Monday, November 16, 2015 – Keystone XL pipeline rejection
From Canadian First Nations to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, pressure from Native sources was instrumental in helping torpedo the Keystone XL oil pipeline. President Barack Obama rejected the pipeline proposal that would have pumped crude oil from Canada to Illinois and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. The rejection is victory for environmentalists and tribes who have been fighting the proposal since 2008. How does stopping the pipeline help Native America? Did the president take tribal concerns into account in his decision? The lack of an oil pipeline means more oil shipped by rail and highway. What does Indian Country say to that?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – November Music Maker: Kimberley Dawn
Kimberley Dawn’s album “‘Til the Cowboys Come Home,” is packed with the driving rhythms and tough-love lyrics country music fans cherish like a pair of favorite blue jeans. Dawn (M├ętis Cree) will be with us for our next look at Native music. Join us for another hour of musical delight from First Nations singer Kimberley Dawn, our November Music Maker.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Postpartum Depression
The birth of a child is a sacred and cherished event. The weeks and months that follow are a whirlwind of joy and anxiety for new mothers. But there are times when dark thoughts persist. Some mothers suffer negative emotions, constant crying, and difficulty establishing attachment to the baby. Between 10 to 15 percent of women get postpartum depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Studies by the University of North Carolina suggest Native American women experience even more instances of postpartum depression than other populations. How does postpartum depression effect children, families and Native communities? Are Native American mothers getting the help they need when experiencing postpartum depression?

Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Help Me in The Kitchen!
It’s the time of year to take out all the stops and spend a little extra time in the kitchen. A special meal can bring families together and make cherished memories. But creating a celebratory feast is fraught with challenges. If you need some help and advice in the kitchen, we’re here for you. In this episode, we invite two expert Native chefs to answer your cooking questions. So if your last batch of wild rice risotto was a disaster, our guest chefs might have some advice for you.

Friday, November 20, 2015 – Protecting Sacred Places from Drilling
The Badger-Two Medicine traditional cultural district of Montana is considered sacred to the Blackfeet tribe. Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel urging her to cancel the energy leases for the area. The Blackfeet Tribe of Montana said the leases were granted illegally and the tribe has a “deep spiritual connection to this profoundly spiritual region.” Is your community working to protect a sacred place from energy development? What challenges do tribes face when fighting for their sacred places?


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