Week of February 2, 2015 on Native America Calling


Monday, February 2, 2015 – Obama’s Community College Plan

President Obama proposed a plan last month to provide two years of community college free to students who earn good grades and graduate on time. Tribal colleges would be included in this plan. What would two years of free college mean for Native American and Alaska Native students? How useful is community college in building a successful career? Is it the best way for young people to move in to the middle class? Guests include: Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald (Dakota/Arikara) president of United Tribes Technical College and Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota) president of the American Indian College Fund.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – Current Events

Every first Tuesday of the month, we host a Current Events show. During the hour we will highlight events around Native America during the month of February including community fairs, powwows, fundraisers, conferences to museum exhibits. This month the exhibit Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection opens at the Seattle Art Museum and the Institute of Museum and Library Services is offering grants for tribal libraries. The Bay-Area American Indian Two-Spirit 4th annual Two Spirit Powwow will be held in San Francisco. Do you have an event you would like to share? Call in and let us know what events you’re excited about in your community!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – Satire Or Offensive?

The recent terrorist attacks in France heated up debate about the line between what’s considered satire and what is simply offensive. Some say art and political satire are overstepping the line but others disagree. What about when it comes to Native America? There are many things to Native Nations considered sacred and off limits. What happens when the sacred gets the satirical spotlight? Join us and share where you draw the line between what is satire and what’s an attack on your beliefs. Guests include: Margaret Holt (Tuscarora) standards editor for the Chicago Tribune and Marty Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota) editorial cartoonist for Indian Country Today Media Network.


Thursday, February 5, 2015 – Interracial Relationships

Interracial relationships can be challenging, especially if you have strong ties to your culture, traditions and language. Conflicts and problems may arise from lack of understanding, stereotypes, or discrimination from both sides. When children are involved, things can get even more complicated. What makes an interracial relationship a healthy one? What is it like for a Native American to join a non-Native family? Guests include: Dr. Laurelle Myhra (Ojibwe), marriage and family therapist with the Native American Community Clinic, and Waneek Horn-Miller (Mohawk), Olympic athlete.


Friday, February 6, 2015 – Appreciate Your Mother Language

Our Native languages represent a connection to many aspects of our communities. In some cases, one has to know the language to understand tribal philosophy and government. In other cases, one has to speak the language to take part in cultural traditions, government practices, community functions or family gatherings. On today’s show, we celebrate our mother tongues and share the reasons why we are thankful for it. Guests include: McKeon Dempsey (Navajo), 2014-2015 Miss Navajo Nation.


Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.

Library Commons Retail Space – Entrepreneurs Wanted!

Entrepreneurs Wanted!

The Friends of the Round Valley Public Library are pleased to announce that they are opening up bids for lease of the food service retail space in the Library Commons. Our goal is to use this space to help support local business endeavors that will help bring our community together in a safe and congenial atmosphere as well as work in harmony with the Friends and the County Library.  We are open to all ideas for use of the space. Submissions are due in by February 16th. Visit our web page at http://roundvalley.org for more information.

1/20/15 KYBU Meeting Notes

KYBU Meeting

Library Community Room

1/20/15 – 5:00pm

Meeting Notes Corrections: Committee members who wish to correct these meeting notes, please send corrections to notes@kyburadio.org. Please note that these are not minutes but personal notes that are not necessarily accurate or complete but hopefully helpful.

Attendees: Max, Emily, Mary Jane, Clive, Imil and Jay


  • Introductions
  • New People/New Shows
  • Sunday Workshop
  • AAHP
  • Basketball Game

New People/New Shows: A discussion was held about Clive’s idea doing five-minute segments of comedy. Jay suggested we have people send in their favorite jokes. Another suggestion was made to send out an ad that we need music and comedy sorters. Per Emily, we could do climate bits. Max asked if anyone had listened to the Commonwealth Club. It’s pretty good per Clive. The Commonwealth Club offers one-hour, half-hour, and 15-minutes. The shorter versions are edited down from the hour version.

Sunday Workshop: We could work on comedy scripts. Bob might come. Emily will bring scripts to do new PSAs.

AAHP: Saturday’s AAHP litter cleanup was cancelled due to inclement weather. Rescheduling was tabled to another meeting.

Basketball Game: Lew is broadcasting the basketball game. He needs someone to help with next Tuesday at 5:30pm.

1/13/15 KYBU Meeting

KYBU Meeting

Library Community Room

1/13/15 – 5:00pm

Meeting Notes Corrections:  Committee members who wish to correct these meeting notes, please send corrections to notes@kyburadio.org. Please note that these are not minutes but personal notes that are not necessarily accurate or complete but hopefully helpful.

Attendees:  Sharon, Jay, Lew, Max, Emily, Dixie, Clive, and Mary Jane



New People/New Shows

Bulletin Board







Backup Transmitter


New People/New Shows: Jay is working on a new series for the Almanac show.  He asked about whether it would be better to record on a computer, recorder, or in the studio and would like to work with his son editing his black history shows.

Emily would like to check on some of the people who were interested in making a show, such as Suzanne, Bob, Mario, Mickey, Brittany and James, and Blair.  Lew and Emily will contact them and invite them to our next workshop.

A brief discussion was held about the Bioneers (Revolution from the Heart of Nature), Ted Talks, and other shows.  Lew would like to see more locally-produced shows.

Bulletin Board:  Sharon will cover weeks of January 19, 26, and February 9 and will contact Sandy about covering weeks of February 16, 23, and March 2 as Sharon will be gone for three weeks.

AAHP:  Weather permitting (it may rain), we will go out to pick up litter Saturday, January 17.  Meet at the coffee shop at 10am.  Emily will send out an email inviting volunteers.

T-Shirts:  Per Emily, we need to order more.  We are thinking of having a contest for a new design with a March 1st deadline.

Workshop:  Emily will bring scripts to re-do.  Bring recorders and meet at the Library Commons on Sunday, January 25, at 10am.

Autoduck:  Per Lew, the first tract is music and the second tract is voice.  Autoduck automatically lowers the music volume during the voice portions.  This works well, and the volume is adjustable.  We could practice this at a workshop.

EERP:  Lew talked with Pat of the Eel River Recovery Project about doing a short weekly report of what’s happening in the River.  It would be no more than ten minutes and pretty consistent in length and would play at 7:15am and again at 9:15am.  Emily will set him up with a user name and password and email that to Lew.  We need a PSA for the show.

Backup Transmitter:  The backup transmitter has finally arrived and needs to be tested, which can be done after the workshop (around 1pm).

Basketball:  We will cover two games next week that start at 5:30pm, so Lew needs someone in the studio at 5:20pm.  The person only needs to stay about ten minutes.

1/6/15 KYBU Meeting

KYBU Meeting

Library Community Room

1/6/15 – 5:00pm

Meeting Notes Corrections:  Committee members who wish to correct these meeting notes, please send corrections to notes@kyburadio.org. Please note that these are not minutes but personal notes that are not necessarily accurate or complete but hopefully helpful.

Attendees:  Imil, Lew, Mike, and Mary Jane



New People/New Shows

Car Donations Program




Monitor Bad Radio

New People/New Shows: Jay is working on revising some of his old shows and Black history show.  Tomorrow is a basketball show at 6:30pm.

Car Donations Program:  Mary Jane made a brief report on the old car donations program.  The Friends of the Eel River have an old car donation tab on their website with two car donation organizations:  Cars 4 Causes and Center for CAR Donations.  At the SF community radio conference, we met Jacquie Elliott of the Center for CAR Donations.  Soon after the conference, we discussed this offer at one of our weekly meetings.  Jacquie had assured us that they would pick up old cars at our remote location for free and KYBU would receive a small amount of money for each car that was donated.  This matter was brought up again recently at a meeting.  Mary Jane has been in contact with Jacquie and will go forward with the required application for the Center for CAR Donations.  Lew pointed out that we might need a disclaimer that not every old car might be accepted by this program.

AAHP:  It’s been quite a while since our last litter cleanup.  It was decided our next scheduled litter cleanup is for Saturday, January 17.  Mary Jane will ask Emily to post this in the KYBU newsletter.

Dramas:  Mary Jane reported that she will keep checking Radio Theater Project to see if they have added more dramas to be downloaded for the Raven Theater show, which has been off air for about six months pending more dramas.  The website was supposed to have more dramas added in January.  A recent check showed no new dramas have been added yet.

Party:  Lew reported that we grossed $2600, spent $1000, and netted $1700.  We received 11 new memberships and 15 renewals.  Compared to last year, this is just about the same for money and memberships.  Last year’s raffle was more successful.  There was adequate help at the party and cleanup ended at 1:30am.  The music and food were great, and everyone had a good time.  We have about $150 in wine left over.

Monitor Bad Radio:  Lew reported that some people have told him that some announcements (vocals) are not as loud as the shows (music), and he is requesting that people monitor this issue and provide details so something can be done it.

Week of January 19, 2015 on Native America Calling

Monday, January 19, 2015 – The Fun Side of Language
Learning your Native language can be difficult, especially when the available materials are black and white pages with blank spaces to scribble answers. But many language instructors and tribes are using fun new ways to keep language students interested while they learn to speak, read and write. Maybe you’ve heard about the translation of “Star Wars” into Navajo, the Berenstain Bears books translated to Lakota, a Dakota Scrabble tournament and Hupa Bingo. On today’s show, we will learn about all the fun ways people are learning their Native languages.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – Bipolar Disorder
We were all saddened by Native actress Misty Upham’s death last year. News organizations reported that she stopped taking her medication for bipolar disorder and anxiety. She was found dead in Auburn, Washington. Although medical examiners say the cause of her death is still undetermined, we want to take some time to learn more about bipolar disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that over 2.6 million adults have this illness. Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Do you have questions about diagnosis and treatment? Join our conversation about how individuals, families and communities can help manage life with bipolar disorder.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – Remembering Those Who Walked On
Many great and notable Native Americans walked on last year. Today we will reflect and remember those individuals and their contributions to their communities and Native America. Join us as we honor Code Talkers that walked on as well as educators, artists and leaders. Did you lose a loved one or cherished friend last year? How would you like to honor the memory of those who passed in 2014? Guests include: Dr. Clayton Small (Northern Cheyenne) president of Native Pride and Michael Smith (Navajo/Acoma), son of Code Talker Samuel Jesse Smith Sr.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Gas Prices: Winners and Losers
Gas prices continue to fall across the United States. Is this good news for you? Are you planning to put the money you save on gas toward something your family really needs? While lower gas prices are good for consumers, there is a downside for tribes and states governments that rely on oil and gas to fund their operations. Could lower oil prices hurt your tribe? Join us as we explore the positive and negative of this national trend. Guests include: Carlos Bullock (Alabama Coushatta) – spokesman for the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

Friday, January 23, 2015 – State of the Union
This week, President Obama gives his State of the Union address to the nation. Last year, he focused on the economy, education, taxes and energy. What do you want President Obama to prioritize in 2015? Is your tribe looking to the president to take action on an issue in the final years of his administration?  Join us for analysis and reactions to the 2015 State of the Union speech. We will look at how this speech is relevant to Native America. Guests include: journalist Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock).

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.

Native America Calling for the Week of January 12, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015 – Tribes Needing Federal Acknowledgement
The process of acknowledgement for non-federally recognized tribes is long and complicated. Tribal groups seeking recognition spend many years in the process of seeking federal recognition. Seven criteria are required for recognition but a new proposed rule from the Bureau of Indian Affairs could mean big changes. How might these new regulations impact tribes seeking federal recognition? Could the proposed rules reduce the time it takes to gain recognition? Guests include: Pastor John Norwood (Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape) co-chair of NCAI’s Federal Recognition Task Force and Chairman Gerald Gray (Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – Winter Safety in Native America
When big winter storms hit, there are many steps you can take to make sure your family is safe and comfortable. Did you know January is the peak time for carbon monoxide poisonings? The National Safety Council also reports that cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the winter. What steps do you take to make sure you and your loved ones are safe during the cold winter months?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – New Professional Chapter
To move up in the workplace, some people dedicate years to education. Others spend years to gaining experience and learning all they can to do their best at work. The big day when you change the title on your business card can be very rewarding. On today’s show, we put the spotlight on Native professionals who have recently started new and exciting positions. Have you moved up the work ladder? Are you starting a new chapter in your professional career? Call in and tell us about your career path – or celebrate the professional accomplishments of a family member or colleague. Guests include new president of the United Tribes Technical College Dr. Leander McDonald (Dakota/Arikara).

Thursday, January 15, 2015 – Anger
Anger is a common emotion. Daily irritations can boil over into full-blown temper tantrums. Anger can manifest in strong feelings or even actions against others. Join our conversation about anger. What makes you angry? How do you express your anger?  Were you raised to think of anger as a positive or negative emotion? When anger gets out of control, what do you do to bring yourself back down? Does your tribe have a traditional way to address anger? Guests include: Glenn Beaver (Kiowa) community liaison for the Kiowa Teen Suicide Prevention Program.

Friday, January 16, 2015 – Music Maker: R. Carlos Nakai
Native recording artist R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo/Ute) has shared his captivating sounds with the world for decades, including the beauty of the Native flute. His music has also connected listeners to Native American culture and tradition. This month we lend an ear to a special reissue of his number one #1 selling album, “Canyon Trilogy Deluxe Platinum Edition,” which includes never released tracks. We invite you to join us as we visit with R. Carlos Nakai – our January 2014 Music Maker on Native America Calling.

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

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CAL FIRE Highlights the Importance of Trees in California 2015 California Arbor Week Poster Contest Announced

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

DATE: December 19, 2014

CAL FIRE Highlights the Importance of Trees in California
2015 California Arbor Week Poster Contest Announced

Sacramento – Trees are an essential part of California’s climate and are vital to improving air quality and conserving water.  To help educate Californians on the value that trees provide to building successful, healthy cities and neighborhoods, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and California ReLeaf are announcing the annual statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “We Need Trees and Trees Need Us”.  Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 13, 2015.  Winners will be featured at the State Fair and awarded cash prizes provided by the California Community Forests Foundation.

CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf are partnering to encourage cities, nature groups, schools, and youth organizations to celebrate California Arbor Week by planting trees in their communities. California ReLeaf is an alliance of community-based groups, individuals, businesses, and government agencies working to protect the environment by planting and caring for trees and the state’s urban and community forests.

“Trees are vital, functional parts of our communities, our homes and yards, and our lives”, said CAL FIRE Deputy Director Duane Shintaku. “This is especially true during times of challenging drought conditions.  Focused education for California’s youth is one of the most effective ways we can increase awareness of the important roles trees play in California and the many benefits they provide to the communities in which we live.”

The goals of Arbor Week include educating Californians about trees, encouraging tree planting, teaching elementary school children the environmental, social, and economic benefits of trees, and protecting the state’s valuable natural resources.

“One of the numerous benefits of trees is that they make California’s cities and towns healthier places to live”, said Cindy Blain, Executive Director of California ReLeaf. “Children who have access to nature and green spaces to play and learn are more active, have lower incidences of obesity, concentrate better in school, and demonstrate healthier social behaviors.  Planting and caring for trees means investing in a better future for our children and California.”

Contest rules, as well as educational materials related to the value of trees, community benefits of trees, jobs in the urban and community forestry field, and tree identification can be downloaded at www.arborweek.org/contests. The contest is sponsored by California ReLeaf, CAL FIRE, and the California Community Forests Foundation.

California Arbor Week runs March 7-14 every year to mark famed horticulturist Luther Burbank’s birthday and to raise awareness of the benefits of trees in our communities. In 2011, legislation was passed to define California Arbor Week in statute. Visit www.arborweek.org for more information.

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Mendocino County Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) Meeting January 21, 2015.

Mendocino County
Health and Human Services Agency
Healthy People, Healthy Communities

Press Release

Date: January 7, 2015

Mendocino County Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) Meeting January 21, 2015.

The MHAB meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:00 am in Ukiah at the County Administration Office Building located at 501 Low Gap Road, in Conference Room C.

The meeting is intended for members of the public interested in supporting their local mental health services system. Public members are encouraged to attend the meeting to ask questions and give testimony.

MHAB meeting agendas are published at: http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/mh_board.htm
For more information about the MHAB please contact Mental Health Advisory Board, Chair, John Wetzler, by emailing johngwetzler@gmail.com or by calling