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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, February 21, 2024 – Elder wisdom vs. aging out

President Joe Biden’s age in relation to his ability to do his job is a topic making front page news with questions about his memory, cognitive function, and physical stamina. At 81, President Biden is not that much older than his presumptive Republican election opponent, 77-year-old Donald Trump. Native Americans have a pronounced respect for the wisdom of elders. We’ll explore Native voters’ perceptions of age for elected officials as well as ways Native traditions for elders can inform the larger society’s views on aging. GUESTS OJ Semans Sr. (Rosebud Sioux Tribe), co-executive director of Four Directions Vote Dr. Sandy Grande (Quechua), professor of Political Science and Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Connecticut David Baldridge (Cherokee), co-founder and executive director of the International Association for Indigenous Aging Billie Tohee (Otoe-Missouria), acting executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging


Tuesday, February 20, 2024 – The spirit of Aloha

"Aloha" is a more than a word for Native Hawaiians — and its elevated importance in how people approach their own lives and wellbeing is invoked in one of society’s most controversial debates. The Hawaii Supreme Court upheld that state’s restrictions on carrying guns in public, in part saying "the spirit of Aloha" informs how the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is interpreted locally. How the legal argument will play out is anyone’s guess. We’ll get guidance on what the true meaning of "Aloha" and how else it informs daily Hawaiian life.


Monday, February 19, 2024 – Increasing tribal judicial transparency

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is making kiosks available in key locations so tribal members can access important information for their judicial and law enforcement systems. It’s part of a multi-phase effort to make their official procedures more transparent and accessible. They plan on ultimately providing digital access to their entire law library, court decisions and other documents that improve citizens’ understanding and engagement with government functions. We’ll talk with tribal representatives from Saint Regis and other tribes putting a priority on transparency and openness.


Thursday, February 15, 2024 – Stunt actors: when your movie career falls into place

The film professionals who perform stunts do more than just fall down. They are highly skilled and physically fit experts who make movie stars look good. Native stunt actors also fill a sought-after niche and are able to contribute expertise that takes the action in films up a notch.


Wednesday, February 14, 2024 – Catholicism’s enduring appeal among Native Americans

Thousands of Native American Catholics are entering the 40-day time of reflection and sacrifice known as Lent. Catholicism draws criticism for its connection to oppressive Spanish colonization and for the church’s role in boarding school abuses. At the same time the religion is a tradition—not to mention comfort—embraced by generations of observant Native Americans. On the holy day of Ash Wednesday, we’ll hear from Native Catholics about the intersection of their faith and their culture.


Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – The Boldt Decision and fishing rights 50 years later

It would be hard to find a legal victory any more important than the ruling named after federal judge George Hugo Boldt in 1974. It was the turning point for the fight led by Nisqually activist Billy Frank, Jr., initially affirming the treaty fishing rights for 20 tribes in western Washington State. But it provided the basis for a far-reaching transformation of Indian Law and natural resource management.


Monday, February 12, 2024 – The State of Indian Nations

The National Congress of American Indians’ newly-elected president Mark Macarro delivers his first address, highlighting the accomplishments and challenges of Native nations. His account comes at the start of a presidential election year. It’s also a time when tribes are seeing momentum for returned land as well as challenges to sovereignty from state and federal powers. We’ll hear an excerpt from the annual address and get some real world perspective on the State of Indian Nations.


Friday, February 9, 2024 – Weighing in on the authenticity of totems

It takes more than just the right tools to carve a totem. Unless they are made by members of one of the traditional totem-carving coastal Pacific tribes, they may appropriating the often sacred symbols and methods those tribes reserve. Totems on public display by cities, schools, museums, and sports teams are coming under new scrutiny.


Thursday, February 8, 2024 – Federal officials weigh the environmental value of a massive swath of Alaska land

A coalition of Alaska Native tribes and organizations are urging federal officials to continue protections for 28 million acres of land in Alaska. Their action comes as the federal Bureau of Land Management is considering whether to remove protections against mining and other development that have been in place since the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) more than half a century ago. The lands are referred to as D-1 lands, referencing the section number in the ANCSA text. BLM is conducting an Environmental Impact Statement. The public comment period for that process ends soon.


Wednesday, February 7, 2024 – Native talent on the international high fashion stage

Four Native designers took a major stride when their work was included in the Louis Vuitton Men's Fall-Winter Fashion Show in Paris in January. They contributed designs to Pharrell Williams’ new collection for the fashion powerhouse that displayed a strong western feel. Dee Jay Two Bears (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe/Lakota) has worked with Williams for years and coordinated the show. We’ll visit with some of the Native designers who brought Native artistry to a new level of fashion representation.


Tuesday, February 6, 2024 – Do you know what to do if you are arrested?

The Center for American Progress says about one in three U.S. adults have an incarceration, conviction, or arrest record. And research in 2023 by the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge finds Native Americans are incarcerated at a rate 38% higher than the national average. What should you do if you do if police pull you over? Are there steps you can take now to prepare or to prevent a bad situation from getting worse? We’ll speak with legal experts about educating yourself about the criminal justice system.


Monday, February 5, 2024 – Why are museums taking down Native exhibitions?

New language in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is prompting museums to pull some Native items from public display. The rule went into effect in January that requires museums to consult with tribes more comprehensively when it comes to Native artifacts. That’s because, even though they may not be the human remains or sacred items that NAGPRA historically referenced, many items held by museums, universities, and other institutions could have been looted from Native sites or otherwise taken under suspicious circumstances.


Friday, February 2, 2024 – Native Bookshelf: Ned Blackhawk and Craig Santos Perez

Two of the newest National Book Awards winners reinterpret conventional views of their homelands through their unique, Indigenous lenses. Yale historian Dr. Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone) reexamines five centuries of U.S. history in his new book Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History. He explores Native people’s overlooked role from the arrival of Spanish explorers to self-determination. And a collection of experimental and visual poems, from unincorporated territory [åmot], by Dr. Craig Santos Perez (Chamoru) recounts recollections of his homeland of Guam. Åmot is the medicine he invokes to heal colonial traumas. We’ll speak with both of the authors about these new works and the Indigenous histories they rediscover.


Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Remembering literary great N. Scott Momaday

Navarre Scott Momaday (Kiowa) introduced the world to Ben Benally and Abel in his first novel “House Made of Dawn”. He also established himself as a literary force with a distinctly Native American voice, winning the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He published some 20 other works of fiction, poetry, and essays, earning many more awards and accolades and will always be known as the artist who cleared a path for a new generation of Native writers. We’ll remember Momaday with some of those who he knew and inspired.


Wednesday, January 31, 2024 – The Menu: Soup, award nominations, and how to get a knife sharp

Sharp knives make for easier, quicker, and safer work in the kitchen and that’s why Nikki Tsabetsaye started offering her knife sharpening skills in her hometown in Zuni, N.M. These cold months, also known as “soup season,” bring out the coziest and hottest pots of Native soups and stews, swimming with traditional and wild ingredients, that make up a big part community identity and culture. And, three Native-owned food businesses are nominated for a major culinary award. That’s on The Menu, our regular food feature hosted by Andi Murphy.


Tuesday, January 30, 2024 – Recognizing and confronting human trafficking

Members of the Yurok Tribe told California lawmakers that state’s first year using an alert system specifically for missing Native people is making a difference. The Feather Alert system issues public messages similar to the widely used the Amber Alert process. Yurok officials say the new alerts are widely used by tribal members and other Native residents, increasing the chances of finding people who go missing. The California effort is one of the tools in the constant battle against human trafficking that disproportionately affects Native Americans and other people of color. Anyone who has information about a potential human trafficking situation or a person who may be experiencing human trafficking should contact the FBI, local law enforcement, or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 (text: 233733)


Monday, January 29, 2024 – Making sense of this year’s tax season

One of the biggest changes for your tax return hasn’t happened yet. Congress is still mulling over a child tax credit that could very well send more money back to families and would apply retroactively to 2023 returns. Although more modest than the 2021 credit tied to pandemic relief, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says Native American families will be among the groups that would benefit most. We’ll discuss child credits and help clear up the confusion that comes with every federal income tax season.


Friday, January 26, 2024 – Zapatistas: the power of an Indigenous uprising in Mexico

This month marks 30 years since the Zapatista Army of National Liberation attracted worldwide attention with their rebel uprising in Chiapas, Mexico, demanding, among other things, rights for Indigenous residents. The uprising is credited with spurring several beneficial changes in Mexico. At the same time, support for the rebel group has waned in the decades since. We’ll explore the Zapatista movement’s influence toward awareness of Indigenous rights in the three decades of their existence.


Thursday, January 25, 2024 – Is there any hope Kansas City will change its NFL team name?

Kansas City’s NFL team either goes to the Super Bowl or plays its final game of the year on Sunday. The team has weathered sustained pressure that has seen other sports teams, like the Cleveland Guardians and the Washington Commanders, change their names and mascots. Activists have gone so far as to publicly appeal to Taylor Swift, girlfriend of Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, to speak out against the controversial "tomahawk chop" performed by fans. We’ll assess the wins and … lack of wins … in the ongoing awareness campaign for respectful names and mascots.


Wednesday, January 24, 2024 – In the rush to build green energy, tribes sometimes lose

There’s a driving demand for more renewable energy projects such as wind and solar. In the rush to build, important cultural resources are threatened. The news outlet ProPublica wrote about an instance in Washington state where an archaeological survey paid for by the wind developers failed to list potential cultural sites that were obvious to state regulators. Tribes in Arizona are at odds with a solar project that would put a power transmission line across traditional cultural places. We’ll look at the intersection of sustainable energy and sacred and important sites.