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.
Monday, September 25, 2023 – How the Pontiac rebellion changed history
The British acquired a large expanse of North American territory following the French and Indian War. But their oppressive treatment of the resident Native Americans fostered discontent. It all boiled over in 1763 as Odawa Chief Pontiac or Obwaandi'eyaag, formed an alliance among several tribes against the British occupation. Violence spread from the Great Lakes region to West Virginia. The resistance forced the British to change their official stance toward Native people. We’ll recount how Chief Pontiac and his allies changed the direction of colonial expansion 260 years ago.
Friday, September 22, 2023 – The scope of the massive Arizona Medicaid scam expands
At first officials identified Navajo, Apache, and other Arizona tribal members as among those who were victims of a massive Medicaid fraud scam. Now tribes in Montana, North and South Dakota, and other states are taking stock of their members who were also caught up in the fake substance abuse treatment con that reaches into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The Blackfeet Nation declared an emergency to help gain resources to repair the fallout for its citizens. We’ll find out the latest on the efforts to help the people who were harmed and hold those responsible accountable.
Reva Stewart (Diné), grassroots advocate with the #StolenPeopleStolenBenefits campaign
Jeri Long (Diné), Native American advocate and director of business development at Milestone Recovery
Melissa Lonebear (Northern Cheyenne), member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council
Shelly Hall (Blackfeet), member of the Blackfeet Tribe Business Council
Thursday, September 21, 2023 – Growing recognition to change offensive place names
Until this month, one of Colorado’s highest peaks was named for the former state governor who fostered and supported what became known as the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864. It took years of pressure and an awareness campaign to get the name changed. Still, support is not universal. We’ll get the story on changing the Mount Evans name to Mount Blue Sky - and some updates on other important place name changes.
Fred Mosqueda (Southern Arapaho), Arapaho Language and Culture Program Coordinator for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma
Chester Whiteman (Southern Cheyenne), Cheyenne coordinator of the Culture Program of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes
Dr. David Lewis (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde), assistant professor of Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at Oregon State University and blogs at NDN History Research
Roman Rain Tree (Dunlap Band of Mono Indians, Choinumni, Wukchumni), chief impact officer for Seeds of Sovereignty and community organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation
Tom Rodgers (Blackfeet), senior advisor for the Rocky Mountain Tribal Council
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – Maui fire response turns to healing, rebuilding
Neighbors are helping each other rebuild after the historic deadly fire on Maui. The community is in line for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state funds, in addition to private donations from all over the world. More than a month after the blaze swept through the city of Lahaina and the surrounding area, officials are still sorting out the cause and the factors that contributed to its severity. And, while not as bad as originally feared, the death toll approaches 100 people. We’ll check back in with the rebuilding effort in Hawaii and what some of the major challenges are as residents look to the future.
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 – Finding suicide intervention that works
The newest survey from the Pew Charitable Trusts concludes suicide is an urgent public health issue. Their data shows that while the suicide rate increased an alarming 30% across the board over a 20-year span, the rate for Native American and Alaska Native females rose a staggering 135% over the same time. The number for Native males is close behind. At least half of those people had contact with the health care system within a month of taking their own lives, indicating an opportunity for trained professionals to intervene. It’s Suicide Awareness Month, and we’ll look at the promising work to turn around a dire trend.
Monday, September 18, 2023 – Is the end of federal support for Native businesses in sight?
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling denying race-conscious college admissions has Native business owners on alert over the far-reaching implications beyond higher education. A recent federal judge’s decision puts an additional hurdle in front of Native businesses when it comes to a program in place to diversify federal contracts. Some experts and Native small business owners worry it’s only the beginning of a new system that will mean fewer successful Native entrepreneurs.
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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.
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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 :)