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The Urban Auntie Show

The Urban Auntie Show

By Nanook Diversity & Action Center
The Urban Auntie Show is a radio show and podcast that highlights Alaska Native issues and topics. The show features guests from all over Alaska to educate on all things concerning native people.
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Episode 36: Indigenous Trailblazer: Dr. Jessica Black
In this episode, Dr. Jessica discuss lessons she learned in her childhood, her educational journey, her work on the Fairbanks Native Association Board, her work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a professor, and her various research projects. 
May 16, 2022
Episode 35: Inspiration from Samantha Wade
In this episode, Laura talks with Samantha Wade. Samantha is a senior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks graduating with a degree in Biology with a concentration in Biomedicine. She was raised in Wainwright, Alaska where she learned the dances of her Native people, ate berries, and learned how to bead. Samantha hopes to become a doctor one day and serve people in her region. 
April 06, 2022
Episode 34: Intersectional Identity, Relationship Advice, and Resources from Rinam Kowalski
In this episode, Rinam and Laura discuss Rinam's work at the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living. Rinam Kowalski is a two-spirit and nonbinary person who is passionate about their role in building up community. Rinam is involved with the Fairbanks Queer Collective. The mission of the Fairbanks Queer Collective is to build community through performance art and community outreach. Follow the Fairbanks Queer Collective on Instagram @fbxqc and like their Facebook page. You can also check out their website at You can contact the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living at (907)452-2293 and you can check out their website at 
April 06, 2022
Episode 33: Modern Natives
In this episode, Laura does an interview with Savannah LaBua and Dezy Hall, who are in the band Modern Natives. Modern Natives is a punk group with meaningful lyrics. Check out their website
March 24, 2022
Episode 32: Skin Sewing with Amy Topkok
In this episode of the Urban Auntie Show, Amy Topkok will discuss her life, masters research on skin sewing, and the current research she is doing in her Ph.D.
March 03, 2022
Episode 31: Ice Watah the Local Drag Queen
In this episode, Gareth Erhart, whose stage name is Ice Watah, discusses his journey into drag. Gareth talked about how he expresses and shares his culture through drag performances. You can see when his next show is on the Klondike Drag Facebook page and their Instagram @klondikedrag. 
February 19, 2022
Episode 30: Native Movement with Deloole'annh Erickson
In this episode, Deloole'annh discusses her upbringing in Hoonah and her college experience at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She explains the work she does at Native Movement as the Environmental Justice Director. Check out the Native Movement Facebook page and their Instagram at @native_mvmt to stay updated. 
February 09, 2022
Episode 29: Local Leader Evon Peter
In this episode, Evon Peter discusses how his upbringing has influenced the person he has become today. Evon talks of his previous leadership roles and his current job as the director of Tanan Ch'at'oh. 
February 02, 2022
Episode 28: Becoming a Physician with Dr. Elise Pletnikoff
In this episode, Dr. Elise Pletnikoff of Kodiak talks about her journey to becoming a physician. Dr. Elise discusses the challenges she faced and how she overcame those challenges. 
January 26, 2022
Episode 27: Community Opioid Intervention Project with Linda Nicholia
In this episode, Linda Nicholia talks about her work on the Community Opioid Intervention Project. This project was created by the Fairbanks Native Association to increase recovery activities for opioid misuse and opioid use disorder. Fairbanks Native Associations main phone is (907)452-1648. 
January 21, 2022
Episode 26: The Alaska Native Birthworkers Community with Helena Jacobs
In this episode, Helena Jacobs talks about the services offered by the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community. Be sure to look at their Facebook page and go to their website at 
December 08, 2021
Episode 25: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator, Ingrid Cumberlidge
In this episode, we hear from Ingrid Cumberlidge. Ingrid was an educator for 23 years, a tribal court judge for 22 years, and a leader in her tribe. Now Ingrid is the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator for the Department of Justice. Listen to Ingrid talk about her life and work. Ingrid explains Tribal Response Plans and what prevention strategies tribes are using to prevent violence against women and other factors leading up to Native people going missing or being murdered. 
November 17, 2021
Episode 24: Alaska Native Women's Resource Center with Tiana Teter
In this episode, we have guest Tiana Teter, the Program Specialist from the Alaska Native Women's Resource Center. Tiana discusses her education and Indigenous culture. She explains the work they do at the AKNWRC and we discuss the MMIW crisis. Check out this link for more resources for victims of domestic violence 
November 10, 2021
Episode 23: Interim Vice Chancellor Charlene Stern
In this episode, we talk with Charlene Stern. Charlene is the Interim Vice Chancellor for rural, community and Native education. We discuss Charlene's education, challenges that Native students face in education, and ways to combat those challenges. 
November 03, 2021
Episode 22: Life, Education, and Work of Indigenous Women with Tia Tidwell
In this episode, Tia Tidwell discusses how her cultural identity influences her life, education, and work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 
October 27, 2021
Episode 21: UO Miss Indigenous with Angela Noah
In this episode, Angela talks about her experience as the University of Oregon's Miss Indigenous. She will discuss her achievements and goals. Angela will discuss the trials she overcame as a first generation college student and her experience as a Native woman at the University of Oregon. 
October 20, 2021
Episode 20: Bering Sea Elders with Mellisa Johnson
In this episode, Mellisa Johnson, the Executive Director of Bering Sea Elders, discusses the work that she is doing to make sure the voices of Indigenous Elders in Western Alaska are heard. Mellisa also talks about NOAA's Annual Report Card and some the the effects of climate change the elders are concerned about.  Like the Urban Auntie Show on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 
October 13, 2021
Episode 19: Village Outreach Liaison: Sharon Hildebrand
In this episode, Sharon Hildebrand discusses her life, education, and work as a Village Outreach Liaison for Doyon. Sharon will also update us on events and deadlines at Doyon.
October 07, 2021
Episode 18: Alaska Native Success Initiative with Dr. Pearl Brower
In this episode, Dr. Pearl Brower talks about her previous work with Ilisagvik College and the current work she is doing at the University of Alaska. Dr. Pearl discusses the Alaska Native Success Initiative which is an initiative with the goal of increasing Alaska Native retention and graduation at the University of Alaska. Go to to learn more about the Alaska Native Success Initiative. Like the Urban Auntie Show on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
September 29, 2021
Episode 17: Saving Oak Flat with Naelyn Pike
In this episode, Naelyn Pike talks about the work that Apache Stronghold is doing to save Oak Flat from becoming a mining operation. Go to to learn more.
September 22, 2021
Episode 16: Indigenous Leadership Continuum with Gatgyedm Hana'ax
In this episode, Gatgyedm Hana'ax from First Alaskans Institute discusses the various programs offered by the Indigenous Leadership Continuum. Go to to learn more about these programs or to apply. 
September 15, 2021
Episode 15: Indigenizing Education
In this episode, Charitie Ropati talks about the work she has done in creating a native-centric curriculum for her high school in Anchorage. 
September 08, 2021
Episode 14: Changing Policy with Ayyu Qassataq
In this episode, Ayyu Qassataq, the Vice President and Indigenous Operations Director for First Alaskans Institute, discusses how First Alaskans Institute raises awareness of issues and advocates for policies.
September 01, 2021
Episode 13: Indigenous Wellness with Taniesha Moses
In this episode, I got to talk with Taniesha Moses, the Indigenous Wellness Outreach Coordinator with Rural Student Services. Taniesha talked about Rural Student Services programs and what she plans on doing in her new position. We also discussed how students can practice wellness this school year.
August 25, 2021
Episode 12: Two-Spirit Identity with Lane Little
In the season finale of the Urban Auntie Show, guest, Lane Little comes on to the show to talk about his two-spirit identity. He tells us his definition of two-spirit identity and the positive and negative experiences that come with his identity. 
May 27, 2021
Episode 11: Indigenous Music with Stephen Qacung Blanchett
In this episode, guest Stephen Qacung Blanchett will talk about how he started his journey in music and what it is like to work in music. Stephen is a member of the music group Pamyua. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Alaska Native Studies. He is a 2019 Dance/USA Fellowship recipient, a 2019 & 2016 recipient of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Artist Fellowship, and a 2015 National Artist Fellowship recipient through the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.
May 20, 2021
Episode 10: Elder Stories with Patricia Ekada
In this episode, Laura play recordings that she made of her 95 year-old grandmother, Patricia Ekada. Laura discusses the stories that her grandma tells. 
May 13, 2021
Episode 9: Traditional Medicine with Dr. Allison Kelliher
In this episode, Dr. Allison and Laura talk about the health of Native people before and after colonial contact. Dr. Allison also gives many examples of medicines we can use in our backyard and how to promote our wellbeing. 
May 06, 2021
Episode 8: Saving the Native Language with Susan Paskvan
Laura and Susan talk about preserving the native language and why it is important. Susan talks about her experience with learning the language and the work she is doing and wants to do in saving the language.  Susan Paskvan is from Koyukuk. She is the Native Language Coordinator for the Yukon-Koyukuk School District. Susan has a BBA in Management from UAF. She participated in two summer institutes at the American Indian Language Development Institute through the University of Arizona in Tucson.  Susan is currently working toward a Masters of Arts degree in Linguistics and Alaska Native Languages at UAF.
April 29, 2021
Episode 7: Indigenous in Film with Michael Martin Jr.
This episode features Michael Martin. Michael’s Lingít name is Kaajiyadal. Michael studied and practiced filmmaking for the past three years now they are working with the production company Hill Top Pictures. Michael’s mother’s people come from Xuna Kaawu (Hoonah), and their father’s people come from Keéx Kwaán.   Michael dives into the history of Indigenous people in film and how that can oppress us. Michael and Laura talk about how the film industry needs to change to be more inclusive. Michael shares their dreams of creating films. 
April 22, 2021
Episode 6: Indigenous Healing with Linda Isragulik Nicholia
In this episode, Linda and Laura talk about ways our culture and cultural practices can heal us from our trauma. Linda brings up a great point about how traditional practices for men are being regulated by the state, and so it is harder for them to heal through their culture. 
April 08, 2021
Episode 5: Leaving Home for School with Kaitlyn Painter, Brittany Woods-Orrison, Matt Enoch, and Agatha Andrews
This show features a panel of rural Alaskan college students. Kaitlyn Painter is from Nome and attends Fort Lewis College in Colorado. Brittany Woods-Orrison from Rampart graduated from Menlo College in California. Matt Enoch from Nunapitchuk attends UAF. Agatha Andrews is from Akiak and attends the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. In this episode, we will talk about the culture shock they experienced leaving their community and the challenges they face. These students will talk about the homesickness they felt leaving their rural communities and how they dealt with their homesickness. 
March 25, 2021
Episode 4: World Eskimo Indian Olympics with Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone
In this episode, Auntie Laura speaks with Marjorie Tahbone about the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. Laura and Marjorie talk about their experiences attending WEIO and competing in the WEIO games. 
March 12, 2021
Episode 3: Owning a Beading Business with Jazmyn Vent
In this episode, Auntie Laura chats with Jazmyn Vent, owner of Siqiñiq Design about owning a business and how her business has connected her to her culture. 
March 02, 2021
Episode 1: Indigenous Representation in Media with Princess Johnson
In this episode, Auntie Laura speaks with Molly of Denali Creative Director Princess Johnson about how indigenous people and culture are represented in media and the impact it has on indigenous people.
March 01, 2021