Native American Voices

Meet with community and tribal leaders and seek insight and understanding into some of the pressing political issues, passionate activism, and rich diversity of Native American cultures.   

The idea for a Native American-focused educational tour came to us from our previous Nation travelers, people who had joined us on our Civil Rights program.  They asked us if we could, working with tribal leaders, create a thoughtful, respectful, and stimulating program that would begin to look at some of the current community initiatives, energetic activist work, legal challenges and cultural engagement of Native peoples in the U.S.  A journey where we could hear firsthand from the community about their past struggles, their current lives and their aspirations for the future.

Our goal for this program is to listen and to learn: to hear directly from Native Americans without the questionable filters of history writers, mainstream media representations, even well-intentioned progressive journalists.  We reached out to tribal leaders and learned that many in the community are anxious to be heard, to challenge misconceptions, and to share their good work and promising programs. 

Our itinerary focuses on just a few geographical areas: the Dakotas and Colorado, where we hope to gain insight into important aspects of the Hidatsa, Mandan, Lakota, Dakota, Ute, Navajo, Apache and Kiowa Nations.

It’s a rich nine-day program that just begins to scratch the surface of these complex cultures.  We’ll travel through dramatic Western landscapes peppered with rich historical sites as we meet with community and tribal leaders, story-tellers, artists, musicians and activists  – focusing on listening to what they want to tell us, on understanding their hopes for the future, and facing the shameful legacy of the U.S.’s brutal history of eradication and oppression. We hope to have the privilege of hearing singular voices that have been silenced for too long. 

See the itinerary for complete details. Questions? Contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 212-209-5401.


  • Hear from historian Dakota Wind Goodhouse and learn about tribal culture as he shares his personal stories and unique insights.
  • Visit the Standing Rock Reservation and meet with Phyllis Young, a legendary Lakota activist and one of the founders of the #NoDAPL movement.
  • Enjoy intimate performances of native songs on flute, guitar, and drum with musician Sequoia Crosswhite, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux and descendent of Chief of War Eagle and Chief Swift Cloud.
  • Visit unique geographic wonders like Wind Cave National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and Chimney Rock, places important in Native American history and several emergence stories.
  • Meet with staff, including president and CEO, Mike Roberts, at the First Nations Development Institute
  • Take a behind the scenes tour with Sky Ute Tribal Council member, Linda Baker, at the beautiful Southern Ute Cultural Center and learn about the economy of the modern Ute and their experience with casino gaming.


Joining you throughout the tour is Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn. Danielle is Hunkpapa Lakota, Inhanktowan Dakota, Assiniboine, and Métis and is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Currently, Danielle serves as an Associate Judge for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and an Instructor for Sinte Gleska University. Danielle obtained an LL.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a J.D. from Arizona State University’s College of Law. She is a northern traditional powwow dancer, horseback rider, and a passionate advocate for voter equality!


See the itinerary for complete details. Questions? Contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 212-209-5401.

100% of the proceeds from our travel programs support The Nation’s journalism.

The Nation purchases carbon offsets to cover the emissions generated by our travel program in order to help mitigate effects on the climate.

Note that accompanying experts are subject to change based on availability. 


May 21-29, 2023


From $5,130