Bryan Burkhart builds career in music through community

For Bertrand family descendant Bryan Burkhart, music has always held importance in his life. He currently plays drums in a band he started nine years ago called Groovement. Burkhart describes their sound as “funk and soul thrown in a rock band with a side of jazz.” He began studying the piano under his mother at Read More »

Dream Warriors give hope to troubled Natives through music

A group of five musicians from Dream Warriors Management stopped at Citizen Potawatomi Nation this September. During their national “Heal It” tour, they performed for thousands of Indigenous youth at schools across the U.S. “I just love making music already, and it is definitely a motivational and inspirational tool. And it’s a tool for building Read More »

Marcia Bendo releases album of contemporary Native American flute songs

“I play with emotion, and I do sense the person who is supposedly speaking through this song, their pain or their emotion, and it is very touching,” said Native American flutist and professional musician Marcia Bendo. In addition to her doctorate in psychology and a law degree, she performed as a violinist with the Tulsa Read More »

From the heart

Almost any day of the week, visitors can catch up with Bill and Marti Roberts at Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Elder Center. About 11:30 a.m. every Thursday, Marti plays piano, leading elders in singing secular, gospel and patriotic songs. There’s plenty to celebrate. Friends like Dallas “Red” Barnes join them around the piano, as does Noel Read More »