My name is Brian “BB” Melendez, I’m a Northern / Southern Paiute – Western Shoshone from Reno, Nevada: I’m a Tribal Community Leader; American Indian Spirituality Scholar; and Practitioner of Great Basin Indigenous Custom(s) and Culture(s); CEO / Problem Solver of Lucentree, LLC; and Host of the Coffee with an Indian, Podcast.

That being said, I’ve been lots of things in my life—a Gang Member, a Law Enforcement Officer, an Elected Public Official, and a Spiritual Leader—and that’s why I’m here, telling you, these stories. For the past year and a half, I’ve been generating significant momentum with my Podcast, telling radically transparent anecdotes of modern (and conventional) tribal living in America. My unorthodox approach of sharing my life experiences has set the stage for the greater, more expository podcast, that I truly believe will open the hearts and minds, of people around the world who are fascinated by indigenous cultures.

My desire is to steer Coffee with an Indian into a revolution, as a new forum for intellectually forward, freethinking spirits, who value diversity and inclusion. I have strategically engineered and solidified my identity with my own People—as a voice for the common Indian—and my podcast, exemplifies a truth and originality that has never been told before. To put everything into context, I am creating discourse in the realms of tribalism, social stratification, and spiritual connectivity, that I believe, can and will, benefit all cultures and communities around the World.

Sort of like, what happens when you get overpowered by the Nevada Sun—while listening to Nuthin’ but a G Thang (on repeat)—and at the same time, listening to a heavily tattooed guy from HV1, intelligently-and-existentially deconstruct (and reconstruct) strange meanings of life. All from a tribal perspective. Yeah, it’s kind of like that…

I have a very specific audience of listeners already and want to expand it even further. For the most part, my listeners are searching for energy and introspection, and they desire transparency that crushes pre-existing frame works of what might be considered proper or common place. I believe the content that I provide, inspires the formulation of pragmatic avenues towards the utopian spaces, directly associated with the awakening movement. I gain new listeners every day, based on the fact, that what I offer, has never been done before historical in tribal communities. People listen to this Podcast because my focus and words come from expansive experiences, and I represent entire nations of tribal people who share similar lives.

Where We’re Going From Here

To date, I’ve told a very long story, of my life, my family, my community, and tribal nation. I am nearly finished with my year and a half long project, of sharing my story, and I’m looking to diversify the next phase of the Coffee with an Indian Podcast. My vision is to integrate individuals from my community—real people—who’ve lived hard lives, and analyze their stories, strengths, and world-views, in order to find true meaning and purpose. I believe that inlayed within their paths, are rich details of humanity, nature, and reliability.

I propose to juxtapose their life stories, with additional analysis of probable social theory, societal trends, and observation, to get the most out of each episode. My focus is to re-examine lives that are being lived, and lives that have passed. All for the benefit of sharing vital lessons learned; for future generations of young leaders. This podcast will be a hybrid of modern tribal storytelling, contemporary research and design, and an unflinching narrative, that will set the scene, for some of the best stories ever told.

I Can Really Use Your Help…

I have independently written, studied, and produced everything that I’ve done to date, with the intention to educate the World, about the intricate lives of modern indigenous people. I’ve been a solo producer for a hot minute, and the universe knows I need the support. I’m making this magic all on my own, and if you are able to, I could absolutely use your help…

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