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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, March 30, 2023 – Native women warriors in history

Lozen (Chiricahua Apache) was known as a fearless warrior, battle strategist, and healer in New Mexico and Arizona. Buffalo Calf Road Woman (Northern Cheyenne) fought next to her husband at the Battle of Little Bighorn and was even believed to have delivered the fatal blow to George Armstrong Custer. Today on Native America Calling, as we wrap up National Women’s History Month, we learn more about these two Native female warriors and others with Carol Murray ([Blackfeet] Pikuni), retired...


Wednesday, March 29, 2023 – First Nation ‘state of emergency’

A spate of preventable deaths from suicide, drugs, violence, and inadequate health care has prompted a regional First Nation body in Canada to declare a state of emergency. The Keewatin Tribal Council is calling for immediate government action to correct what 11 First Nations are calling a dire situation. Today on Native America Calling, we find out how the First Nations are coping with Keewatin Tribal Council Grand Chief Walter Wastesicoot (from York Factory First Nation) and George Neepin...


Tuesday, March 28, 2023 – Missing and Murdered: proactive tribal and state initiatives

The Yurok Tribe hired its own investigator to pursue unsolved cases of their citizens who are missing or murdered. Arizona is among the states establishing an MMIP task force that the new governor says will “ensure that not one more Indigenous man, woman, or child is a target of violence, abuse, or exploitation.” The actions are part of the attempts to address the slow momentum to investigate and solve cases with Native victims. Today on Native America Calling, we speak with Jessica Carter...


Monday, March 27, 2023 – Native in the Spotlight: Kelli Mosteller

Kelli Mosteller (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) is the executive director of Harvard University’s Native American Program. Prior to that position, she was the director of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, as well as the tribal historic preservation officer. For over a decade she has been working on repatriating remains under the Native American Graves Protection Act (NAGPRA). Recently, it was announced she would also serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board,...


Friday, March 24, 2023 – Native bookshelf: Rebecca Webster and Kinsale Drake

In Defense of Sovereignty: Protecting the Oneida Nation’s Inherent to Self-Determination by author Rebecca Webster (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), assistant professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, examines a 20-year jurisdictional dispute between the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and the town of Hobart. Today on Native America Calling, we talk with Webster on our regular feature Native Bookshelf as well as Kinsale Drake (Diné), poet and founder of NDN Girls Book Club.


Thursday, March 23, 2023 – Indigenous streetwear: heart, culture, and resilience on your sleeve

Indigenous-owned businesses like The Rez Life, The NTVS, OXDX, and Section 35 help drive casual Native fashion by turning out jackets, shorts, and beanies stitched with Native art and shirts splashed with words and phrases like “Land Back”, “Resilient”, and “Skoden.” Streetwear is casual fashion that draws from the aesthetic elements of sportswear, hip-hop, punk, and skateboard - and mixes in community vibes and coolness. Indigenous fashion shows include the latest in streetwear and...


Wednesday, March 22, 2023 – “Welcome to Native America Calling”

The nation’s only live, call-in radio show devoted to Native issues and from a Native perspective is approaching its 28th year on the air. There have been many changes over the years, but one constant vision: to amplify the Native voices who are most needed when it comes to Native issues. Today on a special edition of Native America Calling, we hear from some of the people who make this program possible that you may not have heard from before and look to the future.


Tuesday, March 21, 2023 – Native American Muslims

As Muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan, a small number of Native Americans are among them. Whether they’ve converted to Islam or it was brought into their culture by marriage, Native people who practice Islam often have to seek out fellow Muslims. Today on Native America Calling, we examine the intersection of Islam and Native culture with Ashley Wolford (Choctaw), community organizer and participant of the Native American and Indigenous Muslim Stories (NAIMS) project; NAIMS...


Native America Calling awarded National Humanities Medal

Listen to the full ceremony audio above or watch the video.  Koahnic Broadcast Corp. Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2023 Native America Calling, produced by Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, receives National Humanities Medal Anchorage, Alaska – Koahnic Broadcast Corporation is pleased to announce that its daily public affairs show Native America […]


Monday, March 20, 2023 – Behind the legal arguments for ICWA

The Indian Child Welfare Act is more than a legal argument. The law, now more than 40 years old, is an important element in individual child development, family structure, and the continuation of culture. A decision is pending from the U.S. Supreme Court that could determine the fate of ICWA. Supporters of the law worry the decision could erode the most important legacy it has forged over the decades. Today on Native America Calling, in a special live broadcast from Washington, D.C., Shawn...


Friday, March 17, 2023 – Native playlist: THRONE, Pete Sands & the Drifters, Jade Turner, Hataalii Wheeler

YVHIKV (Mvskoke) and Hayatheus make up the group T H R O N E and they're out introducing audiences to their latest single "Eels in the Water//Night". Since their debut album "Lionfish," released last year, T H R O N E has been garnering a big following on social media with their soulful and melodic sound. Pete Sands (Diné) & the Drifters keep releasing new singles and even ended up on the popular series "Yellowstone". The band says it embodies the true spirit of the term "Dirt Floor Honky...


Thursday, March 16, 2023 – Remembering Navajo leader Peterson Zah

Peterson Zah is known as the first president of the Navajo Nation and a leader with foresight and intelligence that ushered in a new era for his people. Zah died at the age of 85 and was laid to rest at his birthplace in Low Mountain, Ariz. after a memorial service and funeral procession. His legacy includes starting a permanent fund that has reached into the multiple billions and advocacy that dramatically boosted the number of Navajo students in higher education. Today on Native America...


Wednesday, March 15, 2023 – Engaged Native youth increasing their profile

Representatives from the National Congress of American Indian (NCAI) Youth Commission say they are ready to pick up the torch on critical issues like climate change, missing and murdered Indigenous people, tribal consultation, and health disparities. The two co-presidents of the commission expressed their enthusiasm for tackling Native issues during NCAI’s State of Indian Nations Address event. Today on Native America Calling, we hear from NCAI Youth Commission Co-Presidents Yanenowi Logan...


Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – Federal heating funds seek eligible recipients

The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is one of those programs that flies under the radar for a lot of tribal citizens. But as much as $1 billion is going out to states and tribes right now to help pay household heating and cooling costs. Program administrators say many of the people who are eligible neglect to sign up or they might not even know it exists. Today on Native America Calling, find out if you can get some financial help for those soaring utility bills with LIHEAP...


Monday, March 13, 2023 – Anticipation for Avi Kwa Ame

President Joe Biden is expected to designate Avi Kwa Ame a national monument, but the action will have to wait. Tribes and environmental organizations pushed for the federal designation for a number of years before President Biden expressed his intentions to protect the 450,000 acre site last November. The White House announced he would make the trip to the Nevada location to formally make the designation this week, but subsequently cancelled those plans. Today on Native America Calling, we...


Friday, March 10, 2023 – Basketball finals are here

High school and college basketball seasons are culminating at state tournaments all over the country. Native ballplayers, with their families, fans, and sometimes whole Native communities in tow, are among those traveling to tournaments for high-stakes games. Today on Native America Calling, we speak with Zachary Eastman (Crow), head coach for the Lapwai High School varsity boys basketball team; Andrea Nield (Koyukon Athabascan), Assistant Director of Testing and Student Support for the...


Thursday, March 9, 2023 – IndigiPopX is back

The only comic convention from an Indigenous standpoint returns in-person in a big way. IndigiPopX reemerges in person at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City after a hiatus because of the pandemic. The slate of events includes Indigenous super heroes, cosplayers, artists, and Indigenous panel discussions on representation in media and entertainment. Today on Native America Calling, we visit with IndigiPopX organizers and participants Dr. Lee Francis IV (Laguna Pueblo), CEO and...


Wednesday, March 8, 2023 – Colorado museum recalls the Sand Creek Massacre

How the Sand Creek Massacre is remembered has changed over the years. The original narrative described the attack as a battle victory for the U.S. Army led by Col. John Chivington. But a more accurate and sinister account soon emerged that described a deplorable attack on mostly women, children, and elders from the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes. Today on Native America Calling, we learn how organizers of the new exhibit "The Sand Creek Massacre: The Betrayal that Changed Cheyenne and Arapaho...


Tuesday, March 7, 2023 – Frybread Face and Me

Two adolescent cousins—one from the city and one from the rez—bond during a summer herding sheep on their grandmother's Navajo Nation ranch in the 1990s. They learn about their family's past and themselves. That’s the story told in a new Native-led indie comedy Frybread Face and Me. Writer and director Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo) creates a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story starring Martin Sensmeier. Today on Native America Calling, Billy Luther takes your calls along...


Monday, March 6, 2023 – Shasta Dam: raise or raze?

The federal government is mulling a plan to extend the height of the Shasta Dam in California. That would raise the level of the reservoir, permanently submerging even more of the sacred land cherished by the Winnemem Wintu and other tribes upstream. It also further diminishes hopes of restoring salmon runs to the levels the tribes once counted on as sustenance and ceremony. A new podcast A Prayer For Salmon explores the tribal connections to the rivers and documents efforts to not only halt...