About the Show
The Urban Auntie Show is a radio show and podcast that highlights Alaska Native issues and topics. The show features guests from all over Alaska to talk about issues like MMIW, Indigenous identity, representation, wellness, and more. Auntie Laura uses her platform to uplift the voices and experiences of the Indigenous peoples of Alaska.
New episodes are released every Wednesday at 11 am on KSUA 91.5 FM Fairbanks and are also available through our website and Spotify!
Meet Auntie Laura
My name is Laura Ekada. My denaakk'e name is Deloodeneenła. I am Koyukon Athabascan. I was raised in Minto, AK by my grandparents Madeline and Rocky Riley. My family comes from Nulato and Koyukuk. My parents are John Ekada and Misty Carlo-Riley. My great grandparents are Patricia Ekada and Josephine Riley.
I graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 2018. I spent two years at Umpqua Community College in Oregon running cross country and competing in track and field. I am working towards a bachelor's in biology with a concentration in biomedical science. I am in my fourth year of college. After I get my bachelor’s from UAF, I plan to attend medical school. I hope to one day be a physician for rural Alaskan communities.
Being raised by my grandparents, I learned the importance of our cultural values. In Minto, I learned how to sing and dance Behnti songs. My grandparents took me fishing and hunting. They made me pack in wood and work hard. I sometimes followed my grandpa to his dog yard. I watched my grandma sew mitzahoolans and cook traditional native foods.
I am passionate about uplifting Native voices. I enjoy learning about Native issues and history. There is a need for young Native leaders and that is why I am here.