Monday, January 22, 2018 – Uncovering new knowledge on ancient remains
Tests on remains found in Alaska have some people rethinking what we knew about ancient Native ancestors. The process leading up to the genetic testing took years of discussions and consultation. We’ll talk with the lead researcher and tribal representatives from the Tanana Chiefs Conference and the Healy Lake Village Council about what they know about the findings and the work to uncover them.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – Stalking awareness
Stalking is a crime that victims sometimes have difficulty proving. That’s because victims often need to provide a detailed account of a stalker’s actions. Some tribes, including the Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux, have stalking codes of their own. The Stalking Resource Center defines stalking as “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” January is stalking awareness month. It’s a time reflect on the warning signs and causes of stalking. We’ll also explore what additional resources women’s advocates feel are needed.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 — The need for Native nurses
A number of programs like Niganawenimaanaanig and the IHS American Indians Into Nursing Program aim to recruit Native nurses. Still the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey finds Native Americans are underrepresented in the workforce. They make up only .4 percent of all registered nurses. We’ll hear from some Native nurses about what the profession is like and hear from recruiters who say Native representation is sorely needed in hospitals and clinics.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Music Maker: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie’s (Cree) music has moved audiences for decades. Her songwriting has consistently taught lessons about strength and the need to speak up. She describes her latest album “Medicine Songs” as a collection of front line songs about unity and resistance. This month we dive into this collection of melodies which include new sounds along with some of her classics that are reinvigorated with lyrics and arrangements that confront current times.
Friday, January 26, 2018 – January in the News
It’s our first news show of 2018. It’s been a year since President Donald Trump took office. Amid the near-daily turmoil from his tweets and off-the-cuff remarks, his administration has managed to change policies that significantly affect Indian Country. From national policy to tribal politics, we’ll take time to check in with journalists, newsmakers and others about the important issues of the day.