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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


Episodes

09-20-17 Floating tradition

9/20/2017
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Qayats, bull boats, and birch bark canoes all have traditionally carried Native people over the water. In some communities the craft of making boats using traditional methods and materials continues. On the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation, a learning group is working on making traditional birch bark canoes. We’ll talk with them about their tips and techniques for traditional boats.

Duration: 00:58:59


09-19-17 Road construction ahead

9/19/2017
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By the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ own standards, the vast majority—83 percent—of the roads the agency oversees are in unacceptable condition. Pot holes, wash-outs and broken bridges make it hard for people in Indian Country to get to work and for goods to get where they need to go. The federal Tribal Transportation Program is ramping up and is slated to spend $500 million a year by 2020 on tribal road projects. We’ll get an assessment of the state of roads on Native land and what’s being done...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-18-17 Indian relay races

9/18/2017
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The Indian horse relay racing finals in Billings, Montana are about to start.The best of the best compete in the time-honored tradition of a bareback relay horse racing. Horses, riders, muggers and holders all play a part of this intricate, fast-paced thrill ride. We’ll talk with folks from the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council about this exciting ancient sport.

Duration: 00:58:59


09-15-17 Satire: not your grandma’s fake news

9/15/2017
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With headlines like “ASU Study Suggests George Strait Theory Replace Bering Strait Theory" and "Navajo Man Hikes Large Hill to Use Dating App," the satirical online paper, “Tlo'chi'iin News,” tackles real political issues with a humorous Navajo perspective. We’ll talk with the creator and some of the contributors about their inspiration and how far is too far when it comes to satirizing Navajo and other Native topics.

Duration: 00:58:59


09-14-17 Native parent help on the chopping block

9/14/2017
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Unless Congress steps in, funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program is set to expire at the end of the month. The program provides resources for new families who can benefit from guidance in the first few weeks of parenthood. We’ll talk with organizations that depend on this money to provide what they say are vital services for Native Nations.

Duration: 00:58:59


09-13-17 On the defense against environmental policy

9/13/2017
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Tribes and individual Indigenous people are increasingly in the path of oil pipelines and other energy infrastructure projects. At the same time, the spotlight is on a seemingly decreasing ability by tribes to alter environmentally harmful policies. One Lumbee environmental scientist thinks the environmental assessment for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline largely ignored populations of Native Americans in North Carolina. Tribes are also fighting pipeline proposals in northern Minnesota, North...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-12-17 The warning signs of self-injury

9/12/2017
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness calls intentionally injuring one’s self by cutting, burning or some other method a misguided way of coping with emotional distress. Statistics on how self-harm affects specific populations are hard to come by. One study by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in 2008 looked specifically at the White Mountain Apache Tribe and found children as young as 10 harming themselves. It concludes it’s a mental health concern that goes largely...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-11-17 Before disaster strikes

9/11/2017
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As the flood waters from Hurricane Harvey recede, the death toll in Texas continues to rise and thousands of people remain displaced. Attention is now shifting to the destruction from Hurricane Irma in Florida and other southeast coastal states. The Seminole Tribe of Florida closed their tribal offices and began warning its citizens of potential dangers long before the storm made landfall. It’s a good time to remind ourselves about ways to prepare for disasters ahead of time. We’ll also...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-08-17 Living languages

9/8/2017
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A group of Lakota elders got together and decided the word for ‘food processor’ in their language is wóyute inákpaŋ. The Chickasaw word for 'teleconferencing' is holba' aaittafamma anompoli'. These are examples of how languages adapt to new things that inevitably present themselves. We’ll discuss some of the more notable new words in certain languages and how some tribal linguists find ways to adjust to reflect their living languages.

Duration: 00:58:59


09-07-17 Conflicts over fish farming

9/7/2017
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A fish farm pen broke last month and released about 200,000 Atlantic salmon into the waters around the San Juan Islands in Washington state. National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby is among the many Native fishermen now trying to catch the invasive salmon. He says the fish threaten the wild Pacific salmon fishery with predation and the threat of disease. “These fish have infected the entire Salish Sea,” he said. The inadvertent release is one of several problems...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-06-17 Court victory for Cherokee Freedmen

9/6/2017
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A new federal court ruling says Cherokee Freedmen are entitled to tribal citizenship. The Cherokee Nation attorney general says the tribe will not appeal the ruling. The Freedmen are decedents of former slaves. In the 78 page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas F. Hogan said a treaty signed in 1866 clearly guarantees them citizenship. He also states “The Cherokee Nation’s sovereign right to determine its membership is no less now, as a result of this decision, than it was after the...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-05-17 40 Under 40

9/5/2017
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The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is recognizing 40 Native business and community leaders this week. It’s the official ceremony to honor this year's list of 40 Under 40—people who are all under the age of 40 who have achieved notable successes in business or have made significant contributions to Native communities. In this program, we’ll talk to some past awardees and learn more about what it takes to be a successful mover and shaker in Native America.

Duration: 00:58:59


09-04-17 A visit with the Native cast of “Wind River”

9/1/2017
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The movie “Wind River” is now showing in many cities across the country. Audiences have had a chance to peer into writer and director Taylor Sheridan’s story set on a Wyoming reservation. It follows the story of a game tracker played by Jeremy Renner and a rookie FBI agent played by Elizabeth Olsen as they uncover the full story of a murder of a Native woman. In this special pre-recorded program we turn our focus to the film’s Native cast and their hopes on how the film will impact movie...

Duration: 00:58:59


09-01-17 Tribal growers brace for new food safety rules

9/1/2017
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New federal food safety rules are looming across the country. They’re aimed at ensuring consumers aren’t harmed by contaminated produce, but many growers say the rules are stepping on tribal sovereignty. In addition, opponents say the provisions in the law are confusing and onerous. President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011. Its implementation is being phased in, with some larger tribal businesses having to start compliance next year. We'll talk about...

Duration: 00:58:59


08-31-17 Native fashion now

8/31/2017
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Native fashion designers are putting their talent on the runway more and more with designs that include floral pattern bodycons and geometric pattern corset dresses. This year, the Santa Fe Indian Market continued their tradition of holding an haute couture fashion show with 11 Native designers. We’ll talk with designers about their latest collections, what inspires them and the trends they see for Native fashion.

Duration: 00:58:59


08-30-17 “The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations”

8/30/2017
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The debate over the value of blood quantum has challenged both tribes and individuals over the years. The issue has many layers and reactions. For many it is a point of contention and a reminder of the U.S. Government’s attempt to define who truly is and is not Native American. The discussion continues in the new book “The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations.” A collection of personal stories, essays, satire and poetry by different Native writers,...

Duration: 00:58:59


08-29-17 Music Maker: Tha Yoties

8/29/2017
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We’re going to howl alongside Tha Yoties out of Arizona and their new album “Midnight Patrol.” We’ll be sharing tunes from the album as we dig into its conscious message about Native nations and the lands that are connected to them. Join us as we visit with the members of Tha Yoties.

Duration: 00:58:59


08-25-17 August in the news

8/25/2017
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From national policy to tribal politics, we take time to regularly speak with journalists, newsmakers and others about the important issues of the day. We’ll devote the hour to catching up on major news events throughout Native America. Join us for our regular news round-up.

Duration: 00:58:59


08-24-17 Traditional food foraging

8/24/2017
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Foraging for food is a satisfying and healthy option for filling our pantries. For Native Americans it’s also a way to connect to a tradition that goes back long before contact. In addition to the knowledge of plants and seasons, modern foragers often need to know about private property lines or agreements that allow harvesting on public land. We’ll talk with expert foragers on keeping the tradition alive and how beginners can get started.

Duration: 00:58:59


08-23-17 – Exposing sex trafficking

8/23/2017
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The Navajo Nation added a new law this month criminalizing sex trafficking within its boundaries. It’s the latest attempt to fight what tribal officials say is the pervasive threat by those who prey on naïve or desperate young girls. And last month the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a survey indicating half of tribal law enforcement officials believe the sex trafficking problem is actually worse than is reported. We talk to people on the ground trying to help Native people...

Duration: 00:58:59

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