300 episodes

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.

Native America Calling Koahnic

    • News
    • 4.8 • 117 Ratings

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.

    Wednesday, July 6, 2022 — Through the Decades: The 1960s

    Wednesday, July 6, 2022 — Through the Decades: The 1960s

    The 1960s were the genesis of Native American activism. Urban Native communities, formed by the American Indian Urban Relocation program of the 1950s, were tough and deplorable places to live. The American Indian Movement formed as a result and by 1968, the Indian Civil Rights Act was passed. This decade is also marked by the arrival of the color TV, an explosion of (rock) music, and a new style of Native art. In the first episode in our new series “Through the Decades”, Shawn Spruce remembers the politics, significant events, and pop culture that helped shape Native America with Donovin Sprague (Sioux), author, historian, and professor of history at Sheridan College; actress Dawn Little Sky (Sioux); Dr. Jonathan Tomhave (MHA), lecturer at the University of Washington; America Meredith (Cherokee), publishing editor of First American Art Magazine, art writer, visual artist, and independent curator; and Deanna Aquiar (Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo), director of programs and development for the National Indian Youth Council.

    • 56 min
    Tuesday, July 5, 2022 – #LandBack Canada

    Tuesday, July 5, 2022 – #LandBack Canada

    Land Back, as a hashtag and a movement, expands beyond our U.S. borders. For Indigenous people, it means taking back positions as stewards of the land and bringing balance to the community. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Land Back movements and initiatives are very similar to those in the U.S., but with a different history of colonialism, an era of Truth and Reconciliation, and a growing number of land management programming. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with Qwustenuxun (Cowichan), Quw'utsun chef, award-winning writer, and Indigenous foods educator; dr. linda many guns (Blackfoot), associate vice-president of Indigenization and decolonization at Mount Royal University; and Tiffany Traverse (Secwépemc), Indigenous Land and Seed Steward at Fourth Sister Farm.

    • 55 min
    Friday, July 1, 2022 — Live from the Eastern Band of Cherokee powwow

    Friday, July 1, 2022 — Live from the Eastern Band of Cherokee powwow

    Today on Native America Calling, as we head into the three-day weekend, Shawn Spruce takes you to a place that knows how to celebrate with family-friendly cultural authenticity - for a special live broadcast from Cherokee, NC. This year, the Eastern Band of Cherokee marks the 47th year for their annual powwow. The tribe promises an "explosion" of regalia, dancing competitions, food, crafts, and music - and we’ll learn more about the Qualla Boundary and Cherokee history in the Southeast with fancy dancer Eric Bird; Museum of the Cherokee Indian director Shana Bushyhead Condill; Daniel Tramper, Deer Clan Productions owner and powwow organizer; and Frieda Saylor, clinical director of Behavioral Health Services at Cherokee Indian Hospital.

    • 41 min
    NAC special: Full conversation with “Rutherford Falls” cast and creators

    NAC special: Full conversation with “Rutherford Falls” cast and creators

    Watch or listen to this full conversation about the second season of “Rutherford Falls”, now out on Peacock, between Alyssa Yáx̱ Ádi Yádi London and key creators and cast members Sierra Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Michael Greyeyes (Cree), Jana Schmieding (Lakota), Dustin Milligan, Jesse Leigh, and Ed Helms.

    • 32 min
    Thursday, June 30, 2022 — Streaming Native stories

    Thursday, June 30, 2022 — Streaming Native stories

    It’s an exciting time for Native audiences to see Native stories and talent on screen. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce reviews some new series and new seasons of Native shows that are available to stream with Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk), editor of NativeViewPoint.com and a certified Rotten Tomatoes critic, and Jody Potts-Joseph (Han Gwich’in), cast member of “Life Below Zero: First Alaskans” (streaming on National Geographic and Disney+), a series about four Alaska Native communities and subsistence hunting. We also discuss “Wildhood” (streaming on Hulu), a road trip with a pair of Mi’kmaq youth to exploring family history and their Indigenous and Two-Spirit identity. Plus, an exclusive conversation about the second season of “Rutherford Falls”, now out on Peacock, between Alyssa Yáx̱ Ádi Yádi London and key creators and cast members Sierra Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Michael Greyeyes (Cree), Jana Schmieding (Lakota), Dustin Milligan, Jesse Leigh, and Ed Helms.

    • 55 min
    Wednesday June 29, 2022 — Supreme Court decisions and Indian Country

    Wednesday June 29, 2022 — Supreme Court decisions and Indian Country

    The U.S. Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v. Wade, a decision that protected the right for women to choose to have an abortion. The decision sparked protests and praise on either side of the political divide. When a conservative Supreme Court can revisit and overturn an important decision like Roe v. Wade, how likely is it they’ll revisit cases like McGirt or those which affect Two-Spirit rights or tribal sovereignty? Wednesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with legal experts Matthew Fletcher (Ottawa and Chippewa), law professor at the University of Michigan Law School and author of the “Turtle Talk” blog; Ann Tweedy, professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law; and Melody McCoy (Cherokee), staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund about how Indian Country is affected by decisions of the Supreme Court—and could be affected by future decisions.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Ana Thema ,

Excellent show

I love this show! Such high quality content with great guests and hosts. Thought provoking and informative on important issues.

XarifaBedford ,

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.

K. Vollmer ,

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 :)

Top Podcasts In News

The New York Times
NPR
The Daily Wire
The Daily Wire
Serial Productions
The Daily Wire

You Might Also Like

Matika Wilbur, Desi Small-Rodriguez & Adrienne Keene
Crooked Media
The Red Nation
CBC Radio
Antonia Gonzales
CBC Podcasts