Monday, September 12, 2016 – Taking a stand at Standing Rock
A federal judge’s decision Friday dashed the hopes of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people assembled to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Then the Obama Administration unexpectedly halted work in order to address “important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations.” Did the movement to stop the pipeline bring not just a victory for Standing Rock, but open to the door to long-awaited reforms for Indian Country policy?
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 — When people go hungry
The counties with high Native American populations are among the places with the highest rates of hunger in the U.S. according to the Map the Meal Gap project by the nonprofit Feeding America. We’re taking time during Hunger Action Month to talk about what’s being done to address food insecurity and hunger in our Native communities.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – September Book of the Month: “The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook”
We welcome one of the editors of “The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook: Whole Food of Our Ancestors,” Roxanne Swentzell from Santa Clara Pueblo. The book unlocks many of the savory tastes of the Southwest. The recipes and narratives promote healthy living with use of pre-contact ingredients that readers are encouraged to grow themselves.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Man-made earthquakes?
The largest earthquake in state history shook the ground just outside the Osage Nation in Oklahoma this month. The U.S. Geological Survey is looking into whether fracking wastewater injection wells are the cause. What role do Native Nations play in protecting people, property and the environment from the possibility of earthquakes caused by humans?
Friday, September 16, 2016 — Accepting our bodies
The body positive movement inspires people to love their bodies whether they’re 300 pounds or 90 pounds, short or tall. The concept is mostly geared toward plus-size women, but also encourages positive attitudes regardless of race, gender or disability. At a time when Native Americans are struggling with obesity and diabetes, is it healthier to feel good about ourselves or strive to slim down?