Native Lights: Where Indigenous Voices Shine

Native Lights: Where Indigenous Voices Shine

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Native Lights: Where Indigenous Voices Shine hosted by Minnesota Native News


NL: Biidaapi – Jenn Hall
May 21
Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Hello! Today we talk with Jenn Hall (Leech Lake), who is a brand-new Minneapolis firefighter! Jenn gives us a glimpse into how she safely does her job, answers calls, responds to emergencies, and faces danger,…
NL: Biidaapi – Stacy Hammer
May 19
Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Greetings! On this day we check in with registered dietician Stacy Hammer (Bdewakantunwan Dakota). Stacy is the Director of Community Health at the Lower Sioux Health Care Center. When the pandemic hit, Stacy…
NL: Biidaapi – Shelbie Shelder
May 15
Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Hello Relatives! Today we talk with Shelbie Shelder (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians), a 4th year medical student at the University of Minnesota. Shelbie talks about how the Coronavirus pandemic has…
NL: Biidaapi – Marie Rock
May 14
Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Boozhoo! Today we catch up with Marie Rock (White Earth) who is the Program Manager at KOJB-FM “The Eagle” Radio which broadcasts to the Leech Lake Reservation, where she hosts the morning show. Marie is also…
NL: Biidaapi – Bryce Premo
May 11
Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Hello! Connecting with friends and family during this pandemic is incredibly important. So today, we are catching up with our brother Bryce Premo (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe). Bryce works in mental health…
NL: Biidaapi – Deb Foster
May 8
Greetings! Today we catch up with Deb Foster (St. Croix Ojibwe), Executive Director of the Ain Dah Yung Center which provides a healing place of safety and support for Native youth. We first met Deb Foster in our Native Lights Podcast (S2 EP4) when we…
NL: Biidaapi – Maggie Thompson
May 6
Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Boozhoo! Today we meet Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) the owner/designer/artist at Makwa Studio, a small knitwear business. When the pandemic hit, she answered the call and fired up her sewing machine.…
NL: Biidaapi – Vanessa Goodthunder
May 4
Greetings! Today we’re happy to speak with Vanessa Goodthunder (Lower Sioux) who is the Director of Cansayapi Wakanyeza Owayawa Oti (Early Head Start and Preschool). Vanessa shares how she and her fellow teachers are staying connected to their students,…
S2 EP6 – Celebrating Accomplished Artists
Apr 28
We round out Season 2 of our Native Lights podcast by exploring the cultural influences that have shaped the work of two celebrated and accomplished Native artists. Chaz Wagner (Bois Forte Ojibwe) is a musician, singer, traditional drummer, and co-leader…
S2 EP5 – Building Supportive Environments
Apr 28
In this episode, two stories highlight significant work to build supportive environments for Native people to heal and thrive. Kwe Pack is a spectacular group of Native women supporting each other to run long-distance trail races. Kwe Pack has been…
S2 EP4 – Two Visionaries, One Project
Apr 28
The program explores the unstoppable power when two visionaries come together to bring a special project to life. We meet Deb Foster (Ojibwe), the Executive Director of Ain Dah Yung and Mike Laverdure (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North…
S2 EP3 – Honest Portrayals of Native People
Apr 28
This episode explores work being done towards authentically and accurately representing Native people, communities, and our stories. Rebecca Crooks-Stratton (Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community) is the Secretary/Treasurer of her tribe, and now she leads…
S2 EP2 – Cultivating a Gift for Healing
Apr 28
Respected Anishinaabe elder and well-known physician, Dr. Arne Vainio (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) tells the story of how he became one of only 3,400 Native physicians in the United States. He is currently a family physician at the Fond du Lac tribal…
S2 EP1 – Bringing in New Life
Apr 28
We kick off our new season with a story from Mnicoujou [mini-co-jew] Lakota doula, Takayla Lightfield. She stands side-by-side with Native women supporting the birth of the next generation. Takayla Lightfield (Mnicoujou Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe…
NL: Biidaapi - Antony Stately
Apr 27
Greetings! Today we check in with Antony Stately, Ph.D. (Ojibwe/Oneida), CEO of Native American Community Clinic (NACC). NACC is located in the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis and provides health, dental, and counseling services to community members.…
NL: Biidaapi – Benjamin Shendo
Apr 24
Boozhoo! Join us for a fun conversation with Chef Benjamin Shendo (Cochiti and Jemez Pueblo), the Café Manager of Gatherings Café, at the American Indian Center in south Minneapolis. When the pandemic hit, Benjamin and his team moved quickly to deliver…
NL: Biidaapi – Marcie Rendon
Apr 22
Greetings! We are excited to catch up with renowned author, playwright and poet, Marcie Rendon (White Earth Nation) and we hear how she is using her time cooped up at home. Spoiler alert: she’s been writing funny stories and planning her garden! Enjoy…
NL: Biidaapi – James Vukelich
Apr 17
We are happy to say Boozhoo! to our friend James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw today. James is the creator of “Ojibwe Word of the Day,” which he shares on Facebook and YouTube, and he is a leading voice in Native Language revitalization efforts and spiritual…
NL: Biidaapi – RJ Dahl
Apr 15
Boozhoo! Today we talk with RJ Dahl of Deer River (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) to find out how he is coping and thriving during the pandemic, with humor and connection. RJ works at the White Oak Casino, which has been temporarily shut down, so now he’s…
NL: Biidaapi – Rob Fairbanks
Apr 10
Hello! Today we’re catching up with our favorite Rez Reporter, Rob Fairbanks (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe), to find out how the comedian and YouTube star is coping with the pandemic, and whether his homeschooling skills are a pass or a fail. Join us, your…
NL: Biidaapi – MN Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan
Apr 8
Greetings! Today we’re honored to talk with Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (White Earth Nation). Peggy Flanagan speaks about her daily duties as a state leader, the challenge of helping her first-grader with distance learning, as well as the deep…
NL: Biidaapi – Patina Park
Apr 7
Greetings! Today we talk with Patina Park (Mnicoujou Lakota) the Director of Tribal State Relations for Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan. As the top liaison between the state and Minnesota’s 11 Tribal Nations, Patina Park plays a key role in…
NL: Biidaapi – Tall Paul
Apr 1
Hosts Leah Lemm and Cole Premo check-in with Tall Paul (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist. Tall Paul calls in to talk about family life, staying safe and smart, and how to continue with a workout routine while in the…
NL Biidaapi: Brenda Child
Mar 31
Greetings from Native Lights! Today we’re talking with Brenda Child who also happens to be - Auntie Brenda. She’s married to our uncle - Steve Premo. We talk with Brenda Child (Red Lake Nation) about the origin story of the Jingle Dress and how it relates…
NL: Biidaapi -Bill Premo
Mar 27
Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Greetings from Native Lights! Sometimes we just want to talk to a parent or elder during uncertain times, and today we chat with our dad, Bill (“Papi”) Premo (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe). Bill Premo lives at Owl…
NL: Biidaapi -Pilot
Mar 27
Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Greetings from Native Lights! Thanks for listening in. During this COVID-19 pandemic, when we’re encouraged to keep a greater distance from our community members, friends, and loved ones, it’s so important to…
S1 BONUS – Celebrating Our First Season! LIVE from the MN State Fair
Aug 24, 2019
Boozhoo everybody! It’s a BONUS episode of Native Lights - We’re celebrating our first season with a LIVE show from the Minnesota State Fair! The theme of Native Lights is to let people’s voices and stories shine, people who have found their purpose and a…
S1 EP5 – Media Makers
Jul 16, 2019
Many Native people are dissatisfied with the media portrayal of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. In this episode, we hear from a Native reporter who is changing the very framework for how stories are told. A Native spokesperson talks about how…
S1 EP4 – Making Safe Spaces
Jul 16, 2019
In the era of #metoo and #timesup many Native women are making culturally specific, safe spaces for each other to heal from sexual violence. In this episode, Native women share their perspectives on healing and building resistance to a mainstream culture…
S1 EP3 – Finding Family
Jul 16, 2019
This show is about family — in all its different forms. A lot of Native families have been disrupted one way or another by government sponsored genocide. But there have always been Native women and men working to repair that disruption. This episode…
S1 EP2 – Artistry and Identity
Jul 16, 2019
In this episode the conversation turns toward themes of identity and how Indigenous artists find themselves communicating their identity in their art. Briand Morrison: Guitarist, Musician, Composer, son of the late George Morrison, the well-known visual…
S1 EP1 – Finding Your Purpose & Sharing Your Gifts
Jul 16, 2019
All the stories in this first episode are about purpose: the idea that we’re all created to do something special. When you do it, you feel fulfilled, because you’re contributing your gifts to your community. We hear from people who are living their…
Native Lights Podcast Soon!
Jul 3, 2019
Native Lights amplifies stories of people within Minnesota’s Native communities. We explore the history, work, strength, and resiliency of Native people who are shaping the future, while appreciating those who came before.