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Native America Calling


Podcast of Koahnic Broadcast Corporation's live, interactive daily radio program "Native America Calling", hosting conversations with Native and indigenous perspectives.

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12-03-21 Connecting with small Native businesses

Dec 3 • 57:00
It’s the time of year many small Native businesses rely on for a major portion of their annual income. There are always challenges to stand out among the big box stores and online retailers during the gift-giving season. In addition to the ongoing pandemic, many small merchants have to also cope with difficulties getting materials through a supply chain slowdown. We’ll che...

12-02-21 Taking control of the Food Distribution Program

Dec 2 • 57:00
The Oneida and Lummi nations and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium are among those taking part in an effort to operate their own federal commodity food programs, known as “Commods”. The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation’s Self-Determination Demonstration Project offers authorization to tribes under Public Law 93-638 to select foods included in progra...

12-01-21 Music Maker: PIQSIQ

Dec 1 • 57:00
The Indigenous voice has a lot of power. That power is amplified when it echoes the sounds of our Indigenous nations. The Indigenous artistry of Inuksuk Mackay (Inuit) and Tiffany Ayalik (Inuit), known as PIQSIQ, exemplify that power with their latest album “Live from Christ Church Cathedral.” You hear Inuit throat singing in a space that the duo says was once forbidden an...

11-30-21 Uncovering the history of U.S. boarding schools

Nov 30 • 57:00
Researchers in Nebraska have worked for years to find and organize documents from the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School. Part of the project includes identifying students who were buried on school grounds whose records were lost over the years. As the federal government begins its scrutiny of the country’s boarding schools, we’ll hear about what it takes to adequately un...

11-29-21 Making strides in Native-led school curricula

Nov 29 • 57:00
A survey in 2019 backed by the National Congress of American Indians concluded that the lack of access to adequate funding, equitable curricula, and professional development hinders suitable Native American lessons in schools. The good news is many states since then have recognized those barriers and are making strides to introduce Native-led curricula into schools. The st...

11-26-21 Effective solutions to ending stereotypical displays

Nov 26 • 56:30
A viral video of a California teacher resorting to objectionable Native stereotypes in the classroom begs the question: what will it take to get the message across? Some pockets of the population remain blind to mandatory diversity training and public education campaigns designed to end culturally insensitive comments and actions. (This is an encore show so we won’t be tak...

11-25-21 Slavery from an Indigenous perspective

Nov 25 • 56:28
The scourge of slavery was an unfortunate reality for Indigenous people in the history of North America. Spanish colonizers set in motion a complicated legacy of slavery throughout the Americas that changed identity, culture and relationships forever. We’ll talk about the history and legacy of Indigenous slavery and get insights from speakers with the National Museum of th...

11-24-21 The Menu: more new restaurants and food books

Nov 24 • 56:30
Crystal Wahpepah (Kickapoo and Sac and Fox) opened Wahpepah’s Kitchen in Oakland, California, one of the area’s first Native restaurants, after years of catering and teaching diners about the richness of Indigenous food. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz (Tewa and Chicana) debuts her book “Earth Medicines,” a collection of healthy recipes and ancestral knowledge. Native America Callin...

11-23-21 What do tribes get from the massive federal infrastructure bill?

Nov 23 • 56:30
The $1-trillion infrastructure bill just signed by President Biden is an unprecedented infusion of federal funds for thousands of projects across the country. Tribal leaders applauded the action that could go toward beefing up water systems at Warm Springs, Oregon, the Navajo Nation and parts of rural Alaska. Other funds will go toward broadband connections and helping coa...

11-22-21 Federal boost for language and culture

Nov 22 • 56:30
From the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana’s living history installation to the Red Lake Nation’s charter school, dozens of tribes are devoting emergency federal relief aid to projects to preserve traditional language and culture. The U.S. Government is distributing close to $88 million in American Rescue Plan funding to some 300 arts and cultural institutions, including tribal...

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