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10-22-19 Live at NCAI: Sovereignty, social justice and political power
Oct 22 • 59 min
The National Congress of American Indians annual conference is in full swing in Albuquerque with a busy slate of agenda items, from sovereignty to border security to upcoming elections. NCAI is taking this week to chart the priorities for the coming…
10-21-19 - Live at NCAI: Juvenile justice
Oct 21 • 59 min
Native youth are over-represented in state and federal juvenile justice systems. In addition to the perpetuation of historical trauma, juvenile facilities have a long way to go to adequately meet the needs of Native young people. It’s the first day of the…
10-18-19 Celebrating Native achievement in Hollywood
Oct 18 • 59 min
Two notable Native actors are getting recognition for their work. Cherokee actor Wes Studi will receive an honorary Oscar at the 11th annual Governors Awards. He is the first Native American actor to receive the award. Studi’s Dances With Wolves co-star,…
10-17-19 Take care of your teeth!
Oct 17 • 59 min
The American Dental Association finds Native Americans have significantly higher rates of oral disease. There is usually adequate access to dental care, but many Native people don’t know how or where to go. It’s Dental Hygiene Awareness Month—a good time…
10-16-19 Learning from museum collections
Oct 16 • 59 min
A unique partnership between the Poeh Cultural Center and the National Museum of the American Indian may serve as a model for other institutions with collections of Native items. The Poeh Center is the conduit for members of the seven Tewa pueblos to…
10-15-19 Jurisdiction and justice for violence victims
Oct 15 • 59 min
The complicated legal agreements between federal, local and tribal agencies can hinder enforcement of sexual assault cases on reservations. A new documentary, “A Broken Trust” interviewed dozens of sources and accessed exclusive data about cases on two…
10-14-19 Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct 14 • 59 min
New Mexico is commemorating its inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day this year. So are Wisconsin, Washington, D.C. and Maine. The idea to set aside a day to recognize Native people rather than Christopher Columbus is growing. While celebrations are in order,…
10-11-19 Rivers are relatives
Oct 11 • 59 min
The Klamath River has the same rights as people according to a new law passed by the Yurok tribal council. In 2017, a New Zealand court decision granted person status to the Whanganui River after the longest-running litigation in the country’s history.…
10-10-19 Native romance novels
Oct 10 • 59 min
Romance novels are known for their simple plot lines, cheesy, overly dramatic cover illustrations and happy endings. But romance sales outperform all other fiction genres. The trouble is a noticeable lack of honest Native American portrayals. If Native…
10-09-19 Avoiding mistakes in the classroom
Oct 9 • 59 min
This is the time of year when teachers dust off their Native American curriculum on history and culture. Classroom activities for younger students might include model tipis or wigwams. Older students might be required to argue the pros and cons of…
10-08-19 Young activists speaking for the environment
Oct 8 • 59 min
Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s notoriety recently scolded world leaders over inaction on climate change at the UN General Assembly. Autumn Peltier (Anishinaabe) is a young First Nations environmental activist who also…
10-07-19 George Morrison’s artistic legacy
Oct 7 • 59 min
George Morrison (Anishinaabe) traveled in the same artistic circles as Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. But he worked hard at avoiding labels and ended up being a significant influence on Native art and beyond.…
10-04-19 Listener appreciation
Oct 4 • 59 min
Native America Calling is approaching a quarter century on the air. Over the years we’ve gotten to know thousands of people who have contributed as guests or called in to offer perspectives on issues important to Native people. There are many thousands…
10-03-19 Stepping up to help others: Careers in behavioral health
Oct 3 • 59 min
The commitment to help others as a psychologist, psychiatrist or counsellor takes more than just a diploma. Dr. Shilo R. Tippett (Wasco/Tlingit) says it takes natural empathy and an ability to set boundaries. Shilo says helping people in her community as…
10-02-19 When preserving culture turns to shaming
Oct 2 • 59 min
Is humiliation an effective way to preserve traditional culture? Language, ceremony, community service, and even dress are all factors in connecting with and carrying on tribal cultures. Elders pass on their knowledge. Young people pick up the torch. Or…
10-01-19 The long path of international repatriation (encore)
Oct 1 • 59 min
Pleas from tribes, elected leaders and the Association on American Indian Affairs were not enough to stop an auction house in France from going ahead with a sale of cultural items earlier this summer. It’s one in a string of auctions by the Paris auction…
09-30-19 Celebrating Indigenous podcasts
Sep 30 • 59 min
Native media producers are making their mark in the growing podcast movement, taking Native perspectives directly to the public. Whether they’re polished and professional or decidedly DIY, dozens of Indigenous podcasts focus on issues ranging from food to…
09-27-19 September in the news
Sep 27 • 59 min
They Boy Scouts of America continue to resist the protests of numerous tribes, using Native terminology, ceremonies, regalia and sacred dances. Indian Country Today examines the Boy Scouts of America’s ongoing use of Native imagery in a five-part series.…
09-26-19 Book of the Month: “The Forever Sky” by Thomas Peacock and Annette S. Lee
Sep 26 • 59 min
Teaching younger generations about their Native heritage is one way to keep the stories going. The children’s book “The Forever Sky” by author Thomas Peacock (Fond du Lac Anishinaabe) and illustrator Annettee S. Lee (Ojibwe/Lakota) follows two young…
09-25-19 Babies’ first foods
Sep 25 • 59 min
Native mothers are looking for ways to start their babies off right when it comes to solid food after breast milk and formula. The World Health Organization recommends babies start getting complimentary foods around 6 months. That could be anything from…
09-24-19 Native in the spotlight: Cheyenne Kippenberger
Sep 24 • 59 min
All those chosen as Miss Indian World are ambassadors presenting a positive public face to the public. Reigning Miss Indian World, Cheyenne Kippenberger (Seminole) is also traveling the country, working to destigmatize mental health issues. She fought her…
09-23-19 Preventing falls
Sep 23 • 59 min
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists falls as the leading cause of death for Native American adults over 65. Falls can end up taking away an elder’s independence and force them into a nursing home. But there are some simple things that can…
09-20-19 Indigenous cosmetics: highlighting Native beauty
Sep 20 • 59 min
The cosmetics and beauty industry is a $532 billion global business. Over the years it’s changed to include smaller, boutique makeup companies that sell directly to customers. We’ll take a look at gearing products to Native consumers how some Native…
09-19-19 The National Museum of the American Indian at 15
Sep 19 • 59 min
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC is marking its 15th year. The landmark museum was initiated 30 years ago by an act of Congress, which also included the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian in New…
09-18-19 Managing sea lion populations
Sep 18 • 59 min
Sea lions continue to feast on spawning salmon lined up at dams in the Pacific Northwest. Tribes of the lower Columbia River and elsewhere say sea lions, a protected species, are putting a strain on already vulnerable salmon populations. Scaring the…
09-17-19 Helping a loved one with addiction
Sep 17 • 59 min
When an addict’s behavior has ravaged through a family, there comes a time when family members might choose to demand treatment. Personal interventions can include friends, family members, and mental health professionals working to convince the addict to…
09-16-19 Should Trudeau get another chance?
Sep 16 • 59 min
The Canadian federal election has officially begun. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has until October 21st to convince Canadian citizens that he and his Liberal Party are the best for the job. Pipelines, climate change, immigration and an ethics scandal are…
09-13-19 Keep going: motivation to learn your language
Sep 13 • 59 min
Some people have a knack for learning language. Others struggle to keep track of nouns, verbs and syntax. Either way, adult tribal language learners have a big task. Just getting started might seem daunting. And following through and frequent practice are…
09-12-19 Brazil’s far-right president fans the flames
Sep 12 • 59 min
Information from Brazil’s National Space Research Institute shows the number of fires in the Amazon tropical rainforest are nearly double what they were last year. There’s no consensus on the cause of the increase, but Indigenous tribes and environmental…
09-11-19 The decision to change genders
Sep 11 • 59 min
A Shoshone-Bannock citizen could be the first prison inmate to have court ordered gender confirmation surgery. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge, ruling that by denying Adree Edmo the surgery while in custody, the Idaho…
09-10-19 Star People and stories in the stars
Sep 10 • 59 min
At least 2 million people are signed onto Facebook event page for storming the top secret Nevada military site, Area 51, on Sept. 20. It started as a joke by organizers saying they wanted to find evidence for alien conspiracy theories. We’re taking the…
09-09-19 Indigenous fashion: Using the runway to create dialogue
Sep 9 • 59 min
It’s a given that the fashion runway is about making statements with fabric and design. The catwalk is also being used to tell Indigenous stories and bring awareness to issues that test the strength of our Native nations. We’ll hear from Native designers…
09-06-19 Music Maker: Spirit Line CD
Sep 6 • 58 min
A chorus of resilient voices have united through song and spoken word to push back against the pervasive issue of gender and sexual violence that challenges our communities. The compilation CD “Spirit Line: Woven Together for Our Missing and Murdered…
09-05-19 Legislating tribal health
Sep 5 • 59 min
Many tribes organize wellness events and develop programs to educate people about healthy choices and food options. For the most part, involvement is voluntary. Some tribes go a step further to try and improve the health of their citizens. The Navajo…
09-04-19 The importance of sleep
Sep 4 • 59 min
There’s a reasonable chance you’re not getting enough sleep. A number of surveys find anywhere from a third to 45% of Americans don’t get the amount of sleep recommended by experts. And the lack of sleep is linked to serious health problems like diabetes,…
09-03-19 Indigenous influence on architecture
Sep 3 • 59 min
Native architects draw from their tribal traditions and collective knowledge for the modern discipline of creating permanent structures. Among the influences for Native architects is using natural building materials and designs that emphasize interaction…
09-02-19 The long path of international repatriation
Sep 2 • 59 min
Pleas from tribes, elected leaders and the Association on American Indian Affairs were not enough to stop an auction house in France from going ahead with a sale of cultural items earlier this summer. It’s one in a string of auctions by the Paris auction…
08-30-19 Protecting your inventions and ideas
Aug 30 • 59 min
You have a unique invention or business idea. Now what? Good ideas and inventions have the potential to change people’s lives and become a thriving venture for their creators. But turning a concept into an ongoing enterprise requires a number of…
08-29-19 Book of the Month: “Apple in the Middle” by Dawn Quigley
Aug 29 • 59 min
Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe author Dawn Quigley’s debut novel, “Apple in the Middle” follows the identity exploration of a mixed race youth, Apple Starkington, who finds out what it means to be between two cultures. A major life turn causes Apple to…
08-28-19 - Decolonizing maps
Aug 28 • 59 min
The boundaries of reservations, treaty land and traditional Native territory are all represented by two-dimensional lines on paper. Few, if any, of those lines were ever drawn by Native mapmakers. But Indigenous people have always charted their…
08-27-19 Traditional tattoos
Aug 27 • 59 min
When Marjorie Tahbone (Inupiaq) got permission from her grandmother to get a traditional chin tattoo, she had nowhere to go besides a non-Native tattoo shop in town. The experience ignited her passion to learn traditional Inupiaq tattooing and the culture…
08-26-19 Native in the Spotlight: Crystal Echo Hawk
Aug 26 • 59 min
It takes constant vigilance and relevant information to battle the barrage of toxic and biased stereotypes. Mainstream media, elected leaders and even school curricula are all prone to perpetuating damaging portrayals of Native people. Fortunately,…
08-23-19 Ready for another semester?
Aug 23 • 59 min
As college students get settled into their dorms they’re no doubt pondering all they need to do to have a successful and fulfilling experience at school. Getting to class, taking notes, making time for homework and keeping on top of assignments always…
08-22-19 Highlights from the presidential candidate forum on Native issues
Aug 22 • 59 min
Native issues are front and center at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former HUD secretary Julián Castro and Mark Charles (Diné) are among the candidates scheduled to…
08-21-19 Native bush pilots
Aug 21 • 59 min
Some Alaskan villages have no over-land roads so they rely heavily on air transportation. The small aircraft that fly people and supplies in and out of Alaska communities and wilderness are commonly known as bush planes. We’ll talk with Native bush pilots…
08-20-19 Radio’s enduring connection
Aug 20 • 59 min
It’s National Radio Day and we’re celebrating by highlighting a small sample of the radio stations that maintain an important place in their communities. Native language, music and news are just part of the line-up that goes out over the air every day—all…
08-19-19 The long journey to protect the Nikwasi Mound
Aug 19 • 59 min
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are gearing up for a celebration in North Carolina this weekend to honor the return of a sacred mound. It’s been a long journey for the Nikwasi Mound that was once the center of a Cherokee town, but is now surrounded…
08-16-19 Catfishing: a cruel prank
Aug 16 • 59 min
Native social media was abuzz when Shirlene (Navajo) confronted her catfish, Mya (Navajo/Zuni), on the MTV show “Catfish.” Catfishing refers to taking on a fake personality—usually online—to lure another person into a relationship, sometimes for months or…
08-15-19 New Zealand’s Maori speak out
Aug 15 • 59 min
A place where Maori first settled and thrived in New Zealand is the site of a proposed housing development. Protesters have been camping out at Ihumatao for almost three years. They want to halt plans to sell off the land that Maori people say was…
08-14-19 The future of Alaska higher education
Aug 14 • 59 min
Alaska higher education officials are breathing a relative sigh of relief after they worked out a budget deal with the governor. The University of Alaska system will not accommodate the $136 million state funding cut this year that Governor Mike Dunleavy…
08-13-19 Music Maker: Def-i
Aug 13 • 59 min
Navajo MC Def-i is out with his fifth album, “Dream Trails.” The musical project opens with a cinematic sound that quickly accelerates with the rapid style of word tangling he’s known for. Listeners get a glimpses into the many trails the artist has…
08-12-19 Defending sacred places
Aug 12 • 59 min
Kanaka Maoli and their allies are entering their fifth week of demonstrations to prevent construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii. They’re determined to stop further desecration of the sacred Mauna Kea. It’s the latest high profile effort to…
08-09-19 Commemorating the Pueblo Revolt
Aug 9 • 59 min
Almost 340 years later, the Pueblo Revolt remains a source of pride for the pueblos of New Mexico. Lead by Popé, the pueblo people summoned their combined strength on August 10, 1680 to drive Spanish soldiers and settlers out of the province. Freedom from…
08-08-19 Securing voting rights for 2020
Aug 8 • 59 min
Voter identification laws, redistricting, and restricted access to polls continue to threaten full Native voter participation. Voting rights advocates are currently looking ahead to potential problems in advance of the 2020 election. High profile issues…
08-07-19 Artwork helps raise awareness of MMIW
Aug 7 • 59 min
Métis artist Jaime Black calls her REDress Project an aesthetic response to a critical national issue. Her installations of donated red dresses symbolize missing women, with numbers reaching into the thousands. Quilter Susan Hudson (Navajo) also depicts…
08-06-19 A new tool to fight sexual violence
Aug 6 • 59 min
Selected tribes are getting the ability to share data designed to prevent sexual violence on reservations. The U.S. Department of Justice is giving eligible tribes expanded access to the FBI’s National Sex Offender Registry. Those tribes can enter their…
08-05-19 Native Cinema Showcase
Aug 5 • 59 min
The first feature-length fictional film in the Haida language, SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife), tells a story of a 19th Century Haida man who retreats to the wilderness. The documentary “Words from a Bear” is a biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning…
08-02-19 Bird singing on the rise
Aug 5 • 59 min
Bird songs are an ancient tradition from tribes in Southern California and parts of Arizona. They’re characterized by men singing in a line to the beat of gourd rattles. They are meant to restore balance in the community and encourage respect for all…
08-01-19 Bacone College reimagines its future as a tribal institution
Aug 1 • 59 min
Rebounding from serious financial trouble, Bacone College in Oklahoma is reestablishing itself with a charter from the Osage Nation. It’s the state’s longest running university, looking forward to commemorating its 140th year. Leaders are aiming to become…
07-31-19 Building tribal broadband
Jul 31 • 59 min
Installing and maintaining broadband internet on rural reservations is not cost effective. That’s why access to broadband on tribal land lags behind cities and even other rural areas. But some innovative companies are trying out new technologies and are…
07-30-19 How to be a good tourist on Native lands
Jul 30 • 59 min
Tourists sometimes don’t bother to learn about tribal customs or wishes before visiting. Other times tourists take things that they shouldn’t or desecrate important places. Sometimes they’re just rude. The Navajo Nation had to specifically ask visitors to…
07-29-19 Native in the spotlight: Simon J. Ortiz
Jul 30 • 59 min
Award-winning writer Simon J. Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) first connected to poetry through music. As an adolescent, he would listen to country and western songs on the radio and write down his own lyrics. Before his decades-long professional writing career,…
07-26-19 July in the news
Jul 29 • 59 min
Alaska faces severe budget cuts that significantly affect higher education, social services, and public safety, especially in rural villages. We’ll get an update on efforts to both prepare for and halt the budget vetoes taking effect. A Navajo man is…
07-25-19 Book of the Month: “Her Captive, Her Love” by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Jul 25 • 59 min
Some years ago, Navajo author Evangeline Parsons Yazzie set out to bring readers closer to what it meant to be on what is known as the Navajo Long Walk. She decided to do that through a series of fictional stories that follow the lives of different…
07-24-19 Hot topic: chile’s Indigenous roots
Jul 25 • 59 min
As New Mexico and Colorado argue about who has the best green chile, let’s not forget the plant’s Indigenous origins. Scientists believe the plant’s cultivation goes back as far as long as 9,000 years ago in Mexico. Different varieties of chiles swept the…
07-23-19 Tribes line up against a new Canadian oil pipeline
Jul 23 • 59 min
The Canadian government says it’s moving forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia. But the proposed $4.5 billion project faces considerable opposition from a number of tribes and Indigenous…
07-22-19 - The fight against hantavirus
Jul 22 • 59 min
New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona lead the nation in the total number of hantavirus cases. But infections show up in more than two-thirds of the continental United States. Every year there are a handful of fatalities from complications of the virus that’s…
07-19-19 “Between Two Knees” with the 1491s
Jul 19 • 59 min
“Between Two Knees” is the first play from the Native comedy troupe, the 1491s. It’s at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon through Oct. 27. It’s a biting comedy that the Seattle Times calls “a loose pastiche of irreverent historical…
07-18-19 Gaming the minority construction contract system
Jul 18 • 59 min
An investigation by the Los Angeles Times found the federal government and 18 states awarded at least $300 million in construction contracts to companies that claim to be owned by Native Americans. The contracts are specifically reserved for minority…
07-17-19 Music Maker: Northern Cree
Jul 17 • 59 min
“When It’s Cold” by Northern Cree celebrates the culture-rich sound of round dance. These songs may ring through many communities in the winter months, but this style of sound has made its way into the powwow circle year-round. We’ll visit with this…
07-16-19 The Thirty Meter Telescope moves ahead on Mauna Kea
Jul 16 • 59 min
Officials behind the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope are pushing ahead with construction on Mauna Kea despite continued opposition. Native Hawaiians oppose the $1.4 billion project because they say it further desecrates the sacred mountain. The plan…
07-15-19 Culturally appropriate gift shops
Jul 15 • 59 min
Gift shops are an important source of revenue for cultural centers, museums and other Native-owned destinations. But expectations from the public put buying pressure on gift shops to offer tacky Native-themed items like plastic tomahawks, foreign-made…
07-12-19 Native-owned grocery stores: economic development and community asset
Jul 12 • 59 min
Native entrepreneurs and even some tribes see grocery stores as a double win: they help the local economy and provide healthier food options in places where they aren’t often available. The USDA finds many rural areas of Native America are food…
07-11-19 Powwow basics
Jul 11 • 59 min
Dancers and emcees on the circuit are putting hundreds of miles on their cars traveling from one summer powwow to the next. There are fancy dancers, traditional dancers, jingle dress dancers, fancy shawl dancers, grass dancers and chicken dancers. Each of…
07-10-19 Wounded Knee dishonor
Jul 10 • 59 min
There’s a push on to rescind the official honors bestowed on members of the 7th Calvary Regiment for their roles in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Ironically, it was a tweet by President Donald Trump that prompted the latest effort to take back the 20 Medals…
07-09-19 Public safety emergency in Alaska
Jul 9 • 59 min
Rural villages in Alaska are in a public safety crisis. One in three communities in Alaska have no local law enforcement, according to an investigation by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica. In some areas, crime victims—often Alaska Natives—must wait…
07-08-19 Help for opioid addiction
Jul 8 • 59 min
All Indian Health Service facilities are drafting action plans for patients to seek medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. That’s significant because it could mean more IHS patients would have access to methadone, Subutex and other drugs that…
07-05-19 In step with Native marching bands
Jul 5 • 59 min
Marching bands have a place beyond football halftime shows. Native bands like the Navajo Nation Band and A:Shiwi A:Wan Band are community traditions that appeal to crowds at parades and summer community events. Some Native marching bands also offer a…
07-04-19 Journey to language revitalization
Jul 4 • 59 min
From a sense of urgency to a desire to connect with your culture, there are many reasons to start learning your tribal language. In this hour, we’ll talk with a few different individuals who are learning or teaching their Native languages. In this encore…
07-03-19 Commercializing smudging
Jul 3 • 59 min
Plants such as sage, sweetgrass, and cedar are important for ceremonies and prayer. They’re also readily available online and even at chain stores, marketed as methods to reduce negative energy or for some vague DIY cleansing ritual. Non-Native people are…
07-02-19 Canada’s modern genocide
Jul 2 • 59 min
It took three years and $92 million. Almost 1,500 family members and survivors testified. Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls concluded the disproportionate violence against Native women, girls and the LGBTQ2…
07-01-2019 Migrant children caught in the middle
Jul 1 • 59 min
Fort Sill, a military post in Oklahoma used to imprison Apaches in the 1860s, is slated to house hundreds of undocumented children. Fort Sill is notably the place where Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo died as a prisoner of war. It was also an internment…
06-28-19 June in the news
Jun 28 • 59 min
A high school class in Yellow Springs, Ohio cancelled a planned debate on whether Native mascots are offensive after a Native parent spoke out. We’ll hear from the parent who told the school the debate is over and the argument is only about how much harm…
06-27-19 Music Maker: Murray Porter
Jun 27 • 59 min
Murray Porter is a Juno Award winning artist and we’ll visit with him about his newest album “STAND UP.” It’s charged with what the Mohawk musician calls a “velvet growl.” But it also has exhilarating blues beats sprinkled with fruitful piano rhythms. The…
06-26-19 Native in the Spotlight: Joy Harjo
Jun 26 • 59 min
The Library of Congress just named Mvskoke poet, author, and musician Joy Harjo the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. She is the first Native poet to hold the position. “I share this honor with ancestors and teachers who inspired in me a love of…
06-25-19 The U.S. Supreme Court and Oklahoma reservation land
Jun 25 • 59 min
The Supreme Court is set to decide the fundamentals of a murder case that has implications for jurisdiction in Oklahoma. The basic question revolves around which court should decide the case of a Muscogee man accused of murdering another Muscogee man on…
06-24-19 The continuing failure of U.S. funding promises
Jun 24 • 59 min
Criminal justice, health care, education, housing and economic development are all underfunded by the U.S. government, according to a report released by the United States Human Rights Commission. The main findings in the report, Broken Promises:…
06-21-19 Native LGBTQ2 artistic expression
Jun 21 • 59 min
Native artists frequently reference tribal traditions in their work. Native LGBTQ2 artists also turn to the joys and challenges of their sexual orientation for inspiration. They use paint, music, dance or theater to tell personal stories and to raise…
06-20-19 The long path of international repatriation
Jun 20 • 59 min
An auction house in France has gone ahead with the sale this month of cultural items despite pleas from tribes, elected leaders and the Association on American Indian Affairs. It’s one in a string of auctions by the Paris auction house that chooses to…
06-19-19 Molly of Denali: a kids’ show for everyone
Jun 19 • 59 min
Molly Mabray is a 10-year old Gwich’in, Koyukon and Dena’ina Athabascan girl who learns about her history and culture while having fun with her dog, Suki, and friends, Tooey and Trini. She is the main character of the new animated PBS series, Molly of…
06-18-19 85 years of the Indian Reorganization Act
Jun 18 • 59 min
The landmark Indian Reorganization Act was meant to move tribes away from the governmental policies of forced assimilation towards self-determination. It ended allotment, renewed tribes’ control over their own assets, and encouraged tribes to establish…
06-17-19 Live at the National Senior Games
Jun 17 • 59 min
The annual gathering of amateur senior athletes is setting aside a day to celebrate the many Native American athletes who participate. Participants compete in 20 events from swimming to shuffleboard. The National Senior Games originated as an effort to…
06-14-19 A conversation with “Chambers” actor Sivan Alyra Rose
Jun 14 • 59 min
Sivan Alyra Rose (San Carlos Apache) is the first Native woman to play a lead role in a Netflix series. She portrays a young Navajo woman who is experiencing visions after she receives a heart transplant in the supernatural thriller, “Chambers”. The…
06-13-19 Saguaro fruit harvest time
Jun 13 • 59 min
In Arizona, June is the traditional time Saguaro cactus fruits are ripe. It is also the Tohono O’odham New Year. For traditional harvests, the fruit is knocked down with sticks, called kuipad, made from dried Saguaro ribs. The fruit can be eaten fresh or…
06-12-19 Can Carcieri be fixed?
Jun 12 • 59 min
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a “fix” for the controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling on placing land into trust. The proposal is now stalled in the Senate. For the past 10 years, elected leaders on both sides of the aisle have called it a…
06-11-19 Defrauding impostor syndrome
Jun 11 • 59 min
Do you ever get looked down on for not speaking your Native language fluently? Or do you feel pressure to achieve more than your peers so they don’t label you an ‘Affirmative Action’ hire? You might fit into what psychologists describe as impostor…
06-10-19 Book of the Month: ‘Our History Is the Future’ by Nick Estes
Jun 10 • 59 min
Indigenous scholar Nick Estes, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, recounts the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in his new book “Our History Is the Future.” He explores the Indigenous resistance for what’s also referred to as #NoDAPL or,…
06-07-19 Are e-cigarettes safer?
Jun 7 • 59 min
E-cigarettes might be a better alternative for adult commercial tobacco smokers. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns e-cigarettes are not safe for pregnant women and potentially pose serious health threats, especially…
06-06-19 Coffee’s place in Native pantries and economic development
Jun 6 • 59 min
Coffee is not Indigenous to North America, but more than 60 percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day, according to the National Coffee Association USA’s 2019 National Coffee Data Trends report. It’s also found a place in Native American…
06-05-19 Kokopelli: origins, history and appropriation
Jun 5 • 59 min
There’s a number of interpretations for the hunch-backed, flute playing figure known as Kokopelli. It’s variously described as a fertility deity, a male trader going from village to village with a sack of goods, or even an insect. Depictions of Kokopelli…
06-04-19 Recommended Native reading for kids this summer
Jun 4 • 59 min
Are your kids reading books this summer? Many libraries are offering summer reading programs with incentives like movie tickets and gift cards to get children reading. A large body of research warns that an entire summer off from school can lower…
06-03-19 Beyond consultation: tribal consent
Jun 3 • 59 min
The Washington state attorney general’s office must now obtain free, prior and informed consent on projects that affect the tribes. It’s a step up from consultation, which, in practice, typically falls short of adequate discourse on projects that include…
05-31-19 May in the news
May 31 • 59 min
The Supreme Court affirmed treaty rights in the case of a Crow tribal member charged with hunting without a license in Big Horn National Forrest in Wyoming. The court ruled the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty granted rights to hunt in traditional territory.…
05-30-19 Congratulations Class of 2019!
May 30 • 59 min
It’s the time of year students sit through long graduation ceremonies with notable speeches to pick up their diplomas. But graduation marks years of hard work and dedication. As graduates prepare for the next chapter in their lives, we take the…
05-29-19 Mental Health First Aid
May 29 • 59 min
People often take courses on how to help someone with a serious injury or health emergency. Responding appropriately to a mental health crisis can be just as valuable. Mental health professionals now offer training called mental health first aid. The…
05-28-19 Detecting Hepatitis C earlier saves lives
May 28 • 59 min
Millions more Native Americans should be getting tested for Hepatitis C. That’s according to new recommendations by the Indian Health Service. IHS greatly expanded its recommendation for the age groups at risk of the potentially fatal infection.…
05-27-19 Remembering artist and musician T.C. Cannon
May 27 • 59 min
For Memorial Day we revive a special remembrance of Caddo/Kiowa artist T.C. Cannon. A new exhibition of his paintings, works on paper, poetry and music is now at the National Museum of the American Indian. It reflects the influences on his work, including…
05-24-19 Native game wardens: on patrol for wildlife
May 24 • 59 min
Game wardens are responsible for issuing and enforcing fishing and hunting licenses. But their duties go far beyond that. Federal conservation officers are also watching out for fraudulent Native arts and crafts. Federal officers work closely with tribal…
05-23-19 Tribes and Trump’s trade war
May 23 • 59 min
When the trade war with China first started heating up, a tribally-owned seafood company in Washington State scaled back harvests fearing negative effects on their international trade. Now, the president is upping the ante with additional tariffs, sending…
05-22-19 Music Maker: Maoli
May 22 • 59 min
The Native Hawaiian band Maoli is a favorite among music lovers not only in Hawaii but nationwide. Their sixth album “With Love” blends a strong reggae beat with jazz and blues. The band has been growing its sound for more than a decade and is on tour…
05-21-19 Passion for language
May 21 • 59 min
Some people come to learn and teach their Native language with a sense of urgency as fluent speakers dwindle. Others simply have a desire to connect with their culture. There are many ways people are inspired to devote time and effort to revitalize…
05-20-19 Artwork to heal
May 20 • 59 min
Art classes in high schools are often seen as extras and are among the first to be cut during tight budget times. But programs for Native youth utilize various expressions of art as a way to confront serious problems like depression, anxiety, substance…
05-17-19 “I’m your No. 1 Fan!”
May 17 • 59 min
Fans, and their wallets, are the lifeblood of creative and talented performers and they come in all shapes and sizes. They are parents sitting in the bleachers at a basketball game, they’re friends who were there at a band’s first gig in an empty bar and…
05-16-19 Tribes and tornado season
May 16 • 59 min
About one thousand tornadoes touch down in the United States every year and they can be deadly. One person was killed and 25 others injured in April when a tornado struck a culture festival at Caddo Mounds Historical Site in Texas. The Kiowa tell of a…
05-15-19 Gaps in consultation
May 15 • 59 min
The government is falling short on consultation with tribes on major infrastructure projects. That’s according to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report. Some complaints from tribes include dismissing tribal input, a lack of respect for…
05-14-19 Peer counseling: being a good relative to each other
May 14 • 59 min
Compassion, empathy, and what practitioners call ‘assertive communication’ are among the ways young people connect with each other through peer counseling. It involves learning a set of skills to recognize when people around you might need emotional help.…
05-13-19 Book of the Month: “There There” by Tommy Orange
May 13 • 59 min
Tommy Orange is giving readers a view into contemporary Native life in his book “There There.” This enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma is being hailed for his storytelling abilities. The novel was a finalist for the 2019…
05-10-19 What does it take to be a Native mom?
May 10 • 59 min
Becoming a mother means sacrificing time, money and personal comfort to care for another human being. Moms also help pass on cultural knowledge and language to future generations. They also share a special kind of never-ending love that might eventually…
05-09-19 Revising tribal governments’ building blocks
May 9 • 59 min
Taking on the task of changing a tribal constitution can be long and sometimes contentious. The Oglala Sioux Tribe is currently struggling to determine how best to include member input in their constitutional reform effort which includes 50 proposed…
05-08-19 Resources for crime victims
May 8 • 59 min
The U.S. Department of Justice is in the process of distributing about $100 million to tribal victim support programs. The money comes from federal criminal fines, fees and special assessments and goes toward victim advocacy, crisis intervention, staff…
05-07-19 Caring for relatives with dementia
May 7 • 59 min
People with dementia frequently can’t perform many of the basic functions of life, including feeding, cleaning and dressing themselves. Those tasks often fall to relatives, who must also cope with the confusion, anxiety and hostility that can accompany…
05-06-19 The drive to solve the MMIW problem
May 6 • 59 min
The four Native American members of Congress just introduced a bill to create an advisory committee on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Some states like New Mexico and Wyoming assembled task forces to address the issue. Washington State is requiring…
05-03-19 Cinco de Mayo’s Indigenous connection
May 3 • 59 min
Many Americans who celebrate Cinco de Mayo probably have it all wrong. In the U.S. it’s an imported celebration much like St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an excuse for parties and stereotypes. In Mexico, May 5 commemorates the day in 1862 when a small army made…
05-02-19 Discrimination claims against a Montana school district
May 2 • 59 min
Complaints against the Wolf Point School District include unequal treatment of Native students, bullying and even staff members using racial slurs. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating the claims. The Fort Peck…
05-01-19 Native in the Spotlight: Sean Sherman
May 1 • 59 min
Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) just won a 2019 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award for his work increasing awareness of Native food through his non-profit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems. Last year he also won a James Beard Award for…
04-30-19 April in the News
Apr 30 • 59 min
Indian Country Today is branching out into television news. The operation is moving to Phoenix, Ariz. We’ll talk with editor Mark Trahant about big plans for the future. Also journalism students at the University of Montana are gearing up for the annual…
04-29-19 Identifying scams: don’t get sucked in
Apr 29 • 59 min
Have you gotten a call from someone at the “security department” warning you about an outstanding warrant? Or the caller says you need to reveal personal information to them or you will lose your Social Security benefits. The Federal Trade Commission says…
04-26-19 The Gathering of Nations Powwow
Apr 26 • 59 min
Organizers bill it as the ‘world’s largest powwow.’ This year’s Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque is again expected to draw thousands of powwow dancers and spectators from across the country. We’re broadcasting live from the arena to connect you…
04-25-19 Music Maker: Leela Gilday
Apr 25 • 59 min
Dene Nation folk singer Leela Gilday was raised in Canada’s Northwest Territories and her love for the area comes through in her songs. We welcome Leela as our April Music Maker artist. She’ll share music from her much-anticipated upcoming album, “North…
04-24-19 Developing a trauma-informed perspective
Apr 24 • 59 min
Understanding and acknowledging past trauma can help guide how to interact with each other. For Native Americans it can inform how the history of colonialism might influence a person’s reaction to certain words or behaviors. Experts are developing methods…
04-23-19 Gradual progress on graduation regalia
Apr 23 • 59 min
North Dakota just joined the handful of states guaranteeing Native students’ right to wear regalia during graduation ceremonies. It’s one of the highlights in the annual struggle to include eagle feathers and beaded mortar boards in commencement. Some…
04-22-19 The plastics pollution problem
Apr 22 • 59 min
About a 300 U.S. cities and two states have banned single-use plastic bags. Seminole Gaming is phasing out plastic straws at their casinos, resorts and restaurants in Florida. The actions are an attempt to limit plastic waste that is posing an increasing…
04-19-19 Book of the Month: “Saad Lá Tah Hózhóón: A Collection of Diné Poetry” by Rex Lee Jim
Apr 19 • 59 min
All the poems in Rex Lee Jim’s collection give the Navajo language center stage. The 30 poems in “Saad Lá Tah Hózhóón: A Collection of Diné Poetry” were written first in Navajo. Lee also translated them into English. The writing draws from his life as a…
04-18-19 Using technology to manage diabetes
Apr 18 • 59 min
Managing diabetes involves tracking blood sugar, nutrition, exercise and insulin, among other things. Native Americans are twice as likely as whites to have diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers are developing…
04-17-19 Cross tribal appropriation
Apr 17 • 59 min
First Nations bands Piqsiq and A Tribe Called Red and throat singer Tanya Tagaq are among those protesting this year’s Indigenous Music Awards in Canada. They’re speaking out over recognition of Cree musician, Cikwes, who uses a singing style similar to…
04-16-19 The courts vs the president on Keystone XL pipeline
Apr 16 • 59 min
The stalled Keystone XL pipeline project has new life after President Trump issued a memorandum allowing the controversial project to proceed. That is at odds with the ruling by a U.S. District Court judge requiring more environmental analysis. It adds…
04-15-19 Native video game developers change the narrative
Apr 15 • 59 min
Survival in the Wild West cowboy days continues to be a popular setting for video games. Red Dead Redemption II is one of the top sellers from the past year. If they have Native characters, games typically don’t drift far from old Western movie…
04-12-19 Doulas are there for pregnant women
Apr 12 • 59 min
A growing number of Indigenous doulas are working to decolonize the birthing process. Doulas offer guidance and support for expecting mothers before, during and after delivery. Programs on many reservations offer doulas at little or no cost. We’ll talk…
04-11-19 Eating healthy on a budget
Apr 11 • 59 min
The thing about food high in fat, empty carbs, sugar and salt is: it’s cheap. Some reservation residents are in food deserts, having to drive long distances to get fresh produce and other healthy options. But eating healthy food doesn’t have to break the…
04-10-19 Socialism or capitalism?
Apr 10 • 59 min
The American economic system is a shifting continuum. Capitalism relies on market forces and rewards individual effort. Socialism works toward the collective good and aims to provide food, housing and education for each member of a community. A recent…
04-09-19 A Native perspective for museums
Apr 9 • 59 min
There’s a long history of museums misusing or stealing sacred Native items, ignoring tribes’ concerns, and portraying Indigenous people in a poor light. It’s taken years of education and legislation, but many museums are now much more Native-friendly and…
04-08-19 Turning inspiration into a finished film
Apr 8 • 59 min
Native filmmakers deserve credit for introducing audiences to sophisticated Native characters and for portraying Native people and their stories accurately. But those projects can’t get off the ground without funding. Securing a film’s finances takes…
04-05-19 Tribal education departments fulfill a need
Apr 5 • 59 min
Tribal education departments offer opportunities most public and private schools can’t: a solid education in a culturally relevant environment. The departments sometimes run schools on reservations and even provide higher education scholarships. State and…
04-04-19 Tribes respond to record floods
Apr 4 • 59 min
The National Guard is helping out after more than two weeks of record flooding left residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation stranded, some without food, water or medicine. At the same time, dozens of residents on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation had…
04-03-19 The lighter side of Native poetry
Apr 3 • 59 min
Poems can be an epiphany, a sad good bye to a former lover, or an emotional recollection of strength. They can also offer a hilarious tale of life in Native America. For National Poetry Month, we’ll hear from Native poets like Tiffany Midge (“Bury My…
04-02-19 The future of the Indian Child Welfare Act
Apr 3 • 59 min
The Indian Child Welfare Act has some tough opponents in the courts and in the court of public opinion. ICWA proponents suffered a setback in the Brackeen vs Bernhardt case. Both sides just presented oral arguments in the appeal. We will go live from the…
04-01-19 Culture and matriarchy in business
Apr 1 • 59 min
Native women entrepreneurs often face barriers to success. But attention to cultural values and meaningful networking along with a solid business plan and disciplined attention to detail can make all the difference. As the annual Native Women’s Business…
03-29-19 March in the news
Mar 29 • 59 min
A new wave of summer missionaries will soon flock to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Journalist Mary Annette Pember (Red Cliff Band of Wisconsin Ojibwe) tracked where the money raised to help Oglala Sioux tribal members goes. Her latest piece…
03-28-19 Meet the 2019 Champions for Change
Mar 28 • 59 min
Every year the Center for Native American Youth picks a handful of outstanding Native youth who are working to make change in their communities. Charitie Ropati (Native Village of Kongignak) wants to decolonize education and is working in her school…
03-27-19 Indigenous Trade routes
Mar 27 • 59 min
Archaeologists were surprised to find a stash of 3,000-year-old quinoa seeds while surveying a construction site in Ontario Canada. Up to that point, the South American grain from the same time period had been documented only as far north as Kentucky.…
03-26-19 Book of the Month: In the Night of Memory
Mar 26 • 59 min
The novel “In the Night of Memory” by Linda LeGarde Grover of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe weaves a story about family history that includes the people that sometimes get brushed over or are forgotten. Foster placement and war are two of the forces that…
03-25-19 Dogs of the tundra: more than sled dogs
Mar 25 • 59 min
Peter Kaiser is the first Yup’ik musher to win the Iditarod. Long before competitive sled dog races, Indigenous people in Alaska and Canada maintained an important relationship with dogs. In addition to transportation over snow and ice, dogs help in…
03-22-19 Telling time through seasons, stars and the moon
Mar 22 • 59 min
Before Western calendars, Indigenous ways of tracking time depended on moon cycles, stars, agriculture and animal migrations. The Ojibwe have different names for moon cycles like “Falling Leaves Moon” or “Snowcrust Moon.” The Navajo calendar names months…
03-21-19 What makes a hate group?
Mar 21 • 59 min
The Montana Human Rights Network wants a group that attacks tribal sovereignty in the courts classified as a hate group. If so, it would be the first time a group focused solely on Native Americans reached that status. The Southern Poverty Law Center just…
03-20-19 Music Maker: Khu.éex’
Mar 20 • 59 min
“Héen” means “water” in the Tlingit Language. It’s also the third album by the band Khu.éex’ and it features something that holds a lot of importance in Native culture: storytelling. Jazz, rock and funk sounds, sprinkled with spoken word, create the soil…
03-19-19 A better image of Native America through graphic design
Mar 19 • 59 min
Graphic design is much more than finding the right colors and fonts for a t-shirt. It’s about communicating a message. It’s storytelling through typography, photography and illustration. Talented Native designers are using their skills and traditional…
03-18-19 The continuing Bears Ears protection debate
Mar 18 • 59 min
New leadership at the local and federal levels is changing the discussion over the fate of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. At a recent U.S. House committee hearing, tribal leaders heaped criticism on the Trump Administration’s decision to severely…
03-15-19 Sugar bush season
Mar 15 • 59 min
The Ojibwe lunar calendar puts the sugar bush moon, or “Iskigamizige-giizas,” in April, but maple sap can start to run as early as February depending on the location. This time of year, Native families and communities in the northern United States and…
03-14-19 What’s in the Green New Deal for Native nations?
Mar 14 • 59 min
The ambitious plan put forward by congressional Democrats to address climate change, create jobs and mitigate economic inequality has a reference to “indigenous communities.” But the 14-page proposed resolution does not specifically mention tribes. That…
03-13-19 Zia symbol: from sacred emblem to commercial exploitation
Mar 13 • 59 min
Ever since a non-Native anthropologist lifted the sacred Zia symbol for the New Mexico state flag contest in the 1920s, it’s appeared on everything from beer labels to album covers to t-shirts. Rarely does anyone using it think to ask Zia Pueblo first.…
03-12-19 Understanding headdresses
Mar 12 • 59 min
The headdress is one of the most iconic items associated with Native Americans. They are prominent in countless photos and illustrations of Native people. But not all tribes have headdresses, and these cultural items can vary from tribes to tribe. For…
03-11-19 The human faces of the Indian Child Welfare Act
Mar 12 • 59 min
Autumn Adams spent a good portion of her life in foster care. She says the Indian Child Welfare Act saved her life because she was able to stay in her tribal community. ICWA is called the ‘gold standard’ of child welfare policy. At the same time, the…
03-08-19 Funny Business: making a living as a Native comedian
Mar 8 • 59 min
Making it as a stand-up comedian takes talent, commitment, thick skin and a lot of hard work. Even then, there’s no guarantee you’ll ever have a viable comedy career. At the same time comedians are in demand. Forbes reports comedy club revenue increased…
03-07-19 How North Dakota tribes countered a restrictive voting law
Mar 7 • 59 min
Tribes and voting advocates warned that a North Dakota law could have severely hampered voter turnout on reservations last November. Instead, many precincts on tribal land posted record voter participation rates. And get-out-the-vote efforts helped propel…
03-06-19 Get your garden ready
Mar 6 • 59 min
The number of young gardeners is at an all-time high, according to the 2018 National Gardening Survey. And backyard or community gardens are a great way for people to gain a better connection and understanding of food. The Native food sovereignty movement…
03-05-19 Funding your project
Mar 5 • 59 min
So you’ve got a great idea, you have a plan and you have the energy. Now you need to find money to bring your ideas to fruition. Some projects, like documentary films or large art projects take a lot of funding and might require benefactors or more than…
03-04-19 Ending HIV in ten years?
Mar 4 • 59 min
President Trump pledged a ‘moonshot’ level effort to end HIV by 2030 during his State of the Union Speech. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is implementing the directive. They’ve since committed to an ambitious but slightly lower goal of a…
03-01-19 Throat singing
Mar 1 • 59 min
Inuit throat singing is an ancient tradition that is getting increasingly modern recognition. The style that developed in Canada and Alaska is notable for its distinctive low, guttural and rhythmic sounds from female singers as they breathe both in and…
02-28-19 Indian traditions at Mardi Gras
Feb 28 • 59 min
Every Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Mardi Gras Indians play a big part in the celebration. It’s a long-held tradition, but the origins combining African-American, Cajun and Native cultures is unclear. Dozens of Mardi Gras Indian tribes use terminology and…
02-27-19 Indigenous perspectives on borders
Feb 27 • 59 min
The high-profile political fight over the need for a wall on the border with Mexico offers an opportunity to look at borders from an Indigenous perspective. Before European contact, tribes had their own ways of signifying territories. Navajos, for…
02-26-19 Legislating language revitalization
Feb 26 • 59 min
South Dakota could become one of the few states in the country to officially recognize Indigenous languages. After emotional testimony by tribal leaders and language experts, the Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 126 that…
02-25-19 Book of the Month: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Feb 25 • 59 min
“The Heart Beat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present” is a quick trip through time. Author David Treuer (Leech Lake Ojibwe) leads the non-fiction tour. He pushes back on the way Native people’s history is far too often framed through…
02-22-19 February in the news
Feb 22 • 59 min
A coal train derailment on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation has triggered a dispute over jurisdiction. We’ll get the latest from the tribe. One of the Covington Catholic High School students featured in a video with Omaha elder…
02-21-19 Music Maker: Black Belt Eagle Scout
Feb 21 • 59 min
This month we welcome Swinomish & Iñupiat musician Katherine Paul into our monthly celebration of music. Her musical venture is called Black Belt Eagle Scout and her newest album is titled “Mother of My Children.” As a teenager she taught herself to play…
02-20-19 Getting to the truth online
Feb 20 • 59 min
What can you believe online? The confrontation last month between Omaha elder Nathan Phillips and a crowd of rowdy Catholic high school boys was hard enough to interpret from mainstream news reports. It was made even harder by fake social media posts,…
02-19-19 The benefits of music education
Feb 19 • 59 min
Numerous studies spanning decades show that music education can help students in other areas of their education, such as reading, vocabulary and even standardized tests. A number of organizations and Native musicians are working to expose more Native…
02-18-19 Remembering Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich
Feb 18 • 59 min
A decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus, Elizabeth Peratrovich and her husband were demanding equal rights for Alaska Natives. At the time Alaska Natives were lawfully excluded from theaters, hotels, restaurants…
02-15-19 Making college welcoming for Native students
Feb 15 • 59 min
It starts with acknowledging the Indigenous people on whose traditional land the institution exists. But making college a welcome place also includes the right training for faculty and staff and offering courses that include context from a Native…
02-14-19 Life after a heart attack
Feb 14 • 59 min
Heart attack survivors are often prescribed medications, sent to rehabilitation and urged to adopt healthier lifestyle and diet habits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds Native Americans are more likely to be obese, smoke tobacco, and…
02-13-19 Dating or just hangin’ out?
Feb 13 • 59 min
There’s a lot of focus on preventing violence associated with teen dating. It’s an important message for Native Americans wanting to fight the disproportionate rate of violence among young people. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, and…
02-12-19 Child sex abuse allegations against an IHS doctor
Feb 12 • 59 min
Former Indian Health Service pediatrician, Stanley Patrick Weber, was convicted of sexually abusing children at the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. He is also awaiting trial for sexually abusing children on the Pine Ridge Reservation in North…
02-11-19 The State of Indian Nations
Feb 11 • 59 min
National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel delivers the State of Indian Nations address at the start of the NCAI Executive Council Winter Session. The address comes as Indian Country is watching a number of issues, including continued…
02-08-19 The Native voice in state laws
Feb 8 • 59 min
A number of states are working on legislation that affects Native residents. New Mexico is considering a bill to help Native public school students succeed by requiring a needs assessment. It’s proposed by Representative Derrick Lente (Isleta/Sandia…
02-07-19 Safety for elders and others in nursing facilities
Feb 7 • 59 min
A nurse at a Phoenix facility faces rape charges for impregnating a resident. The woman, an incapacitated San Carlos Apache tribal member, surprised the staff at the skilled nursing facility when she gave birth. A DNA investigation links the child to the…
02-06-19 Indigenous representation in food recommendations
Feb 6 • 59 min
Canada’s new food guide has some interesting changes: it doesn’t include serving sizes, it pushes a plant-based diet and it acknowledges traditional food and food insecurity. Canadian health officials are working with Indigenous representatives to develop…
02-05-19 Protecting Native voting rights
Feb 5 • 59 min
The Washington State Legislature is considering a Native American Voting Rights Act. Among other things it would ensure tribal IDs are valid at polling places. It also allows for alternative methods to listing physical addresses. The bill comes following…
02-04-19 Defining Indigenous beauty
Feb 4 • 59 min
A number of scientific studies link unrealistic beauty standards and low self-esteem. Research in the past year from a Florida mental health and treatment facility adds social media to the influences that might encourage poor body image among women.…
02-01-19 Native in the Spotlight: Chance Rush
Feb 1 • 59 min
When Chance Rush (Hidatsa/Dakota/Arapaho) speaks to a crowd, they listen. He captivates audiences with personal stories, humor, and advice for success. He says his message is pretty simple: “use your personal talents to lead you to greatness.” On this…
01-31-19 “Growing Native” TV series explores Native America
Jan 31 • 59 min
A new four-part TV series airing on PBS explores topics like Indigenous food systems, renewable energy and subsistence hunting. At the same time, “Growing Native” takes viewers on a tour of traditional and contemporary Native culture. We’ll talk with the…
01-30-19 Book of the Month: Spider Woman’s Children by Lynda Teller Pete & Barbara Teller Ornelas
Jan 30 • 59 min
Navajo weaving traditions are rich in culture and creativity. Generations of weavers have gifted their knowledge to their loved ones. Our January Book of the Month, “Spider Woman’s Children: Navajo Weavers Today” by Lynda Teller Pete (Diné/Navajo) and…
01-29-19 The continuing opioid abuse epidemic in Native America
Jan 29 • 59 min
Dozens of tribes are suing pharmaceutical companies and distributors over the opioid abuse epidemic. Overdose deaths have been steadily increasing over the past few years, although there is some evidence the numbers are leveling off. For American Indian…
01-28-19 House calls for new parents
Jan 28 • 59 min
The first days and weeks as a new parent are an exciting time. But they can also be filled with anxious worry about making the best choices. Several programs in Native America send parenting experts into homes with new babies. From when to feed an infant…
01-25-19 January in the News
Jan 25 • 59 min
Several tribal leaders and Native organizations issued statements of outrage after President Trump took another jab at Senator Elizabeth Warren, this time mentioning the sacred battle grounds at Wounded Knee and Little Big Horn. Also we’ll examine the…
01-24-19 Music Maker: Randy Boogie
Jan 24 • 59 min
Neo-contemporary Navajo artist Randy L. Barton is known for his ability to slap the paint on the canvas and across large murals to make vibrant images. He sees art as a tool for educating people. His talent also extends to the musical art form. This month…
01-23-19 Face-to-face with disrespect
Jan 23 • 59 min
A video from the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. created a firestorm over the weekend. There’s a tug-of-war over the public message since the initial video surfaced showing Nathan Phillips drumming and singing as a group of students jeered…
01-22-19 The next chapter for Indigenous child welfare in Canada
Jan 22 • 58 min
Indigenous leaders in Canada are hoping their government will approve a series of reforms for the foster care system that disproportionately separates Indigenous families. Statistics Canada reports Indigenous children make up more than half of those under…
01-21-19 The government shutdown starts hitting home
Jan 21 • 59 min
As the partial federal government shutdown approaches the one-month mark, the effects on tribes and individuals who rely on services are growing: Nearly 9,000 Indian Health Service employees are working without pay; the Yomba Shoshone Tribe in Nevada shut…
01-18-19 The Indigenous Peoples March
Jan 18 • 59 min
Missing and murdered women, Indian child welfare, oil pipelines, and police abuse are among the many issues marchers hope to address during the first ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C. Organizers expect as many as 10,000 people from all over…
01-17-19 Native women take office
Jan 17 • 59 min
The election is over and, after a record year for Native women candidates, it’s time to get down to business. From Congress to state houses to tribal councils, there’s more total Native women representation than at any other time. We’ll hear from some of…
01-16-19 The Wet’suwet’en stand-off
Jan 16 • 59 min
A tenuous agreement halted a tense, ongoing scuffle between Wet’suwet’en First Nations protesters and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. For now, the hereditary chiefs and members of the Unist’ot’en Camp agree to let workers from TC Energy (formerly…
01-15-19 The end of modern-day prohibition
Jan 15 • 59 min
A hundred years before the United States passed a constitutional amendment banning alcohol, Congress banned alcohol sales and production on reservations. The country quickly repealed Prohibition, but the reservation ban remained. That is until President…
01-14-19 The high cost of heat
Jan 14 • 59 min
Heating bills are projected to be a little higher this winter according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Winter Fuels Outlook. Expect to pay around 3 percent more if you heat with electricity, 5 percent more for gas and 20 percent more for…
01-11-19 Native in the Spotlight: Aaron Yazzie
Jan 11 • 59 min
Aaron Yazzie’s (Navajo) work is literally out of this world. Lately, the NASA mechanical engineer’s main job is designing the machinery gathering information 140 million miles away on the surface of Mars. In November he and his fellow scientists…
01-10-19 Jesuits’ abuse of Alaska Native women and girls
Jan 10 • 59 min
The Catholic Church ignored the abuse of Native women and children by Jesuit priests in Alaska. That’s one of the revelations from a 19-month-long investigation by the Center for Investigative Journalism and the Northwest News Network. The reporting also…
01-09-19 The 2018 Farm Bill
Jan 9 • 59 min
The new $867 billion Farm Bill just signed President Donald Trump is getting praise from tribes, Native farmers and advocates. One Native agriculture organization calls the number of Native-related provisions “unprecedented”. It also means access to more…
01-08-19 The art and beauty of porcupine quills
Jan 8 • 59 min
Plains tribes used dyed porcupine quills to adorn clothing, dolls and other items (called quillwork) before the introduction of beads. Many Native artists still choose to express themselves with the art form that begins with many hours of meticulous quill…
01-07-19 Notable books for young readers
Jan 7 • 59 min
We carry on a tradition by devoting an hour to looking back at some of the outstanding books for young people published in the last year. Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo), founder of American Indians in Children’s Literature blog, will discuss her annual list…
01-04-19 The cost of a federal government shutdown
Jan 4 • 59 min
As the partial government shutdown stretches into its third week its effects are starting to surface. Elected leaders’ inability to agree on a funding plan has furloughed thousands of Bureau of Indian Affairs employees and suspended some Indian Health…
01-03-19 Indigenous tea time
Jan 3 • 59 min
Beverages made from plants like green thread, bear root, sassafras and stinging nettles make up a variety of drinks that we might refer to as ‘tea’. Tribes continue to utilize a variety of leaves, roots, berries and other ingredients to create traditional…
01-02-19 The push to free Tokitae
Jan 2 • 59 min
The Lummi Tribe is hoping 2019 will be the year an orca named Tokitae is freed from captivity. Named ‘Lolita’ by Miami’s Seaquarium, the animal has lived and performed in a man-made tank since 1970. The tribe and a host of animal rights groups are putting…
01-01-19 What does it take to be a ‘genius’?
Jan 1 • 59 min
We’re starting the New Year by striking a balance between art and academics. We talk with two Native women who were named MacArthur Foundation Fellows. The awards are also referred to as “Genius Grants”. Rebecca Sandefur (Chickasaw) is an associate…
12-31-18 Notable shows from 2018
Dec 31, 2018 • 59 min
The Native America Calling staff picks some shows that stand out from the last year. From ‘chicken scratch’ music in Tohono O’odham Nation to unwarranted police checks on Native college students, we’ll relive some of the moments of live radio from 2018…
12-28-18 December in the News
Dec 28, 2018 • 59 min
As the year comes to a close the Trump administration got the federal government in another shutdown debate. Also, after promising more efficiency and transparency, Dept. of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns in a cloud of investigations. We’ll talk…
12-27-18 The dangerous smoking trend
Dec 27, 2018 • 59 min
Smoking rates among Native Americans increased in the most recent (2016) report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That goes against the declining trend for the rest of the population. At the same time, Native Americans as a group remain…
12-26-18 Native language courses for credit
Dec 26, 2018 • 59 min
Some non-tribal colleges offer Native language studies. Students who sign up are often either honing their existing language skills or are committing to reconnect with their mother tongue. For the latter, it’s somewhat tougher to pick up language fluency…
12-25-18 Music Maker in review
Dec 26, 2018 • 59 min
We’re keeping with a tradition, presenting our annual look back at the artists who generously offered their music and inspiration on Native America Calling. Buffy Sainte- Marie, Nataanii Means, Supaman and Sage Bond are just a few of the names that…
12-24-18 Winter storytelling traditions
Dec 24, 2018 • 59 min
Many tribal nations have a winter storytelling traditions. The snow, longer nights and low temperatures lend themselves to sharing cultural lessons. On this show, we’ll hear the Navajo story of the “The White Beetle and the Holy Ones” and the “Creation of…
12-21-18 Book of the Month: As Long as the Sun Shines by Janet Rogers
Dec 21, 2018 • 59 min
The title for Janet Rogers’ (Mohawk/Tuscarora) newest collection of poems comes from a line in the treaty, known as the Two Row Wampum, between Dutch settlers and the Haudenosaunee in the early 1600s. It envisions a perpetual coexistence between…
12-20-18 Confronting modern day forced sterilization
Dec 20, 2018 • 59 min
As many as 100 Native women say medical professionals in Saskatchewan coerced them into surgical sterilizations. If true it’s a troubling resurrection of a despicable practice Native people had hoped was well in the past. The women are now part of a class…
12-19-18 Coping with anger
Dec 19, 2018 • 59 min
Anger is a natural emotion we all occasionally experience. But it can get out of hand for some people without the right coping mechanisms. That can cause lasting divisions with relationships or problems at work. Tribes are turning to anger management…
12-18-18 A conversation with Gabriel Ayala
Dec 18, 2018 • 59 min
Classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui) is a man of many talents. In addition to being an award winning musician, he is a motivational speaker and recently started his own form of ledger art. He’s busy working on two upcoming recordings and two books.…
12-17-18 Mental illness and police use of force
Dec 17, 2018 • 59 min
A jury cleared a former Omaha police officer this month in a violent and fatal confrontation with a Rosebud Sioux man with mental illness. The incident and resulting trial raises further questions about police interactions with Native Americans and others…
12-14-18 Decolonizing philanthropy: money as medicine
Dec 14, 2018 • 59 min
Many Native non-profits tap into the philanthropy of large foundations to fund their work. Relying on funders who don’t always have a full understanding of Native priorities and protocols carries the potential for significant implications. Edgar…
12-13-18 Taking Native business to the next level
Dec 13, 2018 • 59 min
A Native-owned company invented the Tanka Bar, a bison-meat bar based on the traditional Lakota dried bison mixture, wasna. But a non-Native competitor with a similar product swooped in and secured a $100 million deal with General Mills. In this program,…
12-12-18 Music Maker: Henry Kapono
Dec 12, 2018 • 59 min
Close to a dozen artists have joined Native Hawaiian legendary artist Henry Kapono to bring “The Songs of C&K” album to life. Some of today’s most notable Hawaii-based Indigenous artists are adding their voice to the famed C & K songs which first reached…
12-11-18 Migrants’ quest for asylum
Dec 11, 2018 • 59 min
A large group of migrants, mostly from Honduras, are hunkered down in Tijuana, Mexico awaiting to apply for asylum in the United States. Some are also weighing the risk of crossing the border illegally. Many of those in the so-called caravan are fleeing…
12-10-18 Cold weather, warm traditions
Dec 10, 2018 • 59 min
Alaska’s below zero temperatures and severe weather requires attention to special winter gear. Parkas, gloves, hats, mukluks, snowshoes, and Inuit snow goggles are all unique and integral to the survival of several Alaska Native groups. They’re also an…
12-07-18 “Indian Horse”
Dec 7, 2018 • 59 min
“Indian Horse” tells the story of an Ojibway boy forced into a Canadian residential school in the late 1950s. Saul Indian Horse has a talent for hockey, which becomes his escape in the face of strict oppression and alienation from his culture. The film is…
12-06-18 The influence of modern missionaries
Dec 6, 2018 • 59 min
When an Indigenous tribe on an island off the coast of India killed a missionary, it reignited a conversation about the appropriate practice of Christians working to expand their faith. Columbus’ arrival opened the door to European Christian missionaries…
12-05-18 Managing grey wolves
Dec 5, 2018 • 59 min
The Manage Our Wolves Act took a step forward in November when it passed the U.S. House of Representatives. If it becomes law, it would lift federal protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states. That would enable states to make their own regulations…
12-04-18 More than a headache
Dec 4, 2018 • 59 min
Throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Those are some of the symptoms of migraines listed by the Mayo Clinic. Those who suffer migraines know they can be debilitating and last for several hours. The National Center for Health…
12-03-18 Tribal press freedom
Dec 3, 2018 • 59 min
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribal continues to face criticism from free press advocates. The council revoked a 2015 law protecting the tribally-owned Mvskoke Media from editorial control by tribal leaders. Mvskoke Media includes a newspaper and radio and…
11-30-18 November in the news
Nov 30, 2018 • 59 min
A New Mexico high school teacher was suspended after she cut a Native student’s hair and made an insensitive comment as part of a “Halloween stunt”. International human rights organizations are weighing in on allegations of modern day forced…
11-29-18 Justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women remains elusive
Nov 29, 2018 • 59 min
A new analysis finds more than 500 cases of missing or murdered women and girls in the United States since 1943. The authors of the study from the Urban Indian Health Institute say that is likely far lower than the real number. They point to poor…
11-28-18 Fighting forest fires’ increasing toll
Nov 28, 2018 • 59 min
The news about the fires in California keeps getting worse. The state’s governor says the increased frequency and growing intensity of wildfires ‘are the new abnormal.’ The human, environmental and economic costs keep rising. And California isn’t alone.…
11-27-18 Book of the Month: The Sea of Grass by Walter Echo-Hawk
Nov 27, 2018 • 59 min
The “Sea of Grass” is a fictional account of real people and events. Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) tells the history of the Pawnee Nation through the voices of ten generations of the Echo-Hawk family. It’s an account of the spirit, heroism and family…
11-26-18 Where the real buffalo roam
Nov 26, 2018 • 59 min
Bison were hunted almost to extinction in the 1800s, then cattle ranches displaced nearly all of what was left. Now, tribes are among those working to restore bison herds with a genetic connection to the original wild, roaming herds. There are both…
11-23-18 Cracking the Native art ceiling
Nov 23, 2018 • 59 min
Native art is often pegged as creations that depict pre-1900s Native symbols and imagery. But modern Native artists are also drawing from their traditions in ways that invite audiences to see Native people in a new way, whether it’s a neon-lighted buffalo…
11-22-18 Indigenous strength with NRG Rising
Nov 22, 2018 • 59 min
What better way to spend your day off than listening to Maori reggae? The group NRG Rising’s latest album, “Say Yes to Life” is an energetic tribute to their Indigenous strength. We’ll sit down with the band’s matriarch, Benita Tahuri, to discuss the…
11-21-18 Music Maker: Kinnie Starr
Nov 21, 2018 • 59 min
First Nations recording artist Kinnie Starr (Mohawk) is back on the scene with her new album “Feed The Fire.” Drawing from her journey as a brain injury survivor, she challenges the world and the way it revolves around immediacy. Her songs blend many…
11-20-18 “The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse
Nov 20, 2018 • 59 min
The current Off-Broadway play by Larissa FastHorse (Sičháŋǧu Lakota) is a timely satire aimed at the pitfalls of well-meaning Native allies. “The Thanksgiving Play” humorously exposes the accepted mythology celebrated every fourth Thursday in November. It…
11-19-18 The Mashpee Wampanoag’s land battle
Nov 19, 2018 • 59 min
As Thanksgiving approaches there is some irony in the tribe that met the Pilgrims when they landed are in a fight over whether they meet the legal definition of the word ‘Indian’. Mashpee Wampanoag leaders are pushing for congressional intervention to…
11-16-18 Native in the Spotlight: Georgina Lightning
Nov 16, 2018 • 59 min
Georgina Lightning (Samson Cree Nation) is an award-winning First Nations actress, filmmaker, screen writer and advocate. She’s appeared on TV shows like “The West Wing” and “Blackstone” and had a role in the 2018 film “Land.” Lightning is also a…
11-15-18 It’s Rock Your Mocs Day!
Nov 15, 2018 • 59 min
Whether it’s moccasins, mukluks or some other traditional footwear, Native people are showing them off this week at work, school, or running errands. Rock Your Mocs is an annual pride campaign to spread awareness of Native people and culture. We’re…
11-14-18 Fighting uranium mines
Nov 14, 2018 • 59 min
Weak demand and regional moratoriums have slowed uranium mining in recent years. But tribes, like the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, remain on the front lines, fighting efforts to revive and expand old, shuttered mines in the future. At an October…
11-13-18 Taking on student loans
Nov 13, 2018 • 59 min
Average in-state tuition at a public, four-year college has increase almost 170 percent in the last 20 years. Those numbers from the College Board show the cost of higher education are significantly outpacing inflation. To pay for college, students are…
11-12-18 What citizenship means
Nov 12, 2018 • 59 min
President Trump wants to end “birthright citizenship” in the United States for those born to parents who are not citizens. Making such a change would likely require changing the U.S. Constitution. There are parallels for Native Americans. Each tribe has…
11-09-18 Stories from veterans
Nov 9, 2018 • 59 min
World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have all become part of contemporary Native storytelling. These stories may bring up happy memories of adventure and heroism. They may also be painful reminders of trauma…
11-08-18 Bayou Bridge Pipeline
Nov 8, 2018 • 59 min
The last leg of the network of oil pipelines that stretches from North Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico is under construction. Indigenous protesters are among those who are committing acts of civil disobedience to try and halt completion of the 160-mile Bayou…
11-07-18 An Election Day for the books
Nov 7, 2018 • 59 min
The ballots are tallied and political pundits are spinning the election results. We add up the wins and losses for the record number of Native candidates who faced the voters. It’s possible America will be waking up to the first Native woman elected to…