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Monday, March 1 - Current Events: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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:
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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.

Wednesday, March 3 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, March 4 - The Indigenous Oscars:
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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 Roscoe Pond.

Friday, March 5 - Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race:
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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 Akiak.

Monday, March 8 - Native AmeriCorps:
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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 Navajo Nation AmeriCorps.

Tuesday, March 9 - Saving the San Francisco Peaks:
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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.

Wednesday, March 10 - Schizophrenia:
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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.

Thursday, March 11 - Reorganizing the BIA:
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Efforts 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.

Friday, March 12 - Indian in the Spotlight: Lisa Tiger:
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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 woman.

Monday, March 15 - Women & the White House:
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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 Asetoyer/Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center.

Tuesday, March 16 - Skyrocketing Tribal Attorney Fees:
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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.

Wednesday, March 17 - Effective Strategies for Community Change: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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 Wellness Institute.

Thursday, March 18 - Please Do Not Touch the Indians:
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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:
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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.

Monday, March 22 - Music Maker: Lucie Idlout
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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 a Village:
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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.

Wednesday, March 24 - Hiring the Handicapped: ENCORE PRESENTATION (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, March 25 - Paying for Political Pull
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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:
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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.

Monday, March 29 - Seward’s Day: From the Native Perspective: (Listen in RealAudio…)
In 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 in RealAudio…)
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.

Wednesday, March 31 - Book of the Month: Indigenous American Women: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.' Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism is our Book of The Month. Guest is Devon Abbot Mihesuah/scholar,professor Northern Arizona University.

Thursday, April 1 - Rez Dogs Gone Wild:
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According 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 best friend?

Friday, April 2 - Black Hills Still Not For Sale:
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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.

Monday, April 5 - Current Events:
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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 Training Academy.

Tuesday, April 6 - Who’s Responsible For Public Health?
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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.

Wednesday, April 7 - National Indian Gaming Commission:(Listen in RealAudio…)
There 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 Nation.

Thursday, April 8 - The Leech and the Earthworm:
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Taking its name from a folktale about a deadly lie, the documentary film ‘The 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.

Friday, April 9 - Honoring Oñate?:
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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.

Monday, April 12 - ENCORE: Change by Consent or Conflict?:
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Native 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?

Tuesday, April 13 - Give Peace A Chance:
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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 Run Alaska.

Wednesday, April 14 - Sand Creek Massacre Memorial:
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In 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?

Thursday, April 15 - Indian In The Spotlight: Floyd Red Crow Westerman:(Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Friday, April 16 - Do You Believe in UFO’s and Bigfoot:
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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. Vogel Study.

Monday, April 19 -
Alcohol Poisoning of Native Students:
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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 in RealAudio…)
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.

Wednesday, April 21 - Gathering of Stations:
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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 group.

Thursday, April 22 - Building Up Indian Country:
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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.

Friday, April 23 - Why Is My Child Different?
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Parents 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.

Monday, April 26 - The Psychology Of The Warrior Spirit:
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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:
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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.

Wednesday, April 28 - Book Of The Month: Mike and a Lynx Called Kitty:(Listen in RealAudio…)
Growing 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, Mike 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.

Thursday, April 29 - Putting On The Green In Indian Country:(Listen in RealAudio…)
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 conservation.

Friday, April 30 - Family Spirit: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Monday, May 3 - Current Events April 2004:
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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 in RealAudio…)

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.

Wednesday, May 5 - Summer Camps for Native Youth:
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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.

Thursday, May 6 -My Aching Back:
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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.

Friday, May 7 - Incarcerated Moms:
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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 in jail?

Monday, May 10 - Are Native People Racist?:
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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 in RealAudio…)

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

Wednesday, May 12 - Help America Vote Act: Does It Really Help?: (Listen in RealAudio…)
After 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 Forum:
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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.

Friday, May 14 - Indian In The Spotlight: Beverly Singer:
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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 -
Foster Care & Indian Childern:
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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:
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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 group Eyabay.

Wednesday, May 19 - Indians on Iraq:
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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?:
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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.

Friday, May 21 - Visiting Indian Country:
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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.

Monday, May 24 - Victories in Indian Country:
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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 of Eureka.

Tuesday, May 25 - Learned Helplessness And Historical Trauma?: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Wednesday, May 26 - Countdown to the NMAI Opening:
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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.

Thursday, May 27 - Book of the Month: Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts:
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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.

Friday, May 28 - Formal Apology For The U.S. Government: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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 guest host.

Monday, May 31 -Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial:
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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 Wall Foundation.

Tuesday, June 1 - Stinky Fish Plans:
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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
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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 Gas Prices:
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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 the Blackfeet Utilities Commission, and Roy Agloinga, Mayor of the City of White Mountian, Alaska.

Friday, June 4 - Amnesty for Artifact Thieves:
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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.
Guests include Wayne Taylor, Hopi Tribal Chairman.

Monday, June 7 - Current Events: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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?

Tuesday, June 8 - Developing on the Dead:
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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:
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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 in RealAudio…)
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 under Reagan.

Friday, June 11 - Forgiving our Fathers:
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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.

Monday, June 14 - Global Warming; Who’s The Real Loser?: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Tuesday, June 15 - Obesity: The Native Factor:
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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
- Developing Future Leaders:
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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 American 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 in RealAudio…)
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.

Friday, June 18 - Music Maker Edition: Steve Williams:
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Steve 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 Awards.

Monday, June 21 - Summer Solstice:
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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 in RealAudio…)
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 of Cholecystitis:
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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.

Friday, June 25 - Ganging Up on Indian Country:
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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 Officer.

Monday, June 28 - Firefighters on Forest Fires:
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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 Now!:
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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 Antoon, Arabic Instructor at Dartmouth College, and Ibrahim Kazerooni, Iman at the Islamic Center in Denver, Co.

Wednesday, June 30
- Book of the Month: Ojibwa Warrior: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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:
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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.

Friday, July 2 - Facts on Fireworks:
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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?

Monday, July 5 - Totem Pole Carvers:
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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:
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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
- Voting Felons:
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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 Native Style:
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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 Whish/ Wichita.

Friday, July 9 - Status Report on the International Treaty Council: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Monday, July 12 - The J. & J. Ticket:
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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:
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An interim 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:
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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:
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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.

Friday, July 16 - Healthy Eating With Traditional Native Foods: (Listen in RealAudio…)
It’s 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.

Monday, July 19 - Native in the Spotlight: Wayne Cody:
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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:
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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
- Horse Therapy:
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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 Indian Olympics:
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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.

Friday, July 23 - Pacific Arts: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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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.

Monday, July 26 - Kennewick Man: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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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 in RealAudio…)
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: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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:
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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 Deaf Council.

Friday, July 30 -
Native Bikers: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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 Rolling Thunder Four Corners Chapter.

Monday, August 2 - Current Events:
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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 Island?

Tuesday, August 3 - Unity Journalists Convention:
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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,

Wednesday, August 4
- Western Shoshone Defense Project: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Thursday, August 5 - Breastfeeding Benefits:
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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.

Friday, August 6 - Trading Trust Land for Business:
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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 Indian Chamber.

Monday, August 9 - Getting A Shot To Prevent Getting Sick: (Listen in RealAudio…)
Across 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.

Tuesday, August 10 -
Historical Trauma And Contemporary Diatribes: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Wednesday, August 11
- Be A Member Of An Indian Tribe!: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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 are Tim Vollmann, a private practice attorney, and Patrick Guillory, JustAdvocates attorney.

Thursday, August 12 - Native in the Spotlight: Virgil Ortiz: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Friday, August 13 - Superstitions: (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.

Monday, August 16 - The Strength of a Woman:
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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 Initiative.

Tuesday, August 17 - Lights! Camera! Action! Native Cinema Showcase: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Wednesday, August 18
- Olympics: Past, Present & Future: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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 Member.

Thursday, August 19 - Nukes in Skull Valley:
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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.

Friday, August 20 - Music Maker of the Month: Joy Harjo: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Monday, August 23- Wanted: School Nurses:
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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.

Tuesday, August 24 - Rez-nomics: (Listen in RealAudio…)
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.

Wednesday, August 25
- 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 book, “Rock, 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.

Thursday, August 26 - Sacred Tobacco, Up in Smoke?:
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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.

Friday, August 27 - Sacred Rain:
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.

Monday, August 30- Natives at the RNC:
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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.

Tuesday, August 31 - Homeless Schools:
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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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