Native America Calling Schedule September 1 (media)

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Monday, September 1, 2014 – **Pre-Recorded** Songs to Make You Smile

What kind of music brings a smile across your face? Is it a country or rock tune? What about round dance music or the soulful Louisiana Cajun sound? This Labor Day we are closing down the phone lines to bring you some of Native America’s sounds from many of the musicians you love. We’ve put together memorable songs make you smile while you enjoy your day of rest and relaxation. Who’s on your top list of songs that brighten your day? Do you turn to Native musicians to help ease you into or out of your day? Is there a song you like to listen to over and over?

Break Music:John Wayne’s Teeth (song) Eagle Bear Singers (artist) Smoke Signals: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture (album)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014— Current Events

It's time for another roundup of events taking place this month in Native America! Join us as we learn about events like theFatherhood Is Sacred & Motherhood Is Sacred Facilitator Training, an "Our food is Our Medicine" conference, the Comanche Nation Fair and the Yanaguana Indian Arts Market. You are also invited to call in and share details about events and gatherings taking place during September in your community.

Break Music: Shake it Down (song) Gary Farmer (artist)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - Bigfoot Country

Native Americas saw Bigfoot first. The Choctaw call this mysterious creature "Shampe," the Chinook call it "Skookum," the Salish call it "Sasquatch" and the Navajo call it "Yé' iitsoh." Some tribes even have stories that are passed down from generation to generation about these big, hairy creatures that live in the wilderness. Bigfoot is an evil being, a friend, a guardian or a supernatural being one shouldn't be worried about. What does your tribe call Bigfoot? Does this mysterious creature play a role in your culture and folklore? Have you seen Bigfoot? And what about little people? Guests include Matt Moneymaker from the show "Finding Bigfoot" and eyewitnesses Rose James (Sokokomish) and Natalie Murphy (Navajo).

Break Music: Metropolis (Mix) Tribe Called Red (artist)

Thursday, September 4, 2014– Preparing Food for Winter

Now is the time to gather your fresh fruits and vegetables and prepare them to last through the winter. Do you can or preserve things from your garden to feed your family during cold months? Do you smoke salmon or dry meat to stock your pantry? Join us as we discuss the best tips and techniques for canning, preserving and drying foods. We also want to hear how you learned these skills. Were they passed down through your family? Are you reviving food preservation traditions in your community?

Break Music: Nadjiwan (single) Broken Treaty Blues (artist)

Friday, September 5, 2014– Coming of Age in Native America 

Coming of age is an important milestone. For many Native American tribes, it is acknowledged with a ceremony. These ceremonies are unique and some may include endurance tests, days of song and dance, special foods or tough tasks to prove these kids are ready to become adults in their community. Coming of age ceremonies are an important turning point in a young Native American's life where childhood play time is replaced by responsibility and visions of the future. Have you had a coming of age or puberty ceremony? What happens when we don't have these ceremonies? Does your tribe still carry on these traditions? Guests include Dr. Lloyd Lee (Navajo), Dr. Carol Markstrom and Veronica Tiller (Apache).

Break Music: Shades of Red Part 3 (song) Dawn Avery (artist) Shades of Red (album)


Native America Calling Schedule August 25-29 (media)

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Monday, August 25, 2014 – Housing for Native Veterans

Veterans are entitled to specific benefits after their service in the military, including health care and money for education. Another benefit is VA home loans, but many vets don't take advantage of that opportunity. Some veterans also struggle with mental illness and substance abuse and find themselves homelessIs your tribe stepping up to help veterans find stable, affordable housing? Are you or a loved one who served in the Armed Forces struggling to find a place to live? What do you think should be done to make sure our veterans in Indian Country have a place to live?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014— Voter Registration

Voting is one way for individuals to have their voice heard in local, state and federal elections. Are you registered to vote this year? Community groups around the US are working to register more Native voters and encourage them to cast a ballot this November. Join us as we explore voter registration efforts. This program is part of a series this fall on the 2014 Elections on Native America Calling. Do you think registering more Native voters will make a difference in the outcome of elections in your area? Do you think your vote matters?

Break Music: Pisa Ay Sobeli (song) The GrayHawk Band (artist) Worth The Wait (album)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - August Book of the Month: “Effigies II”

Effigies II” is a compilation of works from Native women poets. Editor Allison Hedge Coke says debuting these works in a collection gives these Native writers a chance to enter the literary publishing world as a community. The book is like a road trip through Indian Country through words. The poems allow the reader to experience a multi-regional view on Native life. We invite you join us live as we take in the words of Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee), Ungilbah Davila (Diné), Kristi Leora (Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg), Laura Mann (Choctaw/Cherokee/Mohawk) and Kateri Menominee (Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa).

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Thursday, August 28, 2014– August Music Maker: Eden Fine Day

Eden Fine Day, a Cree First Nations musician from Canada’s Sweetgrass Reserve made her debut as a solo artist in the new album “Things Get Better.” This autobiographical musical venture is a reflection on her life. Eden feels rhythm and melody are a birthright. The sounds and lyrics of the 12-track album highlight both the highs and lows that life can bring and blends them into a melodic understanding of human emotions. Are you ready for a soulful journey to strength? We invite you to join us for our August Music Maker as we visit with Eden Fine Day.

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Friday, August 29, 2014– What's on TV? 
The fall television season is just around the corner. Are you waiting for new episodes of your favorite show? Did the last season end on a cliffhanger? Fall is also the time when networks release new shows that may just be the next bit national hit. What are your favorite TV shows? Join us as we discuss the most popular shows right now. We'll also explore Native American characters and actors on shows like LongmireThe Red RoadEscaping Alaska, and Hell on Wheels.

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Monday, July 21, 2014 – Teaching Art

Creating art is an important tradition in many Native American and Alaska Native communities. Many artisans also make teaching those skills a high priority. Who is teaching traditional techniques to young people in your tribe or village? Are there artists who are reviving some art forms through education? How can teaching traditional art forms help to preserve cultural traditions? Join us as we hear from art educators from around Native America who are working with our young ones to keep art in their daily lives.

Break Music: Shawnee Stomp Dance (song) The Unconquered Spirit (artist) Chants and Trances of the Native American Indian, Vol. 1 (album)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014— Native in the Spotlight: Frank Waln

Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota) is an award winning hip-hop artist from the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota. His hip-hop group, Nake Nula Waun, which means: “I am always ready, at all times, for anything” in Lakota, won two Native American Music Awards. His music tackles social issues like environmental concerns and he participated in the Healing Walk 2014. Join us for a conversation with Frank about his music and environmental justice. You are also welcome to call in and speak directly with Frank Waln about his life and work.

Break Music: AbOriginal (song) Frank Waln (artist) AbOriginal – Single (album)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - July Music Maker: Dawn Avery

Mohawk artist Dawn Avery is known for her alluring cello sounds and vocals. Her latest album “50 Shades of Red” offers listeners a 12-track exploration of peace and passion through sound. Avery says her album has a lot of love both sensual and spiritual. Tracks like “My Life With You” and “My Heart Is Strong” maneuver through a layered composition of lyrics and notes. We invite you to connect to Dawn Avery’s newest musical venture on our June Music Maker edition of Native America Calling. 
Break Music: Ndn Girl On Top (song) Dawn Avery (artist) 50 Shades of Red (album)

Thursday, July 24, 2014– Hawaiian Sovereignty

The current debate over Native Hawaiian sovereignty involves many Indigenous voices. While some are in favor of the U.S. of reestablishing a collective government-to- government relationship, others are opposed and often sight illegal occupation as the reason. Listening sessions on the matter are under way right now across the nation. Other issues connected to this discussion include federal recognition, community and culture. What do you think about the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement? Given your own tribe’s history with the U.S. government, what would you like to add to the discussion?

Break Music: Chant (song) Mihana (artist) One Little Dream (album)

Friday, July 25, 2014– Beading 
Native artists have created beaded work for generations. Through the years, beading has evolved from large clay beads to small glass beads from Europe. Beaders today put their touch on everything from earrings to stethoscopes. Just about anything can be decorated with beads. Beading can take a long time, with intricate designs, while other creations are simple strings of beads crafted for volume and profit. Does your tribe have a unique style of beading? Does your family have a tradition of beading? Guests include: beaders Brian Zepeda (Seminole) and Summer Peters (Ojibwe).

Break Music: Show Stopper (song) BlackStone (artist) On The Oregon Trail (album)

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Monday, June 30, 2014 – Tribal Clans and Cultural Survival 
When you think of your own Native community, how strong is your clan system? Would you consider it the backbone of your tribal nation? On this edition of Native America Calling, we take a look at how our Indigenous nations are influenced and strengthened by our clan systems. What do clan structures teach us about nation-building and tribal values? What is being done in your tribe to make sure younger generations know about their clans and the importance of those clans for cultural survival? Guests include: storyteller, writer, and actor Ishmael Angalook Hope of the Inupiaq and Tlingit Nations.

Break Song: Qalurru (Dip Netting) (song) Pamyua (artist) Drums of the North:Traditional Yup'ik Songs (album)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — Current Events 
We want to hear about the exciting events happening in your community during the month of July! Join us as we learn more about events like Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Survival First Voices Festival in Farmington and the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games. You can also call in to tell us about events, gatherings and celebrations taking place in July across Native America. 

Break Song: Pixou Falls (song) 
Oh My Darling (artist) In the Lonesome Hours(album)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - Surprising Businesses in Native America 
Gaming is a lucrative business venture for some tribes. But some Native nations are expanding into non-gaming business ventures. Did you know that the Chickasaw Nation has a chocolate factory? The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians owns a winery and the Suquamish Nation has a seafood company that sells geoduck clams internationally. Are you running a successfully non-gaming enterprise? Do you have a great story to tell about how you or your tribe got started in that business? Join us for a conversation with innovative tribally-run and Native-owned businesses.

Break Song: Nose Flute Dub (song) Paula Fuga (artist) Lilioki(album)

Thursday, July 3, 2014– Lacrosse
The roots of lacrosse go back father than almost any sport in North America. It's often called “the creator’s game” and many feel a spiritual connection to it. Since 2011, interest in lacrosse exploded in places like the Northern Plains with the formation of a new league and several tribal teams. Just a few months ago, the Tewaaraton Award was presented to two Native players for the first time. Do you keep up with lacrosse or a favorite team? Did you play lacrosse growing up? Are your children or grandchildren playing lacrosse today? What does this sport mean to you?

Break Song: Pilipuka (song) Patrick Landeza (artist)Kama`Alua (album)

Friday, July 4, 2014– ***ENCORE: Birth Stories*** 
Many children love to hear the story of when they were born. Do you know the story of your birth? Were you born during a natural disaster or in an unusual place? We want to hear your birth stories - either when you were born or when your own children were born! Do you enjoy hearing the tales of what was happening when a new life came into the world? How can these stories better help us understand our place in our families or our communities? Do you know the people who were in the room when you were born? Guests include: Christina Castro (Jemez/Taos Pueblo - writer, community activist and organizer, teacher at IAIA), Nicolle Gonzales (Navajo - Certified Nurse Midwife with Bridge Care for Women) and Ellen Blais (Oneida Nation of the Thames - an Aboriginal midwife and co-chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives)

Break Song: A Capella Native American Church Song II (song) LeeAnne Brady (artist) In Jesus Name (album)

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Monday, June 23, 2014 – The Future of Native Education 
Teachers are taking a well-deserved break right now. But the conversation about improving education for Native American students never stops. In President Obama’s recent speech on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, he said “let’s put our minds together to improve our schools -- because our children deserve a world-class education, too, that prepares them for college and careers.” Improving education for Native students can take many forms. Join us as we discuss Native education reform with Native educators. Guests include: Kara Bobroff (Navajo/Lakota) founder and principal of the Native American Community Academy and Ahniwake Rose (Cherokee/Muscogee) executive director of the National Indian Education Association.

Break Song: Super Soaker 3000 (song) Young Bird (artist) Dedicated (album)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — Dam Removal 
Dams can serve many purposes but some dams built in the 20 th century caused unintended consequences. There’s a growing movement in some parts of the United States to remove dams and return rivers to their original form. Whether spurred on by aging infrastructure or litigation, the decision to tear down these structures is complex and often emotional. Join us as we learn more about current and past dam removal projects in Native America. 

Break Song: Dance for the Coyote (song) Tom Duncan (artist) Earth Warrior(album)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Contemporary Alaska Native Art 
Art forms in Native communities across Alaska are influenced by culture, tradition, geography and contact with people who arrived from Europe and Russia. In this hour, we will explore how artists respond to contemporary issues while also drawing on the traditions of their community. Are you an artist who balances culture and contemporary influences? Who are your favorite Alaska Native artists today? This program is part of the Native Artists of Alaska Radio Series.

Break Song: Our Grandparent's Song (song) Talibah (artist) Navajo Songs for Children(album)

Thursday, June 26, 2014– Smoke Signals the Movie Reunion
It’s been 16 years since film “Smoke Signals” made its way to audiences around the country. The film is now a beloved classic among both Native and non-native audiences. It’s often hailed for its view on modern day life for Native Americans. What has this film meant to you over the years? Can you recite some scenes word for word? We invite you to join us as we open the hour to the original cast and crew to explore the long term impact of “Smoke Signals.” Guests include Sherman Alexie (Spokane/ Coeur d'Alene), Chris Eyre (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Evan Adams (Sliammon First Nation), Irene Bedard (Inupiaq Yup'ik) and others.

Break Song: John Wayne's Teeth (song) Smoke Signals: Music From the Mirimax Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Friday, June 27, 2014 – Trademark Cancelled 
Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the Washington DC football team’s trademark registration. The ruling does not limit the use of the team name, but if upheld may lead to financial losses for the team. Where do you stand on the cancellation of the trademark? Guests include: Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee) President of the Morning Star Institute and Amanda Blackhorse (Navajo) principal plaintiff in the lawsuit Blackhorse et al v. Pro Football Inc.

Break Song: O Siem (song) Susan Aglukark (artist) This Child (album)

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Monday, October 21, 2013 – Winter Storytelling 
Winter is approaching fast. In many Native American and Alaska Native communities, that means it's time for winter storytelling. Historically an elder of the tribe gathers everyone around the fire or dinner table to share a favorite story. What stories did you hear growing up? What stories do you want to pass along to your children or grandchildren? How can stories help a tribe maintain its cultural knowledge? Guests include Choogie Kingfisher (United Band of Keetooah Cherokee) Storyteller, Elaine Grinnell (Jamestown S’Klallam) Storyteller.

Break Music: How Did You Find a Partner (song) Navajo Nation Swingers (artist) Waiting With the Cellular (album)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – Teach This! 
Each year in November, teachers organize lessons and events for American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage month. Some teachers include the “Heroes and Holidays” approach to teaching about Native Americans, where Natives are highlighted for a holiday (Thanksgiving) or a famous person like Sitting Bull. Is this the best way to teach Native history? Could other approaches be better for both Native and non-Native students? We will bring you several perspectives on how teachers can turn lesson plans into unique new learning experiences. Guests include: Vincent Schilling (St. Regis Mohawk), journalist and author.

Break Music: Nose Flute Dub (song) Paula Fuga (artist) Lilikoi (album)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Keystone XL 
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline is actually several different pipeline projects. Some sections have already been built. Many tribes and organizations have raised concerns over the project. The pipeline has yet to be approved by the Obama administration and activists are drawing attention to issues like the safety of the Oglala aquifer, protecting sacred places, and the heavy crude oil being transferred through the pipeline. Where do you stand on the Keystone XL pipeline? Will the pipeline go through or near your community? Do you already have parts of the pipeline in your area? What’s at stake for Native America in debates over the Keystone XL pipeline?

Break Music: Testimony (album) Robbie Robertson (artist) Robbie Robertson (album))

Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Indigenous Identity in the Americas: 
Identity is a major issue in Native America. It can also be controversial in discussions about who can call themselves Native. Identity consists of three main tiers - external, community and self-identification. Today we turn our focus on what Indigenous identity means for our brothers and sisters from Central and South America and the Caribbean. How do individuals with Indigenous roots embrace their Native identity? What happens when Indigenous expression is celebrated out in the open? Does saying you are Native in the southern hemisphere garner the same reaction as it does when you say you are Native in the United States?

Break Music: Zapata se queda (song) Lila Downs (artist) Pecados (album)

Friday, October 25, 2013 – Book of the Month: “Native American DNA”
In her new book, “Native American DNA,” Native author Kim Tallbear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) takes a look at the growing field of racial science and DNA testing. She has followed the rise of DNA testing and raises some unique questions for Native America about identity. In the book, she also explores what DNA testing could mean for future generations, including the possibility of undermining claims to land, resources and sovereignty. How much weight would you put on DNA testing to determine Native American ancestry? Could calling on science to identify your Nativeness be troublesome down the road for you or your tribe?

Break Music: Crane (song) Pamyua (artist) Caught In The Act (album)

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Tuesday, 06/25/13, on American Indian Airwaves, 8pm to 9pm

    "Part 2 of Indigenous Pedagogies & Charter School under Assault &

The Militarization of Indian Country"

Part 1:__________________________________________________

Marcos Aguilar, Executive Director of Academia Semillas del Pueblo (, discusses, in this two-part interview, the challenges to operating a charter school based on Indigenous practices and methodologies, the resistance to non-indigenous individual and institutional challenges calling for the schools closure, and what does Indigenous urban in Los Angeles mean. Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Directors denied school’s charter for the high school component. Turn in for further updates. 

Part 2:__________________________________________________

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabekwe of the Mississippi Band),, activist, scholar, orator, founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project (, helped found Honor the Earth (, and author of The Militarization of Indian Country, Last Standing Woman, All Our Relations, In the Sagebrush, and The Winona LaDuke Reader, joins us to discuss the militarization of “Indian Country” as it pertains to “The People,” land, the economy and the future. Today’s broadcast is the entire interview. Two weeks ago, only a very small segment was broadcasted due to fund raising purposes.

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