Monday, March 23, 2009 – Strengthening Fake Indian Art Laws: (listen)
Much like other industries, the recession is having its impact on sales of Indian arts and crafts. To make matters worse, there are still arts dealers selling fraudulent Indian arts in the market, to the detriment of Native artists. The Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA) is calling for tougher penalties for those who are pushing imitation Indian art. How much is this fake art costing Native artists and their families? Our guests are Michael NaNa Ping Garcia (Pascua Yaqui) President/IACA, Shane Hendren (Navajo) Vice-President/IACA and Gail Chehak (Klamath) Executive Director/IACA.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 – Honoring Native Women: (listen)
Traditionally speaking, most Native societies are matriarchal in nature. And most tribal people cite a strong and prevailing influence from women who helped build the foundations on which they exist. Tribal communities across this continent have been dramatically altered for the good by the actions of women. In celebration of Women’s Awareness Month, we invite listeners to call in to honor the women of their families and their tribes who have made a positive impact in their lives and for their people. Open phone lines.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 – Book of the Month: The Life, Work & Times of an Artist: (listen)
Sam English (Turtle Mountain/Red Lake Chippewa) is an internationally known artist whose artwork is recognized by its elongated Native figures. He recently received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. His new book titled “The Life, Work & Times of an Artist” is hot off the press. It includes numerous examples of his work, along with his explanations and his philosophy of life. How is his depiction of Native people on the canvas helping real-life Natives stand tall and encouraging them to return to the circle?
Thursday, March 26, 2009 – Salmon and the Sea Lions: (listen)
West Coast salmon stocks have been hit hard by global warming, overfishing and the damming of their rivers. In the Columbia River, the salmon have the added burden of being an easy target for the swift, smart sea lions patrolling the waters. The states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho are seeking permission to shoot the sea lions who are taking a big bite out of their salmon runs. Is it time to adjust and loosen laws like the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act? Can’t salmon, sea lions and fishermen all just get along? Guests are Charles Hudson (Hidatsa,) Public Affairs Manager/ Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and Sharon B. Young, Marine Issues Field Director/Humane Society of the United States.
Friday, March 27, 2009 – What is Schizophrenia?: (listen)
Do you know someone who hears voices that no one else can hear? Do you know people who are paranoid to the point of living in fear for their lives? They are probably suffering from Schizophrenia, a psychiatric disorder that affects one of every 100 people around the world. It usually begins during young adulthood. It is often confused with multiple personality disorder or split personality, but it’s not the same. What hope is there for those who suffer from this chronic and often times disabling disease? Our guest is Joseph Luzius (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), Behavioral Health Specialist/Albuquerque Indian Health Service.
Monday, March 30, 2009 – Selling and Trading Eagle Feathers: (listen)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 – Opening Up the Radio Airwaves: (listen)
An alert has gone out across Indian Country that federal investigators are conducting sting operations against people who are selling and trading eagle feathers. Undercover agents are reported to have arrested tribal members and confiscated their feathers at different cultural events, particularly powwows. What are the laws that allow Native people to possess feathers from eagles and other raptors? Are these laws being abused by poachers and others who are out to profit? Guests are Dale Old Horn (Crow) Powwow MC and original author of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and Willow Jack Abrahamson (Lehmi, Shoshone-Bannock), Champion Fancy Dancer.
Do you feel that Big Media has stolen your local radio airwaves? Many Americans feel their voices, their issues and their concerns are not being heard. A plan of attack is underway to take back radio from corporations and return it to the rightful owners – local communities and their members. How could tribal and rural citizens benefit from passage of the Local Community Radio Act? Could your tribe benefit from a low power FM radio station? Guests include Gregg McVicar (Tlingit) Host and Producer/UnderCurrents, a nationally syndicated music radio program.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 – The De-Colonizer: (listen)
Native scientists have cracked an important genetic code which reverses the synapses in the neurotransmitters of Native American brains and realigns them to their natural state. They are testing this new technology, along with medications, on the pharmaceutical market and in tribal communities. They are calling this breakthrough the “De-Colonizer.” What will happen as Native people are either exposed or injected with this new decolonizing technology? How will this new tool help Native people overcome their historical trauma, their loss of land, and their victim mentality? Guests include Dr. M.M. Splitting Jeans aka James Riding In (Pawnee) Arizona State University Professor and Robert Mirabal (Toas Pueblo) Grammy Award winning Native musician.
Thursday, April 2, 2009 – Federal Recognition of the Lumbee Nation: (listen)
Friday, April 3, 2009 – Learning Science through Native Traditions: (listen)
The Lumbees of North Carolina have been trying to gain full federal recognition as an Indian tribe since 1888. However, over the years, their requests have been alternately denied. They have received state recognition, but other tribes in the area are not fully supportive of the Lumbee’s quest for federal recognition. Now, the Obama administration is apparently backing their application. Will the Lumbees finally gain the federally recognized status they have worked so hard and so long to achieve? Guests TBA.
Advocates of indigenous knowledge say studying the essence of water can teach many lessons, including some of the foundations Native science is built upon. The upcoming “Braiding Through Water” conference aims to weave these lessons into a new paradigm of understanding between Western science and traditional Hopi knowledge. Do you believe water is alive and contains its own intelligence? Can this approach capture the intrigue of Native youth? Guests include Leroy Little Bear (Blood) former Director of Native Studies/Harvard University, physicist Phillip Duran (Tigua) and Vernon Masayesva (Hopi) Director/Black Mesa Trust.
Monday, April 6, 2009 – Haskell’s 125th Commemoration: (listen)
The U.S. Indian Industrial Training School opened its doors in Lawrence, Kansas in 1884. It later became known as Haskell Institute and now 125 years later it’s proudly known as Haskell Indian Nations University. The school is commemorating this historic year by launching a nationwide call for nominations for Haskell’s 125 Most Influential People. There are thousands of American Indians and Alaska Natives who have called the Haskell campus home. Who will make this prestigious list? Who is your nominee? Our guest is Haskell President Dr. Linda Sue Warner (Comanche).
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 – Current Events: (listen)
The highly anticipated five-part PBS television series “We Shall Remain” will soon be broadcast into the homes of millions of Americans. The Menominee Sturgeon Feast and Celebration, along with the Sacred Water Walk, will be held in Keshena, Wisconsin. The Seattle Art Museum will host screenings of Native films from the Sundance Film Festival. The University of North Texas will host an indigenous student video conference on culture and environment. Do you have an event you’d like to announce over our radio airwaves?
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 – Standing Up Against Rape: (listen)
Rape and sexual assault have reached crisis levels in tribal communities. One major factor is the difficulty in convicting offenders. Intimidation and shame often lead the victims to protect their offenders. How would this change if survivors of rape were extended a helping hand instead of blame? If violence is a learned behavior, at what age should sexual assault awareness begin? What can be done to take a stand against rape? What can be done to restore sacredness through awareness? Guests are Diane Millich (Southern Ute) Founder and Executive Director/Our Sister's Keeper Coalition, Inc. and Nancy Haag, Executive Director/Standing Together Against Rape.
Thursday, April 9, 2009 – Putting the Squeeze on Pawn Shops: (listen)
When times are tight many Native people turn to their local pawn shop for a little extra to get by until payday. The item put up for pawn is reclaimed when the loan is paid back, but at a high interest rate. A new bill called “Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act of 2009” is threatening to put pawn shops out of business. Since local pawn shops are often the only lender around who will loan tribal members money, what will happen if the pawn shops go out of business? Should pawn shops be exempt from this federal law? Guests are Michael Steinberg, President/Albuquerque Pawn Brokers Association, and Richie Plass (Menominee/Stockbridge Munsee), of the radio show Kalihwiyo'se.
Friday, April 10, 2009 – Slamming Down with Young Native Poets: (listen)
Young people have always struggled with the question, "How do I make my voice heard and my feelings known?" More and more, young Natives across the country are using poetry slams to shout, sing and even whisper what is on their minds. Slam poetry reveals the core of what young people are struggling with. Sometimes it's easier and more “real” to say what you need to say, by slamming. How is this form of expression helping Native youth be heard and be healed? What do you think of slamming? Guests are Tim McLaughlin, Coach, Nolan Eskeets (Navajo) intern coach, Santana Shorty (Navajo) Team Captain/Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team; and Kealoha Wong (Hawaiian) Team Captain, and poets Jamaica Osorio (Hawaiian) and Ittai Wong (Hawaiian) of the Youth Speaks Hawaii slam team.
Monday, April 13, 2009 – Energy vs. the Environment: (listen)
A clash of ideology exists between groups who want to develop the vast natural energy resources on tribal lands, and those who are fighting against exploitation of the natural environment. With the vigorous pursuit for new energy sources worldwide, it seems inevitable that tribal leaders will opt for development to create jobs and boost their sagging economies. Can a middle ground be reached between the two sides? Can tribes find innovative ways to tap into their energy resources? Guests are Winona LaDuke (White Earth Ojibwe) Director/Honor the Earth & White Earth Land Recovery Project, and Rebecca Adamson (Cherokee) President/First Peoples Worldwide.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 – Journey for Forgiveness: (listen)
A group called White Bison will soon begin a cross-country journey called the “Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness: Legacy of the Boarding Schools 1879-2009.” Their goal is to promote awareness, dialogue and forgiveness among Native people for the historical trauma caused by Indian boarding schools. They will carry a petition which calls upon President Obama to issue a formal apology for what happened to Native children during this era. Can we forgive but never forget? Our guests are Don Coyhis (Mohican) Founder & President/ White Bison Inc., and prevention and wellness trainer Theda New Breast (Blackfeet).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 – Indigenous Couture: (listen)
The cat walk is busting at the seams with indigenous couture. Designers from all parts of Native America are pumping out new fashion that reflects who they are as tribal people. Whether it’s wearable art that helps to bring out the traditional essence of the land or the spirit of our ancestors, the fashion of being Native is delectable. What statement is made when designers combine traditional symbols and contemporary high fashion? How are Native designers catching the eye and pushing the boundaries? Guests are fashion designer Pilar Agoyo (Ohkay Owingeh/Cochiti/Santo Domingo) and Native arts scholar, Jessica Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa).
Thursday, April 16, 2009 – Reuniting and Strengthening Tribes: (listen)
Friday, April 17, 2009 – Of Nature and Natives: (listen)
The Cherokee were divided during their forced removal from their ancestral homelands in 1838, a tragedy known as the Trail of Tears. Today, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma are planning to come together to reunite, commemorate and celebrate Cherokee heritage at Red Clay State Park in Tennessee. Other tribes that were separated in the past are finding their way back to their long-lost relations. How do these reunions serve to strengthen and enliven tribes? Guests include Kerry Horton (Delaware), President of the Delaware Nation of Oklahoma and Barbara Duncan, Education Director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in North Carolina.
The Native perspective on nature, traditionally, compares the relationship between human beings and the natural world to a mother and her child. This view of nature may seem foreign to those outside the tribal community. But, for those who are in touch and in tune with Mother Earth, there is no other way. How does the Native relationship to nature translate to western ideology? How does the Native view on nature relate to Native spirituality and balance? Guests include Dan Wildcat (Muscogee) Professor of American Indian Studies/Haskell Indian Nations University, and Steve Pavlik, Co-coordinator of Native American Studies/Northwest Indian College.
Monday, April 20, 2009 – Native in the Spotlight: (listen)
Community broadcasting exists to express the heartbeat of the people. Beulah Sunrise-Rau (Navajo/Santo Domingo Pueblo) began her broadcasting career decades ago with a passion to bring more Native voices to the airwaves. Today, she is the voice of the local radio show in Albuquerque called “Native Music Hours” and one of the voices behind the Gathering of Nations powwow and the Miss Indian World pageant. How have her years of broadcasting helped to create and sustain more understanding about Native America and Native people?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – Premonitions and Déjà Vu: (listen)
A premonition refers to being able to see into the future, or a forewarning of things to come. It’s often attributed as being psychic in nature. But in the traditional Native world, these occurrences are not viewed as supernatural. Many indigenous people believe that our spirit travels ahead of us in space and time daily. During times of deep meditation or during dreams our physical being catches up to our spirit causing us to experience premonitions or déjà vu. What’s your interpretation? Guest is Renee Gurneau (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) developer of an Indigenous Knowledge Institute.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 – Mother Earth Day: (listen)
The Bolivian delegation to the United Nations has proposed changing what we now call “Earth Day” to the “Day of Mother Earth.” They hope the change could help prompt people to think of Earth as a holistic system, a system in which human kind is a component, not the master. This way of thinking is nothing new to indigenous peoples, but can humanity as a whole indigenize their thinking about our world? How are you changing the way you live to minimize your footprint on the planet? Guests include Manuel Hamilton, (Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians) Vice Chairman of the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Thursday, April 23, 2009 – Blood Quantum: (listen)
Friday, April 24, 2009 – The Native Street Beat: (listen)
Blood quantum continues to polarize the Native community. Some Native people are in favor of lowering blood quantum, others support raising it or keeping the status quo. A few tribes are now counting all documented Native blood as part of a tribal citizen’s overall blood quantum. What’s your take on blood quantum determining who is Native and who is not? Is it a necessary evil to maintain the integrity of tribal enrollment? Or, do you think it’s an exclusionary system whose time has passed? What are your tribe’s blood quantum requirements? Would you like to see them changed? Open lines.
Each day we strive to cover a variety of issues to inform you about what’s blowing in the Native wind and what’s on the minds of the people across Turtle Island . So we’ve hit the streets and put our ear to the ground to listen to the Native beat. We want to know your opinions on the current state of Native America. We want to hear what makes you laugh, what makes you scream or what makes you cry. And of course, we are always looking for a good ol' fashioned story that will stop us in our tracks. We open up our phone lines to hear your beat from the street. What's the word?
Monday, April 27, 2009 – Music Maker: Samantha Crain: (listen)
Choctaw Folk Singer Samantha Crain brings more of her riveting sound to Native America. In her debut LP “Songs in the Night” she extends the musical journey into the world of lyrical invigoration and sonic strength. In her words, the break of day and night bring new lessons about sight and security. With song titles like “Bananafish Revolution,” “Scissor Tales,” and “Devils in Boston,” the listener skips through the pillars of loss, indecision, and new spaces. What new adventures are waiting to begin? Join us for our Music Maker edition as we visit with Samantha Crain.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 – New Native Empowerment: (listen)
Online petitions, email list serves, Myspace, Facebook and entire websites are being used by Native peoples, organizations and individuals to publicize the issues impacting our communities. From contaminated schools and sick kids to groundwater and sacred site protection, Native people are using new tools to meet the challenges we face. Has the internet made it possible for Native communities to get the word out when media outlets are reluctant to report on Native issues? How do you use new media to strengthen your connection to the communities of Turtle Island? Guests include Chrystal Tabobandung (Ojibway), creator of Attawapiskat Children’s Fight for a School, Facebook Group.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 – Book of the Month: Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong: (listen)
Paul Chaat Smith, Associate Curator at the National Museum of the American Indian is at it again. This Comanche author uses his sharp wit and words to pierce the veil of misinformation and misinterpretation that enshrouds Indian Country. Smith highlights the gaps between non-Native perceptions and Native realities and uses humor to salve the wounds born for generations of Native peoples. Join us as we visit with Smith about his new book and about going places and doing things.
Thursday, April 30, 2009 - The Voice of the Powwow: (listen)
Friday, May 1, 2009 – Autism: (listen)
Powwow MC’s are the glue that holds the Powwow together. They help keep the contests and dances moving on time and sprinkle the time in between with good old Indian humor. What’s the craziest thing you’ve heard an MC say or do at a Powwow? Has a Powwow MC ever saved your life? Do you think MC’s are extensions of the Native storytelling tradition? Guests are Ruben Little Head (Northern Cheyenne) popular Powwow MC.
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, autism is more common in children than diabetes, Down syndrome or spinal bifida. Parents of autistic kids often notice their children “aren't like other kids,” not making eye contact, problems picking up language skills and trouble expressing emotion like their peers. The causes of autism are mysterious, there have been links to genetics, vaccinations and other environmental factors and nearly every possible cause has encountered controversy. What services are available to Native parents of autistic kids? Guests are Christine Bruno (Comanche,) President of the Board of Directors for the National Indian Parent Information Center and Cathy Pratt PhD. Chairwoman of the National Autism Society.
Monday, May 4, 2009 – Waila Makes You Move!: (listen)
When the Waila plays, the people start to move. This form of southwest music calls on the guitar, the accordion and the drum among other instruments, but most importantly, it urges the people to move, shake and smile. Many Waila musicians would rather have people call their music style Waila and not Chicken Scratch. What is the history behind this music? How has the evolution of this music changed the musical lives of many and bridged communities? Guests are Daniel Joaquin (Tohono O’odham) original member of the infamous Joaquin Brothers and Gertie Lopez (Tohono O’odham) of the band Gertie and the T.O. Boys.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – Current Events: (listen)
Summer is coming and along with it many events taking place across Turtle Island. There’s a deadline for teens to apply for a two-week art camp in Oregon and also in Oregon the Trading at the River Conference and Trade Show for Native businesses and entrepreneurs; a Language Revitalization Summit in Washington, DC and more about the television converter box coupon program. What’s up in your part of Native America?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 – H1N1 Influenza A: (listen)
Popularly known as “Swine Flu”, the H1N1 Influenza A virus is on the minds of many across the nation. As doctors and health professionals make moves to try and tackle this threatening virus, we take a look at how this illness is affecting Indian Country. As the number of cases of those infected rise, will this burgeoning epidemic hit Indian Country hard and are we ready? What things can you do if H1N1shows up in your community? Guest is Dr. John Redd, Epidemiologist and Branch Chief of Infections Diseases with the Indian Health Service.
Thursday, May 7, 2009 – Shared Struggles: (listen)
As the United States was formed, tribal Nations have faced numerous kinds of changes. A new government and all of its new rules caused the erosion of tribal cultures and way of life. Over the years we’ve witnessed how political borders and differing nationalism can break tribes and even families. But, these same struggles are shared by many nations around the world. One part of the globe knows our world all too well—the Middle East. How can an understanding of this area bring clarity to what we face as tribal nations at home and vice versa? Guests include Juila Good Fox (Pawnee Nation) Haskell Indian Nations University Professor.
Friday, May 8, 2009 – It Used to Take a Village, Now What?: (listen)
In the not-so-distant past, children were everyone’s responsibility. Parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents and cousins all watched out for the youngsters roaming the rez, especially in the summertime. If kids were without something to do, friends and relatives would pitch in with odd jobs and other activities to keep the kids busy. Do you see a breakdown in your community? Is it the influence of the outside world that is breaking down the cohesiveness of the community? What do community people need to do in order to strengthen what was lost?
Monday, May 11, 2009 – What Momma Don’t Know: (listen)
Did you get to tell Mom everything you wanted this Mother’s Day? Did you hit the card shop and not find the right words that expressed what you really wanted to say? Well if you didn’t, we are opening the lines to let you share the words that may have not made their way to Mom’s ears. If you could send a secret message to mom to let her know how great she really is, what would you say? And for those who may not have mom at your side because she has moved on to the spirit world, what message do you want to send her? Is there a mother figure you would like to express your heart to? Join us for an Open Lines edition of Native America Calling.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – New Cancer Stats for Native Women: (listen)
Mother’s Day has just passed and for some folks in Indian Country it can be a sad reminder about mothers, sisters or daughters gone from our lives all too soon. Cancer claims Native women’s lives at higher rates than most other ethnic groups. Early detection is key to raising survival rates, and regular screenings are one way to catch cancer in its early stages. Does fear of the illness prevent Native women from getting screened? Guests are Roberta Cahill (Yankton Sioux) of the American Cancer Society and Dr. Mary Milroy, surgeon at the Yankton Medical Clinic in South Dakota.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – Music Maker: Plateros: (listen)
Levi Platero (Navajo) and his guitar have brought diverse audiences from tribal nations together to partake in the great world of Native blues. This family of musicians, Plateros, have released their second album, “Hang On.” When Levi picked up the Fender “Strat” some six years ago, his gift was released and since then his talent has only grown. As this group makes their way into many hearts, how has the blues kept these Navajo musicians close to their roots? Join us for our Music Maker edition as we sing the blues with Levi and Murphy Platero (Navajo).
Thursday, May 14, 2009 – Why I Love My Ride: (listen)
Friday, May 15, 2009 – Native Crack Ups: (listen)
In the words of one Native who gripped the wheel of his first car, “There will never be a love as sweet as this.” Does this sound like you? Do you love your car like a mother loves her child? From the Rez ride to a zippy new car to your own custom beauty, the connection between Natives and their autos runs deep. What is the love story of you and your ride? And when an old ride becomes new by customizing it, how much more does this love grow? Guests include Jon Riggs (Navajo) owner of the custom auto body shop Native Reflexion.
Nuuh! Aye! Sssss! Yaaah! These may sound like action words in a comic book, but they are actual verbs in the language of Native humor. And the list grows each time a joke is cracked or when one Native relates to another Native through humor. The circle of laughter brings Natives closer each time this age old medicine is practiced. In some tribes there are even clans that are devoted to teasing that remind us about being humble through humor. It is a huge part of who we are as Native people. How do you use humor in your Native life? Guests are Musician, Performing and Comic Book Artist, Arigon Starr.
Monday, May 18, 2009 – Native Women Navigating Tribal Waters: (listen)
More and more women are taking on important leadership roles across Native America. Although the barriers, challenges and stereotypes that Native women have historically faced are still present, especially within their own political backyards, they are no longer as blatant. What are the keys for Native women to steer clear of troubled tribal waters and to avoid drowning or being washed ashore by the obstacles that lie beneath the surface? Guest is Sharon Clahchischilliage (Navajo) Executive Director/Navajo Nation Washington D.C. Liaison Office.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – Native in the Spotlight: Wes Studi: (listen)
Cherokee actor Wes Studi burst into our consciousness in the early 90’s with his unforgettable portrayals of villainous Indians in “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans.” Since then, he has become one of the most prolific Indian actors of all time. These days, he plays General Linus Abner on the NBC-TV series “Kings” and recently starred in the PBS Series “We Shall Remain.” He has several movies out including “The Only Good Indian” and “Three Priests.” He also has an upcoming role in James Cameron’s new Sci-Fi film “Avatar.” What else is on Studi’s personal horizon?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – Making Laws for Medicine Men: (listen)
Several state legislatures are contemplating a new law known as “The Healers Bill.” Language in the law provides a licensing exemption to complementary or alternative health care practitioners, including Native medicine people. Should Natives willingly become party to this campaign to regulate what so-called “alternative healers” can and cannot do for their patients? Does this bill actually do more to prohibit medicine men than to protect them? Can a medicine man be sued for malpractice? Guests are Diane Miller, Director/National Freedom Health Coalition and Dale Old Horn (Crow) author/American Indian Religious Freedom Act.
Thursday, May 21, 2009 – Does Obama Support Native Rights?: (listen)
Friday, May 22, 2009 – U.S. Investigation of Tribal Slavery: (listen)
Indigenous people from around the world are meeting in New York to convey their struggles at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. One light of hope is President Obama, who is considering an endorsement of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a dramatic change from President Bush who adamantly opposed it. What will it signify to Native peoples of the U.S. and around the world if the White House finally throws its support behind this document? Can equality become reality? Guests include Margo Tamez (Lipan Apache), Co-Founder/Lipan Apache Women Defense.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus recently sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting a full-scale investigation of the Five Civilized Tribes – the Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek Nations of Oklahoma. The caucus members claim the tribes have illegally discriminated against groups called the freedmen, or descendants of slaves. Is this call to investigate tribes hypocritical, coming from U.S. officials? Do the black caucus members have a clear understanding of tribal sovereignty? Have the tribes violated the civil rights of the freedmen? Guest is Chief Chad Smith of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Monday, May 25, 2009 – Journey to Honor and Remember : (listen)
On Memorial Day we pay tribute to the fallen soldiers whose lives were lost during battle. Many survivors of war, as well as family members of those who gave their lives, visit memorials to pay their respects to their comrades and loved ones. Making a journey to a particular place, like the Vietnam Veterans Wall in D.C., in honor of those who gave their life is often an emotional path. For some, it can be a hard road to travel because of the memories it stirs. For others, it is a path to healing and regaining strength. How do these Memorial Day pilgrimages offer redemption? Guests are Vietnam Army Veteran James Lindoff Jr. (Tlingit) and author/Marine Veteran, Jim Northrup (Anishinabe).
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 – Getting Out of a Gang: (listen)
When gangs infiltrate the lives of Native people the usual response is to try to curb the situation and take control before it gets out of hand. But this approach rarely offers any real solutions. When Native youth find themselves in the whirlwind of gangs and the violence that it brings, what is the answer when the underlying desire is to get out of the gang life? Is there truly a way out? What type of support system is necessary to make leaving a gang possible? Guests are Natay Carroll (Navajo) Gang Intervention and Prevention Specialist and Maggie Escobedo-Steele (Chiricahua Apache) Founder/Seventh Generation Warriors of Peace.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 – Book of the Month: Dark Thirty: (listen)
Santee Frazier (Cherokee) crafts poems that represent the outskirts of American culture, where the marginalized and the ostracized struggle to find community and purpose. The poems in his new book “Dark Thirty” address subjects that are not often thought of as poetic, like poverty, alcoholism, cruelty, and homelessness. In Frazier’s world, there is no romanticizing of Native American life. Does the way some of our Native relations live repel us or compel us to help them find their way back to dignity? Have you ever found yourself living on the edge?
Thursday, May 28, 2009 – Prescription Drug Abuse: (listen)
Friday, May 29, 2009 – The Black Hills Are Not For Sale …Or Are They?: (listen)
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a shocking 40 percent of teens and an almost equal number of their parents think abusing prescription painkillers is safer than abusing “street” drugs, causing widespread problems across America and Native America is not immune. Reports of people stealing and selling prescription drugs are common. People staking out hospital parking lots and soliciting people to sell their prescription medications are not uncommon. What can tribal communities do to combat prescription drug theft and abuse? Guests are Walter Lamar (Blackfeet/Wichita) CEO & President/Lamar Associates and John Burke, President of the National Drug Diversion Investigators Association.
Individual members of the Sioux tribes have filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for a disbursement of the funds awarded by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980 for the taking of the Black Hills. The original award was over $100 million, and it has grown to an estimated $900 million, but the settlement offer has been steadfastly rejected by tribes ever since the ruling. They claim the taking of the land was an illegal act and will only settle for a return of their lands. Will this attempt by tribal members to cash out be heard in the courts? Can the lawsuit actually resurrect the issue and put pressure on Congress to return a portion of the Black Hills?
Monday, June 1, 2009: Being Native American in the 21st Century? (listen)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – Current Events: (listen)
With the clouds of assimilation all around us influencing practically every aspect of our daily lives, what do American Indians and Alaska Natives have left to point to and say “that’s what makes me Native?” Is it the way we talk or the language we use? Is it something tangible or a state of mind? In today's technological world, what do you do to make yourself feel Native? In what situations do you feel most Native? Open Lines.
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The Northern Arapaho Tribe has agreed to a multi-million dollar deal to sell organic beef raised on their reservation ranch in Wyoming to Whole Foods stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Kansas. To celebrate National Pollinators Week, the Indian Craft Shop in Washington D.C. will recognize birds, bees, bats, beetles, butterflies and flies during an event called “Pollinators in American Indian Art.” Are you ready to become a certified personal trainer? Are you ready for cheerleading camp? Do you have a movie script you’d like to see produced? Do you have a current event you’d like to announce over our airwaves?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 – Embracing Your Mixed Heritage: (listen)
When it comes to checking the little box that asks your race, just what box do you check? Has your mixed heritage left you having to choose between different races? Many people in the U.S. face this choice, including Native Americans. As our tribal nations grow, so does the diversity of our people. Today there are many Natives who also identify with other races like Asian, Latino, black, white and others. How are these Natives embracing their diversity and mixed heritage? Guests include Louie Gong (Nooksack) Education Resource Coordinator/ Muckleshoot Tribal College and Board President of the Mixed Heritage Awareness MAVIN Foundation.
Thursday, June 4, 2009 – Children Paying With Their Lives: (listen)
Friday, June 5, 2009 – Vampires, Werewolves, and Quileutes: (listen)
Recently the headlines across the nation are putting the light on a dark side of family life. In the past month, there have been cases across the nation in which parents have killed their children. One murder was allegedly at the hands of a Native woman. This story has caused many to stop and ask the question, “How could a parent take the life of their child?” As communities endure the shock of the headlines, we ask why are our children paying for our stresses, past traumas and our failing economic status with their lives? What can be done to protect our most sacred future, our children? Our guest is Rev. Judy Wellington (Akimel O’odham/Dakota).
The top four best selling books of 2008 were Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight” saga. The popular young adult vampire novels have thrust the Quileute Nation of Washington into the lexicon of the American tween-ager. The author sets her stories on the Olympic Peninsula, ancestral lands of the Quileute, and bases her tribal characters on a Quileute legend of how the tribe descended from wolves. How do the Quileutes feel about being portrayed as werewolves? Have the books and subsequent film created more interest and tourism for the tribe? How can tribes benefit or suffer from portrayals in popular novels written by outsiders? Guests are Tribal Chairwoman Carol Hatch (Quileute) and tribal member Chris Morganroth (Quileute).
Monday, June 8, 2009 – Long Live the Pollinators : (listen)
Pollination occurs when pollen is transported from one place to another and the little winged warrior – the bee – helps make it all possible. Pollination is essential to ensuring our foods, crops and medicines grow. The recent Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) devastated the bee world and today increasing the bee population is serious business. As the clock ticks on restoring this vital part of our ecosystem, how are tribes helping with the survival of our sacred pollinators? Can tribal lands provide a safe haven for honeybee colonies and help organic bee keeping thrive? Guests are Michael Chapman (Menominee) Co-founder/Bee Native, Melissa Cook (Menominee)/Director of the Sustainable Development Instituute and Helen Faraday Young/Producer and Coordinator of Bee Native.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – What’s Your Indian Name?: (listen)
In pre-reservation days, virtually every Native person and family had their tribal names stripped from their identities by the U.S. government and were given Christian names and surnames. The practice of bestowing traditional names, clan names or what are often referred to as “Indian names” is still going strong among tribes and Native families. These names are bestowed to infants, young adults, adults and are sometimes given at various times in ones life. What’s your Indian name and what’s the meaning behind it? Our guest is Dennis Jennings (Sac & Fox/Quapaw/Miami) whose Bear Clan name is Mesheawk, which means "Makes His Mark".
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 – Don’t Get Sick Past June: (listen)
“Don’t get sick past June” is an old adage that’s been tossed around Indian Country for quite awhile. It refers to the chronic underfunding of the Indian Health Service and the sad-but-true fact that many IHS programs, including contract health care services, are broke before their last fiscal quarter begins. But what is the reality when it comes to this phrase? Have you or someone you know fell victim to “health care rationing?” Will the proposed IHS budget increase and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act remedy the problem? Guests are Stacey Bohlen (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) Executive Director/National Indian Health Board and Carl Harper (Cherokee), Director/IHS Office of Resource Access & Partnerships.
Thursday, June 11, 2009 – Foster Care for Native Children: (listen)
Friday, June 12, 2009 – Music Maker: Cheevers Toppah & Kevin Yazzie: (listen)
Last month was National Foster Care month, but in our tribal communities every month is foster care month. According to research done by the Annie E Casey Foundation, Native children are entering the foster care system at an “increasingly alarming” rate. What steps are tribal governments, aid agencies and community members taking to slow this rate? Why are American Indian and Alaska Native foster parents so few and far between? How are recent foster care and adoption laws impacting Native children?
The sounds of the southern plains and the lands of the southwest’s four sacred mountains come together in “Awakening of Life: Peyote Songs of the Kiowa and Diné.” The duo of Cheevers Toppah (Kiowa/Diné) and Kevin Yazzie (Diné) utilize unison and harmonized singing to inspire balance and guide the listener through the journey of life. The music of their Native heritage has guided them through many years of their life, often providing comfort and spiritual uplifting. Inspired by the world around them and the people they love, the sound of the rattle and the drum bring together teachings and lessons.
Monday, June 15, 2009 – Should Indians “Get Over It?”: (listen)
Anti-Indian sentiments are, for the large part, not politically correct anymore in most public circles. But that doesn’t mean these attitudes have been swept from public opinion in America. What circumstances cause these ill feelings to spew from non-Indians, given the fact that the history of injustice committed against Natives is out in the open? Do non-Indians get sick and tired of Native people always complaining about the past? Is it time for Native people to develop a new message and a new approach when it comes to asserting modern Native rights? Guest is Charles Trimble (Oglala Lakota) columnist/Indian Country Today.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 – Native in the Spotlight: Julia Keefe: (listen)
Legendary jazz and swing vocalist Mildred Bailey of the Coeur d’Alene tribe was a smash hit in the 1930’s and 40’s, inspiring the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Today, her legacy lives on thanks to Julia Keefe (Nez Perce). Keefe recently debuted a program called “Thoroughly Modern Mildred Bailey Songs” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The performance paid tribute to Bailey’s tremendous influence on the world of jazz. The 20-year old Keefe is currently a student at the University of Miami ’s Frost School of Music. Are you a jazz aficionado?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 – Native Gambling in the Supreme Court: (listen)
When you think of the supreme law of the land, certainly the U.S. Supreme Court comes to mind? When cases involving Native issues are brought to this High Court, what’s at stake for tribal members, tribes, and Native nations collectively? When Native cases are heard by the Supreme Court, how do the justice’s decisions impact all of Indian Country? What is the current temperature of the court when it comes to tribes? How do tribal relationships with states sway the decisions? Is it a risky roll of the dice? Guest is Stacy Leeds (Cherokee/Muscogee Creek) Director/University of Kansas Tribal Law and Government Center.
Thursday, June 18, 2009 – What’s Working in Diabetes Prevention?: (listen)
The issue of diabetes in our tribal communities is a grave issue. It has taken many of our loved ones and now this killer is targeting our youth. Health professionals agree something must be done to change our tribal future. But what is really being done? When you look at the Native community, the full spectrum of education is being presented from talking circles, to health fairs, to children’s books aimed at healthy eating. What do health educators say is working? What do people with diabetes say is working? Can we have our cake and eat it too?
Friday, June 19, 2009 – Forgiving Our Fathers: (listen)
For a multitude of reasons the Native family circle often lacks the presence of the father. This has a deep felt effect on the child, the father and the whole family unit. After years of dad being absent, often a child struggles with accepting him back into their life, and fathers are not always met with open arms when they are trying to mend relationships. When fathers do try to build a road to forgiveness, what is the reaction? How does forgiving our fathers help us heal? How much of forgiving your father is about forgiving yourself? Have you been able to forgive your father for his failings? Our guest is Patrick Anderson (Tlingit/Alutiiq) Executive Director/Chugachmiut.
Monday, June 22, 2009 – Raid on the Grave Robbers: (listen)
An undercover sting operation produced two dozen arrests in the Four Corners region. Those arrested have been charged with being part of what prosecutors are calling a “ring of archeological grave robbers” that looted ancient burial sites and were involved in illegally trafficking Indian artifacts. But local residents and lawmakers are in an uproar about the treatment the suspects received while being rounded up by Bureau of Land Management officials and the FBI. They claim excessive force and heavy handed tactics were used. What kind of punishment should these grave robbers receive? Guest is Taft Blackhorse (Navajo), Owner/Greathouse Environmental and Consultant/Navajo Nation's Historic Preservation Department.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – Passing Our Native Traditions: (listen)
Many Native people believe a key to good self-esteem among our young people is a strong sense of belonging. As the big wide world closes in and the jaws of assimilation snap closer and closer to our tribal communities, Native elders have an increasing role in passing along traditions and values that teach youngsters where they’re from and who they are. How do we empower our elders to share their valuable resources, including their stories, as well as their survival and nurturing skills? Our guests are Memry Dahl (Qagan Unangan) Vice-President/First Alaskans Institute, and Leland Barger (Inupiaq) Director/Inuunialiqput.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – Book of the Month: Poneasequa Goddess of the Waters : (listen)
In her debut novel Wampanoag author Stephanie Duckworth-Elliott creates a place of acceptance through her young character McKenzie Jones. The challenged character faces the world on a diverse path amongst her peers where being tall and brown with dark hair and eyes makes her somewhat of an outsider. And that’s when the “Place of Peace” is discovered, which just may not be total fantasy. What other adventures of self discovery and cultural pride lie within the waters of this tale?
Thursday, June 25, 2009 – Law of the Jungle in Indigenous Peru : (listen)
For the most part, the saying “the law of the jungle,” boils down to “survival of the fittest;” “eat or be eaten;” or “every man for himself;” and even “anything goes.” With the current crisis in the Amazonian parts of Peru, and the incidents that took the lives of both Peruvian police and indigenous people over the past few weeks, the reality of defending one’s land, fighting for survival and against capitalism came to a head. The fingers point to the free trade agreements, oil and mining as the reasons for the conflict. As more indigenous communities take a stand against development on their land, will there be more bloodshed?
Guest is Robert T. Coulter (Potawatomi), Executive Director/ Indian Law Resource Center
Friday, June 26, 2009 – Violence Against Transgender Natives: (listen)
The soon to be released film “Two Spirits” examines the murder of Fred Martinez, a Navajo who was a “ nádleehí ” – a male-bodied person with a feminine essence. A good number of the major movements across Native America are designed to protect human rights and open up dialogue about people who are disenfranchised. Why is it that when it comes to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Native America, this position wanes and people tend to look the other way? Why are negative behaviors, even violence, acceptable when it comes to the LGBT community? Guests are Lydia Nibley, director/“Two Spirits.” and Dr. Wesley K. Thomas (Diné) Academic Dean/Division of Humanities and Social-Behavioral Sciences at Diné College.
Monday, June 29, 2009 – The Native Challenge Act : (listen)
Many tribal communities are taking the most severe hits in the current U.S. recession, making their economic situations even more similar to those of Third World countries. A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would streamline federal economic aid to Alaska Natives, American Indians and Native Hawaiians. This pilot project would be patterned on how the U.S. government delivers foreign aid across the world and would give local communities more control of the decision making process. Is this what Native leaders have asked for all along? Are you living in the Third World ? Program will include an interview with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 – Legalizing Drugs in the U.S. (listen)
The violence in Mexico caused by the crackdown on the drug cartels has many looking for new strategies to win the war on drugs. One suggestion put on the table that is starting to receive strong consideration is to legalize the three top drugs being trafficked by the cartels: marijuana, heroin and cocaine. This argument says that removing prohibition eliminates corruption and pulls the rug from under the black market. But how would drug legalization work? Who would control the manufacturing and distribution of these substances? Which groups would profit from their sale and what new regulations would have to be passed?
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 – Offsetting our Carbon Footprints: (listen)
The term carbon footprint refers to the amount of CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions that an individual or a group puts out into the environment as a result of their daily actions. Since greenhouse gases are the world’s new evil, we all need to begin to do our part to reduce our output. Should we move out of our houses, return to our traditional ways of life, stop driving, stop using electricity, and under no circumstances use hairspray? Have you ever measured your own personal carbon footprint and have you looked for ways to offset it?
Thursday, July 2, 2009 – Pan-Indianism & One Tribe: (listen)
A term often used when referring to the amalgamation, or mixing, of tribal cultures is pan-Indianism. A large majority of Native people do not live in their traditional tribal communities, yet they usually seek interactions with anything they deem as Native, even if it’s not tribally specific. As Natives from different tribes and regions continue to mix and mingle, how does the concept of “one tribe” come into play and is it always accepted? Within the diversity of Native America, what does pan-Indianism have to offer? Does embracing this concept mean losing the individuality of your own tribal heritage? Guests TBA.
Friday, July 3, 2009 – I Would Feel Free, If…: (listen)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 –Current Events: (listen)
The Fourth of July is at hand, and freedom and independence are the themes for this weekend. But many of us, on personal, professional, and/or spiritual levels, feel far from being truly free and nowhere close to being independent. What would it take for you to truly feel like you’re free? What are the chains that are holding you down? Is it your bills, your job, your children or is it simply your own mind? When it comes to being Native, how is your independence being stifled? Do you feel you have the freedoms you deserve within your tribal setting? Are you ready and willing to let freedom ring? Open lines.
Monday, July 6, 2009 – Native Youth Losing Their Religion : (listen)
An agnostic, broadly put, is a person who is not committed to the existence or non-existence of God. A few generations ago, you’d have had a hard time finding a Native American agnostic or atheist. But, there are signals that the younger generation of Natives is less prone to be absolutely sure in their faith in a higher power. A recently released report shows that Native youth feel they are more likely to die young. Are these two outlooks directly related? Is it hard to have faith when you don’t see anything to believe in? Guests are Rev. Asa Wilson (Pima- Maricopa), pastor of the Makasan Presbyterian Church on the Pine Ridge Reservation and Zech Harjo (Navajo/Creek/Seminole) a freshman at the University of Kansas.
The dispute between the Canadian government and Akwesasne Mohawks over the closure of the port of entry on Cornwall Island in New York is showing no signs of being resolved. A suicide prevention conference called “Breaking the Silence” will be held at Red Rock State Park in New Mexico. The upcoming 2009 Indigenous Soccer Cup will include college preparation workshops, as well as life and leadership workshops. Summer art shows, cultural celebrations and festivals are taking place across Indian Country, and powwow season is in full swing.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 – Broke, Busted and No Justice: (listen)
When Native people find themselves locked up in city, county or state jail they find out the hard way that if you have no money you can’t get a lawyer. And if you can’t get a lawyer, it’s hard to get justice. A new report called “Justice Denied: America’s Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel” probes this issue. So when it comes to Native inmates who find themselves in this predicament, what are their options? Whose obligation is it to defend indigents who get caught up in the system?
Thursday, July 9, 2009 – Legacy of the Church Rock Disaster: (listen)
Friday, July 10, 2009 – Building a Village in a Concrete Jungle: (listen)
The largest nuclear accident in the U.S. did not take place at Three Mile Island. It took place 30 years ago in Church Rock, N.M., on the Navajo reservation when a reported 100 million gallons of radioactive water burst through a dam. The flood exposed the Rio Puerco River and the Colorado River basin to more than 1,100 tons of uranium mill tailings. Today, the people of the region are still fighting against uranium development. What lessons were learned from this disaster? Guests are Larry King (Navajo) of the Eastern Navajo Dine’ Against Uranium Mining, and Manny Pino (Acoma Pueblo) of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Natives continue to make the move to urban settings, and the need for more services grows each time another Native enters the city limits. Often, Natives in the city lack health needs, social needs and other resources. For those who are trying to create a home away from home, how does this increase the necessity for Natives of different nations to build compatibility within the concrete jungle? How can working in unison raise the overall standard of living for Native city dwellers? Guest Norby Blake (White Earth Ojibwe), Executive Director/Inter-tribal Elder Services in Minneapolis.
Monday, July 13, 2009 - The Spirit of Northeastern Art: (listen)
An evergreen version will be presented for Monday, July 13th, 2009, the description is below. Joining us from Maine today is Kathleen Mundell. She is the author of the book "North by Northeast: Wabanaki, Akwasane, Mohawk and Tuscarora Traditional Arts. She is also the curator of the traveling exhibit displaying some of the works featured in the book.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 –Being a Burden Because of Memory Loss: (listen)
Many Americans are concerned that as they age, they will become a burden on others due to memory loss and loss of mental capacity. They worry they will become unable to care for themselves and family members and loved ones will be forced to care for them. What causes loss of cognitive function? What lifestyle changes can be made to slow or reverse memory loss? What can Native people offer to the rest of society when it comes to caring for our elders suffering from memory loss? Guest is Neal Henderson (Choctaw) from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 – Music Maker: Red Lake Singers: (listen)
Six elder men from the Red Lake Nation of northern Minnesota share the old style of Ojibwe singing on their new CD titled “Old Times.” The members of the Red Lake Singers were taught some of these age-old powwow songs by their fathers, grandfathers and uncles. Other songs on the CD they created themselves in their younger years. They recorded these songs to ensure they are passed on to the upcoming generations. The songs they sing on this album connect listeners to a style that dates back to the 1920’s. Guests are group members Johnny Smith (Chippewa) and Joe "Tiny" Bellanger (Chippewa).
Thursday, July 16, 2009 – Keeping Cash in the Native Community: (listen)
Friday, July 17, 2009 – The Changing Powwow Circle: (listen)
Most Native business leaders maintain that buying products and services from Native-owned companies is a good way to boost Native economies. Other minority groups have used this strategy to keep their hard-earned dollars circulating within their communities. As we examine spending habits in Native America, is buying Native a growing trend? Do Native-owned businesses have their goods, products and services available where Native people spend their money? Guests are Tracy Stanhoff (Prairie Band Potawatomi) President/American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California and Managing Partner of Seacrest Investment Management, Lynn Dee Rapp (Oglala Sioux).
Powwow season is in full swing once again across Indian Country, but many observers are pointing out some changes that are not so flattering. They’re complaining about a general lack of respect, like people not standing during honor songs and drum groups practicing while other drums are performing. Also, there are complaints that people are peddling raffle tickets and other items inside the circle itself. What do you think of dancers using their cell phones and texting during grand entry? Has the commercialization of powwows finally won? Guests include Cultural Liaison of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Dennis Zotigh.
Monday, July 20, 2009 – Michael Jackson and Native America: (listen)
When the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away the world went into a frenzy and some parts of Native America did as well. For some Natives, the passing of this pop icon caused them to take a trip back to the 80’s where the moonwalk spread across the planet almost overnight. Many were taken back to their own personal story of how they just had to mimic the move on their own tribal dirt. So as the world says goodbye to the man who many would say opened doors for people of color, did he leave a mark on our Native nations? Guest is Tom Bee, CEO and Founder of SOAR: Sound of America Records.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – Native in the Spotlight: Dr. Yvette Roubideaux: (listen)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - Rediscovering Tecumseh's Dream: (listen)
May 12, 2009 marked an historic moment for Indian country when Dr. Yvette Roubideaux – the first Native woman to be nominated as director of the Indian Health Service – was sworn in at our nation’s capital. Roubideaux, of the Rosebud and Standing Rock Sioux Nations, now heads up the health care system serving some 3.3 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. As she takes on the role as leader, what priorities will be critical for IHS’s future success? How has making the transition from IHS patient to director shaped and prepared her for this role? Join us for our July Native in the Spotlight as we visit with Dr. Yvette Roubideaux.
The great Shawnee chief Tecumseh envisioned that tribes would unite as one to keep the United States from defeating the Indian Nations and forcing them from their traditional homelands. Although his vision fell short, one aspect of his message has remained alive. A dance known as the Shawnee Dance will be on display at the upcoming Meskwaki Powwow in Iowa in an effort to revive Tecumseh's goal of tribes coming together. Can our old dances and religious practices help us rediscover our common ground? Guest is filmmaker and traditional singer Conrad Brown (Meskwaki).
Thursday, July 23, 2009 – Playing into the Stereotypes: (listen)
Including what Hollywood makes us out to be, there are many stereotypes that linger over our heads as Native nations. While some may cringe and battle against them, others of us play right into them. So just what happens when stereotypes like poverty or “being rezzed out” are played up in the Native community? Is our embrace of the stereotypes a form of colonialism or is it our way of evolving with the times? Guests are Angelique Eagle Woman (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho, Dr. Larry Emerson (Diné), Native Scholar, Writer and University Lecturer and Lance Morgan (Winnebago), President and CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc.
Friday, July 24, 2009 – Adolescent Vaccines: (listen)
Many students are required to have vaccines before the first day of school. Although some vaccines are a requirement, they are also highly recommended by doctors. Some of them include the HPV vaccine and the meningitis vaccine. While some vaccines are available at no cost through government programs, some youth are falling through the cracks. How are the health needs of this population being met with vaccines and how safe are they? Guests are Indian Health Service’s Dr. Donna R. Perry, Chinle Service Unit Chief of the Medical Staff of Pediatric, Adolescent and Preventive Medicine and Amy Groom, Immunization Program Manager and Center for Disease Control Prevention Field Assignee.
Monday, July 27, 2009 – The Spirit of the Native Song: (listen)
Native songs are beautiful audible extensions of our culture. They are intricate paths that lead to our spirituality, strength and heritage. Some Natives are born with the gift to lead the group while others stand strong as their voices back-up the lead singers and help to bring our Native music alive. Our music can save and heal just as strongly as it can entertain. From tribe to tribe, what is the spirit behind both contemporary and traditional tribal songs? Guests are Tara Browner (Choctaw), Author and Ethnomusicologist at the University of California Los Angeles and Courtney Yellowfat (Lakota), Lakota Language Teacher and Traditional Singer.
Tuesday July 28, 2009 – Green Jobs in Native America: (listen)
The newest buzz word in employment is “green jobs” and with 40 billion dollars from the stimulus money set aside for it, everyone is trying to get a piece of the organic pie. What really is a green collar job? How can tribes tap into this money for training and jobs? For job seekers looking for a career change, are green jobs the answer? Guests are Cristala Mussato-Allen (Caddo), Executive Director of Native Workplace and Wahleah Johns (Diné) of Black Mesa Water Coalition.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 – Book of the Month: The Alaska Native Reader: (listen)
The Alaska Native Reader provides a deeper look into the world of the Indigenous peoples of Alaska. The book aims to bring together essays, poems, songs, stories, maps and visual art to tell the true story of the Alaska Native. By accessing multiple voices, myths about the rich culture are dispelled and the history of the strong peoples, often hidden, is brought into plain sight. How can setting the record straight today help the Alaska Natives of tomorrow? Guests are Maria Williams (Tlingit/ Haida) Professor of Music at the University of New Mexico and Aaron Leggett (Dena’ina Athabascan) Dena’ina Cultural Historian for the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
Thursday, July 30, 2009 – The Changing Face of Journalism: (listen)
Friday, July 31, 2009 – Epilepsy: One Family’s Journey: (listen)
The face of journalism is constantly changing and with the times come new forms of communication. The world of newspapers only gave way to the world of radio and television and now today the Internet. The way people get their news is begging for the Native journalists of today to diversify and be able to bring you the news in almost any form. So as the set of journalistic tools expands, what does it mean for both Native journalists and for the gathering and dissemination of Native news? Guest is Paul DeMain (Onieda/Ojibwe) Veteran Journalist with News from Indian Country and Indian Country TV.
When Sky Titus was eight, he began having seizures. After years of navigating through the fractured health care system, enduring misdiagnosis and insensitive doctors, Sky’s family finally caught a break. A diagnosis of epilepsy followed by radical brain surgery (which was featured on the Discovery Channel show “Surgery Saved My Life”), has begun to change life for Sky and his family. As an artist, Sky uses his experience to express his art. Guests are Sky Titus (Karuk/Paiute/NorRelmuk Wintu), Dan Titus (Karuk) and Leah Harper (NorRelmuk Wintu).
Monday, August 3, 2009 – Salmon Ban on the Yukon River: (listen)
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has banned commercial fishing for king salmon along the Yukon River and is limiting subsistence fishing. The ban is in response to the state not meeting their treaty agreement with Canada for the past two years to deliver 45,000 kings via the Yukon. But groups of Native fishermen are ignoring the ban – facing possible jail time, heavy fines and equipment seizure. How will village residents make it through another tough winter if they’re not allowed to fish this summer? Guest is Ann Strongheart (Yu’pik) from the village of Nunam Iqua.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – Current Events: (listen)
Pro golfer Notah Begay III (Navajo) has announced that Tiger Woods will be in the field of his NB3 Foundation Challenge golf event at the Oneida Nation of New York. Proceeds from the event will go towards improving the health and wellness of Native American youth. In Oregon, the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers will unite to strengthen the Seventh Generation. And in New Mexico, the Navajo Nation is gearing up for the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonials. Is there an event you’d like to announce?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 – Intelligent Design & Darwinism: (listen)
Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection claims that all species on Earth, including human beings, evolved from common ancestors. This has been a long held view in the world of science and was taught in schools unopposed throughout much of the 20th Century. Supporters of the intelligent design theory, however, assert that the Earth and all living things were designed by an intelligent being, or God. Where do the origin and creation stories of indigenous people fit into this debate? Guest is ethnobotanist Donna House (Navajo/Oneida).
Thursday, August 6, 2009 – Dances With Diets: (listen)
What is the craziest diet you’ve ever tried? Was it the “Cookie Diet?” Or maybe it was the “Cabbage Soup Diet?” According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, obesity rates for Native Americans are at 67%. So chances are you or someone you know has tried an off the wall diet. The weight loss industry is estimated to rake in 40 billion dollars annually, yet we are still an overweight nation. Is it because we haven’t found the perfect diet, or is it something deeper that has to do with changing our overall relationship with food? Our guest is Lita Pepion (Blackfeet) owner/CRL Health and Fitness.
Friday, August 7, 2009 – Busting Native Myths: (listen)
Have you ever heard the one about Manhattan being sold by Indians for 24 dollars worth of beads and trinkets? How about the one about Pocahontas saving, falling in love with, and marrying John Smith? What about the one that says Native people believe you will capture their soul by snapping their picture? When it comes to myths about Native people, there are many out there. So which ones are factual and which ones are false? What are some of the bizarre myths about Native Americans that you’ve heard? What myths have you had to school folks on or dispel?
Monday, August 10, 2009 – Native in the Spotlight: (listen)
Nakotah LaRance: Six-time World Hoop Dance Champion Nakotah LaRance (Hopi/ Assiniboine) has accomplished much in his 19 years. In addition to hoop dancing, he is also an award winning actor. His resume includes the popular TV mini-series’ “Into the West” and “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee ” and movies such as “Expiration Date” and “Not Like Everyone Else.” Recently he was selected to perform with the popular world wide entertainment and artistic show Cirque Du Soleil. What does the future hold for this energetic, Native youth ambassador?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 – Surviving Cancer: (listen)
The cancer survival rates of American Indians and Alaska Natives are low. Statistics show that the cancer survival rate of Natives is 63% compared to the non-Native population rate of 85%. Why the disparity? While these numbers are discouraging, one positive note is that 8 years ago the cancer survival rate for Native Americans was only 49%. What can people with cancer do to increase their chance for survival? What role does Native culture play in healing and wellness? Guest, Dr. Linda Burhanstepanov (Cherokee) Executive Director/ Native American Cancer Research
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – What To Do With Wild Horses?: (listen)
In the Great Northwest, the wild horse populations on reservations are reaching numbers that some say are out of control. They claim these herds are overgrazing, destroying rangeland, and disrupting habitats. But hunting and killing or slaughtering horses is against the law here in the U.S. Should the law be changed to allow the return of horse slaughter? If not, what can be done to curtail this problem? What remedy do you have to offer? Guests Ed Gunnier (Yakama), aka the “Wild Horse Catcher” and Jason Smith (Wasco), Range & Agriculture Manager for the Confederated of Warm Springs.
Thursday, August 13, 2009 – The Dependency Trap: (listen)
At one time the aboriginal inhabitants of Turtle Island were not reliant on governments to survive. Personal responsibility was a treasured tribal trait. Over the years, however, the picture has drastically changed. When it comes to welfare and other public assistance programs, does relying on them deprive of us of our dignity? Does throwing money at our social problems get us deeper into a dependency mindset? What strategies will lead our nations out of poverty and allow us to reclaim our tradition of self-reliance? Our guest is Calvin Helin (Tsimshian) author of Dances with Dependency.
Friday, August 14, 2009 – The Native Narrative in Cinema: (listen)
The world of storytelling is, according to the NMAI’s Film and Video Center , “changing quickly, with the centralized power of Hollywood giving way to voices from outside the system.” Are cinema audiences, both in the U.S. and internationally, looking for more than what conventional filmmakers are offering? Has the time finally come when the indigenous narrative is being valued and celebrated, and at the same time, a spinoff of the rejection of the mainstream corporate media? Guests include Jason Silverman, Cinematheque Director/Center for Contemporary Arts.
Monday, August 17, 2009 – State of Alaska Natives Since Statehood: (listen)
A recent report titled “The Changing Economic Status of Alaska Natives” once again brings to light the fact that since statehood in 1959, Alaska ’s indigenous people have lagged behind the general population in income, employment and education levels. But what is true wealth and how is it measured? Is it quantified only in dollars and bank account ledgers? Is it measured by the degree hanging on someone’s wall? Or is true prosperity gauged by one’s family relationships and connection to culture? Guests include Liz Cheney (Tlingit) Vice-President/First Alaskans Institute.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 – Music Maker: Buffy Sainte-Marie: (listen)
When the world was introduced to the music of Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) several decades ago, the joys and struggles of Indigenous people were let loose. She is back with her unique voice and her latest CD “Running for the Drum.” This acclaimed singer/songwriter from Saskatchewan continues to stand up for Indigenous rights as she pursues her call to life, love, independence and creativity. From her home studio in Hawaii , Buffy has mixed her vibrant sound with the beats of pop, rock, dance, country and her signature activist anthems.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 – Healing Through the Arts: (listen)
Native artists have been using art as a way to mend their spirits and break away from a life of crime, alcohol abuse, and living on the streets. Music, painting, theater and other art mediums provide Native artists with a fresh canvas to create a new vision for their lives. If art is a reflection of society, does this mean Native people are turning the corner towards healing? Can art be used to heal a person from trauma and a life of addiction? Guests include Native artist Sam English (Turtle Mountain/Red Lake Ojibway) and Leah Fontaine (Anishinaabe/Dakota) University of Manitoba scholar.
Thursday, August 20, 2009 – Teaching Native Language Teachers: (listen)
There is no disputing that Indigenous languages are at a critical state of decline. Recently the Minnesota Legislature passed the Legacy Act, which will provide $1.25 million in grants to preserve Dakota and Ojibwa languages through educational programs. Because the urgency to teach Native languages weighs on fluent speakers, how does that affect the process? Why is the traditional model of language immersion not possible for many tribal language programs? Who can teach the teachers? Guest Anna Marie Hill (Red Lake Ojibway), Executive Director/Minnesota Indian Affairs Council.
Friday, August 21, 2009 –Internet Gambling & Indian Country: (listen)
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act makes internet gambling illegal here in the U.S. , but offshore and overseas sites are making it a reported $4 billion dollar industry worldwide. Talks are going on behind closed doors in California , as well as in the halls of Congress, that could legalize online poker and other games. Where do tribes stand when it comes to getting their cut in the burgeoning business of internet gambling? What about states that are looking to increase their revenues? Guests are gaming attorney/business adviser Rick Geiger of Geiger Law Firm and Victor Rocha (Pechanga), editor of the gaming website Pechanga.net.
Monday, August 24, 2009 – The State of Indian Treaties: (listen)
Earlier this year actor/activist Russell Means was issued a bench warrant in South Dakota for his arrest. He is charged with fishing without a license at Sheridan Lake in the Black Hills . Means has taken the case to federal court. He believes that one way or the other the court will have to make a decision with wide implications concerning Native treaty rights. Is this just another example of grandstanding by the former AIM leader? Or can this case force the hand of U.S. courts to uphold or cancel Indian treaties? Russell Means (Oglala Lakota) joins us live in Studio 49.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 – Why Do We Sleep?: (listen)
We spend about one-third of our lives doing it, but why do we sleep in the first place? There is no consensus when it comes to the answer. However, it is clear that sleep plays a critical role in our health and well being. We know that when we don’t get enough sleep we become less active, less alert and we become confused and our actions become erratic. Does sleep serve to regenerate or restore our physical bodies? Does it repair or rejuvenate our brain? How much sleep do you need to get you through the day? Guest, Dr. John Roehrs, Sleep Physician of the Phoenix VA Hospital.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 – Book of the Month: Rabbit and the Fingerbone Necklace: (listen)
Inspired by the symbolic importance of ravens in Cherokee history and presented in the style of an old Cherokee tale, “Rabbit and the Fingerbone Necklace” is the latest installment of the adventures of Ji-Stu the Rabbit and his friends. Why has Ji-Stu been invited to dance for a flock of shiny ravens? Why are they so interested in his necklace? What is the mystery, the meaning and the power of the bones? Join us as we visit with writer Deborah Duvall (Cherokee) and artist Murv Jacob (Cherokee).
Thursday, August 27, 2009 – Impressions & Impersonations: (listen)
Friday, August 28, 2009 – Creating Healthy Paths for Native Youth: (listen)
They say imitation is one of the highest forms of flattery. In the name of fun and flattery we are opening our airwaves to your best impersonations, imitations and impressions – with a Native flair. So as the fun and games begin, just what would Julia Child sound like making frybread? Or what would Bill Clinton sound like calling bingo at the local bingo parlor? And what would Paris Hilton have to say as she sheared a sheep? Do you have an inner voice that sounds like someone famous? Call in and give us your best impression, impersonation or imitation. Open Lines.
Pro Golfer Notah Begay III, like many others in Indian Country, is concerned about Native youth. He aspires to nurture strong young adults who value healthy lifestyles and education by providing a positive influence while they’re young. He is using his visibility and celebrity status to draw in others to share his hopes and dreams, including Tiger Woods who played in this year’s NB3 Foundation Challenge golf match. Can Begay lead the way to wellness for the upcoming generation? Our guest is Notah Begay III (Isleta Pueblo/San Felipe Pueblo/Navajo) President & Founder/NB3 Consulting.
Monday, August 31, 2009 – Crime and Justice in Indian Country: (listen)
National attention is being brought to tribal reservations and Native villages in light of the widely held perception of lawlessness that exists in these pockets of America . In response, the U.S. Department of Justice is reaching out to help combat the high rates of crime, violence, and gang activity. Recovery Act money is starting to flow into tribal communities, but how will the money be spent? How bad is the crime situation? Can more cops and more resources save our tribal nations from implosion? Guest, Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw), Dean/University of New Mexico School of Law.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 – Current Events: (listen)
More than 200 California Indians will gather at UC-Davis for the “Language is Life” gathering, a conference dedicated to Native language restoration and revival. The reigning college football Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Sam Bradford (Cherokee) of the University of Oklahoma, is set to kick off the 2009 season this weekend. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echohawk (Pawnee) will keynote the Tribal Leaders Summit in Bismarck , North Dakota , and Haskell Indian Nations University will be celebrating their homecoming and 125th Commemoration with a series of events.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 – Drug Testing Welfare Recipients: (listen)
Thursday, September 3, 2009 – Addiction: A Family Affair: (listen)
Drug testing has become status quo for many tribal members who hold government jobs. Resentment is apparently starting to grow about this practice, and some are beginning to point out that it is discriminatory in nature. Especially when there are many in the community who receive government welfare checks each month without being held accountable for their drug use. Should welfare recipients have to pass a drug test before receiving their benefits? Guests are tribal councilman Bernard Mora (Tesuque Pueblo) and State Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Maureen Taylor.
Either through the statistics or from firsthand accounts, the problem of addiction in Native America is dire. And those who have made it through know, in order to break the addiction cycle, it takes lots of support to walk away from a drug or alcohol problem. Many programs lean on the support of the family of the person facing the addiction. But, what happens when addiction is a family affair and the grandparents, parents, siblings, and extended family members are all using? Guests are Bill Bird (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota) Cultural Coordinator/ Keystone Treatment Center, Patty Grant (Eastern Band of Cherokee/ Lakota) Program Manager/ Analenisgi Program of the Cherokee Nation and Tammy Paisano (Crow), District Coordinator/ Meth Free Crowalition.
Friday, September 4, 2009 – Should Indians Get Over It?...(Part II): (listen)
Earlier this summer we tackled the question, “Should Indians get over it?” This conversation raised a lot of eyebrows and many concerns were raised. Statements that Native Americans are holding onto the past and complain too much are trickling off the tongues of many non-Native people. The current generations of Americans say they are not the ones with blood on their hands from centuries past, and they did not create the ill world for present-day Natives. What is the root of anti-Indian sentiments and attitudes that is influencing public opinion in America? Open Lines.
Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 – The Woes of Work: (listen)
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go! Is this your daily mantra as you head to work? And where there is work, often there are woes. On this Labor Day we invite you to sound off about the things that make you want to bang your head, or something at work that made you laugh so hard you almost busted a gut. What are some of the things your co-workers have done to make you smile or think twice? If you could wave a magic wand and wish yourself into your dream job, what would it be? Open Lines.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 – Music Maker: Gary Farmer & the Troublemakers: (listen)
He is most known for his acting, but did you know Gary Farmer (Cayuga) plays a mean harmonica and belts out the blues? He and his band have a new CD out called “Homesick Blues” featuring some classic blues covers, and some original material. After providing Native and Aboriginal people with a strong voice in the media fields of film, television, radio and print, Farmer is now turning much of his attention to his music and continues to be a strong advocate of Native rights. What has this multi-talented artist singing the blues?
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 – Indian Health Service & Health Reform: (listen)
President Barack Obama’s plan to insure all Americans has sparked national debate, but South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds made the biggest headlines in Indian Country when he called the Indian Health Service a “disaster” and a “health care system run-amok.” Gov. Rounds believes IHS is an example of why Americans should not support government involvement in healthcare. Are his comments warranted? Or is IHS being used as a punching bag for political gain? Guest, Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), veteran journalist and former editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 – Sustaining Culture through Meditation: (listen)
Results of several studies on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique for reducing acute stress and behavioral problems among hundreds of at-risk American Indian youth from three tribes may astound you. The results will be presented during the “International Conference on Building Healthy, Sustainable American Indian Communities” at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa . What are your thoughts on meditation? Guests are conference director Prosper Waukon (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) and John Boncheff, program director/Meditation Quiet Time.
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 – How did 9/11 Change Your World? (listen)
What happened on September 11, 2001, aka 9/11, changed the world for many people. As the 8th anniversary of that dreadful day is upon us, how did it change both Native America and the nation? How has your attitude or faith in our government or media changed? Has your view of this country changed since the Twin Towers were struck? Has your sense of security changed? How has what happened in New York City, close to a decade ago, worked its way into your Native world? And what about new laws, like the Patriot Act, that have been a result of this event? Open lines.
Monday, Sept. 14, 2009 – Conservation Refugees: (listen)
In other parts of the world, in places like the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania and the forests of Uganda , indigenous people are being forcibly driven from their traditional homelands in the name of wildlife and land conservation. These groups become refugees and their cultural survival is at high risk. For Native Americans this is an all too familiar story. How much of a threat are conservation organizations to indigenous lands? By standing up for others’ rights to their ancestral lands, can we strengthen our own claims? Guest, Rebecca Adamson (Cherokee), President/First Peoples Worldwide.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009 – Tracking the Hollywood Indian: (listen)
Were you one of those children who wanted to play the cowboy instead of the Indian? If so, have you ever wondered why? A new documentary called “Reel Injun” tracks the trail of the Hollywood Indian to find an answer. The film takes on the task of dissecting the Hollywood image that has shaped the world’s image of the American Indian. Have you ever felt robbed or cheated by someone’s misguided stereotype of who you were, or who you were supposed to be? Guests are Director of "Reel Injun", Neil Diamond (Cree), Native activist and actress Sacheen Littlefeather (Apache/Yaqui) and Comedian Charlie Hill.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 – Centennial and Statehood Celebrations: (listen)
When it comes to non-Native celebrations on discovery, establishment, statehood and other anniversaries, Native people are quick to point out, “we were here first.” Of course there are always two sides (or more) to a story, and American history has always been told from the so-called victor’s side. But at what point and at what length should these celebrations include the Native perspective? Do these types of celebrations tend to add to the disenfranchisement and misrepresentation of Native people? Guests are author Joe Sando (Jemez) and author/scholar Waziyatawin Angela Wilson (Dakota).
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 – Indians in the Cabinet: (listen)
New Mexico is the first and only state in the U.S. to have a cabinet level Indian Affairs Department. Representatives of the department meet with the governor several times a month on policy matters. How effective has the department been at improving the lives of Native Americans in New Mexico? Why haven’t more states with significant Indian populations adopted this model? If other states follow New Mexico’s lead, could we eventually see an Indian Affairs Department at the national level? Guests are Secretary of the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, Alvin Warren (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Chairman of the Alabama - Coushatta Tribe, Carlos Bullock.
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 – Hard Times for the Homeless: (listen)
The economic recession continues to impact folks from all walks of life – including the homeless. With winter setting in and budgets running low, how are tribal communities preparing for the needs of people living on the streets? Many of us are one catastrophic event away from standing in a soup line, whether it’s the loss of our job, a medical emergency, or other unforeseen crisis. What services are available for people who have lost stability in their lives and are in need of a hand up? Guest Chris Mares, Program Manager/First Nations Homeless Outreach Program.
Monday, September 21, 2009 – Tourism in Our Own Hands: (listen)
Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the country and amounts to billions of dollars in revenue each year. So how can tribes and Native business get their piece of the pie? What are some of the obstacles that tourism offices in Native America face? We’ll examine the question that “what may work in some parts of the country, may not work in others.” Do some tribes have an easier time generating revenue and attracting tourists than others? Guests are Tina Osceola, Board president of the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and Kenny Timberwolf with Alaska Tours.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 – On the Wings of Eagles: (listen)
Eagle feathers are arguably the most prized possession in Native American religion, but should eagle feathers be possessed solely by indigenous people? Federal courts are currently hashing out that question in the case of a non-Native arrested for possessing eagle feathers, but claims he has a right to have them because he is a member of the Native American Church. Should non-Natives be given a right to possess eagle feathers? Legally, who is allowed to possess them? And where do eagle feathers come from?
Guest is Cultural Consultant Terry Fiddler (Cheyenne River Sioux).
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 – Native in the Spotlight: Maurice “Mo” Smith: (listen)
Thursday, September 24, 2009 – Tradition in a Modern World: (listen)
The American Indian Business Leaders recently announced the appointment of Maurice “Mo” Smith as their new Executive Director. As Smith steps into the position to help in the promotion of education and creating opportunities for leadership development, what are his goals for molding Native America’s future when it comes to business? Not only is Smith bringing his ability to tackle the high hills of business, but he brings to the game knowledge of the heart of the team and sportsmanship stemming from his involvement with the North American Indigenous Games aka the “Indian Olympics.” Join us for our September Native in the Spotlight Maurice “Mo” Smith from the Navajo Nation.
Several hundred years ago, the biggest threat to a Native’s seasonal activity was erratic weather. Today some would say it’s the modern world. For the most part, seasonal activity was not only a means of survival but, it also provided a time for passing on cultural values. Today many Native nations still have these types of activities and cherish the fruits that tribal members bring home when they harvest, hunt or fish. Much like the wild rice season in the Great Lakes region, Natives are holding to their tradition against even the daily demands of work and school. In order to fulfill the needs of both, how are Natives keeping the balance? And when the ability to participate is blocked what is being compromised or lost? Guests TBA.
Friday, September 25, 2009 – Censorship: Who Should Say What Art Is?: (listen)
If art is the freedom of expression then how can censorship even be an issue? When it comes to Native imagery or Natives creating images, the word censorship is no stranger. There are numerous images, sculptures and murals connected to or depicting the world of the Native American that have caused a stir for one reason or another. So when the heavy hand of censorship pounds down on the work of a Native artist, just what is the reality behind the word “no.” And when it comes to images that depict Natives in the savage form by non-Natives and a motion for its removal is brought forward by Natives, just how does this play into censorship? Guests are Native artist Bob Haozous from the Ft. Sill Apache Tribe and Treasurer for the Society of American Indian Government Employees, Shana Barehand.
Monday, September 28, 2009 – Getting a Second Chance: (listen)
At some point in our lives we’ve probably all wished we could have a second chance at something—another chance to shoot the winning basket in a championship game or another shot at a relationship. But what if you are an inmate released from prison—would you succeed at getting a second chance in becoming a contributing member to society? For many of these “ex-cons” it’s a struggle to be accepted and trusted. According to the legal system, they’ve paid their debt to society, but what if society doesn’t want to give them their second chance? What obstacles do they face? Is this an uphill battle that former inmates can never win? Our guests from the Pennsylvania Prison Society’s Re-Entry Services Program will talk about their experiences as former prisoners and give listeners information on how to take advantage of their “second chance.”
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 – September Book of the Month: For a Girl Becoming:(listen)
Joy Harjo, the Mvskokoe Creek poet and musician, is reaching for a new instrument to tell the Native story. She dives into the power of words once again in her new children’s book “For a Girl Becoming.” The story takes on the path of a young girl’s journey from birth to adulthood. The liner notes state that the book is not just for children, but for all. As the book aims to connect the reader with the natural world, what life’s lessons are unlocked through poetic story? Join us for September Book of the Month as we highlight our Native children’s literature.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 – Rewind and Repeat: The Cycle of Domestic Violence Victims: (listen)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As part of our commitment to bring listeners health news, NAC takes a look at the issue, but more specifically, why victims of domestic violence continue to find themselves in abusive relationships. Is there a common denominator you can look for in order to identify a pattern? Is it as simple as having low self esteem? Why are Native American women three times more likely to be victims of violence than other groups? How can these victims be helped? Our guests include Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women ( NOW ) and Marcia Smith, executive director of the the Oklahoma Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Thursday October 1, 2009 – Raising Children, Through Grandparents Eyes:
Our elders are hands down one of our strengths and often they are called on to help raise the next generation. With the changing definition of family, more and more grandparents are the ones who are stepping in to take on the role as parents for their little loved ones. As the number of grandparents raising their grandchildren rises, what are the reasons? When it comes to rights as grandparents and custody issues, how accepting is the law of their role? And when grandparents find themselves on the outside of the circle of the law where can they turn? And is turning over the children to our elders always a negative circumstance or is it really a tradition? Guests include Marie Miller(Yakama) Manager/Yakama Nation Area Agency on Aging Program.
Friday, October 2, 2009 – Tribal IDs Unlocking the Border Doors: (listen)
Have you ever tried to use your tribal ID beyond your tribal borders? What about the National U.S. border itself? Currently several Tribes are at the drafting table to create tribal IDs that will be acceptable to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative – a government effort aimed to secure the Mexico and Canada borders. By creating IDs that will bear not only the symbol of a tribe but that of sovereignty and its potential, how will this step create more validity to the nation-to-nation relationship? How does beefing up our tribal IDs to meet U.S. standards play into the so-called disenfranchisement of decision making when it comes to homeland security? Guests Include Rob Porter (Seneca) Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel/Seneca Nation.
Monday, October 5, 2009 – Music Maker: Jerome Jim: (listen)
For many musicians, music is the rock that gets them through the storm. Jerome Jim of the Navajo Nation not only uses music as strength, but as a way to dream. In his recent release "Sometimes I Dream," Jerome uses his flute to convey inner strength and beauty. The genre of classical music is once again lifted and refreshed by the energy of Native America. Classical pieces, hidden for nearly 120 years, are brushed off and revitalized as the notes are breathed into a new dream and era. Have you ever turned to music to keep your balance? Join us for October Music Maker.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 – October Current Events:(listen)
October is a month full of tricks and treats, among them is the Native American Music Awards and we'll be recapping the winners and highlights. Margaret Chandler labored for decades to gain federal recognition for her tribe and 15 years later she is being inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame and we'll take a moment to learn more. American Indian and Alaska Native health professionals will take a look at the healthcare reform and the opportunities. Do you have an event you'd like to announce over our airwaves? Join us for our October Current Events.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 – Theater is Not Dead:(listen)
In a world of multiplex cinemas and on-demand television, many say that theater is dead. But, for many Native theater groups, the genre is alive and well. For the dedicated fans of live theater there's no sound system loud enough and no screen big enough to replace the emotions and excitement of a story unfolding right before your eyes. Theater depends on the energy of each performance's individual audience to make or break the show even if it's on the radio. What are some other things that make theater uniquely different from other forms of storytelling? Guests include Terry Gomez (Comanche) Native playwright and director, Gloria Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock) with Spiderwoman Theater Group, Alan Kilpatrick (Cherokee) Native playwright, Jean Bruce Scott Executive Director/Native Voices at the Autry.
Thursday October 8, 2009 – Native Food Sovereignty: (listen)
From an organic garden being planted at the White House to the success of movies such as Food Inc., and books such as The Omnivore's Dilemma, how we get and grow our food is a loaded topic, including in Native America. What is grown and harvested can be an act of sovereignty. Many tribes have begun to assert d this part of sovereignty through tribal farming programs. Some have even created opportunities through commercial food ventures. What is the buzz when it comes to what we plant and eat? How does a dedication to preserving traditional food practices also preserve culture? And can food sovereignty lead to better health? Guests include Rick Vigil (Tesuque Pueblo) Member of the Native Earth Bio-Culture Council, Cara Dukepoo (Dine) Director of the Polacca Head Start Garden Project.
Friday, October 9, 2009 – Environmentalists, The New Outlaw? (listen)
Last week the Hopi Nation's Tribal Council sent a symbolic message: environmentalists not welcome. The resolution, now supported by a neighboring tribe, outlined the council's dismay with these groups, including accusations of damaging tribal economy, spreading misinformation about natural resources and instilling unfounded fear in the public. As those being targeted respond, what underlying issues are being brought to the surface? Guests include Phillip Quochytewa (Hopi) Presiding Officer of the Hopi Tribal Council, Steve Etsitty (Navajo) Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, Ben Nuvamsa (Hopi) CEO/KIVA Institute LLC
Monday, October 12, 2009 – The Audible Side of Art: (listen)
We often spend our time marveling at the creations of an artist, especially the art we can see or feel with our hands. But what about the sounds that goes into and through the artist that helps to guide his/her art? Music is often part of the energy behind many vibrant Native creations. From the radio or iPod playing in the background of the art studio, to works of art that unfold on stage as musicians vibrate the air, or at the skate park, the audible side of art is just as dynamic and alive. When you look at a piece of art, do you wonder what the artist was listening to? Open lines.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – October Book of the Month: War Dances (listen)
Sherman Alexie's October release of War Dances comes after his recent National Book Award. As irreverent as ever, Alexie will surprise readers with a much unexpected persona in his newest work. Tune in for the unveiling of the surprise with guest, Sherman Alexie (Spokane/ Coeur d'Alene).
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – Adoption: Mixing Identities (listen)
Adoption is a part of the storyline of many Native families and individuals. As one Native author who experienced adoption first hand writes, there is power in identity. Many Native adoptees are adopted out of their culture and are raised in another. For some, the journey back home can be a challenge to one's own identity and at times the key to finding it. When it comes to transracial adoption, just what are the effects on all those involved including their birth and adopted families? Guests include Susan Devan Harness (Confederated Salish and Kootenai) Research Associate and Field Director/Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research.
Thursday October 15, 2009 – Mascots: We Shall Remain (listen)
The mascot debate heats up in Indian Country. Today as we take a look at the issue there are several sides that have emerged over the years. One side views the issue as a violation of culture and clearly sees it as a racial attack. The other side takes on the issue as a challenge to the tradition of the said sports team that has built a fan base and community around mascots like the University of North Dakota and their fighting Sioux mascot. And, the third side is the voice coming from the tribal arena that is not 100% against seeing the mascots go. Can tribes make agreements with Universities regarding mascot usage and maintain tribal sovereignty? Where do you stand on the issue? Has the debate of team mascots grown a new leg? Guests include: Jessie Taken Alive (Standing Rock Lakota) Tribal Council: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Friday, October 9, 2009 – H1N1 Update (listen)
It's mid-October and snow is on the ground in many parts of Indian Country. As we get into the colder months of the year, our attention turns to the growing concern of the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as the "Swine Flu." To date, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed more than 600 deaths in the U.S. related to swine flu. Do you know the signs and are you prepared? The show will focus on the latest information available
Monday, October 19, 2009 – The State of Native Music In Alaska 50 Years Later: (listen)
Of course there was Native music in Alaska long before Alaska became a state in 1959. Every Native group in Alaska has their own unique way of making music, composing songs and using instruments. How have contemporary musicians such as Pamyua incorporated traditional Yup'ik sounds into their music? And when did the Athatbascan Fiddlers arrive on the musical scene in Alaska? Join us as we explore Native music in Alaska. Guests include Ossie Kairaiuak (Yup'ik) Traditional Yup'ik Dancer and Pamyua band member.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 – Behind the Scenes: "For the Rights of All" (listen)
They are the forgotten warriors. Native Americans who took up various struggles on the frozen tundra of Alaska, but are often not credited with the eventual good that resulted from their plight. In the early 20th century, Alaska Natives began the struggle for equal rights that eventually led to the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. The act was signed into law 15 years before "Seward's icebox" became a state and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead the struggle for civil rights in the American South. The film, For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska, highlights the efforts of these courageous men and women who fought "For the Rights of All." Our guests include filmmaker Jeff Silverman; Tlingit actress and writer, Diane Benson, who portrays Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit activist who was instrumental in getting the Anti-Discrimination Act passed.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – Two Generations: Elders and Youth in Alaska (listen)
Keeping traditions alive is a struggle that all Native cultures face, whether it's maintaining the language, performing religious ceremonies or going out on a hunt. How do we ensure that our traditions will be passed on from generation to generation? On October 19 and 20, the First Alaskans Institute hopes to try and answer that question as it hosts its 26th annual Elders and Youth Conference. The conference stimulates dialogue between young people and elders and encourages them to maintain traditional Native values and practices while thriving in the modern world. Guests include Jenny Bell (Tlingit).
Thursday October 22, 2009 – Climate Change-A Threat to Cultural Survival: (listen)
In one of the most northern places in the United States, the Alaskan Native people in Kivalina, Alaska know that climate change is very real. In fact, it is challenging the way of life as these people know it and possibly may be the reason that they will one day see the lands of their ancestors go away, along with many other Alaska Native communities. As global warming continues to take its toll around the world, we take an up close look at Natives who are face to face with it right now. Will it take the loss of our traditional homelands and culture before we all begin to make changes in our lives to battle climate change? Guests include Colleen Swan (Inupiaq) Tribal Administrator Native Village of Kivalina.
Friday, October 23, 2009 – Native Education Opportunities & Drop Out Rate: (listen)
The drop out rates of Alaska Natives and American Indians always bring about the serious issues that Indigenous students face each time they reach build hope for the future in the public school system. Native advocates are stepping up to the plate and are asking the school systems to be an active part in working to meet the needs of our Indigenous youth. What are the imbalances when it comes to the opportunities that are offered to our students? Just what are Native parents, communities and school officials bringing to the table to fix the disproportion and what still needs to be done? Guests include Mary Marks (Tlingit/Haida) Alaska Native Education Advocate.
Monday, October 26, 2009 – Sweat Lodge Controversy: (listen)
What happened at the beginning of October in a town in Arizona has not only taken the lives of several individuals but it has shaken the sacred. It is raising the question about spiritually and paying to pray. The sweat lodge led by non-Native New Age Guru, James Arthur Ray, is not only making many eyebrows raise, it's causing many to speak out. As the buzz continues to build about this incident, we are opening up the lines to ask the question: what does this event mean to Native America? How will what happened in Arizona set the pace for the sacred? Open Lines
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – Native In The Spotlight: Stanford Addison: (listen)
Stanford Addison, a quadriplegic horse tamer and traditional healer, spends his time on the Arapaho/Shoshoni Wind River Reservation inspiring youth to work through hard times. In his earlier years, a truck he was riding in hit a herd of horses, severing his spine and rendering him a quadriplegic. It was this accident that pushed Stanford to find his calling to tame wild horses. As he shares his gift, he is inspiring not only his community but is using his skills to help provide for the next generation. Join us for our Native in the Spotlight.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 – Gonna Paint the White House Red:(listen)
Next week President Obama will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference. This conference will bring President Obama and tribal leaders from 564 federally recognized tribes together to talk about issues relevant to Native America. Obama has said he hopes this conference strengthens the Nation-to-Nation relationship. While your tribal leaders have the President's ear, what would you like to tell him? What concerns do you have that you want brought up? Guests TBA
Thursday October 29, 2009 – Damming the Flow:(listen)
The controversy over the waters of the Klamath River is once again spawning new questions. In the past, fall salmon runs on the river in Northern California were devastated and salmon were found bloated and dead in the river. Another part of the story includes farmers and irrigation. And recently the much awaited word of the removal of the dams came as a big relief as much as a new puzzle on how to manage the water. As this story continues to be written, what are the new issues that are damming up the flow of water and quality of life for all involved? Guests TBA.
Friday, October 30, 2009 – Our Treat To You:(listen)
Along with lots of candy and treats, Halloween brings up images of ghosts, witches, spirits and other ghoulish things. Our Native world also includes these supernatural beings in our stories. Our treat to you today will include stories from various Native cultures and many will include our old friends, Coyote and Raven. If you have an entertaining story from your Native culture, call in and share it with us.
Monday, November 02, 2009– “Power Paths” Tracking Across Native America (listen)
A new documentary film,"Power Paths", exploring ways tribes can bring clean, renewable energy into their communities is premiering on PBS nationwide on November 3rd. Is there a chance tribes really can lead the nation on a new energy path? Invited guests include Nicole Horseherder (Navajo) Director, To'Nizhoni Ani; Vernon Masayesva (Hopi) longtime environmental activist; Norman Patrick Brown (Navajo) co-producer to producer/director.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009–November Current Events:
It's November and there are many gatherings honoring Veteran's Day and Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It's also the season we watch vibrant colors emerge with the change in weather. Hunters are headed for the mountains and "Black Friday" shoppers head for the stores. This month is as full as a stuffed turkey with film festivals, powwows, language summits and other special happenings across Native America. Share your special event with our listeners by calling in to 1-800-99Native.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009– Housing Crisis in Native America (listen)
Foreclosure, homelessness, eviction and predatory lending are a few of the housing issues that affect Native America. On November 1st, United Nations Housing Expert, Raquel Rolnik spoke at a town hall meeting on the Pine Ridge reservation to address these concerns at Pine Ridge and in other tribal and urban communities. How did our housing crisis deteriorate to such a state that the UN needs to be involved? What issues were brought up at the meeting? What does the Treaty of Trust obligate the government to provide in terms of housing, education, health and other services? What's the housing situation like in your community? Guests include Alberto Saldamando and Mellor Willie.
Thursday November 05, 2009– Tribal Summit with the President: (listen)
Today President Obama meets with tribal leaders from 564 federally recognized tribes to talk about issues relevant to Native America. Obama has said he hopes this conference strengthens the Nation-to-Nation relationship. We've heard what tribal leaders are planning to say, so this time we want to hear what you would tell the President directly. And, if he is truly thinking of us everyday like he said several times to Native America, just what will it take to live out that promise? Guests TBA.
Friday, November 06, 2009– Our Fallen Soldiers: (listen)
Native Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces in every war dating back to American colonization. They have the largest number of enlisted members...per capita...than any other ethnic group. But along with a large number of young men and women willing to serve, there are a large number of soldiers who don't return home to their families. As we prepare for Veteran's Day, we take a look at what life is like for family members who are forced to deal with a loss when their loved ones are killed serving their country overseas. What have family members done to make sure the memory of their soldier lives on? Joining us on the program will be Paul Good Iron (Three Affiliated Tribes) whose son was killed on Thanksgiving Day 2006.
Monday, November 09, 2009– Native in the Spotlight: Gil Birmingham (listen)
Gil Birmingham has been acting for over 20 years. His most recent role is that of Billy Black in the popular Twilight movie saga. Billy is the paralyzed father of werewolf and heartthrob Jacob Black and a fictional member of the Quileute Tribe. With New Moon, the second installment in the Twilight saga opening later this month, we interview Gil on what it means to be a Native actor in Hollywood. How has media portrayal of Native Americans changed over the last 20 years? Or has it? Gil also recently hosted this year's Native American Music Awards and is a musician in his own right as well. What questions would you like to ask Gil?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009–Music Maker: Audiopharmacy
"U Forgot About Us," the latest release by the soulful collective group Audiopharmacy once again weaves the music of Hip Hop, Reggae, Jazz and R&B to vocalize the struggles of indigenous peoples. Although the group takes on issues like negative environmental impacts and the quest for power and freedom, their sound easily encourages any thirsty ear to celebrate life and get up and dance. Guests include Audiopharmacy's recording artist Ras K'Dee of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009– Veteran's Day: Honoring Our Native Veterans: (listen)
With many of our families observing and honoring our Native vets today, either within their family or in their community, we want to give special time on the air for listeners to call in their Veteran's shout-out or message. The lines are open.
Thursday November 12, 2009– The De-Colonizer (Encore Presentation): (listen)
Native scientists have cracked an important genetic code which reverses the synapses in the neurotransmitters of Native American brains and realigns them to their natural state. They are testing this new technology, along with medications, on the pharmaceutical market and in tribal communities. They are calling this breakthrough the "De-Colonizer." What will happen as Native people are either exposed or injected with this new decolonizing technology? How will this new tool help Native people overcome their historical trauma, their loss of land, and their victim mentality? Guests include Dr. M.M. Splitting Jeans aka James Riding In (Pawnee) Arizona State University Professor and Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo) Grammy Award winning Native musician. PHONE LINES ARE CLOSED. NO CALLS PLEASE.
Friday, November 13, 2009– What Would You Like To Discuss?: (listen)
Occasionally the NAC staff needs to seek input from our listeners. Coming up with topics to discuss on our "electronic talking circle" every weekday can sometimes be a challenge to our creative thinking! For today, we'd like to hear suggestions from you, our listeners. Do we cover the issues that you think we should be covering? What topics are boring to you? If you could be the host of NAC, what would you want to talk about? There will be open lines today and the callers will be the "guests".
Monday, November 16, 2009– Book of the Month: Velroy and the Madischie Mafia: (listen)
Comanche Poet Sy Hoahwah connects to the past and present through his words. Beyond the typical Native picture that often gets painted through the words of a Native poet about myths and the beauty of the land, Hoahwah opens up his view of contemporary Native America that continually spars with change and where the old ways wrangle with drugs and pop culture for control.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009–Indigenous Beauty Secrets:
It's a daily process found in one Native community after another. At times it can be a frustrating one, as elders try to teach the next generation the way of our ancestors. But every once in a while those teachings lead to new discoveries and new ways of piquing the interest of young minds. What may have started with a trip to pick berries or remedies to heal a sun burn has led to a growing list of entrepreneurs. This show highlights Native American owned businesses that have taken advantage of generations of local knowledge and turned them into a successful line of beauty products. Guests include Michelle Sparck (Cup'ik), co-founder of Arxotica and Monica Simeon (Spokane), co-founder of Sister Sky.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009– Customary Adoption: (listen)
Last month, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a packet of legislation that included Bill AB 1325, which creates an alternative option to traditional adoptions in the case of Native American adoptions. Before a traditional adoption can occur, the biological parents must terminate their parental rights. However this can be, and has been, detrimental to Native American cultures. Instead, Californians now have the option of "Customary Adoption" which is defined as "a traditional tribal practice recognized by the community which gives a child a permanent parent-child relationship with someone other than the child's birth parent." What does this bill mean for Native America? Will this new legislation set a precedent for other states? Will it right any historical wrongs? Guests include Melissa Clyde (Navajo), Nancy Currie, and Assemblyman Paul Cook.
Thursday November 19, 2009– Disconnected by Broadband (listen)
New technologies are being developed everyday and at a rate faster than ever. The latest techno-toys are supposed to make our lives easier and our world smaller, but that's not always the case, especially when it comes to Indian Country. Many of our reservation communities are without broadband internet services and are therefore disconnected in many ways. The Federal Communications Commission is currently compiling a report detailing areas that are without broadband and they're looking for your help. Like the Census, in order to make sure that everyone is accounted for, the FCC would like to hear your stories. What is your life like without the internet? Have you missed out on a job because you couldn't file an application online? Our guests include Dharma Dailey and Amelia Bryne, researchers compiling stories for the FCC report.
Friday, November 20, 2009– Can Global Unity Cure Climate Change? (listen)
Next month governmental representatives from some 170 countries, including the US are expected to arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark to put their heads together to work on climate change. As proposed in 2007, they are expected to nail down an agreement that some believe will bring unity in the battle against global warming. As these nations are preparing to meet, Indigenous advocates will be among the masses there to give their input. Just what needs to be discussed about how climate change is challenging Native nations and what can be done at home to join and support the fight?
Guests include Oren Lyons, faith keeper of the Onondaga Nation and Tom Goldtooth (Dine'/Dakota) Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Monday, November 23, 2009– Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: (listen)
Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can range from heart defects, joint, limb and finger deformities, to vision and hearing difficulties, to severe mental retardation. Morgan Fawcett, a 17-year old Alaska Native who was born with FAS discovered that the Native American flute helps him deal with many of the FAS-related issues. He has started a foundation to help other Native kids struggling with the effects of this condition. What forms of support exist for children struggling with FAS? What assistance can tribal communities offer? Guests include Morgan Fawcett (Tlingit/Haida) and Carolyn Hartness (Eastern Band of Cherokee) Trainer/FASD Center for Excellence.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009–Cultural Anxiety During the Holidays:
Social anxiety disorders during the holiday season are quite common. But is there a certain type of anxiety that is unique to Native people? Do you, either consciously or subconsciously, feel certain uneasiness during the holidays but you can't quite put a finger on the source of the tension? Although no specific studies are known, can a case be made that for American Indians and Alaska Natives the holidays arouse anti-assimilation attitudes and buried resentment toward the Americanization of our homelands? Guests include Dr. Joseph Stone (Blackfeet) Clinical Psychologist/Gallup Indian Medical Center.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009– No Games on Stolen Lands: (listen)
The Winter Olympics will be held in British Columbia next February. An indigenous group calling itself No2010 is pushing the slogan "No 2010 Olympics on Stolen Native Land." The group is part of the Olympic Resistance Network and is encouraging people to learn the true history of the area. No2010 is hoping to raise awareness on several fronts, including their claim that B.C. is unceded territory and is under illegal occupation. Can this resistance movement use the Games as a catalyst to bring about social change for aboriginal people? Guests will include Gord Hill (Kwakwaka'wakw).
Thursday November 26, 2009– Thanking Our Ancestors: (listen)
Much is made of the losses Native people have suffered over the centuries, in particular our cultural losses. On this day set aside to give thanks, we want to offer gratitude for the things we have managed to maintain - things that were handed down to us by our ancestors. What ceremonies, songs and spiritual practices are carried on today within your tribal community? How about other traditional aspects of Native life, like your ancestral language? What about our traditions of humility, generosity, reciprocity, grace and our ability to be shrewd observers of human nature? Program will include interview with Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee).
Friday, November 27, 2009– Native American Heritage Day: (listen)
President Obama, like his recent predecessors, has proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. But this year it comes with a new twist. The President has also declared the Friday after Thanksgiving (or Black Friday) as Native American Heritage Day and is calling upon all Americans to celebrate it as such. As we reflect upon this proclamation, as First Americans, what is our existing heritage? What are the things we will pass on to the next generations for them to celebrate? Guests include Dr. Henrietta Mann (Cheyenne) President/Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College.
Monday, November 30, 2009– Rights & Freedoms Up in Smoke: (listen)
The debate over smoking in public places not only creates a stir when legislators pine over making laws to ban smoking, it also causes us to examine just how much our personal preferences, comfort and health matter. What are you thoughts on smoking in public and what about your own home? When it comes to this issue often one side lines up under the notion that smokers do not have the right to smoke around non-smokers, while others support the notion that non-smokers have a right to smoke-free air. What side do you line up on? Does this debate play out in your own public or personal space? Open lines.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009–Current Events: (listen)
A conference titled "HOPE: Healing Our People Everywhere" will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, and will focus on the trauma of sexual abuse that exists in our tribal communities stemming from the boarding school era. Award winning composer Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Mohican), who composed the Native America Calling theme music, is offering a workshop on "Film Scoring for Filmmakers" in Santa Fe. And thirteen of the nation's most well known Native artists will be in Norman, Oklahoma, to sign copies of an art calendar showcasing their work. Do you have an event you'd like to share over our airwaves?
Wednesday, December 02, 2009– Boosting Our Immune System: (listen)
Cold and flu season is upon us. Between dodging your kid's runny nose and the stress of the holiday season, it can be difficult to avoid getting sick. Flu shots may not always be an option, or even necessary, and you can't always remember to wear a hat when you go outside, like Grandma always said to do. One of the keys to keeping healthy is a strong immune system. But what exactly is the immune system? How does it work? And how do you keep it in good working condition? Guests include Dr. LeeAnna Muzquiz (Salish & Kootenai)
Thursday December 03, 2009– So Far in the (Financial) Hole: (listen)
We are still in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Many people are experiencing skinny wallets and fat bills and the picture is not pretty. For some it seems like a big beast is breathing down their neck and its name is "Debt." Does this sound like you? Well, we are taking a moment to breathe some relief and offer a glimpse of the Yellow Brick Road to getting out of the hole. What are the first steps to pulling yourself out of debt? And when it comes to bankruptcy, what is the real deal? Is it an option you can live with? Guests include Kate Williams/Vice President of Financial Literacy for Money Management International.
Friday, December 04, 2009– Parliament of the World's Religions: (listen)
The Parliament of the World's Religions is convening in Melbourne, Australia. The parliament brings together the world's religious and spiritual communities, their leaders and their followers to a gathering where peace, diversity and sustainability are discussed and explored. Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee, is set to speak on behalf of indigenous beliefs and rights. What will his message be and what are the fundamental principles that this body can assist Native peoples with? Will the parliament denounce the Doctrine of Discovery and repeal the Papal Bull? Guests include Oren Lyons (Onondaga) and Steven Newcomb (Shawnee/ Delaware) author/Pagans in the Promised Land.
Monday, December 07, 2009– Native Spirits: (listen)
A recent trend on cable television shows involves teams of non-Natives searching for and trying to make contact with, or capture, "Indian ghosts." This raises questions about how non-Natives perceive the spirits of our ancestors, how they believe they can interact with them, and what happens when they find themselves confronted with the reality of a Native spirit. Do Native people still possess the power to communicate with spirits, and can non-Natives tap into that power? Guests include Ron Black Bird (Lakota) and Randolph Runsafter (Lakota) of the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009–A Man's Journey to Good Health: (listen)
When Native men are faced with severe health problems this revelation sometimes forces them to begin an assessment of their life, but often these warning signs are ignored. How can we encourage dialogue among Native men to break down barriers that keep them from taking better care of themselves? When older Native men die because of failure to deal with their deteriorating health, do our tribal communities suffer greater losses than the general American population? Our guest is attorney Dennis Chappabitty (Comanche) who suffered renal failure several years ago.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009– Treaties & Hunting Rights: (listen)
The Colville Confederated Tribes recently filed suit in federal court to defend tribal hunting rights in its North Half Territory in eastern Washington. This comes after fines have been handed out by the state to tribal members for supposed illegal hunting and fishing practices. Many tribal members have stopped hunting and fishing altogether in the North Half due to harassment from state enforcement officers. Do treaty hunting rights supersede state law? Do you know what your tribe's hunting rights are? Guests include Joe Peone (Colville) Director/Colville Fish and Wildlife Department, and attorney John Arum.
Thursday December 10, 2009– Music Maker: Asani: (listen)
When First Nations vocalists Debbie Houle (Cree Metis), Sarah Pocklington (Cree Metis) and Sherryl Sewepagaham (Little Red River Cree) come to the drum, Native tradition is strengthened and shared under the group's name Asani, which means "rock" in the Cree language. Through vocal artistry and rhythmic beat, their songs resonate as a junction between the sounds of yesterday and today. The blending of traditional First Nations vocals infused with the sounds of jazz, folk and blues take the listener to a beautiful and soulful place in their latest CD release "Listen."
Friday, December 11, 2009– Family History Gathering: (listen)
Ever wonder what to do with all of those random photos of your family? Or, what about those great stories your relatives have told you about members of your family? Why not allow them to live on, by passing them along to future generations? But how do you accomplish this? Is there no time like the present to save the past? Have you ever considered preserving your family's stories and traditions by documenting it yourself? What are the first steps to keeping your family's history alive? Our guest is Alli Joseph (Shinnecock) Founder & President/Seventh Generation Stories.
Monday, December 14, 2009– Show Me the (Trust Fund) Money: (listen)
A settlement has been reached in the 13-year legal battle over the mismanagement of individual Indian trust funds by the federal government. U.S. officials announced a $3.4 billion dollar settlement deal with American Indian plaintiffs. The class action suit represented more than 300,000 tribal members and account holders. How and when will the money be divided and disbursed? Are you an IIM account holder? Do you have questions about whether you will receive a settlement distribution and how much it will be? Guests include John Stensgar (Colville), Vice-Chair/Colville Confederated Tribes and attorney David Harrison (Osage).
Tuesday, December 15, 2009–Revealing Native Hip Hop: (listen)
The corner of the music world that is often referred to as Hip Hop is a place where many Native people hang out. This American phenomenon that has grown into a worldwide culture has changed countless lives while providing an avenue of expression. When it comes to the traditional values of our tribal cultures and Hip Hop, do they clash? When put face to face, how do the two cultures intersect? Are the roots of both buried in the same soil, or is there no comparison to be made? Guests include Simon "DJ Big Bad" Roberts (Tlingit/Haida) President/ThunderCloud Radio, and MC Supaman (Crow).
Wednesday, December 16, 2009– Parents Speak Up.About Sex: (listen)
"Parents Speak Up" is a national media and educational campaign that is using traditional themes and culturally specific materials to conduct outreach into Native American communities. The campaign's goal is to provide parents with information, tools and skills they need to help their teens make healthy choices, including delaying sexual activity. Have you talked to your teen about sex or are you dreading this sensitive topic? Could you use a program in your community that offers some guidance on the subject? Guests include Chenoa Seaboy (Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux) and Elizabeth Henry (Omaha).
Thursday December 17, 2009– Indigenous Iraq: (listen)
In news reports from Iraq we often hear of the sectarian violence between the region's tribal groups. But, who are the indigenous peoples of Iraq? One filmmaker is exploring this question in a documentary about the ethnic cleansing of Mesopotamia. She has been in Iraq interviewing Assyrians, Babylonians and Sumerians. What are the stories they have shared on film about being the original people of Iraq? Can parallels be drawn between the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Mesopotamia? Guests include filmmaker/photographer Gwendolen Cates, author of "Indian Country."
Friday, December 18, 2009– Book of the Month: Searching for My Destiny: (listen)
George Blue Spruce Jr. (Laguna/Ohkay Owingeh) is recognized as the first American Indian dentist. His life story reaches back to his ancient Pueblo culture and extends to state-of-the-art dentistry. Throughout his journey Dr. Blue Spruce has traveled between two cultures, succeeding in mainstream society while keeping Pueblo tradition in his heart. Facing prejudice and conquering adversity, he reached the zenith of his career as director of the Phoenix Regional Indian Health Service and achieving the rank of assistant surgeon general of the United States.
Monday, December 21, 2009– 2012 Hysteria: (listen)
Much is being made about the end of the Mayan Calendar on the Winter Solstice in 2012, and the end of the 26,000-year astrological cycle called Precession of the Equinoxes. But the hysteria and exploitation being generated by those who would have us believe that Doomsday is upon us is taking the calendar and other astrological beliefs out of context. What is the true nature of the ancient Mayan prophecy of 2012? Do you believe it signifies the end of times or a new beginning? Invited guests include Victor Montejo (Jakaltek Maya) Professor of Native American Studies/UC Davis.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009–3rd Annual Leftover Turkey Leg Showdown: (listen)
Forget "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Deal or No Deal," it's all about the turkey, Baby! This year the three-time reigning champs of Team Koahnic will be stepping back into the audio ring to face off against new challengers to battle it out with questions that spotlight Native pop culture. And you can call in to help them rack up the points. They may not walk away with a million bucks, but the winners will be two-steppin' into the New Year with bragging rights as Top Turkeys! Guests include actor/ comedian Tatanka Means (Oglala Lakota /Omaha/Navajo) and filmmaker/ weaver Sierra Ornelas (Navajo).
Wednesday, December 23, 2009– Crow Creek Land Auction: (listen)
The IRS recently seized and auctioned off about 7,100 acres of land on the Crow Creek Sioux reservation in South Dakota. According to news reports the land is worth about $4.6 million, and was sold to an unknown buyer for $2.5 million. The IRS claims the tribe owes about $3.1 million in back taxes, penalties and interest from delinquent payment of employment taxes dating back to 2003. The tribe has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court and a trial is pending. What are the laws concerning tribes paying federal payroll taxes? Invited guests include Crow Creek Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue..
Thursday December 24, 2009– Saints of the Pueblos: (listen)
One of the strongholds of Native culture in the U.S. is certainly the Pueblos of New Mexico. But an aspect of the modern Pueblo culture that many find intriguing is their continuing connection to Catholicism. A new collection at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque titled "Saints of the Pueblos" is owned by the 19 Pueblos and depicts the patron saint of each existing Pueblo and includes four saints from ancestral pueblos no longer inhabited. How is Christianity and traditional culture blended? Guests TBA.
Friday, December 25, 2009– Music Maker Year in Review: (listen)
Merry Christmas! Our gift to you today is Native music. We'll play music from each of our Music Makers from every month in 2009. For most Native people, our music represents the heart of our culture. This year our music maker shows have at times taken a dive into the heart of Native America with the traditional sounds of our nations, while at other times we have jumped out of the box that surrounds Native music and explored the beats of R&B, blues, folk and even classical music. Phone lines will be closed. No calls today.
Monday, December 28, 2009– The Bucket List: (listen)
When the popular movie "The Bucket List" came out many people began the
dialogue about what they would like to do before they kick the bucket.
For Native people, how is our list uniquely Native? Do you daydream about the many things you wish you could do before your time comes. Do you want to learn your tribe's language? What places would you want to visit? Would it be every state, or maybe five or ten countries? How big do you dare to dream? What wild and exciting things would you like to do, see, experience, or have before you kick the bucket? Open Lines.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009–Native in the Spotlight: Zackeree Kelin: (listen)
For the past several years Zackeree Kelin (Caddo) has been serving as managing attorney for DNA-People's Legal Services in Window Rock, Arizona, the Navajo Nation headquarters. DNA provides pro bono legal services to impoverished people on the Navajo and Hopi reservations. Now, Kelin has opened his own law firm in Albuquerque and plans to continue to serve Native people. What inspires this young man to fight for justice and for Indian Country? Are you in need of some good legal advice?
Wednesday, December 30, 2009– That's So Funny: (listen)
In Native America we always speak of rewriting the history books, but what if, just what if, we could actually change history? And what if Native comedians had the power to rewrite events in 2009? Just how would things have turned out? What if when the Obamas moved into the White House they also moved the President's adopted (Crow) parents, the Black Eagles, in with them? That's just one scenario. What else that happened in '09 needs a little Native funny guy touch? Guests include the fellas from Showtime's New Year's Eve "Goin' Native: the American Indian Comedy Slam."
Thursday December 31, 2009– Time Capsule: (listen)
As 2009 comes to an end, we are asking the question, "What would you put
in a time capsule to remember the year?" If, in the distant future,
another race of people, let's say some blue cat-like looking creatures
were going to open up a hermetically sealed box with the contents of
2009, what would Indian Country's contribution be to its contents?
Would you put in the picture of President Obama giving the Medal of
Freedom to Joe Medicine Crow? What about a picture of Eloise Cobell
announcing the settlement of the trust fund case? Open lines.