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Interactive, daily program featuring Native and Indigenous voices, insights, and stories from across the U.S. and around the world.

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Anchorage, AK

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Interactive, daily program featuring Native and Indigenous voices, insights, and stories from across the U.S. and around the world.

Language:

English

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4401 Lomas Blvd NE Suite C Albuquerque, NM 87110 5059992444


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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 – The Menu: SW in Portland, Navajo livestock reduction, and cicadas

5/28/2024
Alexa Numkena-Anderson (Hopi, Yakama, Cree, Skokomish) shares a bit of Southwest flare with Pacific Northwest flavors—to match her tribal identity—through her pop-up food business, Javelina: Indigenous Dining in Portland, Ore. A rare confluence of periodical cicadas is a nutritional gift and a reminder of resilience for some tribes in Southeast states. And “Nothing Left for Me,” a new museum exhibit at the University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, documents Diné perspectives on the devastating effects of the federal government’s 1930s Navajo livestock reduction program. That’s on The Menu on Native America Calling, a feature about Native food hosted by Andi Murphy. GUESTS Alexa Numkena-Anderson (Enrolled Hopi and Yakama, Cree, and Skokomish), chef and founder of Javelina: Indigenous Dining Dr. Jennifer Denetdale (Diné), professor and chair of American Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and co-curator of the “Nothing Left for Me” exhibit at UNM's Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Duration:00:55:52

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Monday, May 27, 2024 – Finding Sasquatch

5/27/2024
Sasquatch, also called Bigfoot, has captured the popular collective imagination around the globe for decades. But in addition to their pop icon status, Sasquatch have a deeper meaning for many Native American cultures. The name that’s often used most likely comes from the Coast Salish word “Sasq’ets.” The Sts'ailes First Nation in Canada consider Sasquatch to be a caretaker of the land. A new exhibition at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore. showcases work by Native artists inspired by Sasquatch. We’ll get a peek at the exhibition along with some context of the enduring cultural connection.

Duration:00:59:00

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Friday, May 24, 2024 – Remembering Native American World War II veterans

5/24/2024
The world is gearing up for the 80 anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Of course, that decisive military action by Allied forces was more than just one day and was supported by actions across Europe. We’ll hear about what the war was like for Native Americans who served, and get a profile of one of the infantry divisions that had among the highest percentage of Native enlisted members in the military.

Duration:00:56:15

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Thursday, May 23, 2024 – Native American mothers face child support cut-offs

5/23/2024
Child support payments could be cut for hundreds of Native American mothers. The looming change revolves around a debate in Congress over access to private IRS information. Child support enforcement efforts use that information to garnish tax refunds going to non-custodial parents. It's a system that reroutes some $2 billion across the country every year. But tribes fall into a special category that would prevent them from solutions that non-tribal agencies are able to use. North Dakota tribes have already had such child support payments cut off because of an IRS directive, but that decision is now reversed. We'll hear about the complex issue of child support enforcement for tribes.

Duration:00:56:00

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024 – The Sámi reindeer connection in Alaska

5/22/2024
Reindeer weren’t always in Alaska, but now there’s a strong connection for Alaska Native herders. It all started in 1891, when the U.S. Government signed onto a plan by a Presbyterian missionary to recruit Indigenous European Sami people in order to spark economic development and relieve food insecurity in Alaska. The program took off, but was greatly hampered by subsequent policy decisions. Somewhere along the way, the Arctic reindeer herding lifestyle meshed well with the state’s Iñupiaq and Yup’ik residents.

Duration:00:55:59

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024 – Your summer Native reading guide

5/21/2024
There’s something for everybody on the summer reading lists by our expert panel of Native super-readers. From supernatural slashers to memoirs to poetry, there is an abundance of Native literature available right now to put in your backpack or beach bag. From the usual big names and a few hidden treasures, we’ll have ideas for you to stock up on the printed word.

Duration:00:55:50

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Monday, May 20, 2024 – Native in the Spotlight: Edgar Blatchford

5/20/2024
Edgar Blatchford (Iñupiaq and Yup'ik), former journalist and professor, has served as Alaska’s economic development commissioner for the Frank Murkowski Administration. He was also the mayor of Seward, Alaska. He’s a college educator and oversaw a news publishing network. He’s an outspoken advocate for reforming Alaska Native corporations. We’ll hear from Blatchford about his ideas for improving the world around him.

Duration:00:56:15

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Friday, May 17, 2024 – After 30 years, a new challenge to car license sovereignty

5/17/2024
This time every year for the past 30 years the Sac and Fox Nation takes a day to celebrate a momentous U. S. Supreme Court decision affirming the tribe’s right to issue vehicle license plates to its citizens. The tribal tags are an important expression of sovereignty and it generates revenue for education and other programs. Dozens of tribes in and outside of Oklahoma now extend their authority to motor vehicle tags. But Oklahoma tribes say that authority is under fire like never before. Tribal citizens are having to defend what tribal officials say is an increase in targeted stops and fines by non-tribal law enforcement. We’ll talk about celebrating a victory for sovereignty and the constant effort required to keep it.

Duration:00:56:10

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Thursday, May 16, 2024 – The graduation milestone

5/16/2024
The graduating class of 2024 is taking one of the biggest steps in their academic careers. What’s next? We know that almost three quarters of Native students graduate high school. And college graduates reached an achievement only 1 in 5 Native people attain by age 25. We devote this show to the Native academic stars reaching a major educational milestone.

Duration:00:56:12

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – The imbalance of parole and probation

5/15/2024
There are many more people on parole and probation — almost double — compared to those incarcerated behind bars. And just as Native Americans are overrepresented in jails and prisons, they make up a disproportionate number of those on supervised release. Criminal justice advocates point to policies and practices that set up hurdles that trip up Native Americans on probation and parole more than other populations. We’ll explore the problems and find out how some correction systems are responding to minimize discrepancies.

Duration:00:56:30

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Drive to dismantle college inclusion adds another barrier for Native students

5/14/2024
Following August’s U.S. Supreme Court decision ending affirmative action, several states are rushing to rid their higher education institutions of recruitment and inclusion programs that benefit Native students. On top of that, the botched update to the FAFSA process has many families confused about their ability to pay for college in the coming academic year. Native Americans already have among the lowest college enrollment rates. Higher education advocates worry the confluence of factors might erase any recent educational attainment gains.

Duration:00:55:29

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Monday, May 13, 2024 – Illinois’ first Native reservation

5/13/2024
A tribe once targeted for termination has established the first reservation in the state of Illinois. The U.S. Department of Interior transferred 130 acres of Northern Illinois land to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The action comes 175 years after the federal government illegally sold the tribe’s Illinois land — ten times the current trust land size — when the chief was out of the state visiting family. We’ll hear about the new land transaction and other recent notable land achievements.

Duration:00:55:31

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Friday, May 10, 2024 – Charting the future of Native jazz

5/10/2024
A big band made up of Native musicians is headlining a jazz festival at the Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital this weekend. The Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band is billed as the only all-Native jazz band in the world. It’s made up of 16 of the music disciplined genre’s most notable and talented Native musicians, including co-director Delbert Anderson (Diné), Mali Obomsawin (Odanak Abenaki), and Ed Littlefield (Tlingit).

Duration:00:56:30

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Thursday, May 9, 2024 – Miss Indian World Kassie John

5/9/2024
Twenty-five year old Diné multimedia artist Kassie John is the newest cultural ambassador to wear the Miss Indian World crown. She is the first Navajo Miss Indian World in a decade. John hopes to inspire young people to tap into their own artistic talent to bring Indigenous stories to others. She’s a business owner and comes from a family with many strong ties to the powwow community. We’ll hear from her and some previous Miss Indian World winners about the power of Native royalty.

Duration:00:56:30

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024 – Is the sky the limit for tribal sovereignty?

5/8/2024
Tribes can enact laws and take actions that relate to tribal land. But the ability for tribes to dictate what happens in the skies over that land is less clear. The Federal Aviation Administration is the main authority controlling the use of airspace. But the growing proliferation of drones and small personal aircraft is prompting researchers and some tribes to explore how to assert jurisdiction to what happens overhead. We’ll discuss some of the current limits and possibilities for exerting sovereign influence over tribal airspace.

Duration:00:55:48

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024 – The economic strength — and responsibilities — of tribal wealth

5/7/2024
Gaming revenue hit a record $40.9 billion in the most recent report by the National Indian Gaming Commission. Gaming’s economic reliability over the years along with other tribal enterprises give some tribes multi-billion dollar annual incomes. The U.S. Census Bureau reports Native-owned businesses employ more than 243,000. We’ll hear about the unique opportunities and challenges that come with tribal wealth.

Duration:00:55:58

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Monday, May 6, 2024 – Native Bookshelf: ‘Moon of the Turning Leaves’ by Waubgeshig Rice

5/6/2024
Ten years since a world-changing blackout, an Anishinaabe community must embark on a mission of discovery if they’re going to survive. First Nations author Waubgeshig Rice revisits the survivors from his first novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, as they search south for sustainable future in his next novel, Moon of the Turning Leaves. We’ll hear from him how he works to bring hope into a post-apocalyptic story. Plus, we'll be joined by one of Jim Thorpe's granddaughters about his posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Duration:00:56:30

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Friday, May 3, 2024 – Native college students on the front lines of Gaza protests

5/3/2024
The number of arrests in connection to protests against the Israel-Hamas war has now gone over 2,000. A number of Native students are among those supporting the protests generally calling for universities to cut any ties to Israel’s military efforts in Gaza. Inspired by students at Columbia University, additional protests have spread to more than two dozen campuses. The protests include occupying university buildings and setting up encampments. In addition to arrests, protesting students risk suspensions and other academic consequences. We’ll hear from Native students in support of the largest college campus protests since the Vietnam War.

Duration:00:56:06

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Thursday, May 2, 2024 – Arizona tribal citizens weigh abortion access options

5/2/2024
A substantial number of Native Americans are affected by Arizona’s efforts to solidify a strict ban on abortions. Even after Arizona elected leaders repealed the law affirmed by the state Supreme Court that criminalizes nearly all abortions, the state faces a new landscape with it comes to access to the procedure. Abortion access advocates are taking cues from other states with abortion restrictions on the books — a reality that affects at least 75 federally recognized tribes. We’ll get rundown from multiple perspectives on the current trends and realities for abortion access for Native women.

Duration:00:55:35

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024 – Native TikTok users prepare for U.S. ban

5/1/2024
The short video social media platform TikTok is mostly a source of entertainment and information for most Native users. A ban on the app in the United States would cut that off for TikTok fans, but also close off a source of income for several talented Native producers. A new law requires TikTok's China-based company to sell its interest in the app or lose its U.S. audience, which has a massive, mostly young base. We'll hear from Native TikTok producers and cybersecurity experts about what's behind the ban and what it means for users.

Duration:00:55:48