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The Book Of The Month Edition of Native America Calling is a monthly segment featuring conversations with Native authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history and books for children. A free copy of the featured book will be given to the first ten callers who make a comment on the air. Join us the last Wednesday of every month for our Book Of The Month Edition of Native America Calling.

Book of the Month 2007
2008,2006, 2005, 2004, 2003


Wednesday, January 31: Book of the Month:
Children Left Behind" is a sad story of a nation’s best intentions gone awry. Tim Giago’s personal accounts reveal an untold tragedy of abuse of helpless children by those who had the responsibility to protect them. To fully understand the calamity, you need only to visit the graveyards of the old boarding schools and see the hundreds of graves of Indian children who did not survive the misguided assimilation efforts,” writes Richard B. Williams, President of the American Indian College Fund. Join our conversation with Tim Giago (Oglala Lakota), our Book of the Month author for January.

Wednesday, February 28 – Book of the Month : The True Story of Pocahontas:
For the first time in 400 years, the true account of Pocahontas and the tragic events surrounding her life, her capture, and her romance with John Smith is told by her own people. This significant book shares the sacred and previously unpublished oral history of the Mattaponi Tribe, one of the original tribes of the Powhatan chiefdom encountered by the founders of Jamestown. Passed down from generation to generation, The True Story of Pocahontas contains powerful gems of Powhatan knowledge. Guests include authors Dr. Linwood “Little Bear” Custalow (Mattaponi) and Angela L. Daniel.

Wednesday, March 28 – Book of the Month: The Wonder Bull:
The Wonder Bull” by Ojibwe author Mark Anthony Rolo is the story of one man’s search for his tribal identity. The main character, Martin, is an emotionally disabled young man who wants nothing more than to get in touch with his tribal roots back in Oklahoma, but he can’t afford the $99 bus ticket. Hustling seems to be his only option, but still he can’t hold on to his money when there are addictions to feed. Join us as we discuss Rolo’s new book and the plight of today’s Natives seeking a different life.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 – Book of the Month: Native Intelligence:
Choctaw talent agent Lorna Rainey enters into the world of literature with her first book “Native Intelligence.” Hot off the presses, “Native Intelligence” is set in New York City, where the character Nita, a beautiful Choctaw woman, follows her instincts straight into the heart of a sinister anti-American plot. Guided by her 'native intelligence,' Nita must discover who and what mysterious substance killed her best friend before the police arrest her as their prime suspect. Whodunnit?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 – Book of the Month: Flight:
“Flight” is the first novel in ten years from the award-winning author Sherman Alexie. The New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe are singing praises for his new book. “Flight” tells the story of a young man, half Irish and half Indian, who time travels through history just as he contemplates committing a violent act. Alexie, who is Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, makes you laugh and breaks your heart as his character, Zits, enters into a modern day vision quest.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 – Book of the Month: "Where People Feast":
The food traditions of North America's indigenous peoples are centuries-old and endure to this day. Feasts that include a bounty from the land and sea helps connect Native People to family, community, and the afterlife. Join us as we talk with Dolly and Annie Watts, a mother-daughter duo of the Gitk’san First Nation in British Columbia, about their new book “Where People Feast.” Hear about Native cuisine of the Pacific Northwest, both traditional and modern. What part do feasts play in your tribal traditions?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 – Book of the Month: New Indians, Old Wars
In New Indians, Old Wars, author Elizabeth Cook-Lynn of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, tackles the discipline of Native Studies head-on, presenting a radical revision of the popular view of how the American West was won. Instead of accepting the widespread historians' view of the West as a shared place, Cook-Lynn argues the truth of the matter is that whites stole it from the Indians. As an author and professor, she is a woman and writer of distinct purpose, and she writes and teaches for the "cultural, historical, and political survival of Indian nations.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 – Book of the Month: Reclaiming Dine’ History: (listen)
“Reclaiming Dine’ History,” by Dine’ author, Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale presents an examination of issues in Navajo history. Denetdale uses a multi-layered approach to look at the way non-natives have presented Navajo history throughout the years. She says that those same histories, when read with an understanding of Navajo creation stories, “reveal previously unrecognized Navajo perspectives on the past.” Join us as we discuss Dr. Denetdale’s new book and the process of reclaiming history.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 – Book of the Month: Three Plays: (listen)
A new book by acclaimed novelist playwright and teacher Scott Momaday of the Kiowa tribe called “Three Plays: The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and the Moon in Two Windows” belongs with the best of Momaday’s classics. The Indolent Boys recounts the 1891 tragedy of runaways from the Kiowa Boarding School. Children of the Sun is a short children’s play about our relationship to the sun. The Moon in Two windows is a screenplay about Indian children forced into assimilation at Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. The program will also feature the new book Do All Indians Live in Tipis?, published by the National Museum of the American Indian.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 – Book of the Month: Hundred in the Hand:
Lakota author Joseph Marshall III has published the first book in his new Lakota Westerns series. “Hundred in the Hand” is about an important battle won by the Lakota in 1866. Based on historical accounts and oral history, the story brings new depth to the battle and the history of the Lakota. Marshall, from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota , is an award-winning author of nine books. His first language is Lakota and he is also a wilderness survival specialist. What leadership lessons can we learn from history?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 – Book of the Month: Indian Trains: (listen)
Indian Trains” is about small town Indians, about community and family, about thieves, prostitutes, train stealers, drug dealers, loners, jerks, dreaming alcoholics, and the ones who did everything but all that. It is about an entirely new tribe: urban mixed-bloods of multiple tribes who are going to pow wows and Indian bars for cultural fulfillment. They are the majority of the Indian population – the truly unsung peoples of America . Join us as we visit with author Erika Wurth of the Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes to talk about her new book of poetry.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 – Book of the Month: Lana’s Lakota Moons: (listen)
This charming and poignant contemporary story about two Lakota girls and their Laotian friend brings to light for children and adults the Lakota meaning of family, friendship, life and death. Lana and her cousin Lori are like sisters, growing up together under the caring eyes of their extended family. But when they meet a new girl at school who has recently arrived from Laos, they are drawn closer together through shared friendship, cultural discoveries, and loss. Join us as we talk with award winning Lakota author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve about her new book “Lana’s Lakota Moons.”


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