Nihizhí, Our Voices:

An Indigenous Solutions Podcast

Episode Guide

Ep. 17 | Black and Indigenous Solidarity with Katina Stone-Butler

Two sisters from different cultural backgrounds discuss the beautiful ways in which Black and Indigenous struggles intersect and have the potential to strengthen one another. Lyla June, of the Diné (Navajo) Indigenous Nation and host of Nihizhi Podcast, speaks with Katina Stone-Butler, musician, advocate, and host of the Black History for White People podcast. They also have hard conversations about the tragic histories and contemporary ways these two demographics have not always supported each other. Ultimately the two sisters band together in renewed commitment to stand solidly together in their respective struggles for Black and Indigenous liberation.

Ep. 14 | Sacred Animals: Navajo Churro Sheep and Reweaving Our Ancient Ecologies

In this episode, Nikyle and Kelli passionately discuss the Indigenous practice of sheep herding as a living, breathing system, spanning across centuries despite colonization and its recurring narrative that seeks to erase us. Our conversation also delves into sheep as relatives, an indivisible entity within a wholistic framework of subsistence living practices, wholly spiritual as food, song, clothing, and an embodiment of land. Join us!

Ep. 13 | Indigenous Food Warriors: Crystal Wahpepah and the Art of Feeding Community

In this episode, Chef Crystal Wahpepah (James Beard Award Winner) of the Kickapoo Nation discusses our connection to food as it relates to living close to the land, and honoring our responsibilities and gifts as Indigenous people. Her new restaurant, Wahpepah’s Kithcen has opened in Ohlone Lands (Oakland, CA) and is a must visit site for artistic and high quality Indigenous foods and dishes.

Instagram: @WahpepahsKitchen
TikTok: @WahpepahsKitchen

Ep. 12 | Indigenous Masculinity, Jim Thorpe, and Hip-Hop with Anishinaabe/Oneida Artist Tall Paul

In this episode, we celebrate and uplift Tall Paul’s recent album release “The Story of Jim Thorpe.” A concept biographical album honoring the life of Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), athlete and Olympic gold medalist of the Sac and Fox Nation. We also get a chance to hear about the needs and challenges that Native men (and men in general) face and ways to overcome them. Thank you for listening!

Listen to the full album here.

Ep. 11| Lateral Kindness:

Sherri Mitchell, Traditions of Compassion, and the Antidote to Division

Sherri Mitchell, author of Sacred Instructions, reviews the many-layered causes of lateral violence (or the ways in which colonization turns communities against each other) as well as the flourishing “lateral kindness” that is revitalizing across Turtle Island. Join us!

To learn more about Sherri Mitchell, visit her website.

Ep. 10 |The Island of Guåhan (Guam):

The Beauty & Struggle of Chamorro Liberation with Monaeka Flores

We speak with Monaeka Flores of the Chamorro Indigenous Community of Guåhan (colonially known as Guam). She works with Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian and other groups working to protect water, land, sacred sites and advocate for the demilitarization of their precious island. In these transmissions, hope burgeons from shared song and protest, as affinity between Indigenous brothers and sisters is internationally contextualized to offer connection. Through our shared histories, what occupies and pollutes people, land, and waters is both acknowledged and named. Alongside this recurring narrative of both horror and caliber, we observe the beating of butterfly wings that inflect and ripple through our awareness as tranquil, powerful, and crowning as the Eight-Spot Butterfly, an endemic species found only in Guåhan. Monaeka shares with us whats working, what gives them hope, and how we can continue these challenging yet essential fights. Join us! Visit @PrutehiLitekyan on Instagram for more info.

Ep. 9| Opening Space for Creator: Karen Rodriguez's Decolonization Journey Home

Join us in this immersive and inspiring episode with Karen Rodriguez (Maya) as we recount her journey from the urban streets of Los Angeles as an immigrant to the sacred volcanoes and lakes of Guatemala, her homelands. In these tellings, Rodrigues un-cradles from economic capitalism to realize true power– that of community and living in the rhythm of the natural currents. In this episode, Rodriguez shares with us the walking, the crying– and above all the empowerment of returning to our homelands. Join us!

Ep. 8| Beata Tsosie-Peña: The Poetry of Land Liberation

Poet, Doula, Seed-keeper, and Land Defender Beata Tsosie-Peña of the Santa Clara Pueblo Indigenous Community, generously reads her poetry, venturing us into the midsts of her homelands, into grief, into seeds, and into the cosmos. Beata’s poetry– beyond academia, beyond publishing, beyond capitalism– is a reclamation of healing and truth-telling.

Ep. 7| Birthing Ancestral Paradigms through Indigenous Midwifery with Nicolle Gonzales

Nicolle Gonzales educates us on the topic of Indigenous midwifery within the context of Diné society. From cradle to womanhood, Indigenous doulas reclamation of these traditional roles supports cultural kinship ties that inform land-body justice practices— an act of sovereignty and paradigm shifting.

Ep. 6| Publishing Indigenous Authors: Jessa Calderon's New Book, 'SisterHood'

Jessa Calderon’s first fiction publication celebrates Indigenous women in the heart of Tongva Territory, narrating their strength in the face of the settler colonial system of present-day Los Angeles. Join us as Calderon touches on the topic of  healing, and the process of bringing SisterHood  into publication. 

Purchasing Calderon’s SisterHood: Amazon |

Ep. 5| MMIW in Latin America with Lydia Huerta

In honor of National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Awareness Day, we draw attention to the epidemic in Abya Yala (Latin America) of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, two-spirit, and transgender relatives. Here to break it down for us is Dr. Lydia Huerta, a binational scholar of both Indigenous and colonial descent who has studied and presented the topic extensively.

Additional Resources:“Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Activist, Is Killed in Honduras” | Cochabamba Water Wars | Struggle for Life Movement Becomes Largest Indigenous Mobilization in Brazilian History”


Ep. 4| Hopi Dryland Farming with Ahkima Honyumptewa

How do you thrive with limited water? Hopi dryland farmers have been positioning their fields at the base of small watersheds to catch the nutrients and waters that run down after monsoon rains. Ahkima Honyumptewa has carried on this tradition and shares with us how this relates to farming in an era of climate instability. We also touch on the role of the human being in the universe as well as the importance of women in society! Enjoy!

Article on Ahkima Honyumptewa
YouTube Channel

Ep. 3| Indigenous Languages: Raising Fluent Speakers

How can we raise our children to be fluent speakers of our endangered languages? In this episode, we interview three people who have accomplished this task! Trisha Moquino, H@la Turning Heart, and Marcus Briggs-Cloud  present on how language fluency has been passed onto children through communal immersion rooted in Indigenous cosmologies

Ep. 2| Corrina Gould, and the Art of Indigenous Land Trusts

In this episode,  Corrina Gould, chair and spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan, unpacks the reality of Indigenous Peoples in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gould also discusses the innovation and implementation of Indigenous land trusts as a means of returning and rematriating land. 

To learn more about the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust visit To learn how to set up a voluntary land tax for settlers to fund Indigenous projects and #landback, visit:

Ep. 1| 'A Gathering Basket' Multimedia Cookbook and the Promise of Rematriation

In this inaugural episode, we meet with  M. Karlos Baca, who shares the I-Collective’s most recent multimedia publication,  A Gathering Basket; Hazel James shares teachings regarding Diné lifeways; Janene Yazzie braids these intersecting topics to discuss the importance and meaning of rematriation, and the fundamentals of Diné and Indigenous matriarchies.

About | Nihizhí, Our Voices:

An Indigenous Solutions Podcast

Nihizhí, Our Voices: An Indigenous Solutions Podcast is dedicated to providing listeners with recorded conversations on a variety of topics that center Indigenous voices across Turtle Island, with host Lyla June Johnston.

Rooted in an Indigenous framework, “nihizhí”, meaning “our voices” in Diné bizaad, seeks to elevate and celebrate the voices of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. Including the teachings that elders practice and retain to maintain balance within local communities and ecologies. We also highlight various grassroots innovators and organizers who are overlooked and unacknowledged within a structure that privileges profitability and Eurocentricism. The Nihizhí podcast also seeks to educate the public on land-based solutions to help us remember how to be in positive relationship with life itself.

Meet The Team

Lyla June Johnston

Lyla June Johnston

Podcast Host

Lyla June Johnston is a Diné/Tsétsêhéstâhese/European musician, scholar and community organizer from Taos, NM.

Lyncia Begay

Lyncia Begay

Creative Director

Lyncia Begay is the Project Lead for the Speak for the Peaks art initiative. In her down time, she pursues various creative projects. 

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