Monday, September 22, 2014 – Responding To Emergencies
When natural disasters strike communities, the federal government is supposed to help with funding to rebuild homes and buildings. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dollars are available after a natural disaster is declared. Has your community used FEMA funds to respond to a storm, flood or fire? Has your tribe received money the federal government set aside for rebuilding? What FEMA policies don’t work in Native America?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – Youth Drug Abuse
A new study revealed that substance abuse for American Indian teens is higher than the national average. Are you concerned about drug and alcohol abuse among teens in your community? A study from the University of Michigan found the top three drugs abused by 12th graders in the US are marijuana, synthetic marijuana and the prescription drug Adderall. What are Native American teens using to get high? Where do they get drugs? And how can tribal leaders, parents and teachers spot the signs of drug use and address it?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Music Maker: Gabriel Ayala
Gabriel Ayala from the Yaqui Nation shares his vibrant style of music, which he calls JazzMenco, in his new album “Live At The Mission.” This 10-track ensemble of rhythm and energy features the cutting sounds of Flamenco and classical guitar. Ayala is known for his ability to make the guitar strings sing a song of grace and passion. We invite you to join us for our September Music Maker edition as we take in the latest sounds of Gabriel Ayala.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 – Addressing Climate Change
World leaders meet this week in New York for the United Nation’s Climate Summit 2014. They will discuss climate change agreements that include decreasing the number of trees cut down around the world and boosting the use of renewable energy. Leaders have until next year to make agreements that would be enforced in 2020. Is this global conversation including Indigenous communities, including our tribes in the United States? What would make a difference for our Native communities? Are your leaders taking action to address global climate change?

Friday, September 26, 2014 – Tribal Elections
The 2014 midterm elections in November are an opportunity for voters to make their voice heard by local, state and federal officials. In Native America, voters are also casting ballots in tribal elections this year. Did you cast a ballot in a tribal election in 2014? Are candidates still out talking to members of your community for an upcoming election? Do you vote only in your tribal elections? Or do you choose not to vote because you moved to the city and it’s hard to follow what’s going on back home? Join us as we explore tribal elections in our 2014 Election series on Native America Calling.

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Week of 9/22 on Native America Calling