Native America Calling

Weekdays 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Hosted by Tara Gatewood

Native America Calling is a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Each program engages noted guests and experts with callers throughout the United States and is designed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. Native America Calling is heard on 52 stations in the United States and in Canada by approximately 500,000 listeners each week. 

Cooking Up Winter Stews

Oct 28, 2013
User avlxyz / Flickr

Tue. 10/29 11a: Cold weather is a great time to cook a big batch of soup or stew.

Racism Online

Oct 3, 2013
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Fri. 10/4 11a: The first woman of East Indian descent was recently crowed “Miss America." One of the biggest news stories after the announcement was the racist backlash online. Another race-related story generated nationwide attention recently when a waitress at Famous Dave’s was fired for an online picture of her with a sign that suggested Native Americans are bad tippers.

Let’s Go Ricing

Sep 18, 2013
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Fri. 9/20 11a: September is National Rice Month and we’re celebrating it with a trip to the upper Midwest. The grain is ripe for the picking and many Natives are heading out on the lakes with their canoes and flails.

Veteran Health

Sep 18, 2013
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Thu. 9/19 11a: Veterans who serve in the United States Armed Forces are entitled to health care both during and after their service. Native American veterans are in a unique situation. They can access health care from both the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Native Designers Fit for High Fashion

Sep 18, 2013
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Wed. 9/18 11a: Today it’s all about high fashion in our electronic talking circle. The New York City fashion week wrapped up last week. There were moments that made many heads turn and jaws drop.

Among the parade of high fashion fabrics and accessories were several Indigenous designs. As the world continues to buzz about what was on the cat walk this year, we want to highlight the fashion brilliance of Indigenous designers.

To War or Not To War?

Sep 16, 2013
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Tue. 9/17 11a: As the Obama administration considers how to respond to a horrifying chemical weapon attack in Syria, people around the country are once again debating the use of US military intervention.

Do you think US forces would help or hurt the situation in Syria? If Syrian president Bashar al-Assad agrees to give up chemical weapons, will that be enough?

What are people saying in your community? How might the conversation change if Indigenous perspectives were included in discussions about military intervention abroad?

Is Disenrollment Cultural Genocide?

Sep 16, 2013
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Mon. 9/16 11a: Families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, will see some changes this fall. A boost in monthly benefits during the recession is set to expire on November 1st. The US Congress is also considering budget cuts for the SNAP program as lawmakers debate reauthorization of the farm bill.

What might these changes mean for Native families that rely on SNAP to put food on the table? Has your family ever used food assistance? Is healthy, affordable food accessible in your community?

Summertime Is Barbecuing Time

Jul 3, 2013
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Fri. 7/5 11a: Summer is in full swing and it’s time to kick the tires and light the fires on the old barbeque grill.

The Battle for Baby Veronica

Apr 8, 2013

Tue. 4/9 11a: The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl next week. 

Native Fashion - When You’re In, You’re In

Apr 5, 2013

Mon. 4/8 11a: Right now the nation is watching Taos Pueblo designer Patricia Michaels as she continues to edge her way to the top of this season’s cable TV series “Project Runway.”

Gay Marriage and Tradition

Apr 2, 2013
Mike Licht / Flickr

Wed. 4/3 11a: The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Michigan recently voted to allow same sex couples to marry on the reservation.

Book of the Month: The Seeds We Planted

Mar 19, 2013

Wed. 3/20 11a: “The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School” by Noelani Goodyear-Ka’opua provides a view into Indigenous urban education.

Remember Our Mother Earth

Mar 18, 2013
Sebi Covaci / Flickr

Tue. 3/19 11a: Native American communities have a special reverence for the home many call Mother Earth. Every spring, groups around the country and the world celebrate our planet by setting aside one day to recognize its importance on Earth Day.

What Is Your Definition Of An Artist?

Mar 7, 2013
David Sim / Flickr

Mar. 3/8 11a: The development of art schools, like the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, has drawn many Natives away from their home to pursue their dreams of becoming an artist.

March Current Events

Feb 28, 2013

Fri. 3/1 11a: In March, the Southcentral Foundation of Alaska is hosting its 16th Annual Gathering and is inviting everyone for a day of activity and entertainment.

Library of Congress

Wed. 2/27 11a: On this date 40 years ago the world’s attention was on Pine Ridge, South Dakota as the American Indian Movement or A.I.M. heeded the call to protect Native rights and freedom. 

Book of the Month: “Decolonizing Museums”

Feb 19, 2013

Wed. 2/20 11a: Amy Lonetree’s (Ho-Chunk) new book “Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums” opens a discussion about the role Native people might play in choosing how the story of our peoples is shared or displayed.

Heart Health

Feb 18, 2013
John Kavanagh / Flickr

Tue. 2/19 11a: Heart disease is a leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

February Music Maker: Miracle Dolls

Feb 14, 2013

Fri. 2/15 11a: Since so much love went into their latest musical venture, the Miracle Dolls waited until Valentine's Day to release their new album “Kiss Me Auras.”

It’s Grammy Time, Where are All the Natives?

Feb 7, 2013
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Fri. 2/8 11a: The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday, February 10th. Hundreds of music artists are eager to put their hands on the mini gold gramophone trophy, but where are the Natives?

Native, Single and a Parent

Feb 6, 2013
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Thu. 2/7 11a: The joys of parenthood can be tested when you are raising a child on your own. Whether by choice or after a relationship has gone bad, raising a child on your own has unexpected twists and turns that can test limits of even the strongest person.

What support is available to single parents in your tribal community or village? How do you help a single parent when they refuse help from the family of the child’s other parent?

Join us and share your advice about dealing with the emotional, legal and financial challenges of raising a child alone.

Challenges of Finishing College

Feb 5, 2013
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Wed. 2/6 11a: Graduating from high school and entering college are important issues in American Indian education, but what about finishing college?

'Tis the Season to Be Giving

Dec 13, 2012
Kevin Dooley / Flickr

Fri. 12/14 11a: Many people use this time of year to share with others. Some individuals make the best of this season by letting others know how much they appreciate them through gifts and other tangible tokens of their affections.

2012 December Music Maker: Sihasin

Dec 5, 2012

Fri. 12/7 11a: Sihasin is a Navajo word meaning to think with hope and assurance. It also means the process of making critical affirmative action of thinking, planning, learning and becoming experienced and confident to adapt.

Confessions of a Native Wannabe

Dec 4, 2012
Stefanie Neves / Flickr

Thu. 12/6 11a: When he was growing up playing Indian and reenacting scenes from Hollywood movies, Roger Welsch never dreamed that his life-long fascination with Native American culture would lead him on a journey of self-discovery and a vast knowledge of Native culture.

Is Peace Possible?

Dec 3, 2012
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Wed. 12/05 11a: The term “peace activist” often engenders ideas of longhaired hippies holding flowers and flashing two fingers to the camera. 

President Lincoln In Indian Country

Nov 29, 2012
John Haslam / Flickr

Fri. 11/30 11a: Steven Spielberg's new film “Lincoln” is in theaters now and focuses on the famous president’s fight to end slavery.

Native Heritage Month Report Card

Nov 26, 2012
Universal Music Group

Tue. 11/27 11a: The pop band No Doubt ignited a firestorm of reactions over their recent video release for the song "Looking Hot." The video featured lead singer Gwen Stefani in a Native American style headdress tied up, a counter to her fellow band members dressed up as cowboys.

Book of The Month: "Blasphemy" by Sherman Alexie

Nov 20, 2012

Wed. 11/21 11a: This November we welcome back Native author and poet Sherman Alexie (Spokane/ Coeur d'Alene) as he debuts his latest novel "Blasphemy."

Twilight Saga’s Biggest Critics: Native America

Nov 15, 2012
Becky Wetherington / Flickr

Fri. 11/16 11a: At the stroke of Midnight this morning moviegoers around the country flooded into theaters to see the last movie chapter in the Twilight saga.