUDELL

POET • VISUAL ARTIST • PHOTOGRAPHER

TARA EVONNE TRUDELL

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

As a multimedia artist, I weave poetry, photography, film, and audio components into my work in order to express creative visions that address social issues. It is vital my role as an artist that I represent and advocate for earth and humanity in an effort to stimulate action. As a photographer, I approach photography with a humanistic sensibility in order to discuss and address important social issues especially dealing with the border between the USA and Mexico.

I write poetry to address these troubling issues and to bring a vocal element to my views. I then roll the poem into paper beads, which allows me to transfer the words on paper into energy and action.

Each bead becomes a prayer to honor the word and the subject of the poem. This process provides me an opportunity to connect with my purpose as an artist and to further the changes that I hope will take place in the world.

Tara Trudell

Phillip Meshekey on Make No Bones About It. August 19, 2018 4pm

Phillip Meshekey was born December 17th, 1978 in Oakland/Berkeley CA. A member” of the Little traverse bay bands of Odawa indians in northern Michigan, or Waganakising (crooked tree) Odawa (ottawa) of the Anishinaabek (fell from stars) Nation, also part Ojibway, Mohawk, French, and Pomo. A first Nations poet, speaker, and Artisvist for lack of a better description. Phillip grew up back & forth from the hoods to the woods, from the burbs to the rez, in and out of institutions, jails, orphanages & foster homes. In his survival, and in his blossoming years he considers himself not much at all, but someone blessed enough to have survived..is surviving his predicaments..living out his asleep dreams in the awake, and offering those gifts to the people native, and non native. He just wants to write and create the poetry..along with the music, and it’s not easy with all the street, political & genocidal generational traumas that still stalk the burial ground called his mind. Even though he is now a dedicated red road walker and advocate, the best he can anyways. He calls himself not a role model, but rather the opposite of a role model, showing people what not to do by doing it, and sometimes opposite of that..in one way or another..just is contrary to popular beLIEfs & CONcepts.

A former student & “occupier” at DQUniversity (Deganawidah Quetzalcoatl University) in Davis Ca (2007 2011) Phillip has since abandoned certain forms of political activism, and centered himself in the arts known as ARTivism, and continuing in his community outreach even though his public speaking & native rights activism started at at eleven. Phillip offers poeTree presentations by himself, or with “backWordz Medicine” a native collective of contrary artivists, and collective of musical genres & media projects, as in spoken word tribal voice, native aCoupstic hip hop, rock, reggae, blues, and mixtures/styles yet to be boxed. His style of poetry is to the bone, what he calls a contrary style of thinking writing & speaking. All people are poets, but to some it’s a true daily & nightly medicine. He is an admitted & confirmed medicine addict.

John Trudell said this about Phillips poetry:

“People who listen, should listen to this, people who don’t listen, should listen to this, everyone’s should listen to this!”

Phillip has yet to have an official hardcopy cd release. He has recorded a handful of songs featuring: Ras K’dee, Cempoalli 20, Goodshield, Xochitlahuia, Naturall man a.k.a Dojon Banks Peake, and wankiya waci. Phillip has shared the stage with: Floyd Redcrow Westerman, John Trudell, India Arie, Stephen & Julian Marley, Audiopharmacy, Cempoalli 20 & the Bluntest, Winona LaDuke, Fred Hampton Jr, UB-40, Gentleman, Toots & the Maytals, Taj Mahal, Kris Kristopherson, The Coup, Goddess Alchemy Project, Blackfire & more. He has performed at an array of events small and “big” like: snag magazine benefits, Reggae Rising, Earthdance,13 indigenous grandmother fundraisers, and the Oregon country fair. He is currently offering bookings for solo performance, and or with live drum, and also private & public speaking engagements. Also in the works a book of Poety & writing “Rants of a deadbeat indian” and a short filmed titled “The Rez brothers” with Dojon Banks of the Peake. Phillip lives in the redwoods deep in northern California.. “the last stronghold on earth” as he calls it. Phillip is currently looking to book more 2012 tour dates.

“Must not become the opressor, my ARTivism is by way of ceremony, poetry, or lecture” -Phillip Meshekey –

Available for booking at: phillipmeshekey@gmail.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phillip.meshekey?sk=info

Madonna Thunder Hawk today at 4pm on “Make No Bones About It.”

Madonna Thunder Hawk co-founded Women of All Red Nations (WARN) in 1978, organizing a health study of the drinking water on the Pine Ridge reservation. (WARN found the water to be highly radioactive, which led to the establishment of rural water supply system.) Thunder Hawk also helped organize the Black Hills Protection Committee (later the He Sapa Institute) whose goal is to protect the many sacred sites within the region’s treaty lands.

Madonna Thunder Hawk is a member of the Oohenumpa band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Her life’s work has been guided by the goals of winning justice for Native Americans. Madonna is the embodiment of courage. She was an original member of the American Indian Movement, a co-founder of Women of All Red Nations (WARN), and is currently the Lakota People’s Law Project’s principal organizer and Tribal Liaison. Madonna has been featured in several documentary films including the recent PBS series We Shall Remain. She is a grandmother, both literally and figuratively, to a generation of Native American activists. Through her work, Madonna builds alliances and support for Child Welfare among South Dakota’s tribal leaders and communities.

She is a veteran of every modern Native American struggle, including the 1969 to 1971 occupation of Alcatraz to the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee. Hailing from the Feather Necklace Tiospaye, which extends across the Lakota reservations of South Dakota, Thunder Hawk is also a long-time community organizer with a range of experience in American Indian rights protection, cultural preservation, economic development, environmental justice and Lakota social reclamation.

Born and raised on a number of South Dakota reservations, she first became active in the late 1960s as a member and leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM). In addition to involvement in the national and international arena for Native sovereignty, she anchored much of her organizing at the community level. While on the federal relocation program in San Francisco she joined the occupation of Alcatraz and has since been forever consumed by the indigenous struggle for self-determination. Once drawn into activism, Thunder Hawk has been a voice of resistance ever since.

She established the “We Will Remember Survival School” for Indian youth whose parents were facing federal charges or who had been drop-outs or “push-outs” from the educational system. This alternative home/school was part of the National Federation of Native-Controlled Survival Schools that was established during the movement as many alternative schools developed. Thunder Hawk was a co-founder and spokesperson for the Black Hills Alliance, which blocked Union Carbide from mining uranium on sacred Lakota land.

An eloquent voice for Native America, Thunder Hawk has spoken throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East. She was an International Indian Treaty Council delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. She also was a delegate to the U.N. Decade of Women Conference in Mexico City and in 2001 to the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa.

Sarah Sense Wilson on “Make No Bones About It.” on July 1, 2018 4pm

Sarah Sense Wilson, LMHC, CDP, WSGCC-II, Chair of Urban Native Education Alliance

Sarah Sense-Wilson (Oglala) serves as the elected Chair for the Urban Native Education Alliance (UNEA). Sarah is committed to strengthening our urban Native community through tireless advocacy, organizing, and networking both within the Native community and greater King County area. Central to Sarah’s values is student voice, “As an organization we need to be cognizant of its purpose at all times, we are here to serve the academic, social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of our Native children”. Collaborating, consulting and sharing in decision making with students supports our emphasis on being student centered.

Sarah’s educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science, UW 1999, Chemical Dependency License 2004, and she completed her MA degree in Applied Psychology from Antioch University in 2010. Sarah is a Washington State licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a certified Problem Gambling Counselor. She has worked in the chemical dependency field for over 15 years, specializing in both family and couples counseling. Sarah is currently employed at Tulalip Tribes Behavioral Wellness as a Problem Gambling Coordinator.

Sarah and her partner Mark have one daughter who recently graduated from Western Washington University. Sarah enjoys her multiple volunteer roles and is highly motivated to improve academic and cultural enrichment experiences for our urban Native youth. Sarah believes both cultural knowledge and education are vital to strengthening and building the future for our urban Native community.