Finally, I was able to attend my first Pow Wow in 2 years. I just landed from my weekend at the Morongo Pow Wow in California. Being back was amazing. I loved seeing old friends, catching up with everyone, and hearing the drum again.
With my trip, I have been reflecting on some of my best memories of Pow Wows, and I wanted to share them with you. I've been blessed, thanks to you, to have great experiences.
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Join Paul G for an interview with hip hop artists Lil Mike and Funny Bone - also know as Mike Bone.
Lil Mike & Funny Bone also known as Mike Bone, Yes the two Native American rappers from America's Got Talent. These OKC brothers, though they may look-a-like they are not twins. Also what they lack in height they make-up for in talent. Mike & Bone respectively - have spent years on stage at clubs, churches, casinos, children's birthday parties, car shows & even retirement homes. Developing their skills not just as rappers but as performance artists & Motivational Speakers. Mike Bone independently produced recordings & booked shows to get to their dream of reaching the world.
Now they are stars in the new hit show Reservations Dogs.
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Now that summer is winding down, it's time to pass that beach book along to a friend and pick up something with more substance. If you’re eyeing something more informative, thrilling, and poignant, then “Winter Counts” needs to be added to your “must-read” list ASAP.
Here is a brief summary of the award-winning book.
“Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s own nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and make them stop.
They follow a lead to Denver and find that drug cartels are rapidly expanding and forming new and terrifying alliances. And back on the reservation, a new tribal council initiative raises uncomfortable questions about money and power. As Virgil starts to link the pieces together, he must face his own demons and reclaim his Native identity. He realizes that being a Native American in the 21st century comes at an incredible cost.
David Heska Wanbli Weiden is the Lakota author of “Winter Counts,” which was published in 2020, has won many awards for his work.
“Winter Counts” was also rated as the best book of 2020 by the following: Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, NPR, Amazon, Sun-Sentinel, BOLO Books, Deadly Pleasures, CrimeReads, LitReactor, The Buzz, SheReads, Tribal College Journal, Air Mail, MysteryPeople, Goodreads
Season 2 of This Land podcast focuses on the Indian Child Welfare Act and the implications this law has on tribal sovereignty.
Rebecca Nagle is the host of This Land. She joins our podcast to discuss the upcoming season.
From Crooked Media:
ALM – as referred to in court documents – is a Navajo and Cherokee toddler. When he was a baby, a white couple from the suburbs of Dallas wanted to adopt him, but a federal law said they couldn’t. The Brackeens’ case would have been a normal adoption dispute, but then one of the most powerful corporate law firms in the United States took it on and helped the couple launch a federal lawsuit. Today, the lawsuit doesn’t just impact the future of one child, or even the future of one law. It threatens the entire legal structure defending Native American rights. The second season of This Land is a timely exposé about how the far right is using Native children to quietly dismantle American Indian tribes and advance a conservative agenda.