Listener Mail, Travel Pile, & DAPL Hippies

We often get emails from listeners, whether they email directly or comment on Facebook posts. Everyone’s opinion deserves to be heard, so we read those messages here on the show. Today we have comments from Dean, Susan, Bunjosh, and Sarah. Some of them wrote in expressing their anger, so we filed a few under the ‘hate mail’ title. Download and …

Remembering The Sand Creek Massacre, Who Won the Election? & Dakota Access Pipeline Update

Who won the Presidential Election and will take over as the 45th president? That might seem like a silly question, but Georgia resident Joe Chandler still has no idea and plans to keep it that way. He tells reporters that it is “very peaceful in my bubble of ignorance”. Chandler has avoided all television, internet, and newspapers in an effort …

Is Thaksgiving Offensive?, Trivia Facts, & New Chef Cooks the Traditional Native Way

We begin today with the question tribal members ask every year, is celebrating Thanksgiving offensive to Native Americans? Of course we all know the war which was waged against Natives in the centuries following colonization, but should that affect the yearly dinner with family? Or does the spirit of the holiday, being thankful for what we have today and having …

Election News, Legal Weed, & The 51st State

So, the election is over and Donald Trump will take over as the 45th president. We don’t want to get too into the controversy surrounding his election, so we instead bring you a variety of interesting news stories related to the election. You can listen to the full radio program by downloading the audio file directly here. Read below to …

Vicious Attack on Native Americans! DAPL Protesters Are Doing It Wrong & Native Themed Restaurant

Here’s a fun topic: compassionate people who want to “help” by advocating the complete destruction of your culture and way of life. It’s definitely a topic I am pretty passionate about. An article appearing in the New York Post by Naomi Schaefer Riley, at it’s core disagrees with what I believe is a fundamental tenet of native survival – sovereign independence. …

Standing Rock Injustices VS Wildlife Refuge Standoff & Listener Mail

As we have now had several months to watch the Standing Rock protests unfold, as well as the criminal trials regarding the Occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, many have begun to make comparisons between the two. On this episode of the Puyallup Native Podcast, Cliff and Brandon focus in on what occurred with the Oregon standoff, how an armed group of …

Food Pile & How (not) To End Native Poverty (Indian Relocation Act of 1956)

Good health is a major issue for Native Americans, and the first part of that is eating right. That’s why in this edition of the Native Radio Podcast we start with a food pile, where we talk about how to get your kids to eat more vegetables (the answer:more colorful options), how to keep your teeth white without chemical treatments, …

Historical Trauma Effects on Poverty & Nutrition for Native Americans

What does historical trauma mean to you? If you didn’t directly experience something, how could it possibly affect you and your life today? I used to think that “historical trauma” was a ridiculous myth for exactly that reason, and people should just get over the wrongs of the past. I completely agreed that what happened was horrible, but since nothing …

Letter From a Native Alcoholic & Best/Worst Jobs of 2016

Segment 1: This week an alcoholic member of the Lummi Indian Tribe in Northern Washington wrote us asking for help. He suffers from clinical depression, no High School diploma, and serious difficulty in getting or keeping a job. He has 4 years of experience as a housing framer, but lost that job due to showing at work drunk one day. …

Listener Mail & The Dakota Access Pipeline VS Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

Anytime something as controversial as a pipeline is built, opinions and activists abound. We begin our show with a few listener mails, one from Vanessa who has some general comments, and one from Joanne who is very angry at the US Government. We read her email, and at the end of it she mentions the Dakota Access Pipeline, which happens …

Utah Monument Fight & Land Rights for Natives

In 1906 the United States passed the Antiquities Act, which can be used to protect culturally significant areas from destruction by vandals. Since then, many places have been declared national monuments, and those areas become regulated by the National Parks Service. The result is similar to creating a national park, however utilizing the Antiquities Act enables a much faster designation. …

Injured Tree Frog, Smoking Natives, & Terrible Schools

What would you do, if you were out mowing the lawn and ended up accidentally running over and injuring a frog? Would you not care and just move on with your day? or would you take more… drastic measures to save that frogs life? Well, on today’s Puyallup Tribal Podcast, the more involved approach is the subject of the first …

Voter ID Update, Offensive Native Art, National Parks & The Amish Apologize

Last week we talked in depth on the subject of requiring voter ID’s when voting in federal elections. Brandon nor I really had any problem with this requirement in order to cut down on voter fraud. However, we do acknowledge that some folks have a harder time than others getting those IDs. Unless a state is willing to make concessions …

Discriminatory Voter ID Laws & Listener Mail (Police & The Homeless)

Have you ever voted in a federal election? What is the process like? Generally, you go to your polling place, give your name, show your ID, and proceed with voting. Pretty easy. Some however have always had an issue with being asked to show your ID, claiming that doing so violates the voter’s rights act of 1965. In a nutshell, …

Kicking Out The Homeless & Rounding Up Natives

Ahead of the MLB All-Star game, the city of San Diego placed sharp rocks below underpasses and other bridges frequented by homeless folks in order to deter them from camping out there as they usually do. The idea is to clean up the city and make it more presentable when a major event is in town. This is common practice …

Police Use Of Deadly Force Debate

When a police officer uses deadly force in the course of their duties, emotions can run very high. In many cases, police officers sometimes step over the line, whether they mean to or not. They even sometimes breaking the law. In cases where a police officer uses deadly force, victims and their families are left very upset. They often choose …

Growing Up As A White Indian

We have recently been talking about what it’s like on reservations, and the struggles and challenges those who live there must endure. But if you’re like me, who essentially grew up white, and basically have no problems in navigating today’s society – where do we fit in? Our native brothers call successful Indians “apples” (red on the outside, white on the …

Reservation Life Today & Criminal Problems

What is it like living on an Indian Reservation today? I have no idea, because while I am a registered native, I have still yet to visit any of the many reservations across our great country. Is it difficult growing up there? what problems do tribes residing on these reservations face, and how can we help to solve some of …

Pretendians, Native Culture Theft, & White Privilege

I heard a new word this week, that I’d never heard before. Are you a “Pretendian”? I like it. It describes people who essentially pretend to be native, although they really aren’t. They adopt a Native identity in order to appear more exotic, but they instead just appear moronic. I think what these people are doing and the general opinion …

Tribal Weed & Failure To Innovate

Some tribes are lucky enough to have reservations near major cities, which results in extremely successful casinos. What if you’re hours away from anything in an economically depressed area though? A casino isn’t going to generate anything if no one comes. Well, an Oregon tribe in just that situation thinks they have the answer – Marijuana. Right now their per …

Native Addiction & Alcohol Dependancy

Alcohol & Drug dependency. It’s certainly a stereotype – and one that is unfortunately too often true. How do we help people addicted to substances get off? And how do we prevent our children and grandchildren from starting? Do people even want help? To do anything at all, we must understand why people start in the first place. This is …

Listener Mail & The Role Of Government

We’ve rescheduled the addiction topic until next week in favor of this one, because we had Annette Bryan who is currently running for Puyallup Tribal Council join us! Elections will be held June 6th, so if you’re a member of the the Puyallup Tribe, don’t forget to vote! Visit Annette’s website at annettebryan.com Here is the direct download link to …

1st show – Political Correctness, Criminal Pile, & World’s Sexiest Accent

iTunesShare Google PlayClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadLeave a reviewSoundCloudSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSStitcher Yes this 1st episode is still branded as “The English Express”, which is a podcast we’ve already been doing for quite awhile. However, I came across a few news stories that I found legitimately worth talking about in a serious way. Since they both had to …