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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).




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04-16-21 Safety vs. learning as schools begin in-person classes

More and more school districts across the country are reopening their doors to students as states start seeing improving COVID-19 infection numbers. Vaccinations help and tribes are among the leaders in vaccine distribution. But teachers, students and parents still remain cautious about the safety of their children and the family members they come in contact with. Many health officials warn of another surge in cases if schools and businesses reopen too soon.


04-15-21 Correcting the record with inclusion and accuracy

There are plenty of warnings about the accuracy of information on publicly-edited online sources like Wikipedia, but those are one of the first places people go to research a topic. The National Museum of the American Indian is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. They want to add entries to the public online encyclopedia, specifically on Native women. Organizers maintain entries are often inaccurate, one-sided or missing. We’ll talk about the state of accurate representation and inclusion in...


04-14-21 Music Maker: Joy Harjo

With a mix of spoken word and jazzy soul sounds, Muscogee Creek Nation musician Joy Harjo might make listeners want to dance to her new album “I Pray for My Enemies”. But her creations are also meant to make people think and feel. Harjo, the nation’s first Native American Poet Laureate, features words in her Muscogee language layered with graceful jazz. And listeners are treated to her inviting saxophone sounds. Our April Music Maker is a celebration of the music and poetry of Joy Harjo.


04-13-21 Elevated alcohol sales concerns health and safety experts

The research firm NielsenIQ noted alcohol sales dipped some in March after a significant surge since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But sales remain much higher than they were before the pandemic. On top of that, in a study by Iowa State University, women reported drinking more and more often during the pandemic. We’ll look into what’s behind the statistics, and concerns about what they mean for issues like drunk driving and alcohol related health problems that already affect Native...


04-12-21 Mixed decision for the Indian Child Welfare Act

A federal appeals court struck down some previsions of the Indian Child Welfare Act while upholding others in a complex and sometimes divided 325 page ruling. ICWA advocates express concern about far-reaching implications of the decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. At the same time, they find some things to cheer. Those working against ICWA are calling it a partial victory. At issue is the long-standing ability of tribes to keep Native foster children in Native families. We’ll...


04-09-21 Another pandemic powwow season

For the second year in a row the Denver March Powwow was cancelled because of the pandemic. The Gathering of Nations will hold a virtual powwow this month. Still, some arenas are open for in-person powwows. Dancers and spectators gathered in February for the Thunder on the Beach powwow in Florida. And the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is scheduled to resume the Schemitzun powwow this August. We’ll take the hour to discuss how organizers are responding to the pent-up demand for live, in-person...


04-08-21 The Native tourism outlook

The pandemic has taken a toll on one of Native America’s leading economic development sources. But that doesn’t mean cultural tourism and gaming are finished. The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association lists a number of destinations and experiences that remain viable despite the lingering worries about COVID-19. And despite the slow pace of reopened businesses and public spaces, AIANTA and tribal tourism officials are also looking ahead with optimism about the prospects for 2021.


04-07-21 Equitable health care during the pandemic and beyond

Native Americans are suffering a disproportionate toll from COVID-19. That’s in addition to long-standing health disparities when it comes to diabetes, heart disease, addiction and many other health threats. Some Native health organizations are taking on the huge task of closing the health equity gap and ensuring Native people encounter no disadvantages when it comes to access. For World Health Day, we’ll take a look at how historical health disparities inform current and future efforts to...


04-06-21 Small-scale Native gardening

It’s that time of year when people are planning and planting gardens with traditional vegetables. But many Native people don’t have the space or time for elaborate cultivated plots. Given the surge of interest in gardening since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, several organizations are offering guidance on small gardens in containers, pots, and on patios and even window sills.


04-05-21 Getting past fears over the COVID-19 vaccine

Many tribes are leading the effort to vaccinate residents against COVID-19. The Navajo Nation boasts a vaccination rate exceeding 50 percent of its citizens. At the same time, some tribal vaccination efforts are operating below capacity because their citizens remain wary. Even after watching their relatives and neighbors die of the virus at nearly twice the rate of their white counterparts, some Native Americans are leery of the vaccine. We’ll look into the source of vaccination misgivings...


04-02-21 TikTok’s Native stars

A young Navajo woman skateboards in traditional clothing. An Inupiaq woman demonstrates cutting up bowhead whale meat. A Cree man hoop dances in regalia. These are among the videos by Native people that are gaining attention on the TikTok app. #NativeTikTok also includes history lessons and information about missing and murdered Indigenous people. We’ll talk with TikTok creators about getting noticed on the popular video platform and other social media.


04-01-21 Repairing or reaffirming Trump’s legacy with tribes

The U.S. Department of Interior reversed a Trump Administration decision that removed the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Tribe’s control over Missouri River mineral rights. The recent action returns tribal control that had been in place for decades. Dozens of other decisions that affected tribes during the Trump years are awaiting scrutiny, including the reduction of Bears Ears National Monument, rolling back key provisions in the National Environmental Policy Act, and worked to disestablish...


03-31-21 Traditional regard for bears

The Southern Ute tribe holds annual spring bear dances which show respect for the bear spirit. Oneida, Ojibwe and Hopi are among the many tribes that have bear clans. As spring begins, bears begin waking up from hibernation. We’ll awaken your interest in the traditional significance of bears with conversations with elders, culture bearers and biologists.


03-30-21 Book of the Month: “Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies” by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

In “Noopiming” The Cure for White Ladies,” seven beings within one entity named Mashkawaji help the narrative along through literary prose, dialogue and poetry. Writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg) presents a different kind of novel that takes a deep dive into poetic storytelling. It is not meant to fit into a particular genre, but instead serves as an invitation into Nishnaabeg ways of thinking and telling stories. Readers are invited to reflect on the ways the...


03-29-21 Groundbreaking Native women artists

Mary Thompson “Te Ata” Fisher (Chickasaw) was an actor and storyteller and one of the very first ambassadors of Native culture on stages throughout the world from the 1920s until her death in 1995. Maria Tallchief (Osage) broke barriers as a ballerina, becoming prima ballerina of the New City Ballet, all while remaining outspoken for Native rights. They are among the Native women who create memorable art and provide inspiration for artists who come after them. During March, we’re celebrating...


03-26-21 March in the News

Debra Haaland continues to make history and in the process reaches out to Native media. Also the Native American Journalist Association is standing in solidarity with Asian journalists calling for more responsible reporting on the rise in anti-Asian violence and the spa shooting in Atlanta. And the Violence Against Women Act advances in Congress. We’ll get updates on recent news important to Native people.


03-25-21 What’s the best use for your stimulus check

If you’re one of the nearly 160 million Americans getting a $1,400 stimulus payment from the federal government you should put some thought into what to do with it. The best use of the money depends what your immediate needs are, whether you have a lot of credit card debt, and whether you face more reduced income down the road. In this hour we’ll talk with financial experts about how to manage money through tough economic times.


03-24-21 Vaccine availability: it depends on where you are

The Navajo Nation says it’s vaccinated more than 20% of enrolled citizens. That’s compared to less than 14% of the United States population. Despite successful vaccine roll-outs by many tribes, some Native people living in urban areas are finding access to the vaccine elusive. Some travel thousands of miles to get the shot on their home reservations. Others have to wait it out. The National Indian Health Board is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize vaccine...


03-23-21 “You’re cancelled!” Cancel culture in Native America

Among the recently retracted books by Dr. Seuss is one that includes a stereotypical drawing of an ‘Eskimo’. The company handling publication of the beloved children’s author/illustrator discontinued the books because of problematic portrayals that don’t stand the test of time. The action earned praise from some and backlash from others who say it’s cancel culture run amok. Individuals, institutions, public monuments and works of art and literature are all facing new accountability over...


03-22-21 Native women leaders make history fighting for the people

There are a several exceptional Native women who’ve spoken out, broken barriers and improved the lives of Native Americans. Elizabeth Peratrovich (Tlingit) is a civil rights activist who helped end discrimination against Alaska Natives in Alaska. Elouise Cobell (Blackfeet) went toe-to-toe in court with the U.S. government over its mismanagement of Indian land. And Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) is the first Native American U.S. Interior secretary. We’re continuing our celebration of historic...