Monday, November 4, 2019 – Bridging the broadband divide
Tribes have an upcoming opportunity to secure wireless channels to dramatically increase the speed and coverage of broadband access. The federal government is giving tribes priority to bid on access within what’s known as the 2.5 GHz band spectrum. But the time frame to submit applications is brief and some tribes are having trouble completing the complex process in time.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – Responsible rock climbing
Technical rock climbing is a sport for adrenaline junkies. It’s also a way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors. But it also often comes up against concerns and sometimes outright prohibitions by tribes wanting to protect cultural resources. The Navajo Nation has a ban on rock climbing within its boundaries. We’ll hear from Native climbers about the benefits of climbing and the best practices for reaching new heights.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – Reviving voices from the past
Century-old recordings combined with state-of-the-art technology are giving some tribes new perspectives on their languages and songs. Wax cylinder recordings of songs and stories from the late 1800s took a roundabout journey and are now providing new insights for the Passamaquoddy tribe, which has few fluent speakers left. Many other tribes are also hearing the voices of their ancestors documented during the birth of analog recording but revived using technology perfected only recently.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 – Trapping for food and fur
The methods and equipment have changed over the years, but trapping remains a practice with a long history for Native Americans. Experienced trappers see it as a viable option for sustenance and animal population management. The sport is highly-regulated to protect endangered animals and to ensure humane standards. We’ll hear about modern trapping and its connection to longstanding cultural practices.
Friday, November 8, 2019 – The budding agritourism business
Picking your own apples, tracing your dinner from farm to table and even touring gardens and vineyards are all elements of agritourism that some Native business owners are cashing in on. Tribes and individual farmers , agritourism is a way to build interest in the culture surrounding food while also satisfying the hunger people have for learning about food and connecting to it.
Monday, October 28, 2019 – Mounting pressure to remove dams
Tribal leaders from the Yakama and Lummi nations called for the removal of several dams along the Columbia River in Washington State. The tribes are concerned about dwindling salmon populations and the concurrent decline of orcas. Other tribes, like the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in Oregon and the Yurok and Pit River Tribe in California, have also fought to remove dams. We’ll check in on the efforts to get rid of dams and hear about how they affect tribes and tribal land.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – October in the news
Some members of tribes along the Mendocino County coastline of California are risking jail time and fines to gather abalone and other traditional food and materials for ceremony. Efforts to curb poaching are also preventing tribes in the area from traditional practices. We’ll talk with reporter Deb Utacia Krol about her piece in High Country News on the subject. Also, the National Congress of American Indians Convention is a wrap. We’ll check in with Indian Country Today’s Jourdan Bennett-Begaye to get the highlights for our regular news round up.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 –Book of the Month: “Standing Up to Colonial Power” by Renya Ramirez
Winnebago author Renya Ramirez offers a non-fiction narrative of her grandparents with “Standing up to Colonial Power: The Lives of Henry Roe and Elizabeth Bender Cloud.” Both of her relatives pushed back against settler colonialism to open a door for Native rights to break down oppression. From federal policy to the courts, these two individuals drew from their Native cultures to improve the lives of future generations and establish rightful authority over the systems that work against progress for Native Nations.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Native and afraid
What scares you? Some Native artists tap into the darker sides of creativity, focusing on graphics, films and fantasy fiction that explores ghouls, monsters and the paranormal. This Halloween, we’re celebrating the frightening side of Native art and imagination and talking to some Native artists about bringing horror to light.
Friday, November 1, 2019 – imgaineNATIVE Festival wrap-up
What organizers call the world’s largest celebration of Indigenous film, media and arts is wrapping up its 20th year in Toronto. This year’s line-up included nearly 130 films and video works, dozens of workshops and panel discussions and a week of Indigenous creativity. We’ll get highlights from the 2019 Imaginative Festival and feature some of the up-and-coming artists.
Monday, October 21, 2019 – Live at NCAI: Juvenile justice
Native youth are over-represented in state and federal juvenile justice systems. In addition to the perpetuation of historical trauma, juvenile facilities have a long way to go to adequately meet the needs of Native young people. It’s the first day of the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico and we are broadcasting live with a focus on traditional healing, Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts, research, and other ways that juvenile justice institutions can go beyond punishment to maximize the likelihood of success for young people.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – Live at NCAI: Sovereignty, social justice and political power
As the National Congress of American Indians annual conference is in full swing in Albuquerque with a busy slate of agenda items, from sovereignty to border security to upcoming elections. NCAI is taking this week to chart the priorities for the coming months and get input on what is important from members’ standpoints. We touch in on some key topics and get insights from those closest to the discussions.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – October Music Maker: Def-i
Navajo MC Def-i‘s album, “Dream Trails” opens with a cinematic sound that quickly accelerates with the rapid word weaving he’s known for. Listeners get a glimpse into the many trails the artist has traveled to share his message that resonates from New Mexico to Africa. Hip-hop greats like Kool Keith and JFK Ninjaface make an appearance on the album. So do Native women artists like E-Turn, Dawta Magma, Honey and Liv the Artist. Well get the distinct privilege to re-visit the inspirations and collaborations that went into making the album and what’s next for Def-i.
Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Dream of Wild Health
Dream of Wild Health wants to improve the health and well-being of Native people. The Minnesota non-profit operates a 10-acre farm where it teaches young people and others about traditional food, the economics of agriculture, leadership skills and healthy eating. Through educational programs and partnerships with a number of tribes and other like-minded groups, Dream of Wild Health promotes traditional food knowledge, sustainability and access to healthy foods. We’ll hear from the organization’s staff to get a deeper look into the group’s mission.
Friday, October 25, 2019 – A conversation with Dr. Ann Bullock
Dr. Ann Bullock (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe/Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) is one of the nation’s leading voices on diabetes research. While the statistics on diabetes and Native Americans is troubling, Bullock will be the first to highlight some of the positive developments in fighting the disease. Bullock is the director of the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention at the Indian Health Service. She is passionate about improving the health of Native people. We’ll talk with her about her life and what drives her work at IHS.
Monday, October 14, 2019 – Indigenous Peoples Day
New Mexico is commemorating its inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day this year. So are Wisconsin, Washington, D.C. and Maine. The idea to set aside a day to recognize Native people rather than Christopher Columbus is growing. While celebrations are in order, the day doesn’t come without some backlash. In Flagstaff, a group of Native people are planning to boycott the city’s first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, citing concerns over policies and data that indicate a lack of concern and collaboration with Native residents. We’ll get a status report on Indigenous Peoples Day from community leaders and others.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – Jurisdiction and justice for violence victims
The complicated legal agreements between federal, local and tribal agencies can hinder enforcement of sexual assault cases on reservations. A new documentary, “A Broken Trust” interviewed dozens of sources and accessed exclusive data about cases on two reservations. It paints a stark picture of failed communication, misguided policy and woeful underfunding that jeopardizes the safety of residents. We’ll explore the complexities of jurisdiction and the Trust Responsibility when it comes to protecting people and finding justice for victims of violence.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Learning from museum collections
A unique partnership between the Poeh Cultural Center and the National Museum of the American Indian may serve as a model for other institutions with collections of Native items. The Poeh Center is the conduit for members of the seven Tewa pueblos to interact with and share knowledge about dozens of pueblo pots. NMAI is loaning the pots—some are more than 150 years old—to the Poeh Center so more pueblo members can view them and share additional knowledge. The pots are starting to make their journey ‘home’ this fall in what the Poeh Center and NMAI are calling a ‘co-stewardship.’ We’ll hear about how the relationship came about and what it offers for tribes and museum collections.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 – Take care of your teeth!
The American Dental Association finds Native Americans have significantly higher rates of oral disease. There is usually adequate access to dental care, but many Native people don’t know how or where to go. It’s Dental Hygiene Awareness Month—a good time to review the basics of oral health care. We’ll talk with dental experts about why oral dental health is important for your overall health.
Friday, October 18, 2019 – Celebrating Native achievement in Hollywood
Two notable Native actors are getting recognition for their work. Cherokee actor Wes Studi will receive an honorary Oscar at the 11th annual Governors Awards. He is the first Native American actor to receive the award. Studi’s Dances With Wolves co-star, Tantoo Cardinal (Cree/Métis), is receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Santa Fe Film Festival. She recently landed a key role in the ABC series, Stumptown. We’ll take time to honor their recognition and celebrate the achievements of Native professionals in Hollywood.
Monday, October 7, 2019 – George Morrison’s artistic legacy
George Morrison (Anishinaabe) traveled in the same artistic circles as Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. But he worked hard at avoiding labels and ended up being a significant influence on Native art and beyond. His son Briand Morrison says his father erased the boundaries of what is considered ‘Native art.’ His work included colorful landscape paintings, sketches of geometric patterns, and intricate wooden sculptures. In this hour we’ll hear about his life, work and legacy.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – Young activists speaking for the environment
Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s notoriety recently scolded world leaders over inaction on climate change at the UN General Assembly. Autumn Peltier (Anishinaabe) is a young First Nations environmental activist who also recently used the UN platform to speak up about the lack of clean water for Indigenous people in Canada. Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez is part of a group of young people suing the U.S. Government over climate change. Young Indigenous people are finding their voice and risking backlash, speaking up over climate change. Is their message being heard?
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – Avoiding mistakes in the classroom
This is the time of year when teachers dust off their Native American curriculum on history and culture. Classroom activities for younger students might include model tipis or wigwams. Older students might be required to argue the pros and cons of European colonization. Educational units on Native Americans continue to evolve, but there remain relics that resort to construction paper headdresses. We’ll talk with Native educators about how teachers can utilize more inclusive and accurate lessons.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 – Native romance novels
Romance novels are known for their simple plot lines and cheesy, overly dramatic cover illustrations and happy endings. But romance sales outperform all other fiction genres. The trouble is a noticeable lack of honest Native American portrayals. If Native people are ever featured in romance novels, they typically end up as some version of a 1950s Wild West movie stereotype. The Romance Writers of America acknowledged the genre’s decided lack of multicultural understanding in a statement last year, saying “members from the historically marginalized groups have felt unheard, unseen, and unrepresented.” But some Native authors are taking to the genre with complex, realistic Native characters, with details that Native readers might relate to. Native romance novelists will talk to us the business and process of writing Native love stories.
Friday, October 11, 2019 – Rivers are relatives
The Klamath River has the same rights as people according to a new law passed by the Yurok tribal council. In 2017, a New Zealand court decision granted person status to the the Whanganui River after the longest-running litigation in the country’s history. Maori tribal members consider the river their relative. Indigenous people all over the world praise efforts to grant legal person status to rivers. But it also sets the stage for environmental legal battles.