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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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Tuesday, October 3, 2023 – Worries rise over latest violence at protests

A man opened fire on a group in New Mexico protesting a decision to re-install a statue many of the state’s Native Americans consider offensive. Police say the man wore a red MAGA hat and posted pro-Trump statements on social media. Ryan David Martinez is charged with attempted murder after one person was wounded in the shooting. Witnesses report he tried to antagonize the protestors beforehand. It’s the second time someone opened fire in the state during protests over controversial monuments. And it’s the latest in a growing series of shootings and other violence against protestors. We’ll hear from activists about the growing challenges to peaceful protests over racial issues. GUESTS Jennifer Marley (citizen of San Ildefonso), member of the Red Nation Raymond Naranjo (Santa Clara and Odawa), chef, business owner, and community member Kate Bitz, program manager, trainer, and organizer with the Western States Center


Monday, October 2, 2023 – Remembering Native hockey legend Henry Boucha

Henry Boucha (Ojibwe) served as an inspiration for many Native hockey athletes and fans. He was a star high school athlete who went on to become a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. ice hockey team in the 1972 Winter Olympics. He also played for the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars and the Detroit Red Wings. A debilitating eye injury cut his playing career short. Off the ice, he worked as an advocate for better Native representation in sports. We’ll get insights about Henry Boucha’s sports legacy with relatives and others.


Friday, September 29, 2023 – Farewell to Reservation Dogs

After three seasons, the hit FX series Reservation Dogs has come to an end after its finale dropped on Wednesday. It combined entertaining writing and characters, with rich Native representation in front of and behind the cameras. We’ll miss Bear, Willie Jack, Elora, and Cheese. In this program, we’ll recap hilarious and important scenes and episodes - and discuss how this show sets the bar for Native comedy TV higher than it’s ever been before.


Thursday, September 28, 2023 – The Menu: Native baby food, “Corn Dance,” and celebrating Hispanic heritage food

Diné farmer and father Zac Ben is busy harvesting and processing corn from his farm in Shiprock, N.M. to make baby food, the product of his company Bidii Baby Foods. Citizen Potawatomi chef Loretta Barrett Oden’s new cookbook Corn Dance: Inspired First American Cuisine features recipes and ingredients she’s gathered from her culinary start in Santa Fe to her current post at Thirty Nine Restaurant in the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City. And we’ll explore the contributions Hispanic traditional foods have made to American and Native American cuisine.


Wednesday, September 27, 2023 – A year after a papal apology, has there been healing?

It’s been a year since Pope Francis officially apologized for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the abuses and forced assimilation of Indigenous people at Canadian residential schools. At the time, officials said it was an important step toward healing and reconciliation. But others said it was more important for the Church to take action in addition to rhetoric. We’ll get different perspectives about the weight of the papal apology one year later.


Tuesday, September 26, 2023 – Troubling trends: government shutdown and COVID-19

A coalition of tribal organizations is warning about the potential damage of a federal government shutdown to tribal citizens. Among other things, Native officials say it could disrupt important appropriations for at-risk tribal members. At the same time, COVID-19 infections are on the rise and distribution of vaccines is off to a rocky start. We’ll get perspectives on two significant events in the news.


Monday, September 25, 2023 – How the Pontiac rebellion changed history

The British acquired a large expanse of North American territory following the French and Indian War. But their oppressive treatment of the resident Native Americans fostered discontent. It all boiled over in 1763 as Odawa Chief Pontiac or Obwaandi'eyaag, formed an alliance among several tribes against the British occupation. Violence spread from the Great Lakes region to West Virginia. The resistance forced the British to change their official stance toward Native people. We’ll recount how Chief Pontiac and his allies changed the direction of colonial expansion 260 years ago.


Friday, September 22, 2023 – The scope of the massive Arizona Medicaid scam expands

At first officials identified Navajo, Apache, and other Arizona tribal members as among those who were victims of a massive Medicaid fraud scam. Now tribes in Montana, North and South Dakota, and other states are taking stock of their members who were also caught up in the fake substance abuse treatment con that reaches into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The Blackfeet Nation declared an emergency to help gain resources to repair the fallout for its citizens. We’ll find out the latest on the efforts to help the people who were harmed and hold those responsible accountable.


Thursday, September 21, 2023 – Growing recognition to change offensive place names

Until this month, one of Colorado’s highest peaks was named for the former state governor who fostered and supported what became known as the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864. It took years of pressure and an awareness campaign to get the name changed. Still, support is not universal. We’ll get the story on changing the Mount Evans name to Mount Blue Sky - and some updates on other important place name changes.


Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – Maui fire response turns to healing, rebuilding

Neighbors are helping each other rebuild after the historic deadly fire on Maui. The community is in line for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state funds, in addition to private donations from all over the world. More than a month after the blaze swept through the city of Lahaina and the surrounding area, officials are still sorting out the cause and the factors that contributed to its severity. And, while not as bad as originally feared, the death toll approaches 100 people. We’ll check back in with the rebuilding effort in Hawaii and what some of the major challenges are as residents look to the future.


Tuesday, September 19, 2023 – Finding suicide intervention that works

The newest survey from the Pew Charitable Trusts concludes suicide is an urgent public health issue. Their data shows that while the suicide rate increased an alarming 30% across the board over a 20-year span, the rate for Native American and Alaska Native females rose a staggering 135% over the same time. The number for Native males is close behind. At least half of those people had contact with the health care system within a month of taking their own lives, indicating an opportunity for trained professionals to intervene. It’s Suicide Awareness Month, and we’ll look at the promising work to turn around a dire trend.


Monday, September 18, 2023 – Is the end of federal support for Native businesses in sight?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling denying race-conscious college admissions has Native business owners on alert over the far-reaching implications beyond higher education. A recent federal judge’s decision puts an additional hurdle in front of Native businesses when it comes to a program in place to diversify federal contracts. Some experts and Native small business owners worry it’s only the beginning of a new system that will mean fewer successful Native entrepreneurs.


Friday, September 15, 2023 – Imagining Indigenous futures in art

The Center for Native Futures (CfNF) opens this weekend in the heart of downtown Chicago. The gallery art space is the first of its kind in the Windy City and it’s dedicated to contemporary Native artists interested in visualizing the future and setting the tone for the future of Native art. We’ll visit with the founders and artists at the new center.


Thursday, September 14, 2023 – Biden’s recent climate change actions in Alaska and California

The Biden Administration reversed oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), earning praise from environmental advocates and Alaska Native wildlife and subsistence hunting protectors. But the move also received criticism from Alaska Native corporations and the state's entire congressional delegation. We’ll look at the ongoing political back-and-forth that defines the pristine but resource-rich tundra of Alaska. Plus, a preview of what could be an historic marine sanctuary set-aside initiated by the Chumash Tribe in California.


Wednesday, September 13, 2023 – The new approach to high school sports injuries

The good news is high school sports injuries are decreasing, according to a study released this year by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The bad news is the severity of those injuries are getting worse. As fall seasons get underway, Native trainers are responding to new awareness of the dangers of life-long injuries from high school sports. Young athletes could encounter serious injuries including concussions, broken bones, ruined joints, and even anxiety and other mental health problems. The one-time advice to "walk it off" is replaced with sophisticated attention to long-term health.


Tuesday, September 12, 2023 – Land Back victories

The Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe just took ownership of almost 900 acres of ancestral land in Virginia, thanks, in part, to $3 million in federal funds. And legislation in Minnesota would transfer a state park to the Upper Sioux Community in a historic act recognizing atrocities committed by state and federal officials against the Dakota people that culminated in the mass execution of 38 Dakota men in 1862. Those are two examples of a trend in governments, organizations, and individuals facilitating the return of important land to tribal control.


Monday, September 11, 2023 – Reclaiming control of Native trails

Many of the roads, hiking trails and even railroads that crisscross the landscape began thousands of years ago as trails by Indigenous hunters and traders. Many tribes have since lost their connections to those trails. But some are trying to re-connect their strong cultural links to the ancient routes, and tell their own stories about what they mean.


Friday, September 8, 2023 – Upcoming Native stage productions

A number of Native-led live productions are taking the stage. They include an all-Indigenous production about Canadian residential schools written by a First Nations playwright - and the Rolling World Premiere of "Where the Summit Meets the Stars" by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit) at the Autry Museum of the American West's Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles. We get a look at upcoming theater productions. GUESTS Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch (Algonquin-Anishinaabe), librettist and co-composer for “Canoe” Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit), playwriter, educator, and actor Kim Gleason (Diné), artistic director of Two Worlds Native Theater Break 1 Music: Pomok naka Poktoinskwes (song) Jeremy Dutcher (artist) Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (album) Break 2 Music: Memory Lane (song) Nitanis “Kit” Largo (artist) Serenity (album)


Thursday, September 7, 2023 – Progress and setbacks for new programs combating MMIP

The state of Alaska released its first-ever list of missing Alaska Natives and Native Americans. The list also includes basic details about each case, including whether or not it’s suspicious. The report includes 280 names going back to 1960. It’s part of the state’s efforts to address the disproportionate percentage of Native people among missing persons cases. Meanwhile, two years after Oklahoma passed a law to address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives, the effort remains largely unfunded. We’ll assess how some specific programs are progressing after a high profile push to address law enforcement disparities.


Wednesday, September 6, 2023 – Holes in the food safety net

Many low-income families got an unwelcome surprise after supplemental COVID food security programs expired earlier this year. Funds available for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to a fraction of what they were previously. Suddenly, people didn’t have enough to eat and no remedies in sight. Those cuts hit Native American families hardest, as they have a much higher percentage of SNAP participation than the population as a whole.