Monday, April 7, 2014 – Autism in Native America
April is Autism Awareness Month. More people have heard about autism but does awareness make a difference? Families in remote Native communities or reservations may face challenges when they try to get services for a child diagnosed with autism. Has your child or grandchild received a diagnosis on the autism spectrum? Are you able to get them the support they need? Have you moved or made sacrifices to make sure your child or grandchild gets better medical, educational or social support? Guests include: Christine Bruno (Comanche – president of National Indian Parent Information Center).

Tuesday, March 8, 2014 – The Stigma of Teen Pregnancy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teen pregnancy rates are down nationwide but the rates in Native America are higher than the national average. Many prevention programs send messages to teenagers that they should wait to have kids. Last year New York City faced criticism for an ad campaign that some say shamed young parents. Other groups are countering these messages with a positive approach. When the messages are fear-based, do they shame teen parents? Is there a way to prevent teen pregnancy without shaming or endorsing it? How should we address teen pregnancy in Native America?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – Release the Poetry
We’re putting the call out to all wordsmiths! It’s time to celebrate Native poetry! We will open up the phone lines to let your word wizardry flow. Is there a poem you’ve been sitting on for a while that you want to share? Are you focused on a theme that honors a particular season or time in your life? We also want to hear from poetry fans. Who is your favorite Native poet? What is it about their work that has you hooked? Join us and share your words with Native America as we celebrate National Poetry Month.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – Pitch Your Crowd Fund
Crowd funding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo offer more options for individuals and groups that seek to raise money for films, projects, new products and even school supplies. What are the hot crowd funding projects in Native America? Join us as we give you an opportunity to share your project with Native America. Give us your best elevator pitch for why your project should be funded and tell us why you are crowd funding your latest idea. If you’ve ever supported a project online, what do you think is worthy of your money? What projects would you like to see funded in the future on these crowd funding websites?

Friday, April 11, 2014 – Employment Fair
The latest employment report from the US government showed that the economy added jobs in March, but the national unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent. That means many people are still looking for a job. The job search process can be long and frustrating. What are your best tips for finding a job? Resumes, cover letters and interviews are all part of the process, but what makes them stand out? Join us for a live job fair on our program. We’ll hear about positions open right now around Native America. We’ll also be joined by experts who will share their best job search advice.

Native America Calling – Topics for week of April 7, 2014