L.A. Williams has been the high school sports play-by-play voice for decades on the Navajo Nation. She has also brought pro rodeo, women’s professional basketball, and the NFL Super Bowl to listeners. Now she is also the Navajo language announcer for Phoenix Suns NBA games. Monday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with the trailblazing broadcaster.
The volcanic eruptions near Tonga, Japan, and Ecuador are all making headlines and remind us of the role they play in Indigenous culture. Native Hawaiians have a direct spiritual connection to the explosive giants while many tribes in the continental U.S. have their own stories and links. Tuesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce learns more about these mystical mountains.
Just in time for the mid-term elections, President Joe Biden announced his executive action to extend the current student loan payment pause until January and forgive up to $20,000 of debt. It’s a compromise between the full forgiveness pushed for years by progressive Democrats and the inflationary concerns of moderate Democrats and conservative Republicans. Wednesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce gets an assessment for what’s in the student loan forgiveness plan, who qualifies, and what it might do for current and future Native college students.
The Native American Rights Fund and other organizations filed a legal challenge against the state for discounting ballots in a way that disproportionately affects Alaska Native voters. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld voter restrictions in the state constitution originally instituted by white supremacists specifically to limit participation by people of color. Thursday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce gets a rundown of the evolving landscape of voter restrictions that affect Native Americans.
Friday, September 2, 2022
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