Gary Ogan (Cherokee) leads the Flying Eagle Band.

For more information, visit, www.garyogan.com Photo from Gary Ogan's Twitter page.

Calina Lawrence

From the Suquamish Tribe, Lawrence was born and raised within her Indigenous culture in the Northwest area of Washington State. Her involvement in music has led her in activism in the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland. Lawrence recently graduated from the University of San Francisco, attaining her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice; a Music concentration. Since graduation, she has released her debut Single entitled “Alcatraz” January ‘17 and will be releasing her first album later in the year. Lawrence has returned to her home community of Suquamish. She will be continuing her career as a musician/activist in the genres of Traditional Folk, Hip Hop, and R&B/Soul while based out of the city of Seattle..

Sweetwater Nannauck (Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian),
Director of Idle No More Washington Photo by JC Epong 2012
Sweetwater Nannauck (Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian), Director of Idle No More Washington, will speak at the 2016 Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival.

Sweetwater is an Idle No More activist that advocates for the protection of the fragile environment of the Northwest Coast, for tribal sovereignty rights, and the traditional way of life of Native people. She is a long-time community organizer, advocate for police accountability, and for Native artist’s rights.

November 10, 2014 was the second anniversary of Idle No More, and since then she has organized over 50 Idle No More Washington events and peaceful nonviolent direct actions that address local and global issues.

These actions include rallies, marches, call-in campaigns, on-line petitions, teach-ins, blockades, Idle No More workshops, creative tactic workshops for Native youth, light brigades, presentations, action camp, town-hall meetings, flash mobs and round dances.
KO-NA Foster J. Kalama was born in Portland, Oregon to Roland Kalama, Sr. and Edith Albert-Kalama. His father is Wasco, Nisqually, Pitt River, and Hawaiian and his mother is Yakama, Nez Perce. Foster is descended from such venerables as Hawaiian King Kahmahamae and Queen Kalama as well as Old Chief Joseph and his son, Young Chief Joseph. Foster grew up in Warm Springs, Oregon.

Foster prefers to stay as close as possible to traditional ways: He is a peace pipe carrier for his family and people; spent more than thirty years as a Treaty Fisherman, fishing along Oregon's Columbia River; and was chosen to be Tribal Ceremonial Fisherman and Hunter for the Tribe’s Salmon Feast Huckleberry Feast. Much of Foster's art thus depicts the culture and traditions, people and creatures of the Columbia River and of the area around Warm Springs. His drawings include a series on Fishing for Salmon from traditional platforms on the river and another on the legendary Stick Indians, sometimes called Stick-shower Indians, spirits that may be hidden under cover of the woods or rocks and are, in the opinion of some, considered Tricksters of a kind.
James Edmund Greeley (Warm Springs)
James is proud of his Warm Springs, Wasco and Hopi heritage. He has spent most of his life in Warm Springs, OR on the reservation. As a Native American, he identifies strongly with his Mother's Hopi ties. He admires Hopi resistance to European assimilation and feels a strong affinity to one of the legendary forefathers, the flutist Kokopelli, whose image is found in 3000 year old petroglyphs.

It is said the presence of Kokopelli, a symbol of fertility and abundance, can be felt when life comes forth. The notes that flow from James' flute, evoking timeless themes of earth and man, could well be those of his ancestor, so universal are they in their call to advocate spirituality and serenity.

He realized that his talent brought spiritual solace, not only to himself, but others as well. This was displayed when he was asked to perform at the funeral of a friend's grandfather. As he began an unrehearsed, spontaneous composition, he instinctively knew where its beginning, its middle and its ending were. He was honored to learn that his music comforted mourners as they released the spirit of their loved one on the ethereal notes of his flute.

His music continues to be unplanned; neither written nor rehearsed. As sparse and elemental as the poetry he once planned to write. Listen well, for you will not hear the same piece repeated. The music comes from his soul and the inspiration of the moment. As a fellow artist once advised, "Don't play like anyone else. Play from your heart."