January 1 - Native News of 2002:
Mission Specialist John Herrington of the Chickasaw Nation was
the first Native to walk in space. Wildfires raged across the
White Mountain Apache reservation in Arizona. A Grammy award was
given to a Native duo singing songs from the Native American Church.
Eskimos nearly had their whaling rights taken away by a Japanese
plot. The Fighting Whities took the court, Windtalkers hit the
screen, and Native culture returned to the National Mall in Washington,
D.C. in the form of a powwow. What were the headlines in Indian
Country for the Year 2002?
January 2 - Trust Fund Reform:
The Department of Interior has announced that both the House and
Senate appropriation committees have approved their plan to reorganize
the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee
for American Indians. Tribal leaders are up in arms, arguing the
plan lacks details and standards. Also, reports on trust fund
reform from both the defendants and the plaintiffs are due in
court. Will Judge Lamberth be satisfied with the progress being
made? Or, will heads roll in Interior? Guests include Tex Hall.
January 3 - Makah Whale Hunt Halted:
federal court in San Francisco has sided with environmental groups
who claim that the Makah tribe’s whaling efforts are a threat
to public safety and in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection
Act. The court panel rejected a federal environmental assessment
that the whaling had no significant impact on the local whale
population. The Makah have been authorized by the International
Whaling Commission to harvest up to four whales a year for five
years. Since gray whales were removed from the Endangered Species
List more than eight years ago, the Makah have killed only one
whale. Does America’s indigenous groups retain special rights
when it comes to preserving and renewing culture?
January 6 - Current Events:
Several states are taking a closer look at their 4-H tribal traditions
programs after a parent lodged a complaint in West Virginia. We'll
bring you a preview of the 9th annual Native Forum at the Sundance
Film Festival coming up in Park City, Utah. The deadline to register
for the NCAI Executive session is just around the corner. So is
the call for artists to show at this year's Santa Fe Indian Market.
There's also a call for Native students to apply for prestigious
scholarships, and there are casting calls for two new Native-themed
motion pictures. And, how will the political landscape change
in Indian Country now that Republicans have control of the White
House and Congress?
January 7 - Keeping the Future Safe at Home:
It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the passage of
the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Congress enacted ICWA to
re-establish tribal authority over the adoption of American Indian
and Alaska Native children. Prior to its passage, many Native
children were not only removed from their homes, but also from
their tribal communities. Now with ICWA, Native children are kept
with Native families. How are states, federal agencies and tribes
complying with the law? ICWA was also intended to strengthen and
preserve Native American families and culture, has it been successful?
Guests include Cheryl Longfeather (Standing Rock Sioux) of the
Native American Training Institute.
January 8 - Mandatory U.S. Military Service:
Rep. Charles Rangel, a Democrat from New York, is threatening
to introduce legislation in the next session of Congress making
military service mandatory for all eligible Americans. The Korean
War veteran is accusing the Bush administration of being too gung
ho to start a war with Iraq. He believes such legislation will
curtail certain lawmakers' willingness to authorize war. Rangel
said on national television that everyone, including the children
of members of Congress, should have an equal opportunity to "defend
the Free World against the threats coming to us." Would you
be more reluctant to send troops into battle if they were your
sons and daughters?
Committee for Conscientious Objectors
American Business Alliance
January 9 - : Selling Out Sovereignty:
Economic development has been a tribal business challenge that
has gotten tripped up by nepotism, politics and the Native good
ol' boy system. Coupled with the legal maze of tribal sovereignty,
it's a wonder that the business world even considers Indian Country
as a potential resource or location. Since the federal government
has yet to live up to its treaty obligations, perhaps the private
sector is the only option tribes have in their move toward economic
independence. Is waiving sovereign immunity the answer to enticing
business? Guests include Bill Largent of the Native American Business
January 10 - Native Grammy Nominees:
The Grammy's have released their list of nominees for the Best
Native American Music Album and they are: "Spirits in the
Wind" by Burning Sky; "Sacred Season" by Redheart;
"Faith in the House" by Vince Redhouse; "Round
Dance the Night Away" by Randy Wood; and "Beneath the
Raven Moon" by Mary Youngblood. Who will be the winner of
the third Native Grammy? Call in and cast your vote for your favorite
album of the year. The official award will be given at the 45th
annual Grammy Awards in New York next month. And, does any controversy
await this year's winner? Guests include nominees and the National
Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
January 13 - Terrorist Alerts: Real or Manufactured?:
A recent news report from
the New York Daily News claimed that the five Middle Eastern men
federal authorities were hunting may have sneaked into the country
via the St. Regis Mohawk reservation, which straddles the U.S.-Canadian
border. The report turned out to be unsubstantiated. Do you believe
Americans should remain in a heightened state of alert, watching
out for deadly terrorist activity? Or, do you think much of the
warnings are manufactured by the press and fabricated by the White
House to keep terrorism in the minds of voters and President Bush's
approval ratings high? Guests include Ross Montour, writer/reporter
for the Eastern Door.
January 14 - Misreading Native School Children:
Every year millions of children and youth receive special education.
Native students often represent a high percentage of these classes.
There is some criticism that Native children are often assessed
incorrectly. Has your child been assessed as a special needs child?
If so, was the assessment correct? If your child is rightly considered
a special needs child, are you aware of the law that ensures him/her
a quality education? The Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act (IDEA) is federal law that strengthens academic expectations
and accountability for children with disabilities. Guests include
Chris Curry of the Native American Families Together Parent Center.
January 15 - Celebrating Our Civil Rights:
What determines if an individual attains greatness? What does
one do to achieve notoriety? And are the two equivalent? It is
within the service of others that one accomplishes greatness,
so said Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born on January 15,
1929 and murdered on April 4, 1968. Since 1985, most states commemorate
Dr. King's birthday and his vision with individual community service,
not civil ceremonies. There are Native American and Alaskan Native
people who exemplify the definition of what King symbolized? Who
are those individuals from your tribal nation who have served,
or are currently selflessly serving your community?
January 16 - The Navajo Aquifer:
For more than 30 years Peabody Energy has been leasing coal and
water rights from both the Navajo and Hopi Nations. Peabody uses
groundwater from the Navajo Aquifer to operate a 173-mile slurry
pipeline that carries more than 13 million tons of low-sulfur
coal to power Arizona, California and Nevada. Now Navajo residents
would like Peabody to stop using their only source of water. The
residents claim their wells and ponds are drying up. Peabody claims
that scientific studies show that the affects of pumping the N-Aquifer
are minor. Is there or isn't there enough water? And will the
turbulent relationship between the Navajo and Hopi people with
Peabody Energy ever end? Guests include Nicole Horse Herder of
the Navajo Nation.
January 17 - Taking To The Streets For Peace:
It's the talk of war and the mobilization of US troops to the
Middle East that has forced a diversity of groups to take a public
stance against an impending war with Iraq. In conjunction with
the commemoration of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
an anti-war protests around the country have been organized, even
as polls show Bush with a favorable job rating. What is the real
public consensus? Will the President and Congress hear the voices
of protest and be prepared to act on the public's resolve? Guests
include Lincoln Grahlfs with Veterans for Peace.
January 20 - Indian in the Spotlight:
He is a man of many talents. Known best for his acting career,
Gary Farmer of the Cayuga Nation is now becoming more and more
recognized for his activism and advocacy for Native rights. He
is a film, television and radio producer, a musician, and a former
editor-in-chief of a magazine, but he is still best known for
his roles in his long list of films. His recent role as an alcoholic
father in a brutal relationship with his son, in the film Smoke
Signals, was truly moving. What are his feelings on playing the
roles of dysfunctional Native men? How is his work combating the
reality it portrays?
January 21 - The Sound of Hope:
There are 28 million Americans with some form of hearing loss.
More than one-third are diagnosed with noise induced hearing loss.
For a growing number of Americans, including Native Americans,
hearing loss is a risk factor associated with diabetes. However,
the sound of hope is ringing for those who want to hear. A surgically
implanted device is now making it possible for those who have
lived in a world of silence, to hear once again or hear for the
very first time. Who is a candidate for such a procedure? And
do you know of someone who is hearing impaired? Do they know about
this new surgery? Invited guests include Cecelia Firethunder of
the Lakota Nation.
January 22 - The Anatomy of Possibility:
"The Anatomy of Possibility: Integrating Brain, Body and
Heart Intelligence," is an exploration of cutting-edge western
science and ancient wisdom traditions. The presenter of these
workshops claims that “The Anatomy of Possibility”
can teach all of us about our innate human potential. It is a
framework of theory and research that helps us to understand how
intelligence unfolds and how we can support child development
based on what we know about science. Do you know your innate human
potential? How do we successfully combine Native traditions and
wisdom with scientific knowledge in our everyday lives? Guest:
Tim Burns of Educare Institute.
January 23 - Saving Our Wildlife:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has $9 million in grants to
be awarded to federally recognized tribes under the Bush Administration's
innovative Tribal Landowner Incentive Program and its Tribal Wildlife
Grants. Part of the money will be given to address protection,
restoration, and management of habitat for the benefit of species
at risk. The rest will be awarded as wildlife conservation grants
to benefit wildlife and their habitat. Can the tribes and the
government work together? What will be the structure of these
competitive grant programs? Guests include Pat Durham, Office
of the Native American Liaison.
January 24 - Music Maker Edition: Coalition:
Looking for a new groove and a hot new alternative sound? A rez
rockin' band from the heart of Indian Country called Coalition
kicks off our Music Maker Edition for 2003. Crossing the borders
of pop, rock and soulful rez blues, their new album "Cry"
is inviting to listeners of all musical tastes and backgrounds.
Will their songs and stories about life on the reservation find
an audience that can relate to hard times on the outskirts of
urban America? What are the messages woven into the debut album
of these self-taught musicians from Tuba City, Arizona? Join us
as Coalition performs live from Studio 49.
January 27 - Born Too Soon:
- LISTEN NOW!
The expectant birth of a child is an event that is filled with
excitement and great expectations. Most births occur on nature’s
clock and without a hitch. However, some pregnancies are not able
to come to term, that means the delivery occurs sooner than expected
and before complete development of a fetus. A premature birth
increases the risk of a child having recurrent illnesses, long-term
disability and a higher incidence of death in the first year of
life. What is the definition of the term premature birth? What
are the factors that can lead to a premature birth? Can mothers
do anything that can reduce the risks? Guests include Chester
Brown, March of Dimes.
January 28 - State of the Union:
- LISTEN NOW!
By Congressional decree the President of the United States is
required to give Congress information about the State of the Union.
Since 1947, with the advent of television, US Presidents have
not only kept that obligation, but are now able to instantly communicate
with the American people and the world as well. On the brink of
war, distressing economic news and a Republican Congress, what
is the true State of the Union? What is your perception of where
we are at as a nation? Where does Indian Country stand? Guests
include Rebecca Adamson, First Nations Development Institute and
Joe Garcia, National Congress of American Indians.
January 29 - Book of the Month: “Shell Shaker”:
Choctaw writer LeAnn Howe’s book, “Shell Shaker,”
has been described as “… a delicious read, a powerful
journey into the hearts of some incredibly strong Indian women.”
It’s a story about a community, a people, who are continually
making sacrifices for the benefit of all, and it’s our Book
of the Month. It combines the stories of two political leaders
from different centuries, and their weakness for power, with a
murder mystery. In her debut novel, the author shows the power
of a united community. What is a Shell Shaker? How can we get
more Native communities to unite for the betterment of their people?
January 30 - Spirituality Abuse: An Invisible Crime:
Medicine men and women throughout our Native communities serve
many very important roles including the retention of our Native
cultures and languages and providing mental and spiritual healing.
They are revered as wisdom keepers and protectors of our people.
Unfortunately, some have abused their roles by victimizing the
people who come to them for help. Is the abuse of spirituality
completely turning people away from traditional means of healing?
How does one know if a traditional healer may have negative intentions?
Are there signs we should know of? Guests include Babette and
Skip Sandman, John and Sandra Witherspoon and Mimi Sa.
January 31 - The State of American Indian Nations:
Recently, President Bush gave his State of the Union address.
Today, Tex Hall, President of the National Congress of American
Indians (NCAI), will deliver the first "State of American
Indian Nations" from the National Press Club in Washington
D.C. Native America Calling will bring you part of his speech
and get reactions to it from national Native leaders as well as
listeners from across Indian Country and Alaska. Tune in to hear
this historical event as well as share in the important discussion
of the State of American Indian Nations.
The speech as covered by NAC
The reaction to the speech
video for the entire speech online
February 3 - Current Events:
The impact of coal bed methane extraction and its environmental
effects are the focus of a conference in Montana. The Small Business
Administration in D.C. has announced that low-interest disaster
loans are available to ranchers and farmers, but the deadline
is right around the corner. An annual health and wellness conference
centering on Native men and their families will take place in
Oklahoma. And education scholarships and grants for Native students
and schools that serve them are available, but don't be tardy,
the offer expires soon. Guests include David Asetoyer with Health
Programs at the University of Oklahoma and Ben Deeble of the National
February 4 - Leaving Inian Education Behind:
The White House initiative to raise test scores in math and reading
through the 'No Child Left Behind Act' is being called unrealistic
and prohibitive by Indian education leaders. They argue this legislation
is not helping Native students, especially within reservation
school systems, achieve parity with their non-Native peers. In
fact, they contend the sanctions and mandates under this initiative
will ultimately have a serious negative effect on Indian schools
and Indian students. Will 'No Child Left Behind' become a reality
for Native America? Guests include Suzette Brewer of the Cherokee
Nation and the American Indian College Fund.
February 5 - Faith Based Initiative Funding:
Two years ago, an executive order issued by President Bush opened
the door for faith-based organizations to receive federal funding,
including money from HUD to help build centers where religious
worship can be held if the center is also used to provide social
services. To assist in carrying out the goals of the faith-based
initiative, the President established faith-based and community
initiative offices in five different departments. How can tribes
tap into these funds? Are our traditional religious practices
eligible for these funds? And has faith-based been defined? Guests
include Dolores Plumage, Blaine County Commissioner.
February 6 - Lacto-Patch:
Reports show that three out of every four Native people are afflicted
with lactose intolerance, or the inability to digest significant
amounts of lactose, the predominant sugar of milk. Symptoms include
nausea, cramps, bloating, gas and diarrhea. But new research has
led to an innovative approach that could prevent the distress,
including the unpleasant odors. A new preventive patch, much like
the anti-smoking patch, will soon be on the market and available
to Indians. Are you tired of suffering from lactose intolerance?
Are you willing to try the lacto-patch?
February 7 - Women Majority on Tribal Councils:
Native women have always held some form of leadership roles within
their tribal communities and families. However, with the establishment
of the Indian Reorganization Act many tribes moved away from that
and adopted government structures that are very similar to the
federal government's, along with that model came the established
role of men in government leadership. Women in some tribes are
starting to turn that around by becoming the majority in tribal
councils. What are the challenges for these women and will there
be more progress now that the women are in charge? Invited guests
include Barbara Lyons, Vice Chairwoman of the Agua Caliente Tribal
February 10 - Indigenous Oil Campaign:
One of the most divisive and polarizing issues in Alaska and in
many parts of Indian Country is oil and gas development on tribal
land. Who really benefits from these ventures? The issue will
be one of many brought up at the Alaska Forum on the Environment
in Anchorage. The mission of AFE, a pro-drilling group, is 'Alaskans
working together to promote a clean, healthy environment through
education and communication.' But another group called the Alaska
Native Oil and Gas Working Group is strongly against development
on sovereign land. Can a balance be struck? Guests include Dune
Lankard, Executive Director of the Eyak Preservation Council.
February 11 - Palestinians & Indians:
Dispossession of homelands is a tragedy shared by Palestinians
and Native people. Having their conquerors minimize their fate
to the rest of the world is also something they have in common.
But despite the land grabbing and the dehumanization of these
two distinct cultures, they both remain steadfast in their defiance
to be exterminated and forgotten. How have Israel and the United
States moved emphasis and attention away from their genocidal
efforts? What moral and ethical ground do they stand on? And what
is the rest of the world capable of doing about it? Guests include
George Qassis, a Palestinian activist from Bethlehem.
February 12 - Tribal Turmoil:
Lying, cheating, stealing, misleading and mismanaging are just
some of the terms used to describe some of the actions of our
tribal leaders. Turmoil in tribal communities and governments
is nothing new but are today's controversies worse than ever?
The actions of some of our tribal leaders, past and present, are
not only embarrassing but they degrade the sacred trust instilled
in their positions. What is behind all the turmoil? Are our Native
leaders too weak for money and greed and are they becoming more
selfish and less service-oriented? How do we restore trust and
pride back into tribal leadership after turmoil?
Febraury 13 - Food For Thought:
Did you hear about the tribal office mouse that came upon a piece
of commodity cheese on the floor? He passed it up because it didn't
meet the minimum daily nutritional requirements! Jokes about the
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or 'commodities'
come by the caseload. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service is responsible
for the program as well as the Food Stamp program and other nutrition
programs. President Bush's budget proposal can have an impact
on these programs and others for Native families on or off the
reservation. What changes will these programs face? Guest includes
Roberto Salazar, Administrator, USDA's Food and Nutritional Services.
February 14 - Valentine's Day Stories:
Happy Valentines Day! Although many people claim that Natives
are not romantic, we want to prove them wrong, so we will be asking
you to share your favorite Valentine's Day memory. A secret panel
of judges will determine who has the best story and Native America
Calling will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for the best
stories. Is your favorite Valentine's Day memory a potential winner?
What's the most romantic thing you've ever done on this day? Are
you romantically challenged? If so, you may want to take notes
and pay extra attention. Invited guests include Native columnist
John Potter of the Billings Gazette.
February 17 - Get Up And Go:
According to research many Americans are overweight! A sedentary
life style contributes to obesity and weight gain, two conditions
which can strain health care services for those with health problems
attributed to being overweight. How do we stop the couch potato
mentality and get people moving? A workshop that assists in developing
recreational activities for Native youth is working to tackle
the issue of obesity and their work is available to tribal officials.
Are these workshops the answer? What can put the 'get up', in
'get up and go'? Guests include Judy Shepard, Native American
Recreation and Sports Institute and Teresa Bell, Reno Sparks Colony.
February 18, - Bear Butte Under Fire:
Bear Butte is an honored place where Native Peoples, including
the Cheyenne, Lakota, Arapaho, Kiowa, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara
and other Native nations pray, seek spiritual wisdom and guidance,
renew cultural traditions and sacred objects, mark passages of
life and make pilgrimages and offerings. Located in South Dakota
the mountain is a National Historic landmark. Many already consider
the peace, tranquility and safety of Native people who pray there
in danger because of high-volume tourism but a new proposed rifle-shooting
range has sparked new controversy. What are the federal, state
and tribal governments doing to protect Bear Butte and to halt
any development or activity impeding Native Peoples in the exercise
of religious freedom there? Guest: Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne &
Hodulgee Muscogee) of the Morning Star Institute.
February 19 - Reuniting Adoptees:
It is estimated that between the years of 1941 and 1978 twenty-five
to thirty-five percent of all Indian children were removed from
their homes and placed in orphanages, white foster homes, and
adopted by non-Native families. Today, many of those children
are adults and many may wonder about their biological families.
How can these individuals find information about their relatives?
What is needed to assist in searching for birth parents and extended
family members? What is needed to help families in the reunification
process? Also what about those children who were voluntarily given
up by their parents, what rights do they have in researching their
family histories? Guest: Sandra White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) of
the First Nations Orphan Association.
February 20, - Music Maker - Medicine Dream:
Songs from the hearts and the spirit of the Ktaqmkum Mi'kmaq people
of Newfoundland, Canada, is the essence in the latest release
from Medicine Dream. Tomegan Gospen is the title of the CD and
it pays tribute to our elders. It's also the Mi'kmaq name of a
traditional caribou hunting camp. Based in Anchorage, Alaska,
Medicine Dream is a band that has merged a traditional message
with a contemporary tempo and sound. Can the message of ancestral
teachings be conveyed through a modern-day genre? Will the new
CD be an award winner for the band? Joining us are Paul Pike,
founder of the band, and Buz Daney, a band member.
February 21, - Indian In the Spotlight-Peter MacDonald:
Once considered the most powerful Native American in the country
and also credited with bringing the Navajo people into the modern
world, Peter MacDonald, Sr. served as chairman of America's largest
Indian tribe, the Navajo Nation, for almost 4 terms. It has been
over two years since his release from federal prison where he
served 7 of his 14 years for conspiracy and burglary. What has
the former tribal leader been doing since his release and how
is his health? What does he have to say about his time in prison
and the reasons for his imprisonment? Also what are his opinions
about the state of Native America? Guest: Peter MacDonald, Sr.
of the Navajo Nation.
February 24 - Renewable Indian Power:
energy in Indian Country has been talked about and studied for
years. But what companies are walking the talk? Sacred Power Corporation
out of New Mexico not only has provided numerous hardware installations
for solar irrigation, solar heating, solar power generation &
wind generation, but they have also designed and installed a full
line of renewable energy products including photovoltaic, wind
turbines, solar hot water, solar hot air, solar powered water
pumps, and satellite communications for tribal communities. Will
renewable energy bring Indians power? Guests include Dave Melton
of Laguna Pueblo, Principal of Sacred Power.
February 25 - Wounded Knee: 30 Years of Aftermath:
occupation of Wounded Knee in February 1973 by members of the
American Indian Movement vaulted many of its members into the
national spotlight, and consequently, they used the notoriety
to launch successful personal careers in music, books, movies,
on the speaking circuit, and to start their own organizations.
But what about the people who had to continue living in this tiny
village in South Dakota? Were they unwilling occupants and do
they deserve reparation for the damages they suffered? And do
those who profited from Wounded Knee II have a responsibility
to give back to the community? Guests include lifelong residents
of Wounded Knee.
February 26 - Book of the Month: A Pipe for February:
At the turn of the 20th Century, the Osage were traditional tribal
people who owned Oklahoma’s most valuable oil reserves.
By the 1920’s the Osages became members of the world’s
first wealthy oil population, living lives of leisure. They built
large homes, expensive cars, enjoyed fine restaurants and traveled
to faraway lands. They also found themselves targets of opportunists,
swindlers and murderers bent on taking their wealth from them.
Osage author Charles Red Corn sets A Pipe for February against
this turbulent, exhilarating background. How has the world’s
thirst for oil affected our relationships and our treatment of
February 27 - Native Health Care Coverage: The Buck Stops Here:
and health care services are issues important to everyone. For
Native Americans and Alaska Natives the responsibility of providing
health care services falls on the Indian Health Services and the
U. S. Health and Human Services. After months of political debate,
President Bush signed a bill that provides operational funds for
the IHS. Fueled by rumors of downsizing, many are concerned about
their jobs and if any services and programs will be affected.
What is the cost of Native health care? What is the status of
funding to manage the IHS? Guests include Dr. Charles Grim/Director-IHS,
Michael Mahsetky/ Director Legislative Affairs, IHS.
February 28 - Home Schooling:
The cost of providing an education to our children, whether it’s
in public, charter or private schools, has been and continues
to increase. Unfortunately, in many of these schools the quality
of education is decreasing. Some parents who are concerned about
these costs and poor results have resorted to home-schooling their
children. Critics of home-schooling argue that children taught
at home will not acquire adequate socialization skills and the
lack of certification by parents who serve as teachers negatively
impacts home-schooled students. What exactly is home-schooling
and what programs and resources are out there for those interested
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