Monday, October 23, 2017 – Hard to keep up on health care
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired in September. The $150-million Special Diabetes Program for Indians is getting by on a three-month extension. Now, President Donald Trump ended subsidies to health insurance companies provided under the Affordable Care Act. As the future of federal health care policy remains a question, we’re once again asking: where do Native Americans fit into this fight? We’ll talk with experts to try and sort through the status and future of health care.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 — Sovereignty “sham”?
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is embarking on a novel business partnership with a pharmaceutical company. The company pays the tribe to hold the patents for a profitable drug. In exchange, the tribe’s sovereign immunity prevents generic drug makers from getting at the drug’s formula. Some members of Congress are now drafting laws to prevent such agreements. The tribe is also suing business giants Microsoft and Amazon for patent infringement. It’s one of several instances in which tribes leverage sovereignty in business deals. Is this a new and innovative revenue-generating model? Or is the idea headed for a legal defeat? We’ll sort out the prospects.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 — Subsistence hunting in Alaska
Hunting and fishing are a necessity for many Alaska Natives. It’s part of their culture and identity. For the federal and state entities that manage subsistence hunting, the topic is made complicated by unique land issues and rights. In this program, we’ll discuss the constant battle Alaska Natives face to preserve their right to hunt and fish to sustain themselves and their families.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 — Horror
Some people enjoy subjecting themselves to the gore and suspense of horror movies and books. It’s a genre where some Native American artists are also finding a niche. The monsters, blood and supernatural villains are creeping their way into Native film and literature. Some of the stories even reference Native traditions. As we head into Halloween, we hear from some Native horror creators and fans about what makes Native horror special.
Friday, October 27, 2017 – October in the news
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.