IllumiNative On-Air Podcast

IllumiNative On-Air podcast uplifts stories and news from across Indian Country to support and illuminate contemporary Native voices, stories, and issues. The podcast was created to increase the visibility of Native people and ensure accurate and authentic portrayals of Native communities are present in pop culture and media.

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We Have Medicine for Each Other

In this week’s episode, we focus on continuing our focus on anti-racism and the alliances that Black and Indigenous people can make during these momentous times. Up first, Jana Schmieding interviews Black Pamunkey writer, producer, and performer, Azie Dungey, to discuss how Black liberation and Native justice movements are directly linked. Azie breaks down the origins of anti-Blackness in her tribal history and how the insidiousness of anti-Blackness manifests in her life today. Then we listen to a segment of IllumiNative’s recent virtual national town hall and how we focus efforts on building a multiracial movement for justice and equity. And Heather Rae provides an update on efforts focused on the renaming of an offensive street name in Santa Barbara, California, and why this type of narrative change is so important.

Guests:

Azie Dungey (Pamunkey), Derrick Johnson, Ijeoma Oluo, Judith LeBlanc (Caddo), Mayra Bangee, Fidel Rodriguez

Music: Samantha Crain (Choctaw)
Additional Music: Mahk Jchi by Ulali (performed by Azie Dungey), Torin Jacobs (Orutsararmuit Native Council of Mamterilleq, AK)

Produced By: Jana Schmieding (Mniconjou Lakota), Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Executive Producer: Heather Rae
Series Producer: Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Hunkpapa Lakota)
Associate Producer: Lincoln Cornshucker (Cherokee)

The Zombie Pipeline

In this episode, series producer Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Lakota) talks with the editor of Indian Country Today, Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), about the recent developments surrounding the reckonings on controversial statues, and the struggles to keep up with inconsistent Covid-19 public guidelines. Producer Tara Gatewood brings us the latest from the frontlines of the Keystone XL pipeline protests and how those on the ground have had to shift their tactics due to Covid-19. We also check in with Navajo hip-hop artist, Def-i, to hear his newest single, “American Quarantine.”

Guests:

Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), Matt Campbell (Village of Gamble), Angeline Cheek (Ft. Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes), Dallas Goldtooth (Diné/Mdewakanton Dakota)

Music: Samantha Crain (Choctaw)
Additional Music: Torin Jacobs (Orutsararmuit Native Council of Mamterilleq, AK); Anja Soto (Diné/Japanese) of the Spirit Line Collective, Def-i (Diné)

Produced By: Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo/Diné), Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Executive Producer: Heather Rae
Series Producer: Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Hunkpapa Lakota)
Associate Producer: Lincoln Cornshucker (Cherokee)

A Call to Action

George Floyd’s murder has spurred a call for justice across the country. IlllumiNative stands with the Black Lives Matter movement to change the institutions of power that drive systemic racism. In this episode, series producer Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Lakota), talks with the editor of Indian Country Today, Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), about how he sees the recent events as potentially the beginning of the end of the United States. He also connects our current situation to historical events of the past, including the Tulsa Race Massacre. We’ll also hear from contributor Allison Herrera (Xolon Salinan) who brings us the impact of protests and rioting on the Native community in Minneapolis and how the community is responding.

Guests:
Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), editor of Indian Country Today

Music: Samantha Crain (Choctaw)
Additional Music: Torin Jacobs (Orutsararmuit Native Council of Mamterilleq, AK); Daveon Parton (Native Village of Ruby, AK)

Produced By: Allison Herrera (Xolon Salinan), Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Executive Producer: Heather Rae
Series Producer: Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Hunkpapa Lakota)
Associate Producer: Lincoln Cornshucker (Cherokee)

An Island of Safety in a Sea of Uncertainty

Monica Braine chats with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today and highlights this week’s big news. Shandiin Herrera, a graduate student and lead volunteer for the Navajo-Hopi COVID Relief Fund discusses fundraising efforts and voting advocacy. We also check in with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the growing standoff between the South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem, and the tribe over road checkpoints. Tazbah Rose Chavez performs her poem Millennia at Synonyms for Air.

Guests:
Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), editor of Indian Country Today
Shandiin Herrara (Navajo), volunteer for the Navajo Hopi COVID-19 Relief Fund
Tazbah Rose Chavez (Bishop Paiute), writer and spoken word artist
David Nelson (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) emergency commander of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Music: Samantha Crain (Choctaw)
Additional Music: Torin Jacobs (Orutsararmuit Native Council of Mamterilleq, AK)

Produced By: Allison Herrera (Xolon Salinan), Jana Schmieding (Mniconjou Lakota), and Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Executive Producer: Heather Rae
Series Producer: Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Hunkpapa Lakota)
Associate Producer: Lincoln Cornshucker (Cherokee)

Mauna Kea Update

IllumiNative highlights the latest efforts to protect a sacred mountain, Mauna Kea. Protesters recently left the mountain after a long demonstration against building yet another telescope. We also share highlights from one of the panels recently featured on IllumiNative’s Native Americans and COVID-19 Town Hall. This virtual town hall explores how the crisis has further highlighted inequities and health disparities in Native communities and communities of color. And how Native peoples and allies are coming together to overcome these challenges and showcase the resiliency of a unified community.

Guests:
NM Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo)
MN Lt. Governor, Peggy Flanagan (White Earth Band of Ojibwe)
Mónica Ramírez, cofounder of The Latinx House
Dwayne Proctor, Ph.D, senior advisor to the president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Pualani Case (Kanaka Maoli), Kumu, Teacher/Protector of Mauna Kea
Dr. Noe Noe Wong-Wilson (Kanaka Maoli), Mauna Kapuna
Dr. Kalamaoka’aina Niheu (Kanaka Maoli), co-founder of the Mauna Medic Healer’s Hui

Music: Samantha Crain (Choctaw) and Hāwane Rios Feat. Nahko

Produced By: Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo/Diné) and Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Executive Producer: Heather Rae
Series Producer: Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Hunkpapa Lakota)
Associate Producer: Lincoln Cornshucker (Cherokee)

Transitioning in the Age of COVID-19

Crystal Echo Hawk, executive director of IllumiNative chats with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today about the importance of data collection and reporting. We also hear from artists who are struggling to make ends meet due to canceled exhibitions and slowing sales, and how marketplace organizers are adapting in the age of COVID-19. We check in with the Seattle-based and Native-owned retailer 8th Generation about how they have pivoted their operations to supply PPE to the Seattle Indian Health Board. CJ Robb from the Adopt-An-Elder Program shares how they are supporting Navajo elders.

Guests:
Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), editor of Indian Country Today
Serene Lawrence (Ojibwe-Hopi), project manager of Eighth Generation
CJ Robb, assistant director of Adopt a Native Elder Program
Leah Mata Fragua (yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini (the people of tiłhini) Northern Chumash Tribe), IAIA Professor, Indigenous Liberal Studies; Contemporary Native Artist – Regalia and Jewelry
Jim Denomie (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe), painter
Amanda Crocker, public relations and marketing director of Southwestern Association for Indian Arts

Music: Samantha Crain (Choctaw), Supaman (Crow Tribe), and Torin Jacobs (Orutsararmuit Native Council of Mamterilleq, AK)

Produced By: Allison Herrera (Xolon Salinan), Jana Schmieding (Mniconjou Lakota), and Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Executive Producer: Heather Rae
Series Producer: Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Hunkpapa Lakota)
Associate Producer: Lincoln Cornshucker (Cherokee)

Inaugural Episode

Crystal Echo Hawk, executive director of IllumiNative introduces the podcast to listeners and highlights
stories from across America. This episode unpacks issues related to COVID-19 and Indian Country – from the CARES Act and how it impacts tribes, to interviews with reporters, elected officials, and those on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Guests:
Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), editor of Indian Country Today
Julian Bear Runner, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe
Senator Tom Udall (NM)
NM Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo)
OK Rep. Tom Cole (Chickasaw)
Kevin Allis (Forest County Potawatomi Community) CEO of NCAI
Mechem Frashier (Navajo), nurse
Jessica Tsabetsaye (Zuni Pueblo), physician assistant

Music: Samantha Crain (Choctaw), Supaman (Crow Tribe), and Torin Jacobs (Orutsararmuit Native Council of Mamterilleq, AK)

Produced By: Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo/Diné), Allison Herrera (Xolon Salinan), Monica Braine (Assiniboine/Hunkpapa Lakota), and Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Executive Producer: Heather Rae