Toby McLeod is a filmmaker and journalist who has worked with Indigenous communities for the past 35 years. McLeod holds a bachelor's degree in American history from Yale and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California-Berkeley.

The 1491s are a comedic group that travels the nation telling Native stories and bringing various social issues to light. They describe themselves as a “gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.” The 1491s got their start when the father of Dallas Goldtooth married the mother of Migizi Pensoneau. Growing up, the two boys made videos for fun. Eventually, the three other members asked to join in.

Gyasi Ross is of both the Blackfeet nation and the Suquamish nation, and currently lives on the Port Madison Indian Reservation.  He is a father, lawyer, filmmaker and author.  For many people living on the reservation Ross is the only lawyer they know, he said, and so he gives legal advice as best he can. Above his various vocations, Ross is most passionate about being a father to his son.

From Tohatchi, New Mexico, on the Navajo Reservation, Ramona Emerson (Diné) is a filmmaker who received her degree in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and has worked as a professional videographer, writer, and editor. Over her thirteen-year career, Emerson has received support from the State of New Mexico, National Geographic, Sundance Institute, and the Ford Foundation.

Native Sounds - Native Voices has compiled a list of our favorite Arigon Starr tunes.

Some of the songs we picked out have certain nerdy pop culture references we enjoy, while others have strong political messages. We have created a playlist comprising ten of our favorite Arigon Starr songs that you should check out.

Our Top Ten Favorite Arigon Starr Songs;

The last time award winning singer/songwriter Darryl Tonemah came to Lincoln, he stopped by NAPT and sat down with student assistant Ben Kreimer for an exclusive interview about his life as a successful Native Americana musician and Ph.D psychologist. 

Arvel Bird is a mucisian like no other. He is a contemporary violin musician with Native American roots. His songs are instrumental, soothing and have a folk style about them.

Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) is an award winning musician, poet, writer, and playwright.  A saxophone player, Harjo performs solo, as a duo and with her group The Arrow Dynamics band. 

Her performances have taken her around the world.  In 2009 she won the Native American Music Award for Best female Artist of the year for her Album Winding Through the Milky Way.

My House is the Red Earth

The Hopi Nation welcomed reggae with open arms more than 25 years ago. Casper Lomayesva is a product of this connection.Maybe it is because he understands what Jamacians are going through; or maybe it is the drums and bass. Whatever it is, Casper's reggae music addresses Native social injustices.

This month, AIROS.org will feature a podcast interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie. Buffy is an icon with Native media and music. In 1975, Buffy joined the cast of the PBS children's show Sesame Street and appeared on the show for five years.

Buffy's first musical release was in 1964 and since then, she has been recognized for her music and many accomplishments.

Chase Monchamp (Chase Manhattan) is an up and coming star on the Native Hip Hop/Rap music scene. He has dropped his 3rd CD  “The Backside” January 2009 - which includes “For my Natives”, a song dedicated to all Native Peoples.

Jana Mashonee is Lumbee and Tuscarora. She's been singing since high school and it was her choir teacher who encouraged her to enter singing competitions. She also was the lead singer in a local band and was able to sign a record contract. Later She was told that her singing talent could be turned into a professional career.


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