Monday, January 15, 2018 – Less hostile Hollywood
A story about an army captain escorting a dying Cheyenne chief to his homeland opens in movie theaters nationwide this week. The movie Hostiles, stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and Wes Studi (Cherokee). The National Congress of American Indians praised the film for a “culturally accurate portrayal of Native peoples.” We’ll talk with Native consultants Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) and Dr. Joely Proudfit (Luiseño) who worked to make sure the film wasn’t another stereotype-filled disappointment.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – “Americans”: Exhibition explores Native imagery throughout history
Indian Motorcycles. Apache helicopters. Wigwam Motor Oil. Imagery of and inspired by Native Americans is pervasive in pop culture, advertising, artwork, fashion and film. In many cases throughout history Native images have been used as a mark of identity for the United States. Cigarettes, baking powder, motorcycles, TV character sidekicks, American currency and, of course, sports teams are among the places where the public encounters Native images or words. The National Museum of the American Indian’s new exhibition “Americans” focuses on Native American-themed products and references throughout history in context of how actual Native Americans are treated individually and collectively. We’ll talk with the curators about what the exhibition aims to address.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Native in the Spotlight: Nicco Montaño
Nicco Montaño (Diné) became the first UFC women’s flyweight champion with a broken foot. The TV show “Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion” followed her efforts to train and ultimately win the championship title. On this show we’ll talk with Montaño about her passion for mixed martial arts, the importance of self-defense and how she feels about being the first to wear the women’s flyweight championship belt.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Cannabis businesses on notice
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cracking down on state’s efforts to legalize marijuana use. A new Department of Justice memo rescinds the Obama-era policy that loosened marijuana prosecutions. What will this new direction mean for tribes getting into the cannabis business? We’ll talk with experts.
Friday, January 19, 2018 — Native bling: Medallions
Beaded medallions are come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Designs include traditional tribal symbols and clan emblems. They’ve branched out to include school colors, sports mascots and even cartoon characters. In this program we celebrate Native America’s favorite beaded ware and try to track down the origins of the craft.