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
2:46 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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Native America Calling
2:15 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

The Road to Federal Recognition

Fri. 9/28 11a: Today there are more than 560 bands and tribes that are listed as federally recognized governments. 

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Native America Calling
2:19 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Defending the Native American Flute

Photo by user Diederich College of Communication Flickr

Fri. 9/21 11a: Native American flute music is known in some of the most far-reaching places on the planet. 

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Native America Calling
3:37 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Music Maker Crystal Shawanda

Wed. 9/19 11a: Four Years ago we were introduced to the rich country flare and strong vocals of Crystal Shawanda an Ojibwe from Canada’s Wikwemikong Reserve. She is back with her new album “Just Like You” off of New Sun Records. The sound on the 15-track album is a maturing extension of what we first heard.  The lyrics are sung in deep vocal brush strokes that are reminiscent of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.

Native America Calling
1:02 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Native Resilience

Native America Calling
8:44 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Vietnam: Beyond Battlefields

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mon. 3/26 11a: Many stories about the  Vietnam War are told from those who were in direct combat on the  battlefields. A view beyond the fighting has been recently published.  From looking like the enemy to becoming familiar with Vietnamese culture  are some of the stories shared by a Native soldier who was in an  isolated camp and had extensive contact with rural villagers. 

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Native America Calling
2:54 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Native in the Spotlight: Jessica Danforth

Courtesy Girls Action Foundation

Tue. 3/20 11a. In honor of  National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,  and we're talking with one of the warriors on the frontline. Jessica Danforth (Mohawk) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. 

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Native America Calling
5:18 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Bridging the Wealth Gap in Tribal Communities

Wed. 01/18 11a: The growing wealth gap between the rich and the poor in this country is now part of the national consciousness. Where does Native America fit into this escalating debate? More Native families live in poverty than any other group in the country. One solution being offered is to entice more Native students to enter business school. But often getting a business degree and the Indian worldview creates a conflict.

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Native America Calling
12:50 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Walk for Leonard Peltier

Tues. 12/20 11a: The “Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights” begins this Sunday. The walk will begin with a ceremony at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. It will follow a route across the southern U.S. and end in Washington D.C. in May. 

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Native America Calling
7:50 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Russell Means Winning Over Cancer

Mon. 12/19 11a: In late August, we brought you the story of famous AIM activist and Native actor Russell Means’ (Lakota) fight with throat cancer. 

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Native America Calling
1:46 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Champions of Change

Fri. 12/16 11a: In honor on Native American Heritage Month, the White House honored eleven Native American young people as "Champions of Change" for their service to their tribes and communities.

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Native America Calling
7:20 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Native Twelve Days of Christmas

Tues. 12/13 11a: An innovative new children’s book called the “Native American Twelve Days of Christmas” creatively adapts the traditional English Christmas carol to describe and illustrate the unique cultures and traditions of twelve Native American tribes across Indian Country. 

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Native America Calling
5:33 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Spirit Riders

12/12 11a: The Sunka Wakan Oyate (the Horse Nation) is the foundation for a youth program on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in South Dakota. The suicide rate there is nearly three times the national average. The Spirit Riders Youth Horseback Club nurtures youth to build close relationships with the Horse Nation, nature, culture and self.

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Native America Calling
10:08 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Native in the Spotlight

Mon. 11/7 11a: Ron "Ostwelve" Harris. Harris grew up with his grandparents until he was 13,when as he says, he took his journey from the small town to the city to not only find hip hop, but himself. 

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Native America Calling
5:37 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Tribal Leaders and Education

Wed. 10/26 at 11a:  The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is holding its annual convention in Albuquerque, NM. One of the key questions at the conference is, “are tribal governments and tribal leaders ready to support the education of their tribal members?”

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Native America Calling
12:45 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Best Ways to Stay Breast Cancer Free

10/25 at 11am: Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among Native American women over the age of 45. It is more common among Alaska Native women and northern and southern plains women than among Natives from other regions in the U.S. 

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Native America Calling
4:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Keepseagle Claims Case

Bureau of Indian Affairs

10/24 at 11 am:  The clock is ticking for Native American farmers and ranchers in the historic Keepseagle claims case. The period to file a claim in the Keepseagle class action settlement is two months away. The Keepseagle case was won by Native Americans, who claimed  that the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against them. 

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Public Affairs
10:52 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Bennie Klain on Native America Calling

Mon. 11:00am:  Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain, of Trickster Films, LLC, recently completed the documentary film Columbus Day Legacy .  He'll talk about his career and his craft.

Public Affairs
10:19 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Native in the Spotlight: LaDonna Harris

LaDonna Harris
source: NativeVillage.org

Mon. 3/21 at 11am: LaDonna Harris (Comanche) has left quite an imprint on Indian Country - and she's not done yet. LaDonna, known affectionately by many as "Mama LaDonna," has produced a stellar career in politics, civil and human rights, and in organizing Indigenous people around the globe.

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