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Breakdances With Wolves is author, attorney and activist Gyasi Ross and his right hand man Wesley B. Roach, two Natives with opinions and loaded microphones.

Breakdances With Wolves is author, attorney and activist Gyasi Ross and his right hand man Wesley B. Roach, two Natives with opinions and loaded microphones.


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Breakdances With Wolves is author, attorney and activist Gyasi Ross and his right hand man Wesley B. Roach, two Natives with opinions and loaded microphones.






Ep. 136 - Language & Culture With Amber Hayward Of The Puyallup Tribe Mixdown

Gyasi and the crew welcome Amber Hayward of the Puyallup Tribe to the show to talk about her work rescuing Native languages from extinction. Not your everyday convo, this is about the fundamentals of our cultural survival.


Ep. 135 - Corona Virus, the Boy Scouts and more with Storme Webber

The crew is back with poet, artist and writer Storme Webber, dissecting the news, the corona virus outbreak, the Boy Scouts going broke and the structures around abuse, and get a few dope pieces out of Storme!


Ep. 134 - A Bunch Of Blendians Pt. 1

It's Black History Month, and the crew are focused on that intersection of Black and Native heritage that so many of us have. To help the convo along we're joined by Winona Stevens and Ean McCants. Plus we got thoughts on Kobe, love spells, Erykah Badu's new fragrance and a couple other surprises.


Ep. 133 - Native Presidential Candidate Mark Charles

Gyasi, Minty and Wes are joined by the only (real) Native running for President this cycle, the Navajo nation's Mark Charles. He's on the line, talking the Doctrine of Discovery, Conciliation, de-centering whiteness, his strategy in the election and a lot more!


Ep. 132 - New Year, New News, with Elaine Miles

The crew is back in the building with returning guest Elaine Miles to talk news, including a big Fuck YOU to Jillian Michaels. It's that Native groove you been missing.


Ep. 131 - Racism & Natives - A Discussion w. Attorney Gabe Galanda

We're back for the new year with another chapter in our discussion of Natives and racism. This time we're speaking with attorney Gabe Galanda, who has made a career out of fighting for and on Native issues surrounding Native identity and rights.


Ep. 130 - Media, Storytelling & Owning The Narrative

With the acceptance of Breakdances With Wolves as a presenter at the SXSW Festival in Austin, the crew is taking time to talk about what it means to have Natives with the freedom to tell their own stories in their own ways, what it means to have the ability to own a narrative. This is what lies at the heart of BDWW. We hope you enjoy.


Ep. 129 - Fighting The Prison System & Returning To Nature w. Chino Hardin

The crew has a special guest this week, as NYC-based activist Chino Hardin brings his work on prison abolition and getting black people back into nature, to the show. It's a dope convo!


Ep. 128 - Victory At Licton Springs & Reclaiming Sacred Sites

Wes is in the big chair tonight with Gyasi and Minty out of commission, and he's brought Matt Remle of Last Real Indians in to talk about the victory Matt helped win to get Licton Springs declared a landmark and how reclaiming sacred spaces and introducing younger generations of Natives to their stories and histories is happening, right now!


Ep. 127 - Can Natives Experience Racism?

Gyasi and the gang are joined by Christina Roberts of Seattle University for a discussion about the thorny issue of whether Natives, given the legal precedents, can experience racism the way we've come to define the term. With all the language and contextual considerations, the answer isn't as easy as you might think..


Ep. 126 - The Pronoun Discussion Pt. 2

The Pronoun discussion continues on BDWW! This time we’re speaking with Hank Cooper and Raven Two Feathers, two natives who have stepped “outside of the binary” to embrace their own truths about who they are. Take a deeper dive into why people now feel so strongly about how they identify on the gender spectrum.


Ep. 125 - The Pronoun Discussion

Gyasi and the crew are joined by Dr. Twyla Baker. Dr. Baker is the President of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish (Tribal) College in New Town, North Dakota and she's joining the show to help facilitate and provide insight into the emerging new norms around gender pronouns and how it relates to Native culture and modern social practices.


Ep. 124 - Minty's BDay, Chile's 9-11, Johnny Depp & Dior + 3 Things

With Gyasi off the grid, Minty takes the reigns and her and Wes welcome former Mayoral candidate, boxer, poet, lawyer and general baddie Nikita Oliver to the show. They dig into Chile's 9/11, the Dior+Johnny Depp+Culture Vulturing trainwreck, and a few things they're feeling! Plus Mama Mint Diva's Birthday!!!


Ep. 123 - Native Rights, Fish, Water & Lawsuits: A Roundtable Discussion

With legal proceedings proceeding, Gyasi sits down with Willie Frank Jr., Instagram Fran & Patrick DePoe to talk the fight for indigenous fishing rights and the legal battle being fought to preserve and protect part of the foundation of PNW Native culture.


Ep. 122 - The Hip Hop Episode

This show is all about hip hop. From the beginning BDWW and the hosts have all been influenced and shaped by hip hop. This is a deeper look into how one culture influenced another and helped create something exceptional. Along with personal stories about how the music impacted our hosts, we have some super, super dope stories from Minty about her early years in LA!


Ep. 121 - Of Treaties & Whales w. Patrick DePoe of the Makah Tribal Council

We're joined by special guest cohost Racheal Heaton for a wide-ranging discussion with Makah Tribal Council member Patrick DePoe about treaties, whaling, the reality of tribal whaling in terms of numbers and impact, and all the dirty, dirty ish that's happened when interlopers have tried to stop it.


Ep. 120 - Immigration Conversation with Sandy Restrepo of Colectiva Legal del Puebla

The crew is all here with special guest Sandy Restrepo of Colectiva Legal del Puebla and immigrants rights and resistance organization in South Seattle that is fighting against ICE's dirty tactics and helping relocate and assist those in need. From the history of ICE and how the government approach has changed and gotten worse, to some of the anti-ICE tactics they use, it's a fascinating look at an important part of the resistance.


Ep. 119 - Pop Culture Deal Breakers, Debates, 3 Things - Breakdances With Wolves

The gang is in studio with a laundry list of topics this week. First off we're talking pop culture dealbreakers when your dealing with potential romantic partners, then it's on to the debates where we heard some firsts, and then of course we're running down our 3 Things this week! Dig in!


Ep. 118 - Fatherhood Redux With Teiorhathe Esquivel

As a follow up to our Father's Day episode, we're tackling an often painful subject discussing fatherhood philosophies, absentee fathers, how to educate, how to heal, and our own personal histories dealing with one of the most important relationships in our lives.


Ep. 117 - Indigenous Hawaii, Stand Up! W. Pua Case

The crew is in studio and on the horn with Pua Case, one of the elders fighting the construction new telescope on Indigenous lands in Hawaii. It's a lesson in persistence, belief and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds.