A live call-in program, engaging noted guests and listeners in a thought-provoking national conversation from a Native perspective. Hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta).
07-30-21 A big Thank You from Tara Gatewood
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 help uplift the voices of our Native nations through our Indigenous airwaves. Her work has helped open up more understanding of who we are as Native people and the strong foundations that we come from and the issues we face. Today Tara honors her time with Native America Calling and the many voices who’ve shared space with her on-air as she gets ready to take on a new chapter in her life. Join us as we celebrate her work and wish her well on her new journeys.
07-29-21 Welcoming home children who died at Carlisle Indian School
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 assimilate Native children.
07-28-21 Book of the Month: “Healer of the Water Monster” by Brian Young
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 story inspired by a dream the author had when he was seven. We’ll hear more about the book on our July Book of the Month when we visit with Brian Young.
07-27-21 The debut of Reservation Dogs
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.
07-26-21 The legacy of Haunani-Kay Trask
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, activist, professor and founder of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Trask passed away on July 3, 2021 at the age of 71. We’ll remember her accomplishments.
07-23-21 400 years photography project
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.
Awesome & educational
I listen to a few different Native podcasts, and this ranks right up there with “all my ancestors” - I love it! The flow is great, and the information provided is enlightening and helpful for my own education and conversations with others. Thank you very much for putting this together, my family looks forward to every new episode :)
As a white, cisgendered woman in Ohio, I looked around for a Native American podcast to provide me with news and information about Native American people. When I found Native America Calling, I knew I found what I was looking for- it's a fabulous mix of everything you could want- politics, the news cycle, food, entertainment, etc. As it's a daily show and there are A LOT of back catologue to go through, I'm still really behind (March 2020) but I love it so far. I love that it's hosted by women (Tara and Monica) who are clearly passionate about the topics that they tackle. It's also the only podcast I listen to that is also a call in radio program. I get so excited when Joyce or Melvin calls in. Thank you so much for the gift that is this podcast!
Thank you for putting these episodes online so I can still listen to them from half a world away.