January 1 - Native Inspiration in the New Year:
Do you start each New Year trying to have a good outlook on life?
Well, have you ever considered your Native heritage as a way to
get the best grip on 2007? Whether it’s storied words or
easy reminders of traditional thought, Native inspiration is where
many Natives turn to balance their life. Which Native pillars
of inspiration do you turn to in order to get yourself motivated?
Guests are Carrie Koenig (Inupiaq) Alaska Eldercare Giver, Brian
Frejo (Pawnee/Seminole) Culture
Shock Camp, D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas (Odawa) Success Coach/ Native
Discovery, and Jeri
Brunoe (Wasco- Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) Youth
Trainer and Performing Artist.
Tuesday, January 2 - Current Events:
Ring in the New Year by being on top of all the things happening
in Native America! We have an event featuring free training for
parents of Native children with disabilities to tell you about.
There’s also an event featuring Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe) that
might pique your interest. A Native American Day is happening
at one of our state capitols and we have some special information
pertaining to Native Americans at the Sundance Film Festival.
Don't miss your chance to tell everybody about your upcoming event!
Wednesday, January 3 - Indian Preference:
Indian preference laws that allow the Bureau of Indian Affairs
and the Indian Health Service, as well as tribes and village corporations,
to hire qualified Native people before considering other qualified
applicants are being challenged. Supporters of the laws say they
are necessary to promote the self-determination of tribal governments
and Native people and should be kept intact. Opponents say the
laws are discriminatory and incompatible with equal rights laws.
Should laws that provide Indian preference be strengthened or
repealed? Guests are Thomas Bird Bear (Three Affiliated Tribes – Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) of the Office
of the Special Trustee for American Indians and Lucy Simpson
(Navajo) Attorney/ Indian
Law Resource Center.
Thursday, January 4 - Stepping Out
Homelessness is an issue many Native urban and rural communities
face. For many Natives, homelessness is something that can be
overcome. With the help of their families and community services
Natives who have been homeless are finding their way out. Some
community institutions have provided an alternative to the street
so that Natives can have a better opportunity to deal with dependency
issues, as well as find jobs. Has your community taken on the
challenge of ending homelessness? How do we help a family or tribal
member get back on their feet? Guests are Peter Sackaney (First
Nation Cree) Traditional Councilor/ Anishnawbe
Health Toronto and Gordon Thayer (Lac Courte Oreilles Band
of Lake Superior Ojibwa) Executive Director and Co-Founder/ American
Indian Community Development Corporation.
January 5 - Celebrating 20 Years of National
For 20 years people across the country have tuned in to National
Native News to keep informed on issues important to Native
America. The program has, at times, been under funded, understaffed
and under appreciated, but that hasn’t kept NNN from sending
out the news to more than 100 stations for two decades. Why is
a daily radio news show about American Indians and Alaska Natives
so important? What was the idea behind the genesis of the daily
newscast and what have been the keys to its success? Guests include
Diane Kaplan, Executive Director of the Rasmuson Foundation and
one of the catalysts for getting National Native News on the airwaves,
and Antonia Gonzales (Navajo) Host/ Producer of National Native
January 8: Alter-Native Energy:
A growing trend across North America is tribes, villages, and
aboriginal corporations developing alternative energy sources
such as solar power, wind-energy and biofuels. These projects
are in response to the need for North America to become less dependent
on foreign energy sources. Another goal, perhaps even more important,
is to boost the economies and create jobs on and near tribal lands.
Is the creation of alternative energy in Native America a key
to North America’s energy independence? Guests are David
Melton (Laguna Pueblo) Principal/ Sacred
Power Corp., Matt Misra, team member of the First
Nations Ethanol Development Corporation and Steve Many Deeds
(Standing Rock Sioux) Division Chief/ BIA
Division of Energy and Mineral Resources.
January 9: Cutting and Creating Life Scars:
presence of a scar usually signifies the healing of a wound but,
for some it is a sign that the pain has just begun. For the people
who use a form of self injury called cutting,
it is an unhealthy way to deal with strong emotions and overwhelming
events. Often the person self inflicts the cuts or scratches on
their wrists, arms, legs and bellies and then conceals them. Others
use cutting as a way to call attention to themselves. What happens
when it becomes addictive? Has the recent buzz about cutting,
turned it into a fad or the new cool thing to do among youth?
Our guest is Patricia Ogren, Superintendent/ Southern Oaks Girls
School in Wisconsin.
January 10: Native Images and Symbols:
If you had to draw a picture of a Native American,
and you had to make it unmistakably Native American, what would
he or she look like? What kinds of clothes would they be wearing?
Would you put a feather in his or her hair? Do Native artists
properly use Native symbols when they include them in the art
they sell to make a living? We know non-Natives misuse and appropriate
our symbols all of the time, but do Native people ourselves sometimes
misuse Native images and symbols? What’s the difference
between a negative stereotype and our own use of the same imagery?
Guests are Skawennati Tricia Fragnito (Mohawk) Native artist and
R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo
& Ute) Musician.
January 11: Earth Keepers:
centuries, even millennia, indigenous people of the Americas built
earthen mounds, and most famously up and down the Mississippi
Valley. Recently, an organization called EarthKeepers held a successful
"Sacred Sites Run" from Native-made mounds in Tennessee
to mounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their runners carried a handful
of soil in a pouch, along with a staff across the route to bring
attention to the sacredness of these shrines. Who were the people
who built these ancient mounds and what meaning do they have for
Native people today? Guests are Ben Yahola of the Muscogee Creek
Nation, Run Coordinator of the EarthKeepers
and landscape historian Lance Foster
of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas.
January 12: Music Maker: Paula Nelson
Nelson of the Eastern Band of Cherokee has released two CD’s
within the last year. The lyrics for the album “Project
Songbird” are recorded entirely in Cherokee and includes
the Cherokee national anthem. The other CD is called “C.H.A.N.T.
– Cherokee Hope and New Traditions” and includes new
songs sung in the Cherokee language, with only a few words spoken
in English. Both CD’s include the signature song “Everybody
Indian Dance” which is destined to become a favorite in
Indian Country. Join us for our Music Maker edition featuring
January 15 : Tribes vs. United States :
Native American Rights Fund,
on behalf of more than 250 American Indian tribes, filed a class
action lawsuit against the federal government seeking full and
complete accountings of hundreds of tribal accounts worth billions
of dollars. The accounts are held in trust by the U.S. Department
of Interior and funds come from tribal natural resources, court
judgments and income from investments. NARF and the tribes claim
the government has grossly mismanaged the accounts. Can the government
be trusted? Guests are NARF Executive Director John Echohawk of
the Pawnee Nation, and Nez
Perce Chairwoman Rebecca Miles.
January 16 : Prez on the Rez :
the next President of the United States came to your reservation,
what would you like to ask him or her? Would it be along the lines
of healthcare, education or employment? The possibility of the
next President coming to your tribal community may seem far-fetched
but it could be a reality for one tribe in late summer. A group
called INDN’s List
will select one tribe to host a historic Presidential Forum on
Indian Issues with the contenders for the Democratic Presidential
nomination. Do you want the Prez on your rez? Guests are Kalyn
Free of the Choctaw Nation and founder of INDN’s List and
Frank LaMere of the Winnebago Tribe who is a long time member
of the Democratic
National Committee and chair of the Native American Advisory
Committee of the DNC.
January 17 : Banishment from Tribal Lands
to European contact, many tribes practiced a form of banishment
for members who broke tribal laws or customs. With the growing
drug problem, tribes are banishing non-natives from tribal land
who participate in the illegal drug trade. One Alaska Native village
successfully banished a member for alcohol-fueled violence against
other members. Do you support banishment against tribal members
for drugs or violence? Does the threat of banishment make people
think twice? Guests are Rochanne Downs, Vice-Chair of the Fallon
Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and Tito
Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo who was banished from Taos Pueblo.
January 18 : Wiping Away the Tears :
Buildings that once created harsh memories for
Native people are getting a makeover. Structures like boarding
schools and Indian hospitals where cruel incidents of abuse and
assimilation were common are seeking new legacies. Instead of
holding onto the bad memories, Native people are wiping away the
tears by turning these places into hubs that strengthen and heal
their communities. Can revamping institutions aimed at bringing
down Native culture build it back up? Guests are Dawna Hare, Executive
Director of the Pawnee
Nation and Charles Clement, a Tsimshian and Athabascan who
is Vice President of Operations for the Southcentral
January 19 : To Rez or Not To Rez :
Whether or not to live on an American Indian reservation or in
an Alaska Native village is a choice many Native people have to
make at some point in their lives. Often times, young people are
not given an option where they live, but as they grow up the pressure
to make a decision is heightened. What are the advantages and
disadvantages of moving away or staying on the rez? Comments from
Spokane writer Sherman Alexie, Nez Perce journalist Hattie Kauffman
and Blackfeet banker Eloise Cobell will serve as the impetus for
January 22 : Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border:
flow of millions of Mexican immigrants into the U.S. is weighing
heavy on the decision makers of both countries. The people crossing
the border are looking for a slice of the American Dream, largely
because there is little economic opportunity in their own country.
At the moment, funding for the proposed U.S.-Mexico Wall is likely
to be denied by the new U.S. Congress. What responsibility does
the Mexican government have to their people who are fleeing the
country, and to the U.S.? Our guest is Mike Wilson (Tohono O'odham)
Human Rights Activist.
January 23 : Sundance Native Forum:
Film Festival is holding a weeklong forum pertaining to Native
and Indigenous filmmakers. The 2007 Native Forum has a host of
events ranging from panel discussions, workshops, receptions and
socials to film competitions for dramas and shorts. Do Native
filmmakers have a responsibility to their tribal communities or
to their own personal vision first? Guests include Billy
Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo) director of the film "Miss
Harjo (Creek/Seminole) director of "Four Sheets to the
Wind" and Nanobah
Becker (Dine) Director of "Conversion."
January 24 : Male Menopause:
we age, our body changes and so do our hormones. Contrary to the
assumption that "the change" only happens to women,
men also experience changes similar to women’s menopause
as they get older. One condition is called Adrenopause in which
men experience a change in hormonal, physiological and chemical
changes. At what age should men be ready for these changes, and
does this mean men should expect hot flashes? Guests are Dr. Charles
Rhodes, Diabetes Consultant for the Phoenix
Area Indian Health Service and Dr. Joseph Calac (Pauma Band
of Luiseno Indians) Medical Director/ Indian
Health Council in California.
January 25 : State of Indian Nations:
1944, the National Congress of
American Indians set up shop in our nation’s capital
to lobby for Native rights through the enlightenment of both the
general public and Congress. More than sixty years later, NCAI
President Joe Garcia of Ohkay Owingeh will deliver the 5th annual
State of Indian Nations Address from the National Press Club in
Washington, D.C. (You can listen live to the speech at 12 noon
eastern time at www.nv1.org). Does NCAI’s agenda represent
Native America’s needs? Guest analysts include Suzan Harjo
of the Cheyenne and Muscogee Nations, and columnist for Indian
Country Today newspaper and Joe Orozco, Station Manager for KIDE
in Hoopa, California.
January 26 : Native in the Spotlight:
FireCloud, a Lakota from Rosebud, has been named Superintendent
of Devils Tower National Monument
in Wyoming. She is the first Native woman to fill this position.
The monolith rises nearly a quarter-mile from its base and is
noted for its use in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
It is a significant and sacred site for tribes across the Northern
Plains, many of whom refer to it as Bears Lodge. How will having
an American Indian as Superintendent change the complexion of
America’s first national monument?
January 29: The Women Are Drumming:
women sit and sing at the pow wow drum their voices resonate through
anyone in hearing range. Not only does their sound bring attention,
so does their mere presence at the drum. How are differing beliefs
and traditions translated when it comes to women and the drum?
Are women drum groups an extension of the debate over gender equality
or are they a revival of lost traditions? What happens when the
inspiration to drum and sing conflicts with tradition? Guests
are Michon Eben (Paiute & Shoshone) a member of the drum group
Symonevich (Abenaki) founding member and drum keeper of Red
Hawk Medicine Drum group and Mel Charlton-Smith (Cherokee)
a founding member of Mother
January 30: Peltier’s New Appeal:
many people across the U.S. and throughout the world, and especially
Native people, Leonard
Peltier is a political prisoner and stands as a symbol of
the injustice and the oppression indigenous people have suffered
at the hands of colonizers. Others believe Peltier is a murderous
thug and represents all that was wrong with the American Indian
Movement in the early 70’s. Peltier’s lawyer recently
filed a new appeal on his behalf in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Free Peltier? Or keep him behind bars? Our Guest is Barry Bachrach,
attorney for Leonard Peltier.
January 31: Book of the Month:
Left Behind" is a sad story of a nation’s best
intentions gone awry. Tim Giago’s personal accounts reveal
an untold tragedy of abuse of helpless children by those who had
the responsibility to protect them. To fully understand the calamity,
you need only to visit the graveyards of the old boarding schools
and see the hundreds of graves of Indian children who did not
survive the misguided assimilation efforts,” writes Richard
B. Williams, President of the American Indian College Fund. Join
our conversation with Tim Giago (Oglala Lakota), our Book of the
Month author for January.
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Thursday, February 1: Tax Help for
Being able to keep more of your money at tax time is the goal
of most taxpayers. But many Native people are missing some of
the tax credits they are entitled to. For example, the IRS estimates
that up to 25-percent of the eligible low to moderate income earners
are not filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit. And last year,
over $7.6 billion went unclaimed by families who could really
use this additional income. Are you getting your full refund?
Guests are Elsie Meeks (Oglala Lakota) Executive Director of the
First Nations Oweesta Corporation and Linda Cortez, Director of
the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program with the Ysleta Del
February 2: Offshore Drilling in Alaska:
this month President Bush executed his presidential authority
to remove protection of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from offshore
oil and gas development. This will allow drilling in an area described
as one of the nation’s most important subsistence use areas.
What does this change mean for Natives who depend on the North
Aleutian Basin for their way of life? What does this mean in terms
of economic development in the area? How does this authorization
fit in to Bush’s push to curb U.S. consumption of foreign
oil? Guests include Aleut fisherman Norman Anderson of Nak Nek,
a member of the REDOIL network.
February 5 – Minimum Wage:
minimum wage of $5.15 an hour set by the U.S. government has not
increased in a decade. The U.S. House voted to increase the minimum
wage to $7.25 by 2009, and the Senate voted for the same increase
with tax breaks for small businesses and tax increases for millionaires
in their version. Both states and tribes have taken it upon themselves
to raise the pay for their employees. Will raising the minimum
wage lift America’s working poor out of poverty? Will it
force small businesses to lay off workers or shut down? Guests
include Scott Paisano, Lt. Governor of Sandia Pueblo.
February 6 – Current Events:
Office of National Drug Control Policy has funds for tribes to
fight substance abuse. Navajos are still protesting the Desert
Rock Power Plant near Shiprock, New Mexico. The South Central
Foundation in Alaska is celebrating 25 years of family wellness.
A conference honoring Spiderwoman Theater and Native American
theater will be held in Ohio. And Native American finance professionals
will gather in Las Vegas. Don’t forget our monthly presentation
of social gatherings, pow wows and parties. Call in if you have
an event you’d like to promote over the airwaves.
February 7 – Hualapai Skywalk:
you ever wanted to walk on air? Next month visitors of the Hualapai
reservation in Arizona will have the opportunity to simulate what
it feels like to walk on air on the tribe’s new Skywalk.
A glass-bottom observation deck extending from the Grand Canyon
and resting 4,000 feet above the Colorado River will open to the
public in March. Supporters say the Skywalk will provide a much
needed boost to the tribal economy by drawing tourists. Others
are worried the project is disturbing sacred ground. Guests include
Chairman Charles Vaughn of the Haulapai Tribe.
February 8 – Klamath River Dams:
one time, the Klamath River was the west coast's third most productive
river basin for salmon. But dams installed by hydropower companies
have severely affected the salmon runs. The Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission recently re-licensed PacifiCorp, owner of the Klamath
dams, but with expensive conditions. Tribal leaders, environmentalists
and fishermen are calling it a victory, pointing out it will cost
more to install the mandated fishways and ladders then it will
to remove the dams. Will the dams come down? Guests include Craig
Tucker, Klamath Coordinator for the Karuk Tribe and Troy Fletcher
of the Yurok Tribe.
February 9 – Elder Abuse:
the methamphetamine epidemic spreads across Indian Country, reports
of elder abuse are on the rise. In some cases, elders are having
their retirement checks and supplementary tribal checks stolen
by relatives addicted to meth and other drugs. Tribal officials
across the nation are putting together infrastructures designed
to protect the welfare of our grandmothers and grandfathers. Whatever
happened to respecting our elders? Guests include Wilson Wewa
(Northern Paiute) Team Leader with the Warm Springs Reservation
February 12 – Music Maker:
the winner is… The Grammy’s
will announce this year’s Best Native American Album on
Sunday, Feb. 11 and we will get the word out to and present the
winner to Indian Country the very next day. The nominees include
Black Eagle for Voice
of the Drum; Robert Tree Cody & Will Clipman for Heart of
the Wind; Jana for American
Indian Story; Northern Cree & Friends for Long Winter Nights;
and Mary Youngblood
for Dance With the Wind. Our guest is Mary Youngblood, winner
of the 2007 Grammy for Best Native American Album.
February 13 – Pumping Life Into Your Heart:
Day cards and decorations remind us of the heart. From birth,
we are all given one heart to take care of and nurture. If kept
healthy, the heart can give back a vigorous and full life. If
not, you could be shortchanged. What should you know to keep your
heart working at its optimum? What are the different types of
heart problems to be on the alert for? And what are the symptoms
that might cause concern for heart disease? Guests are Dr. Beth
Malaskey, a cardiologist with the Native
American Cardiology Program, and Phyllis Sanderson, NACP’s
cultural liaison from the Navajo Nation.
February 14 – Snaggin’ on the Net:
Valentines Day! In honor of Cupid, the Roman god of erotic love,
we’re going to take a look at how many Natives are finding
dates on the internet! Sites like e-snag.com
and gay-snag.com are offering a host of new opportunities for
Natives looking for relationships. What are the benefits and drawbacks
of putting your profile online? Should Native people only date
other Native people? Can you remain an anonymous Romeo or Juliet
in Indian Country? Are you looking for love in all the right places?
Guests are David Underwood, owner of e-snag.com and Cheryl Miller
(Cayuga 6 Nations) e-snag user.
February 15 – Urban Indian Health Cuts:
the second straight year the Bush Administration is calling for
elimination of Urban
Indian Health Program (known as Title V) funding in their
annual budget. The White House claims that Native health needs
in urban areas could be met by state, federal and community health
programs and that funding urban Indian health programs separately
is not needed. With nearly 2 out of every 3 Natives now living
in so-called urban areas, what affect could this have on the overall
health of Native people? Invited guests include Geoffrey Roth,
Executive Director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.
February 16 – Native Civil Rights in ‘07:
Peratrovich Day is an important state holiday for Alaskans, and
all Americans, to recall the life of one of their own who believed
in and fought for civil rights. As Alaska Natives remember this
important figure in their state’s history, how does the
rest of Native America feel about civil rights for Natives? Have
we arrived at our destination, or do we still have a long way
to go when it comes to achieving equality? Has your tribe adopted
its own version of the Indian
Civil Rights Act? Invited guests include Blair Paul, whose
Tlingit grandfather, William Paul, Sr., championed Native voting
rights in Alaska.
February 19 – Mardi Gras Indians Go Marching In:
thousands pour into the city of New Orleans for the annual Mardi
Gras celebration this week, several groups will bring Native American
influence and flair to the forefront. For many decades so-called
Mardi Gras Indians, primarily of African American descent, gather
during this time of year adorned in elaborate costumes. Led by
their Big Chief, tribes from different parts of the city move
through the masses celebrating with dance and song. What are the
origins of Mardi Gras Indians? Guests are Chief
Monk Boudreaux, Mardi Gras Indian Chief of the Golden Eagle
tribe, and Brenda Dardar Robichaux Principal Chief of the United
February 20 – See Baby Drink:
Alcohol Syndrome is the leading known preventable cause of
mental retardation and birth defects. It affects one-in-100 live
births. When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol so does her baby.
Alcohol passes through the placenta right into a developing child.
Sadly, those afflicted with FAS cannot be cured. There is no pill,
no surgery, and no therapy. Equally as sad, it is completely preventable.
What happens to FAS babies when they grow up? Guests include Margo
Manaraze Wagner, founder of Extol! and co-producer of the DVD
“Gary and the Angels.”
February 21 – Native in the Spotlight:
week ago Inuit global warming activist Sheila
Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Although
this nomination may introduce her knowledge to the world, her
efforts date back many years. The former Inuit Circumpolar Conference
chair is noted for her efforts to bring light to the problem of
climate change and its affects on Native peoples’ human
rights. How have her efforts protected the right to practice and
enjoy traditional ways of life for indigenous people? What has
been the driving force that has guided Sheila Watt-Cloutier on
a life’s journey to bring about environmental and indigenous
February 22 – Cleaning Up Uranium Mines:
World War II until the mid-1980’s nearly 4 million tons
of uranium were mined from Navajo land. Across the reservation
people inhaled the radioactive dust, drank contaminated water
and built homes using rocks from the mines. Uranium mining in
South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota began in the middle
of the 1960’s as the price of uranium was rising. As the
price rises once again, tribal lands are being targeted. Should
uranium mining be banned throughout Indian Country? Guests include
Charmaine White Face of the Oglala Nation and Defenders of the
February 23 – Black Vibe, Native Beat:
history month helps to bring attention to important people, events
and influence of African American culture. Among the many things
Black culture has touched is Native music. From genres to instruments
to composition, African American music is at the core of many
contemporary Native musicians' work. How has the blending of cultures
played out in Native music and among Native audiences? Why has
the influence of African American music touched so many Native
people? Guests are Anishinabe recording artist Keith
Secola, Andrea Menard,
a Metis recording artist and Happy
Frejo, a Pawnee/Seminole recording artist.
February 26 – The Fate of the Cherokee Freedmen:
Cherokee people were black slave owners. After the Civil War the
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma was given orders by the federal government
to take in their former slaves as tribal members. They became
known as the Freedmen. The Cherokee Nation may change this in
a referendum by giving the Freedmen the boot. Does a sovereign
tribal government have the right to say who is a tribal member?
Or is it up to the people to vote? Guests are Marilyn Vann, President
of the Descendants of
the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association and
Jodie Fishinghawk of the Oklahoma Cherokee Tribe.
February 27 - Chief Illiniwek’s Last Dance:
University of Illinois sports mascot Chief
Illiniwek took his final march before a packed crowd at a
home basketball game. As fans stood and cheered, the Chief closed
the school’s books on this mascot issue. For those that
have been protesting the existence of this Native-mocking mascot,
no tears were shed. How will the University’s decision to
remove a mascot deemed offensive to Natives influence other schools
and teams? Guests are Charlene Teters of the Spokane Tribe and
former student at the University of Illinois and Debbie Reese
from the Pueblo of Nambe who is an Assistant Professor of American
Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
February 28 – Book of the Month : The True Story of Pocahontas:
the first time in 400 years, the true account of Pocahontas
and the tragic events surrounding her life, her capture, and her
romance with John Smith is told by her own people. This significant
book shares the sacred and previously unpublished oral history
of the Mattaponi Tribe, one of the original tribes of the Powhatan
chiefdom encountered by the founders of Jamestown. Passed down
from generation to generation, The True Story of Pocahontas contains
powerful gems of Powhatan knowledge. Guests include authors Dr.
Linwood “Little Bear” Custalow (Mattaponi) and Angela
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March 1- Native Words, Native Warriors:
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, located
on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is not easily accessible
for most Native people. So NMAI’s traveling exhibition services
are bringing the museum to the Natives. An exhibit called “Native
Words, Native Warriors” is making its way across Indian
Country. It tells the remarkable story of code talkers –
Native soldiers who used their Native languages in service to
the U.S. military. Guests are W. Richard West Jr. of the Cheyenne
and Arapaho Tribes and founding director of NMAI, George Horse
Capture from the Gro Von Tribe of Fort Belnap, Montana who is
the curator of the "Native Words, Native Warriors" exibit
and Samuel Tso of the Navajo Nation who is one the surviving code
March 2 – Bingo to the Bone:
is like an old friend when it comes to Native communities. For
some tribal members, bingo is the buddy that keeps them company.
Bingo can also provide that thrill that can cure boredom or the
urge for an instant adrenaline rush. Hard core bingo players clear
their schedules to hear that magic letter followed by that lucky
number in hopes of hitting the jackpot. Why are so many Indians
addicted to bingo? What has made bingo a subculture within the
tribal culture? And what is bingo etiquette?
Guests include Amy Jacobs, Radio Bingo Coordinator for CKRZ in
Southern Ontario and Eloise Begay from the Navajo Nation who is
a bingo player.
March 5 – The Art of Survival:
order to survive, sometimes you have to draw upon what you know.
Many Native artists make their living off of selling their artwork.
Having to depend on artwork for livelihood presents challenges
and rewards. For some artists, it brings them closer to their
culture and gives them a better understanding of their ancestors.
For others, it calls on their creativity to improvise to pay the
bills and keep everyone fed. What is the secret to success when
you rely on your artwork to put the bread on your table? Guests
are Tlingit totem pole and dugout canoe carver Wayne
Price and Herbert
Anungazuk, an Inupiak, who is a Cultural Anthropologist with
the National Park Service.
March 6 – Current Events:
National Indian Gaming Association’s ’07 Trade Show
& Convention, one of the biggest gaming conventions in the
nation, is set to take place in Phoenix. We’ll tell you
about a new initiative to help Native governments and tribal enterprises
conduct background checks on prospective employees. A new online
tribal business directory has a mission of ‘Keeping tribal
dollars in tribal communities.’ Plus, there’s a new
play opening this month about the life and times of Anishinabe
prisoner Leonard Peltier. Do you have a current event taking place
in Native America?
March 7 – Oklahoma Centennial Celebration:
Sooner State celebrates 100 years of statehood and much is being
done to remember the significant role of Native tribes and people
during this important milestone. The Oklahoma
Centennial Commission is working with tribal leaders to preserve
and share Native images and history with the public. It is also
hoped that this effort will help people to better understand Natives
and to clear up age-old misconceptions. How are Native people
supposed to act when Americans celebrate our demise? Guests include
J. Blake Wade, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission
and Comanche Tribal
Chairman Wallace Coffey.
March 8 – I Am (Native) Woman, Hear Me Roar:
Native American women scholars argue that the concept of feminism
originated in indigenous societies. From nation to nation, Native
women are traditionally honored for their abilities and roles.
Women’s Day is celebrated around the world, we will
highlight the contributions and efforts of indigenous women. What
are the issues that face Native feminism and how does contemporary
feminism compare to its origins in Native societies? Guests include
Paula Gunn Allen, poet, novelist and critic who is Laguna Pueblo
March 9 – Missing From the Circle:
Commission on Civil Rights reports that Native people have
the highest per capita murder rates of any racial group in the
nation. Many Native people have disappeared without a trace and
their cases have gone cold. A new initiative called ‘Missing
from the Circle’ will offer assistance to help trace missing
Natives. Do you have a missing relative you’d like to find?
Guests are Walter Lamar of the Blackfeet and Wichita Tribes, President
and CEO of Lamar
Associates, and Jackye Jacobs of the Lumbee
Tribe, whose brother has been missing for five years.
March 12 – Music Maker – Northern Cree:
Cree is one of the hottest groups on the pow wow circuit today.
Their latest CD Northern Cree and Friends: Long Winter Nights
Volume 5 recently received a Grammy nomination. On this recording
the group shares a host of round dance songs featuring some of
Native America’s finest round dance singers. This live recording
captures all the sounds, humor and lively singing of one the largest
round dances in North America at Louis Bull Reserve in Alberta,
Canada. Guests include singer/drummer Steve Wood of the Cree Nation.
March 13 – Indian Health Care Improvement Act:
after report has found that the health status of American Indians
and Alaska Natives is far below that of the general U.S. population.
Health Care Improvement Act was first approved in 1976 by
President Ford and was reauthorized by each President thereafter
until the law expired in 2000. Since then tribal health officials
have battled federal agencies and the White House. Will the IHCIA
finally be reauthorized by the 110th Congress? Guests include
Rachel Joseph of the Shoshone
and Paiute tribes, co-chair of the National Steering Committee
on the Reauthorization of the IHCIA.
March 14 : Bush's Visit to Latin America:
President Bush makes his way through Latin America reactions to
his visit have raised much attention. Currently the White House
is touting the President's trip to Latin America as a compassionate
fight against poverty and illiteracy. But passionate protests
have demonstrated that his visit is unwelcome and his offer of
help is unwanted. What does this visit mean for the indigenous
movements happening across Latin America? Is this a call for Natives
in the U.S. to begin building alliances with Latin American countries?
And just how American would that be? Guests are Jose Barreiro
of the Taino Nation,
assistant director of research for the National
Museum of the American Indian and JuanCarlos Llorca, a writer
for the Associated Press.
March 15 – Springtime Allergies:
you ready for the itchy, watery eyes and runny nose season? Ready
or not here it comes! As Mother Nature sounds the horn for spring
to begin, many people brace themselves for another allergy season.
As the season gets underway, what can you do to decrease seasonal
allergies? How do prescription medications compare to herbal forms
of allergy treatment? And how do you tell the difference between
an allergy and the common cold? Our guest is Dr. Paul Avritt,
pediatrician for the Albuquerque
Indian Health Service.
March 16 – Pow Wow Protocol: (listen)
mama teach you to mind your manners? Did she tell you to mind
them at a pow wow? As pow wows moved from small community get-togethers
to large intertribal gatherings the do’s and don’ts
have evolved both in and out of the arena. Some of these changes
have stretched the limits of what is and what is not acceptable
in the pow wow circle. Who sets the rules when it comes to pow
wow etiquette? How are Native people dealing with the changes?
Guests include pow wow MC
Dale Old Horn of the Crow
March 19 – Saving the San Francisco Peaks: (listen)
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said no to the Arizona Snowbowl’s
plans to expand their ski resort on the San Francisco Peaks in
northern Arizona. The plan called for using treated wastewater
to make artificial snow. The 13 tribes in the area that hold the
mountain range sacred view this decision as a victory. But operators
of the Arizona Snowbowl say the fight is far from over. Snowbowl
officials say they intend to vigorously pursue further judicial
review. Guests are Vincent Randall who is the former Chairman
of the Yavapai Apache
Nation and tribe's current Cultural Manager and Andy Bessler
representing the Sierra Club and its' Tribal
March 20 – National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: (listen)
marks the beginning of spring, and for many tribal people, it
is a time of renewal and new beginnings. It also marks the first
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness
Day. Organizers are hoping to raise awareness and eliminate
the silence that surrounds this deadly disease. Are prevention,
screening, and treatments working to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS?
Should testing be mandatory? Our guest is Alaska Native Tim Juliesson,
who is HIV positive.
March 21 – Tribal Clan Systems: (listen)
clan systems of Native tribes were once very sophisticated and
closely integrated within the tribal structure. Clans still play
a very significant part of all political, economic, religious
and social activities within the tribe. Each clan carries important
knowledge and expertise in specific areas and is called upon to
perform certain duties and functions. But many of the clan ways
have gone astray. How can Native clans be restructured and rejuvenated
to fit into our 21st Century lifestyles? Guests are Andy
Hope of the Tlingit
Nation and Randy Cornelius, a member of the Oneida Nation
and the Language and Cultural Archivist for the Oneida
Tribe's Cultural Heritage Department.
March 22 – Skateboard Wave on the Rez: (listen)
of the fastest sports to surf Native America in the 21st Century
is skateboarding. Native youth can be seen zooming through the
villages and reservations of many Native communities. As this
exciting wave continues to hit more Native youth, what is drawing
them to the sport? What indigenous ties do skateboards possess?
And why is there a growing trend among Native youth to a sport
that began in the 50’s? Guests include Native Hawaiian skateboard
legend Christian Hosoi
and Douglas Miles, owner of Apache Skateboards.
March 23 – Native in the Spotlight: Arigon Starr: (listen)
is Women’s History Month and Native performer and diva Arigon
Starr gives credit to the women who inspired her life and
career. This actor, singer and songwriter is now expanding her
bag of tricks to include writing plays. Arigon’s wacky radio
comedy “Super Indian” will be staged as live theater
at the Autry National Center in California. You never know what
this gal is going to say or do next! Join us for our Native in
the Spotlight with the immensely talented and funny Arigon
Starr of the Kickapoo
Monday, March 26 – Protect the Water: (listen)
“Honor the Water, Respect the Water, be Thankful for the Water, Protect the Water.” That is the theme of the first annual Indigenous World Water Day. Communities from the Americas, Asia and New Zealand recently held events with a strong message of protecting local sources of water. Is access to adequate clean water a basic human right? How can indigenous communities throughout the world pull together to make a difference? Guests are Robert Shimek, Mining Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Enai Begay, Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition and a member of the Dine' Tribe.
Tuesday, March 27 – Teen Drinking & Driving: (listen)
Drinking and driving kills more teens than anything else. But the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has a new program that is making a difference. The Project Child program has an initiative called “I Died. Who’s Next?” which stages reenactments of teen alcohol-related crashes. The project uses student actors, real police and real first-responders to bring the message home. Can seeing turn into believing? Guests are Todd Baughman, Director of Project Child and Gary Batton, who is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the tribe's executive director of health.
Wednesday, March 28 – Book of the Month: The Wonder Bull: (listen)
“The Wonder Bull” by Ojibwe author Mark Anthony Rolo is the story of one man’s search for his tribal identity. The main character, Martin, is an emotionally disabled young man who wants nothing more than to get in touch with his tribal roots back in Oklahoma, but he can’t afford the $99 bus ticket. Hustling seems to be his only option, but still he can’t hold on to his money when there are addictions to feed. Join us as we discuss Rolo’s new book and the plight of today’s Natives seeking a different life.
Thursday, March 29 – Planting the Seeds of Time: (listen)
Our Native ancestors have bequeathed us many heirlooms for our continued survival. Some have planted the legacy of life in the fruits of their labor in tiny little vessels – seeds. The revival of these time capsules has again made their way into the backyards and fields of many Native communities. For those that are reintegrating these ancient seeds, some of which date back over 2,000 years, what are the hidden lessons? What can reintroducing ancient seeds bring to a native community’s health and culture? Guests are Amy Mosset who is a traditional Mandan Hidatsa gardner and Alex Sando of Jemez Pueblo who is the Native American Coordinator for Native Seed SEARCH.
March 30 – Tribal Policing: (listen)
does it mean to be a tribal police officer? What are the complexities
of policing the rez or a village? How do tribal communities, tribal
police departments and other law enforcement agencies collaborate
to address the alarmingly high rate of violent crime in Native
America? Our guests are University of Arizona Associate Professor
Eileen Luna-Firebaugh who is Choctaw and Cherokee and Tohono O'odham
Police Chief Richard Saunders, who is Tohono O'odham.
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Monday, April 2 – Saving the Klingon Tribal Culture: (listen)
They have endured many challenges to their tribalism. They are painted as the most fearsome warriors in all of the galaxy. They are the Klingons. Due to leaving their home planet of Kronos and intermingling with outside cultures, Klingons are now facing a dying race, culture and language. Although their customs are strong and have carried them through the years, the conformity to the modern galaxy confronts their every move. To what lengths will Klingons go to ensure their survival? Guests are Klingon Warrior Willy and Terusa, one of the powerful Klingon Duras Sisters.
Tuesday, April 3 – Current Events: (listen)
The Native American Rights Fund has unveiled its new national campaign featuring a public service announcement titled “The Indian Wars Never Ended.” Actor and narrator Peter Coyote has given a generous and significant gift to the Hopi people. The Pueblos of Acoma and Zuni and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center have teamed up for a new venture called “Into the Sunset Western Pueblo Tours.” The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians are having an important economic summit and the National Indian Child Welfare Association is celebrating 25 years of protecting Native children.
Wednesday, April 4 – New Leader at the BIA: (listen)
After more than two years of having a non-Indian directing the most important federal agency serving Native people, the Senate recently confirmed a tribal member, Carl Artman, to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. After being officially sworn in what are his top priorities? And how will he deal with the age-old problem of representing tribal concerns while working for the U.S. Government? Carl Artman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will be in Studio 49 as our guest.
Thursday, April 5 – Bering Strait Theory: Fact or Fiction?: (listen)
The long standing Bering Strait land bridge theory is now up for debate. Do Native Americans descend from Mongolians who walked across a temporary land bridge and into the rest of the Americas some 11,000 years ago? Recent archaeological discoveries show the Americas to be inhabited long before then. These findings support many Native spiritual beliefs and oral histories. Does one theory cancel out the other, or could both be applicable? You decide. Our guest is Dr. E. James Dixon, Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research; Professor of Anthropology; Curator of Museum and Field Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Friday, April 6 – Indian Law 101: (listen)
gives American Indians and Alaska Natives their unique political
status? Why are tribes able to dictate their own laws on tribal
lands? It is because of the special relationship that has been
forged between tribes, the U.S. government, and states. Tribes
and their citizens are nations within a nation, but the large
majority of Americans have no idea what the foundations of federal
Indian law are based upon. Can you pass the Indian law exam?
Guests include Nell Newton, editor of the Cohen
Handbook of Federal Indian Law and Sam Deloria of the Standing
Rock Sioux tribe and director of the American
Indian Law Center at the University of New Mexico.
April 9, 2007 – The Native Organ Donor Dilemma: (listen)
you ever contemplated donating one of your organs? Would you
accept an organ from another person to save your life? These
are serious questions that some Natives have had to answer as
their life has presented them with the donor dilemma. Some Natives
struggle between choosing traditional native healing practices
or modern medicine. Can a Native person be an organ donor or
receive a transplant and still respect tradition? Guests include
Josephine Shorty of the Navajo Nation and Maria Sanders, Community
Service Director for the New
Mexico Donor Services.
April 10, 2007 – Improving Indian Child Welfare:
is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and several Indian
child advocacy organizations in the U.S. and Canada are collaborating
to find solutions to the myriad issues facing Native children.
What programs are successful? How are policy reforms impacting
these programs? How do we ensure Native children are not left
behind? Guests include Connie Bear King of the Standing Rock
Sioux Tribe, Governmental Affairs Associate for the National
Indian Child Welfare Association, who recently testified
before the U-S Senate on Indian child welfare issues and Cindy
Blackstock of the Gitksan Nation of Canada who is the Executive
Director for the first Nations
Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.
April 11, 2007 – Music Maker: Native Roots: (listen)
irresistible reggae beat and the empowerment of song is encompassed
in this Native reggae band’s third CD entitled “Celebrate.”
Band members and promoters say the new album represents a
new stage in the evolution of the band, one that brings together
a unique composition combined with soulful lyrics. The CD
acknowledges the Native ancestors through innovative songwriting
and accomplished musical arrangement. Guests include Native
Roots founding members John L. Williams of the Sisseton-Wahpeton
Dakota Nation and Shkeme Garcia of Tamaya and Jemez Pueblos.
April 12, 2007 – Home, Home on the Rez: (listen)
a home on tribal lands has its challenges. Lenders, concerned
about tribal sovereign immunity, most often automatically
rejected tribal members’ loan applications. But a new
era in tribal housing is upon us. Tribal housing authorities,
federal agencies, mortgage companies and others are working
together to eliminate barriers. What are the advantages of
owning a home on tribal lands? Guests are Juel Burnette of
the Rosebud Sioux Tribe who serves as Native American Lending
Manager at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Paul Lumley of the
Yakama Nation, Director of the National
American Indian Housing Council.
April 13, 2007 – Ain’t It Superstitious: (listen)
people become very superstitious on Friday the 13th. Beyond
the beliefs of not walking under ladders and not crossing
a black cat’s path there are Native superstitions. From
tribe to tribe superstitions are deeply embedded in Native
culture. Everything from whistling or eating in the dark,
what you can and can’t do during pregnancy, like sewing
and standing in a doorway, or how to react to seeing an owl
or coyote are a few examples of Native superstitions. Do superstitions
bind or protect Native societies? What happens when Natives
go against superstition? Our guest is Johnny Arlee, spiritual
and cultural advisor for the Salish Tribe.
April 16, 2007 – Racism on the Radio: (listen)
and sexist remarks made by radio talk show host Don Imus about
the Rutgers women’s basketball team have led to his
firing. He admitted he made a “stupid mistake”
but the comment has sparked uproar and set off new national
debate about racism. But a Houston-based shock jock recently
made derogatory comments about Native Americans with little
fanfare. Where do Native Americans stand on the issue of racism
on the radio? And does the racial double standard apply to
Natives as well? Our guest is Alabama-Coushatta radio host
April 17, 2007 – Termination and a Journey for Justice:
1954 Congress enacted the Ute
Partition and Termination Act that classified 490 members
of the Uinta Band of Utes as “Mixed Bloods” and
terminated their tribal status. Why have they filed a lawsuit
to restore their Indian standing and why are they being met
with great resistance from the other bands of the Ute Tribe
of Utah? Guests are Dennis Chappabitty of the Comanche Nation,
attorney for the terminated Uintas, and Oranna Felter, who
was a minor when she had her status as a member of the Uinta
Band of Ute Indians taken away.
April 18, 2007 – I’m A Native Poet and I Know
poets can express the simplest things. They have the power
to convey something complicated, in depth, with just a few
words. Some have even suggested Native languages are a form
of poetry. No matter the form, subject or the originator,
Native poetry is tightly woven into our modern day tribal
communities. Whether it is in a short verse, a song, or a
speech in one’s Native tongue, poetry helps us express
and record the world we live in. Guests are poet and visual
Twist of the Cherokee Nation and Annie
Ross who is Maya and a professor of First Nations Studies
at Simon Fraser University.
April 19, 2007 – Tribal E-Commerce: (listen)
products on the internet is big business and this fact has
not gone unnoticed in Indian Country. Everything from tobacco
to buffalo hides to Native art is being sold by individual
Natives and tribal governments. Some tribes are now looking
at selling prescription drugs over the internet as well. But
states and federal entities are taking a dim view of Native
e-commerce due to jurisdictional and tax revenue concerns.
But shouldn’t tribal sovereignty trump these concerns?
Our guest is Lance Morgan of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska,
President of Ho-Chunk,
April 20, 2007 – Native in the Spotlight: J.R. Redwater: (listen)
thing that all Native people have in common is we like a good
laugh. Even though some of us aren’t that talkative,
we all love to crack up at a good joke. While April brings
us showers and May flowers, it is also known as National
Humor Month. And along these lines we are proud to present
Standing Rock Sioux up-and-coming comedian J.R.
Redwater. His traditional name is Wanbli-Ohitika or Brave
Eagle, and he’s currently headlining the “Pow
Wow Comedy Jam,” which is headed to an Indian country
venue near you.
April 23, 2007 – Filmmakers Forum: (listen)
Hollywood and California are losing ground
as the movie capitals of the world. The film and television
industries are being lured away by other states and communities
through tax breaks and other incentives. How can Native Americans
interested in these industries capitalize on the growing trend
towards taking productions away from Hollywood and putting
them into the hands of local communities and their members?
Guests are Cheyenne-Arapaho filmmaker Chris
Eyre and Navajo/Dakota/Cherokee Francene Blythe, Director
Roads Project for National Geographic, Jodi Delaney who
is the Program Director for the New
Mexico Filmmakers and Lisa Strout who is the Director
of the New Mexico Film Office.
April 24, 2007 –
Language Schools :
decades of government integration programs that caused many
Native people to lose their connection to their tribal history,
language and culture immersion schools are now a growing trend
in Indian Country. Immersion programs are working with infants
and preschool children, speaking to them only in a Native
language. Could your children or grand children end up teaching
you your ancestral language? Guests are activist/actor Russell
Means of the Oglala Sioux tribe, who is starting an immersion
school in South Dakota and Cedric Sunray, a member of the
Mowa Band of Choctaw, who has a master's degree in American
April 25, 2007 – Book of the Month: Native Intelligence: (listen)
Choctaw talent agent Lorna Rainey enters into
the world of literature with her first book “Native
Intelligence.” Hot off the presses, “Native Intelligence”
is set in New York City, where the character Nita, a beautiful
Choctaw woman, follows her instincts straight into the heart
of a sinister anti-American plot. Guided by her 'native intelligence,'
Nita must discover who and what mysterious substance killed
her best friend before the police arrest her as their prime
April 26, 2007 – Violence Against Native Women: (listen)
Amnesty International will issue a report on
the abuse of Native women this week. Rape and sexual violence
are some of the topics in this much-anticipated document.
As the nation gets the opportunity to look into this issue
through this report how will its results transcend to Native
communities and victims of violence? How are Native women
seeking justice for crimes of sexual violence? How are tribal
communities addressing this issue? Guests are Sara Marie Ortiz,
an Acoma Pueblo writer, poet and speaker; Bonnie Clairmont,
a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin who works as
a Victim Advocacy Program Specialist for the Tribal Law and
Policy Institute; Chris Chaney who is Seneca-Cayuga and the
BIA's Deputy Director for the Office of Justice Services;
Carol Pollack of Amnesty International.
April 27, 2007 – Power of the Dress: (listen)
power to teach, educate and the ability to strengthen culture
and tradition are some of the true powers of a Native dress.
For centuries Native women have worn their dresses with pride
and dignity. Varying with each tribe, the story behind each
dress and each woman who wears the dress is a bit of history
and Native strength. What is the full Native story of the
dress? How has its meaning linked tradition and history? How
has its strength maintained through the years and what is
in store for the future? Guests include Georgiana Old Elk
of the Assiniboine Tribe.
Monday, April 30, 2007 – The Sweet Science of Boxing: (listen)
Natives are known for their fighting abilities and Native boxers are no stranger to the ring, but that hasn’t translated to success as prize fighters. All that may soon be changing as a new generation of both men and women Native boxers strap on the gloves and train to pack the punch. Who are the Olympic hopefuls and who are the up-and-coming pros? Guests are middleweight fighter Wahacanka Wilch of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, Navajo boxer Sonia Deputee who is ranked third in her division by the USA Boxing Association and Maurice "Mo" Smith of the Navajo Nation who is executive director of the Native American Sports Council.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 – Current Events: (listen)
The Indian Summer Music Awards will be held in Milwaukee and the deadline to enter is just around the corner. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and there’s a men’s fast pitch tournament to tell you about. A new book about the greatest athlete of all, Jim Thorpe, is on book shelves. For the ladies, there’s National Women’s Health Week where fitness clubs across the country are gearing up to promote women’s health issues. Do you want to apply for the Disney Summer Film & Television Workshop this summer?
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 – Insuring Indian Country: (listen)
Just a few years ago, people living on tribal lands found it almost impossible to get affordable insurance. Whether it was for their home, car, truck, personal property or anything else, peace of mind was hard to find. But a one-of-a-kind risk management company called Amerind is putting an end to those worries through innovative practices and unparalleled vision. Are you in good hands? Guests are Gilbert Miles of the Cheyenne - Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma who is the chairman of the tribal housing authority and Kevin Perrault from the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Indian Community.
Thursday, May 3, 2007 – Health of the Great Lakes: (listen)
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, water levels in Lake Superior have reached a near-record low. Could the largest coastal wetlands in the Great Lakes be drying up? Many Native Americans and First Nations people are seeing their traditional ways of subsistence further depleted. Wild rice beds could become a thing of the past as cities and towns seek access to water rights held by indigenous peoples. What is the health of the Great Lakes? Guests are traditional Ojibwe Water Keeper Josephine Mandamin, John Persell who is the Environmental Policy Analyst for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota and Ralph Dashner who is Chippewa and an Environmental Specialist for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Friday, May 4, 2007 – “Lives With Natives”: (listen)
In the spirit of the Oscar-winning movie Dances With Wolves, we present Lives With Natives. Over the years the people who make up Native communities have changed. Today, reservations and villages are home to many non-Natives. Through marriage, work or other reasons, non-Natives live and function on tribal lands. What is the impact of non-Natives being woven into Native communities? What are their rights? Guests are "I Am The Grand Canyon" author Steven Hirst who lived with the Havasupai for 11 years and Ed Krause who is married to an Alaska Native Tribal member and has worked in Native Communities for over 20 years.
Monday, May 7, 2007 – Home Care: (listen)
When it comes to healthcare, one size does not fit all. Native people have personal, social and dietary needs that differ from non-Natives. Today, there are Native-owned businesses offering tailor-made home healthcare and palliative services specifically for Native people. Wouldn’t you rather see your loved ones being cared for in a culturally-appropriate manner and being fed a Native diet in their own home? Guests are Kim Thorp, a Lummi and Haida traditional assisted-living operator from Anchorage and Bobbie Jacobs-Ghaffar, a member of the Lumbee tribe in North Carolina and co-owner and President of Native Angels Home Care and Hospice.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 – Jamestown’s 400th Anniversary: (listen)
Jamestown, Virginia is cited as the earliest white settlement in America. It was built in 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims settled Plymouth Rock. A series of events commemorating the 400-year anniversary is underway celebrating Jamestown as the birthplace of modern America and the cradle of American democratic traditions, cultures, ideologies and principles. But most Americans are unaware that tribes still exist in Virginia. Can this anniversary help the tribes become more recognized? Guests are Ken Adams, Chief of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe of Virginia and Karenne Wood of the Monacan Nation, both members of the Virginia Indian Advisory Council.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 – Music Maker: Blackfire: (listen)
The immensely popular band Blackfire has a new CD out called Silence Is A Weapon. They are a traditionally influenced, high-energy, politically-driven group comprised of two brothers and a sister. Their style connects traditional Native American, punk-rock and “Alter-Native” music with strong sociopolitical messages about government oppression, relocation of indigenous people, ecocide, genocide, domestic violence and human rights. Guests are band members Clayson, Jeneda and Klee Benally of the Navajo Nation.
Thursday, May 10, 2007 – Here Come the Hummingbirds: (listen)
With the May flowers come the tiny warriors who travel the length of the Western Hemisphere each year. In English they are given the name hummingbird, but in each tribe they are given different names as well as different significance. For some they are bringers of water. For others they are the amulets that bring love. What are the ways hummingbirds are incorporated into Native legend and tradition? How did these birds make their way into Native art? Guests include acclaimed Acoma potter Larry Chino.
May 11, 2007 – My Momma Told Me: (listen)
you ever stop to think about all those things your mother
told you to always do and to never do? Our mother’s
words are carried with us in our everyday actions, our relationships,
and our livelihoods. They serve as the basis of our morality,
most of the time. As the nation focuses on our mothers, we
take a look at the things momma said. What are the words your
mother spoke that stick with you the most? What was her strongest
and strangest advice? Will your mother’s words live
on through future generations?
14, 2007 – The Real All Americans: (listen)
new book called "The Real All Americans: The Team That
Changed A Game, A People, A Nation" tells the story of
Indians and how they invented modern day football. It
chronicles the true story of the Carlisle Indian School in
Pennsylvania at the turn of the 20th Century, and how a group
of Indian boys took up the game of football and fought the
frontier wars all over again, this time on a playing field,
and beat the white man at his own game. Guests are best selling
author Sally Jenkins and Grace Thorpe of the Sac and Fox Nation,
daughter of American sports legend Jim
May 15, 2007 – The Arc of Appalachia: (listen)
within the Arc of Appalachia in Ohio, Spruce Hill Works is
a 510-acre site containing ancient Native American earthworks.
The site, which the National Park Service hopes to purchase
and preserve, will be up for auction on June 15th. But this
sale comes too soon for Congress to approve funds for the
purchase. And now Spruce Hill Works, which likely holds the
key to questions posed by Hopewell archaeologists, is being
eyed by investors of a nearby paper mill as well as housing
developers. Can the site be rescued? Guests are Nancy Stranahan
of the Highlands
Sanctuary and Lance Foster, a member of Ioway Tribe of
Kansas and Nebraska and a landscape historian.
May 16, 2007 – Hawaiian Sovereignty: (listen)
seven years, many Native Hawaiians have been hoping for passage
of the Akaka
Bill which would pave the way for Hawaiian sovereign rights.
Proponents say the bill would give Native Hawaiians a political
status similar to that of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
But opponents say the bill is promoting a race-based government
and could lead to possible secession from the U-S. Will the
bill pass? Guests include J. Kehaulani Kauanui, a Native Hawaiian
and a professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan
Thursday, May 17,
2007 – Tribal ID Cards vs. Real ID: (listen)
federal government has come up with a plan to issue Real
ID to boost homeland security and make the country safer.
Real ID could be required to travel on an airplane, open a
bank account, collect social security payments, or even take
advantage of government services. As the country debates over
this issue, how could this affect the long battle tribes have
faced with recognition of tribal ID cards? Montana is the
first state to pass legislation requiring tribal ID’s
to be as readily accepted as state ID’s. Will the Real
ID nullify state requirements of honoring tribal ID’s?
Guests are Montana State Representative Margeret Campbell
of the Fort Peck Assiniboine tribe and Paullette Jordan, enrollment
director for the Coeur d'Alene tribe of Idaho.
May 18, 2007 – Too Young To Talk Sex: (listen)
young is too young to learn about sex? Should children learn
about sex in the home or at school? These are questions that
both parents and educators face when it comes to educating
youth about sex. May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Month and many are begging the questions when it comes to
sex education. How are tribal communities answering questions
about sex education? Can keeping to tradition provide the
lessons and prevent teen pregnancy? Guests are Dr. Sara Jumping
Eagle, Lakota from Pine Ridge and a Pediatrician and Adolescent
Monday, May 21, 2007 – Carrying the Flame for Fallen Warriors: (listen)
Fallen warriors will be remembered and honored as Memorial Day approaches. Among the many that will bow their head to their memory are the loved ones they left behind – parents, siblings, spouses, family members, fellow soldiers and civilian friends. As this day approaches what are the ways the fallen are remembered when it comes to those who were closest to them? Guests are Joey Sanchez of Santa Ana Pueblo - brother of the late Marine Lance Corporal Emilian Sanchez, Paul Goodiron - father of the late Army National Guard Corporal Nathan Goodiron and Zane James - Cultural Liason for the Office of the Speaker of the Navajo Nation.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 – Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: (listen)
HBO Films presents the epic film adaptation of Dee Brown's seminal nonfiction book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” Scheduled to debut May 27th, the film explores the economic, political and social pressures that sparked the opening of the American West and the tragic impact this expansion had on American Indian culture. The cast includes Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, Fred Thompson and Anna Paquin. Guests are Dr. Art Zimiga of the Lakota Nation and acclaimed actor Adam Beach of the Salteaux First Nation who recently starred in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 – Native in the Spotlight: (listen)
Mary Kim Titla is running for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s 1st District. She is well known as a longtime Phoenix TV reporter. She now publishes an online magazine for Native American youth. Born and raised on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona, Titla says she didn’t know she was poor until she went to public school. But how times have changed, recently she was inducted into Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite Hall of Fame. Political insiders say the conservative Democrat has a good chance of winning, which would make her the first Native woman in the U.S. Congress.
Thursday, May 24, 2007 – Whaling Quotas for Alaska’s Eskimos: (listen)
The International Whaling Commission was set up in 1946 to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and the orderly development of the whaling industry. The main duty of the IWC is to govern the conduct of whaling throughout the world. The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission was organized in the late 1970’s to protect bowhead whales, the subsistence whale hunt, and the traditional culture of its 10-member northern Alaska villages. Will whaling quotas cause a clash? Our guest is Bob Aiken, an Inupiat who has been a whaling crew member most of his life.
Friday, May 25, 2007 – Finger Lickin’ Fun: (listen)
“Love that Bar-B-Q!” is what many will be saying this weekend as millions fire up the grill. From grandma’s favorite recipe to daddy’s secret sauce, Native BBQ’s always keep them coming back for more. Before you butcher the hog or slice up the reindeer meat what are the secrets to making your feast a beast? What seasonings do you use to make those lips smack as the piping hot BBQ is served? Do you use traditional methods to put the savor in the flavor? Guests include Dave Anderson of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Tribe - founder of Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Q restaurant chain and Mark Leon of the Tohono O' odham Nation - creator of the White Man Surprise Native American Barbeque Sauce.
Monday, May 28, 2007 – Honoring Memorial Day: (listen)
Memorial Day is a day we honor our soldiers who have died in combat and mourn their loss for their sacrifice to our country. Despite heavy opposition to the war, there is no doubt about U.S. support for our troops. Many Native families and tribal communities grieve over the loss of a soldier. On this Memorial Day we open the lines to let you talk about losing a loved one during wartime.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 – If I Die Before I Wake…: (listen)
The medical community is beginning to consider that the condition known as sleep apnea could be causing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Some are wondering if infants who suffer from sleep apnea, but don’t die from SIDS, develop other conditions like learning disabilities, diabetes and obesity. What has yet to be revealed about sleep apnea/SIDS and are Native American children more susceptible? Guests are Pamela Engstrom, a Creek/ Cherokee mother and school principal who, after losing one of her babies to SIDS, feels Natives are more prone to sleep apnea/SIDS and Dr. Rafael Pelayo, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 – Book of the Month: Flight: (listen)
“Flight” is the first novel in ten years from the award-winning author Sherman Alexie. The New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe are singing praises for his new book. “Flight” tells the story of a young man, half Irish and half Indian, who time travels through history just as he contemplates committing a violent act. Alexie, who is Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, makes you laugh and breaks your heart as his character, Zits, enters into a modern day vision quest.
Thursday, May 31, 2007 – Natural Born Stunt People: (listen)
In Hollywood there’s a core group of stunt people who make that wild car crash, that hellacious fire, or that giant explosion look so real because they’re the ones being tossed around in the scene. There are a number of Native men and women who work as stunt actors in the movies. What does it take to prepare for a stunt career? What are the job hazards? Are Natives natural born stunt people? Guests are stuntwoman Michelle Rae of the Yaqui and Akimel O’Odham Nations and Rod Rondeaux, a Crow and Cheyenne stuntman.
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Friday, June 1, 2007 – Rezzed Out Weddings: (listen)
Love is in the air! Brides and grooms are putting the final touches on their summer wedding plans. So what do you get when you mix caterers, flowers, gifts, decorations, the bride, the groom, their families and the rez? The answer: plenty to talk about the next day. What is the most rezzed out wedding you attended or put together? Was it heavy on the tears or the laughter? Why is it that rezzed out weddings create stains, larger than the average coffee spill, on our brains? Guests are Richie Plass from the Menominee and Stockbridge Munsee Nations - drummer for the Flying Feather Band, Drew LaCapa of the White Mountain Apache/Hopi/Tewa Nations - comedian/ husband and Joann Henry of Isleta and San Felipe Pueblos - a blushing bride of one week.
Monday, June 4, 2007 – Meth Babies: (listen)
The methamphetamine crisis across Native America and the rest of the nation is wreaking havoc on more people than just those addicted to this devastating drug. Pregnant women who use meth are passing the drug’s ill effects to their unborn children. Also, infants exposed to a meth environment could be permanently affected as well. How are tribal communities and health professionals dealing with this tragic situation? Guests are Barbara Locke of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe - Director of the Early Intervention Program on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, Dave Parnell - a former meth addict who makes presentations about meth addiction throughout Indian Country and Terry Beartusk who directs the recovery program for the Northern Cheyenne Nation.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 – Current Events: (listen)
The Southeastern Tribes’ Cultural Arts Celebration is happening in the beautiful Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. The 23rd Annual Native American Journalists Association Convention will be taking place in Denver. The Native Researchers’ Cancer Control Training Program will be in Portland, Oregon. There is also a deadline for applying for funds for individuals or tribes who work within the Pacific salmon territory of North America. And, volunteers are needed in Alaska for a simulated Hospital Disaster Exercise in Anchorage.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 – Can Technology Save Native Languages?: (listen)
With the amazing advances in technology many claim anything is possible. What about saving Native languages? Individual Natives and tribes are attempting to utilize technology for this purpose. New inventions are aimed at bringing dying Native languages back to life. Is technology the answer to keeping Native languages alive? Can language preservation and technology work hand-in-hand? Guests are Don Thornton of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma - inventor of the Phraselator LC, a handheld device that translates words and phrases into Native languages and Tania Haerekitera Wolfgramm who is Maori from New Zealand - designer of the Hakamana Maori multilingual keyboard.
Thursday, June 7, 2007 – The War in Iraq: (listen)
The War in Iraq has polarized the nation. New reports indicate that the President now wants to establish a permanent military base in Iraq, despite laws prohibiting it. Would you be for or against a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq? Also, why do the majority of news reports concerning Iraq leave out information about the country’s massive oil fields? What about the plan for one last troop surge in Iraq, will it work? Is the war on terrorism something you support? How do you define victory for America? Our guest is Steve Newcombe who is Shawnee and Lenape - research fellow with the American Indian Policy and Media Initiative and co-founder of the Indigenous Law Institute.
Friday, June 8, 2007 – Natives & Mainstream Media: (listen)
Statistics show that mainstream newspapers are beginning to hire more Native Americans and Alaska Natives to work in their newsrooms. More tribes and tribal-owned companies are attempting to manipulate the media in an attempt to control their own media destiny, including hiring high-dollar public relations executives to help get their message out. Do you think America’s mainstream media will ever give Natives fair and objective coverage, or is it a futile goal? Guests include Mike Kellogg of the Navajo Nation, President of the Native American Journalists Association.
Monday, June 11, 2007 – Electromagnetic Pollution on Native Lands: (listen)
Some people contend cell phone towers are dangerous to humans and to wildlife because of microwave radiation. However, communications industry officials say there is no conclusive evidence that this is true. Across Native America, more and more cell towers are being erected. On the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas , community members are worried about proposed towers that are in the planning stages to be built on reservation lands. Do you think cell towers are causing harmful health effects? Guests are Aubrey Skye of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Chellis Glendinnig - author of "When Technology Wounds: The Human Consequences of Progress" and Steve Emory, attorney for the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 – Summer Camps for Kids: (listen)
Summer is here and many parents face a big question, how to make the best of the summer for their children? Some Natives are turning to their culture to keep the kids’ wheels spinning through this extended break. How will you keep your children culturally and mentally fit this summer? How can their summer activities give them a better understanding of their tribal culture? Guests are Saskatchewan Native Theater Company manager Donna Heimbecker of the Métis Nation, James Anderson of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe - director for the Life Skills Center for Leadership.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 – Latin American Indigenous Movement: (listen)
From Guatemala , to Venezuela , to Bolivia and Argentina, the influence of indigenous leadership is sweeping across Latin America . Throughout the region, the large majority of indigenous people have been reduced to a life of poverty. Americans for Indian Opportunity, based in Albuquerque , is sending a group of ambassadors to Bolivia to strengthen cultural and political ties. Will building alliances with Latin American help or hinder Native America? Guests are LaDonna Harris of the Comanche Nation - President and founder of AIO, James Washinawatok who is Menominee and Akwesasne Mohawk and Chrissie Castro of the Dine Nation who is the Organizing Coordinator for the American Indian Children's Council.
Thursday, June 14, 2007 – Who’s Your Daddy?: (listen)
For many men, fatherhood offers the ultimate responsibility and joy. For others, the pressure is too much. Nonetheless, children seek and find father figures within their communities. In honor of Father’s Day, we pose the question, who is/was the father figure in your life? Is/was he your biological father, your favorite uncle, a stepfather, a grandfather, a coach, an older brother? What are your fondest memories of the person who helped guide and provide for you? Open lines.
Friday, June 15, 2007 – Native in the Spotlight: Rick Williams: (listen)
Rick Williams, an Oglala Lakota and CEO of the Denver-based American Indian College Fund, has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Roger Williams College in Rhode Island. This honor recognizes Williams for his work promoting American Indian and Alaska Native education. In 2005, the National Indian Education Association named him Educator of the Year. Join us as we recognize the significance of his work and discuss new initiatives being spearheaded by AICF. Would you recommend a tribal college to your family and tribal members?
Monday, June 18, 2007 – Music Maker: Indigenous: (listen)
Fans are unanimous in singing the praises of Mato Nanji and his band Indigenous. One reviewer says this Nakota from South Dakota performs “ in the spirit of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lenny Kravitz, Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower, but with the heart and mind of the Native American cause.” Indigenous has been around for a decade and has survived a rollercoaster ride of fame and family members breaking away from the band. What do you think of Mato’s new initiative to focus not only on his guitar licks, but also to enhance his vocals?
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 – Where’s the Support for Native Children?: (listen)
From tribe to tribe, the laws governing child support are at times as complex as the communities they serve. Although child support was created to meet the needs of children, it often wears on the spirit of the family. What are the issues that challenge lawmakers when it comes to child support? What resources are available to parents who are owed money to support their children? Who is obligated to pay child support? Guests are Jerry Sweet of the Chickasaw Nation and Pierette Baldwin-Gumbrecht of the Navajo Nation who is the program supervisor for the Navajo Nation Department of Child Support Enforcement.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 – Standing Silent Nation: (listen)
Resourcefulness, resistance, spirituality, love of family, and a sense of humor are values embodied by Alex White Plume, an Oglala Lakota. The prosperity of Alex’s 86-member extended family hangs in the balance as he defends himself in front of a federal judge for growing industrial hemp. Standing Silent Nation is a PBS television documentary that tells one family’s struggle for economic empowerment. Should growing hemp be legalized? Is it a matter of sovereignty? Guests are Alex White Plume and producer Courtney Hermann of Prairie Dust Films.
Thursday, June 21, 2007 – Honoring Our Sun: (listen)
The summer solstice is upon us and on this day the sun will shine longer in the Northern Hemisphere than on any other day of the year. Many Native nations use this time of year to pay their respect and appreciation for the sun. As the sun makes its way across the horizon, its’ gifts and strength are celebrated by indigenous cultures of the world. Do you take the time to honor and respect the importance of the sun? What did your ancestors teach you about honoring this provider of life? Guests TBA.
Friday, June 22, 2007 – Welcoming New Life In A Good Way : (listen)
Science suggests that a child can experience this world even before they are born. It is believed that they are able to hear sounds and they are also able to share the substances that a mother puts into her body. In many tribes, the unborn child is taken into consideration. Some encourage the mother to live a healthy life physically and spiritually as they prepare to bring the child into this world. Not only is the preparation considered by some tribes, so is the manner in which the child is greeted and welcomed in to their new life. What treasures of cultural knowledge about birthing does your tribe hold? Have you called upon traditional thought to welcome your child into this world? Can the way you welcome the child affect their entire life? Guests are Katsi Cook (Mohawk) Midwife/ Akwesasne Nation , New York and Marilyn Masayesva Hopi Women's Coalition.
Monday, June 25th, 2007 – Indian Casinos Booking Native Talent: (listen)
Indian casinos attract customers looking for all sorts of entertainment, not just the thrill of gambling. Casinos also attract visitors who want to see live music or stand-up comedy. Popular entertainers in the twilight of their careers make up the majority of the acts, but where is the Native talent? Critics of Indian casino entertainment choices say they’re not doing enough to promote Native talent. What does it take to get on stage at an Indian casino? Guests are Cayuga actor/musician Gary Farmer and Anne Marie Romero, marketing director at San Felipe Pueblo’s Hollywood Casino.
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 - Young Native Masters of the Strings: (listen)
When the violin, or as some call it, the fiddle, first made its way into the palms of young Native artists, a whole new world opened up for them. For some, this led them down a road connecting a classical instrument to the rhythm of their Native heart. The sounds released by the strings and a bow have helped connect their indigenous identity to their communities and the world. How did these young Natives turn fiddling into educating the world about native culture? What are the indigenous global ties to this instrument? Guests are young string masters Sierra Nobel - a Métis fiddler, Quetzal Guerrero - a Juaneno Yacqui Cambiva violinist and Bill Stevens - an Athabascan Gwichin Nation fiddler.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 – Book of the Month: "Where People Feast": (listen)
The food traditions of North America's indigenous peoples are centuries-old and endure to this day. Feasts that include a bounty from the land and sea helps connect Native People to family, community, and the afterlife. Join us as we talk with Dolly and Annie Watts, a mother-daughter duo of the Gitk’san First Nation in British Columbia, about their new book “Where People Feast.” Hear about Native cuisine of the Pacific Northwest, both traditional and modern. What part do feasts play in your tribal traditions?
Thursday, June 28th, 2007 - Declaring a Day of Aboriginal Action: (listen)
Tomorrow as the sun rises, thousands are expected to march across bridges, through towns and to the shorelines of the lakes and rivers to bring awareness to the issues of First Nations Peoples. They’re calling upon their fellow Canadian citizens and corporations to insist the government respond to mounting poverty, contaminated drinking water, protection of women and children, and the rights of First Nations peoples. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine issued the statement, "It is time for action." Do all First Nations communities support this day of protest? Guests include Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief - Stan Louttit of the Cree First Nation.
Friday, June 29th, 2007 - Forecast for Native Alzheimer’s: (listen)
Experts say Native people are living longer, but more and more elders are showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Our guest Dr. Rick Ferraro, a professor of psychology at the University Of North Dakota, says he believes that some health professionals are rushing to diagnose Alzheimer’s instead of first ruling out other causes such as a vitamin deficiency. Ferraro, who is credited with creating the first assessment test for elderly Native Americans, says more studies need to be done to help serve the Native community. Our second guest is Dr. Bruce Finke, M.D. who is the Acting Chief Medical Officer with the Indian Health Service. Dr. Finke is also a primary care physician with a special focus on the care of the elderly. What are your risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s?
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Monday, July 2, 2007 – The Road to Cold Bay : (listen)
A land swap deal involving the King Cove Corporation, the State of Alaska and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service includes a right-of-way that would allow for construction of a road from the landlocked Aleut community of Agdaagux, or King Cove, to Cold Bay. Opponents claim this proposal will harm wildlife and their habitat within the Izembeck Wildlife Refuge on the Alaska Peninsula. Proponents say the new road would provide reliable ground travel, rather than unstable air travel. Should the road to Cold Bay be built? Guests are Della Trumble, an Aleut and President of the King Cove Corporation and Tina Marie Ekker, Policy Director for the environmental watch group Wilderness Watch.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 – Current Events: (listen)
As summer begins to sizzle, there are plenty of cool events happening in Native country. You can cool your heels at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics in Anchorage. You can heat up at the Piestewa Games in the Valley of the Sun, a sporting event being held to honor fallen Hopi warrior Lori Piestewa, who was killed in Iraq. You’ll hear an encouraging update on efforts to save Spruce Hill, an ancient Native American site in Ohio. Native poets, activists, and musicians will gather to promote indigenous issues at the Peace River Festival on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Do you have a current event to share?
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 – Independence Day in America : (listen)
If you are an American Indian or Alaska Native, how patriotic are you on the Fourth of July? For many Native people, the cookouts and the fireworks celebrations are hard to resist, but should Native Americans rejoice in America’s Independence Day festivities? What does being an American in the 21st Century mean to you? Do you consider yourself an American first, a Native American first, or do you simply consider yourself a member of your tribe?
Thursday, July 5, 2007 – Contest vs. Traditional Pow Wows: (listen)
The debate continues about what kind of influence contest pow wows have on the original meaning of pow wows. On one side, you’ve got the traditionalists who complain that today’s pow wows have lost their spiritual meaning. On the other side you have contest pow wow organizers who believe this is a good way to promote and carry on an important part of Native culture. Are contest pow wows good or bad? Guests include Dennis Zotigh of the Kiowa Nation, Cultural Coordinator for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
Friday, July 6, 2007 – Courage to Come Out Young: (listen)
When you are young and face the challenges of the world, sometimes it takes courage. For young Natives who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or a transgender who decide to come out and talk about who they are, courage is what brings them to express themselves. How are young Natives finding the courage to come out about their sexuality? How are they dealing with the hostility and discrimination, both in and out of tribal communities? Guests include Ryan Bowker from the Cheyenne River Sioux and recipient of the Colin Higgins Foundation Youth Courage Award.
Monday, July 9, 2007 – Strengthening Native Families: (listen)
As many as 1,400 Native American youth from around the country have converged on Oklahoma City for the National UNITY Conference to discuss important issues ranging from drug abuse to suicide prevention. UNITY stands for United National Indian Tribal Youth. Other national organizations will join UNITY for the signing of partnership agreements to carry out a national youth led initiative to strengthen Native families. Can youth make a difference? Guests include Hannah Ward, a member of the Desert Cahuilla Band of Indians and Co-President of the National UNITY Council.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007 – Opening Up the Radio Airwaves: (listen)
Seven years ago, the Federal Communications Commission opened a window to apply for a Non-Commercial Educational (NCE) broadcast FM license. Now, tribal communities have another opportunity to apply for a NCE broadcast license this October. Will this be the last time for your tribal community to have a full-power FM Station? What are the steps to apply for a NCE broadcast license? Guests are Loris Taylor - a member of the Hopi tribe and the Executive Director of Native Public Media, Andrew Lee who is Seneca and serves on the Honoring Nations awards program at Harvard.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 – The State of Native Nations: (listen)
After decades of grinding poverty and social distress, the 500-plus federally recognized tribes in the U.S. are in the midst of a remarkable resurgence. This unprecedented movement is chronicled in a new book by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development called “The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination.” What is the state of your tribal nation? Guests include Joseph Kalt, professor of international political economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Andrew Lee, a Seneca and former executive director of the Harvard Project.
Thursday, July 12, 2007 – Music Maker: Fara: (listen)
Two-time Canadian Juno and Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nominated artist Fara Palmer of the Salteaux First Nation has resurfaced with a new album entitled " Phoenix ." The sound is a fusion of pop/rock/folk/dance/and R&B. This 14-track album is full of humor, hope, raw emotion, and Fara's specialty – heart. Delving fearlessly into social and personal issues that are a part of today's reality, Fara uses her voice and her lyrics as a catalyst for positive change. In this, her third release, Fara's love of music and for the people shines through in each and every one of her songs.
Friday, July 13, 2007 – End of Time: (listen)
People all around the world have stories about the end of time. There is Armageddon, the climactic final battle between God and Satan in the Bible. There are stories from tribal elders who prophesize about the end of this world as we know it. There are Mayan prophecies that signal floods, earthquakes and cataclysm in 2012 following a flip in the sun’s magnetic fields. Do you feel we are approaching the end of time? Are you preparing for the apocalypse now? Our guest is evangelist Ray Perry of the Navajo Nation.
Monday, July 16, 2007 – Native in the Spotlight: Loriene Roy: (listen)
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library organization in the world. Recently, Loriene Roy of the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota was elected as President of the ALA. This marks the first time that an American Indian will hold this prestigious position. But what kind of impact can this unprecedented move have on tribal library systems? Can a Native president of the “voice of America ’s libraries” help to raise the literacy rates among Native people?
Tuesday, July 17, 2007 – Mixing the Martial Arts: (listen)
For some Natives the art of self-defense from the Far East has created a fiery passion and a profession. As more Natives step into the ultimate fighting ring how much commitment does it take to make a mark on martial arts as a Native? What does it mean to Native communities to see a Native fighter take on the challenge of mixed martial arts fights? Guests are Cody Wheeler, a Nez Perce/ Mescalero Apache who is a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and Stonehorse Lone Goeman, a Six Nations Martial Arts Trainer and World Class Muay Thai Champion.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 – The Fire to Survive: (listen)
Every summer fires rage across America . While some fires may be set due to forces of nature , other fires are ignited by the hands of humans. Sometimes it is in the form of controlled burns and other times there have been instances where people were creating an opportunity to work. Despite the reason for starting fires , how are those in the path of the fire affected? Is there ever a good reason to purposefully set a fire? How do intentionally set fires play a role in Native tradition? Guests include Bodie Shaw of the Warm Springs tribe, deputy director of the BIA National Interagency Fire Center, and Dennis Dupuis of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, associate director of Fire Use and Fuels at BIA-NIFC.
Thursday, July 19, 2007 – The Myth of Tribal Casinos: (listen)
According to the Native American Rights Fund, there is a growing belief in the U.S. that all Indians have struck it rich with the establishment of Indian casinos. Yet, unemployment among adult Indians is about three times the national average and Native Americans remain America ’s poorest people. Of the more than 560 Indian nations, only 224 are involved in gaming. What are the misconceptions and myths that exist today about tribal casinos? How and why should Native people try to dispel them? Guests include NARF’s Director of Development Don Ragona, Oglala/Mattinecock, and Mike Roberts, President of First Nations Development Institute.
Friday, July 20, 2007 – Child Obesity: (listen)
Childhood obesity is a condition that has overwhelmed the health and health providers of many Native communities. Children are weighing in at alarmingly high rates in most tribal nations. Many health professionals have linked childhood obesity to diabetes and other health problems. How are Native communities battling this epidemic among youth? What are the long-range repercussions to youth who spend their childhood overweight? What are the social concerns that are linked to this condition? Guests include Jean Charles-Azure, the Indian Health Service Principle Nutrition Consultant and Anna May Ferguson, advisor for the Togiak UNITY Youth Council.
Monday, July 23, 2007 – Bird Songs of the West: (listen)
Bird Songs are a special group of songs that originate from Native people of the coastal region and the islands of California. They were brought to humans to teach them respect and care. Unlike many Native American dances, bird songs do not use drums for accompaniment. Instead, rhythm is supplied by gourds or tortoise-shell rattles filled with native palm seeds. These songs were kept away for many years, but a new generation is giving them new voice. What lessons do bird songs bring? Our guest is Michael Mirelez, a bird singer from the Desert Cahuilla tribe.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007 – Adolescents in Rehab: (listen)
Being a teenager in America is tough, but being a teenager in Native America may be even tougher. The pitfalls are everywhere, especially in tribal communities where discipline and oversight is at a minimum. But there is a network of youth regional treatment centers that provide inpatient substance abuse and alcohol treatment to American Indian and Alaska Native youth. The primary responsibility of these centers is to help tribal youth find healthy directions in life. Are they working? Guests are Anthony Yepa of Jemez Pueblo who is director of the Sunrise Youth Regional Treatment Center at Acoma Pueblo, Dr. Anita Didrickson who is the program coordinator for the Raven's Way Adolescent Treatment Center and Angie Pool who is an enrolled member of the Pitt River Indian Tribe and is Director of the Wemble House.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 – Book of the Month: New Indians, Old Wars (listen)
In New Indians, Old Wars, author Elizabeth Cook-Lynn of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, tackles the discipline of Native Studies head-on, presenting a radical revision of the popular view of how the American West was won. Instead of accepting the widespread historians' view of the West as a shared place, Cook-Lynn argues the truth of the matter is that whites stole it from the Indians. As an author and professor, she is a woman and writer of distinct purpose, and she writes and teaches for the "cultural, historical, and political survival of Indian nations.”
Thursday, July 26, 2007 – Don’t Speak For Us: (listen)
Non-Native authors, scholars, filmmakers, anthropologists, scientists, lobbyists and government officials often seize opportunities to speak on behalf of Natives. This leads to controversy over accuracy, interpretation, legitimacy, and in some cases, false representation of Native people. What consequences does this present? Is there something that is lost in the translation? Or, can there be indirect benefits to non-Natives speaking or writing on behalf of Natives? Our guests are John Trudell, activist/artist from the Santee Sioux Tribe and Hanay Geiogamah, a Kiowa professor at UCLA’s School of Theater , Film and Television.
Friday, July 27, 2007 – Natives & Public Parks: (listen)
America’s public parks and Native Americans have had a love-hate relationship long before these places were called parks. Across the vast U.S. landscape these parks are home to sites held sacred by Natives. Although there is distinct Native history within these areas, the Native story is rarely heard by visitors. Why is it important to bring out the Native side of national and state parks? Would Native history actually be more of a draw for tourists, or would it make them feel guilty? Guests are Gregory Holder who is Lakota/Wichita and a Park Ranger at Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming and Barbara Sutteer of the Uintah Ute Tribe/Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who was instrumental in changing the name of the Custer Battlefield National Monument to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
Monday, July 30, 2007 – North American Union : (listen)
A lot of politics are being played when it comes to passing new U.S. immigration laws. What are the real issues impacting this red hot, national debate? What factors are influencing our lawmakers and how do they decide to vote? Could a new immigration bill be a prelude to an economic union between the U.S. , Canada , and Mexico ? Guests are Roberto Rodriguez, writer of Column of the Americas, and Jerome Corsi, author of a new book called The Late Great USA: the Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 – Ups and Downs of NAGPRA : (listen)
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) provides a process for public institutions, museums and universities to return cultural items like human remains, funerary objects and other sacred objects. But for some institutions, like the University of California-Berkeley, which holds the second largest collection of Native items in the country, repatriation could deplete their rHorsehair Artesearch material. Who will win this tug of war? Guests are Teara Farrow, Cultural Resources Manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla and cultural specialist Lalo Franco of the Wukchumni Tribe of California.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 – Let Your Hands Do the Talking : (listen)
Our hands are good for a lot of things. They allow us to complete a variety of tasks, but can they tell a story or provide the stage for a heated conversation? For hundreds of years Native Americans have let their hands do the talking through sign language. At one time sign language was used out of necessity in order to communicate with other tribes. So what are its current uses? How are tribes keeping sign language from being lost? Guests are Wayne Plume, a Blood First Nation sign talker and Dr. Lanny Realbird, a Crow educator at Little Bighorn College.
Thursday, August 2, 2007 – Benefits of Breastfeeding : (listen)
Medical experts directly link breastfeeding to good health. They have found that babies who are breastfed are less likely to have ear infections, diarrhea, colds and the flu. Traditionally this method of nurturing the child was the only way. As mothers keep on with this tradition, what are their children gaining? Can breastfeeding a baby keep it from having to deal with obesity? Can breastfeeding help curb type-2 diabetes? Guests are Sue Murphy of the Pima Indian Medical Center Breastfeeding Promotion Program in Arizona, Crystal Wyaco-Little of the Navajo Nation who works for the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona and Jolie Blackbear who is Creek and is a La Leche Leader.
Friday, August 3, 2007 – The Black Caucus & Tribal Sovereignty : (listen)
The controversial vote to remove descendants of African slaves, called Freedmen, as citizens of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma may jeopardize the sovereignty of all tribes. Disgruntled Freedmen approached members of the Congressional Black Caucus to restore their citizenship and one member, Rep. Diane Watson of California, is threatening to cut millions of dollars in federal funding to the Cherokees and now the House Financial Services Committee has voted to cut HUD funding to the tribe. Have the Freedmen pushed this issue into the danger zone? We will play pre-recorded interviews with Cherokee Chief Chad Smith and Congresswoman Diane Watson and then open up the phone lines for caller reaction.
Monday, August 6, 2007 – Native Bills Held Hostage: (listen)
According to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the Senate Republican Steering Committee is a small group of Senators who have been working together to put secret holds on all legislation benefiting tribes and Native people. As both houses of Congress get set to take a month off, we will examine what strategies NCAI and tribes will employ to get this committee to stop this obstructionism. Will the bills be set free? Guests are NCAI President Joe Garcia of Ohkay Owingeh in New Mexico , and NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Johnson of the Tlingit Nation.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 – Current Events: (listen)
August is packed with events ranging from the sights and sounds of the annual Santa Fe Indian Market to the Prez on the Rez political forum in California at the Morongo reservation. The National Museum of the American Indian’s 2007 National Pow Wow in Washington , D.C. , will include a radio/ internet broadcast on Native Voice One (NV1). The American Indian Film Institute, based in San Francisco , has an important deadline coming up for film entries. We want to hear from you about what’s happening in your community.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 – Behind the Art Show Booth: (listen)
When you stroll down the rows of Native artists at art shows do you ever wonder what the story is behind the booth? For many Native artists the story consists of family, tradition, struggle, politics, spirituality and respect for nature. It is not rare for Native artists to put a part of themselves into each piece. As the summer Native art show season begins to wrap up, what are the personal stories that are attached to what is seen visually and placed in an art buyer collection? Guests include Siberian Yupik artist Elaine Kingeekuk.
Thursday, August 9, 2007 – The Bear Butte Battle: (listen)
Native healers, traditional societies, and community leaders are again planning to meet at Bear Butte in South Dakota as a prelude to the annual Sturgis Bike Rally. Their focus is to strike up a conversation about saving sacred sites, including Bear Butte or Mato Paha. When Natives speak of sharing and protecting the land, how does that translate to non-Natives? Why are Natives from across the continent taking part in the fight to protect Bear Butte? What has the struggle for this sacred site done to race relations in the area? Invited guests include Jay Red Hawk of the Dakota tribe.
Friday, August 10, 2007 – Music Maker: Gary Small & the Coyote Brothers: (listen)
Gary Small of the Northern Cheyenne tribe returns with a new band and a new CD. After performing many years with the “Gary Small Band” out of Portland, Oregon , he moved home to Wyoming to take care of his ailing father. He remained in Wyoming after his father’s passing and then established his new band “Gary Small and the Coyote Brothers.” Small says his former band had a roots, rock and reggae sound while his new band is vintage 50s and 60s resembling “Chuck Berry meeting the surf.” Join us as we present Gary Small and his latest CD “Crazy Woman Mountain.”
Monday, August 13, 2007 – Native in the Spotlight: Michael Naranjo: (listen)
Sculptor Michael Naranjo from Santa Clara Pueblo, in New Mexico, is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA). Naranjo made up his mind in childhood that he wanted to be an artist, but lost his eyesight following a grenade explosion in Vietnam in 1968. He did not let his loss stop him and he has gained an international reputation as an artist who sees with his hands. His art shows are well known for inviting the sighted and visually impaired alike to “please touch” his work. Join us as we learn more about this prolific artist who continues to delight and inspire.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 – Building Bridges on Tribal Lands: (listen)
The collapse of the I-35 West Bridge in Minneapolis is raising a slew of questions about the nation’s infrastructure and in particular, it’s bridges. Tribes have been lobbying the federal government for decades for funds to rebuild bridges, but have seen little support. In the wake of this tragedy, and with new funding anticipated to be devoted to strengthening the country’s infrastructure, what role will Native-owned companies, the BIA and tribal governments play? Guests are Leroy Gishi of the Navajo Nation, head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Division of Transportation, and Phil Rigdon of the Yakama Nation's Department of Natural Resources.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 – Language of Spirit: (listen)
Scientists have discovered that in the sub-atomic realm, there are no longer any things; there is only a dynamic flux of process and relationship. For thousands of years, indigenous people have seen the cosmos as a place of kinship – a place of harmony and beauty. A new language is emerging through dialogue with Native elders, quantum physicists and other Western scientists. What is the connection between the quantum realm of energy and the indigenous spirit realm? Guests are former Director of Native Studies at Harvard University Leroy Little Bear of the Blackfoot Nation, and Ojibwe ceremonial leader Tobasonakwut Kinew. http://www.seedopenu.org/
Thursday, August 16, 2007 – The Yukon River’s Healing Journey: (listen)
The Yukon River is one of the longest and most powerful rivers in North America . One third of the water in Alaska makes its way into the Yukon , and over 100,000 Alaskans live within the river’s watershed and rely on its resources for their drinking water. A canoe journey of historic significance is traveling the 1,500-mile length of the Yukon River to unite native villages, and to promote environmental stewardship and sustainable water use practices. Can the damaged river be healed? Guests include Jon Waterhouse of the Jamestown S’Klallam and Chippewa Cree tribes, and assistant director of the Yukon River Inter Tribal Watershed Council.
Friday, August 17, 2007 – The Facts on Cataracts: (listen)
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, causing loss of vision. It is the leading cause of blindness in the world. They are most commonly caused by old age but can form under a variety of conditions, including exposure to radiation, long-term exposure to ultraviolet rays, and eye trauma. Cataracts can also result as a secondary effect of diabetes. What are the latest surgical techniques or medicinal cures, such as eye drops? What are your chances of developing cataracts and what can you do to prevent them? Guests include Dr. Jim Cox of the IHS eye clinic in Gallup, New Mexico.
Monday, August 20, 2007 – Warrior Down: (listen)
“Never leave a wounded warrior behind” is an old saying in tribal lingo. A program being introduced across Montana called the Warrior Down project is reaching out to people re-entering their community after spending time in prison, a treatment center, or mental facility. A group called White Bison will lead a 13-stop, 12-day journey across Big Sky country with a message of wellbriety. How do communities heal from the effects of substance abuse and incarceration? Guests are Stephanie Iron Shooter of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council and Tommy Stiffarm of the Four Nations Warrior Down program, both members of the White Clay (Gros Ventres) tribe of Montana.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 – Absent from the Tribe: (listen)
When a tribal member lives away from his or her tribe, are they still a member of the tribe? Some tribes deny their citizens the right to vote or otherwise take part in the tribal decision making process if they live away from the reservation or village. Other tribes grant full exclusive rights to every member, no matter where they reside. Should you try to influence tribal policy and politics when you don’t live there, or should you let the people who live there decide how the tribe operates? Guests include Charles Wells of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 – Tragedy in Pauingassi: (listen)
Many questions remain unanswered in the tragic drowning of a six-year-old boy on the remote Pauingassi First Nation reserve in Manitoba . The story has made headlines across North America , many claiming that three young boys bullied the young boy into taking off his clothes and jumping in a lake, even though he didn’t know how to swim. Why does the press ignore the connection between poverty and government policy? Are these kids really bullies, or is there something deeper to their despair? Guest is Stan Holder of the Wichita Tribe, and the Bureau of Indian Education.
Thursday, August 23, 2007 – Digging for Destruction or Development?: (listen)
Each day minerals are pumped from the ground. Some of the largest deposits are located on tribal lands. For some Natives this is seen as a desecration of Mother Earth. For others, it is seen as a way to provide economic support. How are Natives dealing with the choice between traditional respect for the environment and economic development for survival? Has the impact of mining changed your Native community? Guests include Robert Shimek from the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe and Mining Project Coordinator for the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Friday, August 24, 2007 – Native American Heritage Day: (listen)
How about a new holiday the Friday after Thanksgiving called Native American Heritage Day? Tribes and tribal organizations are actively seeking passage of a bill introduced by Sen. Inouye (D-Hawaii) enacting a new federal holiday. Should Native Americans be honored across the country for their contributions to the U.S. , or are there already too many federal holidays? Guests include National Indian Gaming Association chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse-Campbell of the Northern Cheyenne tribe.
Monday, August 27, 2007 – Native Slaves of the Caribbean: (listen)
When slavery is brought up, most people think of the 17 th and 18 th centuries and the slave trade that took millions of Africans from their homelands to plantations in the New World. Mixed in with the transport of African slaves to the Caribbean islands included some Native people. Current day circumstances are allowing the roots of these lost relatives to be reconnected. Recently northeastern tribes, such as the Pequot, reflected on this shared oral history, and honored the legacy of those that endured the Native slave route to the Caribbean. What ties does your tribe have to slavery? Guests are Marjorie Colebut-Jackson of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and Everett "Tall Oak" Weeden of the Mashpee Wampanoag and Mashantucket Pequot tribes.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007 – Bordertown Racism: (listen)
The ongoing violence, hate crimes and other discriminatory actions toward Native people in reservation and village bordertowns is cresting. But instead of fighting back with an eye-for-an-eye attitude, tribal members are seeking healing through promotion of racial tolerance and understanding. How are false stereotypes fostering resentment of Native people, and how do Native people fight back without causing an “Indian Uprising?” Guests are Art Neskahi of the Navajo Nation, organizer of the upcoming Walk for Peace and Justice, and Rev. Lynn Hubbard of the Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 – Book of the Month: Reclaiming Dine’ History: (listen)
“Reclaiming Dine’ History,” by Dine’ author, Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale presents an examination of issues in Navajo history. Denetdale uses a multi-layered approach to look at the way non-natives have presented Navajo history throughout the years. She says that those same histories, when read with an understanding of Navajo creation stories, “reveal previously unrecognized Navajo perspectives on the past.” Join us as we discuss Dr. Denetdale’s new book and the process of reclaiming history.
Thursday, August 30, 2007 – Paying for Prayers: (listen)
You can have salvation of the spirit and learn old Indian ways to boot, just send a check or credit card number and you too can become a certified Medicine Man or Medicine Woman. For an affordable price, you can also pay for healing ceremonies, sweat lodges, and other spiritual cleansing. How do you feel about paying for prayers? Native medicine people have always offered their services in exchange for a blanket or a pouch of tobacco , but is cold hard cash asking too much? Our Guest is Dennis "Rocky" King of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, who runs Creator's Helper.
Friday, August 31, 2007 – Re-Learning to Live, After Trauma: (listen)
Everyday actions like putting on your own clothes, taking a stroll down the street or shaking someone’s hand are actions that some people complete without thinking. Imagine one day something happens and your body and your brain have forgotten how to complete these actions. For some Natives who have lived through serious trauma either through accidents, combat, illness, or loss of limbs, the simple things become the biggest tests of strength. Join us as we talk with Natives who have taken the challenge of re-learning physical actions and have turned them into heroic feats.
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Monday, September 3, 2007 – The Best Dang Sports Show, Period: (listen)
For sports fans this is the most exciting time of the year. College and pro football are kicking off. The major league pennant races are heating up, there’s golf, basketball, soccer, motor sports, everything a sports fan could wish for. The two top stories in Indian Country are Sam Bradford, a Cherokee from Oklahoma , who will start at quarterback for the University of Oklahoma football team, and Joba Chamberlain, a Winnebago from Nebraska , who is a rookie pitching phenom for the New York Yankees. What are your predictions for the wide world of sports? Guests include Joba’s dad, Harlan Chamberlain.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007 – Current Events: (listen)
A rally is taking place at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. , in support of reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The National Center for American Indian Economic Development will hold its award banquet in Los Angeles , honoring Native business leaders. Wayne Newton, of Las Vegas fame and a descendant of the Powatan tribe, will be competing in TV’s Dancing with the Stars. And a scam involving the Kaweah Indian Nation selling tribal membership to illegal immigrants continues to unfold.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007 – I Luv, I Luv, My Calendar Babes: (listen)
Are you among the thousands that anticipate the New Year because that means a new calendar with 12 new pin-ups of the beautiful people? This age-old American tradition of selecting 12 hunks or 12 beauties and assigning them their own month (such as Miss April or Mr. July) has taken on a Native flare. Today there are numerous calendars that feature Native women and men from specific tribes, as well as intertribal calendars. Are tribal people embracing the Native guys-and-gals-of-the-month? Guests include Native calendar model Natani Gourneau of the Navajo and Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribes.
Thursday, September 6, 2007 – Natives on YouTube: (listen)
What is YouTube? Have you ever used this popular video-sharing website? Some Natives use the site to post powwow video and creative art works. But some YouTube users post content without the artists’ consent or knowledge. The website can also be a source of tremendous embarrassment for people whose worst moments have been caught on camera. What should you know about Youtube? What cautions should you take when uploading video content to the YouTube site? Guests are entertainer Jana from the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, and filmmaker Autumn Chacon of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico .
Friday, September 7, 2007 – Words of Our Elders: (listen)
For many, some of the wisest things they’ve ever heard came from Native elders. From tribe to tribe Natives are taught to honor their elders and with that comes honoring their words. In honor of our golden agers, we take a moment to highlight their words. What are the best words of wisdom you have heard from your tribal elders? With so much wealth within the words of our Native elders, what is the best way for us to preserve them? Our guest is Phillip Blanchett of the Yupik tribe, project producer of "Listen to the Elders."
Monday, September 10, 2007 – The $1 Native Coin Act: (listen)
Congress has authorized the U.S. Treasury to mint and issue new one dollar coins that commemorate the outstanding contributions of Native Americans by passing the Native American $1 Coin Act. The legislation, pending the President’s signature, will issue a new coin design each year beginning in 2009. The design would go on one side, with the image of Sakakawea, who is currently on the dollar coin, remaining on the other side. What image representing Native peoples would you like to see on the dollar coin? Program will include an interview with U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND).
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 – Indian Flute Love Songs: (listen)
The alluring sound of the Native flute has captured the hearts of many. For centuries, Natives have used the flute to melodically tell the story of Native emotions. While some songs have been handed down through many generations and families, many flute songs have a specific, special someone in mind when they were created. Has the sound of the Native flute touched your heart? What skills are required to play the flute? Guests are Native flute players Andrew Thomas of the Dine' Nation, Hovia Edwards of the Shoshone Bannock tribe, Vince Redhouse of the Navajo Nation and Anthony Wakeman of the Pottawatami and Oglala tribes.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 – U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights: (listen)
Since the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in June 2006 by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Global Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus has lobbied hard for the UN General Assembly to endorse the declaration without changes or amendments. A vote will take place tomorrow in New York. How can this declaration impact the protection of sacred sites in the U.S. , and how can it impact Native people’s collective rights? Guests are Valerie Taliman of the Navajo Nation and the Indian Law Resource Center, and Susan Masten former chair of the Yurok Tribe.
Thursday, September 13, 2007 – Wild Rice Still Alive: (listen)
The grains of tradition are embedded in the wild rice fields that grow in the Great Lakes region. Despite the changing world this tradition has remained a key to survival for the Anishinaabe. The richness of wild rice and the tradition of harvesting have been passed on from one generation to the next, providing good health as well. As many travel out to the rice fields for this year’s harvest, what connections to heritage and the earth will they be able to gather? How has climate change affected wild rice? Guests include Peter David, a Wildlife Biologist with the Great Lakes Indian and Fish Wildlife Commission.
Friday, September 14, 2007 - Native Horsehair Art: (listen)
When the Spaniards brought their horses to the Americas hundreds of years ago, not only did they bring a new friend and form of transportation but, they brought a new style of art to Native Americans. Since that time, many tribal societies have used horsehair to intricately braid and weave stunning art. Some Natives have carried on the horsehair art tradition through other art mediums such as basket weaving, jewelry and ceramics. How did this European art form makes its way in to the Native art scene over the years? How does this type of art depict the deep love and respect Natives hold for these great beings. Guests are Geneva Ramon, a Tohono O' odham horsehair basket weaver, Nelda Schrupp a Nakota horsehair rattle maker and Kenny West horsehair artist of the Cheyenne River Band of Lakota.
Monday, September 17, 2007 – Native in the Spotlight: Kevin Gover: (listen)
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian announced Kevin Gover as its new director. The former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the BIA will direct one of the country's largest hubs of information on Natives. Trained as a lawyer and well immersed in the hustle and bustle of Washington D.C., Gover will carry the torch passed on from outgoing NMAI director Richard West. What does this new appointment mean for the museum and Natives in the Western Hemisphere? Join us as we visit with Kevin Gover of the Pawnee and Comanche tribes of Oklahoma.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 – The BIA in the 21st Century: (listen)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is in the midst of holding a series of meetings throughout the month of September across the country. The objective is to discuss with tribal leaders how the BIA and the Bureau of Indian Education can improve efficiency with rising operations cost. Is it high time for tribes to remove the BIA as a safety net? Is your tribe ready? Guests are BIA Assistant Secretary Carl Artman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and BIA Principal Deputy Majel Russell of the Crow Tribe of Montana.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 – Early Childhood Literacy: (listen)
According to the folks at Reading is Fundamental, reading to your child helps them develop their language skills. When it comes time for youngsters to learn how to read themselves, those language skills are essential in helping to learn the life-long skill of reading. Did you know there are programs out there designed to put books into your home? How do you select appropriate material to read to your kids? Guests include pediatrician Lucy Her Many Horses of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, spokesperson for RIF's new public education campaign targeting Native American parents with young children.
Thursday, September 20, 2007 – Defining Native Language through Books: (listen)
One way of saving a Native language is to record it. For some Natives putting their tribal language into written form, like a dictionary or grammar book, is one way to ensure it is preserved for the future. There are dozens of dictionaries that map out Native languages with words and pronunciation symbols. Is it really possible to write out a Native language with the same spirit as it is spoken? If your tribe had a dictionary would you use it? Guests are Walkie Charles, a Yup'ik faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Wilhelmina Phone of the Jicarilla Apache Nation and contributor to her tribe's dictionary.
Friday, September 21, 2007 – Bounty Hunting: (listen)
When you think of bounty hunters, who pops into your mind? Is it Boba Fett, the legendary Domino Harvey, or cable TV’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter”? Bounty hunting is serious business in the U.S. Many in the industry see it as a way to get dangerous fugitives off the street without financial cost to the public. Other people say it’s legalized vigilantism. Have you ever had an encounter with a bounty hunter? Better make sure your tickets are paid and any bench warrants are taken care of or they may be coming for you next! Our guest is Duane “Dog” Chapman, a Chiricahua Apache descendant.
Monday, September 24, 2007 – Music Maker: Big Every Time: (listen)
If you are one of the many on the mainland getting ready to pack your Bermuda shorts and flip flops away for the winter, hold that thought! Instead let’s take one more trip to the islands of Hawaii through the sounds of Big Every Time. The two man group with much malo formed nearly 14 years ago, bringing Jamaican-style-roots reggae and the soulful traditions of urban R&B ballads together with a hip-hop flare. Tim “Papa T” Troxell and Joe “J.D.” Daniels add their 5th release, “Big Everytime” to Polynesian P-funk’s finest.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007 – Makah Whaling:
The Treaty of Neah Bay was signed by the Makah tribe and the US in 1855. The treaty guarantees the right of the Makah to hunt gray whales for subsistence. But court cases, politics and activists have thwarted the Makah whale hunts since the turn of the century. On September 8th, five Makah tribal members killed a whale without the approval of the tribal council or U.S. authorities, which is complicating efforts by the tribe to resume whaling legally. Will the Makah whaling crew go to jail? Guests include People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) spokesperson Stephanie Boyles.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 – Book of the Month: Three Plays: (listen)
A new book by acclaimed novelist playwright and teacher Scott Momaday of the Kiowa tribe called “Three Plays: The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and the Moon in Two Windows” belongs with the best of Momaday’s classics. The Indolent Boys recounts the 1891 tragedy of runaways from the Kiowa Boarding School. Children of the Sun is a short children’s play about our relationship to the sun. The Moon in Two windows is a screenplay about Indian children forced into assimilation at Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. The program will also feature the new book Do All Indians Live in Tipis?, published by the National Museum of the American Indian.
Thursday, September 27, 2007 – Embracing Life, Preventing Suicide: (listen)
Although kids thinking about suicide are not likely to seek help, they do show warning signs to their friends, classmates, parents and/or trusted school personnel. When we see or hear these signs like depression, verbal threats and suicide notes, we cannot ignore them. Once we see the signs, what can we do to help? How do we get Native youth to embrace life rather than throw it away? Guests include Nelda Dugi-Huskie of the Navajo Nation and the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.
Friday, September 28, 2007 – Breast Cancer Survivors:
Decades ago when breast cancer was first discovered it made the world stop and think. As breast cancer has increased, early detection has proven to be one key to survival. Although breast cancer has taken its toll on many Native women, those that have faced it encourage others to fight it. For some Natives it is their mothers, sisters, aunts and closest friends that have shown them the courage to keep on when faced with breast cancer. Will you help spread the word about prevention? Guests are Inuit breast cancer survivor Meeka Mearns and CBS News reporter Hattie Kauffman of the Nez Perce tribe, also a breast cancer survivor.
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Monday, October 1, 2007 – The Price for Native Anguish?: (listen)
The historic, multi-billion dollar Cobell vs. Kempthorne trust fund trial enters a new phase next week, with a new judge. Many are hoping it will result in payments to Native account holders. A multi-billion dollar agreement has been reached to settle the Canadian Indian Residential School scandal, as former students begin the process of getting paid. Do settlement agreements offer true reconciliation? Can you put a price tag on pain, suffering, and loss? Guests include Cherokee attorney Keith Harper.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 – Current Events : (listen)
People will be taking to the streets of Denver for Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day celebrations this weekend. Yavapai-Apache kick-boxer Clifford Larsen continues his pursuit of a pro kickboxing championship in his backyard in Camp Verde, Arizona. A rally is being held in the University of California-Berkeley to protest the school’s new NAGPRA policy. While eight leading experts on the economic and social impact of Indian gaming will speak at a gathering at the University of California-Davis. What current events are taking place in your community?
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 – The Moose Moratorium:
Alaska’s Game Unit 18 has been off-limits to hunters from outside the area for the past 15 years. The number of moose got so low it caused some of the subsistence hunters living in the area to voluntarily stop hunting the enormous animals. Earlier this year, the Federal Subsistence Board created a conflict when they decided to lift the moratorium and let sport hunters into the area. Are there enough moose to go around? Can subsistence hunters trust the board to safeguard their interests? How will trophy hunting impact moose recovery in the area? Guests include Pete Probasco of the Federal Subsistence Board.
Thursday, October 4, 2007 – (Multimedia) Pirates of the Reservation: (listen)
Since the days of Blackbeard, a pirate on the open sea is known for stealing and robbing another’s goods. Now there’s new treasures at stake for modern day pirates. Things like music, software and videos are the sought after loot. Many people who pirate have caused havoc on the open roads, flea markets and street corners in and around tribal nations as they sell their wares. Is pirating music and videos wrong? Who does it really hurt? Would you buy, or have you bought a pirated item? Guests include Navajo independent filmmaker Shonie De La Rosa.
Friday, October 5, 2007 – Welcome Home, Native Adoptees: (listen)
Communities and families that have been affected by systematic child removal understand the adverse affects that adoption brings. Tribal communities that lost children to these processes now have a chance to mend the broken ties. One community in particular has taken a group approach to welcome home those that were adopted out. The White Earth Band of Ojibwe has opened their doors and is celebrating this opportunity with a community gathering. What type of healing and education lies in this reunion? How would this type of gathering be embraced by your community? Guests include Sandy White Hawk of the First Nations Orphan Association.
Monday, October 8, 2007 – The Sovereignty of Food:
Where does our food come from these days? Most of us who live in the modernized, industrialized world eat mass-produced, genetically-enhanced, processed, packaged and preserved food that we buy in the local grocery store. But what if our country’s current food producing and delivery systems and infrastructure collapsed? Some tribal communities are now promoting and aspiring to develop food sustainability and food sovereignty. Why is this practice important and how can it help redefine our tribal communities? Guests include Rick Vigil, tribal administrator for the Pueblo of Tesuque.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 – Escaping a Life of Prostitution : (listen)
Selling your body for survival may seem foolish but, for some men and women who live their life on the streets as prostitutes, it is the way life is. The reaction from society sometimes views prostitutes as easy to discard, and not worthy of justice. How does prostitution translate to violence against women? What does it take for those who are working the streets to turn their lives around? Guests include Silvia and Donna Lynn Petit, who escaped their lives as prostitutes on the street and Suzette Amaya, a First Nations support worker from the Cree and Coast Salish tribes.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 – Homosexuality: How Do You Handle the News?: (listen)
October 11th is National Coming Out Day. It’s the 20th birthday of the unfurling of the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Since then, some of the stigma attached to being gay has been washed away. Still, the news about a loved one’s homosexuality can come as a big surprise to friends and family. How would you handle the news? Have you ever had someone in your inner circle come out to you? Are you planning on using today as a springboard to a more open lifestyle? Guests include Native comedian Charlie Ballard and author/gay rights advocate Eric Marcus.
Thursday, October 11, 2007 – Native in the Spotlight: Sven Haakanson, Jr.: (listen)
An Alutiiq anthropologist has been selected as the recipient of the “Genius Award” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Sven Haakanson, Jr., who is from Old Harbor village on Kodiak Island, Alaska, recently received the honor for being “the driving force behind the revitalization of indigenous language, culture and customs in an isolated region of North America.” He has a doctorate in anthropology and directs the Alutiiq Museum, and was featured in the documentary Grizzly Man.
Friday, October 12, 2007 – Indigenous Gathering of the Americas : (listen)
Native people from North and South America mutually understand the struggle for self-determination and the reclaiming of ancestral lands and lifeways. Cultural pride has awakened and is on the rise. This week the eagle and condor, symbols of indigenous peoples of the north and south, will come together in Vicam, Mexico to talk about how unification can bring indigenous peoples closer to their goals. Can combing the minds of indigenous peoples from the far reaches of the two continents bring answers to challenges we face at home? Invited guests include Samuel Orozco of Radio Bilingue’.
Monday, October 15, 2007 – Blood In, Blood Out: (listen)
When it comes to race issues, have you ever heard someone ask, "Don’t we all have the same blood in our veins?” It’s true. If you cut any person, they will bleed red. But then again, it’s not. The reason blood type was discovered was, during experimental blood transfusions in the late 19th Century, people were dying. What is your blood type? Who could or could not use your blood in a transfusion and how do we keep our blood healthy? What type is best? Guests include Dr. Lowell Tilzer of the Kansas University Medical Center .
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 – If the Shoe Fits, Wear It:
In September, the Nike Air Native N7, a shoe designed for Native Americans, was unveiled. Nike explains it was designed to address the specific fit and requirements for the Native American foot. The N7 is the result of a foot study on about 70 Native individuals. But, the shoes made for walking Native Americans into a healthy lifestyle are facing skepticism from both Native and non-Native audiences. What does this marriage of the famous Nike swoosh and Native culture and anatomy signify? Guests include Leo Nolan of the Indian Health Service.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 – Healing the Men Who Hurt Women: (listen)
The plight of battered women is a serious problem. Over the years many resources have been dedicated to helping women to escape and recover. However, there is one side of the equation that is often overlooked – the men who perpetrate domestic abuse. There are programs and support groups to assist them in their own recovery. Can someone who has committed violence against women in their lives be rehabilitated? Guests include Mark Owens of the Sac & Fox tribe, director- Mankind Program of the Marin Abused Women's Services in Los Angeles .
Thursday, October 18, 2007 – Lights On After School:
If our children are the future, is America investing enough to help them attain better, healthier lives than we have now? Are we investing enough not only within our school programs, but what about after school programs? Are lawmakers and private foundations doing enough to help working families by supporting after school programs? Are schools ready and willing to go the extra mile? What does your child do during the after school danger zone? Guests include Clarence Hogue of the Navajo Nation and the Native American Community Academy (NACA) in Albuquerque .
Friday, October 19, 2007 – Music Maker: Pipestone: (listen)
Have you ever heard a love song that you swear was written about your crazy Native love life? Then maybe you were listening to Pipestone’s “Good Ol’ Fashioned NDN Lovin” when you held your hands over your heart and said, “Oh, the pain!” Pipestone sings about the woes and wows of Native love through their round dance sounds. From makeup to breakup the hand drum of Pipestone portrays NDN love just like it is. Johnny Marrow, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe and a singer with Pipestone, joins us for our special Music Maker edition.
Monday, October 22, 2007 – Tribal Background Checks:
Some tribes have started running background checks on the people who work for them. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees with the need to know who is watching our kids and handling our funds. Still, some point out that background checks can include inaccurate or outdated information and disqualify the wrong people from consideration for a job. These checks can also be costly and time consuming. Where should we draw the line when we’re trying to keep our communities safe? Guests include Michele Justice of the Navajo Nation and Personnel Security Consultants.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 – Polar-Palooza: (listen)
At opposite ends of the world sit the Arctic and Antarctic. But these Polar regions do share common ground. Both are experiencing dramatic climate change that has dire consequences for the rest of the planet. An outreach project called Polar-Palooza is traveling across the country to bring “Stories from a Changing Planet” and important information about the Poles. Unfortunately, what happens at the Poles does not stay at the Poles. Is it too late to stop global warming? Guests include Athabascan wildlife biologist Orville Huntington of the Alaskan Native Science Commission.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 – Book of the Month: Hundred in the Hand: (listen)
Lakota author Joseph Marshall III has published the first book in his new Lakota Westerns series. “Hundred in the Hand” is about an important battle won by the Lakota in 1866. Based on historical accounts and oral history, the story brings new depth to the battle and the history of the Lakota. Marshall, from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota , is an award-winning author of nine books. His first language is Lakota and he is also a wilderness survival specialist. What leadership lessons can we learn from history?
Thursday, October 25, 2007 – Dressed in Black: (listen)
When you see a young person dressed all in black what do you think? Does it make you want to keep your distance, or do you see just another youth expressing their self? Despite what you may perceive, youth who wear all black do it to make a statement. For some it is a test to see just how you will react or how quick you will pass judgment. For others it is a signifier of a culture such as Goth or Emo. How is this world of black influencing the world of Native youth? Guests include Brian Wallace, former chair of the Washoe Tribe and his son Arron Wallace who is a musician/filmmaker and Amber Gunn Gauthier, a Ho-Chunk and Menominee artist, actor, and model.
Friday, October 26, 2007 – The Vote on Indian Health: (listen)
The Indian Health Care Improvement Act is moving to the Senate floor and Native groups are rallying support on Capitol Hill for the crucial votes. The act was originally enacted in 1976. It provides the framework for the Indian health care system, but has not been reauthorized since President Bush took office. It is also one of the top priorities for the Alaska Federation of Natives, which is convening in Fairbanks , Alaska this week. It has received favorable support from Senate committees so far. Will the bill finally pass, and can it bring the Indian health care system into the 21 st Century? Guests include Stacy A. Bohlen of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indians who is the Executive Director National Indian Health Board.
Monday, October 29, 2007 – The Scary Side of Sweet: (listen)
If you read the labels on the food you buy, you see it. High fructose corn syrup is used in many food products, but what is it? Sugar is expensive in the U.S. , so many food companies use HFCS, a sweetener made from corn. Some nutritionists claim that HFCS has more health risks than sugar. Those alleged risks include increased rates of obesity and diabetes. Corn industry representatives contend that the sweetener poses no more risks than sugar. So, what’s the skinny on this sweetener? Can your sweet tooth come back to bite you? Guests include dietician Stacey Cullen of the Choctaw Nation.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 – Revising Tribal Constitutions: (listen)
Most tribes are still governing their lands and resources with outdated tribal constitutions. Years, even generations, of infighting amongst tribal members has kept many tribes from amending or replacing these decades-old documents. Have you ever looked at your tribal constitution? Is there separation of powers within your governmental structure? Do you think that your government is truly representing the tribal people? If not, is it because of bad leaders or a bad constitution? Guests include attorney Dennis Chappabitty of the Comanche Nation.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 – Spine Tingling Ghost Stories: (listen)
Once again it is Halloween. As many dress little ones in spooky or cute costumes, the spirit and mood of the day can often be best captured in a spooky story. This time of year people get excited to open their ears and minds to the stories that make the goose bumps jump. Tales of traditional tribal ghost stories and accounts of real life close encounters make this holiday seem even spookier. Do you have a spine tingler to share for Halloween? Guests are Anishinabe storyteller Anne Dunn and Stella Long, a Choctaw storyteller.
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Thursday, November 1, 2007 – Way of the Warrior: (listen)
A new television documentary called “Way of the Warrior” examines the visceral nature of war and the bravery of Native American veterans who served during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. How did these men come to grips with their personal post-war conditions and society’s attitudes toward them? Why did Native soldiers fight for this country when they were still outside of the American mainstream? Guests are "Way of the Warrior" producer Patty Loew of the Bad River Band of Ojibwe and Vietnam Veteran/playwright/columnist/poet Jim Northrup of the Fond Du Lac Ojibwe.
Friday, November 2, 2007 – Away with Native College Clubs?: (listen)
When Native students go off to college, many wind up far from the familiar faces of home. Some will adjust and succeed, while some will struggle. On many college campuses across the country Native students may join student organizations, and in particular, a Native American club. Do these groups provide support to Native kids a long way from home, or do they provide a crutch for students who don’t want to mix with people different from themselves? Guests are Jaycee Beyale of the Navajo Nation, President of the Kiva Club at the University of New Mexico and Monty Johns who is the president of the newly formed American-Indian Student Union at the University of Virginia. Monty is Cayuga from Southern Ontario.
Monday, November 5 , 2007 – Media Attacks on Sovereignty: (listen)
Bad press is nothing new to Native America, but the counter attack has been a long time coming. The mainstream media often paints tribal sovereignty as un-American, and often fails to investigate the historical trail that has led to tribal self-determination and sovereign immunity. If negative and inaccurate media influences public opinion and public policy, why aren’t tribes investing more into media outlets to turn the tide and protect tribal rights? Guests are former Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Wilma Mankiller and Native Voice newspaper publisher Frank King of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 – Current Events: (listen)
Tribes in southern California are still recovering from devastating fires. What is being done to help them? A film by Navajo filmmaker Billie Luther called “Miss Navajo” will be shown on PBS. The film is about, you guessed it, the Miss Navajo pageant. The National Congress of American Indians annual gathering is taking place in Denver. What is on NCAI’s agenda this year? Are there any special events taking place in your community to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month? Call us toll-free to spread the news.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 – Tribal Water Rights: (listen)
Many people throughout the United States , and throughout North America , are beginning to confront the realities of dwindling water supplies. As the supply of fresh water drops, it has become a hot commodity. What are the legal rights tribes have when it comes to water? Should tribes with water rights go into the water business? Is the idea of selling water a potentially hazardous situation for tribes? What impact could the commoditization of our most basic natural resource have on Indian Country? Invited guests include attorney Tom Fredericks of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation.
Thursday, November 8, 2007 – America ’s Border Wars:
Illegal immigration is a passionate subject being debated here in the U.S. Meanwhile, the Indigenous Peoples’ Border Summit of the Americas II is being hosted by the Tohono O’odham Nation. It will give indigenous peoples of the border regions a chance to exchange information about how the international borders impact their respective communities. Will the Great Wall of Mexico go up on our southern border? How will the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affect tribal border communities? Guests include event organizer Mike Flores of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Friday, November 9, 2007 – Stretching Native Business Around the World: (listen)
One of the golden rules in business is to find a need and fill it. The possibilities become limitless when you take a world wide approach. Some Natives are taking their business to a global market. Things like natural grains, chocolates and production line items straight from Native hands, have made their way into the homes and lives of people internationally. As more Natives look beyond the U.S. how can expanding globally today meet the needs of a sustainable economy for tribes in the future? Can networking between tribes build a stronger global business strategy? Guests include Raul De Govea of the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management.
Monday, November 12 , 2007 – Tools for Meth-Free Native Nations: (listen)
Methamphetamine use in Native communities continues to reach epidemic levels. All across Native America, this drug is ruining lives, tearing apart families, and harming young children. This drug, which is highly addictive, now has everyone’s attention. The National Congress of American Indians released a meth toolkit this summer . What does the kit consist of and where are the funding resources to help tribal people break free? Guests are Heather Dawn Thompson, Director of Legislative Affairs for NCAI, Keith Howlett, director of Tribal Health and Human Services for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana and Charles "Apache" Mitchell, performing artist.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 – Liquor Sales at Tribal Casinos: (listen)
When tribal casinos first sprouted up a decade or so ago, very little liquor was being served. For many tribes, there was no question about it. But now, tribal casinos everywhere are serving alcohol in mass quantities. Why has there been such a dramatic shift in tribal law and policy? Is the temptation and reality of big profits driving this trend? Are tribal casinos responsible for those who drink too much and cause havoc? Does your tribal casino serve alcohol and do you approve? Invited guests include Larry Lasley of the Mesquakie tribe of Iowa.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 – Trouble in School: (listen)
The media is abuzz with accounts of violence in schools. Some schools worry about armed intruders and fights in the halls, while others face bomb threats and polar bears. Some schools spend a fortune on safety measures, while some have to make do with the resources at hand. From metal detectors, to stun guns, to armed guards and hall monitors, how far should schools go to keep students safe? Guests include Don Enoch, director of Student Services at Ilisagvik College in Barrow, Alaska .
Thursday, November 15, 2007 – Indian Cowboys: (listen)
Saddle up and get along little doggie! It’s time to cowboy up! Considering the Old West movies it may seem like an oxymoron to say Indian cowboys. But, guess what? They still exist and they still work with cows. Native people’s relationship to ranching dates back centuries. What do current day Native cowboys have in common with their forefathers? Should you wait to call an Indian a real cowboy once you’ve seen him ride? What does it take to be a cowboy out on the open range - or even on a small island in the middle of the ocean? Guests TBA.
Friday, November 16, 2007 – What is a Traditional Native Person?: (listen)
If you were asked “what is a ‘traditional’ Native American in the 21st Century,” what would be your response? Do you conjure images of Edward S. Curtis’s portraits of Natives sitting in a classic stoic Native pose? Or would it be close to the Native American Rights Fund’s latest campaign featuring Geronimo and Sitting Bull wearing suits? Answers vary based on individual perceptions of what is traditional, as well as one’s experience with Native culture during their upbringing. How does this question of who is traditional shape Native politics, religion and personal identity? Open lines.
Monday, November 19 , 2007 – Family Fights Over the Holidays: (listen)
The holiday feast is on the table, but everyone’s tempers are through the roof. It’s hard to enjoy the meal when family members are exchanging un-pleasantries over the main course. Do you dread your family’s holiday gatherings? Are you tired of revisiting the same old fights year after year? Is the “silent treatment” your only hope for a peaceful holiday season? Or, have you found a way to break away from family feuding for the holidays? Can we all just “get along” for the holiday season? Guests include Clayton Small of the Northern Cheyenne tribe.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 – Indigenous Leadership:
Some leaders are naturally gifted, while others study, prepare and groom for the responsibility. When you compare Native, or indigenous, leadership principles with Western and corporate principles, what do they have in common and what is different? What are the traits that you look for in a leader? How do we incorporate indigenous leadership values into mainstream America ? Guests include Bobbie Conner, winner of the Buffet Award for Indigenous Leadership, and Liz Woody, Director of Indigenous Leadership of Native Programs at Ecotrust.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 – Music Maker: Savage Family: (listen)
Some observers feel the resistance movement among Native Americans here in the U.S. has basically died. But a new generation of artists is taking up the fight for justice, for truth and for the right to exist as Native people in this country. A hip-hop band called Savage Family has a new album called “Stealing the Sun Back” featuring songs that speak of revolution and freedom. Is the younger generation of Natives ready and willing to carry on the resistance? Guests include Anthony (Paxindigena) Fernandez of the Lower Elwha S'Klallam tribe.
Thursday, November 22, 2007 – What Are You Thankful For?: (listen)
On this day of Thanksgiving, we take time to reflect on the good things in our lives. Those things that we sometimes take for granted, but which provide us with the will and the strength to carry on. Do you feel fortunate for the people in your life, those who care for you and help you through the rough times? Is there a message you would like to send over our airwaves to a loved one, or to all the listeners? Who are the people and what are the blessings that you are thankful for? Man-on-the-street interviews from the streets of Albuquerque will be featured.
Friday, November 23, 2007 – Leftover Turkey Leg Showdown: (listen)
Have you ever wanted to be on a game show? Here's your chance! We will broadcast the World's First "Leftover Turkey Leg Showdown." Two Native families will face off to become the first ever champions. The two families will rack up points by guessing the most popular answers to survey questions straight from the Native community. The two on-air families will be asking all of their "long lost cousins" (you and anyone who calls our toll-free number) to call-in and take a turn on their behalf. Keeping them honest will be our buzz-in queen Michelle Russell of Isleta Pueblo.
Monday, November 26, 2007 – Sacredness of Tobacco:
Tobacco, in its pure and natural form, is revered by tribal people and viewed as a sacred plant by indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. It is seen as a plant worthy of respect that carries special medicinal powers, and is used in healing ceremonies and to cure illness. It is used as an offering to the Creator to carry our prayers as well. What significance does tobacco have within your tribal customs and beliefs? Guests are Patrisia Gonzalez of the Nuhuatl tribe of Mexico and Lawrence Shorty who is Navajo/Choctaw and has dedicated his life to bringing Native grown tobaccos back to American Indian people.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 – Native in the Spotlight: Greg Sarris: (listen)
Greg Sarris of the Coastal Miwok tribe in Northern California is an accomplished, award-winning writer. He wrote the book Grand Avenue, which was later turned into an HBO movie of the same name. He will be the featured writer in December at the National Museum of the American Indians’ Vine Deloria, Jr. Native Writers Series. He is also a professor of literature and creative writing. But there’s still more to Sarris than that. He was elected to his 7th term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria in California.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 – Book of the Month: Indian Trains: (listen)
“Indian Trains” is about small town Indians, about community and family, about thieves, prostitutes, train stealers, drug dealers, loners, jerks, dreaming alcoholics, and the ones who did everything but all that. It is about an entirely new tribe: urban mixed-bloods of multiple tribes who are going to pow wows and Indian bars for cultural fulfillment. They are the majority of the Indian population – the truly unsung peoples of America . Join us as we visit with author Erika Wurth of the Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes to talk about her new book of poetry.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 – Challenges of Being Disabled: (listen)
If you are a Native person with a disability you know that often the largest barriers in life are not your disability. Rather, they are things like access to health care and public services. People with disabilities have taken on the challenges head on and are taking their concerns directly to lawmakers. By sharing their stories, they are developing understanding and empathy. How are people with disabilities in your community overcoming barriers? Guests are Amerson “Bad Mobile” Dayea of the Navajo Nation and member of World Team Sports and Joseph Ray of Laguna Pueblo who is the liaison for the Independent Living Resource Center in Albuquerque.
Friday, November 30, 2007 – Cultural Roots for Rehab:
We all know that substance abuse has been attacking our Native cultures since the time of first contact. We also know, through statistics and first hand accounts, that our youth are at greater risk of being lost to substance abuse than the youth of any other racial or ethnic group. What if we could use the strengths of our native cultures to help our kids overcome the addictions and behaviors that can be so devastating? Some organizations are doing just that. Could this approach work in your community? Guests are Ramona Wanya (Hopi & Acoma Pueblo), Therapeutic Cultural Planner at New Sunrise Treatment Center and Don York, Facilitator for the Sons of Tradition.
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Monday, December 3, 2007 – To Vote or Not to Vote:
With primaries and caucuses looming on the horizon in key battleground states, non-partisan Native groups are trying to organize and mobilize Native voters. Can a Native American bloc vote swing the elections towards one candidate or the other? What does it mean, as a Native American, to vote in state and national elections? Are you active when it comes to voting or are you part of the silent majority? Guests are Osage tribal member Louis Gray of the Native American Network and Lonna Stevens of the Tlingit and Dakota tribes, director of the Sheila Wellstone Institute.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 – Current Events: (listen)
Fort McDowell Adventures has announced “The Yavapai Experience,” a one-of-a-kind cultural heritage tour which shares the story of the Yavapai people of Arizona. World War II veteran Charles Shay of the Penobscot tribe was recently awarded France’s highest military honor for his heroic efforts. The American Indian Community House in New York is hosting its 25th annual Indian Market 2007, and the Winterfest Celebration of Native Storytelling will be held at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. If you have a current event to announce, call in and get the word out.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 – The Power of a Name:
Have you ever taken a moment to think about the power of a name? Does it ever cross your mind as you answer to your own given name? Or is it something you don’t become conscious of until you are deciding to name your own child? Most names – whether it is the title of a person, place or thing – have strong meanings behind them. How are names viewed in your tribe? How do traditional and modern interpretations about the power of a name shape who we are? Guests are Ojibway/Metis poet Sara Littlecrow-Russell and Diane Way, a Lakota/Cheyenne visual artist and playwright.
Thursday, December 6, 2007 – Breaking Out of Prison:
Since his teens, Jimi Simmons was raised by the state. From a boy’s home, to county jail, to state prison, Jimmy knows what a life of lock down truly means. Today, the story of this tragedy is being painted in the documentary “Making the River.” Can taking a historical trip through one Native prisoner’s life save today’s youth from a life of incarceration? What role does cultural identity play in the survival of Native prisoners? How does prison impact our tribal communities? Guests are Jimi “Dexter” Simmons from the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde and Sarah Del Seronde, a navajo and French film maker.
Friday, December 7, 2007 – Armed and Dangerous:
Kids across the country will open their presents on Christmas and play with toy guns and shoot-‘em-up video games. What do you think would happen if a child in your home found a real, loaded firearm? Native American children are some of the most likely to be injured or killed by guns. There are measures you can take to help keep your child safe. Should kids even live in a home where loaded weapons are present, or can you teach your child to be smart about gun safety? Our guest is Chief Warden Fred Maulson of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Service.
Monday, December 10, 2007 – Green Energy & Native America : (listen)
Despite increasing awareness of global warming, North Americans continue to use massive amounts of energy - far more than any other continent on the planet. What can be done to break our dependence on fossil fuels? Tax incentives and other measures are being implemented, but consumption is not going down. What will it take for North Americans to reduce our personal energy use? If we refuse to do it on our own, will it take national legislation to force us to conserve? Guests are Charlie Colombe of the Rosebud Sioux tribe and CEO of Native Wind, LLC. and former South Dakota Congressman Tom Daschle.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 – The Native-Jewish Connection: (listen)
It is the last day of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, and people who follow Judaism are celebrating. Among the millions who have a connection to the Jewish culture and religion are Native Americans. For Natives and Jewish people it is no surprise that these two cultures have crossed paths and share parallels due to both groups’ respect for culture, history and tradition. How do people who share both backgrounds balance the two? Guests are Shawn Price from the Navajo Nation, Shoshana Wasserman of the Muscogee Creek Nation and Lilian Friedberg of Ojibwe and Jewish descent and Lilian Friedberg who is of Ojibwe, Jewish and German descent.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 – Finding Safety in a Flood: (listen)
Northwest Tribes are dealing with the aftermath of deadly flooding and more rain is forecast for the area. Many other tribal communities have been impacted by rising waters all across the continent. From Alaska villages, First Nation reserves in Canada to the Indian tribes here in the lower 48, many tribal people have been forced to flee rising waters at one time or another. Does your community have an evacuation plan? Do you know how to get yourself and your loved ones out safely? Guests are Charlene Nelson who is the Chairwoman of the Shoalwater Tribe of Western Washington and Mike Gawhega of the Otoe Tribe of Oklahoma who is the Education Director for the Native American Journalists Association.
Thursday, December 13, 2007 – Keeping Native Kids in School: (listen)
The drop out rate for American Indian and Alaska Native students is still twice the national average. Many Native parents and educators are citing overt and subtle racism and other cultural factors as one of the contributing factors of students dropping out. What can teachers and families do to improve their children’s learning environment? How can we ensure that these children are not left behind? Guests are Willard Gilbert (Hopi) and Lillian Sparks (Lakota) of the National Indian Education Association.
Friday, December 14, 2007 – Music Maker: Shane Yellowbird: (listen)
A true cowboy through and through, Shane Yellowbird's voice took him from the life of roping and searching for that elusive eight-second ride in the rodeo arena to the country music arena. This award-winning Cree country singer from Hobbema, Alberta, has tipped his Stetson at many audiences since his hit album "Life is Calling My Name" debuted. Perhaps most recognized by his "Pickup Truck" music video, Shane follows the footsteps of country greats with his noticeable southern twang. Yellowbird’s CD looks at common themes we all go through to have the freedom to be one's self.
Monday, December 17, 2007 – Native (and White Guy) in the Spotlight: Williams and Ree: (listen)
The music and comedy duo of Williams & Ree, often referred to as "The Indian and the White Guy," have been packing casinos, clubs, and arenas for years with their ever-changing routine that has steered away from the off-color Indian jokes that originally established the duo. By combining pop culture trends into a fast-paced, lively show full of zings interspersed with songs, Bruce Williams (white guy) and Terry Ree (Crow Creek Sioux) prove they have what it takes. This winning combo has allowed the duo to entertain thousands, performing over 300 shows a year.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 – Big Foot Memorial Ride:
On December 29, 1890, more than 250 Minniconjou and Hunkpapa Lakota, the majority women and children, were slaughtered by the U.S. 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Most of the dead had been fleeing with Chief Big Foot before being gunned down. Today, as for the past 20 years, riders on horseback continue to retrace the trail across the Badlands to remember the massacre and Big Foot’s last journey. How are the Lakota people turning tragedy into triumph? Guest is Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 – Red Flags of Native Research: (listen)
Many people looking for information on Native people and issues spend time wandering through stacks of books and periodicals at libraries and surfing the internet. But what happens when the information they find is false? Tribes are often misattributed, locations and dates can be inaccurate and some events can be taken out of context or completely fabricated. How can a tribe or individual correct a misconception that’s already become “common knowledge?” Can a student, blogger or reporter spot it before they cite it? Guests are Victor Rocha, webmaster of Pechanga.net, Shawnee professor Robert Miller of Lewis and Clark Law School, and Acee Agoyo, co-founder and editor of Indianz.com from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo .
Thursday, December 20, 2007 – A Tribute to Floyd Red Crow Westerman: (listen)
Natives and non-natives alike mourn the loss of Floyd Red Crow Westerman. After battling serious health issues, he passed on last week in California. Known to many for his acting, activism and music, Floyd is loved by many. From the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Dakota people, he walked as one of the most visible and influential Native Americans in the world. But his life’s work lives on. We are reminded of his numerous movies, television appearances, and music albums. Join us as we pay tribute to this Native legend. Guests are musician and writer Bruce King of the Oneida Nation, Cree actor Tantoo Cardinal, Cherokee actor Wes Studi and Oneida comedian Charlie Hill.
Friday, December 21, 2007 – Native Christmas Tunes:
Let the Christmas music ring and chime! Christmas is nearly here, and along with the season comes the music. It seems you can’t enter a store, turn the radio dial, or enter an elevator without hearing a Christmas song. Well, we have Christmas tunes for you to jam to - with a Native touch. What are your favorite Native Christmas tunes? Would you like to hear your favorite Christmas tunes in your own Native language? What happens when you countdown the 12 days of Christmas, Native style? Guests include Randy Paskemin of the Sweetgrass First Nation of the Warscout drum group and Suni Moreno of the Apache and Yacqui tribes.
Monday, December 24, 2007 – Do You Believe in Miracles?: (listen)
Recently, Chippewa Cree attorney Alan Parker suffered a heart attack while in New Zealand. His heart actually stopped before friends and paramedics revived it. The family was told he was not expected to live. But songs and prayers were sent up for his recovery, and after having his life support unplugged he woke up the next day. He is now on his way to a complete recovery. Family and friends say it’s a miracle. Do you believe in miracles? Guests are Alan Parker and his wife Sharon Parker.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007 – The Spirit of Giving:
Each year the First Peoples Fund recognizes four exceptional Native American artists who exemplify the indigenous values of generosity, wisdom, respect, strength, fortitude and humility. The fund honors them with Community Spirit Awards in an effort to help support and sustain their collective creative spirits. What is the true meaning of giving back to your community? Guests are award winning artists Marietta King (Blackfeet), Frank Dominguez (Chumash), Jeanette “Molly” Parker (Passamaquoddy), Jodell Meyers (representing Margaret Hill of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) and the President of the First Peoples Fund Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota).
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 – Depression in the Winter: (listen)
During the winter months when daylight offers its lowest dose, it is not uncommon for people to experience physical and psychological effects because of the change in their environment. For some it is depression that is brought on by the winter season. Some people who experience this condition may experience sleep problems, anxiety and mood changes, among other signs. What are the best treatments for the winter blues? How does seasonal depression affect those with other health conditions? Guests include Dr. Peter Stuart, a psychiatrist with the Indian Health Service.
Thursday, December 27, 2007 – Book of the Month: Lana’s Lakota Moons: (listen)
This charming and poignant contemporary story about two Lakota girls and their Laotian friend brings to light for children and adults the Lakota meaning of family, friendship, life and death. Lana and her cousin Lori are like sisters, growing up together under the caring eyes of their extended family. But when they meet a new girl at school who has recently arrived from Laos, they are drawn closer together through shared friendship, cultural discoveries, and loss. Join us as we talk with award winning Lakota author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve about her new book “Lana’s Lakota Moons.”
Friday, December 28, 2007 – Wolves in the Wild: (listen)
For some people, hearing wolves howl is like hearing the sound of nature in balance. For others it’s the sound of a predator and a threat to their livelihood. Tribes find themselves on various sides of the conversation. A few tribes are running their own wolf recovery programs, while other tribes contend wolves shouldn't be re-introduced. When you hear howling in the distance, does it send shivers down your spine? Are you afraid of the big, bad wolf? Would you want a wolf in your backyard? Guests include Aaron Miles, Department Manager of Natural Resources for the Nez Perce Tribe and Greg Roczicka, Director of Natural Resource Development for the Orutsararmiut Native Council.
Monday, December 31, 2007 – Composing the Native Sound: (listen)
If you could compose a song or even a symphony that sounded Indian or indigenous or aboriginal, what would it sound like? Today, Natives are taking the reins and creating CDs, soundtracks, and other forms of entertainment. What bag of tricks are Native composers using to produce a Native sound? Are Native composers creating music that will leave a positive impression of Native culture? Guests are Alger Greyeyes of the Navajo Nation and the Todi Neesh Zhee Singers, and Native composer and musician Brent Michael Davids of the Mohican Nation.
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