Native America Calling – Tribal Marijuana Laws LISTEN HERE Laws on growing and selling marijuana are up for debate across the country. Washington State and Colorado legalized the recreational sale of the drug in recent years. Voters in Alaska and Oregon also approved similar measures last fall. Tribes across the US are facing new decisions. The US Department of Justice issued a memorandum in December 2014 on how the federal government views potential new tribal laws on marijuana sales, growing or possession. Tribal leaders will meet this week in Washington State to hear about the many issues they would need to consider if they were to pursue a path in the marijuana industry. Should they follow state laws, federal law, or create their own new laws on cannabis? Guests: Rob Porter (Seneca), attorney and co-sponsor of the first Tribal Marijuana Conference Henry Cagey (Lummi Nation) – council member and former chairman of the Lummi Nation Troy Eid -former US attorney for Colorado and Chairman of the Indian Law and Order Commission, National Advisory Board to President and Congress Jacob Sullum – Senior Editor Reason magazine and Reason.com
Before assimilation, two-spirit people, including those who identify as transgender, played very important roles in tribal communities. Transgender people now face discrimination. According to a study by the National Center for Transgender Equality, over half of transgender people have attempted suicide. Native America Calling discusses the struggle to regain that historical acceptance and celebrate our Native people who call themselves transgender. We will also look at the roles of transgender people in their communities today. Guests: Ty Defoe (Oneida and Ojibw) – artist, social activist, musician and writer, tradition keeper Sydney Freeland (Navajo) – Director and writer of Drunktown’s Finest Robyn Silverfox (Navajo) – pre-med student
Wednesday, Februray 4, Native America Calling asks, “satire or offensive?” The recent terrorist attacks in France heated up debate about the line between what’s considered satire and what is simply offensive. Some say art and political satire are overstepping the line but others disagree. What about when it comes to Native America? There are many things to Native Nations considered sacred and off limits. What happens when the sacred gets the satirical spotlight? Join us and share where you draw the line between what is satire and what’s an attack on your beliefs. LISTEN HERE
Monday, January 26, 2015, Native America Calling broadcasts the 2015 State of Indian Nations Address, presented by the National Congress of American Indians. National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Brian Cladoosby will deliver the address from the Knight Studios in Washington DC. This annual address highlights goals for Native America and priorities for tribal leaders. The address will be followed by analysis and commentary from journalists and experts.
American Indian Living features “Tribal Public Health Success Stories.” Native American communities are serving as public health role models. Dr. Doris Cook shares real-life stories drawn from an exciting partnership between the Association of American Indian Physicians and the CDC.
Guests: Dr. Doris Cook (Akwesasne/St. Regis Mohawk), Researcher; Alan Hall, Assisted Living Administrator
Scientists discovered the virus that causes AIDS more than 30 years ago. How are Native communities addressing HIV and AIDS today? Listen to the Thursday January 8, 2015 Native America Calling episode for a discussion about how this disease is affecting Native America. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 20 percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives who are infected with HIV didn’t know they have the disease. How are health officials and advocates reaching out to individuals who are at risk of becoming infected? What about those who may already have HIV? What can be done to stop the spread of this disease? Guests include Dr. Pamela Jumper-Thurman (Cherokee) and Tommy Chesbro (Cherokee/Lumbee).
‘Tis the season for cakes, cookies, fudge, chocolate, frosting, sugar sprinkles, candy, office holiday parties, dinners and feasts.
Join Native America Calling this holiday season as we talk about managing diabetes when you are faced with many temptations. Does the holiday season create a danger for your health? Should friends and family take action to ease the sugar and carb load on those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic? Have you had to change your holiday habits because you need to manage your diabetes? We’ll have tips and advice and we welcome your stories about how you manage diabetes during the holiday season.
The November 2014 Book of the Month on Native America Calling is book “Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story.”
This new children’s book tells the story of Six Nations musician Robbie Robertson. The author is Robbie’s son Sebastian Robertson. Join us on Friday, November 21 for a live conversation with Sebastian.
Native America Calling (NAC) and National Native News (NNN) covered the campaigns and key issues in the 2014 elections across Indian Country.
NAC brought together grassroots organizers, voters and community members to talk about voting rights, access to the polls and key issues for Native voters this year. In July, we discussed the impact of the 2013 Supreme Court decision Shelby County v. Holder, which threw out key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In August, we learned about voter registration campaigns and in September the program followed up with coverage of efforts to turn out the Native Vote in 2014. In September, the program also highlighted tribal elections across the countyr.
NNN featured the work of four reporting fellows to covered elections issues in Alaska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Northeastern states. NNN newscasts featured reporting from these fellows and other reporters who documented the impact of the elections across Indian Country.