Monday, August 04, 2014 – Living On The Streets

Two homeless Navajo men were murdered last month while they slept on the streets of Albuquerque. The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates there are over 600,000 Americans who are homeless on any given night. Living on the streets can be very dangerous. Theft, violence, and health problems are just a few of the issues people face. Have you or someone you know ever been homeless? What do you think needs to be done to protect and support individuals and families that are struggling to find a safe, affordable place to call home? Guests include: Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee) executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, Karen Thorne (Gila River Indian Community) chief operations officer for the Phoenix Indian Center, and Ashley Alkire (Hunkpapa Lakota) shelter coordinator at the Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Current Events

During the month of August, festivals and events are taking place around Native America. If you’re in Sitka, Alaska, you can attend the Home Skillet Festival on August 8th and 9th. The Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial kicks off this week and an Indian Housing Training Conference is scheduled for later this month. What’s happening in your community? Tell us about events, gatherings and trainings happening this month in your area. Call in during the live broadcast or email details to

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Teacher Retention

Native American students are less likely to graduate than their peers. Many programs are addressing the needs of students, but what about teachers? A study in 2012 by Education Week showed that nearly half of first-time teachers leave the profession in less than five years. Are you concerned about the quality of teachers in your child or grandchild’s school? What needs to be done to keep good teachers in the classroom? We’ll hear from former teacher Vanessa Marie Parker (Seneca) and both teachers and former teachers are invited to join the conversation. Guests also include Native American Community Academy executive director Kara Bobroff (Navajo/Lakota), and Mandy Smoker Broaddus (Fort Peck Assiniboine/Sioux) director of Indian Education for the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 – Managing Multiple Health Problems

Having more than one health problem at the same time can make life difficult. High blood pressure coupled with other health concerns like high blood sugar and elevated cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease, stroke or diabetes. The term for having multiple risk factors is metabolic syndrome. Has your doctor ever used the term to describe the status of your health? Join us for a conversation about managing multiple health problems. It is possible to reverse metabolic syndrome with lifestyle changes. Have you tried to make changes to address health concerns? Do you find managing multiple health problems overwhelming? Guests include: Dr. Ann Bullock (Ojibwe) Clinical Consultant/Indian Health Services Division of Diabetes.


Friday, August 8, 2014 Native Art Markets 

When Native art is bought, sold or traded, a connection is created to Native life. Many times this bridge into the Native world takes place at art markets across the nation. What do you think about the current intersection of creativity and commerce in Native art markets? What’s missing in discussions about the art business? How does what happens on the Native art market scene reflect our Native communities? We invite you to join this discussion about the current state of the Native art market. Guests include: John Torrez Nez (Navajo) President of the Indigenous Fine Art Market (IFAM) and Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/ Seneca) Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA).

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Week of 8/4/14 on Native America Calling