Monday, September 29, 2014 – Turning Out The Native Vote
This fall, we are focusing on key issues in the 2014 elections. Groups across the country are working to encourage more Native American and Alaska Native voters to cast a ballot this year. Do you plan to vote in November? Will you vote early or by absentee ballot? Join us as we learn more about efforts to increase Native voter turnout. We also want to hear why you vote, or don’t vote, in state and federal elections.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 -Difficulties of Learning Your Native Language
Out of the hundreds of languages that were once spoken in North America, there are only a handful of them left – and even fewer speakers. However, there is a growing interest among many Native Americans to learn their language. You could take a class or use an online program, but learning a language is challenging. Have you started to learn your Native language as an adult? What challenges did you face? Can our elders, fluent speakers and tribal leaders make it easier for us to learn our languages?
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – In the News: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Since the 1980s, over a thousand Indigenous women in Canada have been murdered or disappeared. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Indigenous women are 4 percent of Canada’s population but make up 16 percent of the country’s murder cases. Family members and activists are drawing attention to these cases. Some are saying the media is part of the problem because news organizations don’t cover cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women as often as cases involving white women. What do you think needs to be done to address this issue and protect Indigenous girls and women? Should media coverage be part of the discussion? Is the safety of women an issue in your community?
Thursday, October 2, 2014 – Take Care of Your Bones!
In honor of the month where skeletons take center stage, we want to talk about our own skeletons. Did you know the human body has 206 bones? Or that there are 26 bones in the human foot? Join us as we explore fun facts about bones and answer your questions about bones. Have you ever wondered what foods are best for supporting the health of your bones? What puts you at risk for osteoporosis? Why do our bones pop sometimes? Send your questions about bone health to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 03, 2014 – Drinking In Moderation
At the end of most ads for alcohol, the phrase “Please Drink Responsibly” often pops up. What does that really mean? If you have family members who dealt with alcoholism, is it possible to drink in moderation? What does drinking in moderation look like? One person’s idea of moderation might be only drinking one six pack of beer while others might see moderation as a glass of wine with dinner. What is the difference between alcohol problems and alcohol dependency? Can you address drinking by cutting back the amount of alcohol you drink without completely stopping? Guests include Dr. Reid Hester, director of the research division of Behavior Therapy Associates, LLC.
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