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Seedcast is a story centered podcast, produced by Nia Tero, where we dig up, nurture, and root stories of the Indigenous experience from around the world.

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The Indigenous woman behind a new Native kitchen

Lisa Fruichantie (citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma) has served as a vibrant connector within her communities since she started her first business at 13. Last year Lisa put those skills to work as the new executive director for the restaurant and arts venue Alma in Tacoma, Washington, the traditional lands of the Puyallup peoples. In this episode, find out why it was important for Lisa to draw upon her Indigenous network as she expanded her team, and what it has been like to bring her dream of a Native-focused menu to life.  Host:  Jessica Ramirez. Producer: Rachel Lam. Story editor: Jenny Asarnow.

Resource: Alma Tacoma

Nov 17, 2021
4th World filmmakers 'doing the damn thing'

Indigenous storytelling is vital to a deeper understanding of our world as well as to addressing the climate crisis, but how do we best support those storytellers? The 4th World Media Lab does just that, supporting early and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe. In this episode, members of the 2021 cohort - Brit Hensel, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Jared Lank, Erin Lau, Lucía Ortega Toledo, and Theola Ross - share how Indigenous-focused spaces make room for growth, why Native filmmaking is in an interesting moment, and what they envision next for themselves and those following in their footsteps. We're also joined by the founder of the lab, Tracy Rector (Managing Director, Storytelling, Nia Tero and Executive Producer for Seedcast), who shares about the generative partnerships that keep the 4th World fellowship going and what inspired the name. Hosted by Jessica Ramirez; Produced by Felipe Contreras; Edited by Julie Keck.

Resource: 4th World Media Lab at Nia Tero

Nov 03, 2021
Spotlight: Parks - Yellowstone

We’re sharing an episode of the podcast Parks, which explores the truth about the creation of U.S. National Parks, retold alongside Indigenous peoples. This, the first episode of Parks, dives into the history of Yellowstone Park with guests Lynette Saint Clair (Eastern Shoshone) and Shane Doyle (Apsáalooke Nation). They share stories about Indigenous stewardship of this land from the Ice Age to the present, and speak about the U.S. treaties made and broken with local Indigenous peoples in advance of the establishment of Yellowstone Park. We’re grateful to the Parks team – Mary Mathis, Cody Lee Nelson, and Nia Tero’s Taylor Hensel – for their great work, their transparency, and their generosity. 

Content advisory: This episode includes a discussion of Indigenous residential schools and colonial violence. 

Oct 13, 2021
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Jennifer Corpuz: The mother and daughter who fight for Indigenous rights

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Jennifer ‘Jing’ Corpuz (Kankana-ey Igorot, Philippines) are policy makers and Indigenous rights advocates as well as mother and daughter. Both women share personal stories about making the shift from student activism to effecting change on a global scale with world leaders, as well as how they honor and continue a family legacy of leadership. They also share ideas for what we all can do to support policy work on behalf of Indigenous peoples and the planet. Hosted by Jessica Ramirez; produced by Jenny Asarnow; edited by Tracy Rector.

Sep 22, 2021
Spotlight: What's Up With Docs - Storytelling as Medicine

This week, Seedcast is sharing an episode of the podcast “What's Up with Docs” by our friends Toni Bell and Ranell Shubert, who have each supported documentary creators for years and now interview them to share what’s hard and what’s amazing about creating documentary film. We're sharing the very first episode they aired, with Seedcast Executive Producer and Nia Tero Managing Director of Storytelling Tracy Rector. The interview was recorded live at Big Sky International Film Festival in 2020, and the conversation encompasses Tracy’s path as a filmmaker, how her training in traditional herbal medicine relates to her art, and why both are healings acts centering Indigenous knowledge. 

Sep 01, 2021
Picking berries and building power with Indigenous farmworkers

A community of Indigenous Mixteco and Triqui farmworkers were displaced from their homelands and are now organizing to challenge the exploitive work conditions they face in the United States, all while finding ways to preserve their language, culture and relationship to the Earth. Marciano Sanchez (Mixteco) and his father Lorenzo Sanchez Basurto (Mixteco) tell host Jessica Ramirez about their family’s path from Southern Mexico to the berry fields of Washington State. We also hear from Edgar Franks, political director at Familias Unidas por la Justicia, about their fight for fair compensation and better working conditions. Producer and Host: Jessica Ramirez; Editor: Jenny Asarnow.
Mentioned in this episode:
Familias Unidas por la Justicia

Jul 14, 2021
Princess Daazhraii Johnson and the generation reclaiming Gwich'in

Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets'aii Gwich'in) is an Indigenous TV and film producer on a journey of learning, reclaiming, and revitalizing her ancestral language of Gwich’in, which is only spoken by a few hundred people. In this new episode of Seedcast, find out how Indigenous residential schools on Turtle Island contributed to this language crisis and how Princess is inspiring a whole new generation to be curious about Indigenous languages through her work as a screenwriter on the Peabody award-winning PBS Kids series Molly of Denali. Also, get a peek into the work Princess and fellow filmmaker Alisha Carlson are doing with Nia Tero’s Reciprocity Project. Hosted by Jessica Ramirez; produced by Kavita Pillay; edited by Jenny Asarnow.

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Jun 16, 2021
Spotlight: Not Invisible - Native Women on the Frontlines

This week, Seedcast is doing something a little different. We’re sharing an episode of the podcast “Not Invisible: Native Women on the Frontlines” by our friends and partners at Red House Project, whose primary focus is to shine a light on the overlooked crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, Transgender, and 2-Spirit people (#MMIWGT2S) and the ties between that crisis and extractive industries on Turtle Island. In the episode of “Not Invisible” we’re sharing, co-hosts Tanis Parenteau and Shea Vassar talk with guests Jordan Marie Daniel and Rosalie Fish about using their platforms as athletes to create awareness and inspire action.  The Seedcast team - including Host Jessica Ramirez, Senior Producer Jenny Asarnow, and Consulting Producer Julie Keck - are proud to bring you this episode of "Not Invisible." Have another favorite podcast that you'd like to see Seedcast partner with? Let us know on social media at @NiaTero (#Seedcast) or by writing to us at 

Jun 02, 2021
Rooting and re-humanizing in the African diaspora with Inye Wokoma

Guest host Felipe Contreras talks with artist, journalist, filmmaker, and co-founder of Wa Na Wari Inye Wokoma (Kalabari/African-American) about what it means to be Indigenous and  part of a diaspora.  We hear Inye's essay about the intersection of Black home ownership and Indigenous land sovereignty, originally written for the South Seattle Emerald and read here by Inye's brother, hip hop artist Yirim Seck. Featuring music by Yirim Seck. Produced by Jenny Asarnow and Julie Keck; hosted and mixed by Felipe Contreras.

May 19, 2021
Nia Tero’s CEO Peter Seligmann (BONUS)

In this special bonus episode of the Seedcast podcast, Executive Producer Tracy Rector talks with Nia Tero CEO and co-founder Peter Seligmann about why he dedicated his life to being an ally to all beings on the Earth and how that led to founding Nia Tero. Tracy also gives us a glimpse into who makes up the Seedcast team. Produced and edited by Jenny Asarnow; hosted by Tracy Rector.

May 05, 2021
How traditional land stewardship can save life on Earth

In the latest episode of Seedcast from Nia Tero, we explore the ways in which Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous land sovereignty are essential tools to stop mass extinctions, alleviate climate change, and prevent future pandemics. We learn about the complicated history of Indigenous peoples and Western-guided conservation initiatives, and why efforts like the global 30x30 initiative to protect at least 30% of the land and sea on Earth by 2030 are essential (and why they may not go far enough.) Our guests include: climate activist Michael McGarrell of the Patamona people in Guyana, policy maker Jennifer ‘Jing’ Tauli Corpuz of the Kankana-ey Igorot people in the Philippines, and Eric Dinerstein, Director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions program at RESOLVE. Produced by Jenny Asarnow; edited by Kavita Pillay; hosted by Jessica Ramirez.

Links to organizations Michael is affiliated with:
Amerindian Peoples Association
COICA (Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin) 
If Not Us Then Who?

Apr 07, 2021
Planting Seeds with Colleen Echohawk

In the first Seedcast podcast episode of 2021, Chief Seattle Club Executive Director Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma), who is currently running to be the first Indigenous mayor of Seattle, Washington. Colleen talks about how her Indigenous identity and the inspiring matriarchs in her life shaped her as a leader. Topics include Indigenous farming and Native Works’ Sovereignty Farm, Chief Seattle Club’s new Native housing project, seed keeping, and setting aside assumptions about others. Produced by Felipe Contreras, who shares some of his story as well; hosted by Jessica Ramirez.

Mar 24, 2021
Trailer: A New Season of Seedcast

A new season of Seedcast is coming March 24!  Join host Jessica Ramirez to hear conversations with Indigenous peoples all over the world. We’re kicking it off with Colleen Echohawk, who is running to be the first Indigenous mayor of Seattle. 

Check your feed on March 24 and please share, subscribe, and spread the word! 

Mar 11, 2021
ᏙᎯ (Tohi)

In the third episode of the Seedcast podcast by Nia Tero, host Jess Ramirez explores the concept of reciprocity with Cherokee documentary filmmaker, activist, and member of the Cherokee Nation Brit Hensel (Native and American, Zibi Yajdan.) Topics include cultural preservation by way of language, how the ways in which we treat animals reflects how we treat each other, and who holds responsibility for telling Indigenous stories.

Dec 16, 2020
Talking Story

In the second episode of the Seedcast podcast by Nia Tero, host Jess Ramirez, inspired by the Pacific Islander wisdom sharing practice of Talking Story, guides a conversation between friends Senator J. Kalani English (Native Hawaiian/Kanaka Maoli) and diplomat Taholo Kami, Senior Pacific Islands Policy Advisor for Nia Tero and Special Representative for Oceans for the Government of Fiji (Tongan, raised in Papua New Guinea, resides in Fiji). Topics range from the exploration and definition of Pacific identity, self-determination, the effect of the COVID pandemic on conversations of Indigenous sovereignty and resilience, and the role of younger generations on the future of Indigenous identity.

Nov 18, 2020
Back Home with Chad Charlie

Seedcast Episode 1 out now. Listen to our interview with filmmaker and poet, Chad Charlie, Ahousaht First Nation/Black. We started this podcast as a platform to introduce you to the lives of #Indigenous peoples from around the world. We have an amazing group of folks to introduce you to over the next couples of months. They all bring a range of diverse perspectives on what it means to hold Indigenous identity and just like me will always be in a learning process. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. 

Sep 30, 2020

Indigenous peoples and communities have long used stories to understand the world and our place in it. Seedcast is a story-centered podcast by Nia Tero about nurturing and rooting stories of the Indigenous experience

Sep 16, 2020