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Julia Keefe on “Make No Bones About It.”

Join us on April 24th 2022 at 4pm pacific on KAOS 89.3fm
Excited to visit with Julia Keefe!

Her Bio:
“She gives me hope for the future of jazz.” – Judy Carmichael, NPR
“Her voice is of another era. One of the only jazz songbirds in Indian Country.” – Revolutions per Minute
Julia Keefe (Nez Perce) is a nationally acclaimed Native American jazz vocalist, actor, activist, and educator currently based in New York City. Her professional career has spanned over 15 years and she has headlined marquee events at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., NMAI-NY, as well as opened for the likes of 20-time GRAMMY Award recipient Tony Bennet and 4-time GRAMMY Award winner Esperanza Spalding. Her life’s work is the revival and honoring of the legendary Coeur d’Alene jazz musician Mildred Bailey and is leading the campaign for Bailey’s induction into the Jazz Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center.
Julia grew up in Kamiah, ID on her tribe’s reservation before moving to Spokane, WA. It was in Spokane that she began studying music and competing at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival each year. In 2007, she won Outstanding Vocal Soloist in the alto division at the festival. She earned her bachelor’s in music from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2012, graduating with honors. She taught jazz voice at Gonzaga University and was a guest clinician at North Idaho college at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival before deciding to relocate to New York City. She earned her master’s in music from Manhattan School of music in 2019, under the tutelage of Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Jo Lawry, Stefon Harris, and Phil Markowitz.
Julia also has a passion for Indigenous film and was a featured artist in Sterlin Harjo’s critically acclaimed documentary, Love and Fury. Her first feature film, Virginia Minnesota, was the closing feature at the Catalina Film Festival in 2018. She is the Executive Director of the Board for One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, an annual non-profit festival in Spokane, showcasing the diversity and vitality of contemporary Native art in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Julia’s recent recording, Nobody Else But Me, was released to glowing reviews. In addition to rehearsing for an upcoming album, she is currently working with Delbert Anderson, Mali Obomsawin, Nicholas Lucero, Nokosee Fields, and the Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest on a new project titled Welcome to Indian Country, a celebration of Native culture through seven songs and seven stories. Julia has performed with world-class musicians including Jim McNeely, Emmet Cohen, Billy Test, Dan Hearle, Andreas Oberg, Bob Bowman, Clipper Anderson, Jack Mouse, the Lionel Hampton Big Band, among many others.

Happy Winter!

When and if I return to live radio again my show will change a bit. It will change from “Make No Bones About It -Quest for the Truth, to “Make No Bones About It -Time of the Human Being.” I have always been an Allie to both to the Peoples, and to our Mother the Earrh. That will never change. I am a human being first. Tired of all the fighting and lateral violence. We are all here to bring Unity to Earth. This radio program and my life has always been inspired by the Spirit of John Trudell. This quote stuck in my mind tonight …
“We must go beyond the arrogance of human rights. We must go beyond the ignorance of civil rights. We must step into the reality of natural rights because all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it. There can be no trade-off.” -John Trudell
Thinking about my dear Uncle Eddie too. “Time is running out. If we don’t do something now we’ve accepted what is their realism not our reality or our real truth, this might be the last generation as we know it. Get up and get going” -Eddie Little Crow
I invite you to Get up and get going. Uncle says “ Be kind, Be caring, Be loving, and help where help is needed. And it will be okay.” 2022 my prayer is to really change how we think. Time of victim is over and Time of Human being returns.
“ Human being rise up remember who you are.”-John Trudell

Remembering Joanne Shenandoah

You will be so missed. Prayers up for your journey and prayers to your family.

Rest in Power Uncle Hank Adams

Sad day in Indian country. Another great one heads home to the land of the ancestors. Thanks for everything Hank! You will be seriously missed! Prayers up to the family!

December 21, 2020 Happy Winter Solstice


December 21, 2020
Winter Solstice
Been up with the many across our universe sending out prayers and messages of thanksgivings. As this year is rapidly coming to a close the question that comes into my thoughts are “ Are we all willing to work together through love and kindness to put a stop to whats coming and change the direction of our collective future.” We need to dig deeper for the truth if we all intend to survive. Ask yourself do you want to live as Creation intended or exist as the people in authority want us to. Quite frankly as slaves. Meaning only exist enough to fuel their systems of death. I pray everyday for liberation for us all of a system that truly does not give a shit whether we live or die. If 2020 did not open your eyes to what is really going on I am not sure what will. My continued prayers for us all on this journey. I pray to the holys everyday for their love, guidance, protection and continue clarity of stay in the prayer we got this. Much love to you all. Let us truly work together in 2021 so we all can live.
Waiting on an angel,
Raven Redbone

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!


Erica Tremblay on Make No Bones About It. Nov 3rd, 2019 4pm

Erica Tremblay is an Indigenous filmmaker and member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma. Her projects have screened at 60+ film festivals and her work has been featured on CNN and the Independent Film Channel. Erica’s films explore topics including violence against Indigenous women, restorative justice and issues impacting the two-spirit community. She has worked with many grassroots organizations,

including the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition and the Monument Quilt Project. Erica was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Native American and received a 2018 Sundance Native Lab Fellowship for her short film, “Little Chief”. She is currently studying her Indigenous language on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario.


C. Wade Green on Make No Bones About It. September 1, 2019 4pm

I am C. Wade Greene, traditional name TEW*HEW*HA*AHTSEE. I am from the village of wa’atch, one of the 5 villages of makah. My father’s father’s father come from here. I come from a line of singers and speakers and MC’s. My mother’s family comes from ba’adah another one of makahs 5 villages. I began as a Carver. Masks, paddles rattles and ceremonial headdress masks. In 2002 i began 2 dimensional work and began a company NATIVES WEAR, silk screened clothing with native designs. At the same time i started working with silver gold and copper. I have made vests, dance shawls and traditional dance gear. Made huge murals and carved totem poles as well as tiny masks and mini pieces. Even as an instructor i have never stopped being a student. Learning never ceases.

Paul Chiyokten Wagner, Saanich Nation on “Make No Bones About It.” August 18th, 2019 4-6pm

Paul Chiyokten Wagner is an internationally performing presenter of traditional songs and stories of his Coast Salish tribal ancestors. Che oke ten is a member of the Wsaanich (Saanich) Tribe of southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


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“The Scoop” on “Make No Bones About It” with Barbara Elk, Samantha Elk. August 11th, 2019 4-6pm

“The Scoop”

As a Dakota (Sioux), originally stolen from her People at the age of 5, Barbara Elk has sought to find the Truth of who she is, who her People are and seek out others who have also endured and survived the infamous Canadian 60s Scoop Program. 

Despite a tumultuous childhood of foster homes, a children’s home and two failed adoption homes, she has raised two children, became a writer and a successful model and spokesperson.

Today, she resides in Florida with her husband, Jon and is close to her adult children, Samantha and Jack. She keeps herself connected to the Indigenous community by participating in the yearly Florida Indian Youth Program, an intensive two-week camp program for teens who participate in scholastic, cultural and social events all designed to introduce them to higher education. 
Sam is an amateur writer, blogger, Youtuber and new to the podcast world. From the Philadelphia area, to the Evergreen State and now to Florida, Sam is fully aware of how culturally diverse this country is with so many interesting individuals who have their own stories to share and tell.
Sam took a three year break from college to figure out life but will be returning this coming Spring. In the meantime, starting a show with her mother seemed like a good opportunity for the both of them to get more connected with other Indigenous folks and document the issues facing our communities.