The resurgence of language revitalization helps keep cultural connections and exercise sovereignty. Those connections are diminished somewhat for those who are visually impaired and can’t read the written page. But there are those who are taking on the work of merging Native languages with braille, extending the full power of their culture to more of their citizens. Monday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with Carol Begay Green (Diné), teacher of students with visual impairments at Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind; students Heather Joe and Bryant Becenti (Diné); and Christine Muise, contract Braille transcriber and tactile illustrator.
The new legislation just signed into law includes unprecedented investment into measures intended to reduce climate change. It sends millions of dollars to tribal projects, but also keeps in place reliance on polluters. Tuesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce finds how the Inflation Reduction Act is a boost for the planet.
The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the latest institution going through a repatriation process starting this month. The museum, which has dozens of human remains and hundreds of Indigenous funerary objects in its collection, hasn’t been in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990. And in Montana, several items were repatriated from the University of Missoula and will now be in the care of the Fort Peck Interpretive Center. Several other institutions still have collections containing thousands of human remains and objects that fall under NAGPRA but it’s been slow work to get actual objects back into the care of tribes. Wednesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with repatriation advocates about current efforts.
Saddle up ’cause Thursday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce looks at the history of Native and Indigenous outlaws like the Apache Kid and Cherokee Bill.
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The Farm Bill is a huge piece of legislation dealing with every aspect of agriculture and nutrition and it’s set to be reauthorized in 2023. That’s a change for Native food advocates to insert critical policies, change old policies, and promote food sovereignty. Plus, an entrepreneur opens a pizza shop in a small town on the Navajo Nation. Friday on Native America Calling, Andi Murphy serves up a new helping of “The Menu,” our regular roundup of the Native food movement.