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A live call-in program, engaging noted guests and listeners in a thought-provoking national conversation from a Native perspective. Hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta).

A live call-in program, engaging noted guests and listeners in a thought-provoking national conversation from a Native perspective. Hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta).


Anchorage, AK


A live call-in program, engaging noted guests and listeners in a thought-provoking national conversation from a Native perspective. Hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta).




4401 Lomas Blvd NE Suite C Albuquerque, NM 87110 5059992444


07-28-21 Book of the Month: “Healer of the Water Monster” by Brian Young

Navajo writer Brian Young’s debut novel “Healer of the Water Monster,” features the story of Nathan who makes a trip to his grandmother’s place on the Navajo Nation. He encounters a holy being who prompts him to become a helper. It’s his courage that lands him the role of being the big thinker. As Young says, his kindness makes him the true hero of the story inspired by a dream the author had when he was seven. We’ll hear more about the book on our July Book of the Month when we visit with...


07-27-21 The debut of Reservation Dogs

The breakthrough series, Reservation Dogs, is ready to drop its first two episodes on FX on Hulu Aug. 9. The highly anticipated show from Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi zeroes in on four Indigenous teenagers getting by and dreaming big growing up in rural Oklahoma. The production is rich with Indigenous talent on both sides of the camera.


07-26-21 The legacy of Haunani-Kay Trask

Known for her incredibly strong voice and fierce love for her people and land of Hawaii, Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask was a force to be reckoned with. She is one of the founders of Hawaii’s sovereignty movement who inspired generations of Kanaka Maoli to speak up and take back space in academia, politics and the cultural landscape. She was an author, poet, activist, professor and founder of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Trask passed away on July 3, 2021 at the age of 71. We’ll...


07-23-21 400 years photography project

A new pictorial collection gives a unique outlet to Native photographers to express stories of identity and the effects of colonialism. The 400 Years Project also adds to efforts to correct the enduring myths about what the Pilgrims encountered when the Mayflower landed.


07-22-21 Young Native entrepreneurs

Some talented young people are making marks in the Native business world. They are early to adopt the benefits of being their own boss and developing a useful product to sell. There are a number of tools, techniques and mentors young people can utilize to help them realize their entrepreneurial vision.


07-21-21 Support for opioid addiction recovery

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 2020 was the worst year on record for drug overdose deaths. The number jumped by nearly 30% from the year before. Medically assisted treatment remains one of the standards for opioid treatment and a public benefit corporation is working with tribes to build a model of equitable options for Native people. In addition, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is providing options like employment training to help support those recovering from addiction.


07-20-21 Dangerous heat: wildfires and heatwaves

The National Interagency Fire Center counts more than 70 wildfires in recent weeks. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington issued a state of emergency and evacuated residents from the town of Nespelem because of an encroaching fire. Meanwhile, heatwaves are scorching much of the western half of the country and weather experts say there’s more to come. The Spokane Tribe of Indians and Colville tribes established heat shelters for community members who don’t have...


07-19-21 - Creative water solutions

Large, expensive infrastructure projects would go a long way toward solving drinking water access problems on tribal lands. But they are very slow coming. In the meantime, non-profits, tribes and others are coming up with innovative and experimental water projects for individual homes and small communities.


07-16-21 Music Maker: Mattmac

Mattmac is a Garden Hill First Nation musician who’s known for his hard-hitting beats. This self-taught artist and music producer was born blind. Among other things, he uses music fight back against depression and celebrate love and an indigenous life. His sound has garnered a lot of attention, including thousands of views and streams of his debut album “20/20.” From harmonious trap sounds sprinkled with poppy vocals Mattmac is leading a positive musical revolution for Native people living...


07-15-21 Residential schools: cycle of grief

The revelation that more unmarked graves were found at a Canadian residential school adds additional injury for Indigenous people. The grim toll of children whose deaths are not properly documented continues to open wounds and spark questions, not least of which is: how many more are there?


07-14-21 IAIA's Museum of Contemporary Native Arts leaps ahead

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe just received its largest donation ever. The $3 million unrestricted donation comes from MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett, and was among the 286 gifts to help change the narrative about people struggling against inequities. The gift follows a $1.7 million grant from the Ford Foundation in 2020. And Scott previously donated $5 million to the IAIA. We’ll check in with the country’s only institution dedicated to progressive work...


07-13-21 4-H helps Native youth connect with agriculture

For more than a century, county extension offices have worked to instill the importance of agriculture in young people through local 4-H programs. At first the programs attempted to bring outside practices to Native communities. But they evolved to incorporate Native farming and ranching methods to both educate young people and keep Native knowledge thriving.


07-12-21 Sheep to loom: Native wool processing and fiber working

Navajo sheep herders are busy at this time of year. Depending on the size of their herd, shearing sheep is is a process that can take weeks. Clipping raw wool from sheep is one of the first steps to making famous Navajo rugs and dresses. Weavers then take over to process and dye wool and spin it into yarn. We’ll talk with sheep herders and weavers about the cultural and artistic process of taking wool from sheep to the loom (this is an encore show so we aren’t taking calls live on the air).


07-09-21 High school during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the educations, social lives and after-school opportunities for millions of high school students. Native students navigated online classes, spotty internet access, and isolation but many thrived and even secured scholarships and acceptance at choice colleges. Native America Calling and the Hechinger Report followed a group of students throughout the school year to document their struggles and triumphs during a school year like no other. Here are their stories.


07-08-21The complex relationship between Native people and Christianity

Indigenous people are calling on the Catholic Church to be held accountable after continued revelations of unmarked graves on grounds of residential schools the church operated. Christian-based boarding schools are an enduring symbol of forced assimilation of Native children in the United States. At the same time, Christianity is a strong component of many Indigenous people’s lives. We’ll explore the history and complexity of the Christian faith among Native traditions.


07-07-21 - Native in the Spotlight: Sharice Davids

Rep. Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk, D-KS) took time from her busy schedule representing Kansas' 3rd District in Congress to write a children's book. "Sharice’s Big Voice" is a memoir illustrated for children and depicts her journey as an attorney, a mixed martial artist and one of the first two Native women elected to Congress. We'll talk with Davids about her life, her wins and losses and what she hopes her book can accomplish.


07-06-21 Preparing for COVID-19 variants

The Navajo Nation just confirmed its first case of the COVID-19 delta variant. The Southern Ute Tribe in Utah says a variant strain took the life of one of its citizens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of a rise in COVID cases as the highly contagious virus starts to take hold.


07-05-21 The backlash against anti-racist training and instruction

Are workshops about racial discrimination discriminatory? Elected leaders across the country are proposing laws and classroom changes that aim to weaken instruction about America’s racist past. Instead, they say they want more emphasis on subjects that paint the country in a more favorable, patriotic light. It’s part of the backlash against what is sometimes called “Critical Race Theory,” which some Native scholars point to as a vital piece of fully understanding the ongoing legacy of...


07-02-21 The Native truth about Independence Day

By and large Native Americans are patriotic. The American flag and U.S. military veteran honors are prominent in most powwows, fairs and other Native events. But America’s Independence Day brings some ambivalence from Native citizens. It’s difficult to get past the reference to “merciless Indian savages” in the very document that declares independence from the British. The Colonies’ demand to launch their own separate country was fueled by the promise of conquering the land and resources...


07-01-21 The Native perspective of Pulitzer Prizes

Two Native Americans took home Pulitzer Prizes this year and a third was a finalist. It’s remarkable since the last time a Native American won a Pulitzer was Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday for the "House Made of Dawn in 1969." Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) got top honors in fiction for her novel “The Night Watchman.” Natalie Diaz (Mojave) won for her work “Postcolonial Love Poem.” Cartoonist Marty Two Bulls (Lakota) was a finalist in the editorial cartooning category, but...