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First Name Basis Podcast

Dec 4, 2019

In this episode we interview Ryan Kamper. Ryan is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation. He is of the Folded arms people born for the Anglo-Saxon people, his maternal grandfather is of the Blackstreaked woods people and his paternal grandfather is Anglo-Saxon. Ryan grew up on the reservation and moved to the city when he was...


Dec 3, 2019

Michael Bennet is a husband, father of two, and an attorney for the Navajo Nation. 

In this episode he shares:

  • The importance of looking outside yourself to learn about the culture of others 
  • His family’s Thanksgiving traditions and how we can focus on gratitude during the holidays
  • The significance of Navajo language...


Nov 21, 2019

So now that you know the untold story of Thanksgiving how in the world do you teach your children about it!? Don’t worry one bit friend, I have 4 concrete things you can do to make sure you are being honest and inclusive this fall!

1-Tell the real story of Thanksgiving 

I shared everything I know in last week’s...


Nov 14, 2019

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means that us parents are faced with the question of what to tell our children about this (somewhat controversial) holiday. You probably remember having a part in the annual school play reenacting the “First Thanksgiving” and you know that’s no longer (and never...


Oct 31, 2019

In this episode we interview Ivan Aragon, a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. Ivan is from Chihuahua, Mexico and came to the United States with his family when he was 9 years old. He shares his experience growing up as an undocumented immigrant in Phoenix, AZ. Listen to hear:

  • Ivan’s powerful...