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
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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Native America Calling
2:55 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

It’s Grammy Time, Where are All the Natives?

user CousinJacob Flickr

Fri. 2/8 11a: The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday, February 10th. Hundreds of music artists are eager to put their hands on the mini gold gramophone trophy, but where are the Natives?

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Native America Calling
5:04 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Native, Single and a Parent

user USAG-Humphreys Flickr

Thu. 2/7 11a: The joys of parenthood can be tested when you are raising a child on your own. Whether by choice or after a relationship has gone bad, raising a child on your own has unexpected twists and turns that can test limits of even the strongest person.

What support is available to single parents in your tribal community or village? How do you help a single parent when they refuse help from the family of the child’s other parent?

Join us and share your advice about dealing with the emotional, legal and financial challenges of raising a child alone.

Native America Calling
2:43 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Challenges of Finishing College

Student studying in dorm room.
user English106 Flickr

Wed. 2/6 11a: Graduating from high school and entering college are important issues in American Indian education, but what about finishing college?

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Native America Calling
1:55 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

'Tis the Season to Be Giving

Kevin Dooley Flickr

Fri. 12/14 11a: Many people use this time of year to share with others. Some individuals make the best of this season by letting others know how much they appreciate them through gifts and other tangible tokens of their affections.

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Native America Calling
11:37 am
Wed December 5, 2012

2012 December Music Maker: Sihasin

Fri. 12/7 11a: Sihasin is a Navajo word meaning to think with hope and assurance. It also means the process of making critical affirmative action of thinking, planning, learning and becoming experienced and confident to adapt.

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Native America Calling
3:01 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Confessions of a Native Wannabe

Stefanie Neves Flickr

Thu. 12/6 11a: When he was growing up playing Indian and reenacting scenes from Hollywood movies, Roger Welsch never dreamed that his life-long fascination with Native American culture would lead him on a journey of self-discovery and a vast knowledge of Native culture.

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Native America Calling
3:05 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Is Peace Possible?

Per Ola Wiberg Flickr

Wed. 12/05 11a: The term “peace activist” often engenders ideas of longhaired hippies holding flowers and flashing two fingers to the camera. 

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Native America Calling
3:27 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

President Lincoln In Indian Country

John Haslam Flickr

Fri. 11/30 11a: Steven Spielberg's new film “Lincoln” is in theaters now and focuses on the famous president’s fight to end slavery.

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Native America Calling
12:56 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Native Heritage Month Report Card

Gwen Stefani in the No Doubt music video.
Universal Music Group

Tue. 11/27 11a: The pop band No Doubt ignited a firestorm of reactions over their recent video release for the song "Looking Hot." The video featured lead singer Gwen Stefani in a Native American style headdress tied up, a counter to her fellow band members dressed up as cowboys.

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Native America Calling
2:28 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Book of The Month: "Blasphemy" by Sherman Alexie

Wed. 11/21 11a: This November we welcome back Native author and poet Sherman Alexie (Spokane/ Coeur d'Alene) as he debuts his latest novel "Blasphemy."

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Native America Calling
2:46 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Twilight Saga’s Biggest Critics: Native America

Becky Wetherington Flickr

Fri. 11/16 11a: At the stroke of Midnight this morning moviegoers around the country flooded into theaters to see the last movie chapter in the Twilight saga.

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Native America Calling
2:38 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

A Quivering Quality Healthcare System

Ken Teegardin Flickr

Fri. 11/2 11a: Accessing quality healthcare and insurance is being called one of the most critical issues in Indian Country. 

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Native America Calling
2:44 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Costumes with Controversy

F Delventhal Flickr

Wed. 10/31 11a: Every year on and around Halloween, controversy around inappropriate costumes finds a small place in the media landscape. 

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Native America Calling
3:35 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Bringing Balance Back: Life After Rape

Tue. 10/9 11a: Has sexual violence always existed in our Native communities? Are sex crimes just more acute in Indian Country making them more visible?

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Native America Calling
11:39 am
Mon October 1, 2012

October Current Events

Tue. 10/2 11a: October marks the end of harvest time but, it's just the beginning of a busy month for many tribal leaders, teachers, elders, and students. 

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