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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – ***ENCORE: 2013 American Indian Film Festival*** (listen)
The 2013 Annual American Indian Film Festival celebrated the work of Native producers, directors and actors who brought Native stories to the screen. We invite you to join us for an encore edition of Native America Calling as we recap the festival and highlight films featured at the screenings and award ceremony. We will not take calls during the show, but you are welcome to post your reactions on our Facebook page.

Break Music: Super Soaker 3000 (song) Young Birds (artist)

Thursday, January 2, 2014 – Losing Weight in Public (listen)
Shedding a few pounds is something many people want to accomplish. Some will make their resolution to fit into clothes they put away a long time ago because they are too snug around the middle. A public group page on Facebook called "Healthy Active Natives" has taken their quest public with pictures and progress reports from its members. Are you resolving to get healthy and lose weight this year? What do you think about sharing your weight loss experience with others? Do you think public accountability is what you might need to lost weight and keep it off? Waylon Pahona (Hopi-Tewa-Maricopa) Peer Fitness Leader for Gila River Health Care, Sharon Susook (Koyukon Athabascan) Director of the Edgar Knollner Health Center, Deb Butler (Navajo) Administrative Assistant for Daifuku America Corp and Jeremy Stands Over Bull (Crow).

Break Music: Smokedance remix (song) Eastern Sky Ambassadors (artist)

Friday, January 3, 2014 – Ask Me Anything: Gyasi Ross (listen)
In our second installment of our occasional series, "Ask Me Anything," Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet/Suquamish) will be ready in the hot seat. Ross is a lawyer and author. He's also a graduate of Columbia Law School, a journalist, and owner of Red Vinyl Records. Gyasi has published poetry and written about current events. Do you want to hear what Gyasi Ross thinks about a national news story? What about politics or poetry? Our phone lines will be open for your questions!

Break Music: Aboriginal (song) Frank Waln (artist) AbOriginal - Single (album)

Monday, January 6, 2014 – January Music Maker: Klee Benally (listen)
Our first Music Maker of 2014 brings us raw acoustic energy from the Diné Nation. Performing artist and Indigenous rights advocate Klee Benally is known for his 20 years with the Diné punk rock group Blackfire. In his first solo acoustic album, "Respect Existence or Expect Resistance," Benally draws on his work on the protection of sacred places to liberate his latest compositions. This 14-track album brings more light to environmental justice issues including uranium and water rights. Benally says the title of the album says it all and asserts it's more than a collection of songs but rather a promise, a longing, a tension and a threat. We invite you to experience this album with us on our January Music Maker edition with Diné recording artist Klee Benally.

Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEBhDVnzG_s

Break Music: Song of The Sun (song) Klee Benally (artist) Respect Existence Or Expect Resistance (album)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 – January Current Events (listen)
Tune in to our monthly Current Events program to hear what is happening in Native America in January. We'll learn about an Indigenous language symposium in Hawaii, a workshop on health resilience in Arizona and the Indigenous World Film Festival in Alaska. You can also call in and share information about events, gatherings and conferences in your area. What events are you excited about in January? What's happening in your community? Do you know of a professional training that might be useful to others in Native America? Listen in and call in during our Current Events show.

Belief at the University of Montana

Health Resilience among American Indians in Arizona: Strengthening Communities through Stories of Resilience

4th Annual Native American Human Resources Conference

Indigenous World Film Festival

Break Music: Light Up the World Feat. Devin Leonti (song) LightningCloud (artist) LightningCloud (album)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – A Tribute to Native Comedic Great Charlie Hill (listen)
Oneida comedic great Charlie Hill walked on last week after a year-long battle with lymphoma. By mid-day December 30, social media networks were flooded with tribute messages to Charlie, his family, friends and fans. Photos and Charlie Hill stories also began to circulate, shortening the distance between his work and those who were inspired. As Native America continues to celebrate Hill's work and his influence on the world, we stand in solidarity by honoring his memory and legacy in our electronic talking circle. We invite you to share your connection to Charlie Hill as we pay tribute to his work and life.

Charlie Hill Fund

Break Music: The Had-It-Up-to-Here Round Dance feat. Charlie Hill (song) Joy Harjo (artist) Native Joy for Real (album))

Thursday, January 9, 2014 – Sacred Places Update (listen)
Join us for an update on sacred places around Native America. We will take a look back at victories last year and hear about some priorities for 2014. We will also check in with some of the sacred places featured in our past shows. What sacred places are you working to protect in your community? What sacred places in Native America need attention or protection right now? Are you planning a visit to a sacred place this year? Join us to share your stories and thoughts about how we value and protect our sacred places. Guests include: Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee) President of the Morning Star Institute, Ashley Ahearn, reporter, KUOW, Morning Star Gali (Pit River Tribe) Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pit River Tribe, Kalani Flores ( Native Hawaiian), activist and Cheryl Seidner Wiyot tribe, a councilwoman and cultural liaison for the Wiyot Tribe.

Break Music: Healing Winds (song) Kansas Begaye (artist) Native Rose (album)

Friday, January 10, 2014 – Combining Western Science and Traditional Knowledge (listen)
It's been said that many threads weave the tapestry of traditional knowledge. Where does tradition fit in in an era that's becoming increasingly dominated by the values of western science and digital technology? Can these different ways of understanding our natural world be combined? Should they be? Are you personally combining traditional knowledge and western science in your work or personal life? Join us as we explore these two modes of thinking and check in with groups that have been working together to bridge and enhance them.

Break Music: Licka ma leg (song) Judy Trejo (artist) Circle Dance Songs of the Paiute and Shoshone (album)

Monday, January 13, 2014 – The Role Of Indigenous Women In Development Programs (listen)
Indigenous women from around the world gathered in Peru last fall to discuss international development goals. They debated economic development, language and how to maintain cultural practices. They also demanded that governments from across the globe dedicate money to address the needs of Indigenous women. What are some of the key issues for women in your community? How do you think the voices of Native or Indigenous women might change changes about economic development in the highest levels of government? Are you a female leader who can share advice for other women who want to address some of the key issues in their community? Join us as we talk about the role of Indigenous women in development plans at the tribal, state and federal level. Guests include: Andrea Carmen (Yaqui) Executive Director for the International Indian Treaty Council and Mirna Cunningham (Miskita Nation) Director for the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples.

Break Music: Khoyaylla (Huayno, Perú) (song) Los Folkloristas (artist) Caminos de los Andes (album)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – Endangered Species Act Turns 40 (listen)
The Endangered Species Act was passed by Congress forty years ago this month. The purpose is to protect and recover threatened species. Is there an animal or plant that needs protection in your area? Are you concerned about the status of the Gray Wolf, Bull Trout or another species? Are you a farmer who rancher who has faced restrictions from the government because an endangered species in your area? We will also explore how the Endangered Species Act has been used in Native America and how tribes are managing endangered species on their lands. Join us with your comments and questions. Guests include: Micah McCarty (Makah) Former Chairman for the Makah Tribal Council and Paul Souza, Assistant Director for Ecological Services at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Peter David, Wildlife Biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Break Music: Eagle (song) Bill Miller (artist) Chronicles of Hope (album)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – Addiction Treatment For Young People (listen)
Addiction is an issue that touches many families in Native America. In recent years, some treatment centers have opened to address the specific needs of Native youth who are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Join us as we learn how treatment for young people is different than adults. Do you know a young person who has been through treatment? Did you need help with addiction when you were a teenager or young adult? We also want to hear from community leaders and professionals who work with young people who are struggling to overcome addiction. Guests include: Darren Dry (Cherokee Nation), director of the Jack Brown Adolescent Treatment Center, Dr. Martina Whelshula (Arrow Lakes Nation of the Colville Indian Reservation), executive director of The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, Rebecca Howe, director, Ravens Way Treatment Center, and Katia Torelli-Delgato (Quechua/Mestiza) clinical director, Butterfly Healing Center.

Break Music:Saltwater People (song) Nangu (artist) Red Sunset (album)

Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Cheerleading In Native America (listen)
Cheerleaders represent the heart of team spirit and help get the crowds roaring at many sports events. Today we put the spotlight on cheerleaders who shout and tumble across Native America. Do you have a high school cheerleading tradition in your community? How far back does cheering go in your tribal community? Are you a former cheerleader who learned discipline through this sport? Are you a parent or grandparent who has concerns about letting your own daughter or granddaughter join a cheerleading squad? We also want to hear about cheerleading beyond high school. Has one of your tribal members taken it to the top and cheered for a high-ranking university or pro-team? Guests include: Katie Callaway (Chickasaw), member of the Thunder Girls Dance Team for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brittney Hall (Loyal Shawnee), Haskell Indian Nations University head cheer and dance coach, and Jim Lord, executive director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators.

Break Music: Stick Game Jam F. BIG Phil (Beat By Magic Touch, Mixed By EV Of A-Slam.Com) (song) Inez (artist) Inez - Singsoulgirl (album)

Friday, January 17, 2014 – Is The Air In Our Community Safe? (listen)
Air quality is an important part of a healthy environment, but safe air is not guaranteed across NAtive America. A recent Associated Press analysis of EPA data shows that about 10% of all US power plants lie within 20 miles of a reservation. Do you live near a power plant and are concerned about air quality? What have you done to try to get information about air quality or ensure the air in your community is safe? Do you think current federal clean air standards are enough? Join us as we talk about outdoor air quality in Native America. Guests include: Professor George Thurston, research scientist with NYU School of Medicine, Eugina Quintana (Dine), environmental department manager for the Navajo Nation EPA Air and Toxic Department, and Vernon Lee, tribal council member for the Moapa Paiute Band of Paiute Indians.

Break Music: Reggae 4 Humanity (song) Lady Reiko & The Sin City Prophets (artist) Lady Reiko & the Sin City Prophets (album)

Monday, January 20, 2014 – Indoor Air Quality: Is The Air In Your Home Safe? (listen)
In many communities, the arrival of winter means people are spending more time inside homes and buildings. Without proper ventilation, indoor air pollutants can rise to unhealthy levels and prolonged exposure can result in serious health problems. What do you know about your home's ventilation system? Is the air you are breathing in your home healthy or do you think it might be making you sick? We'll discuss the importance of indoor air quality and look at the steps some tribes are taking to make sure their community members are living...and breathing in healthy homes. Guests include: A.J. Aslkoski and Patrick Bloecher, project managers with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium's Healthy Homes Program, Mansel Nelson, program coordinator of the Indoor Air Quality In Tribal Communities Program, Brian Hanson, specialist with the National Radon Program Services at KSU, Twa-le Abrahamson (Spokane), air quality coordinator for the Spokane tribe, Dr. Rosalyn Singleton, Director of ANTHC's Immunization Program.

Break Music: Strongheart (song) Sissy Goodhouse (artist) The Third Circle (album)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Legalizing Marijuana: What Does Native America Think? (listen)
Colorado and Washington State now allow the sale of recreational marijuana within their borders, but the sale of cannabis is still illegal under federal law. What do you think about these new laws? Is your state considering legislation to allow recreational marijuana sales? What's the stance of your tribe or Alaska Native Corporation? Do you think allowing for the sale and possession of recreational marijuana is good for communities? Guests include: Harry Smiskin (S'miss-kin) Yakama Nation, Tribal Chairman of the Yakama Nation and Alex White Plume (Oglala Lakota), former president and vice-president of the Oglala Lakota Nation and Dennis Chappabitty (Choctaw Nation) Attorney at Law.

Break Music: Magic City Mi-A-Mi (song) Tiger Tiger (artist) New Era (album)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – The Big Three: Sugar (listen)
Over the next three weeks, Native America Calling will examine how the ingredients sugar, salt and fat are part of the obesity crisis in Native America. We will hear from nutritionists, cultural practitioners, medical providers, academics, and everyday people who are making decisions and educating others in their communities about the health impacts of salt, sugar and fat. Today our focus is sugar. How was sugar used traditionally and how is our consumption of sugar different today? What are some of the myths about sugar? Is it possible to eat sugar in moderation or are foods manufactured to make us want more and more? Guests include: Dr. Rachel K. Johnson, professor of nutrition, University of Vermont, Dr. Rudolph C. Rÿser (Cowlitz), executive director, Center for World Indigenous Studies, and Dr. Jessica Bremerman (Yakama Nation), public health dentist.

Break Music: In The Balance (song) Sharon Burch (artist) Touch The Sweet Earth (album)

Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Truth vs. Myth: Cold and Flu Remedies (listen)
According to the CDC, this year's flu season is average so far but health officials still recommend that certain groups of people get vaccinated. Have you been hit by a cold or flu this season? What advice did you get from your friends and family? Did someone tell you to cut an onion in half and put it in your bedroom overnight? Or what about putting on cold wet socks? We will bring you accurate information about the best cold and flu remedies. We'll also dispel some myths about home treatment of the flu. You can call in with your remedies and suggestions. How are you staying healthy this flu season?

Break Music: Crane (song) Pamyua (artist) Caught In The Act (album)

Friday, January 24, 2014 – January Book of the Month: "Spirit OnThe Run" (listen)
DJ Eagle Bear Vanas is known throughout Native America for his work as a motivational speaker, leader and storyteller. This month we bring you his latest publication "Spirit On The Run." It's a novel that follows the life of his character Derek, a Native man who's troubled by his painful past and is forced to face it in a unique way. The critics are hailing it as a captivating read that weaves suspense, family drama, and spiritual adventure together in an entrancing way. Vanas, an Odawa Nation tribal member, calls on his work in encouraging people to look within and on one's culture to find strength and balance. Join us as we visit with our January Book of the Month Author - DJ Eagle Bear Vanas.

Break Music: Lost And Found (song) Jeremy Goodfeather (artist) Goodfeather (album)

Monday, January 27, 2014 – Hunting and Economic Development (listen)
Hunting holds many meanings in Native America. While many traditions began as a necessity for survival, some tribes have turned the practice into an opportunity for economic development. Experts in the field now say some of the best hunting is available on tribal land. Does your tribe offer hunting and fishing licenses to both tribal and non-tribal members? What about guided hunts? How do you feel about the idea of sharing resources and traditions in exchange for money? Guests include: Rob Goodman (Oglala Sioux), biologist with the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority, Sarah Kazhe-Kirgan (Mescalero Apache), director of marketing at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, and Dr. Stephen J. Langdon, professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Break Music: Hunting Chant (song) Art Napoleon (artist) Indian Rezervation Blues And More - [Disc 2]( (album)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – The CrossFit Trend (listen)
The exercise program CrossFit has increasingly been the focus of news stories. This month a man fractured his spine in a CrossFit competition. The injury brings up questions about the safety of CrossFit as its popularity grows across the United States. Have you tried CrossFit? Do you think this intense exercise program has a place in gyms across Native America? Craig Stahl (Cree) Owner CrossFit Menawa, Naomi Harris (Northern Cheyenne) CrossFit Level One Trainer and Dr. Tanya Hagen, Sports Medicine Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Break Music: Intertribal (feat. Northern Cree) (song) K.A.S.P.(artist) Intertribal (feat. Northern Cree) - Single (album)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – The Big Three: Salt (listen)
In part two of our series The Big Three, we take a closer look at salt. Do you crave salty foods? We have gathered a panel of experts who can talk about how was salt used traditionally in Native America and how are we using it today. Do you know the difference between salt and sodium? What are your favorite foods with lots of salt? How much sodium should we really be eating and can too much salt contribute to health problems? Guests include: Dr. Elliott Antman, president-elect of the American Heart Association, Curtis Quam (Zuni) Cultural Educator and Museum Technician at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center and Theresa Pepion (Blackfeet) Health Promotion Specialist.

Break Music: Zuni Sunrise (song) Tony Duncan (artist) Earth Warrior (album)

Thursday, January 30, 2014 – The 2014 State of Indian Nations Address (listen)
Join Native America Calling as we broadcast this year's State of Indian Nations address. National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Brian Cladoosby will deliver the address from the Knight Studios in Washington DC. This annual address highlights goals for Native America and priorities for tribal leaders. The address will be followed by analysis and commentary from journalists and experts. Guests include: Rhonda LeValdo (Pueblo of Acoma) Journalism instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University, Paul Demain (Oneida/Ojibwe) CEO of IndianCountryTV.com. He is Oneida and Ojibwe, and Michelle Holiday (Iowa) founder and president of Michelle Holiday and Associates.

NAC staff will also live tweet the address. Follow @18099native on Twitter.

Break Music: Thunderbird Song (song) Vince Fontaine (artist) Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Vol. 5 (album)

Friday, January 31, 2014 – Watching The Superbowl In Native America (listen)
The National Football League is gearing up for its biggest game of the season on Sunday. Superbowl XLVIII features two teams with a large Native American fan base. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks meet in East Rutherford, New Jersey and fans will be glued to their big screens for a match up that features the best offense and the best defense in the league. Who are you cheering for? Does your family have a tradition of gathering on Super Sunday to eat and watch the game? Guests include: John Hudson (Tshimshian) High School Art Teacher for Annette Island School District, Jacob Lucas (Chinook) Wood Carver, Bianca White Bull (Hunkpapa Lakota) Receptionist at Denver Indian Center and Susie Little Light (Crow) Denver Broncos Fan

Break Music: All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over for Monday Night Football (song) Hank Williams Jr. (artist) America (The Way I See It) - Original Classic Hits, Vol.18 Country (album)

Monday, February 3, 2014 – Banned Native Authors (listen)
Sherman Alexie's book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" has been banned or removed from reading lists in school districts across the United States. It recently caused a stir at Northwestern Senior High School in Miami, Florida when students were assigned to read the book over the holidays. Do you think some subjects are too much for middle and high school students? Do you think books should ever be banned? Are there books that you would not let your children read until a certain age? What do you think about other Native authors being the target of efforts to ban certain books in schools and libraries? Guests include: Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo) Founder of American Indians in Children's Literature website, Barney Bush (Shawnee) Author and Poet and Micheal O'Neil Communications Director for the National Coalition Against Censorship.

National Coalition Against Censorship:

American Indian Library Association.

Break Music: War Cry Movement I (song) Cris Derksen (artist) The Cusp (album)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – Current Events in Native America (listen)
Join Native America Calling to hear about events, gatherings and trainings taking place around Native America in February. A deadline is approaching for the Harpo Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and the Alaska Forum on the Environment is taking place this week in Anchorage. What events are you excited about in February? What information can you share about opportunities in your community?

Mentioned on today's show:

Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

Alaska Forum on the Environment

Health Care Enrollment Clinic through the Native American Voters Alliance in Albuquerque

The Vermont Studio Center

Harpo Fellowship

2014 NYO Games Alaska

Break Music: Betcha I Get Ya (song) Kay Starr (artist) The Best of the Standard Transcriptions (album)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – The Big Three: Fat (listen)
In the final installment of our series "The Big Three," we take on fat. How was fat part of your tribe's traditional diet? How much fat do you think you eat today? Fat is often vilified, but is fat really responsible for high rates of obesity in Native America? We will take on myths and misconceptions about fat and we want to hear your experiences. Do you have a hard time saying no to high fat foods, especially at family or community gatherings? Have you been able to balance enjoying some high fat foods while maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Join us for another discussion about the food we eat and our health. Guests include: Valerie Seagrest (Muckleshoot) Native nutrition educator, Northwest Indian College and Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa), chef and co-owner of Red Mesa Cuisine.

Break Music: Frybread (song) Keith Secola (artist) Wild Band Of Indians (album)

Thursday, February 6, 2014 – Native-Themed Mascots In High Schools (listen)

Native-themed mascots are back in the news, but this time the teams are high schools. In Idaho, two school districts received letters recently from the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee requesting a name change for their mascots. Do you think middle schools and high schools should be held to the same scrutiny as professional teams for their use of Native images in their mascots? Do you find these mascots offensive or do you feel honored? How should we talk to young people about mascots? Join us as we examine a different angle in the ongoing debate about Native-themed mascots. Guests include: KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee, advocate and Native American history and culture presenter Anna Edwards (Ohkay Owingeh), NCAI Deputy Director Robert Holden (Choctaw/Chickasaw), and Brooklyn Baptiste (Nez Perce), a member of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.

Break Music: Co Slychac? (What's Up?) (song) Kool Krys (artist) Perfume(album)

Friday, February 7– Boarding School Memories (listen)
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque has an exhibit on display that highlights the experiences of students at the Albuquerque Indian School. The legacy of boarding and residential schools in Native American usually brings up memories of forced assimilation, abuse and suffering. If you attended the Albuquerque Indian School, do you feel like you had a different boarding school experience than your peers who attended other schools? Some people made lasting friendships and even found their spouse at boarding school. Do you have fond memories of boarding school and do you feel like you can share those experiences with friends and family? Guests include: Dr. Ted Jojola (Isleta Pueblo), co-curator of the Albuquerque Indian School Retrospective with a Vision Forward at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; and Dr. Tsianina Lomawaima (Muscogee) professor at Arizona State University.

Break Music: Wim Ah I Wem, Tiwa (song) Greg Analla ( artist)

Monday, February 10, 2014 – What is the State of Native America? (listen)
This is the time of year when national leaders reflect on their priorities. US President Barack Obama and National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby recently highlighted opportunities and challenges in their national addresses. Today we'll highlight their words as we open the discussion to your thoughts on the state of Native America. What are the pressing issues that need attention in your area? What are emerging concerns for your own tribal nation? Guests include Rhonda LeValdo (Pueblo of Acoma), journalism instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University, Michelle L. Holiday (Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma) who’s on the board of directors for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and Paul Demain (Oneida/Ojibwe), CEO of IndianCountryTV.com.

Break Music: Intertribal (song) Thunder Hill (artist) Relentless (album)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – Marriage Equality in Native America (listen)
Last year the US Supreme Court overturned a key provision in the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. In recent months, courts across the US have also issued rulings on same sex marriage. We want hear what you think challenges to marriage laws mean for Native America. The Diné Marriage Act prohibits same sex marriage within the Navajo Nation. How does your tribe address same sex marriage? Has your tribal government started to discuss the issue because a new law allows same sex marriage in your state?

Break Music: Beauty Way (song) Summit Dub Squad (artist) The Beauty Way (album)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – The Next Generation of Writers (listen)
The Institute of American Indian Art, or IAIA, has offered a creative writing program for twenty years, but now students can earn also earn an MFA in Creative Writing. Have you ever studied in a creative writing program? What resources do you think could help you or one of your students succeed in the publishing world? What challenges do Native authors face when they start to send out their manuscripts? Our conversation will include a discussion on the writing process and readings from Native authors. Guests include: Chee Brossy (Diné) MFA student, Institute of American Indian Arts, Sherwin Bisui (Diné) author, Joan Naviyuk Kane (Inupiaq) writer and professor at IAIA and professor for the IAIA MFA program.

Break Music: Digital Tongues (song) The Wake Singers (artist)

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Is There A Fatherhood Crisis in Native America? (listen)

Some fathers in Native America get bad reputation for being absent from their children's lives. Are fathers staying connected with their children in your community? Do we need to do more to ensure that fathers are playing a positive role? Everyone is welcome in this conversation about what fatherhood looks like right now in Native America. Are too many fathers absent or do you see fathers stepping up to support their children? Guest include: Dominic Clichee (Navajo) Epidemiologist at Tse ho Tso Medical Center and New Father and Warren Kontz (Creek & Navajo) Evaluation Coordinator for the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association.

Break Music: Pixou Falls (song) Oh My Darling (artist) In the Lonesome Hours (album)

Friday, February 14 – How Do You Show Love For Your Elders? (listen)
This Valentine's Day, we want to take a different look at love and appreciation. Tell us how you show your devotion and respect for your elders! Do you make time to speak with the golden agers in your life every day or every week? Do you help them with chores around the house? Have you found another way to show your appreciation for the elders in your family or community? Call in and share stories about how you love your elders. We also want to hear from elders about the ways they feel loved and appreciated by the younger people in their lives. Guests include: Randella Bluehouse (Dine), executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging, Lisa Wade (Chickawea Native Village), council member and health and social services director with the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council, Daniel Dixon (Menamone/Stockbridge Munsee Mohican), production coordinator with Wisdom of the Elders, Tawna Sanchez (Shaohone-Bannock/Ute), director of family services at the Native American Youth and Family Center, Linda Myers, founder and director of the Adopt a Native Elder program.

Break Music: The Elders (song) Randy Wood (artist) My Heart & Soul (album)

Monday, February 17, 2014 – Singing In Your Native Language (listen)
A Coca-Cola ad in this year's Super Bowl caused a stir on Twitter. The commercial included images of a multicultural America as the song America The Beautiful was sung in eight languages and English. One of those singers was a young women from Kewa Pueblo, who sang in Keres. Tribes around Native America are not only celebrating their languages but making sure they are spoken by the next generation. How can we ensure that the next generation can sing any song they want in their Native language? Should we use the same technology that young people are already using in their daily lives or should they spend time with elders who are fluent speakers...or both? Guests include Kim Walden (Chitimacha) Cultural Director and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Chitimacha Tribe, Jasmine James (Tlingit) Program Coordinator for the Sealaska Heritage Institute and Christy Bird (Kewa Pueblo) Student.

Mentioned on today's show:

The Sealaska Heritage Institute provides language resources

Breath of Life Workshop

Break Music: Cree Sunrise (song) Art Napoleon (Travelling Sun)(artist) Miyoskamin (Early Springtime) (album)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – Electronic Cigarettes (listen)
Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, is now a billion dollar business in the United States. Many states and cities have passed legislation to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and smoking or "vaping" in public places, but the US Food and Drug Administration does not classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. That means there is no federal regulation on the manufacture or distribution of e-cigarettes. Have you tried e-cigarettes? If you own a shop that sells e-cigarettes, what are you hearing from your customers right now? Do you think e-cigarettes are safe? Guests include: Derek Bailey (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) project director for the National Native Network's Keep it Sacred Program and Representative Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson from the New Mexico state legislature.

Break Music: Euphony (song) Nitanis "Kit" Largo (artist) Serenity (album)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – February Book of the Month: "Tani's Search for the Heart" (listen)
A Lummi and S'Klallam brother and sister teamed up to share their memories and the lessons from their tribe and their youth in a new children's book "Tani's Search for the Heart". The creators of this story say this adventure through the eyes of a young girl is really about finding a person's gift. In the pages of the book, Tani meets a mix of animals along the way who help her learn more about her connections to the world around her. Today we ask you to summon your inner kid and take a trip with us as we visit with our February Book of the Month authors. Guests include artist, writer and singer Chenoa Egawa and novelist Keith Egawa.

Break Music: Canoe Song (song) Chenoa (artist) Spirit of Salishan (album)

Thursday, February 20, 2014 – Behavioral Health Funding (listen)

Behavioral health programs address the connection between individual behaviors and overall health and wellness. In Native America, funding for behavioral health may be critical for reversing our higher rates of suicide, addiction and obesity. The Affordable Health Care Act allowed for Medicaid expansion in some states. That was good news for those needing behavioral health care. At the same time, a report from the National Alliance for Mental Illness found that state mental health funding was reduced by over four billion dollars from 2009-2012. While some states are working to increase funding, is it enough? What might cuts in behavioral funding mean for Native America? With higher rates of addiction and suicide, are we getting our fair share? Guests include: Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle (Mohawk) Director of Public Health Programs at National Indian Health Board, Jim Roberts (Hopi) policy analyst for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and Dr. Dale Walker (Cherokee) director of the One Sky Center.

Break Music: Pilipuka (song) Patrick Landeza (artist) Kama`Alua (album)

Friday, February 21 – Stalking in Native America (listen)
It's been nearly a year since Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). More resources are being dedicated to address violence against women in Native America. Stalking is a terrifying reality for many Native women. According to the most recent "National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey," more than 20 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women reported that they had been stalked. How have you or someone you know been impacted by this crime? We'll discuss what's being done on a local and national level to address stalking in Native America. Join us as we also share the steps you can take to address stalking that is having an impact on your or someone you know. Guests include: Lisa Brunner (White Earth Ojibwe) program specialist at the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Janet Routzen (Rosebud Sioux) executive director of the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, and Lisa Weisenfeld, policy coordinator for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Break Music: Pigeon Dance (song) Pura Fe (artist) Follow Your Heart's Desire (album)

Monday, February 24, 2014 – Meet Those Deadlines! (listen)
There are many scholarships, internships and fellowships available right now for Native Americans. The LAGRANT Foundation provides scholarships for college undergraduates and graduate students majoring in marketing, advertising or public relations. The Indian Arts Research Center funds a nine-month paid internship focusing on museum studies. Do you know a rising star who might be interested in the Semester in Washington Native American Political Leadership program through the George Washington University? Deadlines for these programs are approaching fast! We will share information about fellowships, scholarships and internships and tips for meeting those crucial deadlines. You can also call in and share your own opportunities during the live show. Guests include: Melvin Monette (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) director of graduate fellowship and special programs, American Indian Graduate Center.

Break Music: AbOriginal (song) Frank Waln (artist) AbOriginal - Single (album)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – Bridging Race Relations On The Ice (listen)
Rapid City Rush hockey players Winston Day Chief and Justin Sawyer have quickly become fan favorites. These Indigenous players are getting attention for drawing in more diverse fans in a town that's dealt with racial tension for years. Their story is hopeful, but sometimes racism comes out at sporting events. Have you ever witnessed an act of racism at a basketball game, football game or hockey match? Can players and fans overcome those acts of racism and come together around good sportsmanship? Could sports help heal communities divided along racial lines? Guests include: Brandon Ecoffey (Oglala Lakota - managing editor for Native Sun News) and Winston Day Chief (Blackfoot), Sunnie Clahchischiligi (Navajo) sports writer for the Navajo Times and Justin Sawyer (Ojibwe).

Break Music: Trekker (song) Madeskimo (artist)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – February Music Maker: Inez Jasper (listen)
Award-winning First Nations pop artist Inez Jasper (Sto:lo/Ojibwa/Métis) has really shaken things up with her new album "Burn Me Down." She is known for blending traditional Native sounds with contemporary music that really gets the dance floor shaking. In her latest release booming with heavy bass, electronic beats and enticing lyrics, she gives way to a new chapter of her life and songwriting. We invite you to join us as we visit with this Native pop talent on our February Music Maker edition.

Break Music: Electric 49 (song) Inez Jasper (artist) Burn Me Down (album)

Thursday, February 27– The High Cost Of Heat (listen)
Earlier this month, a woman on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation was found dead in a home with no propane gas. The tragedy sparked debate across the United States about the rising cost to heat our homes. A propane shortage right now has been attributed to many factors including a wet growing season, extreme cold across the country and pipeline access. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered a pipeline operator put propane ahead of other fuel in their pipeline from Texas to the Midwest. Will that be enough? Every year, heating prices rise and Native American families on fixed incomes struggle to safely heat their homes. What do you think are the long-term solutions for fuel shortages and rising prices? Guests include: Chase Iron Eyes (Lakota) from the Last Real Indians media site, Brandon Avila, spokesperson for the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance, Scott Davis ( Standing Rock Sioux /Turtle Mountain Chippewa ) Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the State of North Dakota, Steve Payne (Sac and Fox/Cherokee) m anaging director of the Housing Improvements & Preservation Unit within the Department of Commerce in Washington State and DJ Two Bears (Standing Rock Sioux) c ommunications advocate for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Break Music: All My Relations (song) Spirit Nation (artist) Winter Moons (album)

Friday, February 28 – Where Did We Come From? (listen)
Native American genetic ancestry is in the news again. Researchers recently announced new data gathered from the remains of a boy in Montana who was ceremonially buried some 12,000 years ago. The findings suggest that Indigenous groups in North and South America are descendants from a population in Asia. Research like this is not new, but the findings highlight the many ethical and legal questions about the study of ancient Native American remains. How should these ancestors be repatriated? Does your tribe have a tradition for handling this type of discovery? Should scientists even be allowed to study ancient remains? Guests include: Dr. Shane Doyle (Crow) adjunct faculty of Native American studies at Montana State University, Dr. Dennis Jenkins, senior research archaeologist at the University or Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and Dr. James Riding In (Pawnee) associate professor of American Indian studies at Arizona State University.

Break Music: Across (song) Quese IMC & Cempoalli 20 (artist) Osahwuh (album)

Monday, March 3, 2014 – Getting Enough Sleep? (listen)
If you toss and turn every night and wake up feeling tired, you're not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls insufficient sleep a "public health epidemic." What's the connection between sleep and our overall health? Some studies suggest links between lack of sleep and obesity. How much sleep do we really need each night? Are we getting the same amount of sleep as our ancestors? Has snoring banished you or your partner to another room? Jeff Savage (Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) from the Fond Du Lac Cultural Center and Museum history of dream catchers. We'll also be joined by Dr. Gary Ferguson (Aleut), director of Wellness and Prevention with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Break Music: Kayas (song) Bear Creek (artist) Through Thick and Thin (album)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – March Current Events (listen)
It's time for another round of current events! The opening of an exhibition of drawings by artist Allan Houser will happen this weekend at the University of Oklahoma. We'll also hear what will be discussed at a summit on eagles in Denver, who should attend the Raven's Ball in Anchorage and what will be covered at the Tribal Public Health Summit in Montana later this month. You can join us and share additional information about events, gatherings and trainings happening around Native America during the month of March.

Mentioned on today's show:

Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition

National Tribal Public Health Summit

Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now at the Penn Museum

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Raven's Ball

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – Heroin in Native America (listen)
Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent heroin overdose last month at his apartment in New York City. Heroin overdoses are a rising concern in cities and towns across the United States. Some tribes are facing the difficult challenge of addressing heroin addiction with limited resources for both law enforcement and treatment. Has heroin addiction touched your community? What do you think needs to be done to address heroin and prescription drug abuse? Guests include: Walter Lamar (Blackfeet Nation of Montana), president and CEO of Lamar Associates.

Break Music: Visioning (song) Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman (artist) Medicine Song (album)

Thursday, March 6 - Literacy (listen)
A recent study of U.S. literacy rates shows that about two-thirds of Native American fourth graders are not proficient in reading. Young people who struggle to read can experience many challenges during their school years and beyond. Some programs across Native America are tackling this critical issue. Did you struggle with reading growing up? Do you know of a successful program or strategy that should be shared? Join us as we talk about the ways we can help our young ones improve their reading skills. Guests include: Ahniwake Rose (Cherokee/Muscogee) executive director of the National Indian Education Association, Dr. Veronica Garcia, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, Dr. Magda Costantino, former director of the Evergreen Center for Educational Development, and Dr. Lamont Yazzie (Navajo) director of educational services for the Navajo Nation Head Start program.

Break Music: Thunderheads (song) Clark Tenakhongva (artist) Hoat'Ve'La (album)

Friday, March 7 – Beyond Sobriety (listen)
Getting sober is a complicated journey and there are many paths to sobriety. The White Bison group started the Wellbriety movement in the early 1990s. It's one way to dig deeper into the issues surrounding addiction. Some say knowing the causes of addiction is crucial for recovery. Wellbriety is understood as being both sober and well. What does it mean to really be well? Join us for a conversation with the founder of the Wellbriety Movement, Don Coyhis (Mohican) president of White Bison Inc, Marlin Farley (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) master trainer for the White Bison Programs and Jerry Moe, national director of Children's Programs at the Betty Ford Center.

Break Music: Canoe Song (song) Chenoa (artist) Spirit of Salishan (album)

Monday, March 10, 2014 – March Music Maker: Keith Secola (listen)
It might be frybread, maybe even being bit by a bat. Then again, it could also be a beloved NDN car. Whatever the reason, many people can't get enough of Anishinabe recording artist Keith Secola. His unique sound is back with more songs to help you realize "Life is Grand," which is also the title of his latest musical exploration of intoxicating lyrics and rhythms. We invite you to join us as we visit with our March Music Maker, Keith Secola.

Break Music: Life is Grand (song), Keith Secola (artist) Life is Grand (album)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – VAWA, One Year Later (listen)
It's been just over a year since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was reauthorized by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The new law includes provisions to allow tribal governments to prosecute non-Native sexual assault and domestic violence offenders. The reauthorization was celebrated a year ago, but is it making a real difference for Native women? Join us as we look back and discuss the progress and challenges as the law is implemented across Native America. Guests include: Deborah Parker (Tulalip) vice chair of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State, Fred Urbina (Pascua Yaqui) chief prosecutor with the Pascua Yaqui tribe, Brent Leonhard, attorney for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Break Music: Four Two-Step Songs (song) Pyawasits, Silas & Webster (artist) Wild Rice: Songs From The Menominee Nation (album)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – Keep Calm, Mush On! (listen)
Mushers in Alaska are making their way toward Nome this week as they compete in the 2014 Iditarod dogsled race. The race started in 1973 and has evolved over the years. Join us as we learn more about the history of the Iditarod. We'll also get updates on this year's frontrunners and hear about the impact of the race on Alaska Native villages. Guests include: Mike Williams Sr. (Yupik) veteran Iditarod racer and tribal leader, Mike Lane, general manager of the radio station KSKO and Emily Schwing, mushing correspondent at the radio station KUAC.

Break Music: Inuk (song) Élisapie Isaac (artist) There Will Be Stars (album)

Thursday, March 13 - Summer Programs for Kids (listen)
Summer may seem like a long way off, but programs for kids are already filling up. Join us as we explore summer camps, internships and other fun programs available for Native kids this year. What would you like your children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews to do this summer? How difficult is it to find summer childcare in your area? Join us for leads on programs and share your tips for keeping kids safe and busy when they're out of school during the summer months! Guests include: Brian Yazzie (Navajo/Hopi) national director of Native services for the Boys and Girls Club of America, Eva Gardipe (Pawnee/Flathead/Sac and Fox) public programs coordinator for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Glen Olson, director of the Walking in Two Worlds Program at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Jeremy Red Eagle (Sisseton Wahpton Oyate/Assiniboine from Fort Belknap) president of the International Traditional Games Society, Bill Andoe (Cherokee Nation) deputy executive director of education services for Cherokee Nation, Dakota Brown (Wilton Miwok Rancheria) and Sarah Schilling from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 2013 Champions for Change.

Break Music: The Dixieland Band (song) Joe Venuti, Kay Starr, Les Paul & Novelty Orchestra (artist) The Best of the Standard Transcriptions (album)

Friday, March 14 – Testing and Stress (listen)
Tests can make even the most confident student a little nervous. Is testing causing extra stress for young people in your life? The College Board recently announced that the SAT college admission test will have significant changes beginning next year. Those changes include scoring and the essay will now be optional instead of required. Do these changes matter to you or a young person in your family? How can we better support students as they take on challenging tests? Guests include: Carmen Lopez (Navajo) Executive Director of College Horizons and Graduate Horizons and Diana Cournoyer (Oglala Sioux) program manager at National Indian Education Association.

reak Music: Ho Ho Watanay (song) Dawn Avery (artist) Our Fire (album)B

Monday, March 17, 2014 – ***ENCORE: Ask Me Anything: Gyasi Ross*** (listen)
Join us for an encore broadcast of our "Ask Me Anything" conversation with Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet/Suquamish). Ross is a lawyer and author. He's also a graduate of Columbia Law School, a journalist, and owner of Red Vinyl Records. Gyasi has published poetry and written about current events. He answered questions about his career, his family and laughed along with his sister who called in to share an embarrassing story! Phone lines will be closed.

Break Music: AbOriginal (song) Frank Waln (artist) AbOriginal - Single (album)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Health Insurance 101 (listen)
The Affordable Care Act has opened up new opportunities for people to sign up for health insurance, especially in Native America. If you've never had to choose an insurance plan, the details can be confusing. How do you know if a plan is right for you? How do deductibles really work? What about out-of-pocket expenses? We're bringing the experts to you to answer your questions about health insurance. Email questions to: comments@nativeamericacalling.com Guests include: Roxane Spruce Bly (Laguna Pueblo), a Native health advocate and Monica J. Lindeen, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance for the state of Montana.

Break Music: Reggae 4 Humanity (song) Lady Reiko & The Sin City Prophets (artist) Lady Reiko & the Sin City Prophets (album)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – Book of the Month: "Diné Masculinities" (listen)
This month Native scholar Dr. Lloyd Lee (Diné) sheds light on what it means to be a Diné, or Navajo, man. In his book, "Diné Masculinities: Conceptualizations and Reflections," Dr. Lee examines many factors that influence a contemporary Diné man's sense of being. Using multiple perspectives from different people, he explores how culture has influenced men over time. He also touches on the influence of colonization over the generations. Have you created your own definition of what it means to be a Native man? We invite you to join us as we visit with Dr. Lloyd Lee, our March Book of the Month author on Native America Calling.

Break Music: I've Journeyed Far To Dance A Beautiful Dance With You (song) Tódí Neesh Zhee Singers (artist) Navajo Christmas (album)

Thursday, March 20 - The Ultimate Frybread (listen)
Who makes the best fry bread? This hotly contested question will be answered by you! Join us for a fry bread recipe smack down. Tell us why you, or your tribe, has the best fry bread recipe. We will also debate yeast vs. baking powder. Frybread stories are also welcome this hour! Have you ever created a frybread disaster? Did you make something the birds wouldn't even eat? Do you remember making your first batch of frybread? Guests include: Travis Holt Hamilton, director of film More Than Frybread, Shawna Nakai (Navajo) artist and frybread expert, and Arthur Sonny Boy Fields (Pawnee) food truck owner.

On Thursday, March 20, we will also have a special live report from the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas.

Break Music: Frybread (song) Keith Secola (artist) Wild Band Of Indians (album)

Friday, March 21 – Parents Back In School (listen)
The typical college student is no longer an 18 year-old who recently graduated high school. According to a recent education study, nearly one-quarter of undergraduate students in the United States are parents of dependent children. Native American women are one of the most likely groups to fall into that category while attending college. Family and work obligations can create unique challenges for students as they work to complete their degree. Have you decided to make the jump back to student life? What motivated your decision? Or have you put off going back to school because your kids are young? Join us for a conversation about the experiences of student parents and the resources available to help manage school and family life. Guests Include: Brandon Alkire (Standing Rock Sioux), student at the University of Minnesota, Sonyna Castillo (Dakota Sioux), student at the University of Minnesota, Susan Warfield, program director at the University of Minnesota Student Parent HELP Center, Lindsey Reichlin, research and program coordinator with the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Rebecca Riley (Acoma), tribal home visiting program manager with NAPPR.

Break Music: A Cappella Native American Church Song II (song) LeeAnn Brady (artist) In Jesus' Name (album)

Monday, March 24, 2014 – Celebrating Native Women (listen)
It's Women's History Month and we want to take a moment to celebrate our Native women. Which women are making a difference in your community? How has a female mentor, family member or colleague impacted your life? Who do you think Native America should honor this month? Guests Include Jennifer E. Kreisberg (Tuscarora) Singer/Musician and Terry Gomez (Comanche) Native Educator, Playwright, Director, Actor, Author & Artist.

Break Music: Tapwe Oma (song) Fawn Wood (artist) Iskwewak (album)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Bossy Girls (listen)
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is teaming up with the Girl Scouts of America to call on people to stop using the word "bossy" to describe young girls. The Ban Bossy campaign highlights the importance of words in sending a message to young girls who step up as leaders. Do the words we use to describe young women matter in Native America? Are you a woman who was called bossy growing up, but know a young man would have been called a leader for the same actions? Should we stop using the word "bossy"? Guests include: Margo Gray (Osage) candidate for Osage Nation principal chief, Sherry Salway Black (Lakota) director of partnership for tribal governance at the National Congress of American Indians and Stephanie Oyenque (Pueblo of Acoma and of Lakota heritage) training coordinator for the A'Gin Healthy Sexuality and Body Sovereignty Project at Tewa Women United.

Break Music: Dancin' on the Run (song) Inez Jasper (artist) Burn Me Down (album)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – What's Keeping You Online? (listen)
From cellphones and tablets to computers, we know technology connects Native America. Today we want you to tell us why you spend time online. Are you the person who's logging on to conquer the latest game? Do you get your news online through Facebook or Twitter? What does it mean to go viral on the digital moccasin telegraph? Are you a household name because of a video you posted? We also want to hear what apps keep you glued to your phone, maybe even late at night when you should be asleep. What apps are vital to your existence? What online viral videos are making you smile right now? Guests include Internet Native sensation Tonia Jo Hall (Lakota, Dakota, Hitdatsa), Crow Nation Hip Hop Artist Supaman Cristian Parish Takes the Gun (Crow Nation) and Eugene Tapahe (Navajo) creative director and owner of Tapahe Inventive Design.

Here's Supaman's video discussed on today's program Prayer Loop Song

Break Music: Electric Indians (song) Indian Nick (artist) Digital Indigenous (album)

Thursday, March 27 - Animals In Captivity (listen)
The documentary Blackfish has drawn attention to the conditions of orcas in captivity at theme parks like SeaWorld. A California state lawmaker also recently introduced legislation that calls for a ban on keeping orcas in captivity for entertainment. Do you think it's ethical to keep animals in captivity? How do you feel when you see animals that are sacred to your tribe in a cage or entertaining visitors? Is it important to make animals accessible to the public so people will understand the importance of conservation? Guests Include: Skye Augustine (Stz'uminus First Nation) associate director National Indian Center for Marine and Environmental Research and Education at Northwest Indian College and Greg Pahe (Navajo) zookeeper at the Navajo Nation Zoo.

Break Music: Hope (song) Rik Leaf (artist) Tribe Of One (album)

Friday, March 28 - Birth Stories (listen)
Many children love to hear the story of when they were born. Do you know the story of your birth? Were you born during a natural disaster or in an unusual place? We want to hear your birth stories - either when you were born or when your own children were born! Do you enjoy hearing the tales of what was happening when a new life came into the world? How can these stories better help us understand our place in our families or our communities? Do you know the people who were in the room when you were born? Guests include: Christina Castro (Jemez/Taos Pueblo - writer, community activist and organizer, teacher at IAIA ), Nicolle Gonzales (Navajo - Certified Nurse Midwife with Bridge Care for Women) and Ellen Blais (Oneida Nation of the Thames - an Aboriginal midwife and co-chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives)

Break Music: A Cappella Native American Church Song II (song) LeeAnn Brady (artist) In Jesus' Name (album)

Monday, March 31, 2014 – The Budget (listen)
Earlier this month, President Obama released his FY 2015 proposed budget, which includes proposals for job creation and education. Politico called the budget proposal was called "a White House wishlist." If much of the budget is expected to be opposed in Congress, what is the outlook for Native America? Some relevant proposals include: full funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service contract support costs and a 12 million dollar increase to the Tiwahe (Family) Initiative, which addresses poverty, violence and substance abuse in Indian Country. What do you think of the President's proposed budget? Where is the need for funding the greatest right now in Native America? Guests include: Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock) journalist and Atwood Chair at the University of Alaska, Jacqueline Pata (Tlingit) executive director of the National Congress of American Indians and Clara Pratte (Navajo) executive director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office.

Break Music: Buffalo (song) Algin Scabby Robe (artist) Along The Way: Round Dance Songs (album)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 – Fooling Around with Native Comedy (listen)
We celebrate the fun and whimsical nature about today's holiday, April Fool's Day. Across the country pranks and jokes are being played on friends and family. Are you one of the thousands that couldn't wait to pull someone's leg? How did it go? Are you seeking revenge from the doozy that was played on you last year? What does it take to pull off a good prank or joke? We've invited some Native comedians to tell why they like to fool around with laughter and we want you to join our shenanigans. Share your April Fool's pride! Guests include Native comedians Marc Yaffee (Navajo) and Adam Stone (Native Hawaiian) and Native performing artist and creator of the Super Indian comic Arigon Starr from the Kickapoo Nation of Oklahoma.

Break Music: Trick Song (song) Battle River (artist) Hard Times (album)

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 – Current Events (listen)
It's time for another round of Current Events on Native America Calling! April is Financial Literacy month in the US. We'll get some practical money advice from Dr.Per Cap. We'll also hear about the Alaska Rural Health Conference, Cross Cultural Medicine/Data Into Action Workshops and a Food Sovereignty Summit. What events, gatherings or celebrations do you want to share this month? Call in during the broadcast or email us (comments@nativeamericacalling.com).

Break Music: For Wade (song) Silver Jackson (artist) It's Glimmering Now (album)

Thursday, April 03 - Witness To Violence (listen)
Children are resilient but that strength has limits. Children of all ages can be deeply impacted when they see or experience violence in their homes. According to a 2009 National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, about 60 percent of kids are exposed to violence during their childhood, and those numbers can be higher in some Native communities. Without intervention, exposure to violence can interfere with a child's healthy development. Join us as we take a closer at what happens when children witness violence, and what's being done to address it.

Break Music: Canku Waste (song) Sissy Goodhouse (artist) Tiwahé (album)

Friday, April 04 - Tourism in Native America (listen)
The summer travel season is just around the corner and some people are planning trips to Native America. Does your tribe have special tourist attractions? Are you planning a trip to another Native Nation this year? Join us for a conversation with tribal tourism departments as they share where you can go to learn and explore other parts of Native America. Guests include: LaDonna Allard (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) Director of Tribal Tourism for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Rose Morgan (Navajo) senior economic development specialist for Navajo Nation Tourism, Paige Williams, director of tourism for the Chickasaw Nation, Keith Henry (Metis) CEO of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C., Michael Peters (Squaxin) Redwood Hotel Casino marketing manager for the Yurok tribe.

Break Music: Keep Rising (song) House of Shem (artist) Keep Rising (album)

Monday, April 7, 2014 – Autism in Native America (listen)
April is Autism Awareness Month. More people have heard about autism but does awareness make a difference? Families in remote Native communities or reservations may face challenges when they try to get services for a child diagnosed with autism. Has your child or grandchild received a diagnosis on the autism spectrum? Are you able to get them the support they need? Have you moved or made sacrifices to make sure your child or grandchild gets better medical, educational or social support? Guests include: Christine Bruno (Comanche - president of National Indian Parent Information Center), Christine Vining (Navajo - speech language pathologist and program manager of the Indian Children's Program at the Center for Development and Disability at UNM), Alvino Sandoval (Navajo - Program Director at EPICS).

Break Music: Show Stopper (song) BlackStone (artist) On The Oregon Trail (album)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 – The Stigma of Teen Pregnancy (listen)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teen pregnancy rates are down nationwide but the rates in Native America are higher than the national average. Many prevention programs send messages to teenagers that they should wait to have kids. Last year New York City faced criticism for an ad campaign that some say shamed young parents. Other groups are countering these messages with a positive approach. When the messages are fear-based, do they shame teen parents? Is there a way to prevent teen pregnancy without shaming or endorsing it? How should we address teen pregnancy in Native America? Guests include: Jessica Danforth Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Rachel Nawrocki, lead regional coordinator for the Navajo Youth builders Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project, Tannia Esparza, executive director, Young Women United, Nikke Alex (Dine) sex blogger and law student.

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

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 – Release the Poetry (listen)
We're putting the call out to all wordsmiths! It's time to celebrate Native poetry! We will open up the phone lines to let your word wizardry flow. Is there a poem you've been sitting on for a while that you want to share? Are you focused on a theme that honors a particular season or time in your life? We also want to hear from poetry fans. Who is your favorite Native poet? What is it about their work that has you hooked? Join us and share your words with Native America as we celebrate National Poetry Month, Guests include Dan Taulapapa McMullin (Samoan) Poet & Artist and Orlando White (Diné) Educator & Writer..

Break Music: We Come From (song) Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team (artist) Moccasins And Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling Through Performance Poetry (album)

Thursday, April 10 - Pitch Your Crowd Fund (listen)
Crowd funding websites like Kickstarter and Indigogo offer more options for individuals and groups that seek to raise money for films, projects, new products and even school supplies. What are the hot crowd funding projects in Native America? Join us as we give you an opportunity to share your project with Native America. Give us your best elevator pitch for why your project should be funded and tell us why you are crowd funding your latest idea. If you've ever supported a project online, what do you think is worthy of your money? What projects would you like to see funded in the future on these crowd funding websites?

Guests: Holly Pawliki, teacher at Warner Springs Jr/Sr. High school, Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota) artist, Andy Sarcia Peltier (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) Native American clothing company, Peggy Sanchey (Yakima and Muckleshoot) teacher at White Swan High School and Rulan Tangen (Metis) Founding Director and Choreographer of Dancing Earth.

Crowd Funding websites mentioned in the show:

Holly Pawliki - Science Magazine Subscription

Cannupa Hanska Luger- Stereotype Film

Andy Sarcia Peltier - Native American Clothing Company

Peggy Sanchey - Projector and Screen

Rulan Tangen - ORIGI-NATION: Roots & Seeds

Break Music: Apache A-Go Go (song) Arigon Starr (artist) Wind-Up (album)

Friday, April 11 - Employment Fair (listen)
The latest employment report from the US government showed that the economy added jobs in March, but the national unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent. That means many people are still looking for a job. The job search process can be long and frustrating. What are your best tips for finding a job? Resumes, cover letters and interviews are all part of the process, but what makes them stand out? Join us for a live job fair on our program. We'll hear about positions open right now around Native America. We'll also be joined by experts who will share their best job search advice.

Guests: Jonathan Crittenden (Cherokee Nation) coordinator of the day training program for Cherokee Nation, Anna Watkins, manager of job connection services at Central New Mexico Community College, Anpao Duta Flying Earth (Lakota/Dakota/Ojibwe/Akimel O'odham) associative executive director and head of school for the Native American Community Academy and Mandy Smoker Broaddus (Fort Peck Assiniboine) director of Indian Education at the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

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

Monday, April 14, 2014 – Connecting To The Land Beyond Political Borders (listen)
At one time there were no borders between our tribal nations. Today borders like county lines, state lines and U.S. international borders cause Native Americans to look at their ancestral lands in a different way. One issue that has tribes concerned right now is the impact of environmental damage beyond tribal borders, including on disputed and ceded land. What can be done when concerns for the land go beyond political borders? Are our rights being honored? What value should be placed on Native ties to the land that rest beyond the reservation line?

Guests: Stephen Fasthorse (Northern Arapaho), chairman of the Wind River Citizens Equality Commission and Paul Demain (Oneida/Ojibwe) spokesperson for the Harvest Education Learning Project).

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Learning How To Read (listen)
The ability to read is essential for academic success but for some students struggle as they learn how to read. There are many strategies that can be used to teach children how to read. What worked best for you or your child? Join us as we learn how educators around Native America are teaching our young ones how to read. We'll also hear what parents and family members can do to support children as they learn valuable reading skills.

Guests: Elizabeth Martinez (Rosebud Sioux) title one reading and math interventionist, Shannon Johnson (Navajo) title one reading interventionist and Navajo language and culture teacher, Dr. Dee Tadlock, Director of Research and Development for the Read Right System.

Break Music: Ma Is White - A.E.I.O.U. (song) Jeremy Brennan, Jason Ohlson, Jason Te Patu & Mike Whalley (artist) Kiwi Songs for Kiwi Kids Children's Music (album)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Got Into College, Now What? (listen)
College acceptance letters are arriving in mailboxes around the country. An aspiring student who receives that letter has a lot of choices ahead. What do students need to do from the time they receive an acceptance letter until the first day of classes? Join us as we talk with experts about financial aid, scholarships and other important steps students need to take to be ready to start college in the fall.

Guests: Stevie Lee (Navajo - tribal college and university scholarship coordinator at the American Indian College Fund) and Carmen Lopez (Navajo) executive director of College Horizons and Graduate Horizons).

Break Music: Bones (song) Wanbdi (artist) Where The Fishes Go (album)

Thursday, April 17 - April Music Maker: Wayne Silas, Jr (listen)
"Infinite Passion," the latest CD from Wayne Silas Jr. (Menominee/Oneida), is making its way across Native America. It's filled with sounds and rhythms to bring the people together. This 15-track album also features other dynamic voices from the pow wow trail. With decades of experience backing his singing ability and song composition, Silas takes listeners on a sonic voyage into the arena of detailed sound making. We invite you to jump into the music of our April Music Maker.

Break Music: She Texts Me, She Texts Me Not (song) Wayne Silas, Jr. (artist) Infinite Passion (album)

Friday, April 18 - Protecting Sacred Places (listen)
Tribes and grassroots organizations around Native America are working to protect sacred places. There are many options to bring attention to places at risk, from protests to working with lawmakers on legislation. How do you decide when and how to share information about sacred places? We will start with efforts to protect Mount Taylor, a place that is sacred to five tribes, from uranium mining. We also want to hear from you. What places are you working to protect and who are you working with on the issue? Has your tribe debated how and when to work with government officials to protect a scared place?

Guests: Laurie Weakee (Navajo/Zuni/Cochiti) director of the Native American Voters Alliance (NAVA) and Theresa Pasqual, director of the Pueblo of Acoma Historic Preservation Office.

Break Music: Breeze (The Wind) (song) Tumivut (artist) Tumivut (album)

Monday, April 21, 2014 – Lateral Violence In Native America (listen)
There's a famous saying about crabs - when you one in a bucket you don't need a lid because the crabs that try to escape will be pulled back down by the other crabs. This crab bucket metaphor is often repeated in Native America to describe challenges within tribes or organizations. Experts call this lateral violence and it can include gossiping, backstabbing, exclusion and name-calling. How does lateral violence influence individuals and communities? Join us as we explore the connections between lateral violence and historical trauma. We'll also learn how tribes, businesses and communities can address lateral violence. Guests include: Willie Wolf (Cheyenne River Sioux), president of Red Road Leadership and Laverne Lane (Lummi) former tribal leader.

Break Music: Beauty Way (song) Summit Dub Squad (artist) The Beauty Way (album)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Nuclear Energy (listen)
This year on Earth Day we will take a closer look at nuclear energy. President Barack Obama's energy strategy includes nuclear energy. In February, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $6.5 billion loan guarantee for the construction of two new nuclear reactors. How do you feel about nuclear energy? Do you think investing in new nuclear energy projects is a good way to meet our energy needs in North America? Would you support a nuclear energy project in your area?

Guests: Steve Kerekes, senior director for media relations at the Nuclear Energy Institute, Aimee Cree Dunn (Metis) instructor at Northern Michigan University and Ronald Johnson (Mdewakanton Dakota), president of the Prarie Island Indian Community.

Break Music: Red Rocks The Earth (song) Tiger Tiger (artist) New Era (album)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Saving Seeds (listen)
It’s rare these days to find crops that are completely unchanged by modern agricultural techniques. Yet there's also a growing movement to preserve ancient strains of traditional foods through seed saving. Those who do it say it’s a way to reconnect with the past and address food insecurity in Native communities. What do traditional seeds mean to you? Is there someone in your community who is leading a seed saving effort? We also want to hear how thinks seeds could breathe new life into your own food supply.

Guests: Diane Wilson (Rosebud Sioux), executive director of Dream of Wild Health, Rowen White (Akwesasne Mohawk), co-founder of the Sierra Seed Cooperative, and Zachary Paige, farm manager with the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

Break Music: The Oldest Rabbit Dance Song (song) William Horncloud Rabbit Dance Songs Of The Lakota (artist)

Thursday, April 24 - Open House For Gathering Of Nations (listen)
Join us as we open up Studio 49’s doors to the people who have arrived in Albuquerque for the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow! This hour will feature voices from across Native America and you are welcome to join the conversation. What are your best memories from the Gathering of Nations? If you're attend, what do you hope to see this year? If you can't make it to New Mexico this time, call in and send a shout out to performers, artists and attendees! Our electronic talking circle is an open house this hour and we'll see where our guests take us as we talk about what it means to be a part of this inter-tribal powwow.

Break Music: Sisters (feat. Northern Voice) (song) A Tribe Called Red (artist) Nation II Nation (album)

Friday, April 25 - **Pre-Recorded** Native Kids Music Mix (listen)
Today we celebrate the youthful energy of Native America with the music. We’ve lined up some great tunes that will light up the little ones in your life and those young at heart. We also had the chance to catch up with some of our past Music Makers who have brought you the most memorable kid tunes over the years and we’ll share their words. What is your favorite Native American kid’s song? Do you have a beloved kiddie tune that goes back several generations? Do you think it’s important to have Native songs that our children can relate to? Why? What are the lyrics that get your little ones moving? This is a pre-recorded show and phone lines will be closed but you are welcome to post your comments on the Native America Calling Facebook page.

Break Music: Sponge Bob Square Pants (World) (song) Black Lodge (artist) MORE Kids' Pow-Wow Songs (album)

Monday, April 28, 2014 – ***ENCORE: Boarding School Memories*** (listen)
Many former students have painful memories of their time in boarding schools. But not all memories are bad. An exhibit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center this year features the stories of students who attended the Albuquerque Indian School. Tune in for an encore broadcast of our discussion about boarding school memories. Dr. Ted Jojola (Isleta Pueblo), co-curator of the Albuquerque Indian School Retrospective with a Vision Forward at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center joined us in studio. We also had Dr. Tsianina Lomawaima (Muscogee), a professor at Arizona State University, with us during the live broadcast.

Break Music: Wim Ah I Wem, Tiwa (song) Greg Analla (artist)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – Take Good Care of Yourself (listen)
We live in busy and stressful times. It can be hard to stop and relax, but there are many simple things you can do to take care of yourself. How do you like to relax and pamper yourself? Join us for a conversation with spa managers, hair stylists and inventors of natural beauty products across Native America. They will share their best tips on self-care and relaxation. We welcome your suggestions too!

Guests: Monica Simeon (Spokane), co-founder and president of Sister Sky, Dawn Olsen, spa manager from the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Mailani Makainai (Native Hawaiian) musician and practitioner of Lomi Lomi massage. and Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), a stylist at Fringe Salon NY.

Break Music: High Heels (song) Kinnie Starr (artist) A Different Day (album)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Book of the Month: “Hyperboreal” (listen)
Inupiaq poet Joan Naviyuk Kane uses words to celebrate culture and Alaska Native life. Her new book, “Hyperboreal,” connects people, the land and history. Her poems cause the reader to consider what it means to live in a world of change while looking to the future. Some of the lines in her poems provide testimony to how culture can ignite personal strength. We invite you to join us an experience her words as we discuss this new book.

Break Music: Ocean Prayer (Version A) (song) Pamyua (artist) Side A / Side B (album)

Thursday, May 1, 2014- Honoring Our Native Graduates (listen)
May is graduation season. Families and schools across Native America are celebrating right now. Many tribes and schools organize powwows and ceremonies to honor their graduates. Are you honoring a graduate this year? What is your community doing to celebrate academic success? Join us as we honor our graduates from all levels of education.

Guests: Melvin Monette (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) director of graduate fellowships and special programs at the American Indian Graduate Center, Frank Waln (Rosebud Sioux) student at Columbia College, Christina Goodson (Otoe-Missouria and Ioway) senior at Dartmouth College and Annette Mennem (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) director of the Native American Center at Minot State University.

Break Music: The Gift of Life (song) Randy Wood (artist) The Gift of Life (album)

Friday, May 2, 2014- KXL Update (listen)
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is the focus of heated debate across the United States. The Cowboy and Indian Alliance held a protest in Washington DC last week to oppose the pipeline. Legal battles may also put the project at risk. Where do you stand on the Keystone XL pipeline? The U.S. Department of State announced recently that the government will take more time to collect feedback. What message do you want to send to elected officials about Keystone XL?

Guests: Dave Williams (Mandan and Hidatsa) President and CEO of Missouri River Resources and Paula Antoine (Rosebud Sioux) coordinator for the Sicangu Oyate Land Office and Brenda Golden (Muscogee Creek) Oklahoma activist.

Break Music: Turtle Island Reggae (song) Quese IMC & Cempoalli 20 (artist) Osahwuh (album)

Monday, May 5, 2014 – Affirmative Action Today (listen)
The US Supreme Court recently upheld a ban using race in the admissions process of Michigan colleges and universities. Affirmative action is the subject of lawsuits across the country. Should race be part of college applications? Affirmative action started in the 1960s to create opportunities for African American students. Did it help or hurt Native students? Where do you stand on affirmative action? Do you think it helps or hurts students today?

Guests: Pat Dyer-Deckrow (Little Traverse Band of Odawa Indians) coordinator within the office Native American Student Affairs at Michigan State University, Sam Deloria (Standing Rock Sioux) director of the American Indian Graduate Center, Dr. Mark C. Long, associate professor of Public Affairs at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and Mark Fancher, racial justice staff attorney with the ACLU of Michigan.

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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Current Events (listen)
May is a month when many of us start to take part in summer activities. What are you excited about this month? Join us for the next edition of Current Events on Native America Calling. We’ve gathered information about events, gatherings, celebrations and music tours around Native America. You are also welcome to call in and share details about an event in your community!

Break Music: Harmony (song) House of Shem (artist) Harmony (album)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – Access To Eagles (listen)
Many tribes consider eagles sacred animals and use them for ceremonies. The Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940 outlawed the possession or taking of bald eagles. In 1964, an amendment made it possible for Native Americans to get eagle feathers and parts for ceremonies. Individuals who want eagle feathers must go through a long and complicated process. Many people in Native America are on waiting lists or have no access at all. How does limited access influence cultural practices?

Guests: Bill Voelker (Comanche) founder and director of SIA, Bill Miller (Standing Rock Sioux), Steven Oberholtzer, special agent in charge at the Fish and Wildlife Service and Ernie LaPointe (Lakota) president of the Sitting Bull Family Foundation.

Break Music: Canoe Song (song) Chenoa (artist) Spirit of Salishan (album)

Thursday, May 8, 2014- Quilting In Native America (listen)
Quilting has a rich history in Native America. The craft was first introduced to Native women by European settlers but quilting has evolved in many tribes across Native America. Are you a quilter? How do you integrate your cultural values into the quilts you make? And what role do quilts play in your life and your community?

Guests: Margaret Wood (Navajo/Oklahoma Seminole) quilter, Emily Proctor (Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians) quilter, Dr. Marsha MacDowell, folklorist and professor of art and art history at Michigan State University and Carla Hemlock (Mohawk) master quilter.

Break Music: Groovy (song) Dallas Arcand (artist) Modern Day Warrior (album)

Friday, May 9, 2014- Momma Always Said (listen)
It’s time to remember some of the motherly advice you’ve received over the years. On this eve of the Mother’s Day weekend, we will open up our talking circle to hear the words of wisdom that your mother or another mother figure shared with you. What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you? Do you find yourself sharing that advice with others or to your own children? Have your mother’s words ever helped you wither some of life’s biggest storms? Did mom’s words keep you from making the biggest mistake of your life? What did your mom always say?

Break Music: Ask Your Mom for Fifty Cents (World) (song) Black Lodge Singers (artist) Kids' Pow-Wow Songs (album)

Monday, May 12, 2014 – Mommy Woes (listen)
Mother's Day is a time to celebrate, but mamas around Native America need support all year. Join our conversation as we take a closer look at some of the greatest challenges for Native American and Alaska Native moms. What are your struggles? Is it the high cost of childcare? Maybe making ends meet each month stresses you out. What issues do mothers face in your tribe or Native community? Is anyone helping them address their concerns?

Guests: Bineshi Albert (Yuchi and Chippewa), operations director with the Native American Voters Alliance and mother of three, Cammy Goldhammer (Sisseton Wahpeton) founder and chair of the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington and a lactation consultant and Sharyl WhiteHawk (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway/Anishinabe), a trainer with Mothers of Tradition.

Break Music: Eternal Circle (song) Spirit Voices/Ceshia Anaquod (artist) Spirit Voices (album)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Billy Frank Junior: A Champion of Native Rights (listen)
Last week the passing of Billy Frank Jr. caused many to pause and reflect on his life and work. The Nisqually leader and tribal fishing rights advocate influenced many people around Native America. Join our conversation about his lasting legacy. We will also hear from colleagues and Native leaders who will continue his work. You can share your photos and stories with us before the broadcast. Email us at comments@nativeamericacalling.com.

Guests: Billy Frank Jr.'s son John "Tanu" Elliot, Hank Adams (Assiniboine Sioux) Community Manager for Frank’s Landing Indian Community and John Echohawk (Pawnee) the Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF).

Break Music: Clearing the path (song) Swinomish Canoe Family (artist)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – Skin Cancer (listen)
It’s getting warmer and many of us are spending more time outdoors. How often do you stop and think about protecting your skin? According to the CDC, skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. Native Americans are less likely to develop skin cancer. But there are still risks in exposure to ultraviolet rays from sunlight. Join us as we talk about the signs of skin cancer and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Guests: Cierra Fields (Cherokee), a high school student and cancer survivor, Greg Bilby (Cherokee), a health account educator with the Cherokee Nation Cancer Programs, and Dr. Christopher Bengson, staff dermatologist at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.

Break Music: Hope Chant (Baked) (song) Wayquay (artist) Tribal Grind (album)

Thursday, May 15, 2014- What’s the Big Deal With Gluten? (listen)
There are now many gluten-free options in grocery stores and even some restaurants. People with celiac disease must stop eating all forms of gluten and a new study from the Mayo Clinic suggests that more people may have celiac disease today. But is going gluten free the latest fad diet? Do you know someone who has celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? We want to hear how people are talking about gluten in your community. Wheat is not a traditional Native food. Should more Native Americans consider eliminating gluten from their diets?

Guests: Dr. Leslie Korn, director of the Center for Traditional Medicine, Cathy Tagnak Rexford (Inupiaq) artist who follows a gluten free lifestyle, Deseree Burgeron (Tlingit) registered dietician with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Jordin McCoy, pediatric dietician at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Break Music: Hope (Featuring Werner Erb) (song) Sihasin (artist) Never Surrender (album))

Friday, May 16, 2014- Scatter Their Own (listen)
Scatter Their Own out of South Dakota’s Oglala Nation share heartfelt music in their new album “Taste The Time.” Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford nurture thoughtful songs in this new release. The sounds on the album will rock your senses and sooth your soul. We invite you to join our conversation with this alter-Native duo. Scatter Their Own is our May Music Maker and we'll also give away cds from the new album.

Break Music: Running (song) Scatter Their Own (artist) Taste the Time (album)

Monday, May 19, 2014 – What is Food Sovereignty? (listen)
We all need food, but should we also demand food sovereignty? The US Food Sovereignty Alliance defines food sovereignty as, "the right of people to determine their own food and agriculture policies." What does food sovereignty mean to you? Are you involved in small-scale farming? Have you started growing your own food?

Guests: Raymond Foxworth (Navajo) deputy director of development & senior program officer for the First Nations Development Institute, A’dae Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) program assistant with University of Arkansas Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and Amber Crotty (Diné) director of the Diné Policy Institute.

Break Music:Sovereign Land (song) Summit Dub Squad (artist) The Native Movement Native Music Compilation: Written In Blood (album))

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Conference Convening (listen)
Professionals, business leaders and community advocates meet at conferences each year to talk about their work. Is there a conference or convention that inspires you or helps you connect with colleagues around Native America? How do you use conferences to build your skills and help your tribe, nonprofit or business? Join us as we learn about some conferences coming up in 2014, including: the 15th TribalNet Conference, the 40th annual convention for the National American Indian Housing Council and the National Indian Education Association Convention.

Break Music:Matariki (song) Te Hamua (artist) Matariki – Single (album)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – Book of the Month: "Blue Ravens" by Gerald Vizenor (listen)
Native writer Gerald Vizenor, of the White Earth Anishinaabeg Nation of Minnesota, writes about World War I through the eyes of two soldiers in his latest novel. Readers who follow Vizenor's story of the two brothers in “Blue Ravens" will also notice themes connected to Native life and culture. Join us as we put the spotlight on Gerald Vizenor - our May 2014 Book of the Month author.

Break Music: Redman (song) Elk Soldier (artist) A Soldier's Dream: Powwow Songs Recorded Live at Ft.Randall (album)

Thursday, May 22, 2014- They Said What? (listen)
Negative imagery of Native Americans is not new but incidents today travel fast online. Did you see the pictures of the “Siouxper drunk” t-shirts some University of North Dakota Students wore to a game? Or what about photos of Christina Fallin, daughter of the governor of Oklahoma, in a headdress? And did you hear about Cliven Bundy’s supporters taking ATV rides through Recapture Canyon in Utah? We want to hear how you react when you see these photos. Were you offended or do you think it's best to ignore it? Join us and tell us how you react to photos or incidents that are offending people across Native America.

Break Music: I Resist (song) Quese IMC (artist) Hand Drums for Whiskey Bottles (album)

Friday, May 23, 2014- What’s Your Favorite Movie? (listen)
The summer blockbusters are getting ready to roll out. Many people will be counting down the days until a particular movie hits the big screen. Today we invite you to take us into your own movie world to tell us what films you love the most. Which movies do you watch over and over, and why? Are you the film critic in your family? Does everyone turn to you when they need a movie suggestion? For those of you looking to grow your list of great films, we’ll bring you some fresh ideas.

Guests: Navajo filmmaker Ramona Emerson, Native filmmaker and Strongfront TV founder Jesse Green and Shirley Sneve (Rosebud Sioux), executive director of Vision Maker Media

Break Music: Navajo Tacos & Native Movies (song) Eli Secody (artist) Rhythm Of A Songmaker (album)

Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day Tribute to Our Veterans (listen)
On this Memorial Day, we bring you a musical tribute to the men and women who have served in different branches of the military. The 2014-2015 Miss Indian World Taylor Thomas (Shoshone-Bannock/Kickapoo/Prairie Band Potawatomi) will also tell us how her community honors veterans with traditional 49 songs. Lines will be closed, but you are welcome to leave comments on the Native America Calling Facebook page.

How does your community honor veterans? Email comments@nativeamericacalling.com.

Break Music:Encouragement Song (song) Joseph Shields Jr. (artist) Wahancanka [Remember Me Grandfather] (album)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – Compassion Fatigue (listen)
We all want to help our friends and family when they are suffering. Are you able to take care of yourself at the same time? When we help someone heal, we often give away a piece of ourselves. Have you ever given away too much before you had a chance to re-charge? This is known as compassion fatigue and it can lead to both ineffective caregiving and damage to health of both providers and people who need care. Join us as we discuss the challenges of caregiving in Native America and learn resources available for long-term caregivers. Guests include: Dr. Jacque Gray (Choctaw/Cherokee), associate director for the Center for Rural Health, Nancy Kelly, public health advisor with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Fran King (Boise Fort Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe), caregiver outreach technician with the Minnesota Indian Area Agency on Aging.

Break Music:Matariki (song) Te Hamua (artist) Matariki – Single (album)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Community Gardens (listen)
Many of us are looking for ways to improve our health. Have you ever gotten involved in community gardening? We invite you to join our conversation about community gardens across Native America. What's different about gardening with your neighbors or fellow tribal members? Have you learned tips from your other gardeners or community elders? Guests include: Vanessa Cooper (Lummi), Lummi traditional plants educator with the Traditional Plants and Foods Program at the Northwest Indian College and Randi Byrd (Eastern Band of Cherokee), community engagement coordinator for the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill, Greg Jacobs (Coharie), tribal administrator with the Coharie Indian Tribe, and Grace Byrd (Nisqually), a field technician with the Nisqually community garden.

Break Song:Plant The Seeds (song)DiggingRoots (artist) We Are (album)

Thursday, May 29, 2014- Judges (listen)
Diane Humetewa (Hopi) took the oath to become a federal judge earlier this month, making her the first Native American to serve on a federal bench. Groups like the National Congress of American Indians released statements praising her confirmation. Are you inspired by Humetewa's accomplishments? What do you think might change if more Native Americans serve in high-profile federal positions? Join us as we discuss Humetewa's historic confirmation.
Guests include: David Mullon, chief counsel with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Patty Ferguson-Bohnee (Pointe-aux-Chenes), faculty director of the Indian Legal Program at ASU law school, Marilyn Fredericks (Hopi), chief of staff for Hopi Tribal Chairman Herman Honanie, and Paul Bender, professor at Arizona State University Law School.

Break Music:Matariki (song) Te Hamua (artist) Matariki – Single (album)

Friday, May 30, 2014- Drum Roll Call (listen)
Today we bring you a unique pow wow drum roll call. We'll sample the sounds of several premiere drum groups from across Native America. Who are the drum groups out of Native America that you wouldn’t dare miss a beat of? Is there a drum group from your tribe that is just stepping onto the pow wow trail? We’ve also invited a few people to join us to share the story of how their drum group formed and their philosophy on this Native music.

Guests: Kevin Tarrant (Hochunk/Hopi) singer with the Silvercloud Singers

Break Song:Duck and Dive (song) Red Bull (artist) Live in Minnesota (album)

Monday, June 2, 2014 – A Day at the Exhibits (listen)
Today we take you on national tour through our Native airwaves. Join us as we travel to different parts of the country to learn about exhibits in museums, libraries and galleries. Do you enjoy spending the warm days of summer learning about Native America through curated exhibits? Have you ever discovered something you never knew about your own tribe at a museum or gallery? Join us for a virtual tour of Turtle Island’s summer exhibits, on the next Native America Calling.
National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) – Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indian NationsBISON: American Icon at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Storytelling Inspiring Generations at the Mitchell Museum
Heard Museum: Chocolate, Chili & Cochineal: Changing Taste Around the World
Arizona State University Museum
Bunky Echo-hawk: Modern Warrior
All My Relations Gallery

Break Song: Beautiful Flower (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Kihtawasoh Wapakwani (album)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — Current Events (listen)
It's summertime again. Gardens are blooming and families are headed outside. Today we bring you information about trainings, events and celebrations taking place around Native America this month. It's our June edition of Current Events on Native America Calling. We'll hear new music releases from Native artists and learn about art exhibitions and workshops taking place in the coming weeks. You are welcome to join the conversation and tell us what's on your calendar in June.
Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute
Claiming Spaces: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth
... and her video featured on today's program
Native Comic Artists Arigon Starr (Kickapoo) & Jonathan Nelson (Diné) joined us. Read more about Native comic artists at INC Comics
The Native American Volleyball Academy is putting on summer camps for young volleyball players
The 7th Annual American Indian Justice Conference

Break Song: Fancy Dance (Song) Yellow Hammer (artist) Yellow Hammer (album)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - Smoke Free (listen)
It’s common knowledge that smoking and second hand smoke is bad for our health. But sometimes it’s hard find smoke-free air in Native communities. Many reservations do not enforce state anti-smoking laws. But there's a growing movement across Native America to pass new regulations to address smoking. The Navajo Nation recently made the news when the Crownpoint Chapter voted to ban smoking in public places. Has your tribe considered new rules about smoking in restaurants or public buildings? Do you think more tribes should go smoke-free in public places? Why or why not?

Break Song:Pangaea (song) Visionaries (artist) Pangaea (album)

Thursday, June 5, 2014 – Why Do We Hate? (listen)
The Westboro Baptist Church recently threatened to protest at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) categorizes the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. Join us as we talk about how hate groups are defined and reactions to their activities in Native America. According to a recent report from SPLC, hate groups have declined in the past year, but are on the rise since 2000. Why do you think hate group activities continue? Why do we hate? If hate is learned, can it be unlearned?
Guests include: Mark Potock Senior Fellow and Intelligence Report Editor at the Southern Poverty Law Center and Kade Ferris (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) on of the founders of UnityND.

Break Song:Tataria (song) Gabriel Ayala (artist) Shades Of Blue (album)

Friday, June 6, 2014 – Mascots or Free Speech(listen)
There is growing pressure on sports teams around the country to give up Native-themed mascots. Some states now have laws that address mascots. In 2013, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a bill making it more difficult to change race-based mascots. Governor Walker cited free speech as a reason for his support of the legislation. Where do you stand on mascots and free speech? Do you think Native-themed mascots covered under the First Amendment? Guests include: Dr. Erich Longie (Spirit Lake Sioux), president of Spirit Lake Consulting and an anti-mascot activist. Barbara Munson (Oneida from Wisconsin) Chair the Indian Mascot and Logo Taskforce for Wisconsin Indian Education Association

Break Song:Indigenous Life (song) Fiji (artist) Indigenous Life (album)

Monday, June 9, 2014 – Traditional Superfoods (listen)
Food trends come and go. The latest foods to be labeled a "superfood" in the media include cauliflower and coconut. Do you pay attention to reports that certain foods are especially good for your health? In Native America, our traditional foods contain valuable nutrients that nourish our bodies and connect us to past generations. What are your traditional foods? How are you using traditional foods to help improve your health or the health of your community?

Break Song: Haruru Mai (song) Aotearoa (artist) Tihi Mauriora and He Waiota Mo te Iwi (album)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — June Music Maker: Digging Roots (listen)
Digging Roots has unleashed their third album “For the Light.” This First Nations group celebrates their soulful and tribal roots through the music. The album combines their life stories and love of the lands they have connected to over the years. We invite you to join us as we visit with Digging Roots band members Raven Kanatakta (Onkwehonwe/Anishinabe) and ShoShona Kish (Ojibwe).

Break Song: I’ve Got it Bad (Song) Digging Roots (artist) For the Light (album)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Share Your Healthy Recipes (listen)
Summertime is a great opportunity to shape up your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables. But making changes in what you eat is not always easy. Have you tried to change your diet recently? What challenges do you face while trying to eat healthy? Have you ever tried to convert a not-so-healthy recipe to one that is lower in fat or calories? Join us for a healthy recipe swap!

Guests include: Meagan Baldy (Hoopa) director of Hoopa Community Gardens and the Youtube Channel Cooking Healthy in Indian Country.
You can share your favorite healthy recipes on the show or e-mail them to comments@nativeamericacalling.com.

Break Song:Cree Sunrise (song) Art Napoleon (Traveling Son) (artist) Mikoskamin (Early Springtime(album)

Thursday, June 12, 2014– Iroquois Confederacy (listen)
Six Native American nations make up today’s Iroquois Confederacy. Since being formed more than 400 years ago, this league has seen times of significant political power. Some historians even suggest the United States Constitution was heavily influenced by the Iroquois government system. So what brought these nations together in the first place? And what does the confederacy look like today? Join us as we discuss the past, present and future of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Break Song:Cissy(Fish/Smoke Dance) (song) Sheldon Sundown (artist) Hand Drum/ Smoke N' Round Dance (album)

Friday, June 13, 2014 – Ladies of Native Comedy(listen)
The newly formed Ladies of Native Comedy is a group of funny and fierce Native women who are taking on comedy - one joke at a time. Join us for a conversation with Deanna M.A.D., Teresa Choyguha, Tonia Jo Hall, and Adrianne Chalepah. We’ve got jokes, stories and what makes these ladies so funny. Join us for laughs and insights into what it takes to make it as a female comic today in Native America.

Break Song: Hope (Featuring Werner Erb) (song) Sihasin (artist) Never Surrender (album)

Monday, June 16, 2014 – June Book of the Month: “Shades of Aye: Authenticity Will Be Tested” (listen)
Michael Woestehoff, a member of the Navajo Nation invites readers to peer into the eventful world of Native college life in his new book “Shades of Aye: Authenticity Will Be Tested.” It’s a fictional story set in the late 1980’s that follows one Native college student, Julienna Yellowhair, as she comes face to face with big decisions about what path to take. Join us for a conversation with our June Book of the Month author Michael Woestehoff.

Break Song: Native Puppy Love (song) A Tribe Called Red (artist) A Tribe Called Red (album)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — Encouraging the Youth (listen)
The summer months are full of fun for many of our Native youth. What youth and mentor programs are helping your tribal nation’s next generations? Thousands of young Native Americans will walk away from their summer activities feeling positive and encouraged. There are many programs both tribal and urban that are helping young people connect with Native culture to find strength. Do you think culture is an important element of successful mentoring programs? What other elements of mentoring set up young people for success? Guests include: Star Nayea, award winning musician and motivational speaker, K.A.S.P. (Cree) a multiple award winning motivational hip hop artist and Mary Kim Titla (San Carlos Apache) executive director of UNITY, Robin Benedict (Jicarilla Apache Nation) Director/Department of Youth for the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

Break Song: Dance For the People (song) Warscout (artist) Scouts (album)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - New Hope for Hepatitis C (listen)
Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are over 2.7 million cases of Hepatitis C in the United States. A new drug treatment for the disease has been found to cure 90% of those who take it. The treatment costs almost $100,000 and which may make a cure out of reach for some. The research on Native Americans and Hepatitis C is limited. Have you or someone in your life been diagnosed with Hepatitis C? Are you a doctor or nurse who treats patients with this disease? Or do you have questions about Hepatitis C?

Break Song: Aqma (Competition) (song) Tumivut (artist) Tumivut (album)

Thursday, June 19, 2014– Fighting Wildfires(listen)
It’s fire season in the western United States, which has put many of us who live in the region on high alert. Wildfire is a natural process, but some have grown out of control recently in drought stricken states like Arizona, California and New Mexico. A wildfire recently broke out near Anchorage, Alaska. How has wildfire impacted your community? Has it threatened any sites that your tribe considers sacred? What has your community done to join the firefighting effort when fire season reaches its peak?

Break Song: Tha Mash Up (song) Wayne Silas, Jr. (artist) Infinite Passion (album)

Friday, June 20, 2014 – Saving and Reviving Native Languages(listen)
When it comes to reviving and preserving our Native languages, the numbers can be bleak and sometimes depressing. But many tribes and programs are making progress on language preservation. Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy, a school focused on Shoshone language immersion just graduated their first kindergarten class. In May, Alaska US Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Tim Johnson from South Dakota introduced The Native American Languages Reauthorization Act. The bill would provide funding for an Indigenous language program. What is your tribe or community doing to revive and continue Native languages? Do you wish more funds were available for language programs?

Break Song: Hope Chant (Baked) (song) Wayquay (artist) Tribal Grind (album)

Monday, June 23, 2014 – The Future of Native Education (listen)
Teachers are taking a well-deserved break right now. But the conversation about improving education for Native American students never stops. In President Obama’s recent speech on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, he said “let’s put our minds together to improve our schools -- because our children deserve a world-class education, too, that prepares them for college and careers.” Improving education for Native students can take many forms. Join us as we discuss Native education reform with Native educators. Guests include: Kara Bobroff (Navajo/Lakota) founder and principal of the Native American Community Academy and Ahniwake Rose (Cherokee/Muscogee) executive director of the National Indian Education Association.

Break Song: Super Soaker 3000 (song) Young Bird (artist) Dedicated (album)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — Dam Removal (listen)
Dams can serve many purposes but some dams built in the 20 th century caused unintended consequences. There’s a growing movement in some parts of the United States to remove dams and return rivers to their original form. Whether spurred on by aging infrastructure or litigation, the decision to tear down these structures is complex and often emotional. Join us as we learn more about current and past dam removal projects in Native America.

Break Song: Dance for the Coyote (song) Tom Duncan (artist) Earth Warrior(album)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Contemporary Alaska Native Art (listen)
Art forms in Native communities across Alaska are influenced by culture, tradition, geography and contact with people who arrived from Europe and Russia. In this hour, we will explore how artists respond to contemporary issues while also drawing on the traditions of their community. Are you an artist who balances culture and contemporary influences? Who are your favorite Alaska Native artists today? This program is part of the Native Artists of Alaska Radio Series.

Break Song: Our Grandparent's Song (song) Talibah (artist) Navajo Songs for Children(album)

Thursday, June 26, 2014– Smoke Signals the Movie Reunion(listen)
It’s been 16 years since film “Smoke Signals” made its way to audiences around the country. The film is now a beloved classic among both Native and non-native audiences. It’s often hailed for its view on modern day life for Native Americans. What has this film meant to you over the years? Can you recite some scenes word for word? We invite you to join us as we open the hour to the original cast and crew to explore the long term impact of “Smoke Signals.” Guests include Sherman Alexie (Spokane/ Coeur d'Alene), Chris Eyre (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Evan Adams (Sliammon First Nation), Irene Bedard (Inupiaq Yup'ik) and others.

Break Song: John Wayne's Teeth (song) Smoke Signals: Music From the Mirimax Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Friday, June 27, 2014 – Trademark Cancelled (listen)
Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the Washington DC football team’s trademark registration. The ruling does not limit the use of the team name, but if upheld may lead to financial losses for the team. Where do you stand on the cancellation of the trademark? Guests include: Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee) President of the Morning Star Institute and Amanda Blackhorse (Navajo) principal plaintiff in the lawsuit Blackhorse et al v. Pro Football Inc.

Break Song: O Siem (song) Susan Aglukark (artist) This Child (album)

Monday, June 30, 2014 – Tribal Clans and Cultural Survival (listen)
When you think of your own Native community, how strong is your clan system? Would you consider it the backbone of your tribal nation? On this edition of Native America Calling, we take a look at how our Indigenous nations are influenced and strengthened by our clan systems. What do clan structures teach us about nation-building and tribal values? What is being done in your tribe to make sure younger generations know about their clans and the importance of those clans for cultural survival? Guests include: Alaska Native storyteller and scholar Ishmael Angaluuk Hope (Tlingit/Inupiaq), storyteller and culture consultant George Coser (Muscogee Creek Nation) and Tiospaye Staff Keeper Richard Charging Eagle (Cheyenne River Sioux) a veteran and cultural advocate.

Break Song: Qalurru (Dip Netting) (song) Pamyua (artist) Drums of the North:Traditional Yup'ik Songs (album)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — Current Events (listen)
We want to hear about the exciting events happening in your community during the month of July! Join us as we learn more about events like Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Survival First Voices Festival in Farmington and the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games. You can also call in to tell us about events, gatherings and celebrations taking place in July across Native America.

Break Song: Pixou Falls (song) Oh My Darling (artist) In the Lonesome Hours(album)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - Surprising Businesses in Native America (listen)
Gaming is a lucrative business venture for some tribes. But some Native nations are expanding into non-gaming business ventures. Did you know that the Chickasaw Nation has a chocolate factory? The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians owns a winery and the Suquamish Nation has a seafood company that sells geoduck clams internationally. Are you running a successfully non-gaming enterprise? Do you have a great story to tell about how you or your tribe got started in that business? Join us for a conversation with innovative tribally-run and Native-owned businesses.
Guests Include:Phillip McWherter (Cherokee) general manager of Bedré Fine Chocolates, Tony Forsman (Suquamish) general manager of Suquamish Seafoods, Dante Desiderio (Sappony) executive director of the Native American Finance Officers Association, Chairman Marshall McKay (Yocha Dehe Wintun) tribal chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun tribe which owns Seka Hills Food Company, Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk) owner of Hoka Coffee, Derek White (Gila River Indian Community) general manager of Gila River Telecommunications Inc.

Break Song: Nose Flute Dub (song) Paula Fuga (artist) Lilioki(album)

Thursday, July 3, 2014– Lacrosse(listen)
The roots of lacrosse go back father than almost any sport in North America. It's often called “the creator’s game” and many feel a spiritual connection to it. Since 2011, interest in lacrosse exploded in places like the Northern Plains with the formation of a new league and several tribal teams. Just a few months ago, the Tewaaraton Award was presented to two Native players for the first time. Do you keep up with lacrosse or a favorite team? Did you play lacrosse growing up? Are your children or grandchildren playing lacrosse today? What does this sport mean to you?

Break Song: Pilipuka (song) Patrick Landeza (artist)Kama`Alua (album)

Friday, June 4, 2014– ***ENCORE: Birth Stories***   (listen)
Many children love to hear the story of when they were born. Do you know the story of your birth? Were you born during a natural disaster or in an unusual place? We want to hear your birth stories - either when you were born or when your own children were born! Do you enjoy hearing the tales of what was happening when a new life came into the world? How can these stories better help us understand our place in our families or our communities? Do you know the people who were in the room when you were born? Guests include: Christina Castro (Jemez/Taos Pueblo - writer, community activist and organizer, teacher at IAIA), Nicolle Gonzales (Navajo - Certified Nurse Midwife with Bridge Care for Women) and Ellen Blais (Oneida Nation of the Thames - an Aboriginal midwife and co-chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives)

Break Song: A Capella Native American Church Song II (song) LeeAnne Brady (artist) In Jesus Name (album)

Monday, July 7, 2014 – A Chat with Uncle Sam (listen)

P. ‘Sam’ Deloria (Standing Rock Sioux) is the director of the American Indian Graduate Center. He is known for many accomplishments and holds an undergraduate and law degree from Yale University. Sam Deloria was also the director of the American Indian Law Center. After all of the fireworks of Independence Day die down, we’ll sit down with Mr. Deloria for a chat about the US government, federal indian policy and current issues in Native America.

Break Song: Memory Lane (song) Nitanis "Kit" Largo (artist) Serenity (album)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014— Hooray for Sports! (listen)

Sports are popular in communities across Native America. Both players and spectators get joy while being a part of games, matches and races. Many sporting events are taking place this summer, including the World Indian Eskimo Olympics, the North American Indigenous Games and various journeys by foot and canoe. What do sports mean to you? What are your favorite sporting events? Are you using traditional sports to improve your health or the health of your community?

Break Song: Chant (song) Mihana (artist) One Little Dream (album)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Voting Rights in 2014 (listen)

In 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act in the decision Shelby County v. Holder. How might that decision impact the 2014 elections? Voting rights advocates across Native America closely followed the decision. Do you feel like your right to the polls is protected? Do you have concerns about the voting rights of others in your community? Join us as we learn more about how leaders around Native America and members of the US Congress are responding to changes in voting laws since the Supreme Court decision.

Break Song: Bird Song (song) Unknown (artist)

Thursday, July 10, 2014– Preventing Colon Cancer (listen)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colon cancer rates vary in Native communities and the highest rates are among Alaska Natives. Health workers in Alaska are working hard to tell people how they can prevent colon cancer. They are even dressing up as polyps and traveling around with a 32-foot long-foot inflatable colon called “Nolan the Colon," to share information about this type of cancer. Talking about colon cancer with your doctor is not always easy. Screening and tests for the disease can be uncomfortable, but they are the best way to detect and prevent it. Do you have questions about colon cancer? Do you find it difficult to talk to your doctor about it? Join us for a conversation with experts. Guests include: Diana Redwood, PhD, Colorectal Cancer Control Program manager at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Claudia Christensen, nurse practitioner and endoscopist for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Rochelle Greenley (Yup'ik), colorectal cancer screening patient navigator.

Break Song: American Indian Movement Song (song) Blackfire (artist) [Silence] is a Weapon [Disc 2] (album)

Friday, June 11, 2014– Housing Solutions   (listen)
Families across Native America need affordable housing. In many communities, there aren't enough homes available for everyone who needs one. In this hour of Native America Calling, we want to hear your ideas for addressing housing in your area. Why do you think there aren't enough houses to go around? What do you think would make homes more affordable? Have you seen an inspiring idea that you think could work in your community? Is your tribe or village using a creative solution to address housing needs? Where should we look for the next innovations in housing?

Break Song: Trade Song (song) Métis Fiddler Quartet (artist) North West Voyage Nord Ouest (album)

Monday, July 14, 2014 – Alcohol Near the Reservation(listen)

Some members of the Navajo Nation are raising concerns about liquor licenses in Sanders, Arizona. The establishments selling liquor are on private land, surrounded by the Navajo Nation. Community activists hope violence and alcohol related deaths will decline if those liquor licenses are not renewed. How do you feel about selling alcohol right next to your reservation or village? Is the sale of alcohol banned in your community but legal nearby? Do you think there is a way to resolve tension over alcohol sales near Native communities? Why or why not?

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014— Who Taught You How To Cook? (listen)

Food connects us to our families and our communities. Today we call all cooks in Native America to join us with your stories about the person who taught you how to cook. What was the first thing you ever made from scratch? Were you young when you learned to cook or did you pick up cooking as an adult? Join our conversation and tell us the best cooking tips you've learned from mom or dad, elders in your family, aunties and uncles or friends.

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Do You Have Enough Water? (listen)

Water is a crucial resource. Do you have enough water in your area to support people, animals and the environment? Are you dealing with the impact of reduced access to water? In this hour, we will hear how tribes are using water settlements with the federal government to ensure greater control over water resources. Has your tribe accepted a water settlement in recent years? What challenges do you see in the future for water management in your community?

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

Thursday, July 17, 2014– Birth Control (listen)

Last month, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby over religious objections to certain types of birth control. Access to contraception is a hot topic in many communities, including in Native America. Do you have concerns about the use of birth control pills or IUDs? Do you feel employers should be required to provide birth control for employees through their health insurance plans? Is birth control a human right? Join us for a conversation about access to contraception. Guests include Miss Nikke Alex (Diné) sex blogger and law student. Keioshiah Peter (Diné) youth activist and community organizer. Cindy Leonard, coordinator for Natural Family Planning in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. Charon Asetoyer (Comanche) executive director of the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center.

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

Friday, June 18, 2014– Taking It Outdoors   (listen)
Summer means outdoor time for many Native families. Do you go camping each summer? Do you camp out while attending powwows or other events and celebrations? We want to hear your best camping stories! What are your favorite, and least favorite, camping memories? What are your best camping tips? And who pitches the tent when you camp? Guest include: Angelina Akuda-Jacobs, President of Pathkeepers for Indigenous Knowledge (Lumbee Tribe). Russel Daniels, an avid hiker and camper (Navajo/Ho-chunk). Matt Baker, Experiential educator with the National Indian Youth Leadership Project (Diné). Kevin Dee, Executive Director of Ageya Wilderness Education Camp.

Monday, July 21, 2014 – **ENCORE: Weaving For Life and Art** (listen)

Weaving has a long history in many North American tribes. Native Americans have been weaving rugs, clothing and baskets from materials indigenous to their homelands. Families are keeping the weaving tradition alive by passing down their knowledge to a new generation of weavers. Does your tribe have a history of weaving materials for ceremonial or commercial use? Does weaving play a role in your family's life? Guests include: Bobbie Ornelas (Navajo) Traditional Weaver, Theresa Secord (Penobscot) Basket Weaver and Dennis White (La Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) Weaver and Educator

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014— Native in the Spotlight: Frank Waln (listen)

Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota) is an award winning hip-hop artist from the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota. His hip-hop group, Nake Nula Waun, which means: “I am always ready, at all times, for anything” in Lakota, won two Native American Music Awards. His music tackles social issues like environmental concerns and he participated in the Healing Walk 2014. Join us for a conversation with Frank about his music and environmental justice. You are also welcome to call in and speak directly with Frank Waln about his life and work.

Break Music: AbOriginal (song) Frank Waln (artist) AbOriginal – Single (album)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - July Music Maker: Dawn Avery (listen)

Mohawk artist Dawn Avery is known for her alluring cello sounds and vocals. Her latest album “50 Shades of Red” offers listeners a 12-track exploration of peace and passion through sound. Avery says her album has a lot of love both sensual and spiritual. Tracks like “My Life With You” and “My Heart Is Strong” maneuver through a layered composition of lyrics and notes. We invite you to connect to Dawn Avery’s newest musical venture on our July Music Maker edition of Native America Calling.

Break Music: Wa Tsiotkon (song) Dawn Avery (artist) 50 Shades of Red (album)

Thursday, July 24, 2014– Hawaiian Sovereignty (listen)

The current debate over Native Hawaiian sovereignty involves many Indigenous voices. While some are in favor of the U.S. of reestablishing a collective government-to- government relationship, others are opposed and often sight illegal occupation as the reason. Listening sessions on the matter are under way right now across the nation. Other issues connected to this discussion include federal recognition, community and culture. What do you think about the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement? Given your own tribe’s history with the U.S. government, what would you like to add to the discussion? Guests include Rhea Suh Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget with the US Department of Interior,  Ke`opulaulani Reelitz (Kanaka Maoli) Editor of Mana magazine, Rowena Akana (Native Hawaiian) Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee at Large, Williamson Chang (Native Hawaiian) Professor of Law at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa,  Kamana Beamer (Kanaka Maoli) Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies also at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa.

Also mentioned on today's show: Interior Considers Procedures to Reestablish a Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community and ‘Ōlelo Community Media coverage of the listening sessions.

Break Music: Chant (song) Mihana (artist) One Little Dream (album)

Friday, July 25, 2014– Beading   (listen)
Native artists have created beaded work for generations. Through the years, beading has evolved from large clay beads to small glass beads from Europe. Beaders today put their touch on everything from earrings to stethoscopes. Just about anything can be decorated with beads. Beading can take a long time, with intricate designs, while other creations are simple strings of beads crafted for volume and profit. Does your tribe have a unique style of beading? Does your family have a tradition of beading? Guests include: beaders Brian Zepeda (Seminole), Summer Peters (Ojibwe) and Marcus Amerman (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma).

Break Music: Show Stopper (song) BlackStone (artist) On The Oregon Trail (album)

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 (listen)

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? Guests include: Barbara Aragon (Laguna Pueblo/Crow) MSW and works in the area of community wellness, Natalie Marr, psychologist outpatient therapist at the Native American Community Clinic, Shane Plummer (Ojibwe) law student and yoga teacher, George Funmaker (Ho-Chunk/Dakota) community worker with the American Indian Counseling Center in Los Angeles.

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 (listen)

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   (listen)
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)

Monday, August 4, 2014 – Living On The Streets (listen)

Two homeless Navajo men were murdered last month while they slept on the streets of Albuquerque. The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates there are over 600,000 Americans who are homeless on any given night. Living on the streets can be very dangerous. Theft, violence, and health problems are just a few of the issues people face. Have you or someone you know ever been homeless? What do you think needs to be done to protect and support individuals and families that are struggling to find a safe, affordable place to call home? Guests include: Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee) executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, Karen Thorne (Gila River Indian Community) chief operations officer for the Phoenix Indian Center, and Ashley Alkire (Hunkpapa Lakota) shelter coordinator at the Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center.

Break Music: Hope Chant (Baked) (song) Wayquay (artist) Tribal Grind (album)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014— Current Events (listen)

During the month of August, festivals and events are taking place around Native America. If you're in Sitka, Alaska, you can attend the Home Skillet Festival on August 8th and 9th. The Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial kicks off this week and an Indian Housing Training Conference is scheduled for later this month. What's happening in your community? Tell us about events, gatherings and trainings happening this month in your area. Call in during the live broadcast or email details to comments@nativeamericacalling.com

Break Music: Running (song) Scatter Their Own (artist) Taste the Time (album)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - Teacher Retention (listen)

Native American students are less likely to graduate than their peers. Many programs are addressing the needs of students, but what about teachers? A study in 2012 by Education Week showed that nearly half of first-time teachers leave the profession in less than five years. Are you concerned about the quality of teachers in your child or grandchild's school? What needs to be done to keep good teachers in the classroom? We've invited both former and current teachers to join the conversation. Guests include Native American Community Academy executive director Kara Bobroff (Navajo/Lakota), and Mandy Smoker Broaddus (Fort Peck Assiniboine/Sioux) director of Indian Education for the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Break Music: Eternal Circle (song) Spirit Voices/Ceshia Anaquod (artist) Spirit Voices (album)

Thursday, August 7, 2014– Managing Multiple Health Problems (listen)

Having more than one health problem at the same time can make life difficult. High blood pressure coupled with other health concerns like high blood sugar and elevated cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease, stroke or diabetes. The term for having multiple risk factors is metabolic syndrome. Has your doctor ever used the term to describe the status of your health? Join us for a conversation about managing multiple health problems. It is possible to reverse metabolic syndrome with lifestyle changes. Have you tried to make changes to address health concerns? Do you find managing multiple health problems overwhelming? Guests include: Dr. Ann Bullock (Ojibwe) Clinical Consultant/Indian Health Services Division of Diabetes.

Break Music:Hope (Featuring Werner Erb) (song) Sihasin (artist) Never Surrender (album)

Friday, August 8, 2014– The Native Art Market   (listen)
When Native art is bought, sold or traded, a connection is created to Native life. Many times this bridge into the Native world takes place at art markets across the nation. What do you think about the current intersection of creativity and commerce in Native art markets? What's missing in discussions about the art business? How does what happens on the Native art market scene reflect our Native communities? We invite you to join this discussion about the current state of the Native art market. Guests include: Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/ Seneca) Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA). Native educator and artist Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne Arapaho) and Coast Salish Artist, Peter Boome

Break Music: Clearing the path (song) Swinomish Canoe Family (artist)

Monday, August 11, 2014 – Natives Aging Gracefully (listen)

What does it mean to age gracefully? Does it mean looking 35-years-old when you're actually 50? Aging gracefully may be skin deep to some folks, but for others, it means to age in a healthy way by staying fit, having a sound mind and having a strong spiritual connection. According to health advocates who work with elders becoming a leader in the community is another way elders are making the best of their years. We'll learn more about how you can age gracefully and what things may be preventing you from aging in a healthy way. Our guests include Flo Jorgenson (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) Activity Coordinator/Santa Clara Pueblo Senior Center and Jordan Lewis (Aleut) Assistant Professor/University of Washington.

Break Music: Pixou Falls (song) Oh My Darling (artist) In the Lonesome Hours (album)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014— Inserting Native Nations into the Comics (listen)

Consider Hulk, Magneto, Spider-Man and Superman. What’s missing from this lineup? A Native American. Sure there's Starhaven, Black Crow, Danielle Moonstar and Warpath but, Native characters don't really get the role when it comes to saving the earth from total destruction in mainstream comics and graphic novels. That's one reason why Native graphic artists are starting to pen their own Indigenous characters with familiar Native features and backgrounds. Many Native comic masters believe it’s Natives who have to step up to represent in the comic world for different reasons from portraying a positive image to inspiring Native generations. What are the powers of the comics? What's your favorite character? If you were a comic superhero, what powers would you have and for what reason? On the show we have Lee Francis IV, managing editor of INC Comics, Michael Sheyahshe, author of "Native Americans In Comic Books," Jon Proudstar, creator of "Tribal Force," the first all-Native superhero comic book and Kristina Bad Hand, Native American comic book artist.

Break Music: Mission Impossible Theme/James Bond Theme (song) Taimane (artist) ‘Ukulele Dance (album)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Native Newsworthy (listen)

Today we are jumping into the news headlines to explore the type of coverage Native nations are receiving. We’ll be joined by several media professionals to hear more about the stories they’ve covered and ones that are down the pipeline. The year is more than half gone and we want to hear from you about the stories connected to Native America that really caught your eye so far. Are there other stories that you feel did not receive a lot of attention but should have? What news stories would you like to hear more about or perhaps hear with a Native focus? Guests include Jodi Lee Spotted Bear (Mandan & Hidatsa) Executive Director/Fort Berthold Communication Enterprises, Jason Begay (Navajo) Native Educator/University of Montana School of Journalism, Ke`opulaulani Reelitz (Kanaka Maoli) Editor of Mana Magazine and Hansi Lo Wang Reporter with NPR’s Code Switch.

University of Montana School of Journalism Native News Project

Break Music:Trick Song (song) Battle River (artist) Hard Times (album)

Thursday, August 14, 2014– The Equation for Happiness (listen)

Researchers at the University of College London recently published a study suggesting they have a mathematical equation that can predict happiness. They found that lowering expectations can make you happier. Do you think we can really find happiness using math? What makes you happy? Some find happiness in many different ways, including family, work or even material items. Have you found a formula for happiness? Has it changed over the years? Have you really thought about what it takes to be truly happy? Get a head start on this conversation and send your happiness formula to comments@nativeamericacalling.com Guests include D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas (Odawa Nation), author and motivational storyteller.

Break Music:Qalurru (Dip Netting) (song) Pamyua (artist) Drums Of The North: Traditional Yup'ik Songs (album)

Friday, August 15, 2014– Oral Health and General Health   (listen)
We all know we need to brush our teeth twice a day and floss like we mean business. Beyond keeping our teeth clean and healthy, some research suggests there are links between oral health and preventing heart disease and other health issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians and Alaska Natives experience high rates of oral health disparities. Are you concerned about the connections between oral health and general health? Are you able to see the dentist regularly? Is access an issue?

Monday, August 18, 2014 – Spirituality of Running (listen)

Before there were horses, cattle or wagons, Native Americans used their own two feet to run across North America. They ran for survival, recreation and religion. Today, Native runners continue that journey for much of the same reasons. We're going to focus on the spiritual side of running because many tribes consider running to be a religious act and a significant part of prayer and daily life. From turning a negative feeling into a positive one to pondering the day's decisions and actions, running offers a wealth if spirituality. Guests include Dustin Martin (Navajo), Velliyah Craig (Navajo), Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) and Jordan Marie Daniel (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe).
Wings of America
The Ongoing Revival of Native American Running Traditions

Break Music: Rez Rocket (song) Red Earth (artist) Zia Soul (album)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014— Changing Careers (listen)

Most of us will hold different jobs over our lifetime. Sometimes you want to change jobs or careers due to personal or economic factors. Have you recently decided to change careers? Did you go back to school or did you dive in to a new business without formal training? What made you change jobs the last time you started a new position? What led you to make the decision to change careers? Guests include: Jack Soto (Navajo/Cocopah), a management change consultant. Stephanie Gutierrez (Oglala Lakota) MSW student at Washington University in St. Louis. Also featured in the show: Sky Vasquez (Paiute) blogger at Brightside of Rez.

Break Music: Pisa Ay Sobeli (song) The GrayHawk Band (artist) Worth The Wait (album)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Parade Culture (listen)

Native Americans know how to celebrate. And during big community celebrations we have the parades to look forward to. And these parades include local princesses and pageant winners, groomed horses, men and women in traditional attire, marching bands, drum groups, community leaders, candy for the kids and a whole lot of shiny vehicles with Pendleton blankets on the hood. Some of our communities are small and they have short parades, while larger ones have parades that could last hours. There's a lot of dedication and planning that goes into these events from the planning committees. But there's also a lot of planning and dedication from the people, whose whole day revolves around attending the parade. These hard core parade goers make attending the parade an annual event, they wake up at the crack of dawn to get a good spot on the parade route and they eat breakfast in their lawn chairs. Guests include Mykhal Mendoza (White Mountain Apache), Don James (Navajo), Sunni Big Day (Shoshone-Bannock), Neil Patterson Sr. (Iroquois) and Roberta Racine (Blackfeet).
University of Montana School of Journalism Native News Project

Break Music: Going to the Fair (song) Jay & Tiinesha Begaye (artist) Night of the Northern Lights (album)

Thursday, August 21, 2014– Veterans Affairs (listen)

he Department of Veterans Affairs has seen a lot of change recently. Not only does the department have a new leader but more reforms are ahead at the national level. What do all of these changes mean for Native American and Alaska Native veterans and their famlies? Will you take advantage of the option to seek outside care if you’re far from a VA facility? Do you think VA reforms will be a good thing for you or a veteran in your life? If you have ideas for improving care for our Native veterans, we also want to hear from you during our conversation about changes in Veterans Affairs.

Break Music:A Cumbia For Kev (song) Gertie & The T.O.Boys (artist) Gertie & The T.O. Boys (album)

Friday, August 22, 2014– Your Family Story   (listen)
Josephine Waggoner (Húnjkpapa Lakota) chronicled the story of her family and her tribe from the late 1800s. These forgotten manuscripts were recently published in the book "Witness: A Hú?kpapa Historian's Strong-Heart Song of the Lakotas." Interviews and documents were used to record the legacy of this Lakota family as well as greater Lakota history. Senior producer Monica Braine is the great-great-granddaughter of Josephine Waggoner. In this hour, she will bring this story to our broadcast. She also invites you to join the discussion by calling in and telling us how you are recording the story of your own family and tribe. Have you published a book or produced a film about your family legacy or tribe's history? Are you researching previously lost details about how the experiences of your family shape your life today? Guests include: Alli Joseph (Shinnecock), founder of 7th Generation Stories. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (Standing Rock Sioux) director of tourism for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Dakota Goodhouse (Standing Rock Sioux) blogger and instructor at United Tribes Technical College.

Break Music: Destiny (song) Mary Youngblood (artist) Feed The Fire (album)


Monday, August 25, 2014 – Housing for Native Veterans (listen)

Veterans are entitled to specific benefits after their service in the military, including health care and money for education. Another benefit is VA home loans, but many vets don't take advantage of that opportunity. Some veterans also struggle with mental illness and substance abuse and find themselves homeless. Is your tribe stepping up to help veterans find stable, affordable housing? Are you or a loved one who served in the Armed Forces struggling to find a place to live? What do you think should be done to make sure our veterans in Indian Country have a place to live?

Break Music: Memory Lane (song) Nitanis "Kit" Largo (artist) Serenity (album)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014— Voter Registration (listen)

Voting is one way for individuals to have their voice heard in local, state and federal elections. Are you registered to vote this year? Community groups around the US are working to register more Native voters and encourage them to cast a ballot this November. Join us as we explore voter registration efforts. This program is part of a series this fall on the 2014 Elections on Native America Calling. Do you think registering more Native voters will make a difference in the outcome of elections in your area? Do you think your vote matters?

Break Music: Chant (song) Mihana (artist) One Little Dream (album)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - August Book of the Month: “Effigies II” (listen)

Effigies II” is a compilation of works from Native women poets. Editor Allison Hedge Coke says debuting these works in a collection gives these Native writers a chance to enter the literary publishing world as a community. The book is like a road trip through Indian Country through words. The poems allow the reader to experience a multi-regional view on Native life. We invite you join us live as we take in the words of Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee), Ungilbah Davila (Diné), Kristi Leora (Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg), Laura Mann (Choctaw/Cherokee/Mohawk) and Kateri Menominee (Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa).

Break Music: Bird Song (song) Unknown (artist)

Thursday, August 28, 2014– August Music Maker: Eden Fine Day (listen)

Eden Fine Day, a Cree First Nations musician from Canada’s Sweetgrass Reserve made her debut as a solo artist in the new album “Things Get Better.” This autobiographical musical venture is a reflection on her life. Eden feels rhythm and melody are a birthright. The sounds and lyrics of the 12-track album highlight both the highs and lows that life can bring and blends them into a melodic understanding of human emotions. Are you ready for a soulful journey to strength? We invite you to join us for our August Music Maker as we visit with Eden Fine Day.

Break Music:Strangers (song) Eden Fine Day (artist) Things Get Better (album)

Friday, August 29, 2014– What's on TV?   (listen)
The fall television season is just around the corner. Are you waiting for new episodes of your favorite show? Did the last season end on a cliffhanger? Fall is also the time when networks release new shows that may just be the next bit national hit. What are your favorite TV shows? Join us as we discuss the most popular shows right now. We'll also explore Native American characters and actors on shows like Longmire, The Red Road, Escaping Alaska, and Hell on Wheels.

Break Music:Trade Song (song) Métis Fiddler Quartet (artist) North West Voyage Nord Ouest (album)

Monday, September 1 , 2014 –**Pre-Recorded** Songs to Make You Smile (listen)

What kind of music brings a smile across your face? Is it a country or rock tune? What about round dance music or the soulful Louisiana Cajun sound? This Labor Day we are closing down the phone lines to bring you some of Native America’s sounds from many of the musicians you love. We’ve put together memorable songs make you smile while you enjoy your day of rest and relaxation. Who’s on your top list of songs that brighten your day? Do you turn to Native musicians to help ease you into or out of your day? Is there a song you like to listen to over and over?

Break Music:John Wayne’s Teeth (song) Eagle Bear Singers (artist) Smoke Signals: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture (album)

Tuesday, September 2 , 2014— Current Events (listen)

It's time for another roundup of events taking place this month in Native America! Join us as we learn about events like the Fatherhood Is Sacred & Motherhood Is Sacred Facilitator Training, an "Our food is Our Medicine" conference, the Comanche Nation Fair and the Yanaguana Indian Arts Market. You are also invited to call in and share details about events and gatherings taking place during September in your community.

Break Music: Shake it Down (song) Gary Farmer (artist)

Wednesday, September 3 , 2014 - Bigfoot Country (listen)

Native Americans saw Bigfoot first. The Choctaw call this mysterious being "Shampe," the Chinook call it "Skookum," the Salish call it "Sasquatch" and the Navajo call it "Bekee Nitsaw." Some tribes even have stories that are passed down from generation to generation about these big, hairy beings that live in the wilderness. To us, Bigfoot is an evil being, a friend, a guardian or a supernatural being one shouldn't be worried about. What does your tribe call Bigfoot? Does this mysterious creature play a role in your culture and folklore? Have you seen Bigfoot? And what about little people? Guests include Matt Moneymaker from the show "Finding Bigfoot" and eyewitnesses Rose James (Sokokomish), Natalie Murphy (Navajo) and Kenny Frost (Southern Ute).

Break Music: Metropolis (Mix) Tribe Called Red (artist)

Thursday, September 4 , 2014– Preparing Food for Winter (listen)

Now is the time to gather your fresh fruits and vegetables and prepare them to last through the winter. Do you can or preserve things from your garden to feed your family during cold months? Do you smoke salmon or dry meat to stock your pantry? Join us as we discuss the best tips and techniques for canning, preserving and drying foods. We also want to hear how you learned these skills. Were they passed down through your family? Are you reviving food preservation traditions in your community?

Break Music: Nadjiwan (single) Broken Treaty Blues (artist)

Friday, September 5, 2014– Coming of Age in Native America   (listen)
Coming of age is an important milestone. For many Native American tribes, it is acknowledged with a ceremony. These ceremonies are unique and some may include endurance tests, days of song and dance, special foods or tough tasks to prove these kids are ready to become adults in their community. Coming of age ceremonies are an important turning point in a young Native American's life where childhood play time is replaced by responsibility and visions of the future. Have you had a coming of age or puberty ceremony? What happens when we don't have these ceremonies? Does your tribe still carry on these traditions? Guests include Dr. Lloyd Lee (Navajo), Dr. Carol Markstrom and Veronica Tiller (Apache).

Break Music: Shades of Red Part 3 (song) Dawn Avery (artist) Shades of Red (album)

Monday, September 8 , 2014 –Internet and Phone Access (listen)

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), only an estimated 10% of homes in Indian Country have access to broadband Internet. How difficult is it to get online in your community? Are some people still living without a phone? Some tribes have created their own telecommunications companies in order to deal with these issues. Programs like Lifeline, provide low income people with low cost or free phone service and Internet access in some areas. Should the federal government provide Internet and phone service to those who cannot afford it? Is access to communications tools a right or a privilege? Guests include: Loris Taylor (Hopi) president and CEO of Native Public Media and Neza Leal, media justice organizer for the Media Literacy Project.

Tuesday, September 9 , 2014— Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom (listen)

Last month a Navajo student in Seminole, Texas was sent home from his first day of kindergarten because his hair violated the school dress code. The student was eventually allowed to attend class after the school was provided documentation of his tribal enrollment. When school policies conflict with spiritual and cultural beliefs, parents have to explain and defend their beliefs to school officials. Have your children or grandchildren had a similar experience? How did you respond? What do you think school districts should be doing to make sure they respect the traditions and beliefs of Native families?

Break Music: Bird Song (song) Unknown (song)

Wednesday, September 10 , 2014 - Native American Hip-Hop Music (listen)

The Native music scene in 2014 is vibrant and constantly expanding. Many musicians find their niche outside of the sounds traditionally associated with Native Americans like flutes, drums and rattles. Native musicians are making their mark in all genres, from country to rock and classical to the blues. Hip-hop traces its roots to the urban streets of the Bronx. But some young Native artists feel a deep connection to the hip-hop genre. So what is there to rap about in Native America? Plenty. From losing our heritage to good times with the family, there are stories to tell between the beats and choruses that make up Native hip-hop. Guests include Native hip-hop artists.

Break Music: Go Large or Go Home (ft. Skyzoo) (song) Def-i & Precept (artist) Lightworks (album)

Thursday, September 11 , 2014– Climate Change Impact (listen)

In May, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report titled "National Landmarks at Risk." The document mentioned several national landmarks that are at risk because of climate change, including Santa Clara Pueblo, Mesa Verde National Park, and Kaloko-Honokohau and Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Parks. Are you worried about the impact of climate change to your community? In July, the Department of Interior announced a plan to provide 10 million dollars to tribes impacted by climate change. How has your tribe been impacted by climate change? Have the impacts of climate change shaped how you practice your religion or whether you can carry out the traditions passed down from your ancestors?

Break Music:Memory Lane (song) Nitanis "Kit" Largo (artist) Serenity (album)

Friday, September 12, 2014– Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Native America  (listen)

The time before a baby's birth is crucial for later health. If a mother drinks alcohol while pregnant, that can put the baby's health in danger. Alcoholics and moderate drinkers run the risk of harming their babies every time they think about taking a drink, or going out on a binge, while they're pregnant. Native Americans have some of the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It's a condition that potentially causes a wide range of problems. Children with FAS have mild to severe mental, physical, behavioral and learning problems. It's 100 percent preventable, yet it's still happening. Is this an issue in your community? Is it something people can talk openly about, along with possible solutions? Join us as we discuss what can be done to curb this health concern in our Native communities.

Break Music:Encouragement Song (song) Joseph Shields Jr. (artist) Wahancanka [Remember Me Grandfather] (album)

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 (listen)

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 (listen)

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 (listen)

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: Going to the Fair (song) Jay & Tiinesha Begaye (artist) Night of the Northern Lights (album)

Monday, September 22, 2014 – Responding To Emergencies (listen)

When natural disasters strike communities, the federal government is supposed to help with funding to rebuild homes and buildings. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dollars are available after a natural disaster is declared. Has your community used FEMA funds to respond to a storm, flood or fire? Has your tribe received money the federal government set aside for rebuilding? What FEMA policies don't work in Native America?

Break Music:Edge Of The Rez, Part 2 (song) The Blue Stone Project (artist) Blue Stone (album)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 –  Youth Drug Abuse (listen)

A new study revealed that substance abuse for American Indian teens is higher than the national average. Are you concerned about drug and alcohol abuse among teens in your community? A study from the University of Michigan found the top three drugs abused by 12th graders in the US are marijuana, synthetic marijuana and the prescription drug Adderall. What are Native American teens using to get high? Where do they get drugs? And how can tribal leaders, parents and teachers spot the signs of drug use and address it?

Break Music: Heart Sing (song) James Bilagody (artist) Near Midnight Traditional (album)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — Music Maker: Gabriel Ayala (listen)

Gabriel Ayala from the Yaqui Nation shares his vibrant style of music, which he calls JazzMenco, in his new album “Live At The Mission.” This 10-track ensemble of rhythm and energy features the cutting sounds of Flamenco and classical guitar. Ayala is known for his ability to make the guitar strings sing a song of grace and passion. We invite you to join us for our September Music Maker edition as we take in the latest sounds of Gabriel Ayala.

Break Music: Allegro (song) Gabriel Ayala (artist) Live At the Mission (album)

Thursday, September 25, 2014 — Addressing Climate Change (listen)

World leaders meet this week in New York for the United Nation's Climate Summit 2014. They will discuss climate change agreements that include decreasing the number of trees cut down around the world and boosting the use of renewable energy. Leaders have until next year to make agreements that would be enforced in 2020. Is this global conversation including Indigenous communities, including our tribes in the United States? What would make a difference for our Native communities? Are your leaders taking action to address global climate change?

Break Music:Overwhelming (song) Blackfire (artist) [Silence] Is a Weapon (double Disc Album)

Friday, September 26, 2014 – Tribal Elections (listen)

The 2014 midterm elections in November are an opportunity for voters to make their voice heard by local, state and federal officials. In Native America, voters are also casting ballots in tribal elections this year. Did you cast a ballot in a tribal election in 2014? Are candidates still out talking to members of your community for an upcoming election? Do you vote only in your tribal elections? Or do you choose not to vote because you moved to the city and it's hard to follow what's going on back home? Join us as we explore tribal elections in our 2014 Election series on Native America Calling.

Break Music: Little Earthings (song) The Jir Project Band (artist) Sun Child (album)

Monday, September 29, 2014 – Turning Out The Native Vote (listen)

This fall, we are focusing on key issues in the 2014 elections. Groups across the country are working to encourage more Native American and Alaska Native voters to cast a ballot this year. Do you plan to vote in November? Will you vote early or by absentee ballot? Join us as we learn more about efforts to increase Native voter turnout. We also want to hear why you vote, or don't vote, in state and federal elections.

Break Music: Everything's Gonna Be All Right (song) Twice As Good (artist) That's All I Need (album)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 –  Difficulties of Learning Your Native Language (listen)

Out of the hundreds of languages that were once spoken in North America, there are only a handful of them left - and even fewer speakers. However, there is a growing interest among many Native Americans to learn their language. You could take a class or use an online program, but learning a language is challenging. Have you started to learn your Native language as an adult? What challenges did you face? Can our elders, fluent speakers and tribal leaders make it easier for us to learn our languages?

Break Music:Enaemaekisaeh (song) Wayne Silas Jr (artist) Infinite Passion (album)


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — In the Media: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (listen)

Since the 1980s, over a thousand Indigenous women in Canada have been murdered or disappeared. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Indigenous women are 4 percent of Canada's population but make up 16 percent of the country's murder cases. Family members and activists are drawing attention to these cases. Some are saying the media is part of the problem because news organizations don't cover cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women as often as cases involving white women. What do you think needs to be done to address this issue and protect Indigenous girls and women? Should media coverage be part of the discussion? Is the safety of women an issue in your community?

Break Music: For the Light (song) Digging Roots (artist) For the Light (album)

Thursday, October 2, 2014 — Take Care of Your Bones! (listen)

In honor of the month where skeletons take center stage, we want to talk about our own skeletons. Did you know the human body has 206 bones? Or that there are 26 bones in the human foot? Join us as we explore fun facts about bones and answer your questions about bones. Have you ever wondered what foods are best for supporting the health of your bones? What puts you at risk for osteoporosis? Why do our bones pop sometimes?

Mentioned in the show Be The Match 

Send your questions about bone health to comments@nativeamericacalling.com

Break Music:Indian Bones (song) Arigon Starr (artist) Meet the Diva (album)

Friday, October 4, 2014 – Drinking In Moderation (listen)

At the end of most ads for alcohol, the phrase “Please Drink Responsibly” often pops up. What does that really mean? If you have family members who dealt with alcoholism, is it possible to drink in moderation? What does drinking in moderation look like? One person's idea of moderation might be only drinking one six pack of beer while others might see moderation as a glass of wine with dinner. What is the difference between alcohol problems and alcohol dependency? Can you address drinking by cutting back the amount of alcohol you drink without completely stopping? Guests include Dr. Reid Hester, director of the research division of Behavior Therapy Associates, LLC.

Break Music: Sewa Ania (song) Gabriel Ayala (artist) Live At the Mission (album)

Monday, October 6, 2014 – Indigenous Peoples Day (listen)

This month, Minneapolis, Minnesota will celebrate their first Indigenous Peoples Day. Other cities across the nation will also celebrate the day with pride and honor. The move to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day, or Native American Day, started in the late 1970s. Since then, many use this day to honor Indigenous peoples and cultures. Today, we'll take a look at this holiday and why some feel this is a better way to spend the day. We know there are a lot of events planned for October 13. That's why we're giving you the airwaves a week early! Join us and tell us what it means to you to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

Break Music:These Blues Is Killing Me (song) Twice As Good (artist) That's All I Need (album)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014 –  Current Events (listen)

It's time for another round of current events! There's a lot going in this month in Native America. The annual Native America Connections Parade is happening in Phoenix and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) will hold its annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska. You can join us and share information about events, gatherings and trainings that will take place during the month of October.

Break Music: Sahkaweyohk Ota (Give A War Cry Here) (song) Young Spirit (artist) Akameyimoh Baby Boy (album)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — History Curriculum Fights (listen)

Last week students in Colorado walked out of class to protest proposed changes in their district's history curriculum. A nine-member panel of the Jefferson County School board reviewed the Advanced Placement History curriculum and suggests changes, such as “materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.” This isn't the only case of controversy of history curriculum. In 2010, controversial changes in the social studies curriculum was approved in Texas. Where does teaching about Native American history fit into proposed curriculum changes across the US? What would you like to see in history classes teach today? Should history classes be the same across the US?

Break Music: Heeia (song) Henry Kapono (artist) The Wild Hawaiian (album)


Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Stereotyping Aztlán and Beyond (listen)

You may or may not be surprised at the things Indigenous people with Mayan, Aztec and other Indigenous roots from Mexico, Central and South America have to tolerate when it comes to stereotyping. Much like the beads and feather complex people seem to have when they stereotype Natives from the U.S., these Indigenous communities, which also includes Natives from the Caribbean, often deal with misconceptions about their heritage and culture. As the stores start to fill up with Native-themed costumes and accessories for Halloween, we take a look at what Indigenous nations south of the U.S. have to say about stereotypes. Can education change how people treat them and their culture? What kinds of questionable cultural appropriations from these Indigenous populations also need to be called out, analyzed or stopped?

Break Music: Mirror Song (song) Michael Heralda (artist) Miccailhuitl (album)

Friday, October 10, 2014 – Adoption of Native Children (listen)

Last month, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled that non-Native parents could adopt an Alaska Native child from the village of Tununak. Advocates for Alaska Native communities expressed concern that this ruling may set a precedent for courts to disregard the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, which requires Native preference in the adoption of Native American children. How does this new ruling fit in with last year's historic Supreme Court ruling in the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl? Do you think the future of ICWA is at risk? Join us as we talk with experts about improvements and setbacks in the Indian child welfare system.

Break Music: Song Of Encouragement (song) Porcupine Singers (artist)Alowanpi - Songs Of Honoring - Lakota Classics: Past & Present, Vol. 1 (album)

Monday, October 13, 2014 – Using the Word Genocide (listen)

Last month, A Tribe Called Red cancelled a planned performance at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The musicians say it was “because of the museum's misrepresentation and downplay of the genocide that was experienced by Indigenous people in Canada by refusing to name it genocide.” The word genocide was coined by Raphael Lempkin in 1944 to describe the systematic murder of European Jews. But the word genocide isn’t only used to describe the Holocaust. Do you think we should use the word genocide when talking about colonization in the US? What does the word genocide mean to you? Guests include: Simon Moya-Smith (Oglala Lakota), correspondent for Indian Country Today Media Network and Dr. Brendan Lindsay, assistant professor of California History at Sacramento State University.

Break Music:Copal Offering To The Four Directions (song) Xavier Quijas Yxayotl (artist) Aztec Dances (album)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014 –  Energy Vampires (listen)

Energy vampires are not elusive, hundred-year-old supernatural beings that feed on human blood. They're not sexy either. Energy vampires lurk everywhere, even in the sun. They come in many shapes — and no shapes at all — to feed on our energy. From gossipers to complainers to bad eating habits and stressful work environments, our energy can be drained in many ways. And that makes us unhealthy may lead to real sickness. While we can't put a wooden stake in these kinds of energy vampires, there are relationships and situations we can change that will save us from energy vampires. Join our conversation about how to improve and sustain your energy. Guests are Shunkila Black Calf (Diné/Lakota), Dr. Judith Orloff, DJ Kiss (Zuni) and Shane Plumer (Red Lake Band of Chippewa).

Break Music: Nd Waza Bat (song) Keith Secola (artist) Circle (album)


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 —Thrifty in Native America (listen)

Poverty or hard times can make people find creative ways to be frugal. Those thrifty habits can also be passed down to future generations. Many of us in Native America know how to stretch a limited budget. Some thrifty folks are very knowledgeable about saving money and do extensive research before they even go grocery shopping. Others go without certain items because they know they don't really need it. We want to hear your story. Are you a person who gets a rush from clipping coupons or seeing 75 percent off signs at the stores? Are your kids embarrassed by your thriftiness? Do you think being thrifty is different than being cheap? What lessons in frugality are you passing on to your children or grandchildren? Guests are Naomi Magee (Navajo), Jenn Owyhee (Shoshone/Piute), Wade Fernandez (Menominee) and Dr. Per Cap.

Break Music: She's Got the Rhythm and I Got the Blues (song) Davis Mitchell (artist) Country Road Songs of the Dine (album)


Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Native Women on the Ballot (listen)

The November midterm election is less than a month away. Native women are running for elected offices around the US. Join us as we check in with Native American and Alaska Native women who are running in state and tribal elections in 2014. What does it take to get elected to office as a Native woman? What obstacles do Native women face when running for an elected position?

Break Music: Wake Up Song (song) Voices of Salish & Ped d'Oreille Women (artist) Heart of the Bitterroot (album)

Friday, October 17, 2014 –Fighting Breast Cancer (listen)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On National Mammography Day, we’ll discuss who should get a mammogram, recent controversies around mammograms and what it means to fight breast cancer. Awareness has been a priority in recent years. Is that enough? Are Native American women getting the preventative care and treatment they need to deal with breast cancer? Guests include: Karuna Jaggar, executive director, Breast Cancer Action, Dr. Annie Belcourt (Blackfeet/Chippewa/Mandan/Hidatsa) assistant professor at the University of Montana. Kris Rhodes (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) executive director of the American Indian Cancer Foundation,

Break Music: They Sing to Each Other (song) Pamyua (artist) Side A Side B (album)

Monday, October 20, 2014 – Native Women in Hip-Hop (listen)

Today we focus on Native women who are breaking through the hip-hop scene. Women in hip-hop are often overshadowed by Native male rappers and MCs. But these women have stories and rhymes that can definitely match the talent of their male counterparts. Some tracks can only come from a Native sister, aunt, niece and mother. Join us as we talk about the current challenges and opportunities for female Native hip-hop artists. Guests include: Janet Rogers (Salish), Jb the First Lady (Nuxalk/Cayuga) and Miss Christie Lee (Musqueam).

Break Music:The Streets Keep Talking (song) Honey (Artist) The Streets Keep Talking — Single (2014)


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 –  Downside of The Oil Boom (listen)

North Dakota is currently experiencing an oil boom that is providing new prosperity for the state. Unemployment is low and tax revenues were over 2 billion in 2013 . But some say the oil boom is coming with unexpected costs. According to the US Department of Justice, violent crime rates are up in nearby communities. What does that mean for tribes in Bakken oil region? What steps should be taken to address these crime and negative impacts of the oil boom? Guests include: Scott Davis (Standing Rock Sioux/Turtle Mountain Chippewa) Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the state of North Dakota.

Break Music: I Walk With You (song) Joseph Fire Crow (artist) Face the Music (album)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 —October Music Maker: Twice As Good (listen)

Father and son duo Twice As Good, from the Pomo nation, have the blues in a major way and as their song says, it doesn’t bother them. Paul & Rich Steward bring their soulful sound back to more blues-loving listeners in their new album “That's All I Need.” It’s their fifth studio album and there are plenty of sounds that can get any dancehall or stage rocking. We invite you to join us for our October Music Maker edition with Twice As Good.

Break Music: Wang Dang Doodle (song) Twice As Good (artist) That’s All I Need (album)


Thursday, October 23, 2014— Leaving Domestic Violence (listen)

Last month, we talked about the reasons why someone might stay in an abusive relationship. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this hour, we will discuss what it takes to leave abusive relationships. What steps do individuals need to take to get away from a violent partner? Who is supporting victims of domestic violence and giving them the tools they need to leave? Guests include: Romalita Laban (Hopi) Executive Director of Hopi Tewa Women’s Coalition to End Abuse.

Break Music:In The Balance (song) Sharon Burch (artist) Touch The Sweet Earth (album)

Friday, October 24, 2014 –Your Family Health History (listen)

Almost every adult has filled out a health history form at the doctor's office. Why is it important for you to know about diseases that struck your parents, grandparents or aunts and uncles? Knowing your family's health history is more important than you think. It can give your doctor some clues about issues you, or your children, may face someday. If you know that certain diseases and conditions run in your family, you can take preventative steps or get tested early. Has knowing your family health history helped you address a health concern? Join us as we talk about why health history matters. 

Break Music: I Am The Beginning And The End (song) Dorothy Tsatoke (artist) Native American Healing Songs Come to me Great Mystery

Monday, October 27, 2014 – Our Furry Family Members (listen)

When we decide to bring a furry animal into our lives as pets, their paws, tails and bright eyes become precious to us. Our cameras and phones are full of pictures. Our furniture and clothes are covered in their fur. Our wallets are thinner because we buy them so much. But it's all worth it because our pets are part of the family. So how much time and money do you put aside for your pets? Do you have a room just for the cat? Does your dog have his own couch? Tell us how you love your pets! (We'll hear about how people consider their pets a part of their family and the great lengths they go to keep their cats and dogs happy and spoiled.)

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Break Music:Horseback Riding Song (song) The Tewa Indian Women's Choir (artist) Fun and Social Songs from San Juan Pueblo (album)


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 –  October Book of the Month: A Nation Rising (listen)

A new book titled “A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty,” invites readers to learn more about the Kanaka Maoli or Native peoples of Hawaii. Indigenous voices come together in the pages of this book to recount the history of this land along with the major social movements and people that have inspired them. We invite you to join us as we learn more about Native Hawaiian sovereignty with our October Book of the Month guests, including Kanaka Maoli contributors Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua and Ikaika Hussey.

Break Music:Kaulana Na Pua (song) Marlene Sai (artist) Mele No Ka 'Oe (Digital Only,Re-mastered) (song)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014 —Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (listen)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is often associated with individuals serving in the military. Did you know that anyone who experiences a terrifying event can have this disorder? How often does PTSD impact Native Americans? PTSD symptoms include flashbacks to traumatic events, feelings of anger, hopelessness and trouble sleeping. Does that sound familiar to you? Join us as we learn more about PTSD, including treatment options and how to help a friend or family member who has PTSD.

Break Music: Place I Know (song) Indigenous (artist) Broken Lands (album)

Thursday, October 30, 2014— Sending a Message through Film (listen)

Have you ever seen a film that changed your life? Has a movie ever altered how you see the world? There are some great Native films playing around the country right now. Join us as we preview a few of them. The Cherokee Word for Water is a narrative film that tells the true story of a fight for water in a small Cherokee community. La Donna Harris: Indian 101 is a documentary that chronicles the life of Comanche activist La Donna Harris. We’ll speak with the filmmakers of their films about how they use images to share their message.

Break Music:Mean Things Happinin' In This World (song) Blackfire (artist) Woody Guthrie Singles (album)

Friday, October 31, 2014 –The Paranormal (listen)

We will soon wind down from Halloween and the sugar rush, but there are still ghosts and demons that make some people worry. The paranormal may still be out there. You may not believe in that kind of stuff, but others are believers and say they have seen real ghosts. Are you a believer in the paranormal? Have you seen things that made you question what you previously thought about ghosts?  

Break Music: Willie's Ghost Riders (song) Gertie & The T.O.Boys (artist)"Tohono O'Odham And Proud (album)

Monday, November 3, 2014 – Qualifications For Leaders (listen)

The Navajo Nation has been in the news this fall as officials debated one qualification of presidential candidate Chris Deschene. The Navajo Nation requires that candidates for president are fluent in the Navajo language and a lawsuit was filed to challenge Deschene's language skills. Tribes have many qualifications for potential leaders, including age, education and residency. What qualifications are the most important to you? Do you want your leaders to have advanced degrees? Do we want them to know your tribe's language? Tell us what makes you confident a candidate is qualified to lead your tribe.

Break Music:Sewa Ania (song) Gabriel Ayala (artist) Live At the Mission (album)


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 –  Current Events (listen)

It’s time for another round of current events on Native America Calling! Join us as we learn about events, gatherings and celebrations taking place this month around the country. November is Native American Heritage Month. Are you planning an event to honor Native history? What events are you getting ready for in November or later this winter?

Break Music:For the Light (song) Digging Roots (artist) For the Light (album)


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 —Body Image (listen)

The fat acceptance movement aims to end discrimination of overweight and obese people. Have you ever been criticized or judged because of your size? We’ve all heard about the health risks of being overweight, but can you be healthy and love your big body at the same time? In this hour, we will talk about how messages about weight can have an impact on our body image and maybe even our overall health.

Break Music: Enaemaekisaeh (song) Wayne Silas Jr (artist) Infinite Passion (album)


Thursday, November 6, 2014— Fatal Highways (listen)

Car crashes are one of the leading causes of injuries for Native Americans, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. Have you or a loved one ever been hurt in a car accident? The CDC recommends that tribes work to increase the use of seat belts and child safety seats in cars on reservations. Do you think encouraging these changes could help save lives in your Native community? What do you think it would take to change attitudes about car safety in your family or in your tribe?

Break Music:Wake Up Song (song) Voices of Salish & Ped d'Oreille Women (artist) Heart of the Bitterroot (album)

Friday, November 7, 2014 –Starting a School (listen)

Any parent who wishes their child was treated better in the classroom can relate to the dream of opening up your own school. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to start a school in your community? It’s not as easy as creating a mission statement, but would you like to see more schools focus on Native values and the needs of Na­­tive students? Join our conversation with Native American Community Academy founder Kara Bobroff (Lakota/Navajo)and Anpao Duta Flying Earth (Lakota/Dakota/Ojibwe/Akimel O'odham), associative executive director and head of school for the Native American Community Academy.

Break Music:Fancy Dance (Song) Yellow Hammer (artist) Yellow Hammer (album)

Monday, November 10, 2014 – Election Wrap Up (listen)

Nearly 83 million Americans voted last week, according to the United States Elections Project. Republicans gained control of the Senate and US House of Representatives. How many Native Americans and Alaska Natives turned out to vote? What does a Republican congress mean for tribes? Guests include OJ Semans (Rosebud Sioux), co-director of Four Directions, located on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation,Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock) journalist and Atwood Chair at the University of Alaska and Liz Medicine Crow (Tlingit and Haida), CEO of the First Alaskans Institute.

Break Music:Sewa Ania (song) Gabriel Ayala (artist) Live At the Mission (album)


Tuesday, November 11, 2014 –  Honoring Our Veterans (listen)

On this Veteran's Day, we will honor our veterans in Native America through songs and stories. Listeners are welcome to call in and share what Veteran's Day means to them or talk about a veteran who deserves recognition. Did you know that Veteran's Day became an official US holiday in 1938? Join us for an hour dedicated to veterans and their families.

Break Music:For the Light (song) Digging Roots (artist) For the Light (album)


Wednesday, November 12, 2014 —Grandparents Raising Children (listen)

Raising children can be challenging. In Native America, an increasing number of grandparents stepping in to help raise their grandchildren or even raise them all by themselves. Were you raised by a grandparent? How did that experience shape how you see the world today? What do you think when you see an elder taking care of a child? Should communities do more to support grandparents who are the primary caregivers for young ones?

Break Music: Enaemaekisaeh (song) Wayne Silas Jr (artist) Infinite Passion (album)


Thursday, November 13, 2014— Violence in Schools (listen)

Jaylen Fryberg shot five of classmates, including some cousins, late last month at Marysville-Pilchuck High in Washington State. Two of the shooting victims died and the Tulalip teen also died of a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound. Members of the tribe and surrounding community continue to mourn the loss of three young people. In this hour, we will take a broad view of school violence. Are you concerned about the potential for violence in your child or grandchild's school? What can tribes, teachers and community members do to make sure our children are safe? Does your school have a program to address threats of violence?

Break Music:Wake Up Song (song) Voices of Salish & Ped d'Oreille Women (artist) Heart of the Bitterroot (album)

Friday, November 14, 2014 –Our Genes (listen)

Epigenetics is the study of how our genes change over time due to the environment. It may explain why we inherit good and bad traits and memories from our ancestors. Have Native Americans inherited bad memories from their ancestors who survived starvation, abuse and illnesses? Did the genes of our great-great-great grandmother change to adapt to survive through the Trail of Tears or The Long Walk and then were passed on to our parents and us? Guests include Dr. James Jarvis (Mohawk).

Break Music:Fancy Dance (Song) Yellow Hammer (artist) Yellow Hammer (album)

Monday, November 17, 2014 –Rebel Music (listen)

MTV World recently premiered an episode of Rebel Music focusing on Native America. The series focuses on musicians who use their craft to raise awareness about social issues. We’ll get the story behind the episode and speak with some of the musicians, artists and a journalist featured in the show. Guests include: Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo), Inez Jasper (Sto:lo/Ojibwa/Métis), and Simon Moya-Smith (Oglala Lakota).



Tuesday, November 18, 2014 –  Evaluating Charities (listen)

Many people respond to the call each year to give to charities during the holidays. Charities and nonprofits provide services to many in need, including Native America. ProPublica and NPR recently investigate the American Red Cross and found allegations of mismanagement of resources like food waste during the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. How can we know if a charity is worthy of our donations? Guests include: Laura Sullivan, correspondent, NPR Investigations, Sandra Miniutti, vice president of marketing and CFO of Charity Navigator and Carly Hare, executive director of Native Americans in Philanthropy.

Red Cross response to NPR and ProPublica coverage


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 —Tribes And Legalized Marijuana (listen)

Earlier this month, voters in Oregon and Alaska voted to legalize recreational marijuana. There are nine tribes in Oregon and over 200 tribes in Alaska. How are they responding to changes in state laws on marijuana? Tribes in Colorado and Washington have mostly stood against marijuana legalization in their states and continue to ban its presence in their Native communities. Join us as we explore where tribes stand on marijuana legalization and what conflicts exist between, tribal, federal and state laws and policies.

Thursday, November 20, 2014— Native Millennials (listen)

We know that millennials are a young generation that is educated, tech savvy and pretty sure of themselves. But what are Native American millennials? Are we shaped by something else? Do we have different values? We are, indeed, different than our non-Native counterparts. We come from a different history and a different environment, so out values and challenges as young Native Americans are going to be different than the average millennial. When we talk about Native American millennials, we’re talking about our tribal cultures, education, community and the future.

Friday, November 21, 2014 –Book of the Month: “Rock & Roll Highway" (listen)

Six Nations musician Robbie Robertson (Mohawk) has shared his rhythms and lyrics with the world for decades. Today his son Sebastian Robertson is helping Robbie give more insight into his own story. Sebastian’s book “Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story” is aimed at young readers but those young at heart have a lot to embrace too. Colorful illustrations chronicle Robbie’s journey from a young person to the heights of his musical career. Readers can connect with the people and places that Robbie liked to along the way, including Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan. We invite you to hear more about this Native musician’s life in our November Book of the Month conversation with Mohawk author and musician Sebastian Robertson.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - Keeping Your Brain Healthy (listen)

With the New Year right around the corner, many are planning new resolutions to create healthier bodies and lose weight. But what about having a healthy brain? According to The Society of Neuroscience the brain is the body’s most complex organ. What is needed to keep this organ healthy, alert and functioning? How do foods and medicines impact our brain health? Can playing games or challenging activities improve your memory? We’ll answer your questions about having a healthy brain. Guests include: Dr. Adam Grove, a naturopathic physician and board chair of the Alaska Brain Injury Network.

Break Music: They Will Know (song) Audio Pharmacy (artist) State of the Heart (album)


Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Current Events (listen)

This is the time of year when many people head inside to tell stories and share winter traditions with friends and family. What are your plans for the month of December? Is your tribe or village holding an event or celebration? Are you organizing a training for professionals in your field? Join us during our Current Events hour to share details about your event! You can also email flyers and information: comments [at] nativeamericacalling [dot] com

Break Music:Geese (song) Tumivut (song) Tumivut (album)


Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - Songs of Praise: Native American Hymns (listen)

Hymns have long been used to praise God. These beautiful songs, in the more Western religious definition, are not indigenous to North America. But as hymns spread across the country, Native Americans picked them up and made them their own. Now, there are hymns in many different Native languages but the messages and praises are very much the same. Guests include: Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek).

Break Music: Don't Make Trouble In Your Heart (song) Cheevers Toppah (artist) Renewed Spirit - Harmonized Church Hymns Of The Kiowa (album)


Thursday, December 4, 2014 - December Music Maker: John-Carlos Perea (listen)

Native Americans have really made a splash on the contemporary music scene, including the world of jazz. For over a decade GRAMMY winning recording artist John-Carlos Perea (Mescalero Apache/Chicano) has created music that not only blends music styles but instruments and sounds from Native American culture like the cedar flute and powwow singing. We invite you to join our conversation about his new album, “Creation Story” on our December Music Maker edition of Native America Calling.

Break Music:Creation Story (song) John Carlos (artist) Perea (album)


Friday, December 5, 2014 – Native News in 2014 (listen)

From the Keystone XL pipeline to the Washington DC Football team mascot fight, Native American issues made news headlines in the past year. What major stories caught your attention? What stories do you think did not get enough coverage in 2014? Join us as we discuss this year’s top Native news and stories you might have missed. Guests include: Native journalists Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa) and Mary Hudetz (Crow).

Break Music:No No Keshagesh (song) Buffy Sainte-Marie (artist) Running for the Drum (album)

Monday, December 8, 2014 - White House Tribal Nations Conference (listen)

Last Monday, the Obama Administration held the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. Tribal leaders from across the United States came together to discuss important issues like climate change and efforts to support Native youth. What actions would you like to see from the Obama administration in the final years of his second term in office? Join us as we share key moments from the conference and discuss shared concerns across Native America.


Break Music: Bird Songs (song) Unknown (song)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Classical Music (listen)

Many people think Native American music is just drums, flutes and rattles. But Native musicians find their musical calling in all kinds of instruments, even brass, wind or string instruments. Some artists are performing classical music in symphonies, orchestras and solo concerts. Are you a classical music fan? Have you ever studied or played classical music? Join us for a conversation with Native musicians, including: Jerome Jim (Navajo), Brent Michael Davids (Mohican), Rhonda Head (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) and Jerod Tate (Chickasaw).

Break Music:Henri Dutilleux (song) Jerome Jim (artist) Sometimes I Dream (album)


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - Cold And Flu Season (listen)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a warning that this year’s flu season could be deadly for some people. The flu vaccine currently available may not effectively cover people from a new strain of the flu that has emerged in recent months. We will learn more about the risks of the flu and how you can protect yourself. This week is also National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 7 to 13). Do you get a flu shot every year? Have you already gotten the flu this season? Join our conversation about prevention, treatment and avoiding the spread of seasonal illnesses like the flu and colds.

Break Music: Astronomar (song) Astronomar (artist)


Thursday, December 11, 2014 - Cashing In On Poverty (listen)

CNN aired the outcome on an investigation last month into the fundraising practices of a Catholic-run boarding school in South Dakota. The report claims that the school used fictional students and stories to elicit sympathy from potential donors. Using images and stories of poverty for financial profit is sometimes called “poverty porn” because of the exploitative nature of the message. How do you feel about images of Native Americans being used raise money for charities? How can charities share stories of struggle without exploiting the people they aim to help? Guests include: Michael Roberts (Tlingit), president of First Nations Development Institute.

Break Music:Sneak Up (song) Red Bull (artist) Greatest Hits (album)


Friday, December 12, 2014 – Humane Treatment Of Animals (listen)

An 8-year-old girl was killed by a pack of dogs recently in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Tribal officials responded by rounding up a trailer full of stray dogs and killing them. Do you think that response was the right decision? Is that humane? How do you think animals, including pets, should be treated? Some animals are sacred in tribes across the country. Do you feel an obligation to make sure all animals are treated humanely? Is the treatment of animals a concern for you – why or why not?

Break Music:Jefecito (song) John Carlos (artist) Perea (album)



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