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Oct 5, 2021

Taboo from the Black Eye Peas joins Paul G to discuss his new children's book about Identity.

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Taboo shares where his motivation to help make changes comes from.


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Sep 28, 2021

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.  

What are your favorite Pow Wow moments?


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Sep 21, 2021

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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Sep 14, 2021

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.

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David Heska Wanbli Weiden is the Lakota author of “Winter Counts,” which was published in 2020, has won many awards for his work. 

These include:

  • Winner of the Barry Award for Best First Novel
  • Winner of the Thriller Award for Best First Novel
  • Winner of the Spur Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and Best First Novel
  • Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel
  • Winner of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing

“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

Sep 7, 2021

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.

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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. 

Aug 31, 2021

Deanna Standing Cloud is one of the first females to serve as an Emcee at a Pow Wow.  Listen as Deanna talks about how she became a Pow Wow MC.

Aug 24, 2021

Join Paul G for an interview with professional disc golfer Leah Tssinajinnie. 

Leah started in disc sports with Ultimate Frisbee.  She recently picked up Disc Golf.  Leah now competes on the Disc Golf Pro Tour and is ranked in the top 60 female players in the world.

She was recently elected to serve on the Professional Disc Golf Association Board of Directors.

Aug 17, 2021

Join Paul G for a conversation with writer and star of Rutherford Falls Jana Schmieding.

Rutherford Falls,” Peacock TV‘s binge-worthy new show, manages to do something few ever have: bring multi-dimensional indigenous characters into an American sitcom.

While Native Americans have historically been portrayed as monolithic in American film and TV, “Rutherford Falls” breaks the mold, taking Native Americans out of the box they're so often forced into. But beyond that, the show's just downright brilliant.

Created by Michael Schur (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Brooklyn Nine Nine”), Ed Helms, and Sierra Teller Ornelas (Navajo-Mexican), “Rutherford Falls” is equal parts clever and heartwarming and provides two unique perspectives of the Native American experience.

Aug 16, 2021

Welcome to the Pow Wow Life Podcast from hosted by Paul G.

Look forward to more episodes coming each week featuring special guests, news, Pow Wow updates, and more.

Sep 16, 2019

TK Richardson is known for his ledger art. He recently found his calling with his art and this year was the featured artist at Sante Fe Indian Market.

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Aug 27, 2019

Ready for football season? Brent Cahwee from tells us about the Native athletes to watch this fall. 
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Jul 16, 2019

The Supreme Court will rule in the Carpenter v Murphy case soon. This case has ramifications for the tribes in Oklahoma and potentially across the United States. Rebecca Nagle's new podcast, This Land, tells the story of this case and the history leading up to this monumental decision. She tells the story in an intriguing and compelling manner that will have you craving the next episode. 

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Jun 25, 2019

Listen to my interview with Laura Grizzlypaws.

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Grizzlypaws was born and raised in Lillooet, British Columbia in the Interior Plateau region, she is of St’át’imc descent. Her St’át’imc name is “Stálhalamcen – Grizzly Paws,” She belongs to the people of Xwisten the Bear Clan.

At the age of sixteen, Grizzlypaws began to relearn the St’át’imc traditions her passion grew stronger in education and the heritage of her people it became a way of life.

She is a dancer, drummer and a singer/songwriter, an academic, educator and a language and cultural advocate.

Jun 12, 2019

Adam Sings In the Timber is a photojournalist. His work has been featured the New York Times, USA Today, Native People's Magazine and Adam has a style that tells stories through photos. Learn more about his work and background.

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May 28, 2019

Interview with Champion Southern Straight Dancer Juaquin Hamilton.

Juaquin Hamilton is an enrolled member of the Sac & Fox Nation. He also represents the Pawnee, Otoe- Missouria, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Apache, & Tonkawa Tribes. He currently resides in Shawnee, Oklahoma with his wife & two children.
With an introduction into the arena at an early age, Juaquin has developed a love for singing and dancing in the southern straight dance category. Over the years, he has also held many different head staff positions at pow-wows throughout the United States and Canada.

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Apr 13, 2019

Alexis Raeana auditioned for this season of American Idol and got a Golden Ticket to Hollywood.  Find out how she did during Hollywood Week and what's next for this Lumbee singer.


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Apr 2, 2019

Interview with Bobby Wilson from the comedy group The 1491s. Find out how the group got together, their journey from YouTube videos to live shows to producing a play. 

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Mar 19, 2019

Norma Baker Flying Horse is Hidatsa, Dakota Sioux, and Assiniboine. She is known for her Native American fashion designs. Norma's fashion work has grown from Pow Wow outfits to designing fashion for award shows like the Grammys and Oscars. Her dresses were recently featured in a Paris fashion show.

Mar 6, 2019

Tonia Jo Hall grew up on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. She started dancing as a tiny tot. At 18 she began traveling outside her reservation to larger Pow Wows. She is now a champion Jingle Dress dancer. Recently she began a career in stand up comedy known for her character Auntie Beachress.

Feb 19, 2019

Interview with Larry Yazzie
Larry is an actor, two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer, an Eagle Dancer, and is from the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa. He is the Founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Productions, Inc. which is based in St. Paul, MN. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and has won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, Larry has earned the reputation for being one of the nation's leading experts on Native American dance. In May 2010, he and his son Jessup were the sole U.S. performers invited for performances and workshops throughout northern France.

He founded Native Pride Productions to give back to his community and to the world.

Nov 4, 2016

Listen to our interview with Melissa Sanchez with Rock Your Mocs.  November is Native American Heritage Month.

2016 is the 6th year of Rock Your Mocs which is a worldwide Native American & Indigenous Peoples movement held annually during November which is also National Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. A.. It’s easy to participate by wearing moccasins to school, to work or wherever your day takes you. Or if a person doesn’t own mocs, can’t wear mocs, or perhaps their Tribe didn’t wear mocs, they may wear a Turquoise Awareness Ribbon instead. Even easier, the event takes place where you are, where you’re going and where you live. Rock Your Mocs if a fun way to unify Native American, Aboriginal, First Nations, Alaskan Native, Indigenous Peoples globally through internet social media, participants post their photos for everyone to enjoy, sharing their stories and creating an “online photo album” by using any one or all of the following hastags: #RYM2016 #ROCKYOURMOCS. It’s like a great big fun moccasin party that everyone gets to see pictures of! RYM was founded by Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico U.S.A. and she has partnered with Emergence Productions, a Native American owned Event Production Company, who together are working hard to expand this cultural empowerment initiative worldwide!

Around the world, people have taken the initiative to organize
- Moccasin making workshops
- Round dances
- Community “Fun” walk/run’s
- Group photos
- Native American and Indigenous cultural awareness events
- Connecting youth and elder events
- Museums have created moccasin or Rock Your Mocs exhibitions

Founder Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye hopes RYM Day “will continue to reach even further worldwide and inspire cultural pride for Native Americans wherever they may be, as well as anyone who would just like to participate in a fun way of celebrating Indigenous & Native American Peoples and U.S.A.‘s National Native American Heritage Month.”

Dates: During November

Why a week?
The dates have increased to a week, only because this creates more opportunity days. We are trying to accommodate schools, people who work Monday – Friday, and for people organizing events. (November 15th, the original date, tends to fall on a weekend)

Do we "have" to wear our Mocs the whole week?
Nope, choose a day or days or the whole week if you like.

Is there a main day? The original day will always be November 15th

Where is RYM: Where ever you may be! Wherever your day take you!

Why: We, as Indigenous people, wear our moccasins, standing together worldwide, while recognizing our Tribal individuality. Honoring our ancestors & indigenous peoples worldwide and celebrate National Native American Heritage Month.

How to join in: Wear your moccasins or a Turquoise Awareness Ribbon or organize an event

Internet: Using Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc.) post your photos, group photos, stories on the Rock Your Mocs Facebook page

Use one or all the hashtags:
#NationalNativeAmericanHeritageDay #Moccasins #TurquoiseRibbon

Have fun and be creative
TRY: A rap, a hand drum song, dance out on your rez, dance, sing, juggle in a creative or unique place.
Walk in your mocs in the city, ride a horse, family photo, sibling photo, pets who wear mocs, group photo. Video
idea: tell the story behind you moccasin: did you make them, were they given to you?

Oct 27, 2016

Listen to our interview with Corinne Oestreich.  Corinne was given the name Waku Whichoni, Giver of Life.  She has been the surrogate for two families and 3 babies over the last few years.  Hear the story of her journey through carrying these gifts for others.  Learn about how to become involved in surrogacy.

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Sep 29, 2016

Welcome to Pow Wow Life, the online radio show from Pow Wow Life brings you interviews, news, and updates from around Indian Country. Recorded live each week on the Facebook Page. Watch and chat live with our guests.

This week's show features an interview recorded live at the 2016 Morongo Pow Wow.  Miss Indian World discussed her year so far.  She also talks about her tribe's battle against the pipeline.

Sep 16, 2016

Listen to our interview with Native American singer Delia Waskewitch.  Delia shares her songs and stories for us.  Her voice is known all around the Pow Wow Trail.  Her strong vocals come from a deep passion for her Native American Cree culture.

Sep 9, 2016

Listen to our interview with Kaplan Bunce with the Kauai Pow Wow.  Kaplan is President of the Native American group that organizes the Paradise Pow Wow on Kauai, Hawaii.  Learn more about the Hawaii Pow Wow trail, the Native American community in Hawaii, and tips for planning your Hawaii Pow Wow trip.


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