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: We Didn’t Ask Why (song) Shelley Morningsong (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
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
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)
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