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The documentary film ‘Alaska Nets’ follows the quest by a pair of athletes from Alaska’s only reservation. It premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and focuses on the two main concerns in these young mens’ lives: basketball and salmon fishing. We’ll hear about the film and get a glimpse of life on the remote island of Metlakatla.…
 
Native people are over-represented in the number of people with disabilities. The U.S. Census finds almost a quarter of the Native population has a disability. At the same time they are underserved when it comes to treatment because of inadequate funding, staff shortages or bureaucratic barriers. There are efforts to both reduce the number of Nativ…
 
Diné musician Klee Benally calls his latest set of creations “performance art intervention.” It’s called “Appropriation” consisting of 13 tracks and is a stance against cultural genocide. It’s set to some very energetic sounds and brought further to life with strong vocals. The former Blackfire guitarist and vocalist writes: “The music and accompan…
 
Patients have better outcomes when they don’t have to confront cultural barriers. A 2020 study by Penn Medicine researchers found patients prefer medical professionals of the same race or ethnicity. But Native doctors and nurses are in short supply. We’ll hear about the importance of Native medical professionals and efforts to recruit more of them …
 
The Indian Child Welfare Act has been upheld in dozens of court decisions as a vital federal protection for Native adoptees and foster children. That string of wins ended when a Texas district court judge ruled the more than 40-year-old law unconstitutional. A subsequent federal appeals court agreed that at least parts of ICWA are unconstitutional.…
 
After years of start-and-stop planning and construction, the First Americans Museum of Oklahoma is opening to the public. The 175,000 square foot facility and grounds in Oklahoma City house theaters, art galleries, multimedia narratives, restaurants and space for powwows and concerts. It honors the state’s 39 tribes, and incorporates state-of-the-a…
 
September 16th is a national holiday in Mexico, but it doesn’t mark the day the country achieved independence from Spain. It commemorates the day a revered priest rallied his townspeople with his Cry of Independence. The country’s Indigenous people were instrumental in the battles that followed, as they fought to get out from under Spain’s oppressi…
 
Summer pageants and fairs offer a chance for young Native women to represent their nations as royalty. They carry a title and a platform to educate and inform others about important issues and their culture. At the same time, the ‘Indian Princess’ label brings with it a number of problematic stereotypes that don’t fully reflect Native women’s stren…
 
The nation’s premier Native journalist’s organization is marking the best of their craft from the past year. The honors by the Native American Journalists Association include Navajo Times CEO and publisher Tom Arviso and the staff of Haskell Indian Nations University student newspaper, among many others. We’ll review some of the recent major achiev…
 
Low water levels are forcing federal officials to cut the Colorado River’s water supply for the first time in history. In addition to supplying water to several major cities, it’s a source of drinking water and an agricultural resource for more than 30 tribes. Those tribes also have spiritual connections to the Colorado. We’ll talk with tribes abou…
 
Indigenous artists from North America and beyond document their relationships with nuclear testing and uranium contamination in their homelands in “Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology,” an exhibit at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We’ll speak with curators and artists about the exhibit that combines frus…
 
In a state with a vaccination rate of just 44 percent, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma reports a tribal employee rate of more than 70 percent. More than 90 percent of eligible tribal members in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In states with low vaccination rates and high COVID resurgence numbers, many tribes are fa…
 
This year’s fashion show at Santa Fe Indian Market is a reminder of just how hot Indigenous fashion is. The show put on by the Southwest Association for Indian Arts featured Anishinaabe florals, bold formline prints, layers of ribbon and custom Native jewelry. We’ll celebrate Indigenous fashion with designers and take a look at how international pa…
 
Tribes in Louisiana are assessing damage, checking in with citizens and cleaning up their communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The Category 4 hurricane that swept through Gulf Coast states also cut power to millions of people. In the Southwest, flash flooding turned fatal on the Hopi reservation. When disaster strikes, tribes have to be r…
 
Homelessness is an unfortunate reality for a disproportionate number of Native Americans, especially in urban areas. Some tribes are having some success with ‘tiny homes’ as one solution. The Menominee tribe recently completed tiny home village on their reservation in Wisconsin. The Puyallup Tribe is planning a similar project in Tacoma. The homes …
 
Australia is paying out close to $379 million directly to Indigenous people who suffered from the government’s forced removal of children from families. It has renewed conversations in this country over reparations for the federal government’s role in broken treaties, land theft, forced relocations and compulsory boarding school attendance.…
 
A proposed change in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act would give tribes added muscle to hold museums accountable for the human remains they continue to keep in their collections. Museums still hold remains of thousands of Indigenous ancestors. Many times the burden is on tribes to prove their origins. Changes to the law wo…
 
Fishing for king and chum salmon on the Yukon River in Alaska is cancelled this year because fish numbers are so low. Regional tribal groups say it’s creating a dire situation for those who count on salmon for food and income to get them through the winter. Although the overall threat is mixed, it’s part of a worrying trend that has seen fish numbe…
 
We welcome Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians author Angeline Boulley to discuss her novel “Firekeeper’s Daughter.” It follows the life of Daunis Fontaine who is a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and, as the author says, the product of a scandal. A swirl of events, including caretaking her mother, causes Daunis to put off her own dreams.…
 
Pregnant women need a healthy diet to minimize the risk of developmental problems with their babies. But many Indigenous people have limited access to fresh food and good nutritional guidance. A 2019 study of Indigenous women by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion found high sodium levels, empty calories and limi…
 
Certain hills, mountains, valleys, forests and rivers are among some of the most sacred spaces for Indigenous culture and spirituality. They are included in creation stories. They include places like Oak Flat, San Francisco Peak, the Grand Canyon, South Mountain and the Blythe Intaglios. But many of those places are not controlled by tribes. They f…
 
Native Nations have been hit hard by COVID-19. There is the toll of lost loved ones and the economic devastation that is still far from recovered. Out of hardship, however, comes hope. Many individuals, organizations and grassroots groups continue to step up. Giving and helping those in need are key values among many tribes. During the pandemic, gi…
 
Qacung aka Stephen Blanchet is out with his first solo album, “Miu.” In it, we hear about his love for First Alaskans. It’s celebration of jazz, R&B and the traditional sounds and Indigenous language fill each track with soulful fun, something that stems from Qacung’s many years with his group Pamyua. Now, he is telling his own story of love, loss …
 
The release of 2020 data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows significant increases in the country’s Native populations. All multiracial groups gained percentages compared to the overall population. In the ten years since 2010, the number of people the Census categorizes as American Indian and Alaska Natives increased from 5.2 million to 9.7 million. …
 
Opponents of the Line 3 oil pipeline across Minnesota continue to work to halt construction. Tribes, environmental groups and celebrities continue to devote considerable energy against the project that Enbridge Energy, the company backing the pipeline, says is more than 80 percent complete. Potential environmental disasters, inadequate tribal consu…
 
It’s a big week coming up in the Native arts world. The largest assembly of Native artists is resuming in Santa Fe on a limited scale. The Santa Fe Indian Market was an online-only event last year because of the pandemic. A number of other in-person events are also scheduled, all featuring the talents of Native artists, many of whom lost their prim…
 
Native people across the country are learning to adjust to life in the pandemic after a bumpy road this past year. Over the next two days, we’re going to be lifting up Indigenous people, culture, and traditions. We'll be live at the Poeh Cultural Center for the Pathways Native Arts Festival, bringing in Native artists to reflect on the hardship of …
 
Native students are heading back into classrooms. After more than a year of forced distance learning and canceled events because of the pandemic, there was some excitement about resuming regular K-12 and post-secondary classes. But new COVID-19 variants and inconsistent vaccinations and mask-wearing requirements prompt concern and confusion as the …
 
Native filmmakers from more than two dozen tribes are ready working on a number of film projects. When finished, the documentaries, short films and episodic series supported by Vision Maker Media will broadcast on PBS. The subjects include Native doctors working through the COVID-19 pandemic, the decline of wild salmon, traditional fire management …
 
South Dakota’s Department of Education drastically reduced the number of references to Oceti Sakowin in school social studies standards recommended by a working group of educators, public officials and parents. That would limit lessons on important concepts like treaties, the development of the state’s reservations and key historical figures. At th…
 
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and pro tennis player Naomi Osaka are two top athletes who made high profile professional sacrifices in favor of their own mental health. They helped spark conversations about knowing your limits and when to tap the brakes on your goals to avoid problems down the road. We’ll get some perspectives on maintaining balance …
 
President Joe Biden has received the totem gifted to him by members of the Lummi Nation and other tribal leaders. The totem’s journey from Washington State to Washington D.C. may be complete, but the message that accompanies it will be harder to fulfill. We’ll hear about the totem and the ongoing movement behind it to protect sacred places and to h…
 
Women are statistically paid less in the workplace. And they face additional hurdles as entrepreneurs. A report by American Express found Native women make up just 1.4% of all women-owned businesses. The good news is, they are growing at almost twice the rate of women-owned business overall. Two of the world's wealthiest women just awarded a Native…
 
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Native Americans are vaccinated at a higher rate than the rest of the population. Many tribes are success stories for getting COVID-19 under control. At the same time, persistent distrust and misinformation has taken hold in parts of the country, many of which are seeing new spikes …
 
Homelessness is an unfortunate reality for a disproportionate number of Native Americans, especially in urban areas. Some tribes are having some success with ‘tiny homes’ as one solution. The Menominee tribe recently completed tiny home village on their reservation in Wisconsin. The Puyallup Tribe is planning a similar project in Tacoma. The homes …
 
People are hitting the roads, boarding flights and planning late-summer vacations across the U.S. They are looking forward to traveling after COVID-19 restrictions kept them close to home for months. Native tourism destinations are among the popular places attracting sightseers and tribes, cultural centers, businesses and artists have all felt the …
 
Toxic sludge from the Gold King Mine in Colorado poured into the Animas and San Juan rivers on Aug. 5, 2015. It created an environmental disaster for hundreds of miles downstream, including parts of the Navajo Nation. The bright orange plume from the original spill is gone, but legal fights and restoration projects continue. And heavy metals from t…
 
As the pandemic subsides, the number of job openings is soaring. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said new job openings rose to an unprecedented 9.3 million in April. That’s good news for job seekers. Not so much for small businesses and other employers who are having a hard time finding qualified workers. At the same time, Native Americans typi…
 
Cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and relatives continue to make headlines across the country. And their family members and Native women’s advocates continue working to keep their memories in the eyes of the public, law enforcement and policy makers. Tribal efforts to address MMIWR across the country include collaborations with …
 
The United States Postal Service just picked Rico Worl’s (Tlingit and Athabaskan) illustration for a new forever stamp. It’s the first stamp design by an Alaska Native artist. Worl’s work as an artist and as the owner a design shop aims to celebrate and uplift Indigenous art, culture and stories from southeast Alaska. We’ll talk with Worl about his…
 
In September of 2005, Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo/Diné) joined Native America Calling as an associate producer. She later moved into hosting our national talking circle where each weekday she has engaged with many guests and experts connected to our different Indigenous circles. For nearly 16 years she has worked diligently with a full heart to he…
 
With both grief and relief, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe welcomed the return of nine children who were buried at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania 140 years ago. The effort took more than six years and was driven by young people from the tribe. It’s part of the ongoing effort to repatriate remains from the U.S. boarding schools that aimed to as…
 
Navajo writer Brian Young’s debut novel “Healer of the Water Monster,” features the story of Nathan who makes a trip to his grandmother’s place on the Navajo Nation. He encounters a holy being who prompts him to become a helper. It’s his courage that lands him the role of being the big thinker. As Young says, his kindness makes him the true hero of…
 
The breakthrough series, Reservation Dogs, is ready to drop its first two episodes on FX on Hulu Aug. 9. The highly anticipated show from Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi zeroes in on four Indigenous teenagers getting by and dreaming big growing up in rural Oklahoma. The production is rich with Indigenous talent on both sides of the camera.…
 
Known for her incredibly strong voice and fierce love for her people and land of Hawaii, Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask was a force to be reckoned with. She is one of the founders of Hawaii’s sovereignty movement who inspired generations of Kanaka Maoli to speak up and take back space in academia, politics and the cultural landscape. She was an author, poet…
 
A new pictorial collection gives a unique outlet to Native photographers to express stories of identity and the effects of colonialism. The 400 Years Project also adds to efforts to correct the enduring myths about what the Pilgrims encountered when the Mayflower landed.By Native Voice One - NV1
 
Some talented young people are making marks in the Native business world. They are early to adopt the benefits of being their own boss and developing a useful product to sell. There are a number of tools, techniques and mentors young people can utilize to help them realize their entrepreneurial vision.…
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 2020 was the worst year on record for drug overdose deaths. The number jumped by nearly 30% from the year before. Medically assisted treatment remains one of the standards for opioid treatment and a public benefit corporation is working with tribes to build a model of equitable options for Native …
 
The National Interagency Fire Center counts more than 70 wildfires in recent weeks. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington issued a state of emergency and evacuated residents from the town of Nespelem because of an encroaching fire. Meanwhile, heatwaves are scorching much of the western half of the country and weather exp…
 
Large, expensive infrastructure projects would go a long way toward solving drinking water access problems on tribal lands. But they are very slow coming. In the meantime, non-profits, tribes and others are coming up with innovative and experimental water projects for individual homes and small communities.…
 
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