Monday, September 18, 2017 – Indian relay races
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 sport.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 — Fixing roads in Indian Country
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 through 2020 on tribal road projects.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – Floating tradition
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 about traditional boats.
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 — Museums mending ties
Decades after the University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology acquired a totem pole under dubious circumstances, the family of the pole’s carver came to the institution to rededicate it in its new home. The new superintendent of a U.S. National Monument in Iowa says he will dedicate his tenure to correcting past disrespectful behavior involving effigy mounts. He’s even launched a criminal investigation. Is there momentum for mending relations with tribes over past illegal and unethical indiscretions?
Friday, September 22, 2017 – Music Maker: Lee Tiger
Native music veteran Lee Tiger (Miccosukee) says his new album, “One Earth, One People, Come Together,” is a pathway to global harmony. He says the concept is an extension of what his father, Buffalo Tiger, instilled in him. Tiger hopes the songs on the album will inspire audiences to reconnect to what he calls a global chain of love that’s been overlooked and uncared for.