Native America Calling is a daily, interactive program connecting listeners with soul-stirring and thought-provoking conversations about Native and Indigenous communities. Each program features leaders, influencers, and folx on the front lines working to improve the quality of life for Native, Indigenous, and First Peoples around the globe. Native America Calling is heard on nearly 70 public, community, and tribal radio stations in the United States and Canada - and live streamed on our Native Voice One network. Our program is a production of Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, a Native-run non-profit based in Anchorage, Alaska.
Friday, January 27, 2023 – The Menu: James Beard nominations, eggs, and a new café
Indigenous chefs Nephi Craig (White Mountain Apache), Justin Pioche (Diné), Jaren Bates (Navajo), and Sherry Pocknett (Wampanoag) are semi-finalists for the James Beard Foundation award for best regional chef. ɁálɁal Café opened up at the urban housing complex recently opened by the Chief Seattle Club and it’s turning out a fresh line of healthy Indigenous menu items. And, as the much of the country grapples with an egg supply problem, some Native egg farmers are sitting pretty. Friday on Native America Calling, Andi Murphy serves up a new helping of our regular feature The Menu with ɁálɁal Café manager Anthony Johnson (Anishinaabe and a citizen of Red Lake Nation), chef Justin Pioche, and Katherine Minthorn (Umatilla), Intertribal Agriculture Council technical assistance specialist (Idaho region) and an owner of Rez Chicks Co-Op.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 – Evolving choices for Native family planning
The post Roe vs. Wade landscape changes some reproductive health choices, but informed planning about starting and building families remains the best chance for health outcomes for everyone concerned. The federal government recently distributed $350 million to states to help address health disparities for mothers and babies who are most at risk. Today on Native America Calling, we get updates from Captain Stacey Dawson, Senior Women's Health Nurse Consultant for IHS Division of Nursing Services; Sarah Adams (citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), co-founder of Matriarch; Charon Asetoyer (Comanche), executive director and CEO of the Native American Community board, parent organization to the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center; and Nicole Martin (Navajo, Laguna, Chiricahua Apache, Zuni), co-founder and sex educator with Indigenous Women Rising.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 – The problem with lithium
Increasing demand for electric vehicles and other electric storage devices makes lithium an important and valuable commodity. The metal is used in batteries. Today on Native America Calling, we learn about plans to expand the only lithium mine in the United States to meet the demand and why it's considered an environmental and cultural affront to tribes in Nevada with Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Chairman Arlan Melendez; Ft. McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone tribal member Arlo Crutcher; and Gary McKinney (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley), spokesperson for the People of Red Mountain and American Indian Movement Northern Nevada chapter member.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 – The mass incarceration of Native Americans
The research on the overrepresentation of Native Americans behind bars is long and vast. But a new report shows numbers that exceed what we’ve seen in the past: Native people are incarcerated at a rate 38% higher than the national average and are held in proportions higher than any other ethnic group in at least 19 states. Today on Native America Calling, we'll look at how, according to the report, tribes and tribal courts are part of the problem and could be part of the solution with Nikcole Whipple (Round Valley Indian Tribe member), Justice Fellow at the Education Trust; Amber Miller, reentry staff attorney for the Yurok Tribal Court; and attorney Nikki Borchardt Campbell (Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and Ute Indian Tribe), executive director of the National American Indian Court Judges Association.
Monday, January 23, 2023 — Indigenous interactions with artificial intelligence
You already interact with artificial intelligence when you ask Siri for directions or create an algorithmic path by thumbing through TikTok videos. But AI is fast becoming a place for individual—and corporate—creativity and technology. That brings up a lot of questions about copyright protections for Native creatives and worries about appropriation. Today on Native America Calling, we look at how it all works with Michael Running Wolf (Lakota and Cheyenne), a Ph.D student studying computer science and a language advocate using AI; Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma), artist, technologist, and the Banks endowed chair and associate professor of artificial intelligence and the arts at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida; Dr. Jason Edward Lewis (Hawaiian, Samoan), university research chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada; and Suzanne Kite (Oglala Lakota), artist and organizer of the group Indigenous AI.
Friday, January 20, 2023 – Cultural connection: alligators
Alligators are known as large and fearsome reptiles. But they are also traditional touchstones and an important source of food for Southern and Southeastern tribes. Overhunting and human encroachment nearly drove the animal to extinction, but protections and habitat improvement helped them make a dramatic recovery. Today on Native America Calling, we'll hear about ongoing tribal efforts to manage populations of the animal that continues to have an important and enduring connection with Everett Osceola (Seminole Tribe of Florida), cultural ambassador for the Seminole Tribe of Florida; Principal Chief Lora Ann Chaisson (United Houma Nation); and RJ Molinere (United Houma Nation), alligator hunter, arm wrestling champion, and star on the History Channel reality series “Swamp People”.
I love this show! Such high quality content with great guests and hosts. Thought provoking and informative on important issues.
Excellent Source of Information
As a White American, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about Native/Indigenous issues directly from the people themselves. This program format is welcoming and informative. Thank you for all the valuable content and straightforward journalism.
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 :)