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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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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – Getting tribes disaster ready

Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic damage, but most tribal members and communities weathered the storm, although they still require federal assistance. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce gets an update on recovery efforts and looks at how other tribes are preparing for impending disasters with Jake Heflin (Osage and Cherokee), president and CEO of Tribal Emergency Management Association (iTEMA); Adam Weintraub, communications director for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency; and...

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – Protecting peyote

Practitioners in the Native American Church (or as we like to call it, the other NAC) officially won the right to use peyote as a religious right in 1994. Now they are working to secure environmental protections for the plant that is losing habitat to development, land use policies, and climate change. Among other things, NAC representatives call for setting aside land where peyote grows. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce looks at the practice and the politics of peyote with Jon...


Monday, October 3, 2022 – Back to the office

If you haven’t been summoned back to the office after the pandemic disruption, you likely will soon. The threat from COVID-19 has receded. President Joe Biden declared the pandemic "over", even though scientists like Dr. Anthony Fauci say the reality is much more nuanced than that. Tribal offices, casinos, and businesses have a wide range of policies to address the ongoing health of their employees and patrons. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce finds out what’s changed and what...


Friday, September 30, 2022 – The Menu: reality TV and new eats

The new Hulu show “Chefs vs. Wild” dropped this week and it pits a handful of chefs, some of whom are Indigenous, against each other in cooking challenges in the wilderness. On Canadian TV, Mohawk chef Tawnya Brant will compete on “Next Level Chef Canada.” And a new Spokane restaurant called Indigenous Eats serves up customers’ choices of ingredients on top of a large fluffy frybread. Today on Native America Calling, our resident foodie Andi Murphy cooks up another helping of the Native...


Thursday, September 29, 2022 – Suiting up for football season

Native athletes helped kick off football’s popularity in the early days and there are a number of talented Native NFL players. The sport attracts a large Native following despite problematic mascots, tomahawk chops, and headdresses. The season is still young, rivalries are heating up, and fans have their sights set for a post-season appearance. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce huddles with Marlin Fryberg (member of the Tulalip Tribes), 7G Foundation northwestern states region...


Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – Tribes respond to Biden’s clean energy challenge

Some tribes are already finding economic opportunities with clean energy. Now the Biden Administration is appealing directly to tribes to add wind, solar, and other clean alternatives to help boost their budgets. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce finds out why more tribes are willing to take a chance on these burgeoning technologies with Daniel Wiggins Jr. (Bad River Band citizen), Air Quality Technician with the Bad River Band Natural Resources Department; Liliana Napoleon...

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – Native student success depends on teachers

Post-pandemic burn out, persistently low pay, and a disparaging political climate are helping fuel a high number of teacher vacancies. Some school districts have an easier time recruiting teachers from other countries than finding candidates from within their own borders. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce looks at how rising class sizes, decreased attention on cultural connections, and the shifting political pressures mean Native students are at an increasing disadvantage with...


Monday, September 26, 2022 – Sharing management of sacred and important lands

The Biden Administration says it wants to work with tribes to co-manage federal land that is also sacred or culturally important. Tribal leaders are talking with officials in the Interior and Agriculture departments about what that might look like. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with Dr. Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee), advisor for the “Sacred Places Project” from the Native American Rights Fund, founding trustee of the Smithsonian National Museum of...


Friday, September 23, 2022 – Saving the Tlingit clan houses

Tlingit clan houses are both physical structures and important traditional entities encompassing family, ceremony, and connectedness. In Sitka, clan houses are slowly disappearing, caught between Tlingit custom and conventional legal constraints. But now there’s new hope on the horizon with the repatriation of one of the properties in Sitka. It’s reviving awareness and the possibility of finding solutions to preserve these important cultural touchstones. Today on Native America Calling,...


Thursday, September 22, 2022 – Assessing the toll from Alaska’s historic storm

Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) is seeking federal disaster funds after a major storm battered a thousand-mile stretch of the state’s western coastline. The storm caused flooding and wind damage that destroyed homes, roads, power lines, and other infrastructure – and displaced hundreds of residents. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears about the immediate effects of the storm and measures to help residents with Jan Olson (Yup'ik), tribal administrator for the Native Village of...


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – The Dust Bowl and Native displacement

The story of the Dust Bowl often focuses on the plight of European settlers whose agricultural promise descended into absolute ruin during decades of drought, but the nation’s most infamous climate disaster also precipitated the needless forced slaughter of masses of Native-owned livestock and subsequent land and water use policies to the detriment of many tribes. Today on Native America Calling, Andi Murphy reflects on the Dust Bowl's legacy for Native Americans with Dr. David Chang (Native...


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 – New music sampler

Today on Native America Calling, as summer wanes, Andi Murphy welcomes the beginning of autumn with a look at some brand-new music from established Indigenous musicians and newer acts that get us excited like rapper Nataanii Means (Oglala Lakota, Diné and Omaha) with his new album “GROWTH”; singer-songwriter Wayne Garner (citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) with his new album “School for Savages”; and vocalist Nico Williams (Cherokee) and guitarist Kyle Williams (Ponca, Otoe, and...


Monday, September 19, 2022 – Is the Osage Reservation dissolved?

Just as courts are working through jurisdictional boundaries for the other tribes in Oklahoma, a district court judge determined the Osage Nation reservation does not exist. The judge asserts Congress disestablished the Osage reservation. Lawyers for the tribe and the criminal defendant in question promise to take the issue to a federal appeals court. It’s part of the ongoing legal push-and-pull in Oklahoma over criminal jurisdiction that has far-reaching implications. Today on Native...


Friday, September 16, 2022 – The intersection of Japanese anime and Native art

Anime, a style of Japanese animation, is wildly popular everywhere. It’s no wonder some contemporary Native artists draw from anime styles and vibes for their own works. Today on Native America Calling, Andi Murphy talks with Indigenous graphic artist and designer Ovila Mailhot (Stó:lō and Nlaka’pamux Nations), comic book artist Kayla Shaggy (Diné/Anishinaabe) from Triple Jeopardy Publications, and Dimi Macheras (Ahtna-Athabascan), artist, illustrator, and graphic novelist with 80% Studios,...


Thursday, September 15, 2022 – Queen Elizabeth’s legacy: Indigenous people and the Royal Family

Indigenous leaders are among those reflecting on the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. Her supporters mourn her recent death. Many others take the opportunity to question her role in important issues such as reconciliation for Indigenous peoples in Canada. The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family are largely figureheads for the United Kingdom, but have a significant platform for advancing important causes. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce examines the late Queen’s 70-year reign...


Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – The lingering rental housing crisis

A new survey finds Native American renters faced evictions at a far higher rate than other ethnic groups over the past year. The report comes as the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there could be as many as 3.8 million evictions by October. At the same time, there is some glimmer of hope for renters. shows average rent prices were mostly flat compared to a year ago and employment data shows the labor market is rebounding following the pandemic. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn...


Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – Alternatives to conventional loans

Native borrowers have a number of choices beyond the bank loan to finance big items like homes and starting a business. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce looks at who’s eligible for various alternative financing options and whether they’re appropriate for your next major endeavor with Jaime Gloshay (Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and Kiowa), co-founder of Native Women Lead; Jodi Fisher (Wyandotte), senior projects manager at First Nations Community Financial; and Russ Seagle,...


Monday, September 12, 2022 – Inspiring space exploration

Nicole Aunapu Mann is scheduled to become the first Indigenous woman in space later this month with the launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew Dragon. The Wailacki Nation astronaut is headed to the International Space Station as the mission commander. The space flight also comes as NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope is providing awe-inspiring images and scientific revelations that promise new insights into the origins of the universe. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears from Dr....


Friday, September 9, 2022 – Honoring the top Native Hip Hop artists

TheRA11N, Pooky G, She Rōze, and Sten Joddi are some of the artists who won big this year at the annual International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce gets to know some of the artists and hear their perspectives of the awards and the direction of Native Hip Hop with Melody McArthur (Big Stone Cree Nation), Best R&B Single of the Year winner; Sten Joddi (Muscogee Creek from Oklahoma), Best Male Artist of the Year winner, tattoo artist, musician, rapper,...


Thursday, September 8, 2022 – Sweat equity: building your own home

A number of Native DIY-ers are taking on what is traditionally the largest expense of their lives: their own home. By putting the work in, homeowners are reducing their mortgages - or eliminating it altogether. One initiative also has home owner/builders share their experience with others just getting started. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with those who are sweating it out like Carmirae Holguin (Diné), co-founder and executive director of the Nááts'íilid Initiative,...