March 1 - Current Events: (Listen
Tribal leaders are attacking the Bush Administration’s proposed
budget for Indian Country in ’05, which they say actually
decreases tribal funding in critical areas. Nez Perce tribal members
are fighting to protect the grave of Old Chief Joseph against
a proposed housing development. There are no Happy Meals, in the
form of higher education scholarships, for Indian students at
the home of the Golden Arches, and now there’s a call for
a boycott against Ronald McDonald. Will an Oscar go to a Maori
Native teen for her performance in the movie Whale Rider? And
there’s something for everyone when a tribal tourism conference
includes the Grand Entry at the Denver March Powwow.
Tuesday, March 2
- Read Across America:
Today is Read Across
America Day. It’s an effort to promote reading and literacy
on the 100th birthday of the late great Dr. Seuss. Teachers, parents
and students are encouraged to highlight the importance of reading.
Unfortunately, in Indian Country many students read below their
grade level and the number of dropouts is troubling. These fundamental
problems can be linked to the inability to read well. The Bush
Administration’s Indian Education budget and the Leave No
Child Behind Act are presented as solutions to the problems. But
are they? And what will it take to increase literacy in Indian
Country? Guests include Cindy La Marr of the National
Indian Education Association.
3 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): (Listen
FASD is a term that is used to describe a group of birth defects
that can occur when a woman drinks alcohol or abuses other substances
while pregnant, which causes brain damage to a child that lasts
a lifetime. Still, people with FASD can be successful in life.
The FASD Center for Excellence
facilitates the development of comprehensive systems of care that
includes prevention, identification and treatment. What is FASD
and why does it often go unrecognized, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed
as mental illness? We know what causes FASD, but how does a person
live with its effects? Guests include FASD specialists Candace
Shelton and Dan Dubovsky.
March 4 -
The winners of this year’s Academy Awards have been announced.
The surprise nomination of Maori Native Keisha Castle-Hughes in
the Best Actress category has brought acclaim to the movie Whale
Rider. But there were other Native filmmakers who produced outstanding
movies, and actors who performed great roles but weren’t
up for an Oscar, until now. The inaugural presentation of the
Native American Awards
for Film and TV Movies will be announced this Friday in L.A.
All the nominees are Indigenous, and you can cast
your vote. What are your favorite Native films and who are
your favorite Native actors for 2003? Guests include journalist/producer
March 5 - Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race:
The Iditarod has been called
the “Last Great Race on Earth,” a race that covers
1,150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain on Mother
Earth – pitting man and animal against nature. From Anchorage
to Nome, mushers and dog teams race across mountain ranges, frozen
rivers, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coasts
for more than $700,000 in cash prizes. But the race is more than
that. It’s a tribute to Alaska’s past, to an ancient
tradition mastered by Alaska Natives, and to a life saving highway
that brought serum to the epidemic-stricken village of Nome in
1925. Are Native mushers competing and what are their chances
of winning? Guests include Mike Williams, a Yupik musher from
Monday, March 8 - Native AmeriCorps:
America has called upon its citizens in times of adversity. Individuals
and groups have unselfishly given their time and talents to respond
in the country’s hour of need. During the Great Depression,
the Civilian Conservation Corps offered millions of the unemployed
a job and a paycheck. And one can’t forget the famous call
to action by President Kennedy to do for your country. Indian
communities are all too familiar with hardships and socioeconomic
problems. A government program similar to the 30’s CCC is
helping tribes address those problems, and at the same time, providing
training and an income for tribal members. What is the Tribal
Civilian Community Corps? Guests include Hank Oltman of the Corporation
for National & Community Service and Stevevost Jim of
Tuesday, March 9
- Saving the San Francisco Peaks:
The Save the Peaks Coalition
based out of Flagstaff is mounting a campaign against an expansion
plan by ski resort owners on San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona.
The coalition maintains that the mountain is sacred and new development
is considered desecration and a violation of religious freedom.
But owners of the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort say new development
is well within the law, and is supported by the Coconino National
Forest Service, which recently released a draft environmental
impact statement. The plan will reportedly make snow from wastewater
to attract skiers. A 60-day comment period is coming to a close.
What will the Forest Service decide? Guests include Robert Tohe
of the Save the Peaks Coalition.
10 - Schizophrenia:
A report from the U.S. Surgeon General several years ago revealed
that the diagnosis and treatment of mental health illnesses were
inadequate. One particular diagnosis, schizophrenia among Native
Americans and Alaska Natives, was found to be associated with
post-colonial stress and alcoholism, leading to inappropriate
diagnosis and treatment. Schizophrenia is a debilitating mental
health disorder that causes one to withdraw from society and retreat
into a world of delusions. It doesn't discriminate and can be
the cause behind anti-social behavior that is seen in Native communities.
What is schizophrenia? How is it treated? Is there hope for those
with the diagnosis? Guests include Dr. Mary Rousel of the Santa
Fe Indian Hospital Behavior Health Services.
to reorganize and streamline the Bureau of Indian Affairs to improve
trust relations are being met with resistance by tribal leaders,
who are calling for a moratorium on reorganization plans. The
Senate Indian Affairs
Committee is getting involved and has held a hearing to gather
testimony. BIA officials say the "to-be" project will
make things better by eliminating redundancies, reducing backlogs
and providing new trust officers at the local level. While tribal
leaders say the plan is creating a top-heavy bureaucracy that
does not meet the real need for trust management in Indian Country.
Invited guests include Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, vice-chair
of Senate Indian Affairs.
March 12 - Indian in the Spotlight: Lisa Tiger:
Growing up in Oklahoma, Lisa Tiger had the world at her feet.
She was a Class I gymnast, a ballet dancer, a tap dancer, head
cheerleader, a diver on the swim team and she coached a boxing
club. In the summer of 1992, at the age of 27, she was shocked
to learn that she had tested HIV positive. But instead of being
ashamed and retreating to a life of isolation, almost immediately
she began sharing her story and warning others, especially Native
youth, about the dangers of the HIV/AIDS virus. In 1999, her HIV
turned to AIDS. But later this month, she is expecting to have
her first child. Hear the incredible story of this Muscogee/Seminole/Cherokee
March 15 - Women & the White House:
It appears as if John Kerry might be ‘the man’ for
the Democrat’s challenge to George W. Bush for the White
House. The U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sluggish
economy, national security, and the mounting deficit are just
the tip of the gigantic political iceberg. There are however a
number of issues that are of particular interest to women across
all socioeconomic and ethnic lines. Equal pay, domestic violence,
reproductive rights and family issues lead the list of some of
them. What issues have a higher priority for Native women, compared
to the rest of American society? Guests include Charon
American Women’s Health Education Resource Center.
Tuesday, March 16
Tribal Attorney Fees:
In today’s fast-paced world of political maneuvering and
legislative spin doctoring, it’s imperative for tribes to
have a savvy team of legal experts at their disposal. Nearly every
tribe in the country is spending huge amounts of money to retain
attorneys, and Indian law is a multi-million dollar industry.
So where do Indian lawyers fit into this lucrative picture? As
tribes and their legal issues become more sophisticated, are tribes
hiring more Native firms, or at least making an effort? What about
inexperienced briefcase warriors? How do they find a seat at the
law table? Guests include Pablo Padilla, a University of New Mexico
law student from Zuni Pueblo.
17 - Effective
Strategies for Community Change: (Listen
Over the generations, colonialism and devastating federal policies
have negatively impacted Native communities. For the most part,
Native culture has endured, but we’ve paid a high price.
Today, the influences of drugs, crime, abuse and physical and
spiritual illness are real threats. An organization is seeking
to re-awaken wellness for Native men and women by incorporating
innovative technology and present-day communication as tools for
effective community change. What is lacking in the wellness of
Native men and women? And how can a Native community acquire tools
to heal community? Guests include Pamela Iron of Health Promotion
for Women and Billy Rogers of the Native
- Please Do Not Touch the Indians:
What do Sister Coyote, Brother Raven and Mister Wolf have in common,
besides sounding like characters of a child’s fairytale?
They are characters in a play called ‘Please
Do No Touch the Indians.’ It’s a tender and heart-wrenching
tale that portrays the struggles and dreams of Native Americans
through history, using animal characters and social biases that
depict the life struggles and life experiences of Native American
love, laughter and survival. Is this play a realistic image of
who Native people really are? Do Indians advance certain stereotypes
of themselves? Guests include singer/songwriter Arigon
Starr of the Kickapoo Nation and director Randy Reinholz of
the Choctaw Nation.
Friday, March 19 - The Art of Beadwork:
Native beadwork is a unique art form recognized
throughout the world. Native people have developed this talent
for beadwork over the past five centuries, since being introduced
to glass beads by Europeans. Today numerous items from clothing,
to bags, to ceremonial items are adorned with beads. Tribes, clans,
and families have adopted their own specialized designs and colors,
although many are reproduced without knowledge of their origins.
Different regions of Turtle Island have developed distinct methods
and techniques. What’s the difference between a peyote stitch
and a lazy stitch? Who does your beadwork? Guests include Amy
Tall Chief of the Osage Nation.
March 22 - Music Maker: Lucie Idlout
Native singers and songwriters are using contemporary
rhythms and styles in declaring the spirit and legacy of First
Nations people. One of the latest voices originates from the newest
of Canada’s territories – Nunavut. Inuk singer and
songwriter Lucie Idlout’s
powerful voice has been compared to the crooning of Etta James
and the throaty energy of Janis Joplin. Lucie’s musical
style is in your face and unassailable, and definitely not for
the fainthearted. Her debut CD ‘E5770 - My Mother’s
Name’ is our highlighted musical choice for March. What
drives this brave woman’s music? And what influence does
her traditional Inuk culture have on her contemporary style?
Tuesday, March 23
- It’s Taking
Child care has always been problematic in Indian Country. But
lobbying efforts are finally seeing positive results. In 1998
the Tribal Child
Care Technical Assistance Center (TriTAC) was established
by the Child Care Bureau. TriTAC assists tribal governments and
organizations in their efforts to enhance the quality, affordability
and availability of child care. TriTAC also supports tribal communities
in their efforts to coordinate early childhood delivery systems
by promoting linkages between state, tribal and local early childhood
education programs. What difference is the center making for Native
children and families? Guests include Doris Running Crane of the
Blackfeet Nation and JoAnn Elliot.
24 - Hiring
ENCORE PRESENTATION (Listen
Figures for the country’s unemployment rate show there are
9 million people out of work. And with the slowdown in the economy,
the job-hunting outlook appears bleak. And for people with disabilities,
getting a job seems especially impossible. Aside from their own
physical drawbacks, handicapped people still face social stigmas
that hinder their efforts to be productive citizens. A Native
woman, who relies on a wheelchair to get around, is the newest
spokesperson to educate the public that those who are physically
challenged can be employable. Would you hire a handicap? Guests
include Cinda Hughes, Miss
Wheelchair America 2004 and a member of the Kiowa Nation.
for Political Pull
The recent disclosure of a six-figure donation to a ‘think
tank’ from a Louisiana casino tribe has raised some eyebrows
in D.C. It’s not so much the amount of money that’s
the issue, but rather, the advise to give the money by the tribe’s
paid lobbyists. Similar instances in the past has resulted in
Senator John McCain of Arizona to comment that such donations
are ‘disgraceful,’ and warrant hearings to investigate
the use of casino revenue to pay lobbyists. What’s all the
fuss about? Don’t organizations and corporate entities fork
over mega-bucks for political influence? Or is it because tribes
are playing the same game with the ‘big boys?’ Is
handing over tribal casino revenue to D.C. insiders a waste, when
poverty and dire social needs prevail on reservations? Invited
guests include Governor Stuwart Paisano/Sandia Pueblo and Chairman
Ernest Stevens, Jr./National
Indian Gaming Association.
Friday, March 26 - Native Heroines:
March is National Women’s
History month. Throughout the country people are remembering
and honoring great women in history. Who are the great women in
Native American history? Most know of or have heard of prominent
Native American women like Winona LaDuke, Wilma Mankiller, Ada
Deer, Dr. Annie Wauneka, Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, Sacajawea, Elizabeth
Peratrovich and PFC. Lori Piestewa, but many unspoken Native women
heroes are affecting positive change, and making valuable and
tremendous differences in our Native communities. Who are they?
Join us to honor Native American women heroes, past and present.
March 29 - Seward’s Day:
From the Native Perspective: (Listen
October, Columbus Day is celebrated by elementary school students
learning about the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, the ships that
carried a lost navigator to the shores of America. Indians reject
honoring a man that signaled the beginning of the colonization
of Turtle Island. Most students don’t learn about the true
history behind the man, Columbus. In Alaska, a day in March commemorates
the day the U.S. ‘bought’ the Alaska territory from
Russia. What is the true history of this event, and its impact
on Alaska’s Native people? Do Native people see it only
as a day away from the office? Are Alaska’s school children
getting the whole truth of Seward’s Folly? Guests Don Bremner
Tlingit, from Yakutat, Alaska.
Tuesday, March 30
- Prometheus Project:
Colonizing the Moon and Beyond: (Listen
According to Greek mythology, Prometheus was the wisest of the
Titans, who gave the gift of fire to humanity. The name also means
'forethought.' The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
has chosen the name for a project to conduct comprehensive exploration
of the outermost planets as well as Mars. Nuclear power is seen
as the only way to accomplish this. However, there are those who
are apprehensive of the use of nuclear material. Project
Prometheus is a small part of expanded space proposals that
President Bush outlined in the State of the Union Address. What
is the Prometheus Project? What are the risks and benefits for
humanity? Guests include Alan Newhouse/National
Aeronautics and Space Administration and Bruce Gagnon/Global
Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
of the Month: Indigenous American Women: (Listen
In the negative connotation, the word feminist is a label given
to a woman who’s emerged beyond the paradigm of a woman
as seen in a male dominated society. Conversely, men are seen
as ‘ambitious or as one who takes the bull by the horns
kind of guy’ when striving for success. Historically, Indigenous
women have had traditional roles and many tribes functioned as
matriarchal societies. Oklahoma Choctaw Devon Abbot Mihesuah’s
newest book, is a frank, powerful adventure that ‘examines
the overlooked role of Native women’ and ‘the ongoing
struggles against a centuries-0ld legacy of colonial disempowerment.'
American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism is our
Book of The Month. Guest is Devon Abbot Mihesuah/scholar,professor
Northern Arizona University.
April 1 - Rez Dogs Gone Wild:
to the latest census report, rez dogs are the fastest growing
group of canines in the country. But this dramatic rise in population
has its drawbacks. Many rez dogs are finding themselves homeless
and without occupation. Quality health care is lacking and the
biggest problem is that there is no funding for rez dog obedience
school. What about the No Dogs Left Behind Act? And they say you
can take the dog from the rez, but you can’t take the rez
from the dog. So what happens when a rez dog is adopted, is he
or she still a rez dog? What influence are non-rez dogs having
on this group? What does the future hold for Indian man’s
April 2 - Black Hills Still Not For Sale:
The ‘Black Hills Are Not For Sale’ is a rallying cry
for the Great Sioux Nation of the Dakotas. The Oglala people and
their Sioux allies still believe that the U.S. government took
this sacred land illegally and unconstitutionally in 1877. The
U.S. Indian Claims Commission offered the tribe more than $100
million for payment in 1980, but it was refused. A civil lawsuit
was filed that same year to quiet title to the land but has never
been resolved. The settlement money has been building interest
since 1980 and now stands at between $700-800 million. Should
the money be disbursed or should the holdout remain? Guests include
Tim Giago of the Lakota Nation, publisher of the Lakota Journal.
April 5 - Current Events:
The National Indian Taco Championships is scheduled in Oklahoma
during Pawhuska Heritage Day. Do you have a secret recipe that
could take top prize? Are you interested in producing film and
television from a Native perspective? The Institute
of American Indian Arts is pleased to announce its first Summer
Film and Television Workshop co-sponsored by ABC-TV. The American
Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is looking
for a visionary leader. Do you know the right person for the job?
And the National
Indian Youth Academy is looking for Native students for police
training this summer at the Washington State Criminal Justice
April 6 - Who’s
Responsible For Public Health?
The Indian Health Services is a federal agency, directed to provide
health care services in Indian Country. Besides Native communities
having adequate health care services, they need safe water to
drink, clean air to breath and appropriate waste removal for good
public health. Still, there remains a number of public health
problems that go unchecked on reservations. What factors interfere
with ensuring that Native people are healthy? What’s the
individual’s responsibility in limiting certain risk factors
that create public health problems? What is the responsibility
of state and federal government? And are there examples that show
what tribes can do to address community and public health issues?
Invited guest include Jacqueline Left Hand Bull/Northern
Plains Health Start.
- National Indian Gaming Commission:(Listen
are critics of tribal casinos who argue that gaming operations
are not properly monitored or regulated. But the NIGC is an independent
federal regulatory agency set up to provide oversight of gambling
on Indian lands. The NIGC's mission is to shield tribal casinos
from organized crime, ensure that tribes are the primary beneficiaries
of their gaming operations, and assure that gaming is conducted
fairly and honestly by both the operator and the player. But does
the commission have teeth when it comes to enforcing the policies
and goals of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act? Guests include
NIGC Commissioner Cloyce “Chuck” Choney of the Comanche
April 8 - The Leech and the Earthworm:
Taking its name from a folktale about a deadly lie, the documentary
Leech and the Earthworm’ begins, “This is what
the white man told us…life will be better if you come with
us.” Indigenous people look at western science and the age
of biotechnology with a trepidation and unease born of history’s
lessons. Focusing on issues around exploitation of blood taken
from First Nation islanders, the film uses impressionistic image
collages, effective scoring, archive footage and creative graphics
to trace a centuries-old lineage of abuse. What is bio-piracy
and bio-colonialism? Guests include Debra Harry, director of Indigenous
Peoples Council on Bio-colonialism.
April 9 - Honoring Oñate?:
More than four centuries after he arrived from Mexico, Juan de
Oñate is still motivating conflict in the valleys of the
Rio Grande. In 1598, Oñate began his armed military expedition
into New Mexico to colonize tribal villages in the name of the
Spanish Crown. Historical accounts show that this conquistador
accomplished his goal through violence, brutality and slavery.
In 1998 the cities of Albuquerque and El Paso decided to commemorate
the 400-year anniversary of Oñate’s entrance. But
their plans were met with heavy resistance and Albuquerque’s
Cuarto Centenario project has yet to be completed six years later.
Should Oñate be celebrated? Guests include Santa Clara
Pueblo artist Nora Naranjo-Morse.
April 12 - ENCORE:
Change by Consent or Conflict?:
people take pride in our longevity and the survival of our traditional
cultures. Some Eastern tribes point out their traditional governance
being used as a model in the development of the U.S. Constitution.
Pueblo tribes in the Southwest call attention to the fact that
one of their governing structures has survived Columbus. However,
in Indian Country, there are instances where tribal governments
are under attack from within. Tribal members are recalling tribal
leadership and seizing tribal buildings under force. Then the
federal government and the legal system are called in to calm
tempers. Is resorting to antagonism the answer to changing leadership?
April 13 -
Give Peace A Chance:
With the nation and the world focusing on war, does peace really
have a chance? There was talk early in the Democratic race for
President of creating a U.S. Department of Peace. Will that eventually
come about? What about the cries for peace among indigenous peoples,
are they being heard? The Peace
and Dignity Run across the Americas is set to begin soon.
And there is an international education program called PeaceJam
built around Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with
youth to pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. Guests
include Richard Martin, co-coordinator of the Peace and Dignity
Creek Massacre Memorial:
1864, in what became known as the Sand
Creek Massacre, 163 members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes
were killed by the Colorado cavalry. Investigations showed what
eyewitnesses had reported, that more than 100 of the victims were
women, children and infants. It is a day that will never be forgotten
by Native people. Recently, an empathetic businessman bought the
land containing the massacre site and donated it to the tribes.
They turned it over to the National
Park Service who announced they will create the country’s
first national historic site dedicated solely to a massacre. Why
is this event so important in the annals of American history?
April 15 - Indian In The Spotlight: Floyd Red Crow Westerman:(Listen
Hollywood’s history of portraying Indians
in films hasn’t garnered a rating of one star. Not only
were Indian characters played by non-Natives and stereotyped as
uncivilized savages, their roles were little more that a glimpse
on the screen, or ended up on the cutting floor. Slowly, films
with Native actors and characters are becoming more true to life.
Things have been changing in front of, as well as behind, the
camera for Native people. A Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota actor has
been in Hollywood for over 20 years. With more that 20 films and
television roles to his credit, Floyd Red Crow Westerman has had
a part in reversing the trend. He returns to the big screen in
his newest role in the recently released adventure drama, Hidalgo.
But he’s not only a renowned American Indian actor; he’s
a singer, songwriter and activist, who has the interests of Indian
people close to his heart.
April 16 - Do You Believe in UFO’s and Bigfoot:
There are a variety of interpretations by scientists over ancient
pictographs and drawings by Native Americans that appear to depict
celestial objects and strange two-legged beings. Some tribes have
stories and legends that explain such depictions and are kept
alive as a part of the culture. Yet there are those who are skeptical
or require physical proof that such things do exist. And widely
known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch, there have been a number of reported
sightings of an ape-like creature as well in Indian Country. What
legends does your tribe have pertaining to UFO’s and Bigfoot?
Guests include Mel Skaham of the Yakama Nation and Dick Akers,
director of the Willard J.
Monday, April 19 -
Poisoning of Native Students:
The abuse of alcohol is a constant problem that negatively impacts
many North American Indigenous individuals and families. The reasons
and excuses given for its existence are as numerous as the number
of people it affects. It has become a deadly addiction. The recent
reports of several young Native people who’ve perished because
of alcohol poisoning make it a priority for tribes to address.
Where do children get alcohol? Is it a fatal mistake or is it
a mark of disparity? What of the individual’s decision--
what compels one to drink to excess? Guests include David Anderson/Assistant
Secretary Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Tuesday, April 20
- Music Maker Edition:
In Studio with Jana: (Listen
As beautiful as she is talented, this award-winning Lumbee pop
singer is the first Native to make the Billboard Dance Music charts
and has been referred to as the Native J-Lo. Despite growing acclaim,
media attention, and a cross-cultural/cross-genre entertainment
style, this 'urban Indian' has embraced her Native heritage. Aside
from music, she nurtures her message of education to all young
people. The high-energy, rave dance beat will radiate from Studio
49 as Jana joins us live
for our April 2004 Music Maker Edition.
The spirit and heartbeat of Indian Country will originate from
Albuquerque during Native American Week. Dancers, crafts, events,
and who’s who in Indian Country will make the Duke City
their home for a few days. The National Federation of Community
Broadcasters, a national organization that includes many tribal
radio stations, will conduct its annual conference this week.
Many tribal radio station staff will attend. One event, the Gathering
of Stations, is a multi-talented benefit concert for the Native
Radio Program Fund. In studio guests include KIDE station manager
Joe Orozco, Jim Boyd, Chester Knight and the Black Eagle drum
April 22 - Building Up Indian Country:
The quantity and quality of homes and building construction in
Native communities is often criticized. Dilapidated buildings
on tribal lands are an eyesore and a public health problem, endangering
tribal members. People complain that federal and tribal governments
are doing too little and construction companies are sloppy and
substandard. How do tribes establish quality construction standards?
What are the mechanisms of enforcing such standards? Could a proposed
American Indian Construction Management Endowment be the key to
open the door of opportunity for construction in Indian Country?
Guests include Peterson Zah/Advisor-Arizona State University Office
of Indian Affairs.
April 23 - Why Is My Child Different?
have the greatest of expectations for their children. It isn’t
any different for Native families. For a majority of families,
these hopes and dreams happen without interference or difficulty.
However, there are children that behave differently than what
is considered ‘normal.' They seem to be in a world of their
own, oblivious to society around them. They fixate on repetitive
phrases or motions. And the typical education process doesn’t
seem to work for them. These and other symptoms can be a result
of abnormal brain structure and function, symptoms evident in
those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. But what is ASD?
Is it genetic? And what options are available to Native children
with ASD? Guests include Emma Foster/Eastern Navajo Agency and
Dr. John Russo/Indian Health Service.
April 26 - The
Psychology Of The Warrior Spirit:
Indigenous peoples take pride and solace in the survival of their
heritage, in spite of the generations of physical and mental assaults
directed at them. Today’s contemporary battles with alcoholism,
diabetes, depression, suicide, domestic violence and other maladies
shorten or reduce the quality of life for Native people. Western
medicine has a place in the care of those who suffer these afflictions.
However, a group of Native mental health practitioners feel a
spiritual disconnect exists and is lacking in present day therapies.
They point to the legacy of a warrior, who protected and defended
the people from harm. The warrior spirit is needed to combat these
mental health disorders. How can modern medicine incorporate the
warrior spirit to combat modern mental health assaults? Guests
include Rose Clark, PhD and /Native
Wholistic Specialists, Inc.
Tuesday, April 27
- Sovereignty and The World View:
There were congressional hearings of the topic of sovereignty
this week in Washington, D.C. Though it would seem that tribes
would be given an opportunity to represent that concept to the
congressional panel, they were nowhere in site. This was because
the Administration was defending its decision to detain and prosecute
suspected terrorists. The Administration proclaims it is a sovereign
nation and can take any actions to protect itself from aggression.
Ironically, the United States is an occupying country. How different
is this from the history of U.S. aggression on Indian nations?
Are their different kinds of sovereignty? Guests to be announced.
- Book Of The Month: Mike and a Lynx Called Kitty:(Listen
up on Kodiak Island in Alaska, Mike Kerr lived adventures solely
exclusive of his Alutiiq culture. In his latter years, he’s
put to print those boyhood adventures in a story of a young boy
who breaks his ankle in a fishing boat accident as well as other
escapades. One part of the story includes his fascination with
a unlikely pet. Mike Kerr lived these experiences and in the book,
and a Lynx Called Kitty, he tells the story in a heartwarming,
appealing way for children and adults. The book’s been compared
to other classics, of the friendship between a boy and a pet.
Guest Mike Kerr/author.
April 29 - Putting On The Green In Indian Country:(Listen
A number of devastating wild fires ravaged several
reservations at the height of the fire season last year. From
the northwest, to the Gulf of Florida, the fires scorched tribal
lands or lands close to them. The immediate effects go without
mentioning. However, the residual affects of soil erosion and
terrain destruction remain to be seen. The
Arbor Day Foundation works to promote the planting of trees.
The trees and other vegetation aid in the protection of the soil.
The last Friday of April has been designated as Arbor Day, to
get people to plant a tree or two. What can you do to give your
community living green? What can tribes do to address the fires
of last year. Guests include Linda Burson/community activist for
April 30 - Family Spirit: (Listen
With the rising numbers of teenage pregnancies what help is there
for these young parents? What can they do to become better parents
and raise healthy, well-balanced children at such a young age?
Since the mid-90ties, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health has operated a program aimed directly at teen parents.
"Family Spirit" started out as a breast-feeding program
but has expanded to include teen fathers and helps both parents
learn good parenting skills. They have several field offices across
the country and work with specific tribes. Guests include Kristen
Speakman, Field Liason for the Family
Spirit Program in Albuquerque, NM.
May 3 -
Current Events April 2004:
There’s a call out to tribes to apply for grant monies to
be used to restore historical sacred sites and to improve water
systems. With Mother’s Day around the corner, there’re
two events that will honor Mother Earth. A diabetes and heart
disease conference is promoting the use of traditional foods to
fight the diseases. Runners and bikers are trekking across Indian
Country, to state publicly the sacredness of life and honor lost
Native warriors. These and other events will take place across
Native America. What happening in your corner of Indian Country?
Tuesday, May 4 - Programmatic
Or Problematic: Missouri River: (Listen
Historically, tribes with traditional lands along the Missouri
River have had little success trying to get the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers to grant them more authority over the management
of these lands, especially the riverbanks. But over the past two
years 24 tribes from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Nebraska
have been consulting and negotiating with Corps’ officials.
The result is a historic agreement that theoretically will give
tribes more control of cultural sites, including burial grounds.
Does this mean tribes will help decide water levels within the
Corps’ Missouri River dams and reservoirs system? Guests
include Larry Janis/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Camps for Native Youth:
Summer is right around the corner and there are several wonderful
opportunities for Native youth to get involved with. From academics,
to the physical fitness camps, and from Alaska to the East Coast,
plenty of opportunity abounds. Tune in and listen to some of the
terrific events or call in with your own ideas. Guests include
Kristen Speakman, of the Native Vision camp.
May 6 -My Aching Back:
Studies done by health care
researchers and insurance companies have shown complaints of back
pain are among the top ten reasons for absenteeism from work.
But when one's back hurts, what can one do? There are a myriad
of treatments, from diet and manipulation, to out right surgery
to try and alleviate the pain. For Native Americans and Alaska
Natives served by the Indian Health Service, extensive evaluation
is usually contracted to outside providers. But how do Natives
with back pain get adequate quality of care when it comes debilitating
back pain? And where does traditional methods come in for the
care of those with back pain? Guests to be announced.
May 7 - Incarcerated Moms:
(Listen in RealAudio
While many families prepare to celebrate Mother's Day with a Sunday
brunch or special outing with kids and moms, what about our mothers
who are in jail or prison? What does this holiday mean to them
and their kids? How are they celebrating or contemplating their
roles as mothers? How has jail time changed their perspective
on parenting? How do their children cope with having a mother
May 10 -
Are Native People Racist?:
An uproar spread across Indian Country immediately following the
performance by OutKast at the Grammy Awards. More recently, a
heckler not only disrupted the performance of a Native rap group,
but also reverted to racist remarks and suggested the band, ‘Go
back to where you came from.’ It isn’t very hard to
point out the overt or subtle discriminatory attitudes some people
have towards Native Peoples. Yet, attitudes of prejudice or racism
thrive within Native communities. Certain tribes dislike or badmouth
one another. Historical wounds between one tribe and another haven’t
healed. Even the use of terms like, ‘full-blood’ or
‘half-breed’ have racist connotations. What’s
the dividing line between being racist or prejudice and pride
and marginalizing others to promote Native culture? Our guest
will be Kehaulani Kauanui, Assistant Professor, American Studies
and Anthropology, Wesleyan University. Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne
& Hodulgee Muscogee, will be our guest host.
Tuesday, May 11 - Honoring
Teachers And Those Who Educate : (Listen
There’s no reason any American shouldn’t expect an
appropriate education. From pre-school through high school, college
and beyond, this country has the resources. Even with the availability
of resources, there remains an obvious disparity across America.
To address this parity, President Bush’s, “Leave No
Child Behind” legislation tried to level the playing field.
These and other efforts take a back seat to the daily efforts
of teachers across the nation. Wherever and whatever he or she
teaches, they are the first to open the mind and eyes of a student,
aside from parents. Some have made positive impressions that aren’t
easily forgotten. Who’s that one teacher who inspired you?
How has a teacher influenced your life? Guests include Linda Hodge/Nation
Parent Teacher Association
America Vote Act: Does It Really Help?: (Listen
the election fiasco of 2000, organizations and Congress moved
foreword on a certain piece of legislation as a remedy. Subsequently,
in 2002, President Bush signed the Help
America Vote Act or H.A.V.A. It authorized federal funds to
improve on a state’s operation of elections. States were
allowed to develop their own regulations. However, there are concerns
in some states that H.A.V.A has marginalized Native people. What
are these concerns? Is this piece of legislation beneficial to
Native peoples? Invited guests include Janette Robedeaux /Montana
Indian People’s Action and Brian Drapeaux/Native Outreach
United Sioux Tribes.
Thursday, May 13 - Indigenous Woman’s
Several years ago, the United Nations established
a forum, which provided the world’s indigenous peoples with
a platform to address their concerns. They included sovereignty,
self-determination and recognition of their human rights. Since
then, the Permanent
Forum on Indigenous Issues has met two times, with the charge
of addressing these issues. This week is the forum’s third
meeting in New York City. The theme is Indigenous Women. Delegations
of Native women are at the U.N. to develop a dialogue on many
problems Natives face. Domestic violence, sexual abuse, and the
loss of individual rights are some of the issues they want to
address. What other issues are priorities for all women? Guests
include Charmaine White Face/Teton
Sioux Nation Treaty Council.
14 - Indian In The Spotlight: Beverly Singer:
Over the past decade, there have
been attempts in film, literature and entertainment, to present
the Native perspective in everyday life. Even then, the voices
of Native people have been limited in telling their own stories.
Beverly Singer is an educator and filmmaker who is insuring the
stories of Native peoples live on. She’s a producer, writer
and educator who utilizes multimedia to tell their stories. What
is her inspiration and motivation? Guest Beverly Singer is of
the Pueblo of Santa Clara.
Monday, May 17 -
Care & Indian Childern:
May is National Foster Care Month. Many Native children need temporary
homes while the courts decide their individual cases. That means
they’re often in foster care homes if their relatives can’t
keep them. Who are the people who become foster parents? What
are the benefits for becoming a foster parent? How many Native
children are in foster care right now? And, how can you become
a foster parent in your state? Guests to be announced.
Tuesday, May 18 - Music
Maker Edition: Eyabay:
Cultures around the world use the drum. There are however,
certain characteristics of drumming that are unique to Indigenous
North American peoples. Take for instance powwow music. A drum
group from Red Lake, Minnesota is well known for their distinctive
sound that has warranted them a nomination for the Best Powwow
Recording at the 6th Annual Native American Music Awards. Their
newest CD release has had reviews of upholding that unique style.
What’s their awarding-winning sound? Where will you be able
to find them on the powwow trail? Guest are members of the drum
As the military scandal of prisoner mistreatment in Iraq grows,
the first court martial case begins today. What is going through
the minds of Native families who have sons and daughters serving
in the armed forces in Iraq? What does the future look like for
their children? How do they view the abuses that some soldiers
are being accused of in this scandal? Guests to be announced.
Thursday, May 20 - Do Indians Burn?:
As summer begins families are going to be spending a
lot of time outdoors. What should you know about sunburns to help
protect your family? Do you buy into the falsehood that dark-skinned
people can’t get a sunburn? Do you know how quickly a person’s
skin can burn? Does it matter what part of the country you live
in and the intensity of the sun? Join us for an open discussion
about how to avoid being a victim to the sun. Our guest is Dr.
Eugene Conti/IHS-PIMC Contract Dermatologist.
21 - Visiting Indian Country:
Your summer vacation plans are probably taking shape and they
might include a visit to a Native American reservation. What are
the rules and protocols for being a visitor in somebody’s
neighborhood and community? And for tribes who are trying to bank
on the business of tourism, how do they market their homeland
and not commercialize their culture? From the point-of-view of
the people who live in these communities, what’s the most
offensive behavior they’ve seen committed by tourists? Guests
are Camille Ferguson/Sitka
Tribe of Alaska, Myrna Leader Charge/Alliance
of Tribal Tourism Advocates and Gloria Cobb/
American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association.
May 24 - Victories in Indian Country:
For years several tribes have fought to preserve Bear Butte in
South Dakota. Victory came this year when plans for a proposed
shooting range near the sacred site were dropped. Just last week,
the city council in Eureka, CA voted unanimously to give back
40 acres to the Wiyot tribe. These are two recent examples of
victories in Indian country. What battle is your tribe fighting?
Have you made any progress? Hear from the folks who have fought
the battles and have chalked up some victories. Guests include
Charmaine White Face from Defenders of the Black Hills, Cheryl
Seidner, Chairwoman of the Wiyot tribe, and Peter LeValle, Mayor
May 25 - Learned Helplessness And Historical Trauma?:
Racism and genocide run hand in hand. When directed toward the
Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, they’ve lead to atrocities,
leaving physical and emotional wounds. Native peoples have survived,
but at what cost? They suffer addictions, self-inflicted destructive
behaviors, and disproportionate higher rates of mental health
disorders. When compared with the rest of American society, historical
trauma has been identified as among the factors heightening the
risks of these disorders and feelings of hopelessness. Is simply
saying "get over it," the solution? Is there hope of
overcoming historical trauma? How can those who feel helpless,
feel empowered? Dr. Eduado Duran/Santa Indian Hospital.
May 26 - Countdown to the NMAI Opening:
It’s less than four months away from the opening of the
National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Is
there still time to sign up to be in the Native Nations Procession?
What about being a vendor at this major gathering of Natives?
And non-Natives, can you still set up your booth? Where can you
stay? Find out just about everything you should know if you plan
on going to the festivities. Guests from NMAI include Ceni Myles
and Jackie Swift.
May 27 - Book of the Month: Work and Other Sins: Life in New York
City and Thereabouts:
If you’ve never been to New York City, you can get a feel
for the “Big Apple” from this book written by a reporter
for the New York Times who happens to be Anishinabe. Everyday,
unassuming people come to life and bring their perspectives to
light on this country’s most famous big city. Our guest
is author of "Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City
and Thereabouts," Charlie LeDuff.
May 28 - Formal Apology For The U.S. Government:
In September of 2000, Former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs,
Kevin Gover, emotionally read an apology for the "wrought"
policies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The occasion was the
175th Anniversary of the establishment of the BIA. It may have
been a positive initial effort, calling upon the BIA for "reflection
and contemplation" to acknowledge its history of harm inflicted
on Native people. However, many felt the words fell short. A bill
acknowledging the "history of official depredation and ill-conceived
policies" has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Will it
provide a chance for healing? Could the apology lead to reparations?
Guests include Senator Sam Brownback/D-KS and Tex Hall/ National
Congress of American Indians. Conroy Chino, Acoma, will be our
May 31 -Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial:
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those
who have died or are missing in service to this country. As people
across the country remember our troops currently serving in Iraq
and Afghanistan, we must also remember the troops from past wars
and conflicts. Almost 30 years ago the Vietnam conflict came to
an end. To honor those who never made it home the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial was established, more commonly known as “the Wall.”
A replica of that wall is traveling across America. Some tribes
have made arrangements to have the wall come to their communities.
What does it take to have the wall visit your community? Have
you seen the actual memorial in Washington, D.C. or will this
be your first chance to see the memorial to those veterans? Guests
include Norm Bergsma/ Traveling
June 1 - Stinky Fish Plans:
(Listen in RealAudio
For generations, Northwest tribes have embraced the life cycle
of salmon into their own lives and culture. The westward expansion
of America ignored the rights of Natives and dams were built along
the Columbia River. Those dams are threatening the existence of
the salmon. But the dams have provided needed electricity for
the area. The Bonneville
Power Administration has proposed a plan they say will provide
electricity and not harm the salmon. However, the Confederated
Umatilla Tribes of Oregon say otherwise. And they aren’t
the only ones. What are the tribes’ concerns? Don’t
tribal members also use the electricity from the dam? Can there
be a point of agreement in this issue? Guests include Don Sampson,
of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
and Mike Hansen, of the Bonneville Power Administration.
Wednesday, June 2
Playing in the park, swimming and skateboarding are popular summer
activities for kids. But don’t let them forget about summer
reading for fun! Studies have shown children experience significant
learning losses when they don’t bother to read during the
summer months. According to the Center
for Summer Learning at John Hopkins University, research shows
that students typically score lower on tests at the end of summer
vacation than they do on the same test at the beginning of summer
vacation. What can you do this summer to help prevent your child’s
learning loss? What programs are available to help you? Hear how
your child can benefit from a little leisure summer reading. Guests
include Bonnie Lewis, White Mountain Apache Teacher with the Planting
the Seed Reading Program.
Thursday, June 3 - Rising
As gas prices continue to
soar across Turtle Island, how are the high prices at the pump
impacting Indian Country? Where the miles between the reservation
and the nearest town could be life or death in a health emergency.
Where for some the difference between putting food on the table
or filling the gas tank to get to work could force many to go
without one or the other. Many will pay higher prices for items
to be trucked into the reservation and, hitting the Pow Wow trail
will be costlier for everyone this summer. How are Native peoples
coping with the out of control gas prices and what can you do
to help ease the fuel crunch this summer? Guests
are Roger Fragua of Jemez Pueblo and the Council
of Energy Resource Tribes, Robert DesRosier, Director of the
Utilities Commission, and Roy Agloinga, Mayor of the City
of White Mountian, Alaska.
4 - Amnesty for Artifact Thieves:
For years, the illegal trading of Native artifacts has thrived
on the black market. But sometimes tribes and law enforcement
get lucky when someone turns in an item they know has been illegally
taken or bought from a Native burial ground or a person. It’s
the moral character of that type of person they’re banking
on with a new program that offers amnesty
to artifact thieves. It’s a four-state initiative to
recover religious artifacts from dealers, collectors and anyone
who has stolen or purchased artifacts in their procession. They
have until Sunday, August 18, 2004 to return the items without
any retribution. After that deadline the government and tribes
promise to pursue charges against those people who have such items.
Penalties include five years imprisonment and fines up to $250.000.
include Wayne Taylor, Hopi Tribal Chairman.
June 7 - Current
It’s the half way mark of 2004 and the first Monday of June,
which means, this is your time to tell us what’s going on
in your community. Here are some events we’ll share with
you on our program today. Participants are being recruited for
a training program that prepares people within a community to
work with Native youth. An Ivy League university is recruiting
students who may have thought attending the college was financially
out of the question, by offering them financial assistance. Two
gatherings, whose goals are to educate and mobilize attendees
on the need to protect Mother Earth, are planned for the great
outdoors. Plus, several entertainment and sports events are looking
for Natives to participate. These are just a few of the events
taking place during the month of June. What events are happening
in your part of Indian County?
June 8 - Developing on the Dead:
It is believed to be the largest archaeological excavation going
on right now in the country. An ancient burial ground is being
excavated in southern California to clear the ground for Playa
Vista, a complex of condominiums, apartments and townhouses. So
far about 275 skeletons believed to be from two tribes, the Tongva
and the Acjachemen or the Juaneno people, have been unearthed.
The developer says they’ve hired the best archaeologists
to do the job with respect as they disinter the remains. But the
tribes and even some archaeologists disagree, and accuse the company
and workers of disrespecting the deceased ancestors. The developer’s
attorney says since the Tongva tribe is not federally recognized
they are not legally bound to consider the tribe’s request
to stop the digging or to change locations.
Wednesday, June 9
- The Art of Arrowheads:
Thousands of years ago our ancestors made their own weapons from
stone, bone, antler and even iron. They were shaped into projectile
points now commonly referred to as arrowheads. They were used
for battle, hunting, fishing and everyday survival. Today, ancient
arrowheads are collector items sold on the internet and viewed
at museums and art galleries. But some Native people are carrying
on the fine art of making arrowheads. Are these modern arrowheads
being used for decoration or practical purposes? How can you tell
if an arrowhead you own is authentic? Join us as we rediscover
these ancient and modern objects. Guests to be announced.
Thursday, June 10 - Reagan's Impact
on Indian Country: (Listen
Accolades and tributes continue to come into the nation
in memory of Ronald Reagan. They come from foreign leaders to
people on the street praising him as "a great American."
During his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan, the "great
communicator" was seen as an innovator, a straight shooting,
straight talking politician who loved his country and his family.
But what is his legacy when it comes to Native peoples? How did
tribes benefit and what did tribes lose during his terms? Guests
include Ross O. Swimmer/former Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
11 - Forgiving our Fathers:
The country celebrates Father’s Day this weekend and families
will take time to let their fathers know how much they appreciate
them. However, many families are without that protective male
father figure. The man, who was supposed to be that protector,
abused and mistreated the family. Indian Country also suffers
from fathers not fulfilling their responsibilities. On a day set
aside to honor the father, families can only recall lost innocence
and heartache. Even with the memories of fights, drunken behavior
and abuses, is there a chance for forgiveness? Can the men who’ve
created fear and robbed families of their trust, be worthy of
forgiveness? Guests include: Kevin Peniska, Sr./ Well
Nations Magazine and Sam English/ painter-artist.
June 14 - Global Warming; Who’s
The Real Loser?: (Listen
Hot off the heels of the blockbuster movie, “The
Day After Tomorrow,” we look at how close this real
threat is to our world. The movie may have given a stronger voice
to people who feel we are quickly working ourselves out of a place
to live. Some scientists point to heat waves that are already
on record as killing thousands of people. Other red flags include
rainstorms that produce monumental flooding and historical droughts
experienced in regions of the country. If the earth’s weather
patterns change, what is the fate of humanity? Just how bad is
the situation of global warming? What is global warming and how
are you contributing to this problem? Would you make a change
in your life if you were convinced about the impact of global
warming? Guests to be announced.
June 15 - Obesity: The Native Factor:
Everywhere you look these days you’re bound to see someone
who is overweight. It’s true that there have always been
people who have carried a few extra pounds but folks these days
aren’t just a little overweight, they’re obese. The
news about the “fattening of America,” is everywhere
in our media. Where do Native people fall in this national health
crisis? New diet and exercise fads pop up left and right, but
are they Native American friendly? And what about the risk to
our health if we’re overweight? Why do we find it hard to
give up our fry bread and greasy meat? What makes us drive down
the road rather than walk and get some needed exercise? Why do
we joke about being fat and happy? Is it just that we don’t
care? Or is it that we just don’t know what to do about
it, or where to start? Guests include Ramin Naderi/Community Health
Representative for the Indian
Health Center of Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, California
, Pam Belgarde, Producer of, “Rez
Robics,” and Health Care Specialist, and Blackfeet Recording
Artist Darren Geffre.
Wednesday, June 16
It’s never too early to start mentoring our youth to become
the leaders of tomorrow. That’s the focus of a joint program
between Johns Hopkins Center
for American Indian Health and Harvard University’s
Indian Economic Development Program. The summer camp is, “Native
Visions Sports and Life Skills Camp.” It will bring
hundreds of Native youth to New Mexico this summer and introduce
them to healthy life skills and attitudes to help them succeed
in life. The mentors these kids will have come from a variety
of professional athletic teams. As they compete in football, basketball,
or soccer, they’ll be learning valuable lessons that will
help them throughout their life. Guests include Clark Gaines,
Native Vision Co-Founder/Senior Director NFL
Players Association/former New York Jet and Allison Barlow,
Native Visions Co-Founder/Deputy Director Johns Hopkins Center
for American Indian Health.
Thursday, June 17 -
Labor Pains: (Listen
Two weeks ago the National Labor Relations Board reversed a 30-year
precedent that allowed tribes to make and enforce their own labor
policies for tribal businesses. In a 3-to-1 decision, the board
asserted its jurisdiction over a case involving a California tribal
casino and a labor union. This decision has major implications
for all tribes. How does it impact tribal sovereignty? How are
tribal leaders reacting to this ruling? Join us for a discussion
about “labor pains” on tribal lands for tribal businesses.
Guests to be announced.
18 - Music Maker Edition: Steve Williams:
Williams knew from the moment he played his first gig, at
the age of fourteen, that he wanted to be a musician. For the
last 16 years, Steve has devoted his life to his music and the
ministry. Ordained a minister by The American Indian Full Gospel
Association, Steve has traveled across the U.S. and Canada performing
his blues inspired music. Steve has shared the stage with Litefoot,
Martha Redbone, and Irene Bedard. He released his first album
"Change" on CPR Music Group in 2003, which has been
Nominated for Best Blues Album by the 2004 Indian Summer Music
June 21 - Summer Solstice:
Summer Solstice - a time for honoring the sun as it reaches
its highest point in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun marks the
spiral petroglyph at Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, home to the
Ancient Ones. It moves through the constellations of the Lakota
Nation, and it shines its light on the summer crops of the Pueblo
Peoples. What does this time - the Summer Solstice - mean to Indigenous
communities across the globe? Guests include, Albert White Hat,
Sr., Lakota from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, and Lakota Studies
instructor at Sinte Gleska University.
Tuesday, June 22 - Native In the
Spotlight - Marty Two Bulls: (Listen
Readers of the paper, “Indian Country Today,” have
been entertained, enraged and engaged by the editorial cartoons
of Marty Two Bulls for the past two years. This Oglala Lakota
brings his unique view of issues impacting Native people to the
pages of the paper. His love for drawing and his training as an
illustrator come together when he pens a cartoon that makes people
stop and think. Two Bulls is also the Graphics Editor for the
Argus Leader Newspaper in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Wednesday, June 23
Botulism Outbreak in Indian Country:
(Listen in RealAudio
The toxic agent hit them in the night, in a remote part of the
reservation. By daylight, several horses and a mule lay dead.
Fear and anxiousness set in as people called authorities for help
last month on the Navajo Reservation. It was determined that botulism
was the killer agent. What is botulism?
What is this botulism endemic all about? How's it spread and what's
the threat to humans? Invited guests include Glenda Davis/ Window
Rock Veterinary Clinic.
Thursday, June 24 - Gall
You've just enjoyed that tasty Indian taco or bowl of stew, when
you're hit with a sharp pain in the gut. You first might think
that there was something wrong with the food and it's making you
sick, until the next time. Has this ever happened to you? Surprisingly,
this scenario is what many across Indian Country experience when
they have a meal that consists of fatty foods. What does this
mean? It means they may have gallbladder disease which has a higher
incidence among Native Americans and women. But what is gallbladder
disease? What are the treatments for it? Is surgery the only option?
Guests include Dr. Ron Lujan/Acoma
Canoncito Laguna Indian Hospital, New Mexico.
25 - Ganging
Up on Indian Country:
The number of reservation gangs has been on the rise
since the early 1990's, according to a study released earlier
this year. There has been growing concern about crime, delinquency,
and gang activity in Indian country. How serious is the gang problem
in your community? What does this study say about youth in Indian
country? How is the gang problem being handled? Is gang activity
an expression of youthful experimentation? Or is the lack of positive
activities for youth contributing to the American Indian youth
gang phenomenon? Guests are Keahi Sauza/Social Services Director
of the Pueblo of Zuni, and John Mouseau/ Oglala Sioux Tribal Police
June 28 - Firefighters on Forest Fires:
The drought across the western part of the country has sparked
an early fire season. But to some it seems last years fire season
just rolled over into 2004. Those who might feel that way are
some of the Native firefighters. Last year many of them spent
a lot of time away from home fighting wildfires across the country.
What does it take to be a wildfire firefighter? What are some
of the dangers they face, aside from the flames? And what about
family members back at home, what do they need to do to support
these firefighters? Guests include: Jon Lee/Branch Forestry-Western
Region BIA and Mike Longknife/Ft. Belknap Tribal Fire Management.
Tuesday, June 29 - Iraq: Sovereignty
On June 28th the Iraqi government regained its sovereign status.
What does this transfer of power mean for the Iraqi people in
this post-war climate? How does their situation parallel the colonization
of Native America? Will there be sovereignty in Iraq or will their
experience mirror the sovereignty struggles that Native Americans
have experienced with the United States government? Will they
become an Iraqi version of the “IRA” governments that
tribes know so well? Guests are Bill Rice, Associate Professor
at the University of Tulsa
College of Law, Sinan
Instructor at Dartmouth College, and Ibrahim Kazerooni, Iman
at the Islamic Center in Denver, Co.
Wednesday, June 30
Book of the Month: Ojibwa Warrior:
Many people are familiar with Dennis Banks and the role he played
in the founding of the American Indian Movement. Now, his personal
stories are recounted in his book, “Ojibwa
Warrior.” He talks about the marches, the takeovers,
the racism and the bloodshed that AIM experienced more than 30
years ago. It’s the first time he’s put his thoughts
and emotions into a book. There is a touch of sadness and even
love in his stories that many might be surprised to read. Guest
is Dennis Banks/AIM Founder.
Thursday, July 1 - Native Hoopsters:
Across Indian Country, you’ll see makeshift backboards nailed
to just about any kind of post. Most of the time the rims don’t
have nets and the court is dirt that’s been packed down.
Still playing “rez ball” is a favorite pastime and
for some a place to dream about joining the NBA, the National
Basketball Association. But now they have a different arena to
shoot for: the American Basketball
Association. A former professional basketball player, who
is also Native, is forming a team just for Native basketball players.
Guests include Spider Ledesma/National
Native American Team and GinaMarie Scarpa-Mabry/Native
American Basketball Invitational.
2 - Facts
As we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, many
people are anticipating a big fireworks show. While many cities
may sponsor such events, sometimes the temptation to shoot off
a few fireworks on your own is too great. But what are the risks
for people, land, and property? Why should you leave the gunpowder
to the experts instead of playing with fire? And are fireworks
illegal in your part of the country?
July 5 - Totem Pole Carvers:
An impromptu meeting, between a Japanese wood carver and an Alaska
wilderness guide, has inspired a large gathering of totem pole
carvers. Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian wood carvers, long known
for their totem pole carvings, are coming together to create several
totem poles. The international event called, “The Gathering
of the Totem Pole Carvers,” will take place next month in
Alaska. Some 80 carvers are expected to participate and share
their cultures, their skills, and their experience with one another.
It’s an opportunity to learn more about totem poles and
their place in Native cultures. Guests include: Nyna Fleury/Director
of Totem Pole Gathering, Wayne
Price/Carver, David Boxley/Carver,
Reggie Davidson/Carver and Steve Brown/Carver. This show
is pre-produced. No phone calls please.
Tuesday, July 6 - Current Events:
Child welfare case management and parenting are the focus of a
workshop in Seattle, Washington. Patient care and diet for people
with diabetes or cardiac disease is the topic of another conference
in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Plus, the 43rd World Eskimo
Indian Olympics will bring traditional native athletes to
Fairbanks, Alaska for three days of competition. The Community-Campus
Partnership for Health is offering new AmeriCorps Tribal Programs
grants. And, a call is going out across Indian country for Native
artists, veterans, homeowners and golfers to participate in a
number of exciting opportunities. And as always, we have a list
of pow wows to share with you! All this and more on our July 2004
Current Events show.
Wednesday, July 7
Nearly four million people across the country have lost their
right to vote due to felony convictions, according to a recent
study. 48 states currently have some form of restrictions on felons
and voting. Many states have eased these restrictions, including
New Mexico, Wyoming and Nevada. On a national level the right
for felons to vote has become a growing issue among civil rights
and activist groups. How does the National voting law affect Natives
who have been convicted of a felony? Do tribes allow felons to
vote in tribal elections? Do tribes allow felons to run for elected
office? Guests include Ludovic
Blain, Associate Director of the
Democracy Program at Demos.
Thursday, July 8 - Nip and Tuck
With the popularity of reality shows these days, it seems everyone
and everything is getting a “makeover,” be it your
car, your home, or even yourself! Whether it’s plastic surgery
or permanent makeup, more Americans are opting to change their
looks. What about Native folks? Is the cosmetic craze hitting
them too? Are you satisfied with what you see in the mirror? And
have you considered plastic surgery? What extreme would you go
to in order to do away with those few extra pounds? And is it
all worth the risks for a new you? Guests include Dr.
Jung Park/Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Jamie
Everett/ Turtle Mountain Chippewa, and Bryan
9 - Status Report
on the International Treaty Council: (Listen
There are a variety of ways the public has been educated about
the sovereign government to government relationship Indian tribes
have with the United States. Yet, many Americans remain oblivious
to the treaties and contractual agreements Native nations have,
which have been upheld in courts. An international organization
has been working to educate the public and legislators on these
treaties. It’s the International Treaty Council and soon
they’ll hold their 30th Annual Conference to educate and
develop new strategies to accomplish their goals. Guests include
Mickey Gemmill/International Treaty Council.
July 12 - The J. & J. Ticket:
It's official! Democratic Presidential candidate,
Senator John Kerry(D-MA)
has chosen as his Vice Presidential candidate, Senator John Edwards(D-NC).
And the media is all over it, like ants at a picnic. Yet one thing
that hasn’t been reported is the record of both Senators
when it comes to legislation affecting Native Americans and Alaska
Natives. Did you know Senator Edwards has been supportive of the
Lumbee Nation of North Carolina in their effort to obtain federal
recognition? Did you also know that Senator Kerry has sponsored
and supported legislation that has been seen by Native groups
as having both a negative and positive impact on Native people?
What do both candidates know about the concerns of Indian Country?
What efforts have been made to acquire that knowledge?
Tuesday, July 13 - Behind BIA Bars:
report on the conditions of Indian Country detention facilities
revealed unreported deaths, suicides, attempted suicides, and
prisoner escapes at Bureau of Indian Affairs jails across Indian
Country. The report released by the Department of Interior, earlier
this spring, draws attention to the life threatening conditions,
safety and security of the prisoners and officers. What’s
really happening in these slammers? Where are the funds needed
to improve the BIA jails? Why have the poor conditions been allowed
to continue and why have they gone unreported? Guests include
Leon Littlemoon, Supervisor with Oglala
Sioux Tribe Corrections.
Wednesday, July 14
The Marriage Amendment:
What is the definition of marriage? Is it a union between only
a man and a woman?As the issue of gay marriages heats up this
political season, lawmakers are going to decide if this issue
will lead to a U.S.
Constitutional Amendment. How is this issue affecting Native
peoples? And how are tribes dealing with this issue? In Oregon,
two Native men made history when they tied the knot. But across
the country in Oklahoma a Cherokee Nation couple were denied the
right to marry. Their legal struggle is now in the courts. What
is the definition of marriage? Is it a union between only a man
and a woman? Guests include Jack Jackson, Jr./AZ Representative.
Thursday, July 15 - Music Maker
of the Month:
Clark Tenakhongva is Hopi from the village of Hotevilla. He grew
up singing traditional Hopi songs and speaking the language. But
like so many Native children across the country, he was discouraged
and even punished for speaking his traditional language. His experience
has come full circle as Clark is now recording songs in his native
tongue. But unlike most musicians, his singing career wasn’t
planned, it was more of an accident. Now he’s traveled the
country and even to Italy to sing Hopi songs. His collection is
on his CD, “Songs
from the Hopi Mesas.” Clark Tenakhongva is our Music
Maker of the Month.
16 - Healthy Eating
With Traditional Native Foods:
like a record that skips. Diabetes is the predominant health problem
across Indian Country, including Alaska tribes. And no matter
what initiatives, programs or agendas are formulated, Native people
are still overweight and prone to diabetes. And no matter how
many times they’re told to eat right and exercise, the scales
are still tilted to the heavy side. But instead of a complete
overhaul of societal or cultural habits to address the issue,
perhaps what’s needed is to modify them to combat the disease.
Take cooking and eating- is there a way to prepare and eat some
of the traditional foods, keeping in mind the need to limit calories
and fats, and provide adequate nutritional intake? Are there ways
to use available food sources, prepare them traditionally, yet
meet dietetic restrictions? Guests include Nephi Craig/Navajo
Chef and Terrol Dew Johnson/Tohono
O'odham Community Action.
July 19 - Native in the Spotlight: Wayne Cody:
This month we turn the mic on ourselves and put the spotlight
on the newest member of our staff. This week, Wayne Cody will
take over mic duties as Host of Native America Calling. We want
to give our listeners a chance to meet him and talk to him in
this special program. Please help us welcome Wayne Cody to Native
America Calling. This is your chance to share with him what you
like about Native America Calling and get to know the “voice”
who will be coming to you daily starting this week.
Tuesday, July 20 - The Draft: Giving
up our Kids:
As the conflict in Iraq continues and the need for more U.S. troops
increases, there is some speculation the draft may return in the
near future. We are already calling up our reserve forces to serve
in places around the world. Who else is left to cover stateside
posts? What about women? Will women be included in any potential
draft? And is it time to reexamine the “don’t ask,
don’t tell” policy? Do you think the U.S. should reinstate
the draft? Is it necessary? Is it fair? And are you ready to give
up your kids? Guests include Steve Ralls/Director of Communications
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and Harold G. Barse,
M.ED./Counselor-Oklahoma City Veterans Center, and Katy Aday/Commission
Core Officer with IHS.
Wednesday, July 21
Horses are valuable in many ways to tribes across Indian Country.
But did you know they are also used in therapy? Horse therapy
programs benefit many handicapped and disabled people. There are
therapeutic riding programs offered across the country, which
bring together animal and patient. These programs help build self-esteem
and inspire confidence. What are other benefits of this type of
therapy? Does your tribe offer any horse therapy programs? How
can you get involved? Guests to be announced.
Thursday, July 22 - World Eskimo
The world is preparing for the Summer Olympics to be held next
month in Greece. Just the word, Olympics, generates national pride
and athletic competition. But most people might not be aware of
another form of Olympics that will kick off this weekend in Fairbanks,
Alaska. It’s the 43rd World
Eskimo Indian Olympics. Don’t look for track and field
events, or basketball, and gymnastics because these Indigenous
Olympics test the traditional skills of its competitors. Find
out what exactly a Muktuk eating contest is, or the high kick
contest. Another crowd favorite is the ear weight contest. It’s
an Olympics like you’ve never seen before from the people
of the Midnight sun. Guests include Gregory Nothstine/President-Board
of Directors, World Eskimo Indian Olympics.
July 23 - Pacific Arts: (Listen
An international gathering of Indigenous artists is meeting on
the Island of Palau this weekend to do their part to keep their
cultures alive. They want to nurture, regenerate and celebrate
art of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific. A contingent of
Native Americans and Alaska Natives will join Hawaiian Natives
and others for the 9th
Festival of Pacific Arts. Can the arts help rescue culture?
How can art be used to keep culture, tradition, and language alive?
Guests include Tina Lechucher Marugg/ Deputy Director of the Festival
of Pacific Arts.
July 26 - Kennewick Man: (Listen
An eight-year battle over the remains of the Kennewick man has
ended. This month four tribes announced they are not going to
take their fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision clears
the way for a group of scientists to study the 9,300 year-old
skeleton. The tribes believe the Kennewick Man, or Ancient One,
as they call him, is their ancestor. How will the court ruling
effect tribes nationwide? What part if any, did the Native American
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act have in this case? Guests
are Dr. Jim Chatters/Anthropologist, Rob Smith/ Associate Attorney,
Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & McGaw, and Armand Minthorn,
member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Tuesday, July 27 - Native
Caucus at the Democratic Convention: (Listen
The Democratic Party is holding its convention this week in Boston,
MA. Motivated delegates from around the country are there to create
a strategy in hopes of unseating President Bush. Some of those
delegates are Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Hawaiian Natives.
The Indigenous peoples have their own caucus and time on the convention
floor. They are making sure party members are aware of and sensitive
to the issues in Indian Country. They are also making sure the
Democratic party understands the importance of the Native vote.
What are some of the issues the Native caucus will be addressing?
How has the Party reached out to Natives? Do Democrats understand
the importance of the Native vote? Guests are Anna Sorrel/ Director
of Native American Outreach for John Kerry, and Frank LaMere/
Chairman of the Native American Caucus for the DNC.
Wednesday, July 28
Book of the Month: The Lesser Blessed:
This month we venture north to Canada to the land of the Dogrib
Nation. Internationally acclaimed Dogrib writer, Richard
Van Camp, is our featured author. His book, “The
Lesser Blessed,” has received high praise from both
Native American authors and literary critics for its edgy and
brutally honest story about Dogrib teenager Larry Sole. What other
books has Van Camp written? What fuels his creative process? Guest
is Richard Van Camp.
Thursday, July 29 - The
World of Deaf Natives:
It’s a world that sometimes doesn’t get enough attention,
but every day millions of people deal with deafness. Whether you
were born deaf or became deaf later in life, you face different
challenges in life. In years past, sign language was developed
to help the hearing impaired communicate. But today, technology
has made it possible for those who are deaf to hear again. What
are some of the causes of deafness in the Native community? What
resources are available to tribes in caring for deaf tribal members?
Is the technology available to Natives? Guests include Margie
Sanders and Chris Atkinson from the Albuquerque
Area Indian Health Serivces, and Sonya Wuttunnee of the Intertribal
Friday, July 30 - Native
Have you ever experienced the thrill of heading down the highway
on a motorcycle? Plenty of Native bikers enjoy this sense of freedom
such a ride provides. They are part of a worldwide sub-culture
of everyday people who have a love for two wheels. Across Indian
country lawyers, teachers, and casino workers are taking part
in bike rallies like the Navajo/Hopi
Honor Motorcycle Run for fallen veterans. There’s also
the Trail of Tears
Commemorative Motorcycle ride that retraces the path of 17,000
Cherokees moved to Oklahoma in 1838. Who are these warriors on
iron horses? Guests include Chief Perry White/President of the
Trail of Tears ride, and Leon Curley/ Interim President of the
Four Corners Chapter.
August 2 - Current Events:
A gathering of the White Bison Society’s Son’s of
Tradition and Daughters of Tradition will focus on the health
of Native youth. Another gathering will examine policies and strategies
pertaining to renewable energy. There’s also a call out
for more Native participation in economic and employment opportunities.
August is host to the Santa Fe Indian Market as well. Plus the
U.S. Postal Service will commemorate stamps featuring Native art.
From Native film, sports, and of course pow wows, August is bustling
with activity! What’s happening in your corner of Turtle
3 - Unity Journalists
Native journalists are among the 7,000 journalists of color in
Washington, D.C. this week, for UNITY
'04, the largest gathering of journalists in the world. Besides
offering skills-building workshops, they will address such issues
as why more people of color aren’t in many of our nation’s
newsrooms and how this lack of diversity hurts news coverage.
Conference delegates will hear from President Bush on Friday and
Presidential candidate John Kerry on Thursday. They’ll be
able to ask the candidates questions that directly relate to Native
peoples. What does it take to be a Native
journalist? How can you help your local news outlets improve
their coverage of Native people and issues? Guests include Lucky
Frejo, Pawnee/Seminole, Production Assistant, KOKH
Fox 25, Oklahoma City, OK; Brian Bull, Nez Perce, Assistant
News Director, Wisconsin Public Radio;
and Derrick Henry, Navajo, Internet News Manager, Newsday.com
Western Shoshone Defense Project:
On July 7th President Bush signed into law the Western Shoshone
Distribution bill. It will provide $145 Million dollars to the
Western Shoshone tribe for 24 million acres of the tribe’s
aboriginal lands in Nevada, Utah, California and Idaho. This is
land the tribe lays claim to under the Ruby Valley Treaty of 1863
and they don’t want to accept the money. Tribal leaders
vow to continue their land claim battle. What does the passage
of the bill mean for the Western Shoshones future? Guests include
Carrie Dann,Western Shoshone/ Western
Shoshone Defense Council, Elwood Mose/Te-Moak Western Tribe
of Western Shoshone, and Jerry Millett/ Chairman of the Duckwater
Shoshone Tribal Council.
5 - Breastfeeding
This week around the world the benefits of breastfeeding are being
celebrated. According to the World Breastfeeding Week website,
on average just 39% of babies globally are breastfed. So this
year the World Breastfeeding Week is promoting breastfeeding saying
its safe, sound and sustainable. Are Native women nursing their
children? Are more Native women turning to formula? Guest are
Lorelei Anderson, Cheyenne River Sioux and a RN/Breastfeeding
Coordinator, Sharon Jimenez, RN/Lactation Consultant, and Terra
Rasmussen ,Assinabone Sioux/-stay-at-home mom.
6 - Trading
Trust Land for Business:
It takes money to make money. That’s often a barrier for
tribes when it comes to economic development. The primary stumbling
point seems to be lack of collateral in securing large loans to
finance business ventures. There is a proposal being suggested
that would allow tribes to sell or cash in some trust lands to
raise cash and stimulate tribal economies. Is this a reasonable
idea? Should tribes really consider selling lands for money in
the name of development for the future? Guests include Chester
Carl/ Chairman of the American
Indian Housing Council, and Ben Sherman, Lakota/ President
of the Western American
August 9 - Getting A Shot To Prevent Getting Sick:
Indian Country, parents and children are preparing for another
school year. This means new school clothes and supplies. It also
means that annoying, but very important issue of childhood immunizations.
States and schools require all children attending school be up
to date on their immunizations. Failure to comply can mean exclusion
from the classroom. But immunizations aren’t limited to
schoolchildren; college students moving into dorms are required
to be immunized. Yet, with reports outlining the benefits of immunizations,
some parents refuse to get their child to get their shot. They
say the risks of potential health problems and learning disabilities
outweigh the possible benefits. Are their risks in getting immunized?
Guests include Dr. Janice Hickson/Oklahoma Indian Health Clinic.
10 - Historical
Trauma And Contemporary Diatribes:
Indigenous peoples remember certain historical events, when it
was the Natives who came out on top. In the Southwest, there’s
a historical account of an event that happened more that 300 years
ago. During the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, pueblo tribes in New Mexico
worked collaboratively to expel Spanish colonists who enslaved
and oppressed them. Three centuries later, there remain racial
tensions that stem from the interpretation of the event. Natives
see it one way and Hispanic descendents see it another. Today,
tensions have caused an event to be altered over the interpretation
of the Revolt. Why is it that historical trauma can polarize diverse
communities? Are we ready for the truth in history, even if it
puts one side in a bad light? Can’t we just all get along?
Guests are University of New Mexico Professor Ted Jojola. Arturo
Sandoval of VOCES of New Mexico.
Be A Member Of An Indian Tribe!:
If you want a catfight, begin a discussion of tribal membership.
This has always been a complicated and tumultuous issue across
Indian Country. Today, with tribal monetary distributions connected
to casino revenue, it is even more heated. There’ve been
instances where a tribe banished members or required them to prove
that they were members of the tribe. Recently a U.S. District
Judge agreed to hear a case involving two native women who were
banished from their tribe. They believe the tribe violated their
civil rights. Tribes are concerned that court involvement could
erode tribal sovereignty. But what recourse is there for individuals
who’ve been banished? Who decides who’s Native? Guests
Vollmann, a private practice attorney, and Patrick Guillory,
12 - Native
in the Spotlight: Virgil Ortiz: (Listen
Cochiti Pueblo artist, Virgil Ortiz, grew up making pottery
with his family in their New Mexico village. Today his pots transend
traditional designs as he puts his own twists on an ancient art.
Ortiz is also going beyond pottery by putting his unique designs
on a line of clothing for well-known fashion designer Donna Karan.
Their collaboration has resulted in one of Donna Karan's most
successful Spring lines. This month he will unveil a new line
of handbags featuring his designs at the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Virgil Ortiz is our Native
in the Spotlight. Join us as we take a look into his world of
traditional art and modern adventures.
(Listen in RealAudio
A black cat dashes across your path, you step on a crack and break
your mother's back, or you find a four leaf clover that brings
you good luck. Have you ever experienced any of these things before?
Does it make your heark skip a beat? What kinds of taboos does
your tribe have? Are your dreams trying to tell you something?
Join us and our native mystery guest on this Friday the 13th.
August 16 - The Strength of a Woman:
Quite a few Native peoples come from matriarchal societies. Clan
systems governed by women are not uncommon either. Through the
generations, certain traditions, ceremonies, and the family structure
have endured the test of time because of obedience and respect
for the role of the woman. In today’s society women are
often the centering force of the family, ensuring the family unit
survives. What examples do you have of your tribe’s dependence
on the strength of a woman? Guests include Katherine Gottlieb/Family
Wellness Warriors Initiative and Linda Ross/Family Wellness Warriors
17 - Lights!
Camera! Action! Native Cinema Showcase: (Listen
These aren’t your grandfather’s cowboy and Indian
movies! More and more Native writers, filmmakers, and directors
are claiming the limelight of the silver screen. The fruits of
their labor will be featured at the Native
Cinema Showcase. For one week, a broad spectrum of films directed,
produced and portraying Natives, by Natives, will be available
to the public. Who are some of these up and coming filmmakers?
How are they portraying Native people and issues to the public?
Invited guests include Conroy Chino/Producer, Annie Henry Frazier/Writer-Director,
Yvonne Russo/Director Akatubi
Film/ Music Academy, Filmmakers Vincent Blackhawk, Tazbah
Chavez, and Beverly Morris.
Olympics: Past, Present & Future:
The Summer Olympics are well underway in Athens, Greece but who
are the Indigenous and Aboriginal athletes competing in the games?
Who are the Native folks who have made it to past Olympics? What
sports fields do they tend to excel in? We’ve heard about
Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills, but do you know who Lewis Tewanima,
is and which Olympics he ran in decades ago? What about the future
participation in the Olympics by Native athletes? Who’s
in training and getting ready today for games in the future? Guests
include Brandon Leslie, Navajo/ long-distance runner and Olympic
hopeful and Bonnie Talakte, Hopi/ Lewis Tewanima Foundation Board
19 - Nukes
in Skull Valley:
Utah’s Skull Valley Band of Goshutes is one step closer
to storing spent nuclear fuel rods on their reservation. The 10th
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Utah erred in enacting laws
they hoped would block the project. The state vows to keep fighting
against the proposed nuclear waste site. Private Fuel Storage
(PFS) and the Goshutes are in Washington, D.C. this week hoping
to get their federal license approved from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission. If they are successful, the tribe could begin storing
waste on 100 acres of their land as soon as 2007. Guests include
Margene Bullcreek, Goshute Shoshone/ Resident of Skull Valley.
Music Maker of the Month: Joy Harjo:
Long-time poet and sassy musician Joy
Harjo is releasing her first CD in six years. The girl who
grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and who attended the Institute of American
Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico now makes her home in Hawaii.
But she’s not forgetting home and her roots in this CD that
blends her Muskogee tribal music with jazz and rock. “Native
Joy for Real,” features song-chant-jazz-tribal fusion. As
her promotional material states, you can sing, dance, cry and
even laugh to her music. Joy Harjo is our Music Maker of the Month.
August 23- Wanted: School Nurses:
It takes a lot of preparation to get ready for the start of a
new school year. Kids need new clothes, books, and supplies and
principals need new teachers, books and supplies. But what’s
often missing in most reservation schools is a nurse. States may
require public schools to have a nurse on staff but that’s
not the case when it comes to BIA schools. How does this affect
Native students? What happens when a school nurse is unavailable
to treat ill students? Guests include Edward Parisian, Director
of the Office of Indian Education.
24 - Rez-nomics:
Some say money makes the world go round. Try living on an Indian
reservation, where for most people the world isn’t moving
very fast. The high unemployment rate and lack of jobs are forcing
people to become a little creative in how they make money. Often
it’s as simple as parking your car, dropping the tailgate
and voila, you’re open for business. It’s a cash economy
with no middle-man. Join us for our discussion on rez-nomics and
how money is made on tribal lands. Guests to be announced.
Book of the Month: “Rock,
Ghost, Willow Deer”:
What is it like to be of mixed heritage? How do you identify yourself?
These are issues Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes about in her
Ghost, Willow, Deer.” The title refers to the revelations
she has found through her trials in life. Hedge Coke is a writer
but also a teacher and has worked with incarcerated teens encouraging
them to write away their pain and fear. She’s also given
voice to Native students coming to grips with the aftermath of
9-11. Survival, pure and simple is the message in her latest book.
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is our guest author for our Book of
the Month show.
26 - Sacred
Tobacco, Up in Smoke?:
The traditional use of tobacco among many Native peoples is one
of spirituality, connecting with the Creator in ceremonies. In
some tribes only select people are allowed to smoke. But today,
lots of people smoke outside of ceremonies. Commercial tobacco
is everywhere and there are a lot of health issues that come from
the regular use of tobacco. Has the traditional use of tobacco
been abandoned? How do Native people reconcile their recreational
use of tobacco and the traditional purpose of tobacco? Guests
to be announced.
Water is an integral component to all life on Mother Earth. Native
cultures have long recognized and respected this spiritual connection.
As other cultures and societies have flourished the idea of water
“rights” have taken hold. But where is the responsibility
when it comes to taking care of our water? Some tribes are trying
to reinstate their traditional beliefs about water. Should water
quality and quantity be a human rights issue? Guests include Lee
Stephans, Second Chief, Native Village of Eklutna and Elwood Corbine/Mni
Sose Intertribal Water Rights Commission.
August 30- Natives at the RNC:
New York City is the site of the Republican National Convention
taking place this week in the Big Apple. According to the RNC
website, this convention will have the most diverse group of delegates
in the party’s history. It goes on to say since the 2000
convention the RNC has seen a 70% increase among its minority
delegates. So, how will the Native delegates fit in to this convention?
What will they be asking the RNC to consider when it comes to
Native issues and the Presidential election? Guests are John Gonzalez,
NM Delegate from the San Ildefonso Pueblo, and Arizona Delegate,
Dan Lewis, Navajo.
31 - Homeless
Losing a home can impact a family in so many ways. When it comes
to children who are homeless, staying in school can become much
more challenging. Where can homeless families turn for help to
make sure their children are properly educated? Schools geared
toward homeless students do exist around the country. Discover
how these schools are meeting the needs of our homeless native
youth. Guests are Arlie Neskahi/Youth Services Manager for United
Indians for All Tribes Foundation, Dr. John Derby, Supervisor
for the homeless program at the Sioux
Falls School District, and Eranalee Phelps, Director of Public
Relations for the Thomas
J. Pappas Schools.
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