Indigenous Peoples Day 2020

Monday 10am-6pm

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This coming Monday from 10am-6pm, the KVMR Tradition continues. Jennifer Robin, host of KVMR’s Resilience Radio, will produce our annual Indigenous Peoples Day broadcast. This locally produced special will feature Dennis Banks, the Assistant Director of the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse Dr. Luhui Whitebear, Jack Kohler, Sihasin, designer, traditional dancer and educator Michelle Reed, Yazzie The Chef, Josh Atcheynum and Dylan Jenning, and a special tribute to John Trudell.


10am – Dennis Banks Truth About IPD


11am – Dr. Whitebear  Articulate voice on a variety of topics


12pm – Jack Kohler – Gold Rush Local Native History


1pm – Sihasin – Live music and discussion


2pm – Michelle Reed – designer, Traditional dancer and Educator


3pm – Brian Yazzie – Indigenous chef


4pm – Josh Atcheynum & Dylan Jennings– Cultural, language and land preservation


5pm – John Trudell “His Words to Us”


Dennis Banks from the archives 2016 IPD. Start with “Adam Ruins Everything” Truth about Columbus clip. Koli Kohler Columbus song debut!



Dr. Luhui Whitebear, (Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation/Téenek) is Assistant Director of the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. She completed her Ph.D. in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at OSU. Her research focuses on Indigenous rhetoric’s, reclaiming Indigenous identity/gender roles, murdered & missing Indigenous women, Indigenous resistance movements, and national laws & policies that impact Indigenous people. Luhui is a mother, poet, and Indigenous activist passionate about disrupting systems of oppression.



Jack Kohler – Jack Kohler is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. He has been a film/music/theater/media teacher for the past 20 years. Jack graduated from Stanford University with a Civil Engineering degree. Jack’s short narrative film, about the gold rush, “K’ina kil: The Slaver’s Son” is currently on FNX/PBS and stars Perry King and Martin Sensmeier. The Native American Rock Opera “Something Inside Is Broken” premiered in 2016 and was created with Alan Wallace to tell the truth about California History. It uses both the Nisenan and English languages to tell of the historical accounts of Sutter, Captain Fremont, Kit Carson and the Nisenan tribes.



Sihasin – Jeneda and Clay Benally are Navajo award-winning activists and rock n’ roll musicians. Discussion and some live music.



Michelle Reed – is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Ojibwe. She is the co-founder of the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company as well as a dancer for the #1 selling Native American recording artists Brule’. She has developed N8V Dance Fitness, a workout designed to combine culture, health and wellness, and has had the opportunity to personally share this with native communities and Universities. She is a clothing and accessories designer, doing custom sewing and beadwork for many champion dancers as well as a full purse line, MReed Designs Purse Co. Her latest project is the Indigenous Girl Doll Collection. For the past two summers she has been managing the cultural events at the newly renovated Waaswaaganing Living Arts and Culture Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.



Brian Yazzie – aka Yazzie The Chef (Diné/Navajo) is a chef and food justice activist from Dennehotso, Arizona on the Navajo Nation and based out of Saint Paul, MN. He is a 2016 graduate of Saint Paul College Culinary Arts with an AAS Degree in Culinary Arts. He is the founder of Intertribal Foodways catering company, a YouTube creator under Yazzie The Chef TV, a delegate of Slow Food Turtle Island Association, and a member at I-Collective: a collective of cooks, chefs, seed keepers, farmers, foragers, and scholars, focused on bringing awareness to the cultural appropriations of Indigenous foods of the Americas. Yazzie’s career is devoted to the betterment of tribal communities, through wellness, and health. His TV and media appearances include Independent Lens, Alter-NATIVE and Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi on Hulu. Yazzie was recently appointed Executive Chef at Gatherings Café, located inside the Minneapolis American Indian Center and is currently working with other chefs and volunteers to deliver support to Native Elder communities within the Twin Cities during the pandemic. Yazzie is also part of a grassroots collective “Dennehotso Families Covid-19 Relief Project” which is focused on providing long-term supplies for families and elders in his hometown of Dennehotso, Az. Which is located on the northeast part of the Navajo Nation.



Josh Atcheynum & Dylan Jenning– Cultural, language and land preservation. public engagement and education, with the goal of furthering people’s understanding of Indigenous cultures, stories, traditional and contemporary dance and song, and demonstrations of traditional ecological knowledge.



John Trudell Special – A collection of music and words John Trudell gave to our community over the years. Words and songs from KVMR programs, Worldfest and 2012 Benefit concert.

Indigenous Peoples Day 2020 crew

Jennifer Robin aka Miss Jiff, is indescribable. Let’s try to keep it that way. You can rely on Miss Jiff’s wit, sarcasm, sense of humor and awesome music selections. Listen to her on Dreamwalk or during Red Eye broadcasts of her “Middle of the Night Miss Jiff”. Behaving optional.

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