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Monday, September 15, 2014 – #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft (listen)

A video of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice punching his then fiancée and dragging her out of an Atlantic City Casino surfaced earlier this year. The NFL initially suspended Rice for two games. But when the full-length video of the assault was released last week, public outcry prompted the NFL to suspend Rice indefinitely and the Baltimore Ravens cancelled his contract. While some are questioning the initial punishment Ray Rice received, others are taking the opportunity to talk about the experience of Janay Palmer, who married Rice a month after the attack. The twitter hashtag #WhyIStayed is trending with a personal stories about why people stayed in abusive relationships We will bring this conversation to our talking circle while we discuss why people might stay, and how some eventually left, an abusive situation. Guests include: Tina Olsen (Yaqui) executive director of Mending the Sacred Hoop and Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell (Ojibwe), a training and resource director for Mending the Sacred Hoop.

Break Music: Ayikis - The Frog Song (song) Asani (artist) Listen (album)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 –  Book of the Month: Nation to Nation (listen)

A new book is bringing more voices to a new exhibit that marks the 10 th anniversary of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). It’s titled "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations" by activist and author Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee). The pages of the book represent a conversation about the impact treaties made the U.S. government have had on our tribal nations. How deeply rooted are treaties in to your tribe’s history? Have your own treaties been honored? Do you feel treaties have the same strength today as they did when they were first made? What can we learn about the U.S. from past agreements? Guests include: Suzan Shown Harjo and “Nation to Nation” contributors NMAI Director Kevin Gover (Pawnee).

Break Music:Kiowa Flag Song (song) Bill Koomsa, Sr. & Kiowa Dance Group Singers (artist) Kiowa - Traditional Kiowa Songs (album)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — Healing Through The Tribal Courts

Individuals across Native America have been through the court system after being arrested on drug and alcohol charges. They can face fines and jail time in state or federal facilities. But some tribal courts are taking a different approach. Recently they've implemented tribal healing to wellness courts that deal with members who commit alcohol and drug related crimes and struggle with addiction. These courts are modeled after state drug courts but they are take into account culture and language as a part of treatment and healing. Each tribal court can be very different from the next. How exactly do they work? Do you think healing to wellness courts are a good idea? Do you think they could help the people in your community begin the process of healing?

Break Music:Rolling Stone (song) Burning Sky (artist) A Simple Man (album)

Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Native Accents

Do you have an accent? With a trained ear, you could figure out what tribe someone is from just by listening to them speak. Some say you can also tell which part of the reservation someone is from. Across Native America, there's a wide range of accents and drawls. We want to hear your accent! We want to know if you say "ay" or "nay." Are there made up words that only your tribe uses? Do you mix your Native language with English?

Break Music: What's Really Rez Ft Don Burnstick (song) Red Power Squad/Conway K (artist)

Friday, September 19, 2014 – Sports and Education

Sports are a part of every school year and basketball, football, and cross country are especially popular across Native America. Does your child or grandchild play a sport? Do you think young people can balance academics and sports? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that children should have 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Some studies suggest a link between physical fitness and higher test scores. Do you think participation in sports can lead to academic success? Or do sports take too much attention away from the classroom?

Break Music: Ideal Dub (song) Casper Loma Da-Wa (artist) Honor the People (album)

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