Native America Calling

Weekdays 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Tara Gatewood

Native America Calling is a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Each program engages noted guests and experts with callers throughout the United States and is designed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. Native America Calling is heard on 52 stations in the United States and in Canada by approximately 500,000 listeners each week. 

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Native America Calling
2:07 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Beyond Sobriety

User Keoni Cabral Flickr

Fri. 3/7 11a: Getting sober is a complicated journey and there are many paths to sobriety. The White Bison group started the Wellbriety movement in the early 1990s.

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Native America Calling
2:02 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Literacy

User Chrissy Johnson1 Flickr

Thu. 3/6 11a: A recent study of U.S. literacy rates shows that about two-thirds of Native American fourth graders are not proficient in reading.

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Native America Calling
1:59 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Heroin in Native America

User Todd Hoffman Flickr

Wed. 3/5 11a: Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent heroin overdose last month at his apartment in New York City. Heroin overdoses are a rising concern in cities and towns across the United States.

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Native America Calling
3:05 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Coffee Culture in Native America

User Teo Flickr

Fri. 12/3 11a: Some of us can't successfully start our day without downing a cup of coffee. Others consider the beverage an occasional indulgence. Can drinking a great cup of coffee be more than just fun for your taste buds?

On today's show, we'll explore the history of coffee in Native America. We'll also talk with some entrepreneurs in the industry who are creating business models designed to benefit indigenous communities around the world.

Native America Calling
2:24 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Native Americas Best 40 under 40

Thu. 12/12 11a: In October, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development announced the prestigious “40 under 40” awards for Native leaders who have made significant contributions to their communities and causes. We invited some of the awardees to join us to talk about their work.

What do young leaders bring to efforts to change communities across Native America? Do young leaders offer unique perspectives because of their age? Is there someone under 40 in your community you would like to recognize?

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Native America Calling
4:54 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Healthy Oceans

User milan.boers Flickr

Thu. 12/5 11a: Many Native leaders are talking about how climate change is impacting their communities. Coastal tribes are facing unique challenges from rising sea levels and ocean acidification. These changes threaten to disrupt the traditional diets and life of the Native people who call coastal regions home.

How have changes in the ocean impacted your community? Is your tribe taking action to deal with changes in the ocean? What would you like to see local and federal leaders do to address the environmental damage in our oceans?

Native America Calling
4:48 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Native Magazines

Native Peoples

Wed. 12/4 11a: Magazines are a fun way to keep up to date on the latest news and entertainment. Publications like Native Peoples Magazine, SNAG and the First Alaskans Magazine are just a few that feature Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

What’s your favorite magazine for checking in on Indigenous issues? What magazines do you make sure to read every month? How can magazines provide a different perspective from other forms of media?

Native America Calling
4:17 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

December Current Events

Trickster Art Gallery

Tue. 12/3 11a: The Trickster art gallery in Illinois will open a Native Library and Research Center in a few weeks. The Native Learning Center is offering online trainings for homeowners and community leaders in December. What’s happening in your community this month? Are you planning an event or training that you’d like to highlight? Call in and share information about gatherings, trainings, and celebrations taking place around Native America.

Native America Calling
10:46 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Native Museum Directors

User fboudville Flickr

Fri. 11/1 11a: Join us today for a discussion about Native museums. We will check in with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Heard Museum, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

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Native America Calling
3:08 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Costumes for Education

User krossbow Flickr

Thu. 10/31 11a: Every Halloween, pictures emerge of children and adults who dressed up like an “Indian” for the holiday. Halloween is not the only time when people dress up like Indians.

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Native America Calling
3:04 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Art Therapy in Native America

User marknewell Flickr

Wed. 10/30 11a: Native America is well known for its art and the talented artists who share their view of Native life. Today we will explore how Native art is being used to heal.

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Native America Calling
3:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Cooking Up Winter Stews

User avlxyz Flickr

Tue. 10/29 11a: Cold weather is a great time to cook a big batch of soup or stew.

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Native America Calling
3:45 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Racism Online

User quinet Flickr

Fri. 10/4 11a: The first woman of East Indian descent was recently crowed “Miss America." One of the biggest news stories after the announcement was the racist backlash online. Another race-related story generated nationwide attention recently when a waitress at Famous Dave’s was fired for an online picture of her with a sign that suggested Native Americans are bad tippers.

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Native America Calling
10:23 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Let’s Go Ricing

User epSos.de Flickr

Fri. 9/20 11a: September is National Rice Month and we’re celebrating it with a trip to the upper Midwest. The grain is ripe for the picking and many Natives are heading out on the lakes with their canoes and flails.

Native America Calling
10:06 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Veteran Health

User North Charleston Flickr

Thu. 9/19 11a: Veterans who serve in the United States Armed Forces are entitled to health care both during and after their service. Native American veterans are in a unique situation. They can access health care from both the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Native America Calling
10:04 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Native Designers Fit for High Fashion

User florbelas fotographix Flickr

Wed. 9/18 11a: Today it’s all about high fashion in our electronic talking circle. The New York City fashion week wrapped up last week. There were moments that made many heads turn and jaws drop.

Among the parade of high fashion fabrics and accessories were several Indigenous designs. As the world continues to buzz about what was on the cat walk this year, we want to highlight the fashion brilliance of Indigenous designers.

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Native America Calling
10:06 am
Mon September 16, 2013

To War or Not To War?

User FreedomHouse Flickr

Tue. 9/17 11a: As the Obama administration considers how to respond to a horrifying chemical weapon attack in Syria, people around the country are once again debating the use of US military intervention.

Do you think US forces would help or hurt the situation in Syria? If Syrian president Bashar al-Assad agrees to give up chemical weapons, will that be enough?

What are people saying in your community? How might the conversation change if Indigenous perspectives were included in discussions about military intervention abroad?

Native America Calling
9:55 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Is Disenrollment Cultural Genocide?

User USDAgov Flickr

Mon. 9/16 11a: Families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, will see some changes this fall. A boost in monthly benefits during the recession is set to expire on November 1st. The US Congress is also considering budget cuts for the SNAP program as lawmakers debate reauthorization of the farm bill.

What might these changes mean for Native families that rely on SNAP to put food on the table? Has your family ever used food assistance? Is healthy, affordable food accessible in your community?

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Native America Calling
10:47 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Summertime Is Barbecuing Time

User ctaloi Flickr

Fri. 7/5 11a: Summer is in full swing and it’s time to kick the tires and light the fires on the old barbeque grill.

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Native America Calling
2:11 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

The Battle for Baby Veronica

Tue. 4/9 11a: The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl next week. 

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Native America Calling
1:53 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Native Fashion - When You’re In, You’re In

Mon. 4/8 11a: Right now the nation is watching Taos Pueblo designer Patricia Michaels as she continues to edge her way to the top of this season’s cable TV series “Project Runway.”

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Native America Calling
2:54 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Gay Marriage and Tradition

Mike Licht Flickr

Wed. 4/3 11a: The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Michigan recently voted to allow same sex couples to marry on the reservation.

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Native America Calling
3:54 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Book of the Month: The Seeds We Planted

Wed. 3/20 11a: “The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School” by Noelani Goodyear-Ka’opua provides a view into Indigenous urban education.

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Native America Calling
2:31 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Remember Our Mother Earth

Sebi Covaci Flickr

Tue. 3/19 11a: Native American communities have a special reverence for the home many call Mother Earth. Every spring, groups around the country and the world celebrate our planet by setting aside one day to recognize its importance on Earth Day.

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Native America Calling
3:06 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

What Is Your Definition Of An Artist?

David Sim Flickr

Mar. 3/8 11a: The development of art schools, like the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, has drawn many Natives away from their home to pursue their dreams of becoming an artist.

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Native America Calling
1:20 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

March Current Events

National Indian Gaming Association Tradeshow

Fri. 3/1 11a: In March, the Southcentral Foundation of Alaska is hosting its 16th Annual Gathering and is inviting everyone for a day of activity and entertainment.

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Native America Calling
3:40 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

40th Anniversary of the Liberation of Wounded Knee

Church at Wounded Knee
Library of Congress

Wed. 2/27 11a: On this date 40 years ago the world’s attention was on Pine Ridge, South Dakota as the American Indian Movement or A.I.M. heeded the call to protect Native rights and freedom. 

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Native America Calling
3:31 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Book of the Month: “Decolonizing Museums”

Wed. 2/20 11a: Amy Lonetree’s (Ho-Chunk) new book “Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums” opens a discussion about the role Native people might play in choosing how the story of our peoples is shared or displayed.

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Native America Calling
4:41 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Heart Health

John Kavanagh Flickr

Tue. 2/19 11a: Heart disease is a leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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Native America Calling
2:22 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

February Music Maker: Miracle Dolls

Fri. 2/15 11a: Since so much love went into their latest musical venture, the Miracle Dolls waited until Valentine's Day to release their new album “Kiss Me Auras.”

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