Robin Carneen

Robin Carneen is an enrolled member of the Swinomish Tribal Community, located along the beautiful Puget Sound, near La Conner, WA. She moved to Washington state in 2003, after discovering she and her mother Carneen Allen were descendants of the Swinomish tribe.  Her mother's mother was Marge Williams who passed away in 1959, in San Francisco, CA. Robin was born a year later, almost to the day of the grandmother's death. Robin was raised in San Francisco until she was 10 years old and later her family moved to Petaluma, CA. where she graduated from Casa Grande High School. She went onto college at Santa Rosa Junior College and later graduated from Lassen Junior College, in Susanville, CA.

After receiving her AA degree from Lassen JC , she had a long career in the various local and National park and forest services. Her final stint was working for the California State Parks as a law enforcement ranger for five years. That is where she meet the father of her two sons, Nick 20 and Tyler 15 years old. They live in California, Tyler now a freshman attending in Bishop High School, Nick working hard as a plumber in Mendocino County.

Until she moved to Washington State she worked for five years, from 1999-2003,  as a Social Service assistant for the Department of Social Services, in the local Mendocino County schools and with Native American families. However, she left government work to launch a career in multi media, which has always been a deep seeded passion for her and where she saw a better avenue to reach Indigenous people and to build a bridge between the Native American and non Native communities and people.

In 2001, after taking some workshops at KZYX & Z,  she landed her first one hour Native American radio program,  hosting and producing a show called METATE. That year, she also was became reporter for Independent Native News radio. She went on to freelance for News From Indian Country newspaper, reporting stories that took place in both Northern California and Washington State.

Over the last few years she has also freelanced for Free Speech Radio News and was selected for and produced radio segments for the California Indian Radio Project (CIRP) and for the Native Media Program/National Museum of the American Indian.

She is a proud member of the Washington Canoe Family Society and paddled on her first of three annaul canoe journeys, which she started participating in 2003. Sixty to a hundred cedar canoes travel together for several weeks during the summer months of late June-to early August. These journeys provide insights about the revival of the Salish Canoe Culture. She began featuring stories about these journeys on her new radio show, NAMAPAHH First People's Radio, which she started hosting and producing in 2004.

NAMAPAHH First People's Radio, a Native American public affairs and music show airs Thursday nights from 7-8:30 pm and Sundays 4-5pm, on KSVR 91.7 FM. This Native American news, views and music program, has been on air for three years. A variety of Indigenous voices have been heard on Robin's program , but she is a big advocate for Native American youth voices. Mentoring young people has long been part of Robin's background and has lead her into a teaching role in youth multi media programs.

Last year she volunteered for the Tulalip Tribes as an Americorps/VISTA worker teaching youth how to find and share their voices through a new radio project, called the Tulalip Youth Radio Project. She worked with staff at the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club's staff and teenagers, in collaboration with KSVR 91.7 FM radio station, where PSA's, and their interviews were aired.

After completing her contract with Americorps/VISTA , she stayed on at Tulalip last summer, working as a coordinator for both the second annual Tulalip Film Festival/Tulalip Film Making Insitute workshop. She also coordinated the first annual Tulalip Living History Festival. Working during the season promoting and coordinating a Native film festival that received approximately 60 films, mostly shorts, some youth produced. She helped make some of the short films with Native Youth from Tulalip and also through the Native Lens-Longhouse Media summer workshop-Superfly. Both the Superfly and the Tulalip Film Making Institute workshops were platforms for beginning film production. Students learned about different aspects of film production and heard from other Native Americans who are part of film making and cultural sharing in Indian Country.

The Tulalip Living History Festival was a fundraiser for the Tulalip Hibulb Cultural Museum. Robin coordinated and brought Native American performers to the Tulalip Amphitheatre stage. She also recruited volunteers and solicited donations for a raffle and art auction, as well as help with the Public Relations and Marketing of this free event.

This Fall she started freelancing for the Channel Town Press in La Conner, WA, with her photos and articles appearing frequently on the front page, featuring stories about local Native American issues and events.She also periodically submits articles for her tribal paper, the Kee Yoks.

Robin continues to do radio for KSVR and recently filed her first story with National Native News radio and will continue to freelance for National radio programs, like them and Free Speech Radio News.

Robin has been writing original songs, poetry and stories since 6th grade. She has been published in various magazines, newspaper articles and on the Internet.  Like her radio shows, her poetry has a flavor and insight to Native American spirituality, culture, language, politics. Woven throughout her poetry is a mix of passion and love for fellow Native Americans and people.  Mother Nature and the outside world have strongly influenced her thoughts and feelings. She hopes to one day publish a book or series of poetry and stories that will speak to the issues of the "who, what, where and whys" of Native Americana. She already has a title for her first book: "Real Butter/ Frybread Heart."

She is proud to call the Northwest her ancestral home, feeling very blessed that she has found her mother's and grandmother's people and is glad to be able to introduce and share the Salish Culture with her sons and mother, as well as her family and friends back in California.

NAMAPAHH First People's Radio
Host/Producer Robin Carneen
Thurs 7-8:30 pm Sun 4-5 pm PST
Broadcasting on: KSVR 91.7 FM Community Radio
Studio: (360) 416-7000
Station Manager Rip Robbins: (360) 416-7711
NAMAPAHH First People's Radio N=Native News A=Activism M=Media P=Performance A=Art H=Health H=History (and Humor)

Mailing address:
2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

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