Monday, July 6, 2015 – Disability Rights in Native America

The Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state laws, protect jobs and the way of life for disabled individuals. Native Americans with disabilities living and working in Indian Country are not always afforded those same rights. Do disabled Native Americans face a harder life on the reservation without disability laws? What needs to be done to make sure disabled citizens are protected and are able to live a life free of discrimination in Indian Country? Guests: Therese Yanan – attorney and executive director of the Native American Disability Law Center and Hoskie Benally Jr. (Diné) – president of the Navajo Nation Advisory Council of Disability and community government liaison with the Native American Disability Law Center.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – Same-Sex Marriage is Legal, Now What?

The Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right for all Americans living in all 50 states. Celebrations and mass marriages happened in the days following this ruling. As the confetti settles, there are some tribes that are standing their ground against same-sex marriage because they are not affected by the ruling. What does this landmark decision on same-sex marriage mean for LGBT Native Americans?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – Preventing Underage Drinking

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, underage drinking is responsible for over 4,300 deaths in the U.S. each year. Underage drinking can cause a many problems for young people, including a higher risk of suicide, car crashes and changes in brain development. What kind of conversations can parents, family and community members have with the young people to prevent underage drinking? What messages should we be sending to our young people about drinking? One approach, called “Positive Community Norms” is highlighting the number of young people who don’t drink in order send a message that not everyone is doing it. Can this approach work in Native America? What do you share with the young people in your life about drinking?

Thursday, July 09, 2015 – **Pre-recorded** Native Art Books

Today we turn to the pages of several art books that feature the words and work of some Native artists that have made an impact on both tribal nations and the world at large. On this pre-recorded edition of Native America Calling, we hear about the work of three Native artists including Chippewa visual artist David Bradley, Kevin Red Star of the Crow Nation and Lee Marmon of Laguna Pueblo. We learn more about what has inspired them over the years and what art has brought to their life.

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Friday, July 10, 2015 – **Encore: Let’s Electric 49**

Today we close down the phone lines and bring you an electrifying mix of songs to get you up and get moving. In this encore broadcast, we hear from Native artists from Canada, the US and New Zealand. These tunes are guaranteed to tear up the dance floor. Join us for a pre-recorded edition of Native America Calling as we give you our version of an Electric 49 featuring Native recording artists.


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