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Interactive, daily program featuring Native and Indigenous voices, insights, and stories from across the U.S. and around the world.

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Interactive, daily program featuring Native and Indigenous voices, insights, and stories from across the U.S. and around the world.

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English

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Thursday, July 18, 2024 – Making the case for a Republican president

7/18/2024
The Republican National Convention aims to end on a high note with a triumphant nomination acceptance speech by Donald Trump. It’s his first public comments since the assassination attempt over the weekend. The convention is propelling the expected momentum for the candidate, but we’ll bring it back down to earth to talk about what a Trump Presidency would mean for Native Americans. GUESTS U.S. Sen. Markwayne Mullin (Cherokee/R-OK) Shaun Griswold (Laguna, Zuni, and Jemez), editor of Source New Mexico Paul DeMain (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin/Ojibwe descendent), former journalist Kari Lake, U.S. Senate candidate in Arizona

Duration:00:55:34

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024 – Assessing control of Congress

7/17/2024
Republicans hope to build momentum through the week at their national convention to galvanize party faithful—and to convince you to vote for their candidate. Not just the name at the top of the ticket but the Republican candidates to represent you in Congress. But what would a decisive Republican majority in Congress mean for Native American constituents. Are you satisfied with how Congress operates? As the party makes its case on the national stage, we explore what promise and threat Republicans in the legislative branch pose. GUESTS Myron Lizer (Diné), former Navajo Nation Vice President and professional development consultant for Prestige with Partners LLC Shondiin Silversmith (Diné), Indigenous Communities Reporter for Arizona Mirror Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation), publisher and editor of Native News Online Shaun Griswold (Laguna/Zuni/Jemez), editor of Source New Mexico

Duration:00:56:10

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024 – The common ground between Republican and Native American values

7/16/2024
Donald Trump appeared in public for the first time since a serious attempt on his life. Delegates at the Republican National Convention heaped adulation on Trump as the parade of Republican voices tore into President Joe Biden's record. What does the display of Republican values on the national scale look like to Native American voters? Can the momentum from the political spectacle inspire Native votes - and more candidates? We'll hear arguments over what the current direction of the Republican Party means for the average Native American voter.

Duration:00:56:10

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Monday, July 15, 2024 – Wisconsin welcomes the Republican National Convention

7/15/2024
The world's attention is gripped by an assassination attempt against Donald J. Trump, as he is preparing to accept his party's nomination in Milwaukee, Wisc. Already a tumultuous race, the violence portends a political event like no other. We’ll be in Milwaukee to hear about what is on the political minds of some of the state’s 11 federally recognized tribes as the November election begins to come into focus.

Duration:00:56:09

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Friday, July 12, 2024 – Are the economic benefits of tourism worth it?

7/12/2024
Tourism is big money for many tribes and individual entrepreneurs. But it also has the potential to diminish people’s quality of life. Residents in Juneau, Alaska are considering a limit on the dozens of cruise ships that unload thousands of visitors there every summer. Among other things, critics say the steady stream of outsiders detracts from what they enjoy about living there. Some tribes have closed off tourist attractions altogether. We’ll find out about “overtourism” and ways to avoid it.

Duration:00:56:19

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Thursday, July 11, 2024 – How recent Supreme Court rulings affect Native American issues and interests

7/11/2024
In recent weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has hampered the federal government’s ability to enforce environmental protections and set workplace safety rules, and allows cities to prosecute people without homes for sleeping outside. The rulings are a boon for some tribes and individual Native Americans and a problem for many others. We’ll find out some of the places the court’s apparent new direction helps or hurts the issues that Native Americans deem important.

Duration:00:04:59

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024 – Tracking and addressing elder cognitive decline

7/10/2024
More than half of Native American elders from rural areas have some sort of cognitive impairment, a condition that ranges from mild memory loss all the way to dementia. That’s the conclusion of a new, first-of-its-kind research by The Strong Heart Study over seven years. It focused on members of 11 tribes and included cognitive testing, neurological examinations, and brain imaging. The study points to high rates of vascular disease, diabetes, and traumatic brain injury in Native populations as contributors. We’ll hear about the study, advice for preventing and diagnosing cognitive impairments, and programs aimed at helping elders experiencing symptoms.

Duration:00:55:54

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024 – Notable progress for boarding school survivors

7/9/2024
For the first time, a bill to create a Truth and Healing Commission on Indian boarding schools has reached the floor of the U.S. Senate. A companion bill is working through the U.S. House. The concept of an official panel to look into the abuses of boarding schools has surfaced previously but failed to take hold. The action comes as the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is launching a database of documents, photographs, and other records to help survivors and others connect understand the full weight of the boarding school era. And an important event to promote healing from Canada’s residential school era is taking place in Ontario. Some voices in Canada are calling for residential school "denialism" be criminalized.

Duration:00:55:34

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Monday, July 8, 2024 – A Native connection to martial arts

7/8/2024
George Lepine’s (Plains Cree-Assiniboine) sixth degree black belts in Taekwondo and Hapkido inform his own form of martial arts rooted in traditional Plains Cree fighting styles. Established in 1997, the martial arts system known as Okichitaw includes hand combat training and weaponry like knives, tomahawks, and gunstocks. After decades of teaching, another Native martial arts expert, Chebon Marks (Muscogee), is stepping back from a long martial arts career. Marks, 76, is in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame; holds two PhDs in Martial Art Science and Philosophy; and is a master in Chinese, Filipino, and multiple Korean fighting styles. He recently held an all-women martial arts seminar. We'll talk with both Lepine and Marks about dedication, decades of teaching, and infusing Indigenous philosophy and methods into martial arts.

Duration:00:56:07

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Friday, July 5, 2024 – One fan’s vision to share his collection of Native music

7/5/2024
A Minneapolis Lakota man is developing an archive of music by Native American artists one record and cassette tape at a time. Justis Brokenrope (Sicangu Lakota), founder of Wathéča Records, music curator, DJ, and educator, has already amassed a sizable collection of mostly folk, rock, blues, and country music by Native musicians. Now he’s converting a lot of that music to digital formats to give the music and the artists who created it new recognition. Along the way he’s expanding the conversation about the importance of Native languages. In this encore show, we’ll hear from Justis Brokenrope about the passion driving his project.

Duration:00:56:28

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Thursday, July 4, 2024 – Holding police departments accountable

7/4/2024
Phoenix, Ariz. is the latest city to face federal allegation of police discrimination against Native Americans and other people of color. A U.S. Department of Justice investigation cites serious statistical disparities when it comes to police interacting with and charging Native people compared to other residents. The report also accuses the department of using unnecessary and excessive force. In this encore show, we’ll hear from Native community members about how the report compares with what they know about law enforcement disparities in and around Phoenix, Minneapolis, Minn., and other cities where the Department of Justice has investigated discrimination complaints.

Duration:00:55:52

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024 — Native Bookshelf: Conor Kerr’s “Prairie Edge”

7/3/2024
In Métis author Conor Kerr’s new novel, Prairie Edge, a herd of stolen bison get tangled up in a scheme orchestrated by a fiery Indigenous activist and her aimless young companion. The stunt turns dangerous in a hurry. Kerr’s story dives into two very different Indigenous communities in Edmonton, Alberta through protagonists, Grey and Ezzy, who share a drive for positive change and reconnecting with the land. With both satire and sorrow, Prairie Edge builds readers’ understanding of Indigenous resilience and indignation. Kerr joins us for this installment of Native Bookshelf, our feature on current Indigenous books and authors.

Duration:00:56:04

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024 – Appealing to independent Native voters

7/2/2024
While candidates for the Republican and Democratic parties reign supreme in headlines, there are those Native American voters who aren’t bound by the two-party system. A number of viable candidates for president including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Cornel West, and Dr. Jill Stein, who are also working to win Native votes. And there are even some third-party and independent Native candidates in local and national races. We’ll hear from some of the top presidential candidates outside the main two parties about what they offer.

Duration:00:55:52

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Monday, July 1, 2024 – Assessing a century of cultural destruction from dams

7/1/2024
For the first time, the federal government acknowledges the devastation to Native America tribes caused by a century of dam building on rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The report by the U.S. Department of Interior notes the benefits for the region’s burgeoning population in need of cheap power, irrigation, and steady jobs. But that same push dismissed the needs of the tribes that already occupied the land, resulting in flooding homes and sacred sites, and the decimation of salmon runs, their chief reliable food source.

Duration:00:55:40

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Friday, June 28, 2024 — The Menu: Insights into Alaska Native foodways, wellness in the garden, and ag in the classroom

6/28/2024
Iñupiaq and Yup'ik writer Laureli Ivanoff illuminating Alaska Native foodways is recognized with a 2024 James Beard Media Award. Dakota gardener Teresa Peterson’s new book, Perennial Ceremony: Lessons and Gifts from a Dakota Garden, is a tour through the seasons and a story about how gardening, and resulting recipes, affect everyday life, family, healing, and wellness. And a pilot program by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education at a New Mexico high school puts agriculture into the curriculum. That’s all on The Menu on Native America Calling, a special feature hosted and produced by Andi Murphy.

Duration:00:56:30

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Thursday, June 27, 2024 – The new adventures of Arigon Starr

6/27/2024
Hubert Logan, Mega Bear, Wampum Baggs, and Tad Nugget are all back for Volume 3 of the Super Indian saga. Creator Arigon Starr (Kickapoo and Muscogee Creek) continues the tale of the Native boy who developed super powers after eating commodity cheese tainted with “Rezium”. We’ll talk with Starr about the new comics and what else she’s been up to since the last edition of Super Indian.

Duration:00:55:50

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 – Historic steps to return tribal land

6/26/2024
The state of California has agreed to return 2,800 acres of land to the Shasta Indian Nation. It’s not just any 2,800 acres. It was home to the Shasta people, but was flooded by a series of dams in a giant hydroelectric project more than a century ago. And Congress just approved a similar transfer of 1,600 acres of land along the Missouri River for the Winnebago Tribe that the federal government acquired through eminent domain in 1970. We’ll hear about the latest transactions and other noteworthy progress in tribal land returns.

Duration:00:55:53

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024 – Phoenix police face discrimination complaint

6/25/2024
Phoenix, Ariz. is the latest city to face federal allegation of police discrimination against Native Americans and other people of color. A U.S. Department of Justice investigation cites serious statistical disparities when it comes to police interacting with and charging Native people compared to other residents. The report also accuses the department of using unnecessary and excessive force. We'll hear from Native community members about how the report compares with what they know about law enforcement disparities in and around Phoenix. We'll also talk with Native advocates in other places where the Department of Justice has investigated discrimination complaints.

Duration:00:56:07

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Monday, June 24, 2024 – Native Playlist: Quinn Christopherson and Edzi’u

6/24/2024
Singer-songwriter Quinn Christopherson (Ahtna Athabascan and Iñupiaq) is on a cross-country tour along with GRAMMY award-winning Alaska (by way of Portland, Ore.) band Portugal. The Man and winning over audiences with his insightful music delivered with passion and a charismatic optimism. Christopherson burst into people’s consciousness after winning the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest. He is part of Alisa Amador’s new single "I Need to Believe" and he collaborated with Pattie Gonia and Yo Yo Ma in what might be the most hopeful song about climate change anyone’s ever heard. Sound artist Edzi’u (Taku River Tlingit and Tahltan) builds complex layers of music from instruments, their own voice, and environmental sounds in a welcoming, emotional atmospheric storytelling. They’re releasing a new album Tunnel Vision with the new single “This Love”. Both artists join Native America Calling this Monday in the latest edition of our regular feature Native Playlist.

Duration:00:56:06

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Friday, June 21, 2024 – Native skateboarding is a big deal

6/21/2024
Skateboarding has gone from a rebellious alternative culture to an Olympic sport. It’s also becoming increasingly popular among Native athletes and recreational boarders and organizers are stepping up their support with places to skate. Skateboarding has roots in Native Hawaiian surf culture, and Navajo, Hopi, and Oglala Lakota nations are among those that see the benefits of dedicated skate parks. Advocates point to the increasing knowledge about the benefits of skateboarding, especially for young people of color. It’s National Go Skate Day and we’ll hear from skaters and skating advocates about what the sport does for people and communities.

Duration:00:55:58