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




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Monday, August 15, 2022 – The new book-banning trend

With some success, Native Americans have fought hard to have their voices heard in the narratives about them by predominantly non-Native sources. Those gains are under assault by a new surge of efforts to ban books by Native authors and other works that challenge colonial conventional wisdom. Monday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce gets a sampling of books that well-meaning parents, administrators, and policy-makers want to keep off of school reading lists and public spaces with Dr....


Friday, August 12, 2022 – Saving the migratory Monarch butterfly

The fragile-looking Monarch butterfly possesses a strength and resilience that allows it to survive a migration that covers thousands of miles through the heart of the country. That resilience is now put to the test, as habitat destruction and climate change have made it necessary to officially list the insect’s status as "endangered". Tribes are among those helping to protect Monarchs, for both cultural and environmental reasons. Friday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with...


Thursday, August 11, 2022 – The Native perspective in ‘Grounded in Clay’

For the first time in a century, Native people have a voice in how a massive collection of pottery is treated. That voice is represented in the new exhibition, “Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery” at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The exhibition gets perspectives from Native artists, storytellers, political leaders, and others on a representative sample from the collection. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears from organizers and guest curators of the...


Wednesday, August 10, 2022 – Housing security in the Arctic

A film crew follows an Inuit and Gwich’in hunter as he builds a traditional Inuvialuit log cabin off the grid in the new documentary “Okpik: Little Village in the Arctic”. Those behind the film wanted to highlight an example of creating housing security with traditional methods and values at the forefront. The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the severity of the housing crisis in Indigenous communities in the Arctic, including Canada and Alaska. Climate change, rural locations, and...


Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – Facing growing addiction fatalities

The newest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a distressing increase in the number of overdose deaths among Native Americans. It shows Native fatalities rose 39% from 2019 to 2020. That far outpaces the increase for the population as a whole. Also, an investigative report looks into alcohol-related fatalities in the state of New Mexico and finds that, while disproportionately high, the number for Native populations is not the main driving force in the overall...


Monday, August 8, 2022 – Native tennis players hold court

A group of Native tennis enthusiasts formed their own organization 50 years ago and it’s grown into a collection of competitions, youth tennis camps and regular recreational meet-ups. The North American Indian Tennis Association holds an annual tournament Memorial Day weekend. It’s all aimed toward improving people’s skills and fostering interest among Native players. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with Lee Maytubby (Chickasaw), North American Indian Tennis Association...


Friday, August 5, 2022 – Comanche warriors battle Predator in Hulu’s “Prey”

Move over Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover, Amber Midthunder (Fort Peck Sioux Tribe) is the new hero of the Predator sci-fi franchise. “Prey” is released on Hulu August 5. The story takes place 300 years ago as a female Comanche warrior battles a species of alien that comes to Earth hunting other dangerous species. The film is offered in both English and dubbed Comanche versions. We’ll talk about the film in terms of Native representation and its place in the ‘Predator’ line of films....


Thursday, August 4, 2022 – Standing In Two Worlds: Native college students tell their stories

For these four students, attending college is more than just their own personal achievement. It’s a way to honor their people and give a part of themselves to their communities. It’s also a way to represent their cultures within a system that often struggles to adequately understand where they come from. Thursday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with four students who share their struggles and triumphs working toward their educational dreams in the audio documentary from...


Wednesday, August 3, 2022 – Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial

The city of Gallup, NM is marking 100 years of celebrating the region’s Indigenous culture with events like a parade and traditional song and dance. The annual celebration Aug. 4-14 has grown to include a rodeo and an arts market and it welcomes representatives from tribes across the globe. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with Melissa Sanchez (Acoma Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo), executive director of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial; Amber Ballenger (Diné), current Gallup...


Tuesday, August 2, 2022 – Tallying current health threats

Heat, COVID, and Monkeypox are all health threats that are looming this summer. Monkeypox comes from a virus and is rarely fatal, but the World Health Organization just declared it a global health concern. Meanwhile, COVID infections persist even through public health agencies are not tracking it as comprehensively as before. And as the climate changes, illnesses related to heat are becoming more of a concern for farm workers and vulnerable populations. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn...


Monday, August 1, 2022 – The history and protocols of headdresses

The pictures of Pope Francis wearing a headdress spurred controversy across the globe - and on our social media channels! A Cree elder and chief gifted the high honor to the leader of the Catholic Church during his visit to Canada last week during a visit specifically to apologize to Indigenous people for the church's role in residential school abuses. Indigenous leaders throughout history have given headdresses to numerous non-Native people including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...


Friday, July 29, 2022 – The Menu

A Yurok-owned craft brewery in California. A Navajo restaurateur's new coffee venture. And a blanket that honors traditional food of the Great Lakes. Today on Native America Calling, Andi Murphy hosts our regular Indigenous food show The Menu with Linda Cooley (Yurok), CEO of the Mad River Brewing Company, Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe Ojibwe), CEO and artist of Heart Berry, and Bleu Adams (Mandan, Hidatsa and Diné), chef, entrepreneur, and director of Indigehub.


Thursday, July 28, 2022 – Honoring civil rights pioneer Miguel Trujillo

The son of a single mother on Isleta Pueblo, Miguel Trujillo became an important figure in civil rights history. After serving as a Marine in World War II, Trujillo came home to find he could not vote in his home state of New Mexico. The state constitution barred Native Americans under the pretense that they paid no property taxes. Trujillo filed suit after he was turned away at his polling place. He won his suit, opening the door for voting rights for all New Mexico tribal members. Today on...


Wednesday, July 27, 2022 — Through The Decades: 1990s

The U.S. Congress passed both the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the Indian Arts And Crafts Act in 1990—two pieces of legislation with significant power to protect culture. On the international front, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Mexico rose up in an effort to reclaim their land and resist globalization. Dances With Wolves captured audiences’ attention with a Native cast and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Graham Greene, while a new...


Tuesday, July 26, 2022 — Rethinking blood quantum

The Sealaska Corporation just dropped their blood quantum requirement for shareholder enrollment. Members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe voted to end their requirements in an advisory referendum. Advocates for eliminating the blood quantum hurdle say it’s necessary to ensure future generations of thriving tribal culture. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears from Joe Nelson (Tlingit), board chair of Sealaska, and Dr. Jill Doerfler (Anishinaabe), professor and department head...


Monday, July 25, 2022 — Fair play: Jim Thorpe’s legacy

The International Olympic Committee recently restored the gold medals Sac and Fox athlete Jim Thorpe won at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The decision comes after decades of work by advocates who considered stripping the medals an injustice. Thorpe was the first Native American to win gold medals for the United States. He was an athletic pioneer, playing professional baseball, football, and even basketball. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce celebrates Thorpe’s legacy and...


Friday, July 22, 2022 – When your canvas is the side of a building

A number of Native artists are among those perfecting the growing trend of public murals. They’re putting Native inspiration on a large scale. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears from Native muralists Michael Toya (Isleta Pueblo), Moira Villiard (Ojibwe), and Andrew Morrison (Haida, San Carlos Apache) about what it takes to work in the public sphere facing challenges of both size and materials.


Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Pope Francis in Canada

Pope Francis is set to visit with First Nations leaders again. This time in Canada where he’s expected to issue a formal apology for Catholic Church’s role in running residential schools. Today on Native America Calling, Andi Murphy discusses how a formal papal apology fits into Indigenous healing and Canada’s truth and reconciliation process with Andrew Carrier (Métis), vice president of the Manitoba Métis Federation, the national government of the Red River Metis; Angela White...


Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – Through the Decades: 1980s

The 1980s saw the rise of gaming on Native nations, a momentum that brought about the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988 with revenue quickly hitting $100 million. Wilma Mankiller became the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and Ben Nighthorse Campbell started his long and historic career as an elected leader. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce has the next installment of our new series Through the Decades with Dr. James Riding (Pawnee), a retired professor and...


Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – The Native American pastime

Cherokee pitcher Ryan Helsley is headed to his first MLB All Star game. The St. Louis Cardinals’ flame-throwing, right-handed reliever from Tahlequah, OK is having a career year with a miniscule 0.69 ERA and fastballs topping out at 103mph. Helsley, along with fellow Cherokee reliever Adrian Houser on the Milwaukee Brewers, are the two Native players in the show right now and are part of a long line of Native Major Leaguers providing inspiration for players on reservation diamonds all over...