Monday, August 25, 2014 – Housing for Native Veterans
Veterans are entitled to specific benefits after their service in the military, including health care and money for education. Another benefit is VA home loans, but many vets don’t take advantage of that opportunity. Some veterans also struggle with mental illness and substance abuse and find themselves homeless. Is your tribe stepping up to help veterans find stable, affordable housing? Are you or a loved one who served in the Armed Forces struggling to find a place to live? What do you think should be done to make sure our veterans in Indian Country have a place to live?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – Voter Registration
Voting is one way for individuals to have their voice heard in local, state and federal elections. Are you registered to vote this year? Community groups around the US are working to register more Native voters and encourage them to cast a ballot this November. Join us as we explore voter registration efforts. This program is part of a series this fall on the 2014 Elections on Native America Calling. Do you think registering more Native voters will make a difference in the outcome of elections in your area? Do you think your vote matters?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – August Book of the Month: “Effigies II”
“Effigies II” is a compilation of works from Native women poets. Editor Allison Hedge Coke says debuting these works in a collection gives these Native writers a chance to enter the literary publishing world as a community. The book is like a road trip through Indian Country through words. The poems allow the reader to experience a multi-regional view on Native life. We invite you join us live as we take in the words of Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee), Ungilbah Davila (Diné), Kristi Leora (Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg), Laura Mann (Choctaw/Cherokee/Mohawk) and Kateri Menominee (Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa).

Thursday, August 28, 2014 – August Music Maker: Eden Fine Day
Eden Fine Day, a Cree First Nations musician from Canada’s Sweetgrass Reserve made her debut as a solo artist in the new album “Things Get Better.” This autobiographical musical venture is a reflection on her life. Eden feels rhythm and melody are a birthright. The sounds and lyrics of the 12-track album highlight both the highs and lows that life can bring and blends them into a melodic understanding of human emotions. Are you ready for a soulful journey to strength? We invite you to join us for our August Music Maker as we visit with Eden Fine Day.

Friday, August 29, 3014 – What’s on TV?
The fall television season is just around the corner. Are you waiting for new episodes of your favorite show? Did the last season end on a cliffhanger? Fall is also the time when networks release new shows that may just be the next bit national hit. What are your favorite TV shows? Join us as we discuss the most popular shows right now. We’ll also explore Native American characters and actors on shows like Longmire, The Red Road, Escaping Alaska, and Hell on Wheels.

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