About Us

Shiux łkwi, it is important to us as the War Cry Podcast team to be respectful. We are Yakama women who grew up with a lot of protocols that we stand by.

Each episode has a team discussion, review, and consultation with a Yakama elder. 

We will lead and share these episodes with a methodology specific to the podcast. We will make decisions and adjustments in response to information and changes. Our methodology is unique in that it will elevate and center our cultural protocols and family requests.  

The nature of this podcast and discussion may be triggering and may not be appropriate for all audiences. So please take care while listening. We will continue to review and discuss all content and what we share. 

As a podcast, we acknowledge that more information may be brought to our attention which may result in a correction. These can be emailed to us at warcrypodcast@gmail.com. We will announce these in a "corrections corner.” 

Thank you

- War Cry Podcast Team

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Emily Washines, MPA, and scholar is an enrolled Yakama Nation tribal

member with Cree and Skokomish lineage. Her blog, Native Friends, focuses

on history and culture. Building understanding and support for Native

Americans is evident in her films, writing, speaking, and exhibits. She leads

Native Women in Action, a fund at the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.

She hosts the War Cry Podcast.

Emily researches and speaks on the historical aspects of missing and

murdered Native women on the Yakama reservation, with particular emphasis

on women and girls who were raped and murdered in the years leading up to

the Yakama War of 1855-58. Emily lives on the Yakama reservation with her

husband and three children.

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Lucy Smartlowit, Yakama/Mexican, MSW, MA

Lucy Smartlowit is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation and has worked within many capacities of the Yakama Tribal Community. Previously a Research Coordinator for the Healing Seasons project through the University of Washington. Other work includes project evaluation for suicide prevention grants; victim resource advocate; tribal gaming administration and Chemica Dependency Counselor. She received a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Boston University (2009) and a Master’s in Social Work (2014) with a concentration in Social Economic Development for American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

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As a grandmother and great-grandmother, Patricia Whitefoot lives in White Swan,

WA. Patsy has lived most of her life in White Swan and Medicine Valley, where

she was raised during her childhood. She is a citizen of the Yakama Nation and

continues to practice the tribe’s communal and migratory ways of life in the usual

and accustomed areas, steeped in her indigenous knowledge. She is a member of

the Toppenish Creek Longhouse in White Swan and is a food gatherer following

the footsteps of her ancestral teachings.


During her career, Patsy has been a life-long educator who has worked in early

childhood to higher education. She is an advocate for culturally responsive

education and addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Her

advocacy focuses on Native education, Congressional and State legislation and

indigenous research regarding the social, economic and health of Native families

and communities.

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Robyn Pebeahsy, BA, Yakama/Comanche. 

Robyn has worked in various capacities for the Yakama Nation. She has been a Research Coordinator for the University of Washington on various community based participatory research projects. Born in the Lower Yakima Valley, she grew up in Toppenish, WA on the Yakama Reservation. Attended the University of Washington Seattle and has lived in the Seattle area for 10 years before moving back to her homeland on the Yakama Reservation. She has worked in various capacities for both the Urban Indian and Yakama Reservation Based communities. With a background in both prevention (tobacco and sugary drinks prevention) and research. Robyn also had worked previously in other community based participatory research with both the Seattle Indian Health Board and UW Partnerships for Native Health.