21st Century Native Leaders
Dr. Dakota Kay: Homeless Student to Doctor

Dr. Dakota Kay: Homeless Student to Doctor

July 29, 2019

In podcast episode 123, Dakota Kay (Navajo) and I talk about two of his experiences when he was homeless so he could save money to attend college and graduate school. He also talks about playing football at Fort Lewis College. Lastly, he talks about how a student would apply to schools to become a physical therapist. Visit his Facebook for the story he wrote about his experiences.

Dakota's email for speaking engagements: dakotapkay@gmail.com

 

Dr. Kelvin Dan: Medical Doctor

Dr. Kelvin Dan: Medical Doctor

July 8, 2019

In podcast episode 122, Kelvin Dan (Navajo) and I talk about when he became interested in pursuing a medical degree. He also talks about the process of becoming a medical doctor. Dr. Dan also explains the challenges he faces being a minority in the medical field. Lastly, Kelvin talks about how he balances his traditional Navajo beliefs and practicing medicine.

Special Episode: Kari Deswood, PhD Student

Special Episode: Kari Deswood, PhD Student

May 13, 2019

In a special podcast episode, Kari L. Deswood (Navajo) shares what she has learned in her doctoral educational research course and explains how her research lens has evolved since starting her PhD program. Kari talks about the importance of decolonizing dominant systems and centering the voices of research participants and their communities. Kari is an Assistant Professor at San Juan College in Farmington, NM. She is wrapping up her first year as a doctoral student in CSU’s Higher Educational Leadership Program. If you want to share your research or educational journey, contact me!

Additional readings:

Ahmed, S. (2006). Queer phenomenology: Orientations, objects, others. 

Fine, M. (2018). Just research in contentious times: Widening the methodological imagination. 

Patel, L. (2016). Decolonizing educational research: From ownership to answerability. 

Smith, L. T. (2012). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples  

Wilder, C. S. (2013). Ebony and ivy: Race, slavery, and the troubled history of America’s universities.

Rashaan Ramone: Drummer for Fenders II

Rashaan Ramone: Drummer for Fenders II

May 1, 2019

In podcast episode 121, Rashaan Ramone (Navajo) and I talk about the history of the Fenders band. We also talk about how he started playing in the family band. Rashaan also talks about stepping up into the music scene when a member of the band did not show up. This young man has an amazing music perspective.

Follow the new Fenders II page on Facebook. 

Ryan Benally: Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee

Ryan Benally: Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee

April 28, 2019

In podcast episode 120, Ryan Benally (Navajo) and I talk about the issues surrounding the Bears Ears National Monument. Ryan was recently appointed to serve on the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee. Ryan also serves on the San Juan County Economic Development Committee and the Utah Navajo Trust Fund-Dine Advisory Committee.

 

Ryan can be contacted at Ryan1_84534@yahoo.com

Navajo buying power in Farmington, NM at $135 million annually

Navajo buying power in Farmington, NM at $135 million annually

April 21, 2019

In podcast episode 119, Peter Deswood III (Navajo) answers questions about the red tape or bureaucracy to starting a business on the Navajo reservation and other questions about issues related to Navajo people.

Peter Deswood III: Podcast Founder

Peter Deswood III: Podcast Founder

April 17, 2019

In podcast episode 118, Peter Deswood III (Navajo) answers questions about issues and life on reservations. 

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Marisa Mike: Designer and Entrepreneur

Marisa Mike: Designer and Entrepreneur

April 3, 2019

In podcast episode 117, Marisa Mike (Navajo) and I talk about the clothing and design business she started. Marisa explains the ups and downs of running a business on and off the reservation and the support she has received from Change Labs (NABIN). Marisa is one of the sponsors of the ARIZE Fashion show in Tuba City, AZ that is held on April 5-6, 2019.

Follow Marisa Mike Designs on Facebook or Instagram. 

 

Zefren Anderson: Weaver

Zefren Anderson: Weaver

March 31, 2019

In podcast episode 116, Zefren Anderson (Navajo) dialogs with me about how he started weaving. He also shares some of the history of Navajo weaving and the different types of rug textiles. Zefren is part of the Dine be Iina-The Navajo Lifeway group.

Follow Zefren on Facebook. 

Pete Sands: Musician, Actor, Producer

Pete Sands: Musician, Actor, Producer

March 24, 2019

In podcast episode 115, Pete Sands (Navajo) talks with me about when he started playing a guitar and how he formed his band. Pete also talks about the struggles and highlights of his music career. Pete is also in the movie Yellowstone.

Follow Pete Sands on Facebook and Instagram.

Link to his site: https://sandstradingcompany.com