Lorena Richards

Tribal Radio Music Director

Lorena Richards is an enrolled member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe & lifelong resident of Ignacio, CO. A mother of three, Lorena has worked at KSUT Tribal Radio for over eight years. Before her passion for radio, Lorena’s passion was cooking which took her to Culinary School. Returning home she began volunteering for KSUT and has since worked her way into a full-time position & the current Music Director for Southern Ute Tribal Radio. Lorena has two afternoon programs during the week and she hosts the Tuesday & Thursday "Native Morning Show." Her goal is to get her Bachelor’s degree in Video Journalism.

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This weeks Feature CD, on Tribal Radio comes from a collection of Tribal Music honoring our elements of Mother Earth.  This album is powerful Native American musicians extend the boundaries between contemporary and Traditional music. 

This album Features artists include Gerry Alfred, Robert Mirabal, Quiltman and Joanne Shenandoah.  Don't miss out this weeks Feature CD "Tribal Fires" Tune in this Friday, September 4, 2015 12P.M.(MST) on Tribal Radio 91.3FM and 89.7FM. 

Pipestone Creek Singers, is a well respected drum group.   This weeks Feature CD, Contest is on came out in 2001.   Other albums from Pipestone; Message For Our People featured "The White Buffalo Calf Song" which is a song about the White Buffalo Calf that was born in 1994, Believing In Our Drum, Were Back to Stay, Live at Fort Washakie, Tribute to the old Timers, and a Round Dance Album Good Ol' Fashioned NDN Lovin'.  Tune in this Friday, August 28, 2015 12P.M.(MST) on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7FM to hear the entire cd. 

This album brings together the traditional Round Dance songs of Oklahoma.  The songs on this album belong to the traditional group of Round Dance Songs that the Kiowa people received through their alliance and friendship with the people of Taos Pueblo.  Many of these songs on this album have not been shared outside of Oklahoma. 

Tune in this Friday, August 21, 2015 12P.M. (MST) on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7 FM to hear the entire Collection of Old-Time Round Dance Songs of Oklahoma. We thank Kenneth Cozad for donating this wonderful Collection to KSUT, Tribal Radio.

This weeks Feature CD, World's Best Crow Hop Songs.  The Crow Hop originated from Western Tribes, it's a social dance meant to mimic the crow as he bounces around the field.  Hopping side to side, first on one foot and then on the other, imitating the crow's movements. 

Crow Hop songs are enjoyed by everyone, on this album you will hear from various drum groups; Eyabay, Northern Wind, Eagle Claw, & Red Bull Singers just to name a few.  Tune in this Friday, August 14, 2015 12P.M. (MST) to hear the entire CD on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7FM. 

This weeks Feature CD Elk Soldier, A Soldier's Dream, recorded live at Ft.Randall.  These recordings will  takes you to the heart of the Pow-Wow, with fierce singing and earth-shaking drumming.  Tune in this Friday, July 31, 2015 12P.M.(MST) to hear these amazing live recordings on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7FM.  This CD was donated to KSUT by Canyon Records, for more information about other traditional or contemporary recordings visit Canyon Records http://www.canyonrecords.com

This weeks Feature CD was recorded live at the 32ND Annual Gathering of Nations PowWow, the biggest PowWow in North America.  This Album was composed for the listeners to hear & feel the thunder of the drums and the beautiful vocals from the drum groups.  This CD is intended to provide the listeners with the complete experience from this great event.  If you missed the biggest PowWow in North America make sure in tune in this Friday, July 24, 2015 12P.M. (MST) on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7FM.  This CD was Donated to KSUT. 

Tribal Waters is part of the four part Tribal series that features; Tribal Winds, Tribal Voices, & Tribal Fires.   This weeks Feature CD Tribal Waters brings together nature sounds, bells, spoken words, chants, drumming, horns, flute, & keyboards.  On this album you will hear from various Artist, each song is a meditation and prayer, a call for mindfulness.  Tune in this Friday, July 17, 2015 to hear this weeks Feature CD 12P.M. (MST) Tribal Waters on Tribal Radio. 

Contemporary Native American Music by Music From Turtle Island, is this Weeks Feature CD.  On this Album you will hear from Various Artists and their different style of music; a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll, this music comes deep within the heart of Turtle Island.  If you are a fan of Buddy Red Bow, Chante Pierce and Red Blaze, make sure an tune in this Friday, July 10, 2015 on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7FM.  Starting at 12P.M.(MST) to hear their songs in a way that invites you the listeners to hear with their hearts as well as their  ears.

Happy 4th of July!

Jun 29, 2015

In observance of the 4th of July there will be no Feature CD, this week.  Will Continue resume with the Feature CD Monday, July 6, 2015.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, now 74, brand new album "POWER IN THE BLOOD" was released on May 12, 2015.  Power In The Blood, is her first studio album since 2008.  On this album there are 12 tracks and she wrote them all but 2.  Album was recorded in Toronto with 3 different producers; on this album you will find 4 love songs, 2 positive-uppers, 1 blues rocker, 3 social criticisms, 1 blues rocker, and "It's My Way!"  It's My Way is the first album by folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie. 

This recording captures Northern Cree performing their best and their latest Crow Hop, Sneak Up, Slide Step, Chicken Dance, Southern style Fancy Dance songs and a special Round Dance. Featuring Northern Cree's powerful singing and trademark songmaking skills, this collection will dazzle pow-wow fans and keep dancers on their toes.

Tune in this Friday, June 19, 2015 to hear the entire album on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7FM 12P.M.(MST).

This weeks Feature CD is the 20th Series of Fancy Dance Songs, on this album is a variety of drum groups from all across Indian Country; Grey Buffalo, Northern Wind, Little Island Cree and Black Lodge just to name a few.   

The Tootoosis Family of Canada have been highly respected within the Native community for many years for their dedication to Cree traditions. This recording was recorded Live at the 2008 FSIN Pow-Wow and the 2009 FNUC Pow-Wow.  Salute to all those who continue to promote Native culture and intertribal unity. Tune in this Friday, June 5, 2015 12P.M. (MST) to hear the entire CD.  This CD was donated to KSUT, Tribal Radio.

Grammy-nominated Dine Singer Kevin Yazzie honors the spirit of giving and appreciation of swirling vocal harmonies.  These songs celebrate the gift of life and the blessings that come with each new day.  Join us Friday, May 29, 2015 at noon for the Featured CD.  This CD was donated by Canyon Records www.canyonrecords.com 

Eastern Eagle are a Mi’kmaq powwow drum group from Nova Scotia. In 2013 they celebrated their 20th anniversary and the songs in this cd are some of there best over the years and some new ones too...  Tune in this Friday, May 15, 2015 for this weeks Feature CD, Eastern Eagle on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7FM.

Thunder Hill, one of the top singing groups to have come from the Native peoples of the Southern Plains, they have earned the respect of elders and of the young Pow-Wow fans. Recorded live with a legendary crew of singers, these songs carry the spirit of the Southern Plains to all the four directions.  Tune in this Friday, May 8, 2015 to hear this weeks Feature CD; Thunder Hill, Miles from Yesterday 12P.M. (MST).  This album was donated to KSUT. 

Gathering of Nations is taking place  April 23 - 25, 2015 in  Albuquerque New Mexico, it  is the largest Pow Wow in North America.  This weeks Feature CD is Spirit Rising, recorded live at the 2014 GON Pow Wow,  Featuring various drum groups.  Tune in this Friday, April 24, 2015 to hear the entire album, from 12 P.M. (MST). 

This weeks Feature CD is composed by the Pow-Wow man himself Edmund Bull, this album is a powerful contemporary recording released back in 2010. 

Edmund Bull breaks new ground by creating a unique blend of Pow wow singing, rock and country music. "Indian Boy" is a first rate album that will appeal to all music lovers.  Tune in this Friday April 17, 2015 12P.M. (MST) to hear the entire CD on Tribal Radio 91.3FM & 89.7FM. 

With fierce singing sustained by the heartbeat of the Pow-Wow drum, Tha Tribe honors the cultural strength of the original inhabitants of North America. True warriors of the Pow-Wow trail, Tha Tribe deliver another breathtaking collection of original style songs.

Tune in this Friday, March 20, 2015 for this weeks Feature CD; Tha Tribe, Warriors in the Mist at 12 P.M. (MST) to hear the entire CD. 

Black Bear Singers are a group of young Atikamekw First Nations from Manawan, Quebec. For 13 years they have been working their Northern Contemporary Powwow Style. Recorded Live!! 

Tune in this Friday, March 13, 2015 for this weeks Feature CD; Black Bear, Rez Road 12 P.M. (MST) to hear the entire CD.

The Tootoosis Family of Canada have been highly respected within the Native community for many years for their dedication to Cree traditions. This recording is their salute to all those who continue to promote Native culture and intertribal unity. Recorded in 1976 this collection of songs features modern pow-wow style songs as well as the northwest Saskatchewan style of hand drumming. 

This weeks Feature CD comes From Big River Cree, from Saskatchewan, Canada.  This album is composed with all their Greatest hits.  Tune in this Friday, February 27, 2015 for this weeks Feature CD.  This CD was donated to KSUT by Turtle Island Music. f you are interested in this album or any other Native Artist, visit them online at http://www.turtleislandmusic.com

Wi Ma Hiya From South Dakota, Win or Lose is their 2nd Handgame album they have composed as a group.  This album was released last month January, 2015.  Tune in this Friday, Febuary 20, 2015 12P.M.(MST) on Tribal Radio to hear the entire CD 91.3FM & 89.7FM.  This CD was donated to the Station by our Program Director Mike Santistevan.  

Maynard Whitehawk and Lance Crowe, these two singers from Saskatchewan have made a great name for themselves in the Native American Church community. There are well respected in this sacred circle with friends and fans throughout North America.  Tune in for this weeks Feautre CD, Spiritual Walk 12P.M. (MST) to hear the entire album on Tribal Radio.  This CD was donated to the station.

Quinton "Magwa" Tootoosis is from Poundmaker, Saskatchewan.  His name synonymous with Northern Cree, Poundmaker, Saskatchewan world class round dance singing and hand drumming.  Quinton's grandfather used to sing to him and his brothers when they were infants; mourning songs, sun dance songs and taught the boys hand games. As well, he taught them pow-wow songs in the original old style way of singing. Quinton has attended a vast majority of major pow-wows across Canada and the US.  Join us this Friday, February 6, 2015 12P.M.

Chase Sayer and Luc Ernest, from Saskatchewan Canada, they now reside in the Southern United States.  Back to the Roots, is this weeks Feature CD, make sure an tune in Friday, January 16, 2015 12:00P.M.(MST).  This album gives families and friends a chance to listen to their songs, along the Pow-wow or Round Dance Trail.  This CD was Donated to KSUT. 

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