Coffee with an Indian | EP_5: Bending Spoons | Podcast


It’s all bad (E-40, 1995).

Brian “BB” Melendez, is a Northern / Southern Paiute – Western Shoshone: Community Leader; American Indian Spirituality Scholar; and Practitioner of Great Basin Indigenous Custom(s) and Culture(s); CEO / Problem Solver of Lucentree, LLC; Creator of Mahkwuhoo (Guided-Meditation); and Host of the Coffee with an Indian, Tribal Podcast. 

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Thank you very much for your service to Indian Country. I greatly appreciate your time and energy for all that you continue to do. Thank you very much for insight on the subject. I’d love to discuss this more with you sometime. Have a great day!


Very impressive production and presentation on social media BB. I am familiar with most things you talked about but what struck me about your discussion was the fact that the formal education is needed to manage Tribal governments. Our TANF job developers are pushing the trades hard because that is what is much needed and kids can make a great income going through an apprenticeship program before their college going friends will even graduate. That said, it may also cause the demise of Tribal governments if it continues to be a large portion of our kids’ life journeys. I see the in-fighting and dissension currently in our governments and a lot of ignorance toward the best practices that us educated folks understand. I wish I could make a difference but my efforts are tainted and oppressed because of my descendants. I am working to help the Tribal membership yet as a white man 10 years in Tribal government I can only seem to make minimal strides to make a difference. I don’t think that will change. It is up to all of us to push for the formal Education whether online or through ancient institutions of learning. It helped me see more clearly. Thank you for what you do BB.