The fragile-looking Monarch butterfly possesses a strength and resilience that allows it to survive a migration that covers thousands of miles through the heart of the country. That resilience is now put to the test, as habitat destruction and climate change have made it necessary to officially list the insect’s status as “endangered”. Tribes are among those helping to protect Monarchs, for both cultural and environmental reasons. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with Jane Breckinridge (Muscogee Creek Nation and Yuchi), director of the Tribal Environmental Action for Monarchs (TEAM); artist and designer Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota); Melanie Kirby, extension educator at the Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA); and Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota), a buffalo horn artist.
Break 1 Music: Stomp Dance (song) Various Artists (artist) Stomp Dance Songs of The Muscogee Nation, Volume 1 (album)
Break 2 music: Nitohta (song) Asani (artist) Listen (album)