- Associated Press - Monday, June 12, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Gabriel Night Shield sees the same repeating stereotypes of Native Americans.

“It’s one of the two: the drunk living in the streets,” Night Shield told the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2qP0iLv ). “Or the guy that’s living in the teepees.”

What he doesn’t see is his story. The Sioux Falls resident, who grew up in Rosebud, is a musician, a businessman and father. Millions of other Native Americans lead similar lives, but don’t see it reflected in the media, Night Shield said.

He’s taking matters into his own hands, releasing a new podcast next month to focus on the lives of Native Americans in urban settings.

The “Urban Indianz” podcast will premiere June 12 with three episodes on iTunes, SoundCloud and other outlets.

Night Shield, who lived in Boston and Seattle before settling in Sioux Falls 17 years ago, envisions the podcast as one with a national audience. He and his two co-hosts, Levi Hansen and Char Green-Maximo, will tackle one topic in each episode, drawing from their own lives for inspiration.

Moving between reservations and large cities can be overwhelming for Native Americans, Night Shield said. Life away from home can be isolating, and that’s often what causes people to move back and live closer to their family.

He hopes to provide them and other listeners with a new perspective on current events, and talk about what it’s like to work and raise a family in a city away from the reservation.

“I feel like that voice is lost,” Night Shield said.

Each episode will also have a segment on art and end with Native American hip hop. Night Shield is a music producer and locally-based rapper who has won multiple national awards.

The show will be produced by the Sioux Empire Podcast Network, with a new episode every two weeks.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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