Monday, August 21, 2017 — The great outdoors
Native Americans have a deep connection to their surrounding land. Individuals display that connection through hunting, fishing, foraging, and ceremony among other things. But there is a demonstrated lack of diversity when it comes to outdoor recreation. A 2015 survey by the National Park Service shows nearly 80 percent of visitors are white. The percentage of Native American visitors to National Parks is in the single digits. Some Native outdoor enthusiasts are working to improve those numbers.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – From Charlottesville to Native America
The violence in Charlottesville Virginia and subsequent reactions from President Donald Trump are creating a firestorm of debate about free speech, history and racism. The racist organizers of the Charlottesville event continue to hold public rallies and promise to expand their efforts. In one sense, Native Americans are all too familiar with racist attacks and battles over hurtful statues and offensive mascots. At the same time, the renewed vigor among white supremacy organizations and the absence of unequivocal condemnation from the top requires thoughtful preparation for those who encounter it.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – Exposing sex trafficking
The Navajo Nation added a new law this month criminalizing sex trafficking within its boundaries. It’s the latest attempt to fight what tribal officials say is the pervasive threat by those who prey on naïve or desperate young girls. And last month the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a survey indicating half of tribal law enforcement officials believe the sex trafficking problem is actually worse than is reported.
Thursday, August 24, 2017 — Traditional food foraging
Foraging for food is a satisfying and healthy option for filling our pantries. For Native Americans it’s also a way to connect to a tradition that goes back long before contact. In addition to the knowledge of plants and seasons, modern foragers often need to know about private property lines or agreements that allow harvesting on public land. We’ll talk with expert foragers on keeping the tradition alive and how beginners can get started.
Friday, August 25, 2017 – August 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.