Monday, April 14, 2014 – Connecting To The Land Beyond Political Borders
At one time there were no borders between our tribal nations. Today borders like county lines, state lines and U.S. international borders cause Native Americans to look at their ancestral lands in a different way. One issue that has tribes concerned right now is the impact of environmental damage beyond tribal borders, including on disputed and ceded land. What can be done when concerns for the land go beyond political borders? Are our rights being honored? What value should be placed on Native ties to the land that rest beyond the reservation line? Guests include: Stephen Fasthorse (Northern Arapaho – Chairman of the Wind River Citizens Equality Commission) and Paul Demain (Oneida/Ojibwe – spokesperson for the Harvest Education Learning Project)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Learning How To Read
The ability to read is essential for academic success but for some students struggle as they learn how to read. There are many strategies that can be used to teach children how to read. What worked best for you or your child? Join us as we learn how educators around Native America are teaching our young ones how to read. We’ll also hear what parents and family members can do to support children as they learn valuable reading skills.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Got Into College, Now What?
College acceptance letters are arriving in mailboxes around the country. An aspiring student who receives that letter has a lot of choices ahead. What do students need to do from the time they receive an acceptance letter until the first day of classes? Join us as we talk with experts about financial aid, scholarships and other important steps students need to take to be ready to start college in the fall. Guests include: Stevie Lee (Navajo – tribal college and university scholarship coordinator at the American Indian College Fund) and Carmen Lopez (Navajo – Executive Director of College Horizons and Graduate Horizons ).

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – April Music Maker: Wayne Silas, Jr.
“Infinite Passion,” the latest CD from Wayne Silas Jr. (Menominee/Oneida), is making its way across Native America. It’s filled with sounds and rhythms to bring the people together. This 15-track album also features other dynamic voices from the pow wow trail. With decades of experience backing his singing ability and song composition, Silas takes listeners on a sonic voyage into the arena of detailed sound making. We invite you to jump into the music of our April Music

Friday, April 18, 2014 – Protecting Sacred Places
Tribes and grassroots organizations around Native America are working to protect sacred places. There are many options to bring attention to places at risk, from protests to working with lawmakers on legislation. How do you decide when and how to share information about sacred places? We will start with efforts to protect Mount Taylor, a place that is sacred to five tribes, from uranium mining. We also want to hear from you. What places are you working to protect and who are you working with on the issue? Has your tribe debated how and when to work with government officials to protect a scared place? Guests include: Laurie Weakee (Navajo/Zuni/Cochiti – director of the Native American Voters Alliance (NAVA) and Theresa Pasqual (director of the Pueblo of Acoma Historic Preservation Office).

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Native America Calling Topics – Week of April 14, 2014