Monday, October 17, 2016 – The tipping point for political change
Activists in North Dakota are camping out and going to jail to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline plan. Meanwhile lawyers for tribes and environmental groups chip away at the legal boundaries of the project in the courts. Whether you want to stop a pipeline, restore traditional hunting and fishing rights, or strengthen domestic violence laws, what strategies actually produce results?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 — Tackling HPV
We’ll talk about the connection between cervical cancer and the sexually-transmitted disease, human papillomavirus, or HPV. A vaccination recommended for girls when they’re 11 or 12 years old is producing results, but participation among Native Americans lags behind other groups.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Treating pregnant addicts
Three states have laws against illegal drug use during pregnancy, so seeking treatment can land a woman in jail. But without treatment, women risk causing significant harm to the fetus. Access, motivation and stigma are also barriers for those considering treatment for addiction. We’ll look at programs aimed at helping pregnant addicts and some of the barriers to implementing them.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Making school science fun
We’re taking a look at the innovative and interesting ways teachers are getting Native American students excited about science. This is the first in a four part series focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Native students’ math and science scores are well below those of white students. How can innovative science and math programs help students become future scientists?
Friday, October 21, 2016 – The ups and downs of frybread
Frybread is so ubiquitous it’s become a symbol of Native cuisine. But there’s another way of looking at it: frybread ingredients come not from tradition, but from the reservation rations and commodity goods provided by the federal government. And the high fat count and low nutrient content makes frybread a factor in obesity and high rates of diabetes in our Native communities. What do you think about frybread?