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. 

A Quivering Quality Healthcare System

Nov 1, 2012
Ken Teegardin / Flickr

Fri. 11/2 11a: Accessing quality healthcare and insurance is being called one of the most critical issues in Indian Country. 

Costumes with Controversy

Oct 30, 2012
F Delventhal / Flickr

Wed. 10/31 11a: Every year on and around Halloween, controversy around inappropriate costumes finds a small place in the media landscape. 

Bringing Balance Back: Life After Rape

Oct 8, 2012

Tue. 10/9 11a: Has sexual violence always existed in our Native communities? Are sex crimes just more acute in Indian Country making them more visible?

October Current Events

Oct 1, 2012

Tue. 10/2 11a: October marks the end of harvest time but, it's just the beginning of a busy month for many tribal leaders, teachers, elders, and students. 

The Road to Federal Recognition

Sep 27, 2012

Fri. 9/28 11a: Today there are more than 560 bands and tribes that are listed as federally recognized governments. 

Defending the Native American Flute

Sep 20, 2012
Photo by user Diederich College of Communication / Flickr

Fri. 9/21 11a: Native American flute music is known in some of the most far-reaching places on the planet. 

Music Maker Crystal Shawanda

Sep 18, 2012

Wed. 9/19 11a: Four Years ago we were introduced to the rich country flare and strong vocals of Crystal Shawanda an Ojibwe from Canada’s Wikwemikong Reserve. She is back with her new album “Just Like You” off of New Sun Records. The sound on the 15-track album is a maturing extension of what we first heard.  The lyrics are sung in deep vocal brush strokes that are reminiscent of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.

Native Resilience

Mar 29, 2012


Vietnam: Beyond Battlefields

Mar 26, 2012
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mon. 3/26 11a: Many stories about the  Vietnam War are told from those who were in direct combat on the  battlefields. A view beyond the fighting has been recently published.  From looking like the enemy to becoming familiar with Vietnamese culture  are some of the stories shared by a Native soldier who was in an  isolated camp and had extensive contact with rural villagers. 

Wed. 01/18 11a: The growing wealth gap between the rich and the poor in this country is now part of the national consciousness. Where does Native America fit into this escalating debate? More Native families live in poverty than any other group in the country. One solution being offered is to entice more Native students to enter business school. But often getting a business degree and the Indian worldview creates a conflict.

Tues. 12/20 11a: The “Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights” begins this Sunday. The walk will begin with a ceremony at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. It will follow a route across the southern U.S. and end in Washington D.C. in May. 

Mon. 12/19 11a: In late August, we brought you the story of famous AIM activist and Native actor Russell Means’ (Lakota) fight with throat cancer. 

Fri. 12/16 11a: In honor on Native American Heritage Month, the White House honored eleven Native American young people as "Champions of Change" for their service to their tribes and communities.

12/12 11a: The Sunka Wakan Oyate (the Horse Nation) is the foundation for a youth program on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in South Dakota. The suicide rate there is nearly three times the national average. The Spirit Riders Youth Horseback Club nurtures youth to build close relationships with the Horse Nation, nature, culture and self.

Tribal Leaders and Education

Oct 25, 2011

Wed. 10/26 at 11a:  The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is holding its annual convention in Albuquerque, NM. One of the key questions at the conference is, “are tribal governments and tribal leaders ready to support the education of their tribal members?”

Best Ways to Stay Breast Cancer Free

Oct 25, 2011

10/25 at 11am: Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among Native American women over the age of 45. It is more common among Alaska Native women and northern and southern plains women than among Natives from other regions in the U.S. 

Keepseagle Claims Case

Oct 24, 2011
Bureau of Indian Affairs

10/24 at 11 am:  The clock is ticking for Native American farmers and ranchers in the historic Keepseagle claims case. The period to file a claim in the Keepseagle class action settlement is two months away. The Keepseagle case was won by Native Americans, who claimed  that the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against them. 


Mon. 3/21 at 11am: LaDonna Harris (Comanche) has left quite an imprint on Indian Country - and she's not done yet. LaDonna, known affectionately by many as "Mama LaDonna," has produced a stellar career in politics, civil and human rights, and in organizing Indigenous people around the globe.