Support Native RadioAbout NAC
Past NAC Programs
Get this week's NAC topics
Listen to NAC
Events Calendar
Suggest a Show Topic to NAC
NAC Photo Album
Station Affiliates
Contact Us

My Tribe TV
Press Archives

Get Windows Media Player

Native Links
Music Links
Alaska Links

Native Live Stream Channels

90.3 FM Anchorage
, Alaska

88.9 FM Hayward, Wisconsin


91.9 FM Spokane, Washington

Native Voice One

106.5 FM Toronto, ON

Anchorage WebCam

Live WeatherCams in AK





Past Programs: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1995-2000

Music Maker Edition 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

Book of the Month 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003


Tuesday, July 1 - Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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 Health.

Wednesday, July 2 - Planting Seeds of Indigenous Knowledge:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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 Fort Apache:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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?

Friday, July 4 - Natives in the Big Leagues:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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.

Monday, July 7 -Current Events:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Tuesday, July 8 - Investing in Alaska Native Health:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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.

Wednesday, July 9 - Office of Special Trustee:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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

Thursday, July 10 - Servant Leadership: A Native Tradition:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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.

Friday, July 11 - Gathering of the Two-Spirits:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Monday, July 14 - U.S. Policing the World:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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.

Tuesday, July 15 - The Healing Power of Art:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
Native 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.

Wednesday, July 16 - Indian Telecommunications Initiatives:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
In 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.

Thursday, July 17 – National Native Jr. Golf Championships:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
Navajo 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.

Friday, July 18 - Environmental Justice on Native Lands:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
As 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.

Monday, July 21 - Raiding Tribal Smoke Shops:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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 Tribe.

Tuesday, July 22 - Native In The Spotlight: Jacob Adams:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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 Corporation.

Wednesday, July 23 - ENCORE: Life Before Contact:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

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 specialist.

Thursday, July 24 - ENCORE: Skin Tight Blues:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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 the CD.

Friday, July 25 - Energy Policy Act of 2003:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
Tribal 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.

Monday, July 28 - Music Maker: Yolanda Martinez:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Tuesday, July 29 - Life After Casinos:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

The 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:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, July 31 - The Other Side Of Being A Woman-Menopause:
(Listen in RealAudio…)

The 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.

Friday, August 1 - Hawaii and the Hula: Dancing Around the stereotypes:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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

Monday, 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?

Tuesday, August 5 - You Don't Look Indian?!?:
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 the look?

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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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?

Monday, August 11 - Impeaching the President:
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 National Committee.

Tuesday, August 12 - Origins of the Native American Church:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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?

Wednesday, August 13 - Music Maker: Darren Geffre:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, August 14 - The California Recall Election:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Friday, August 15 - The Sacajawea Cultural Center:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Monday, August 18 - The ABCs of Indian Alphabets:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
Throughout 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 Language Institute.

Tuesday, August 19 - West Nile Virus In Indian Country:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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?

Wednesday, August 20 - First Nations Dancers Break A Leg On Stage:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, August 21 - School Daze:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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

Friday, August 22 - Native Women, Art and Film:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Monday, August 25 - Indian in the Spotlight: Irene Bedard:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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?

Tuesday, August 26 - The Death Penalty:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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 Shows Up:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, August 28 - Volcano at Yellowstone Lake?:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
Yellowstone 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.

Friday, August 29 - The Pendleton Round Up:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
When 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.

Monday, September 1 - Current Events:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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 fresh fish!

Tuesday, September 2 - Indians Aboard in Santa Fe:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, September 4 - Where are the Jobs?:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
When 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:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Monday, September 8 - Looking For Native Einsteins:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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?

Tuesday, September 9 - Sacred Mane:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
From 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 sacred?

Wednesday, September 10 - Music Maker Edition: Joanne Shenandoah:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, September 11- Attack on America: Two Years Later:
(Listen in RealAudio…)
The 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?

Friday, September 12 - Getting Tanked at the Pump?
(Listen in RealAudio…)
Americans 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.

Monday, September 15 - Stopping Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:
Despite 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 Coming Clean:
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.

Wednesday, September 17 - Who Can Beat the Bush?:
The 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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

Monday, 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.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, 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?

Friday, September 26 - Western Shoshone Distribution Bill:
What 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.

Monday, September 29 - Book of the Month: Potawatomi Tracks:
Potawatomi 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.

Tuesday, September 30 - Indian in the Spotlight: Chris Eyre:
The 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.

Wednesday, October 1 - Terminator Targets California Tribes:
The 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.

Thursday, October 2 - Drugging Our Children:
In 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. Ann Blake Tracy, author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?

Friday, 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.





Music Maker Edition 2005, 2004, 2003

Book of the Month 2005, 2004, 2003

Past Programs: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1995-2000


KBC welcomes your comments and suggestions. E-mail us at
Copyright © 2005 Koahnic Broadcast Corporation.
3600 San Jeronimo, Suite 475
Phone (907) 793-3500

Native America Calling
P.O. Box 40164
Albuquerque, NM 87196

This web site is hosted by ACS Internet.
Web site design by Interactive-n-sites.

Funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting


Buy Public Radio and Native Music Here!