Native Opinion is a unique radio show and podcast discussing American contemporary issues from the Native American Indian perspective. Join Hosts Michael Kickingbear, of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and David GreyOwl, a member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama, as they present an Indigenous view on American history, politics and culture, and how those things impact and shape Native American lives.
Co-host Michael Kickingbear is an enrolled member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Connecticut. Michael has been creating digital media since 1989. His career spans over 30 years. Michael began working for his tribe at its gaming enterprise, Foxwoods Resort Casino. There he founded an internal media production group called “Creative Arts”, which focused on producing video and multimedia content for the gaming enterprise Michael Loves working for native communities, helping them in any way he can. He has worked with many different Native American recording artists. In 1998, The Native American Music Awards launched at Foxwoods Resort Casino, his tribe's gaming enterprise. Through his company, Single Feather Media, Michael has provided the live video Internet Broadcast of the Native American Music Awards since 2001. The “Nammies” will celebrate its 16th annual awards show this year (2016) and Michael hopes to be asked to provide the broadcast again and the tribal government. Here, his career spanned for nearly 18 years before the economic downturn in 2008.
David GreyOwl grew up in a small community in Hawkins county TN and spent many days throughout his youth at the EBCI (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.) reservation. David enjoys writing as a past time, and especially enjoys writing for children. Writing has been a passion since childhood. A lot of his ideas and inspiration comes from having 17 God children, and his childhood which reminds him of a television program from many years ago called the “Little Rascals.” David has coached Men’s College Basketball for ten years at Three Rivers Community college and has coached and counseled youth for over 25 years. Most of David’s life has been spent in service to others. David is a Veteran, a Paramedic, holds a Doctorate in Natural Health and Naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural health, and he is a Ph.D. in Religion and Theology from the Esoteric Interfaith Seminary. David is taking a break from his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Psychology with The University of Phoenix. David has served on numerous boards, taught many classes about the environment, health and indigenous culture. David is a member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of AL.