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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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Thursday, December 8, 2022—ICYMI: Native issues that matter

Today on Native America Calling, "In Case You Missed It", Shawn Spruce catches up on some interesting and engaging topics that are important to Native people. Dean Seneca (Seneca), CEO of Seneca Scientific Solutions Plus, has a winter update on COVID-19; Dr. Terri Bissonette (Gnoozhekaaning Anishinaabe), head of school and founder of the American Indian Academy of Denver, talks about the future of the Native-focused charter school; and Robby Goldman (Native Hawaiian), PhD candidate at the...


Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – Publishing on your own

Even after spending all that time writing your own book, there’s no guarantee an established publisher will pick it up. A growing number of Native writers are turning to self-publishing - and there’s a number of supportive organizations and independent publishers that can help. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce takes us inside the Native self-publishing industry with Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre (Hunkpapa Lakota); Brian Lush (Yankton Sioux), author of Roger's War; and comic book...


Tuesday, December 6, 2022 – Native forensics: the science of justice

The forensic field uses science to help gather evidence for criminal cases and some archeological investigations. Crimes involving Native people and renewed scrutiny of past boarding school practices highlight the importance for Native forensic professionals. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears from Native forensic experts about what the profession entails and how they work to solve difficult cases with Dr. Kona Williams (Cree and Mohawk), forensic pathologist and coroner;...


Monday, December 5, 2022 – Leave Twitter? Or stay and fight?

For all its faults, Twitter is an effective means for sharing and discussing Native issues, culture, language, and business. But for many #NativeTwitter users, the social media platform is increasingly losing its luster after its takeover by Elon Musk. There are fears that un-muzzling far right and white supremacist voices is making it a hotbed of hate speech against people of color. Is that a good reason to leave? Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce reveals the results of our...


Friday, December 2, 2022 – Native playlist: Northern Cree’s Ôskimacîtahowin: A New Beginning

Forty years after four brothers first formed the famed powwow and Round Dance band Northern Cree, they are releasing their first fully self-published and owned record, “Ôskimacîtahowin: A New Beginning”. The album is produced by Bear Witness and 2oolman from The Halluci Nation. As many as 16 musicians perform with Northern Cree at any given time. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with Steve Wood about the new album and what’s next for this band originally from Treaty Six...


Thursday, December 1, 2022 – The importance of tribal museums

Tribally-run museums offer two important benefits: they offer a Native voice for Native history within a system dominated by traditional European perspectives – and they bring the promise of economic development. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce takes us on a field trip to celebrate Tribal Museums Day with Shannon O’Loughlin (Choctaw), attorney and the CEO of the Association on American Indian Affairs; Dehrich Chya (Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak), language and living culture manager...


Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – Klamath River tribes praise dam removal momentum

After decades of fighting, tribes in Northern California can celebrate the pending removal of four dams on the Klamath River. Federal regulators cleared the way to remove the dams starting as early as next summer. If the plan comes to fruition, it will be the largest dam removal and salmon restoration project in history, something tribes say is sorely need to bring salmon back to their people. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce checks in with tribal chairman Russell "Buster"...


Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – Native in the Spotlight: Major Robinson

From designing theme park rides for Disney and Universal Studios to overseeing construction of important tribal buildings in Montana and elsewhere, the architectural design career of Major Robinson (Northern Cheyenne) has a lot of diverse breadth. Along the way he’s been a cultural advisor for the Federal Reserve and an Indian Affairs Coordinator for the state. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce gets Robinson’s perspective on his life and some ideas on why Native concepts are...


Monday, November 28, 2022 – The Menu: Native gifts a la carte

Are you wondering where you might find blue corn meal grown and processed by Native producers? Or would you like to give someone bison meat grown and prepared on tribal land? Today on The Menu, a regular feature on Native America Calling, Andi Murphy hears from representatives at American Indian Foods, the largest food hub showcasing dozens of Native food providers about some of the options people for gifting authentically prepared food and ingredients.


Friday, November 25, 2022 – The buying season from a Native retailer’s perspective

Business experts are mostly optimistic about the retail business outlook for the last part of this year. It all depends on the bite that things like inflation, gas prices, and other factors will take out of the time that is traditionally the busiest of the year. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce takes the holiday season temperature with Native retailers Angelo McHorse (Taos Pueblo), owner and co-founder of Bison Star Naturals; Tudor Montague (member of the Fort Yuma Quechan...


Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – The Native American Music Awards

The Native American Music Awards are back. The event is live from original territory of the Seneca Nation. Lifetime Achievement Recipient Rodney Grant hosts the live event to celebrate the best among veteran and up-and-coming Indigenous artists. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with Edward Koban (Mohawk), NAMA music director; Strong Buffalo (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), NAMA winner of the Best Duo/Group award for Buffalo Weavers; Jacob Faithful (Frog Lake Cree First...


Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – Tracking missing people one name at a time

Federal law enforcement officials in New Mexico developed a list of roughly 200 names to help track and raise awareness of Indigenous people who go missing. Since it started in July, they have both added and taken off names using information from the public, partner law enforcement agencies, and community advocates. Agency officials say it’s one tool in helping battle the disproportionate, pervasive issue of missing Indigenous people. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with...


Monday, November 21, 2022 – The strength of female competitive weightlifting

Competitive weight lifting is about more than just strength. Stepping away from the rack with a weight you know you’ve never managed before also takes mental preparedness and technique. It’s a spot dominated by men, but the number of female lifters is growing. A First Nations woman just became the first Indigenous female lifter in Canada to earn a pro card. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with Indigenous female powerlifters Angela Houle (member of the Whitefish Lake First...


Thursday, November 24, 2022 – The enduring artistry of Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s singing career began at a time when the country’s knowledge and awareness of Indigenous people was limited. Growing up as an adoptee, she admits limited knowledge of her own heritage. But by educating herself, connecting with like-minded people, and honing her talent, Sainte-Marie became a trailblazer and an artist whose gift remains current and laudable. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with her about the early years of singing, the foundation it...


Friday, November 18, 2022 – Tall Paul’s Story of Jim Thorpe

Everything changed for hip-hop artist Tall Paul (enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe tribe and Oneida) when he first heard about iconic Sac and Fox athlete Jim Thorpe. The more he learned the more strength he drew from the story of Thorpe’s against-the-odds achievements. Paul took that story and embarked on a journey—both literally and artistically. That journey culminates in the album, “The Story of Jim Thorpe”. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears from Paul...


Thursday, November 17, 2022 – The future of the Crazy Horse Memorial

Whitney Rencountre (CrowCreek Hunkpati Dakota) is the new head of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. He takes over from the heirs of the sculptor of the rock carving of Tasunka Witko that was started before World War Two. The carving has grown to include the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and the Indian University of North America, the latter of which Rencountre served as associate director since 2021. Today on Native America Calling,...


Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – A promising trend: sports teams honor tribes

At a time when some holdout sports teams ignore calls to end problematic mascots and imagery, some teams are turning to Native American designers for appropriate designs. The NBA’s Phoenix Suns are debuting new uniforms, jersey logos and center court design created in collaboration with a Navajo artist that honors the state’s tribes and cultural references to tribes elsewhere. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce meets the Native artists behind the team’s graphics with Shawn...


Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – Candid conversations on Native podcasts

Among the deluge of podcasts, Native producers are tackling subjects ranging from mental health and sobriety, issues within their own tribes, and language revitalization. Tuesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce sampled some podcasts that are reaching their audiences through the spoken word with Paige Willett (Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member), host and producer of the Hownikan Podcast; Majerle Lister (Diné ), PhD student at the University of Arizona and host of the Wósdéé...


Monday, November 14, 2022 – Saving and healing forests

A new study by North Carolina State University finds the number of acres destroyed by wildfire in the United States in the past two years is double the number just 30 years ago. Their researchers point to warmer-than-average surface temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns, which they predict will only get worse. Those trends mean forestry officials have to work both to prevent the most destructive fires and restore areas that burned. Traditional tribal ecological knowledge can...


Friday, November 11, 2022 – New Native children’s books

As you and the young people in your life settle down for a long winter's nap, a number of new Native children's books would make great bedtime stories, especially for those hungry little book worms. "Forever Cousins" by Laurel Goodluck (Mandan, Hidatsa and Tsimshian) has been getting good reviews since its October release. It focuses on a pair of young cousins and how their relationship changes when one of them moves away. "Look, Grandma! Ni Elisi!" by Art Coulson (Cherokee) weaves math and...