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Monday, June 26, 2017 – June Book of the Month: “Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears”
The story of Native Americans and the connection to the land is one that extends back generations. It is also woven through Native language and traditions. So when this connection is threatened it is no surprise Native voices speak up. This is the case with Natives from different nations who are speaking out on the designation of Bears Ears as a National Monument. U.S. President Barack Obama made the designation before he left office and the current administration is challenging that. Our June Book of the Month takes the issue head-on with Native voices and explores the reasons this area in Utah should be protected. We’ll visit with the book’s editor, Jacqueline Keeler (Dakota/ Diné), and other contributors.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Trademarking offensive mascots
A unanimous Supreme Court recently struck down an obscure provision in trademark law. It’s a victory for free speech, but a major blow for those working to force a name change for the Washington DC NFL football team. The Court calls the provision unconstitutional. Team owners are celebrating in the end zone. The National Congress of the American Indian, meanwhile, calls the ruling, ‘disappointing’.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – June Music Maker: Raye Zaragoza
With roots in the O’odham Nation, Raye Zaragoza steps into the Native music scene with her debut album “Fight for You.” Many of the lyrics on this album are a reflection of the times, including a song dedicated to those working to protect water and sacred places. Raye’s soulful voice gracefully drifts over the notes and lets listeners melt into her creativity. She’ll talk with us about why she feels music is a pathway to understanding.
Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Should we be celebrating?
This year marks two 150th anniversaries. The places we know today as Canada and Alaska are marking their sesquicentennials with historical exhibits, concerts, and other events. But in both places, the historical milestone is difficult for Indigenous people. Is there a way to acknowledge the legacy of violence and oppression against Native people alongside the flag-waving celebrations?
Friday, June 30, 2017 – June in the News
There’s a possibility a judge could shut off the Dakota Access Pipeline over the lack of a proper environmental review. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends trimming the size of Bears Ears National Monument. The final fate of that land and other monuments is still up in the air. At the same time, the size of the Interior Department is also slated to shrink, with implications for Indian Country. Join us as we catch up on the news.
The Senate healthcare bill is not about health care. It’s a tax cut, one that’s paid for by destroying Medicaid. Medicaid — a public insurance program for people who are poor or disabled — makes up about 20 percent of the Indian health system budget.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won a court case against the Dakota Access Pipeline project last week. The ruling affirmed the tribes’ treaty rights, and more important, the idea of mutual respect.
The federal budget has huge challenges for Indian Country, including the prospect of a shutdown this fall. The coming fight over the debt limit is an example of the complexity ahead.