Monday, May 19, 2014 – What is Food Sovereignty?
We all need food, but should we also demand food sovereignty? The US Food Sovereignty Alliance defines food sovereignty as, “the right of people to determine their own food and agriculture policies.” What does food sovereignty mean to you? Are you involved in small-scale farming? Have you started growing your own food? Guests include: Raymond Foxworth (Navajo) deputy director of development & senior program officer for the First Nations Development Institute, A’dae Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) program assistant with University of Arkansas Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and Amber Crotty (DinĂ©) director of the Dine Policy Institute.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Conference Convening
Professionals, business leaders and community advocates meet at conferences each year to talk about their work. Is there a conference or convention that inspires you or helps you connect with colleagues around Native America? How do you use conferences to build your skills and help your tribe, nonprofit or business? Join us as we learn about some conferences coming up in 2014, including: the 15th TribalNet Conference, the 40th annual convention for the National American Indian Housing Council and the National Indian Education Association Convention.

Wednesday, May 15, 2014 – Book of the Month: “Blue Ravens”
Native writer Gerald Vizenor, of the White Earth Anishinaabeg Nation of Minnesota, writes about World War I through the eyes of two soldiers in his latest novel. Readers who follow Vizenor’s story of the two brothers in “Blue Ravens” will also notice themes connected to Native life and culture. Join us as we put the spotlight on Gerald Vizenor – our May 2014 Book of the Month author.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 – They Said What?
Negative imagery of Native Americans is not new but incidents today travel fast online. Did you see the pictures of the “Siouxper drunk” t-shirts some University of North Dakota Students wore to a game? Or what about photos of Christina Fallin, daughter of the governor of Oklahoma, in a headdress? And did you hear about Cliven Bundy’s supporters taking ATV rides through Recapture Canyon in Utah? We want to hear how you react when you see these photos. Were you offended or do you think it’s best to ignore it? Join us and tell us how you react to photos or incidents that are offending people across Native America.

Friday, May 23, 2014 – What’s Your Favorite Movie?
The summer blockbusters are getting ready to roll out. Many people will be counting down the days until a particular movie hits the big screen. Today we invite you to take us into your own movie world to tell us what films you love the most. Which movies do you watch over and over, and why? Are you the film critic in your family? Does everyone turn to you when they need a movie suggestion? For those of you looking to grow your list of great films, we’ll bring you some fresh ideas. Guests include: Navajo filmmaker Ramona Emerson, Native filmmaker and Strongfront TV founder Jesse Green (Dakota) and Shirley Sneve (Rosebud Sioux), executive director of Native American Public Telecommunications.

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Native America Calling topics for the week of May 19, 2014