Monday, April 29, 2019 – Identifying scams: don’t get sucked in
Have you gotten a call from someone at the “security department” warning you about an outstanding warrant? Or the caller says you need to reveal personal information to them or you will lose your Social Security benefits. The Federal Trade Commission says 1.1 million people reported being scam victims in 2017. Most of those scams were over the phone. Romance scams reported to the FBI tripled over the past five years. A Navajo Nation Council delegate admitted on social media that he used poor judgement by sending a compromising video of himself to someone who contacted him online. The recipient then demanded money, threatening to release the video publicly. We’ll get an update on different kinds of scams and how to avoid them.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – April in the News
Indian Country Today is branching out into television news. The operation is moving to Phoenix, Ariz. We’ll talk with editor Mark Trahant about big plans for the future. Also journalism students at the University of Montana are gearing up for the annual project to report on the state’s Native residents. We’ll talk with the program director about this year’s focus on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Tune in for our news round up.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – Native in the Spotlight: Sean Sherman
Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) just won a 2019 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award for his work increasing awareness of Native food through his non-profit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems. Last year he also won a James Beard Award for his cookbook, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” In addition to his successful restaurant ventures, Sherman has traveled the world educating others about traditional Native American food. We’ll sit down with Sherman to learn about his passion and skill for connecting with others through food.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 – Discrimination claims against a Montana school district
Complaints against the Wolf Point School District include unequal treatment of Native students, bullying and even staff members using racial slurs. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating the claims. The Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux Tribes filed a complaint with the help of the Montana American Civil Liberties Union. We’ll learn more with some of those involved with the case.
Friday, May 3, 2019 – Cinco de Mayo’s Indigenous connection
Many Americans who celebrate Cinco de Mayo probably have it all wrong. In the U.S. it’s an imported celebration much like St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an excuse for parties and stereotypes. In Mexico, May 5 commemorates is the day in 1862 when a small army made up of mostly Indigenous people defeated a French army in the town of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo is not a big holiday in Mexico, but it’s widely celebrated in the U.S. We’ll learn more about Cinco de Mayo and how Indigenous people played a role.