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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Indigenous front man, Mato Nanji, was born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.  Mato started to show his talent he had for music, ate a young age.  His Father was in a band in the 60's and with the knowledge, experience and love his father over shadowed Mato, his brother, sister and cousin and formed the band Indigenous in their late teens. 

Skylar Wolf, Native American Navajo/Ute was born and raised as a sheepherder in Huerfano, New Mexico.  He now resides in Farmington, New Mexico with his family.  Wolfs, talent comes straight from the heart and soul, he was awarded  with a "NAMMY" in 2009.  Please join us this Friday, June 20, 2014 for this weeks Feature CD, Skylar Wolf, Conviction, 12P.M. (MST).  This CD was donated to the station by Skylar Wolf, himself. 

Joy Harjo & Poetic Justice have worked in water rights attorney, a tribal judge, two educators and a stock clerk.  They call themselves Poetic Justice as a term of grace, expressing how justice can appear in the world despite forces of confusion and destruction.  Their music speaks for them in a blend of influences that speak of community, love for people, for all creatures, for this crazy beautiful history.  Please join us this Friday, June 6, 2014 for this weeks Feature CD, Joy Harjo & Poetic Justice, 12P.M. (MST). 

1982, Northern Cree singers were founded by Steve Wood, his brothers Randy & Earl Wood.  The group originates from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area from; Frog Lake Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Louis Bull Cree Nation & Poundmaker Cree Nation.

Formed in the winter of 2007, Cree Confederation has made and met their aspirations of becoming a recognizable Pow-Wow Drum Group.  So many great drum groups have encouraged and mentored their dream, Cree Confederation have taken their place in the winter's circle amongst champions.  They represent the Cree people of the Treaty Six area.  Their style of music they share comes from their grandfathers, a style that is a hybrid of original and contemporary style of singing. 

Young Spirit was formed in the summer of 2001 at a Pow-Wow in Hobbema, Alberta.  This group of friends wished to represent their Western Canadian Plans Cree culture & be a proud voice for all First Nations & Native American people.  Awards & Nominations, 2012, Best Pow-Wow CD, Live at Hinckley & 2013, Best Pow-Wow CD, Takakikeh, nominee. 

Buddy Red Bow is a Native American musical legend whose memory often evokes emotional responses from fans of this genre.  Buddy Red Bow was a great storyteller & folk musician, passing down songs & stories throughout the ages.  The very best stories are on this album Journey To The Spirit World.  Bow's heartfelt delivery makes it a worthwhile.  Please join us for this weeks Feature CD, Journey To The Spirit World this Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 12PM (MST).

Anyone who has been to a pow-wow or round dance has likely heard of the talented singer and songwriter Delia Waskewitch, from Onion Lake, Saskatchewan.  Delia grew up in a musical family as her father played the guitar and sang in a band, her mother also sang however she sang in their home.  She remembers her mother singing and whistling while she cooked and cleaned.

Putumayo Presents Native America, a collection of music by singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who draw inspiration from their traditions.  In this collection there are ten artist; the album opens up with Florent Vollant, Chole Sainte Marie, R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman just to name a few, Jery Alfred & the Medicine Beat, draws the album's circle to a close.  Haunting flute music and entrancing vocals reveal the power of contemporary Native American music from the U.S.

Clan/Destine a five member band, Frank Poocha, on vocals, keyboards and trumpet;  Dave Montour, on bass, Native American flute and vocals;  Chuck Harris, on lead and acoustic guitar;  Steve Gatlin, on drums; Juan Sanchez, on vocal and congas.  Mixing rock, acoustic and reggae with the sounds of their Native American heritage.  Clan/destine creates exciting original music.  Join us for this weeks Feature CD this Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 12PM (MST).  This CD was donated to Tribal Radio by Canyon Records.  For more information about other traditional and contemporary recordings contact Canyon

Hovia Edwards (pronounce hoo-vee-ya) of the Shoshone-Navajo-Okanogan heritage.  Was only 14 at the time of this recording in January of 1998.  Her father, Herman Edwards is a performer & flute maker & encouraged her from early childhood to master the flute.  Hovia is a second generation flutist & has grown up performing around the world & soloist at the Scottsdale Center for the Art in Arizona.  The album Morning Star, Hovia performs original & traditional melodies in a style that is youthful yet with a surprising maturity for an artist so young.  Please join us this Fri

Clayson Benally & Jeneda Benally, brother & sister of Blackfire, originally from Black Mesa on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, were born into the heart of a political land dispute separating them by a fence from traditional homeland and family.  They grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life They are very excited to announce their new side project "Sihasin"!

LeeAnn Brady, is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in New Town, North Dakota.  She has been baptized into the Catholic and Congregational Churches & a member of the Native American Church all her life.  All religions & churches have prayer & song in one way or another.  In Jesus' Name was composed in hope & intention that this recording will inspire listeners to live a prayerful life of hope, faith, love & to bring good feelings of joy & happiness, from the singing of traditions of the Native American

Young Bear singers were started by the sons of the great Mandaree & White Lodge singers.   They are a talented young group of singers deeply-rooted in the Mandaree community of North Dakota.  Young Bear composed, Keepin it Old Style,  because that's what they've been taught.  This album is the next generation original style singing in the pow-wow world.  If you like Mandaree you will love this album,  join us this Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12PM(MST) on Tribal Radio for this weeks Feature CD.  Young Bear, Keepin it Old Style was donated to KSUT by, Drumhop Productions.  For more infor

Tony Duncan is of Apache and Arikara-Hidatsa-Mandan heritage.  Duncan is an active pow-wow dancer and hoop dancer.  He is a five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and is ranked among the top ten in the world.  Duncan received the Native American Music Award for Artist of the year in 2013.  He has toured nationally and internationally with pop-star Nelly Furtado.  Duncan music captures the true essence of Native America with the soft and soothing melodies of the Apache cane flute as acoustic guitar adds a serene accompaniment and drums add the beats for his dancing.  Please join us Friday, Feb

Jeff Carpenter (Chickasaw) & Brad Clonch (Mississippi Choctaw) came together to form Injunity.  Electric guitars & the soaring melodies of the Native American Flute, Injunuity combine lush orchestral rock with the sound of the Native Flute.  Please join us  this Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12PM (MST) on Tribal Radio, for this weeks Feature CD.  Injunuity, Fight for Survival was donated to KSUT by Canyon Records.  For more information about other traditional and contemporary recordings contact Canyon Records @ www.canyonrecords.com

Young Spirit is a proud voice for all Native American & First Nations people.  Akameyimoh Baby Boy (Keep Trying Baby Boy) is a song composed by Jacob Faithful dedicated to a young boy after the loss of his Mother.    The message of their songs run deep, unique & encouraging  to Native people.  In this album all songs are sung in the Plain Cree language unless otherwise noted.  Songs listed as Straight indicate that they are sung in vocables only.  Please join us Friday, January 17, 2014 12PM (MST) for this weeks Feature CD.

Championship & Host Drum Meskwaki Nation, from Tama, IA is one of the hottest & well known Contemporary drum groups on the Pow-Wow trails.    Rockin' Tha Bellz was captured & recorded live at the 2010 Hunting Moon Pow-Wow in Milkwaukee.  Join us this Friday, January 10, 2014 for this weeks Feature CD 12PM (MST).  This CD was donated to KSUT by Drumhop Productions, if you are interested in this album or any other Native Artist please visit them at www.drumhop.net

The cold snow of winter welcomes the Round Dance & Christmas season for the Plains Cree community of Western Canada.  Randall Paskemin a member of the Plains Cree, brings us Christmas Cheer, an album of original Christmas songs with a flavor of Round Dance style to celebrate the cozy joy of the holidays.  Tune is this Friday, December 27, 2013 12PM (MST) for this weeks Feature CD. 

Raised around the drum since he was a young boy, Wayne Silas, Jr.

Little Island Cree is one of the best-kown family singing groups of Canada and was created by Clayton Chief.  Little Island Cree has written and performed their songs throughout Canada and United States, they have been nominated and won several awards in the Canada music industry.  This weeks Feature CD Little Island Cree, @Ministikwan was recorded live at Ministikwan  Round Dance in Island Lake, Saskatchewan.  Join us Friday, December 6, 2013 from 12PM (MST) for this weeks Feature CD.

Grammy - nominee Cheevers Toppah, born in Oklahoma comes from a strong family line of singers.  Toppah been nurtured by the traditions of the Native American Church (NAC) his entire life.  A Good Day, A Better Tomorrow is dedicated to the memory of those singers who taught him how to sing.  Please join us Friday, November 22, 2013 12PM (MST) on Tribal Radio for this weeks Feature CD.  This CD was donated to KSUT by Canyon Records, if you are interested in this album or any other Native Artist please visit them at CanyonRecords.com or NativeAmericanMusicNews.com

Stoney Creek has been around since 1993 representing the Native People of North Carolina and the East Coast.  A little about the title and their effort came from the recent trials of one of their brothers and founding members, who was diagnosed with Lymphoma.  They partnered with the Southern Sun Singers and Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc in an effort known locally as the "Go Bo" campaign - coining the slogan "Love is Determination."   This particular album was donated to the station copies of this album and or other Native Artist can be found at www.DRUMHOP.net.  Please join us this Friday,

Nitanis "Kit" Largo, started singing at the age of 7 years old with her late Aunt Eleanor Elliott.  Singing, music, pow-wow and dancing has always been a part of her life.  Her father is a musician and her mother is a jingle dress dancer and she would travel to many pow-wows.  At the age of 17 years old "Kit" started back-up singing with the drum group Bear Creek.  She has also been featured on many pow-wow recordings with Bear Creek, Tha Tribe and Rocky Boy Agency.  She was also included in a trio with Alex E.

Chub Gopher along with his three sisters Lois, Sheila & Melanie present Go Gophers, Stick Game Music.  Growing up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation they were taught their Indian way of life, singing at a very young age.  This CD was brought together for all who love the game called stickgame and the power behind indigenous music.  Please join us Friday, October 25, 2013 at noon for this weeks feature CD.  This CD was donated to KSUT by, Chub Gopher.

Ladie's Night 2 was recorded in the Onion Lake community of northern Saskatchewan.  It is Drumhop's second release for the album featuring Cree women of round dance singing.  Feelings were expressed and thoughts were conveyed about why they were composed.  Songs take a whole new meaning when you find out where they originate and the people who share their vocal gift.  We hope you enjoy this weeks feature CD selection.  This particular album was donated to the station, if you are interested in this or other Native American recordings visit Drumhop's website at www.drumhop.net

Christina Trejo

Oct 1, 2013

Christina Trejo born in Caldwell, Idaho a member of the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe.  She has been singing at a very young age along side with her mother.  Christina released a CD with Canyon Records called Circle Dance Songs of the Northern Paiute and Shoshoni, that won three awards. This weeks Feature CD you will hear seven Circle Dance Songs and three handgame songs from Christina Trejo.  Join us this Friday, October 4, 2013 at noon for our Feature CD.

This album was something that was thought of for awhile and finally it's a reality... This album is filled with songs Brian & Verdell enjoy singing together to give the people a small taste of what is to come in the future.  You will hear Sioux Song, Dine Song, & Straight Song .  Join us Friday, September 27, 2013 at noon for our Feature CD.

From Saddle Lake Cree First Nation, Northern Cree 6-time Grammy-nominee have put faith and trust in the power of the Pow-Wow drum for over three decades.  This album was recorded live at the annual Rocky Boy Pow-Wow.  Join us September, 13, 2013 at noon for this weeks Feature CD.  This CD was donated by Canyon Records www.canyonrecords.com
 

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