Monday, December 28, 2015 – Star Stories in Native America
In Native America, the stars are more than sparkly lights in the night sky. They reveal our origin stories, hero stories or moral teachings. We’re telling star stories and discussing why the stars are important for those of us on Earth. Why are the stars important to you?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – December in the News
President Obama signed a $1.8 trillion spending bill, avoiding a shutdown. The Fairbanks Four convictions were thrown out. And a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. These stories and more are up for discussion as well as a look back at the best and worst Native headlines in 2015.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – Tribal Courts and the Dollar General Case
An alleged sexual assault of a Choctaw teenager in a Dollar General store on the reservation, turned into a high-profile Supreme Court case. In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the petitioners argue tribal courts can’t provide a fair and do not have jurisdiction. The tribe maintains it has jurisdiction to hear the civil case and has the power to impose penalties in tribal court. A decision by the Supreme Court could have a far-reaching effect on tribal sovereignty and the power of tribal courts.  Should tribal courts have the power to hear civil suits against non-Native owned businesses?

Thursday, December 31, 2015 – 2015 Walked On
On this last day of the year, we’ll take another look at the leaders, artists and other significant people who we lost. This is our day to reflect on the accomplishments and inspirations of those who will remain in our memories. It’s a powerful hour of reflection with expert advice for everyone about ways to handle grief. Who would you like to remember in 2015?

Friday, January 1, 2016 – The Year in Review
We’re looking ahead to the new year, but first we want to remember what came before. Here’s your opportunity to recall some of the most inspiring, aggravating and entertaining moments of 2015. Our staff hand picked some of the most memorable moments of the year and distilled them into an hour of reflection and reminiscence.


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