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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).

Location:

Anchorage, AK

Description:

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).

Language:

English

Contact:

4401 Lomas Blvd NE Suite C Albuquerque, NM 87110 5059992444


Episodes

02-24-21 Book of the Month: “Even As We Breathe” by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

2/24/2021
Cherokee author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle invites readers back to 1942 and the time of World War II. In “Even As We Breathe,” cultures of her fictional characters collide in the secluded Grove Park Inn in North Carolina. That’s where foreign diplomats held as prisoners of war come face-to-face with Cowney Sequoya and the other rural Cherokees who live there. We’ll hear more about the dynamic storyline from the author in for our February Book of the Month.

Duration:00:56:29

02-23-21 The State of Indian Nations

2/23/2021
National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp delivers her second State of Indian Nations address. It is the first time the address, along with the Executive Council Winter Session, will be presented virtually. The COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate effect on Native people, federal COVID relief funds distribution, equitable funding for the Indian Health Service, the pending confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Department of Interior, and the Native agenda...

Duration:00:56:29

02-22-21 Maintaining harmony in the household

2/22/2021
While Native traditions favor family bonds, a year cooped up in the house together can strain even the closest relationships. Kids learning from home, parents working from their living room, and few of the welcome distractions like sports and entertainment venues to relieve the monotony are a recipe for family discord. We’ll get reminders about the importance of keeping the harmony and learn strategies for improving relationships in the home.

Duration:00:56:29

02-19-21 Indigenous films at the Sundance Film Festival

2/19/2021
Four films made by Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe premiered at this year’s Sundance Festival. The fictional portrayals and real-life documentaries tell stories of Indigenous traditions, righteous protest and dark criminal dramas. We’ll catch up with a few of the filmmakers to discuss their art and the future of film during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duration:00:56:29

02-18-21 Medical experts: don’t lower guard on COVID-19

2/18/2021
COVID-19 rates are going down overall and vaccines are promising relief. But officials warn that the pandemic is far from over and this is no time to get complacent. While strict precautions are improving the picture, some places continue to feel the pressure on medical and support resources. We’ll get updates from tribal leaders and health officials about how they’re keeping their communities engaged and on alert after more than a year since the start of the pandemic. We’ll also hear from a...

Duration:00:56:29

02-17-21 Navigating the pandemic with disabilities

2/17/2021
Advocates for people with disabilities praised initial federal efforts at the start of the pandemic such as expanding food access through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). But they worry efforts since then have fallen short. In addition, support programs are subject to closures or limited access for safety reasons. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights issued guidance to Indian Health Service facilities for serving the needs of...

Duration:00:56:22

02-16-21 Courts back Line 3 pipeline construction despite risks

2/16/2021
Two recent court decisions denied efforts by Minnesota tribes and environmental groups to halt the controversial Line 3 Replacement Project last week. Despite the setback, the chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa says his tribe will not stop fighting the 1,097-mile pipeline project. The Enbridge Energy pipeline is slated to go across northern Minnesota, carrying crude oil from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. The planned route skirts the Red Lake and White Earth reservations and...

Duration:00:56:29

02-15-21 Protecting your heart from disease and COVID-19

2/15/2021
Medical professionals are pointing to possible long-term heart problems in some COVID-19 patients. The American Heart Association says it’s too soon to tell for sure, but widespread COVID-19 infections might cause a surge in cardiovascular disease and death in the coming months and years. In addition, people with heart problems are more at risk from the COVID-19. The good news is healthy life choices is good at lowering people’s risks. For Heath Health Month we’ll get reminders of the...

Duration:00:56:29

02-12-21 More than what they carry

2/12/2021
Bandolier bags come from Woodlands tribes like the Ojibwe, and can include glass seed beads, spot stitching and woven straps. Pipe bags are often from Plains tribes and serve as holders for sacred ceremonial pipes. In the Pacific Northwest octopus or finger bags have intricately decorated ‘fingers’ hanging from the bottom of the bag. We’ll explore the utility and decoration of Native bags. We’ll also hear from bag makers about their craft and passion for the things they carry.

Duration:01:00:09

02-11-21 Music Maker: Bryden Gwiss

2/11/2021
There are many vibrant examples of culture blending by Native artists. Traditional powwow singer and song maker Bryden Gwiss (Ojibway, Odawa, Potawatomi, Delare, Mik Maq and Oneida) uses what he’s learned—and taught—on the Powwow Trail to create a new sound. It both highlights the energy of the traditional dance circle and takes it to a new circle rich in hip-hop, electronic and dubstep sounds. The 2017 Juno Award nominee is our January Music Maker and he’ll be sharing compositions from his...

Duration:00:58:50

02-10-21 Exposing false Native heritage

2/10/2021
After a CBC investigation called her claimed Indigenous heritage into question, Canadian filmmaker Michelle Latimer resigned as director of the CBC-TV series “Trickster,” a show she co-created. The National Film Board also dropped its intention to distribute her film “Inconvenient Indian” and pulled it from a Sundance Film Festival screening. It’s the latest in a continuing series of prominent people who initially benefitted from their Indigenous identity but were forced to backtrack when...

Duration:00:58:59

02-09-21 The year of living with the pandemic

2/9/2021
It’s been a year since the first case of COVID-19 arrived in the United States. The first weeks were marked with uncertainty and fear as public health experts and policy makers could only guess what the full effect would be. Now we know Native nations have been disproportionately affected, both by the human toll and economic losses. The Indian Health Service alone reports nearly 180,000 positive coronavirus tests and that’s likely a fraction of the total number of Native COVID-10 cases....

Duration:00:58:51

02-08-21 A new direction on borders and immigration

2/8/2021
President Joe Biden signed executive orders within days of taking office reversing some of the previous administration’s immigration policies. The new president called to reunite immigrant families and protect asylum seekers and he proposed legislation to give legal status to about 11 million immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. without documentation. Biden also halted border wall construction and diverted the funds elsewhere. Displaced Indigenous people are part of the migrant...

Duration:00:58:46

02-08-21 A new direction on borders and immigration

2/8/2021
President Joe Biden signed executive orders within days of taking office reversing some of the previous administration’s immigration policies. The new president called to reunite immigrant families and protect asylum seekers and he proposed legislation to give legal status to about 11 million immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. without documentation. Biden also halted border wall construction and diverted the funds elsewhere. Displaced Indigenous people are part of the migrant...

Duration:00:58:46

02-05-21 Bread: A Native staple

2/5/2021
Every culture has its own version of bread. Among Native cultures, Pueblos in New Mexico have a distinctive loaf, Canadian First Nations in Canada have variations on bannock, and almost everyone is familiar with fry bread. Different tribes have unique approaches to bread even though recipes can be vastly different among bakers within a tribe. Many Native versions of bread are adaptations from recipes and ingredients introduced by outsiders, but the flatbreads and loaves have become a big...

Duration:00:56:29

02-04-21 The Cherokee Syllabary bicentennial

2/4/2021
When Cherokee leader Sequoyah introduced a written version of his language 200 years ago, his fellow Cherokees were skeptical. He eventually won them over and now the Cherokee Syllabary evolved to be included on typewriters, printing presses, and even mobile phone apps. This year the Cherokee Nation is celebrating the bicentennial of its written language. We’ll get the history of Sequoyah’s 12-year process to develop the series of symbols and letters that represent the spoken language. We’ll...

Duration:00:56:29

02-03-21 Making room for stress management

2/3/2021
A lot of people are turning to stress relievers to help cope with the ongoing pandemic, economic worries, and political anxiety, all on top of the regular day-to-day pressures. Without proper management, stress can cause symptoms such as changes in appetite, difficulty concentrating, headaches, and even worse health problems. Some people resort to unhealthy remedies to stress like self-medicating with alcohol or drugs. But there are a number of healthy alternatives, including traditional...

Duration:00:56:29

02-02-21 Native in the Spotlight: Kevin Washburn

2/2/2021
Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw) took a temporary leave as dean of the University of Iowa College of Law to head the U.S. Department of Interior review team for Joe Biden’s transition into the White House. Washburn served as Interior’s assistant secretary of Indian Affairs for the Obama Administration. He was also an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department and a federal prosecutor. He is an expert on tribal gaming and the intersection of federal Indian law and criminal law. We’ll talk with him...

Duration:00:56:29

02-01-21 The COVID-19 vaccine and protecting elders

2/1/2021
The vaccine is already offering a sigh of relief to thousands of people. But many Native people remain wary for a variety of reasons. Health officials are looking for ways to get the message out that the vaccine is safe and effective, especially compared to the alternative. Meanwhile, tribal leaders and others are particularly worried about the toll the disease is taking on elders and what that means for tribal language and culture.

Duration:00:56:29

01-29-21 January in the news

1/29/2021
What lessons are we left with from the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Donald Trump’s second impeachment and Joe Biden’s inauguration all within the first month of 2021. Also, among the many pardons President Trump issued in the final hours of his presidency included one for a Lakota woman serving a 30 year sentence for dealing methamphetamine. We’ll take a look at those stories and more on our regular news roundup.

Duration:00:56:29