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Native America Calling is a live call-in program, linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together into a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Listener Call-In Line: 1-800-996-2848

Native America Calling is a live call-in program, linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together into a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Listener Call-In Line: 1-800-996-2848
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Anchorage, AK

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Native America Calling is a live call-in program, linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together into a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Listener Call-In Line: 1-800-996-2848

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English

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4401 Lomas Blvd NE Suite C Albuquerque, NM 87110 1-800-996-2848


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10-19-17 The champions of domestic violence prevention

10/19/2017
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The late Tillie Black Bear (Lakota) is known as the Grandmother of the Battered Women’s Movement. She was a founder with the White Buffalo Calf Women’s society and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center among other things. She is among the people and efforts we will reflect on as we acknowledge Domestic Violence Awareness month. We’ll remember some of the pioneers of the movement and talk with experts about how the approaches to addressing domestic violence in our Native communities...

Duration: 00:58:59


10-18-17 Reflecting on Standing Rock

10/18/2017
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This time last year, tensions were at an all-time high at the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline camps near the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Private security officials had turned guard dogs on protesters, police used water hoses on crowds as temperatures dropped, and protesters and police clashed almost daily. The effort to stop the pipeline construction ultimately failed. But many activists say the movement galvanized a new generation of organizers for environmental justice. A year...

Duration: 00:58:59


10-17-17 Honor Native land

10/17/2017
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There are simple but meaningful ways to acknowledge the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the land. A campaign by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture aims to increase such acknowledgements by educational and cultural institutions the way they are in other countries such as Canada and Australia. They suggest adopting practices like publicly offering recognition and respect and fostering a broader public awareness of history. We’ll hear about the campaign and the possibilities for...

Duration: 00:58:59


10-16-17 The gift of potlatch

10/16/2017
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The potlatch ceremony traditionally centers on gift-giving. It remains an important tradition for coastal tribes in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska. It’s meant as a way to show generosity, promote cooperation, and strengthen social bonds. The practice survived a nearly century-long ban by the government of Canada trying to force assimilation of Indigenous people. We’ll explore how potlatch has evolved over the years and how it fits in with modern culture.

Duration: 00:58:59


10-13-17 October Music Maker: Indian Agent

10/13/2017
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Historically, Indian agents were representatives of the U.S. government who interacted with Native Americans. One member of this month’s Music Maker band, Yéil Ya-Tseen aka Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax) says the efforts of these individuals to oppress the Native way of life—like not permitting singing and dancing—is what inspired his group to pick up the name, Indian Agent. They’ve taken on this title to flip it on its head and do just the opposite of some of the early agents. Indian...

Duration: 00:58:59


10-12-17 Climate change in the Southwest

10/12/2017
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Southern Arizona is seeing higher temperatures for longer periods and more intense storms. Those are among the effects of climate change in a report last summer by the University of Arizona in Tuscon. Another study last summer published in the journal, Science, predicts Mojave County—home to four reservations—would suffer the state’s largest economic loss because of climate change. We’ll talk with tribal representatives and climate experts about how the climate trends are already affecting...

Duration: 00:58:59


10-11-17 Zuni fetishes

10/11/2017
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Zuni fetishes are carvings that represent animals and hold special ceremonial value. They are carved from a variety of materials including marble, pipestone and travertine. Fetishes have become a thriving part of the Native art market. We’ll talk with a few Zuni carvers about the history and practice of creating fetishes.

Duration: 00:58:59


10-10-17 Can guns be controlled?

10/10/2017
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The mass shooting in Las Vegas has citizens in fear and policymakers once again on the defensive. Critics are calling for laws to prevent shootings. Others say restrictions on guns violate the Constitution and do nothing to stop someone from using them inappropriately. For Native Americans and Alaska Natives as a group, guns are more a factor in higher suicide rates than in homicides or mass shooting events. In either case, conclusive statistics are hard to come by. Can any limits on guns...

Duration: 00:58:59


10-09-17 Indigenous Peoples Day catching on

10/9/2017
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Los Angeles is the latest city to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. Salt Lake City will celebrate both in tandem. They join dozens of other locations in recent years that are putting a day on the calendar for Indigenous people. Following pressure from Native American groups, cities and states are also realizing the drawbacks of officially recognizing Christopher Columbus. There is some pushback, including from Italian Americans, who hold up Columbus’ achievements...

Duration: 00:58:59


10-06-17 The next Standing Rock?

10/6/2017
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The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is opening up a new round of public hearings over a key permit for the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement plan. The multi-billion dollar project is the largest ever for the Canadian oil company, Enbridge. The White Earth Band of Ojibwe is among the tribes fighting the pipeline because they say it cuts through the heart of their treaty land, their traditional wild rice beds and the pristine waters of northern Minnesota. Opposition is mounting as state...

Duration: 00:58:59


10-05-17 A culture of whaling

10/5/2017
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When 16-year-old Chris Apassingok killed a whale and brought it back to his village, he was living out an important part of his culture and providing food for his people. He was in no way prepared for the resulting backlash that erupted on social media and grew into vulgar insults and even death threats. We’ll look at the issue from a Native perspective and discuss what whaling means and how outside views affect this long-standing hunting tradition.

Duration: 00:58:59


10-04-17 Take a knee?

10/4/2017
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President Donald Trump says NFL owners should fire athletes who do not stand during the national anthem. The comment revived the debate over the proper respect for national symbols. The American flag and the national anthem prompt mixed reactions among Native people. What does patriotism mean to you?

Duration: 00:58:59


10-03-17 Native in the Spotlight: Leona Morgan

10/3/2017
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Activist and organizer Leona Morgan (Diné) is fighting what she calls ‘nuclear colonialism’ with Geiger counters and citizen monitoring of radiation. The co-founder of Diné No Nukes, says the anti-nuclear movement is often driven by older white men. But she is working hard to encourage young Navajos to care about the dangers of uranium. We’ll talk with her about her work, passions and her fight for environmental justice.

Duration: 00:58:59


Protecting your personal information

10/2/2017
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A serious security breach of the consumer credit reporting agency, Equifax, exposes an estimated 143 million people to hackers and identity thieves. Having your identity stolen by criminals can create problems with your own credit and lead to months of hassles to clear up misdeeds done in your name. Do you know the signs of identity theft? We’ll talk with experts about preventing and tackling identity theft.

Duration: 00:58:59


09-29-17 September in the news

9/29/2017
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Indian Country Today Media Network is “taking a hiatus to consider alternative business models.” We’ll talk with Native journalists about the future of Native media. Also the leaders and members of the Navajo Nation are discussing lifting a 2002 moratorium on genetic research. And will the Trump administration dramatically reduce the boundaries of Bears Ears? It’s our regular news round up.

Duration: 00:58:58


09-28-17 Adjusting to vision loss

9/28/2017
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In addition to the difficulty of relearning some daily tasks, sighted people who experience vision loss are more likely to report depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Eye Institute warns that 16 percent of Native Americans are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in adults. Cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and stroke are some of the other causes of vision loss. We’ll discuss the causes of...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-27-17 Book of the Month: “Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs of New Mexico”

9/27/2017
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The experiences of Indigenous women heading up their own businesses and the lessons they learned are the focus of our Book of the Month feature. “Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs of New Mexico: Surpassing Barriers and Stereotypes” opens the doors to the lives of a handful of women from different tribal nations. The book details their pursuit of business practice and philosophy that integrates their indigenous values and traditions. We meet some of the book’s contributors and learn how they...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-26-17 Rethinking reenactments

9/26/2017
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Resentment by Native people in New Mexico is rising over an annual reenactment of Spanish conquistadors retaking Santa Fe in 1692. Frustration boiled over this year, resulting in the arrest of eight people protesting the Entrada de Don Diego de Vargas. Organizers of the annual pageant say they’re commemorating a “peaceful resettlement.” Native opponents say the demonstration does not accurately represent the bloody oppression that accompanied the actual historical events. Where do such...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-25-17 The root of Alaska suicides with “We Breathe Again”

9/25/2017
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The new documentary, “We Breathe Again” premieres on PBS on Sept. 26. It puts faces to the troubling issue of suicide in Alaska. A 2012 study by Alaska State Epidemiology found suicide rates among Alaska Native men ages 15 to 24 are more than three times higher than their non-Native counterparts. The filmmakers go beyond the statistics and expose the underlying causes and the daily human struggle to rise above the heartbreaking momentum.

Duration: 00:58:59


09-22-17 Music Maker: Lee Tiger

9/22/2017
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Native music veteran Lee Tiger (Miccosukee) says his new album, “One Earth, One People, Come Together,” is a pathway to global harmony. He says the concept is an extension of what his father, Buffalo Tiger, instilled in him. Tiger hopes the songs on the album will inspire audiences to reconnect to what he calls a global chain of love that’s been overlooked and uncared for. Lee Tiger with the group Tiger Tiger is our September Music Maker

Duration: 00:58:59

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