IllumiNative On-Air

IllumiNative On-Air

For decades, the lack of representation and information about Native American peoples has perpetuated damaging myths and stereotypes. IllumiNative is an initiative, created and led by Natives, to challenge the negative narrative that surrounds Native communities and ensure accurate and authentic portrayals of Native communities are present in pop culture and media. IllumiNative seeks to change that. Our brand new podcast, IllumiNative On-Air, will showcase stories and news from all over Indian Country to support and illuminate contemporary Native voices, stories, and issues to audiences here on Turtle Island and beyond.... Show More

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July 2, 2020 43 min

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 ...

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June 8, 2020 29 min

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 St...

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In this week’s episode we interview Shandiin Herrera to discuss Covid-19 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. The week’s big news is also discussed with Indian Country Today Editor, Mark Trahant.

Produced By:  Allison Herrera (Xolon Salinan), Jana Schmieding (Mniconjo...

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May 8, 2020 29 min

In this week’s episode, 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 featured recently during  IllumiNative’s Virtual Town Hall. This Town Hall explores how the crisis has further highlighted the invisibility, inequality, and health disparitie...

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Our second episode brings you stories from across the country and unpacks issues related to COVID-19 and Indian Country. IllumiNative Executive Director Crystal Echo Hawk speaks again with Indian Country Today Editor, Mark Trahant, about the importance of data collection and reporting. We’ll also hear from artists who are struggling to make ends meet due to canceled exhibitions and slowing sales as well as how marketplace organizer...

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April 22, 2020 44 min

IllumiNative’s inaugural podcast episode brings you stories from across America and unpacks issues related to Covid-19 and Indian Country – from the CARES Act and how it impacts tribes, to interviews with those on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic. Host and IllumiNative Executive Director Crystal Echo Hawk interviews Indian Country Today Editor, Mark Trahant, about the issues facing Indian Country in the midst of Covid-19....

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