Monday, July 13, 2015 – July Music Maker: Native RootsThe band Native Roots started bringing the sound of reggae to Native Nations in 1997. The group has since released several albums full of songs connected to Native life and culture. Join us as we welcome them back to our Native airwaves to talk about the band’s latest release “Most High.” This album features the traditional Native Roots sound that many have grown to love over the years as well as, guest voices from Indigenous artists from North America and New Zealand. We invite you to tune in as we hear more about this collection and speak with some Native Roots band members. 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – Housing and Poverty

There are two new housing projects in Native America that are gathering momentum. One program, Generations, is an intergenerational housing community in Portland, Oregon. The program aims to help children in the foster care system by providing housing, an early learning center and a community longhouse. The Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, just broke ground on a $60 million project that will include housing, workforce training, youth centers and much more. Some believe the way to address poverty, and the societal issues that arise from poverty, is to start with safe housing. Do you see a connection between housing and poverty? Could housing projects with community centers and other services be the answer to Native America’s current housing crisis? Guests: Mark Tilsen (Oglala Lakota) from the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and Matt Morton (Squaxin Island Tribe) from the Native American Youth and Family Center.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Sharing Culture Through Tourism

Summer vacation is in full swing, and many families are planning trips to popular tourist destinations. According to the U.S. Travel Association, tourism in the U.S. generates $2.1 trillion in economic output. But how much of those tourist dollars are going to Native American tribes? Many tribes have attractions and activities that aim to bring tourism dollars to their communities. Travelers may be looking for an experience where they can learn and understand things outside of their own culture. Some tribes and individuals may choose to share parts of their cultural practices with visitors. Is there an ideal way to share culture without commercializing it? How can tribes benefit from tourists in a way that benefits both parties?Guests: Camille Ferguson (Tlingit), executive director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and Tsimka Martin (Nuuchahnulth), co-owner of the T’ashii¬†Paddle.


Thursday, July 16, 2015 – Kennewick Man is Native American

Kennewick Man, or the “Ancient One,” has caused a lot of controversy since the day he was found in 1996 in Washington state. Scientists, the federal government and Native American tribes were all involved in a nearly decade-long legal battle over his 9,000-year-old bones. His femurs were stolen once. Various studies and theories suggested he was a Polynesian, Asian or a European traveler. A new study, published in the journal Nature in June, backs what Native Americans have always believed: he’s a direct ancestor. What does Kennewick Man mean to Native American history? What does this discovery say about DNA testing – which is a controversy in itself – in Native America?


Friday, July 17, 2015 – Heart Health in Native America

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for Native Americans. Diet, physical activity and cigarette smoking are some of the culprits. What can we do to change this trend and keep our hearts healthy? Guests: Dr. Dena Wilson, director of the Native American Cardiology Program of the Indian Health Service and an IHS cardiologist.


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