Monday, September 04, 2017 – A visit with the Native cast of “Wind River”
The movie “Wind River” is now showing in many cities across the country. Audiences have had a chance to peer into writer and director Taylor Sheridan’s story set on a Wyoming reservation. It follows the story of a game tracker played by Jeremy Renner and a rookie FBI agent played by Elizabeth Olsen as they uncover the full story of a murder of a Native woman. In this special pre-recorded program we turn our focus to the film’s Native cast and their hopes on how the film will impact moviegoers.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 —40 Under 40
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is recognizing 40 Native business and community leaders this week. It’s the official ceremony to honor their list of 40 Under 40—people who are all under the age of 40 who have achieved notable successes in business or have made significant contributions to Native communities. In this program, we’ll talk to past awardees and learn more about what it takes to be a successful mover and shaker in Native America.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Court victory for Cherokee Freedmen
A new federal court ruling says Cherokee Freedmen are entitled to tribal citizenship. The Freedmen are decedents of former slaves. In the 78 page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas F. Hogan said a treaty signed in 1866 clearly guarantees them citizenship. He also states “The Cherokee Nation’s sovereign right to determine its membership is no less now, as a result of this decision, than it was after the Nation executed the 1866 Treaty.”
Thursday, September 7, 2017 — Conflict over fish farming
A fish farm pen broke last month and released about 200,000 Atlantic salmon into the waters around the San Juan Islands in Washington state. National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby is among the many Native fishermen now trying to catch the invasive salmon. He says the fish threaten the wild Pacific salmon fishery with predation and the threat of disease. “These fish have infected the entire Salish Sea,” he said. The inadvertent release is one of several problems cropping up in the Pacific Northwest and in Canada involving salmon farms.
Friday, September 8, 2017 – Living languages
A group of Lakota elders got together and decided the word for ‘food processor’ in their language is wóyute inákpaŋ. The Chickasaw word for ‘teleconferencing’ is holba’ aaittafamma anompoli’. These are examples of how languages adapt to new things that inevitably present themselves. We’ll discuss some of the more notable new words in certain languages and how some tribal linguists find ways to adjust to reflect their living languages.