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Native Trailblazers radio show announces fourth annual June Jamz award winners

Native Trailblazers Logo - ReflectionAfter countless votes from all over the world have been tabulated, the Native Trailblazers Radio Show is proud to announce their Fourth Annual JuneJamz Native Indie Showcase People’s Choice winners! June Jamz episode available in archives here - JuneJamz

In June, Native Trailblazers has a month long series of shows highlighting today’s Independent Native Artists from every genre to include Folk, Hip-Hop, Country and Electronic and Traditional and more. After the shows which aired in June, Native Trailblazers listeners had two months to vote for their top five favorites.

In addition to the Top5 – 16 year old Ukrainian flute artist Alissa Skorik received massive support to garner the “Native Spirit Award.”

The number one artist Dancing Elk, will receive airtime on a future segment of the show and promotional support.



Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) -


Shawn Joseph (Traditional, Native Flute)


Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) -


Nataanii Means (Hip-Hop) -

Spirit Cry (Native Influenced Rock) -


Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) -



Writtyn (Hip Hop) -





Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) -


Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) -


Keith Secola (Rock) -


Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) -


Honey (Hip Hop) -



Alissa Skorik (Native Influenced Flute) -

Since first airing in November 2009, Native Trailblazers celebrates hundreds of thousands of listeners and the show has been nominated in 2011 and 2013 for an Aboriginal’s People’s Choice Music Awards. Native Trailblazers is on BlogTalkRadio, an online radio site that receives millions of visitors daily.

For more information about the Native Trailblazer’s radio show which airs Fridays at 7 pm EST visit the website at

List of all Artists Selected for June Jamz  

Nataanii Means – (Hip-Hop) -

Johnny Rains – (Rock-R&B) -

Honey – (Hip-Hop) -

Gabriel Ayala – (Classical-Instrumental) -

Writtyn – (Hip-Hop) -

Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) -

Shawn Joseph (Traditional, Native Flute) -

Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) -

Spirit Cry (Native Influenced Rock) -

Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) -

Alissa Skorik (Native Influenced Flute) -

Ken Quiethawk (Spoken Word) –

Keith Secola (Rock) –

Digging Roots (Alternative Rock) –

Marc Merilainen / Nadjiwan – (Alternative Rock) –

Jiiniikwe – (Alternative Rock) –

Cody Blackbird (Native Flute) -

Layla (Alternative Rock) –

Clearwater – (Traditional)

Original Xit – (Native Influenced Rock) -

Asani Charles – (Spoken Word) -

Saving Damsels – (Native Soul Rock) -

Eugene Jacquescoley – (Alternative Country) -

Raven Chacon – (Experimental Navajo Folk) –

Brent Michael Davids – (Soundtracks) -

Brian Majore – (Spoken Word – Comedy) -


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ARTISTS WISHING TO SUBMIT FOR 2015 can submit their music of any genre along with the following information – winners receive sponsorship packets to include the indie bible, PR packets, official awards from the show and other assorted prizes.

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Vincent Schilling
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For Immediate Release: Last Week to Vote for your Favorite Indie Native Artists – JuneJamz Native Indie Artist Awards Show Friday Sep 5th!

#JuneJamz Indie Showcase on Native Trailblazers Radio Show

Over thirty Native Indie Artists seeking Airplay submitted to The 2014 Native Trailblazers Radio Show’s Native Indie Showcase #JuneJamz!

Those interested in hearing the songs and voting can now visit and help their favorite artists win prizes and sponsorship packages, such as the ultimate edition of the Indie Bible with thousands of venue listings, gift cards and promotions and PR for your music and career.

ICTMN Contributor, Author, Public Speaker and Native Trailblazers Radio Host Vincent Schilling held the Fourth Annual June Jamz Native Indie Showcase on Blog Talk Radio for the month of June 2014. After two months allotted for voting,

We will be announcing the winners on the Sep 5th show at 7pm est.

Schilling has hosted Native Trailblazers since 2009, which has since attracted well over a quarter of a million of listeners. The show has also been twice nominated for an Aboriginal’s People’s Choice Music Award.

The Native Trailblazers Radio program was also recently selected as one of BlogTalkRadio’s featured shows and was listed as one of the top 300 shows out of the thousands of shows on Blogtalkradio.

“I have been so excited to invite Native and Indigenous artists to participate in June Jamz,” says Schilling. “Folk, Rock, Country, Reggae, Hip Hop, Electronic and Traditional — any genre at all was welcome, even spoken word.”

“We accepted songs from all over the world where Indigenous people reside and create music,” he said, noting submissions to June Jamz from previous years have come from all over the United States and even into Canada and New Zealand.

“After June Jamz, we have asked our listeners to vote on their favorite artists and the top five will win promo packets and prizes. The number-one artist will earn their own show and promotional support,” he said.

“This is going to be another amazing group of musical by Indigenous Indie artists who may or may not have gotten airplay so soon.” said Schilling.

The Deadline to vote for June Jamz is September 4th,  Interested voters can listen to songs and vote via the Native Trailblazers website at

The Native Trailblazers radio program airs live every Friday night at 7pm est at

Check out the shows each Friday in June at

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Delores Schilling
Vincent Schilling
Native Trailblazers

NIHB applauds legislation introduced to provide Medicare-like rates for all care purchased by IHS


From National Indian Health Board

News Release

WASHINGTON (June 12, 2014) — Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, introduced H.R. 4843, the “Native Contract and Rate Expenditure (CARE) Act.”

The bill would extend the Medicare-Like rate cap on payments made by Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) (formerly Contract Health Services) programs at the Indian Health Service (IHS) and tribal levels to all Medicare participating providers and suppliers. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) worked closely with McCollum and Cole’s offices to assist in the development of this legislation and is very pleased to see the bill introduced.  The introduction of this legislation is an essential first step in allowing IHS and tribal health facilities spend precious PRC resources most effectively and efficiently.

NIHB Chairperson Cathy Abramson said, “We are very excited to see this important legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. This small technical change will ensure that our purchased/referred care dollars are going further, freeing up hundreds of millions of dollars for this critical program. If this legislation is enacted, our loved ones may finally be able to stop saying, ‘Don’t get sick after June 1.’ ”

In 2003, Congress sought to make PRC program dollars go further by amending the Medicare law to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a cap on the rate PRC programs must pay hospitals for the services they provide to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) referred under the PRC program. That rate was established as the “Medicare Like Rate.”

However, hospital services represent only a fraction of the services provided through the PRC system.  The proposed legislation would mean that IHS and tribes are reimbursing all physicians in the same cost effective way as other federal health programs including the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Read the full legislation here.

About the NIHB

Founded in 1972, NIHB is a 501(c) 3 not for profit, charitable organization providing health care advocacy services, facilitating tribal budget consultation and providing timely information, and other services to all tribal governments.

NIHB also conducts research, provides policy analysis, program assessment and development, national and regional meeting planning, training, technical assistance, program and project management.  NIHB presents the tribal perspective while monitoring, reporting on and responding to federal legislation and regulations.  It also serves as conduit to open opportunities for the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native health care with other national and international organizations, foundations corporations and others in its quest to build support for, and advance, Indian health care issues. 





Alaska dental health aide therapists mark 10 years in practice; Provided expanded access to 40,000 Alaska Native people


From the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Other states considering the Alaska midlevel dental model 

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the first group of Alaska students returning from education in New Zealand to become Alaska’s, and the nation’s, first Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs). Those DHATs, along with the faculty, dentists, Tribal leaders and rural communities who support this program, were pioneers, the first to bring midlevel dental providers to the United States. Over the past 10 years, they have expanded much-needed access to dental care and prevention services for more than 40,000 Alaska Native people living in 81 rural, mostly remote communities across the state.

The success of Alaska’s DHATs demonstrates the benefits of adding midlevel providers to a dental team and the importance of providing care in the community in order to expand access. Today, 27 DHATs provide professional and culturally competent dental care in Alaska and 60 percent of the services they provided are preventive. A 2013 report released by Community Catalyst found that midlevel dental providers were economically viable and sustainable, costing less than 30 cents for every dollar of revenue they generated.

Candidates with strong ties to rural communities are selected for the DHAT program. They are trained to clean and fill teeth, perform simple extractions, and provide a range of prevention and education services. DHATs must meet the rigorous standards set by the federal Community Health Aide Program Certification (CHAP) Board. Nearly 80 percent of DHATs return to their home regions to practice and the program has an 81 percent retention rate.

Their accomplishments are a big step forward in combatting the decades-long epidemic of oral suffering and disease around rural Alaska and improving access to dental care for Alaska Native people. Prior to the DHAT innovation, 87 percent of 4-and 5-year–old children and 91 percent of 12-15 year olds had tooth decay.

“More than 40,000 rural Alaskans now have regular access to dental care from a DHAT – access and continuity of care that few had before,” said Andy Teuber, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Chairman and President. “For the first time, we have “cavity-free” clubs in our elementary schools. This is not just change – it is a dramatic transformation from the days when teenagers graduated from high school with full sets of dentures.”

DHATs no longer have to travel across the world for training. Since 2007, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s (ANTHC) DHAT Educational Program has prepared DHAT students with a two-year program led by award-winning staff at state-of-the-art facilities in Anchorage and Bethel. Alaska’s DHATs are trained in the DENTEX program, a partnership between the University of Washington and ANTHC. Students study for one year in Anchorage followed by a second year in Bethel.

The DHAT model has started a movement to authorize midlevel providers to operate in other states and Tribal communities. Alaska’s DHATs and ANTHC’s Educational Program are recognized as models of success for improving oral health and access to care for rural populations around the world. Providers like DHATs are now legally allowed to practice in Minnesota and Maine, and 15 other state are pursuing similar models.

ANTHC and the Federal CHAP Certification Board created   Alaska’s DHAT program, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation and the Bethel Community Services Foundation, to boost the number of dental providers in rural Alaska and the level of dental services available to Alaska Native people.

“Alaska’s Tribes exercised their sovereign rights to create a community-based solution to foster a better health future for their children and improve the health and well-being of their communities.  It is working so well that the rest of the nation is looking to Alaska as they work to solve the oral health crisis in their own communities,” said Dr. Alice Warner, program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “The Kellogg Foundation is honored to have been able to support their great work and will continue to stay committed to expanding access to oral health care for the millions of people, particularly children of color and low-income children, who suffer without it.”

On June 6, the Alaska DHAT program’s 2014 graduating class will receive certificates indicating successful completion of the DHAT training program. These five graduates will go on to a 400 hour preceptorship with a sponsoring Tribal health organization prior to certification as a DHAT. ANTHC will also present white coats to six first-year DHAT students transitioning to their second year of education in Bethel.

Why: Celebrating 10 years of DHATs improving access to oral health care in Alaska and the graduation of the 2014 class of DHATs.

When: 2 p.m. Friday, June 6

Where: ANTHC Consortium Office Building, 4000 Ambassador Drive, first floor, Conference Room One

Who: Five graduates will receive certificates of completion from the DHAT Educational Program.

  • Angelica Afcan, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Renee Cheemuk, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Lauren Reed, Maniilaq Association
  • Samantha Brown, Maniilaq Association
  • Shawn Martin, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Six first-year students transitioning to their second year of training will receive their white coats.

  • Sadie Green, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Sabrina Manacio, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Corporation
  • Amanda Miles, Kodiak Area Native Association
  • Sharon Johnson, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
  • Charles Redfox, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Carrie Tikiun, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

About the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a not-for-profit Tribal health organization managed by Alaska Native Tribal governments and their regional health organizations. We provide statewide services in specialty medical care; construction of water, sanitation and health facilities; community health and research; information technology and professional recruiting. For more information, please visit


About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States.  Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes.  Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success.  WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit


New report illustrates need for Navajo food system sovereignty

LogoFrom the First Nations Development Institute

The Diné Policy Institute (DPI) recently released a new report: Diné Food Sovereignty: A Report on the Navajo Nation Food System and the Case to Rebuild a Self-Sufficient Food System for the Diné People.” The report is the outcome of the Diné Food Sovereignty Initiative, a project created by DPI in 2011 aimed at better understanding the systemic issues that have shaped the current Diné food system and its negative health, community, economic, cultural and environmental impacts, and to identify strategies and recommendations for creating positive change for the Diné people.

According to Amber Crotty, DPI Director, “The objective of this research is to promote a self-sufficient food system and the revitalization of Navajo traditional foods which, in return, will foster greater self-sufficiency and sustainability for the Diné People.”

First Nations Development Institute helped fund this report with assistance of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Here’s an excerpt from the report’s conclusion:

“Through an assertion of sovereignty on the part of the Navajo Nation, and through community based policies and programs, the Navajo Nation can begin to rebuild a self-sufficient food system that will directly improve nutrition and health on the Navajo Nation. In light of federal budget cuts to food assistance programs, the need for the Navajo Nation to move toward self-sufficient programs, services, and ultimately a self-sufficient food system, is very apparent.

“Furthermore, the threats to Diné wellness and lifeways described in this report are only growing. Rates of nutritionally-related illness are projected to increase at alarming rates. In addition, legal developments increasingly threaten Diné peoples’ rights to maintaining agricultural and food practices. Therefore immediate action to address these issues is critical to ensuring for the well-being of the Diné People.

“As a most fundamental element of life, food provides a way to strengthen Diné peoples’ connections to each other, all living things and Mother Earth, and fosters sovereignty for the Navajo Nation in a way that maintains the values, principles, lifeways and language that make us Diné. In this regard, revitalizing traditional foods and rebuilding a self-sufficient food system will ensure for the resilience (Sih hasin) of the Diné people for generations to come.”

Read or download the full report here: