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Monday, July 28, 2014 – July Book of the Month: “Hungry Johnny” (listen)

Cheryl Minnema and Wesley Ballinger from Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Nation have teamed up to share a story with young readers in their new book “Hungry Johnny.” Through colorful pages and expressive imagery, one little boy invites readers to meet his community and travel with him to a big feast. Johnny declares, “I like to eat, eat, eat!” We invite you to join our adventure alongside Johnny and the book’s creators on our July Book of the Month edition of Native America Calling.

Break Music: The Menu Song  (song) Arigon Starr (artist) The Red Road - Original Cast Recording (album)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014— Graffiti: Art or Vandalism? (listen)

In Native communities, some artists are using spray paint to express themselves. Do you think graffiti is art or vandalism? Can it be both? We will hear from graffiti artists who are making a living out of spray painting walls and buildings. Have you ever picked up a can of spray paint to make graffiti? Do you think graffiti can be used to reach out to young people in Native America in a positive way? Guests include graffiti artists Saba, Kirbieleya Platero and Yatika Fields. Also, Mark Herndon from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Break Music: Self Expression (song) Audiopharmacy (artist) U Forgot About Us (album)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Coping with Stress

We all experience stress. It can be caused by health problems, financial strain, and conflicts in our relationships. NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health recently surveyed over 2,000 people about the impact and kinds of stress in their lives. The survey found that health problems were among the top reasons for stress. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, persistent levels of high stress can actually cause health problems like lowered immunity and body systems function less. What is stressing you out? Have you taken steps to lower the stress in your life?

Share your comments about stress on our Facebook page or send an email to: comments@nativeamericacalling.com

Break Music: Okisikowak (song) Asani (Artist) Asani (Album)

Thursday, July 31, 2014– Teaching Art

Creating art is an important tradition in many Native American and Alaska Native communities. Many artisans also make teaching those skills a high priority. Who is teaching traditional techniques to young people in your tribe or village? Are there artists who are reviving some art forms through education? How can teaching traditional art forms help to preserve cultural traditions? Join us as we hear from art educators from around Native America who are working with our young ones to keep art in their daily lives. Guests include: master Navajo weaver Barbara Ornelas (Navajo) and artist Holly Nordlum (Inupiaq).

Break Music:Native Funk (song) Burning Sky (Artist) A Native American Odyssey Inuit to Inca (Album)

Friday, August 1, 2014– Mentoring our Young Native Men  
President Obama announced a new initiative earlier this year for young men of color called My Brother’s Keeper. The program aims to address inequality young men of color face in education and employment. Native American young men were not included in the original announcement, but recently President Obama more recently declared a plan to include them in the program. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Native Americans are more likely to be the victim of violent crimes like rape, robbery and assault than other groups in the US. Young Native men report even higher rates of these crimes than young women. What needs to be done to help young men in Native America find both safety and success in their lives? What do young men in your community need right now? Guests include: William Mendoza (Oglala-Sicangu Lakota) executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. Haven Harris (Inupiaq Eskimo) operations manager for the Bering Straits Native Corporation.

Break Music: Shawnee Stomp Dance (song) The Unconquered Spirit (artist) Chants and Trances of the Native American Indian, Vol. 1 (album)

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