Monday, January 19, 2015 – The Fun Side of Language
Learning your Native language can be difficult, especially when the available materials are black and white pages with blank spaces to scribble answers. But many language instructors and tribes are using fun new ways to keep language students interested while they learn to speak, read and write. Maybe you’ve heard about the translation of “Star Wars” into Navajo, the Berenstain Bears books translated to Lakota, a Dakota Scrabble tournament and Hupa Bingo. On today’s show, we will learn about all the fun ways people are learning their Native languages.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – Bipolar Disorder
We were all saddened by Native actress Misty Upham’s death last year. News organizations reported that she stopped taking her medication for bipolar disorder and anxiety. She was found dead in Auburn, Washington. Although medical examiners say the cause of her death is still undetermined, we want to take some time to learn more about bipolar disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that over 2.6 million adults have this illness. Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Do you have questions about diagnosis and treatment? Join our conversation about how individuals, families and communities can help manage life with bipolar disorder.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – Remembering Those Who Walked On
Many great and notable Native Americans walked on last year. Today we will reflect and remember those individuals and their contributions to their communities and Native America. Join us as we honor Code Talkers that walked on as well as educators, artists and leaders. Did you lose a loved one or cherished friend last year? How would you like to honor the memory of those who passed in 2014? Guests include: Dr. Clayton Small (Northern Cheyenne) president of Native Pride and Michael Smith (Navajo/Acoma), son of Code Talker Samuel Jesse Smith Sr.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Gas Prices: Winners and Losers
Gas prices continue to fall across the United States. Is this good news for you? Are you planning to put the money you save on gas toward something your family really needs? While lower gas prices are good for consumers, there is a downside for tribes and states governments that rely on oil and gas to fund their operations. Could lower oil prices hurt your tribe? Join us as we explore the positive and negative of this national trend. Guests include: Carlos Bullock (Alabama Coushatta) – spokesman for the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

Friday, January 23, 2015 – State of the Union
This week, President Obama gives his State of the Union address to the nation. Last year, he focused on the economy, education, taxes and energy. What do you want President Obama to prioritize in 2015? Is your tribe looking to the president to take action on an issue in the final years of his administration?  Join us for analysis and reactions to the 2015 State of the Union speech. We will look at how this speech is relevant to Native America. Guests include: journalist Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock).

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Week of January 19, 2015 on Native America Calling