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Monday, December 13, 2010: The Art of Giving:
What is philanthropy? Is it simply the wealthy offering charity to the poor? Or, is the art of giving actually something inherent within our Native cultures? There is a movement across Native America to increase philanthropy and giving - whether of your money, your time or your energy. There are also efforts to forge stronger relationships between the non-Native philanthropic community and Native causes. Do you have enough to give to others? If so, who do you give to and why? Guests include Mike Roberts (Tlingit) Director/First Nations Development Institute.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010: Traditional v. Commercial Tobacco:
For tribal peoples across Turtle Island tobacco is, and has always been, considered the food of the spirits. It is sacred to Native people as a medicine that is used in ceremonies and prayers to communicate with the Creator. However, tobacco kills thousands of people every day around the world, millions each year. Nicotine is perhaps the most addictive drug known to mankind. Can learning about traditional tobacco help reduce the smoking of commercial tobacco by Native people? Guests include Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe (Colville) Traditional Health Liaison/Seattle Indian Health Board.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010: Celebrating Sobriety:
Among the many things that are connected to the arrival of a New Year, sobriety is one that will be celebrated among many Alaska Native and American Indian people. From powwows to Iditarod races, indigenous peoples are sharing the strength and power of leading a sober life. What lessons and gifts does walking the path of sobriety bring? How does this movement reconnect tribal nations to traditional and healthy lifeways? Guests include Iditarod Sobriety Mushers Mike Williams, Sr. (Yup'ik) and Mike Williams, Jr. (Yup'ik).

Thursday, December 16, 2010: What Would We Do Without Art?:
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation was formed three years ago with a vision of supporting American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians by strengthening and supporting their diverse arts and cultures. Part of that vision included having the means to begin offering grants this year. Well, the time is here and the NACF has just awarded their first round of grants to Native artists and arts organizations around the country - 26 grants total. Do you ever stop to wonder where Native people would be without our art? Guests will include speakers from The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

Friday, December 17, 2010: Music Maker: Casper:
As we round out the year and chilly weather abounds, we bring you some Native soul and reggae to warm up your holiday season. On his re-release of "Honor the People", Casper Loma-da-wa (Hopi/Dine') once again brings the rhythm and the grace to share the words of the people. With songs like "Ideal" and "Mighty Rebels" the vibe of positive movement and the lessons of life ring strong. The album has been repackaged by Native Music Rocks Records. What does the future hold for this Hopi reggae sensation?

Repatriating and Owning Our Own Music (media)

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Monday, October 25, 2010: Do You Vote?: The mid-term elections are just around the corner, but apathy still abounds in America, as most people here in the U.S. don't vote in the mid-terms. In fact, only 37 percent of eligible voters showed up at the polls in 2006. For Native people the turnout for state, tribal and national elections have been rising in the recent past, but our numbers appear to be smaller than the national average. What do you see in your tribal communities - do folks feel like all politicians are the same, or are they uninformed about the importance of voting? Our guest will be veteran journalist Conroy Chino (Acoma Pueblo).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010: Independent Media & Native Youth: With only six conglomerates owning most of the nation's media outlets, it's increasingly harder to find an authentic voice that's reflects the voice of communities rather than the voice of profiteers and political strategists. But as technology becomes more accessible Native youth are picking up cameras, camcorders and microphones to tell their stories. Are these new methods of storytelling providing youth with an outlet for exploring their communities and heritage? Guests TBA.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010: Book of the Month: The Turquoise Ledge: Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna/Cherokee) combines memoir with family history in "The Turquoise Ledge,"her first extended work of nonfiction. In this memoir Silko weaves fascinating tales from both sides of her family's past, using the turquoise stones that she finds along the way to unite the strands of her stories. The result is a book filled with both cultural and personal revelations and a personal contemplation of the enormous spiritual power of the natural world. How did this book manifest from Silko's inner journey, and what's the next step for this award winning author?

Thursday, October 28, 2010: I Have a Dream...: Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech in August of 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in WashingtonD.C. Since that time, many of Dr. King's hopes for America's black community have been realized. For many Native people, however, dreams of equality and justice have not materialized. Living conditions have become so bleak that many of us have resigned to being downtrodden, and forgotten how to dream of brighter days and a better future. Will that continue to be our legacy? Can you finish this sentence? "I have a dream that someday..."

Friday, October 29, 2010: Repatriating and Owning Our Own Music: Many of the teachings of our forefathers are nestled in our traditional songs. Over the years they've also made their way into scholastic institutions, museums and private collections. Today, there is an initiative set forth by ColumbiaUniversity to help bring these sounds back to the people they were intended for. What would it mean to you to bring these songs back to your tribal community? How are tribal people today breathing new life into them? Guests include Aaron Fox, Associate Professor of Music/Columbia University.

Bay Area Television Archive(media)

The Long Walk Documentary:  Date aired: 5/23/1969Duration: 58:27
This Philip Greene documentary recounts how the Navajo people were treated by white settlers during the Nineteenth Century, considers the modern world's impact on traditional ways of life and examines the education of Navajo children at the Intermountain School in Brigham City, Utah and the Rough Rock Demonstration School in Chinle, Arizona.  (Indian Education - Relocation - more)

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I'm On The Tribal Radio (media)

Only 63 percent of all Americans have high-speed Internet connections. That's low compared with other countries.
But when it comes to American Indians, the Federal Communications Commission estimates that fewer than 10 percent are connected. On Tuesday, the FCC announced the appointment of a special liaison to the American Indian community to oversee efforts to get broadband to reservations. Full at:

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Monday, November 09, 2009 - Native in the Spotlight: Gil Birmingham 
Gil Birmingham has been acting for over 20 years. His most recent role is that of Billy Black in the popular Twilight movie saga. Billy is the paralyzed father of werewolf and heartthrob Jacob Black and a fictional member of the Quileute Tribe. With New Moon, the second installment in the Twilight saga opening later this month, we interview Gil on what it means to be a Native actor in Hollywood. How has media portrayal of Native Americans changed over the last 20 years? Or has it? Gil also recently hosted this year's Native American Music Awards and is a musician in his own right as well. What questions would you like to ask Gil? 

  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - Music Maker: Audiopharmacy 
"U Forgot About Us," the latest release by the soulful collective group Audiopharmacy once again weaves the music of Hip Hop, Reggae, Jazz and R&B to vocalize the struggles of indigenous peoples. Although the group takes on issues like negative environmental impacts and the quest for power and freedom, their sound easily encourages any thirsty ear to celebrate life and get up and dance. Guests include Audiopharmacy's recording artist Ras K'Dee of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. 

  Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - Veteran's Day: Honoring Our Native Veterans: 
With many of our families observing and honoring our Native vets today, either within their family or in their community, we want to give special time on the air for listeners to call in their Veteran's shout-out or message. The lines are open. 

  Thursday November 12, 2009 - The De-Colonizer (Encore Presentation): 
Native scientists have cracked an important genetic code which reverses the synapses in the neurotransmitters of Native American brains and realigns them to their natural state. They are testing this new technology, along with medications, on the pharmaceutical market and in tribal communities. They are calling this breakthrough the "De-Colonizer." What will happen as Native people are either exposed or injected with this new decolonizing technology? How will this new tool help Native people overcome their historical trauma, their loss of land, and their victim mentality? Guests include Dr. M.M. Splitting Jeans aka James Riding In (Pawnee) Arizona State University Professor and Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo) Grammy Award winning Native musician. PHONE LINES ARE CLOSED. NO CALLS PLEASE. 

  Friday, November 13, 2009 - Indigenous Beauty Secrets: 
It's a daily process found in one Native community after another. At times it can be a frustrating one, as elders try to teach the next generation the way of our ancestors. But every once in a while those teachings lead to new discoveries and new ways of piquing the interest of young minds. What may have started with a trip to pick berries or remedies to heal a sun burn has led to a growing list of entrepreneurs. This show highlights Native American owned businesses that have taken advantage of generations of local knowledge and turned them into a successful line of beauty products. Guests include Michelle Sparck (Cupik), co-founder of Arxotica and Monica Simeon, co-founder of Sister Sky. 

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American Indian Airwaves moves to Monday nights from 8pm to 9pm on KPFK FM 90.7 Los Angeles, FM 98.7 Santa Barbara

Coming Up 11/09/09, Monday, on American Indian Airwaves

"Yellow Poison & Obama's 564 First Nations Engagement" 

Part 1:______________________
Anna Rondon, (Dine' Nation), indigenous activist, Member of Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum, and main organizer of the Indigenous World Uranium Summit, joins us for this segment of the show to discuss, recap, and expound upon the "7th Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum", which was held this past October 22-24, 2009 in Sky City, New Mexico. For extensive audio files from speakers at the conference, please

Part 2______________________
Suzan Shown Harjo
(Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee Nations), will be discussing a wide variety of issues and providing in-depth analyses on the United States President, Barack Obama's meeting with 564 First Nations representatives held this past Thursday (11/05/09) in Washington D.C.

Suzan Shown Harjo is president of the Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C., a columnist for Indian Country Today, a poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate who has helped Native peoples recover more than one million acres of land and numerous sacred places. She has developed key federal Indian law since 1975, including the most important national policy advances in the modern era for the protection of Native American cultures and arts: the 1996 Executive Order on Indian Sacred Sites, the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the 1989 National Museum of the American Indian Act and the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Ms. Harjo is president and executive director of The Morning Star Institute, a national Indian rights organization founded in 1984 for Native peoples' traditional and cultural advocacy, arts promotion and research. Morning Star has initiated an ongoing international effort to issue declarations of tribal cultural property and to achieve a Treaty Respecting Cultural Property Rights of Native Peoples. Morning Star was the sponsoring organization for The 1992 Alliance (1990-1993) and for the initial lawsuit, Harjo et al v. Pro Football, Inc., regarding the trademarks and name of Washington's professional football team.

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