Tuesday, July 1 - Take A Loved One
to the Doctor Day:
Do you have a stubborn parent, spouse or other relative who won’t
go to see the doctor? Because, ‘they’ll probably find
something wrong with me.’ Many Native people are mule-like
when it comes to getting their health checked periodically, much
less on a regular basis. That’s why the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services is sponsoring ‘Take A Loved
One to the Doctor Day.’ They are encouraging us to show
our concern by escorting a loved one on a visit to a health professional,
or at least by making an appointment. Guests include Patty Iron
Cloud from the Oglala Lakota Nation and the Office of Minority
Wednesday, July 2 - Planting Seeds
of Indigenous Knowledge:
The Source for Educational Empowerment and Community Development
(SEED) was founded in 1996 to bridge indigenous wisdom and modern
knowledge with academic learning. SEED is now opening a graduate
institute, offering masters degrees in global ecology (earth);
perennial wisdom, science and cosmology (air); integral healing
(fire); expressive arts (water); and indigenous ways of knowing
(spirit). Are you interested in leading-edge science, consciousness,
indigenous wisdom, language, culture and how they impact our worldview?
Guests include Leroy Little Bear of the Blackfoot Nation, former
director of Native Studies at Harvard University.
Thursday, July 3 - The Future of
One of the names symbolic of and synonymous with the Indian Wars
of the American West is Fort Apache. It is a reminder of the conflict
and cooperation between the U.S. and the Apaches. It is widely
recognized as an outpost for soldiers and Apache scouts in their
pursuit of Apache leaders such as Geronimo and Cochise. The fort
is currently owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, which recently
won a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled the
U.S. government, because of its trust relationship with the tribe,
owes millions of dollars for restoration of this historical site.
What does the future hold for Fort Apache?
July 4 - Natives in the Big Leagues:
There have been major breakthroughs for people of color in the
world of sports. Take pro tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams
for example. PGA golfer Tiger Woods is another shining example.
NBA legend Michael Jordan is set to buy an NBA franchise. But
what about Native Americans? In big league baseball, several Native
athletes have overcome racial barriers to play with the boys of
summer. Can they be role models for Native youth who have dreams
of being a pro athlete? We’ll introduce you to a couple
of Native baseball players who are striving to reach the majors.
Guests include Tommy Whiteman-pitcher/Round Rock Express and Bobby
Madritsch-pitcher/San Antonio Missions.
July 7 -Current
Summertime is the time for recreation
and sports and Native America offers its share of fun and competition.
The Native American Basketball Invitational is being presented
by the Phoenix Suns. The Lori Piestewa National Native American
Games will be held in Navajo Country. The World Eskimo-Indian
Olympics will be featured at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks,
Alaska. And the Native American Sports Council is hosting a variety
of sporting events, including the National Native American Junior
Golf Championships in New Mexico. And on a health note, the Indian
Health Service is ‘Promoting Healthy Children and Families’
in Washington, D.C.
July 8 - Investing in Alaska Native Health:
Despite programs initiated by a variety of governmental agencies,
health statistics for Alaska’s Native population, in just
about all categories, remains dreary. The health needs of Alaska
Natives, in all age groups, have been hampered by funding, lack
of access and a lack of patient-friendly care. An organization
that is tribally directed, with the help of significant recent
funding, aims to change the data on Native health care. Can contracting
or compacting change the health status of Alaskan Natives? Can
this be a model for Native health care needs? Guests include Diane
Kaplan of the Rasmuson Foundation.
July 9 - Office of Special Trustee:
What is the Office of Special Trustee, and what are its functions?
To many tribal members, the OST is just the newest piece of the
federal bureaucratic puzzle that isn’t necessarily intended
to benefit them directly or even indirectly. But its vital importance
is being somewhat underestimated and overlooked by most of Indian
Country. How and why was OST created? What powers does the office
have, and what part does it play in Cobell vs. Norton, fixing
the BIA’s trust management systems, and tracking down the
billions of dollars missing from Indian trust accounts? Guests
include Ross Swimmer of the Cherokee Nation, director of OST
July 10 - Servant Leadership: A Native Tradition:
The virtue of community servitude, traditionally, didn’t
need to be taught separately. It was a characteristic that was
a part of traditional Native communities. It was seen daily, as
Native families survived or perished together. But times have
changed in our current consumer society. The collective cohesion
isn’t as evident. Two organizations have taken on the responsibility
of showing what community service learning is to Native youth.
How does servant leadership benefit Native communities? Guests
include Hazel James/Indigenous Community Enterprises and Mac Hall/National
Indian Youth Leadership Project.
July 11 - Gathering of the Two-Spirits:
In many tribal circles, lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgendered people are referred to as two-spirited
because it’s said they possess both male and female characteristics
and qualities. It’s also said that two-spirit people, at
one time, were held in honorable esteem within our aboriginal
communities and were given special roles within the tribe. A gathering
of two-spirit people is taking place in Toronto for the 15th year,
called ‘Transforming Generations.’ What is the place
of the two-spirited in today’s tribal societies? Guests
include Art Soccle, executive director of the 2-Spirited People’s
of the First Nations.
July 14 - U.S. Policing the World:
U.S. soldiers, who have been assigned to the roles of peacekeepers
and police, continue to be targets of violent and deadly noncombatant
attacks in Baghdad and other areas in Iraq. Now the President
is considering sending American troops to the African country
of Liberia for practically the same purpose. Parents of U.S. troops
are beginning to voice their concerns more loudly to bring their
sons and daughters home. How long will our soldiers continue to
police the Middle East? And how soon will the Commander in Chief
send additional troops to Liberia? Guests include Greg Sullivan,
Deputy Director of the Bureau of Middle Eastern Affairs within
the U.S. Department of State.
July 15 - The Healing Power of Art:
people continue to suffer from the after effects of colonization,
leading many down the road of disenfranchisement, addiction, and
even suicide. But there is hope, as more and more Native people
become healthy and our finding successful ways to fight the intergenerational
trauma that afflicts many of our brothers and sisters. One creative
process that is working is artwork. Art teaches discipline, productivity,
expression, and it offers healing for loss, anger and fear. Is
balance and good health a work of art? Guests include Blackfeet
Nation tribal member Black Bear of Healing of Nations.
July 16 - Indian Telecommunications Initiatives:
an age of global communications via satellite, one would expect
to be in immediate touch with the rest of the world. Nowadays,
just about everyone has a cell phone. However, there still remains
a notable discrepancy in the telecommunications services on reservations
and in rural areas. A workshop, sponsored by the Federal Communications
Commission’s Indian Telecommunications Initiative program
and the Washoe tribe, wants to bring tribal leaders together to
begin to address some of the telecommunications issues facing
Indian Country. Can you hear me now? Guests include Geoffrey Blackwell
of the Chickasaw Nation and FCC Intergovernmental Affairs.
July 17 – National Native Jr. Golf Championships:
golf pro Notah Begay III gives Native people an elevated sense
of pride for his accomplishments on the fairways. Even with a
smidgen of Native ancestry, Tiger Woods gives Native people a
little something to gloat over. But before they were in the headlines
for their accomplishments they had to being somewhere, someplace.
The goal of the National Native American Junior Golf Association
is to give Native boys and girls the love of the game and thus
develop respect, courage and personal integrity. How can a game
give one these values? Guests include BJ Cisneros, founder of
the Native American Junior Golf Association.
July 18 - Environmental Justice on Native Lands:
our population swells and our world becomes increasingly smaller,
land and water is becoming more precious everyday. Native people
throughout the Americas have taken it upon themselves to champion
ecological balance and advocate for Mother Earth against questionable
corporate interests and profit driven ideals. Whether it’s
the patenting of wild rice, the genetic modification of other
natural crops, or the recovery of traditional lands, Native people
continue to fight for environmental justice. How do we honor the
earth, and prosper from her resources? Our guest is Winona LaDuke,
Anishinabe and director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.
July 21 - Raiding Tribal Smoke Shops:
As tribes continue to assert their sovereign rights over taxation
of tobacco and fuel, local, state and federal authorities continue
to provoke confrontation with tribal members by planning surprise
searches and seizures of cigarette businesses on tribal lands.
Recently, the Rhode Island state police raided a tribal smoke
shop owned and operated by the Narragansett Tribe. The smoke shop
had only opened its doors two days earlier. Do tribes have the
legal right to sell tax-free cigarettes on their own land? What
is the root cause of these types of confrontations? Is it taxes
or racism? Guests include Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas of the Narragansett
July 22 - Native In The Spotlight: Jacob Adams:
The Lower 48, what Alaskans refer to when talking
about the rest of the country, know little of the political and
socioeconomic issues Alaskan’s tribes confront. Even understanding
what each of the 13 different regional corporations are and how
it functions, can be complicated. The corporations are responsible
to the people in the region, politically and economically. Some
corporations have been profitable through their business transactions.
A recent report revealed that several corporations have had revenues
in the millions. The president of one of those corporations is
responsible for its management. What are these corporations? How
have they served the people? And how is leadership a part of that
management? Guest Jacob Adams, president/CEO Arctic Slope Regional
July 23 - ENCORE: Life
What was life like here on Turtle Island (or modern day North
America) before contact with white people? One viewpoint says
that indigenous people were living a ‘Garden of Eden’
existence, with an abundance of natural foods, freedom and spirituality.
The other says those days were hazardous with fierce winters,
warring, and a short life expectancy. But tribal oral tradition
says that life has always been challenging, with both obstacles
and rewards. Will the present suffer by comparison until we take
a realistic look at the past? Guests include Brian Colhoff, a
cultural anthropology from the Oglala Nation and Bill Fitzhugh
of the National Museum of Natural History, an Arctic archaeology
July 24 - ENCORE: Skin Tight Blues:
Do Native people get the blues?
Of course we do. In fact, we get a variety of the blues. We get
the wailing blues, the nightmare blues, the crazy blues, the Big
Mountain blues and the Cheyenne Blues. Put it all together and
you get the Skin Tight Blues. It's a new compilation of First
Nations artists with a dash of Native American tunes. Skin Tight
Blues features 14 artists from Canada and the U.S. Are you looking
for some musical medicine for your blues? Guests include assistant
producer Elaine Bomberry of Sweetgrass Records, singer/songwriter
Keith Secola, and several artists who have contributed songs to
July 25 - Energy
Policy Act of 2003:
leaders, environmental activists and businessmen are at odds over
U.S. Senate legislation that could potentially expand fossil fuel
and nuclear energy development. Opponents claim this sweeping
energy bill is filled with tax breaks to polluters. Supporters
argue that the act will free tribes from cumbersome federal regulations
and allow tribes to make crucial decisions concerning their own
lands. Is this legislation aimed at enhancing tribal self-determination
when it comes to energy development? Or, does the bill relinquish
the federal government of its environmental laws and trust responsibility?
Guests include President Joe Shirley, Jr., of the Navajo Nation.
July 28 - Music Maker: Yolanda Martinez:
At first impression a desert environment appears
inhospitable and desolate. Yet, many Native people have adapted
and prospered in the arid climate. They also understand the beauty
a desert possesses. And beyond the visual and other sensory stimulus,
the sound of life can be heard and appreciated if one listens
closely. It’s these desert sounds that are the inspiration
behind the beautiful and soulful music of Yolanda Martinez. Her
latest release, Desert Song, is a blending of drumming, singing,
and creation of a message. Our Music Maker of the Month is Yolanda
Martinez of the Mescalero Apache Nation, live in Studio 49.
July 29 - Life After
sweet smell of economic success is coming from casinos for tribes
across the nation. The revenue is pulling Native tribes, and Native
people, out of the poverty ditch. But what does the future hold
for tribes that are relying solely on gaming revenue? Anti-Indian
interests are tirelessly looking for ways to undermine tribal
gambling laws and put an end to tribal prosperity. Some predict
that today’s casino cash crop will dry up sometime in the
not-so-distant future. Will tribes be able to ante up? How can
tribes prepare for the day when the sweet sound of cha-ching is
no longer heard? Guests include James Mills, President of DCIAmerica.
Wednesday, July 30 - Book of the Month: Ten Little Indians:
Sherman Alexie is at again. He’s winding
down his tour of the country promoting his brand new collection
of short stories. Alexie has evolved into one of America’s
more popular writers and is also an acclaimed playwright and film
director. His newest publication, Ten Little Indians, is nine
stories about Native people who come up against emotional, painful
and challenging life-choices that test and build their individual
character. But who is this writer who sees the written word as
a medium to tell the world what it is to be an Indian in modern
day America? And where does he conjure up these characters? Join
us for our book of the month by Spokane author Sherman Alexie.
July 31 - The Other Side Of Being A Woman-Menopause:
2000 US Census showed the ratio of men to women is just over half,
on the side of women. As gender roles change, women are assuming
occupations that were male dominated. Women soldiers are even
serving in combat along side their male counterparts. Yet there
remain certain myths about a woman. Myths not just held by men,
but also by women themselves. A series of physiologic and emotional
changes occur in the latter part of a woman’s life. There
are certain myths and misinformation about this ‘change’
in life, or menopause. What is that ‘change’ and how
does one, male or female address these myths? What can men do
to support then female partners in this phase of her life? Guests
to be announced.
August 1 - Hawaii and the Hula: Dancing Around the stereotypes:
Few things are as well known and recognized as
the Hawaiian Hula dance in American culture. Tourists know it
as the dance they see when they get off the plane in Hawaii. Grass
skirts, swinging hips, leis, and pretty girls pretty much sum
up the knowledge about this dance. But to native Hawaiians the
dance represents much more. It's a how they passed on their oral
culture, the songs and chants are really prayers, and some dances
are made to honor chiefs, nature and humanity. The documentary
"America Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i," will air next
week on PBS. It takes a look at the way, sometimes controversial
way, the dance is being preserved by Hawaiians now living in California.
We will speak with the filmmaker and also one of the hula dance
instructors. Guests include: Lisette Maire Flanary, Producer &
Co-Director Patrick Makuakane, Hula Master Teacher
August 4 - Current Events:
Artists and the crowds will be heading to Santa
Fe for the 2003 Indian Market later this month. They can also
enjoy the annnual Native Roots & Rhytms concert. Also, get
your running shoes ready for the WINGS Fund run. In the month
of August, there will also be conferences for those who assist
Native families and for those who care for the four-legged ones.
And of course, Native talent will be highlighted at several events
around Indian Country. What's happening in your part of Indian
Country this month?
August 5 - You Don't
There's the 'cool' look, the 'morning after' look and even the
'down and out ' look. There's the look that can be bought, faked
or even assimilated. But looks can be deceiving. In Indian Country,
the debate over who is Indian and who isn't, has always been hotly
contested. And when the issue of 'looking' Indian comes up, it
ignites into a full-blown argument about who "looks Indian."
But does looking Indian, make one Indian? And for those who choose
to connect with their Native relatives, shouldn't they be allowed
to make that decision of assuming the NDN look? Do Indians own
Wednesday, August 6 - Scouts Looking For Native Youth: (listen)
The impetus of the Boy Scouts of America was to
foster duty to t God, country and to provide opportunities for
the development of character and citizenship for America's boys.
In doing so, the Scout organization incorporated Indian themes
of love and respect of Mother Earth. They also 'borrowed' acts
imitating Native ceremonies as a part of the 'scouting' experience.
Some Native people have opposing opinions about the use of the
Native themes. However, the Boy Scouts of America are working
to entice Native youth to know the 'scouting' experience. How
has the BSA dealt with the use of Native themes? What can the
BSA offer to Native youth? And what can the involvement of Native
people bring to the BSA? Guests include Jose Nino, Immediate Past
Director of Scout Reach, Boy Scouts of America.
August 7 - Saving Zuni Salt Lake:
The utility company Salt River Projects of Arizona has decided
to cancel their controversial plans to develop Fence Lake Coal
Mine near the Zuni reservation in western New Mexico. This has
drawn a huge sigh of relief for the Zuni tribal government and
others, including other tribes and conservationists, who have
stood opposed to the plan arguing that it would cause irreparable
damage to the sacred Zuni Salt Lake and to burial sites in the
area. The issue has been ongoing for nearly two decades, costing
both sides financially and with other resources. How will this
decision affect other Native sacred sites being threatened by
development? Guests include members of the Zuni Tribal Council.
August 8 - Tribes Managing National Parks & Refuges:
Many of our national parks and national wildlife
refuges have been carved out of tribal lands or sit adjacent to
tribal lands. Tribes are now lobbying Capitol Hill to gain more
control over the management programs of these lands. Congressman
Don Young of Alaska has introduced a bill that would create a
demonstration project for Alaska Native contracting of federal
land management activities. The bill would allow for tribes and
tribal organizations to perform activities of U.S. Interior agencies
outside of the BIA through negotiated, government-to-government
agreements. Can this idea materialize throughout Indian Country?
August 11 - Impeaching
More and more allegations are being made that President Bush,
and other White House team members, lied to the American people
concerning the justification for the War on Iraq. Will the press
and the people regard this as a high crime and demand the President
be removed from office? Some Democratic lawmakers, led by Florida
Senator Bob Graham, have been outspoken about the possibility
of impeaching the President if, in fact, he deliberately misled
the public. Did the President lie in order to promote a war for
oil? And if so, should he be forcibly removed from the Oval Office?
Guests include Tony Welch, press secretary for the Democratic
August 12 - Origins of the Native American Church:
The Native American Church has been misunderstood
since its inception, along with the sacred power of peyote. It
was outlawed throughout the Americas at one time, but NAC chapters
and members are now growing in numbers. Where did this ancient
medicine come from and when and where did the ancient ceremonies
begin? In Indian Country, this question is a source of much debate.
Some claim that the Comanches learned it from the Chihuahuan people
of Mexico and spread its healing powers to other aboriginal tribes.
What are the origins of NAC? What does the future hold, and is
the church for everyone or just those with indigenous blood?
August 13 - Music Maker: Darren Geffre:
Blackfeet recording artist Darren Geffre is set to unleash his
debut solo C-D titled Uncivilized. This hard working pop rocker
from Browning, Montana has put together an impressive album of
songs from the heart his first time out. He’s been writing
music since the age of 12 and his new recording is starting to
turn heads. His previous groups include Wakinyan and Crimson.
His original music was nominated for a 2001 Native American Music
Award for the single “If I Ever” in the Best Independent
Recording category. Join us for our Music Maker edition featuring
Darren Geffre of the Blackfeet Nation.
August 14 - The California Recall Election:
California voters have been shanghaied to the polls in an October
recall vote to oust Democratic Governor Gray Davis. Amidst the
Hollywood stars, extremes in the political spectrum and a porno
magazine magnate, California tribes are involved in the race for
the governor’s seat. They have contributed money to their
favorite candidate and among the candidates is the chairman of
a California tribe. What’s at stake for the California tribes
in the upcoming recall election? What influence do tribes have
in the politics in the state with the largest number of Natives?
Invited guests include David Laughing Horse Robinson/Chairman
of the Kawaiisu Tribe of California.
August 15 - The Sacajawea Cultural Center:
The people of the Salmon and Lemhi Valleys of Idaho, and people
across the nation, are excited over the scheduled opening of the
Sacajawea Interpretive Center. As thousands begin their journey
to celebrate the bicentennial of the historic Lewis & Clark
journey across the West, the center will welcome tourists and
visitors to the area. Sacajawea, one of the most famous women
in American history, has a compelling story about her role in
the Corps of Discovery. What is the true story behind this Lemhi
Shoshone Woman? Guests include Emma George of the Shoshone Nation
and a great, great grandniece of Sacajawea.
August 18 - The ABCs of Indian Alphabets:
North America the languages of Native people have, since time
immemorial, been strictly oral and not written. But over the last
several generations, tribes and First Nations have become fragmented,
creating severe gaps in inter-generational communication and accelerating
the loss of aboriginal languages. To counter this, Native communities
and scholars have established and are developing new alphabets
to assist with language retention. What are the advantages of
Native people developing new alphabets, and are there any disadvantages?
Guests include Inee’ Slaughter, Director of the Indigenous
August 19 - West Nile Virus In Indian Country:
The fear and predictions have come to realization concerning the
West Nile Virus. The WNV has been confirmed in 41 states including
the District of Columbia. Now add to that the Navajo Nation, last
reported earlier this month. Suspected of appearing in the U.S.
in the summer of 1999, there have been over 4,000 reported cases
of WNV, including over 280 fatal infections. Birds and horses
have succumbed to the infection as well. What is the West Nile
Virus? What can one be done to reduce the risks? What is the role
of tribal government in addressing WNV?
August 20 - First Nations Dancers Break A Leg On Stage:
The songs, drums and flute of the First Peoples echoed across
this land generations before Europeans arrived. Native dance was
also an expression of ritual and tradition. Native beliefs were
intertwined in exercising these gifts from the Creator. With today’s
technology, the modes of Native artistic impression are boundless.
A First Peoples dancer will showcase modern song and dance that
is a celebration of Iroquoian culture. But, should tradition stories,
songs and dances, be expressed in a contemporary manner? Does
the transformation to a modern-day art form take away the spiritual
significance? Guests include Santee Smith/Mohawk-choreographer,
dancer and singer.
August 21 - School Daze:
Students across the nation are headed back to classrooms for another
school year. It’s the second year for school districts to
implement regulations of the Leave No Child Behind Act of 2001.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs, whose responsibility is to educate
Native youth, must also meet those guidelines. But with a diversity
of tribes, there is a diversity of concerns. A committee has been
selected to develop proposed regulations for BIA schools, by consensus.
But is that possible? Guests include Aurene Martin, acting Assistant
Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Edward Parisian,
Director-Office of Indian Education Programs.
August 22 - Native Women, Art and Film:
Native women in the arts, and especially in the cinema arts, have
labored in obscurity over the years. But their efforts are finally
paying off as more and more female artists are emerging from the
shadows and are starting to be recognized and appreciated. Are
Native women artists and filmmakers creating something fundamentally
different from male and non-Native artists? How does their work
reflect a different aesthetic, history and reality? Join us as
we broadcast live from the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Guests are Charlene Teters, a Spokane
artist whose exhibit, We Were Like Custer, is up at the Center
for Contemporary Arts; and Lena Carr, a Navajo filmmaker and winner
of an Emmy Award for her codetalkers film.
August 25 - Indian in the Spotlight:
Perhaps the most recognizable Native actress of our time, Irene
Bedard is now launching a music career. Best known for her
roles in Smoke Signals, Lakota Woman and as the voice of Disney's
Pocahontas, this Inupiat/Cree lady has now recorded a CD called
Warrior of Love, and can be seen and heard fronting for the band
Irene Bedard and Deni. The duo is taking the show on the road
and could be coming to a theater near you. How's life treating
a woman who was once named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful
People in the World? Is she giving up acting to focus on her singing?
And who exactly is Deni?
August 26 - The
Capital punishment, violent crimes and fatal sentences are a topic
of hot debate throughout the world. Most tribal governments have
openly voiced their opposition to the death penalty. Some tribes
have even fought the courts for tribal members facing capital
punishment. However, recently there has been a number of violent
and heinous crimes committed on several reservations. The Navajo
Nation President has voiced a change in the tribe's long-held
opposition to the death penalty. Does capital punishment actually
deter violent crimes? What is your stance on the issue?
Wednesday, August 27 -
Book of the Month: Dreadfulwater
Aside from tribal political mudslinging and backstabbing, what
other events crank up the rez rumor mill? Who's sleeping with
who? Who's doing drugs and what about the dead body found in the
condo next to the tribal casino? The casino was to be the tribe's
goldmine, but the murder could bring that to a halt! That's the
story line of a novel about a L.A. cop turned photographer who
returns to the rez looking to retire. Are tribal casinos a magnet
for crime? Is casino crime fiction or reality? Join us as we talk
with author Hartley Goodweather.
August 28 - Volcano at Yellowstone Lake?:
Park is a majestic setting that has historical significance to
the tribes of the region. Within this popular national park, known
for its geysers and hydrothermal activity, sits an ancient lake
that holds tribal stories and legends and lore. Recently, the
lake made headlines as geologists reported a 100-foot-high bulge
in the bottom of the lake, speculating that it could be caused
by steam or volcanic activity. U.S. Geological Survey scientists,
along with officials of the park, are currently studying the bulge
and are assessing the danger. Is there a volcano about to erupt
at the bottom of Yellowstone Lake? Guests include Hank Heasler,
geologist for Yellowstone Park.
August 29 - The Pendleton Round Up:
they say ‘you better strap your boots tight’ they
mean it at the Pendleton
Round Up. It began in 1910 and is recognized as one of the
most prestigious and un--commercialized
Cowboy and Indian events of the Wild West. A week full of activities
including a world-famous rodeo, parades, concerts, bull-riding,
horse-racing, barbecues, hoe-downs, gambling and what’s
billed as the world’s most unique Indian pageant, Happy
Canyon. Tribal members from the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla
play an intricate role in this multi-cultural celebration. Are
your boots strapped on tight? Invited guests include Rob Burnside,
the first tribal member on the board of directors for Happy Canyon.
September 1 - Current
Veterans will be the guests of honor and Ironworkers
will compete at cultural events sponsored by the Oneida Nation
in New York. Another cultural event is the 10th anniversary celebration
of the protection of the Sweet Grass Hills of Montana. On the
Navajo Nation, a concert featuring a number of Native bands will
rock the sandstone cliffs near Window Rock. A gathering of noted
indigenous change agents will meet in Oklahoma at the International
Indian Treaty Conference. The meeting hopes to build unity and
solidarity on the issue of tribal sovereignty. And, it's salmon
season for the treaty tribes of the Columbia River Basin-get your
2 - Indians Aboard in Santa Fe:
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico is showing
signs of living up to his campaign promise to bring about significant
Native American representation and participation throughout state
government. According to the Governor, over 65 tribal members
have accepted appointments to the state's boards and commissions.
Now what? In a historic gathering, these Native board and commission
members met at the State Capitol Rotunda to address challenges
and for strategic planning. Will this policy shift improve the
living conditions for Native people in the state dramatically,
incrementally or will the appointments go largely unnoticed? Invited
guests include Greg Ortiz, Lt. Gov. of Acoma Pueblo.
Wednesday, September 3 - Living
with Historical Trauma:
Crimes and atrocities committed by an individual
or group against another, plant the seeds of hate and enmity,
which perpetuate the cycle of violence. After generations of this
kind of behavior, it's difficult to determine where it all started.
What was the initiator of such actions? Was it prejudice, envy
or just plain inhumanity against another that started it all?
America's indigenous peoples are no stranger to acts of injustice
and ethnic cleansing. But where does it end? Can it end? Can Native
people forgive and forget the historical trauma and move on? Guests
include Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart of the Takini Network.
September 4 - Where are the Jobs?:
Congress returns from its recess, the nation’s sluggish
economy and soaring unemployment will be hot issues for many Americans.
In Indian Country, where unemployment runs as high as 75 to 80
percent on some reservations, joblessness is growing and increasing
numbers of families are struggling to feed, clothe and house their
children. So where are the jobs? And what will the new welfare
reform bill do to help spur economic development? Can legislation
help create jobs for those trying to get off welfare? Guests include
Chairman Brian Wallace of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
Friday, September 5 - Indian Mascots Stayin Alive:
In recent years, there was hope that we had seen the death of
Indian mascots on high school and college campuses and at professional
sports arenas. Unfortunately, the use of Native American caricatures
and images as sports mascots remain a popular but troubling issue.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently voted
to continue to recognize teams with controversial Indian mascots.
They did order a study to be undertaken over the next two years.
Should there be a "no tolerance" on Native mascots or
can there be a compromise? Guests include Jeff Howard, Director
of Public Relations for the NCAA.
September 8 - Looking
For Native Einsteins:
A recent report showed Native students improved
in test scores from previous years. Educators are pleased of the
progress made. Their goal is to level the playing field to increase
the number of Natives in colleges and careers previous underrepresented.
For the present, there remain only a handful of Natives in the
sciences and scientific careers. A number of reasons are given
to explain this disparity. Is it only that students are unprepared
academically or do traditional beliefs hamper Native students
from shooting for the moon?
September 9 - Sacred Mane:
birth to passing on into the spirit world, Native and non-Native
cultures practice certain traditions and rituals. Some even cover
one’s daily personal activities, including the care of one’s
body. Some traditional practices cover the care, preparation and
disposal of one’s hair. Even the Christian faith has a story
of a man whose physical strength was related to the length of
his hair. Is hair a sacred element of one’s body? What are
some of the traditional ways in which differing tribes hold hair
September 10 - Music Maker Edition: Joanne Shenandoah:
The music and voice of Joanne Shenandoah transcend beyond the
genre of Native American music. The title of her latest release
is a contradiction in terms; it’s a coming together of two
forces that are seemingly opposites. "Peace & Power,
The Best of Joanne Shenandoah," performed in the language
of her ancestors, is a collection of ‘genuine treasures’
of this well-known recording artist. Included in this release
are photos and personal notes that show how peace is reaped through
powerful spiritual connections and is obtained through the power
of love. Joanne Shenandoah joins us for our Music Maker Edition.
September 11- Attack on America: Two Years Later:
nightmarish images of September 11, 2001, remain vivid for many
Americans. The attacks on America’s most notable symbols
of free enterprise and military might – the Twin Towers
and the Pentagon – linger among us. How has our sense of
democracy, collectively as a country, taken a turn since we began
the War on Terrorism? How has the Homeland Security Act changed
our sense of security? How have we united and where have we divided
as a nation? Do you feel our government and military agencies
did all they could to prevent the attack? And do you feel that
the White House intentionally misled America about its ensuing
actions against Afghanistan and Iraq?
September 12 - Getting Tanked at the Pump?
are wondering why they’re getting hosed at the gasoline
pump. The price of gas skyrocketed with the annual summer travel
season and as a result of the war with Iraq. In California, people
are paying over $2 for a gallon of gas. Late night show hosts
are getting laughs when they ask ‘why is the price of gas
so high, didn’t we win the war?’ What are the reasons
why gasoline is so expensive? What’s the situation on reservations
where communities and gas stations aren’t just around the
block? Are you willing to pay the price for gas…do we have
a choice? Guests to be announced.
September 15 - Stopping Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:
a concentrated effort to inform the public, alcohol-related birth
injuries are still devastating our Native communities, families
and mothers – especially young mothers. The sad part is
these growth retardations, facial abnormalities, birth defects,
mental retardations, and behavioral learning problems can be prevented.
The effects on the child are apparent at birth, but there are
deeper questions that loom. Like, what are the contributing factors
and the underlying causes linked to FAS? And what makes a mother
want to drink while she’s pregnant?
Tuesday, September 16 - Grave Robbers
According to the Denver Post, “some of America's
most celebrated institutions — including Harvard’s
Peabody Museum, the Field Museum in Chicago and the American Museum
of Natural History in New York — are indicating for the
first time in reports to the U.S. government that they were more
involved in the looting of Native American burial grounds than
they have previously admitted.” It is estimated somewhere
in the neighborhood of 250,000 Native remains still exist within
our nation’s museums. Is NAGPRA finally paying off? And
is Indian Country ready? Guests include Suzan Harjo of the Muscogee
& Cheyenne Nations, director of the Morningstar Institute.
September 17 - Who Can Beat the Bush?:
2004 Campaign for President has officially kicked off, as eight
of nine Democratic candidates held their first debate here in
New Mexico. All of the candidates present agreed that President
Bush and his administration are doing a horrible job in their
handling of the War On Iraq and the struggling economy. What about
their views on health care, immigration, trade and employment?
And for Native America, what are the respective candidates’
views on tribal sovereignty, state/tribal relations, trust management
and Indian health care? Can any of these candidates emerge and
beat Bush? Guests include former Oklahoma U.S. Senator and Democratic
presidential candidate Fred Harris.
September 18 - A Native American Past Time:
Who was the first ballplayer to break the color barrier in major
league baseball? I guess it depends on what color you’re
talking about. Of course, Jim Thorpe of the Sac and Fox Nation
was in the major leagues long before Jackie Robinson swung at
his first fastball. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, the
baseball diamond has been an integral part of Native summertime
activities. As pennant fever sweeps across the land, we’ll
take an in-depth look at an All-Star game between the Northern
and Southern Pueblos of New Mexico. How has America’s past
time influenced Native America? Guests include coaches and sponsors
of the All-Star game.
September 19 - Club Drugs on the Rez:
The use of designer drugs is making headlines. Every week, we
hear of drug charges levied against some prominent individual
or Hollywood star. Or, perhaps a TV news crew shows up in your
neighborhood to get the scoop on the latest drug bust. It isn’t
just drug use, but the manufacturing of them as well. This big
city problem has now become a major concern on Indian reservations.
The number of Native youth using designer drugs, facing incarceration,
and dying from overdoses, are rising. What are these designer
club drugs? And what are tribes doing to address this newest threat
that is targeting Native youth? Guests include Kevin Gover of
the Pawnee Nation, former head of the BIA.
September 22 - Lawyers & Warriors Fighting in the Courts:
Have you ever heard the saying, ‘what are you going to do,
make a federal case of it?’ For many Native attorneys and
law firms, the answer would be ‘yes.’ All across North
America, in state and federal courthouses alike, cases that could
shift the social, economic and political landscapes of Native
America are being decided. From the Alaska Supreme Court cases,
involving sovereign immunity and village safety patrol officers,
to Leonard Peltier’s plea for parole, to the closely watched
New Mexico case concerning gaming revenue payments, to Canada’s
Supreme Court decision on Metis’ hunting and fishing rights,
briefcase warriors are working the courts.
Tuesday, September 23 - Getting
Tested for Prostate Cancer:
Most people find it difficult to break down and go to a doctor
to be seen for what ails them, even if it’s a minor illness.
Waiting for what seems like hours in a crowded, noisy waiting
room isn’t viewed as one’s choice for spending the
day. Men are the worst at taking that one step toward ensuring
their own health. There is one particular male disease, if detected
early, that can be successfully treated, but it can be fatal when
it isn’t! Prostate cancer kills men who could have had it
detected and treated. Why aren’t men taking that critical
step? What is prostate cancer and how successful are the treatments?
Guests include Dr. Snyder of the Alaska Native Medical Center.
September 24 - Alcatraz
of the Rockies:
The U.S. locks up a higher proportion of our society than any
other industrialized nation in the world. Why? Is it because we’ve
given up on rehabilitating the criminal mind? Or, is it because
we’re a nation hell bent on fear-driven revenge? As the
nature of crimes have become more violent and heinous, so too
have our prisons become more punitive and isolated. A new trend
in the penitentiary business is what is called an Administrative
Maximum Facility (ADX), or a ‘Supermax Prison.’ The
one in Florence, Colorado, is known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies.
Is this the best place for predators and violent prisoners? Guests
include Lenny Foster, director of Navajo Nation Corrections.
September 25 - Swapped!:
Taking a cue from the ABC television program Switched, we’ve
pulled our own identity swap. We’ve taken a totally rezzed-out,
dark-skinned dude from Indian-ville and given him a whole new
identity as a white guy! Even down to his physical appearance
and mannerisms. He spent two weeks with his newfound self, and
he will share his experience as a bona fide member of the dominant
race. We also took a college-educated, tax-paying Caucasoid and
put him on the rez, gave him a new identity as well, and we will
also hear his fascinating story about being an Indian and living
to tell about it. What would you learn about another culture if
you could switch your identity and become one of them?
September 26 - Western Shoshone Distribution Bill:
is described as ‘the largest land grab in modern history’
is being vigorously opposed. At stake are 20 million acres of
disputed lands in Nevada and California. The U.S. House Committee
on Resources was scheduled to vote Wednesday on the Western Shoshone
Claims Distribution Act, a bill that purportedly would pay off
tribal members for past harms. Opponents of the legislation say
it is an attempt by Congress to once and for all extinguish Shoshone
claims to the lands, and open them up to wide scale mining, energy
production and nuclear waste storage. Can the Shoshones be bought?
Guests include Carrie Dann of the Western Shoshone Nation.
September 29 - Book
of the Month: Potawatomi Tracks:
Tracks, is Larry Mitchell’s
poetic chronicle relating the events of his year-long tour of
duty in Vietnam and the path back to his home in the Northeast
corner of Kansas on the Potawotamie Reservation. His return is
followed by years of drug abuse, alcoholism, homelessness and
racial discrimination. He was able to overcome his feelings of
despair to regain his dignity, self-respect, and take back control
of his life. How are we treating our veterans, who have not found
the road home? Join us for our Book of the Month with author Larry
Mitchell of the Prairie Band of Potawotamie.
September 30 - Indian
in the Spotlight: Chris Eyre:
Hitchcock of Indian Country will shed some light on his successes
and failures in the always-challenging movie industry. His breakthrough
production, of course, was the acclaimed movie Smoke Signals.
Since then he has produced a list of films, including Skins, Skinwalkers,
and Thief of Time, with more on the way. He will also share some
of his thoughts on being adopted and raised by a non-Native family,
and being reunited with his biological family. What does it take
to direct and produce films? And is the best yet to come for this
rising star? Join us as we talk with our Indian in the Spotlight,
filmmaker Chris Eyre of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Nation.
October 1 - Terminator Targets California Tribes:
Terminator, a.k.a. tough-guy actor Arnold Swarzeneggar, is running
for governor of California and he is currently running a television
ad that paints a bad face on Indian casino tribes in the state.
The top GOP candidate in this special recall election says that
gaming tribes are not paying “their fair share.” He
also contends that other candidates are pandering to tribes for
their money and that he is the only candidate who isn’t.
He also promise that if elected “things will change.”
But tribes have mobilized their forces and their resources, and
are firing back. Can tribes defeat the Terminator? Guests include
Anthony Pico of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay.
October 2 - Drugging Our Children:
the last decade, the over-the-counter prescription drug industry
has become a multi-billion dollar business. But many anti-depression
drugs – such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft – are now
under heavy scrutiny because of their links to acts of suicide,
violent behavior, and a craving for alcohol. In fact, according
to the International Coalition
for Drug Awareness, adverse reactions to prescription drugs
are now the third leading cause of death in America. A scary question
that needs an answer is, are drug companies targeting minority
youth, including Native American children? Guests include Dr.
Tracy, author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?
October 3 - The Shadow Wolves:
America’s war on terrorism isn’t limited to searching
and providing security in Afghanistan, Iraq or at our nation’s
airports. Security along the Canadian and Mexican borders has
also been beefed up, and for the most part, it is the responsibility
of the US Border Patrol. But it isn’t just security that
is fueling this fire, it’s also to stem the flow of illegal
drugs into this country. To do that, the USBP has enlisted the
expertise of the Shadow Wolves to accomplish that. Who are the
Shadow Wolves? And how are Natives contributing to Homeland Security?
Guests include Michael Kittson, Public Affairs Director for the
US Dept. of Homeland Security.
APRIL / MAY