Welcome! All My Relations is a podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip), and Desi Small Rodriguez (Northern Cheyenne) [previously by Dr. Keene] to explore our relationships— relationships to land, to our creatural relatives, and to one another. Each episode invites guests to delve into a different topic facing Native American peoples today. We keep it real, play some games, laugh a lot, and even cry sometimes. We invite you to join us!
Protect Indigenous Women
Since the onset of colonization Indigenous women have experienced violence with reckless abandon, today it is a public health emergency. Traditionally, many of our Native societies are matrilineal but settler colonialism has disrupted our traditional value systems. These shifts have tragically contributed to the epidemic of violence we see committed against our women and Two Spirit relations. The issue is systemic and this episode discusses how we must hold systems and people accountable.
Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee) is a playwright and lawyer with Pipestem Law, a firm dedicated to legal advocacy for the safety of Native women and tribal sovereignty. She represents families of victims and has testified before Congress for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Her perspective on the legal issues regarding MMIW expounds how tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction is so important in combatting the crisis. She also explains how political participation and allyship is necessary to fight subversive systems which propagate violence.
Abigail Echohawk (Pawnee) is Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and a leader in the movement to bring visibility to MMIW through political advocacy work, data, and research. Her organization conducted a seminal report on the crisis to better understand the prevalence of the crisis which has harmed our relations for 500 years.
This episode is raw, real, and heart wrenching. The crisis must be addressed and we need allies to join us in making it visible so we can all take action. We need to hold non-Natives upholding these systems accountable. Further, we need Natives to step into roles of political power to demand change.
Every statistic represents a Native woman. We must honor and protect our sisters. No more stolen sisters.
Links and Resources
Fill out our form Letter in support of VAWA
Urban Indian Health Institute
Public Law 280
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Mary Kathryn Nagle New Yorker Article
Montana Community Foundation
Sovereign Bodies Institute
All My Relations is Listener Supported
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Special thanks to Antone and The West Shore Canoe Family & Joanne Shannendoah
Creative direction, sound engineering, and editing: Teo Shantz
Film Editing: Jon Ayon
Sound production: y Max Levin
Development Manager: Will Paisley
Production Assistant: Kristin Bolan
Director of Business Development: Edison Hunter
Social Media Intern: Lindsey Hightower
Research Intern: Keoni Rodriguez
2nd Editor: Carly Sjordal
Sales and Marketing Intern: Jamie Marquez-Bratcher
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Indigenous Motherhood: Birth Is Ceremony
In this episode we explore our ceremonies related to birth and question what it means to rematriate through motherhood. What are our traditional birthing ceremonies? What about our coming of age ceremonies? How do we reclaim our sexualities? How has colonization disrupted our traditional birthing practices? Join us in discussion with AMR co-hosts Matika Wilbur, Dr.Dr.Desi and honored guest Temryss Lane, as we unpack some of these questions.
With the global pandemic, heavy social movements, politics (in general), adapting to a socially distanced world, it has been a real collective moment of transformation. And behind the scenes, our AMR podcast underwent massive change. Tune in as we reflect and reveal some big updates over here at AMR!
Hawaiian Resistance, Tourism & Abolition: For The Love of The Mauna, Part 3
Please join us for the third and final piece of our series on the movement to protect Mauna Kea. We have been incredibly humbled and blessed to have reported on the movement, and are so grateful to everyone who made this possible.
For The Love of The Mauna, Part 2
This is part two in our series For the Love of the Mauna which shares the story of Native Hawaiians’ effort to protect Mauna Kea. The first episode gave us the background and story of the beginning of the TMT fight and the cultural foundations of Mauna...
For The Love of The Mauna, Part 1
This special three part series is a story about land, culture, and connections to place—it's the story to protect Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii. Kanaka Maoli people have been fighting to stop the construction of the thirty meter telescope (TMT) since 2014, and in the summer of 2019 a resistance camp at Pu’u huluhulu was established on the Mauna.
So moving. What the world needs
I adore this podcast. Thank you women for this. Non native here but moved to tears on the last episode where one of you began singing. Like. Tears instantly. I don’t know what dude told her she can’t sing, but that’s a lie. My heart is full. Thank you for sharing resources to make your work hit home. May indigenous women and girls be free and justice be served.
This podcast feeds my sole. I cry and laugh with you every time. Thank you thank you from your neighbor a chinook women. Hayu masi, thank you.
It is refreshing to be able to listen to content that is relevant to me.
Thank you for being open and honest.
I am humbled, I am grateful.