Monday, June 1, 2015 – Amputations

Having a limb amputated, whether it’s from a sudden accident or the result of illness and disease, can be a life changer. Between physical therapy and getting fitted for prosthetic limbs, living without certain limbs and mobility can take a toll mentally, physically and financially. What happens before and after an amputation? Indian tribes are excluded from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). What should Native amputees know about their rights as a disabled person when the Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply in tribal communities?


Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – Solar Power

The sun is shining right now across Native America. Is your tribe taking advantage of this form of renewable energy? There are many ways that individuals and tribes can access solar power, but it costs money to establish a system to capture that energy and use it in homes and businesses. Would you like to see more solar systems in your community? Join our conversation about the solar industry in Native communities.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – The Price Of Gems and Stones

The price of turquoise has skyrocketed in recent years and that has some Native American jewelers raising prices and changing the way they do their craft in order to make a living. On today’s show, we discuss the ways artists are adapting to the shortage of turquoise and other rare materials. We also explore what can be done to make sure raw and precious materials are available to Native artists.


Thursday, June 4, 2015 – Sentencing Disparities in Native America

The rate of Native Americans in federal prison has increased by 27% in the last five years, according to reporting from the Wall Street Journal. Because of the special relationship tribes have with the federal government, many crimes committed on Indian Reservations are subject to federal sentencing guidelines. This creates a dramatic difference in the sentences for the same crimes that are handed down to Native Americans. The United States Sentencing Commission created a Tribal Issues Advisory Group to look at the issues around federal sentencing in Indian Country. In this first installment of our 4 part series on prison issues in Native America, we discuss the disparities Native Americans face in federal sentencing. How does this issue impact you or your community? What is needed to create a more equitable sentencing system for Native Americans?


Friday, June 5, 2015 – Super Heroes in Comics

We could all use some super heroes in our lives. Who are your favorite super heroes? What special powers do they have? Would you like to be able to fly? Or what about being able to reverse climate change?  The Heard Museum has a new exhibit that looks at Native American super heroes in comics. Join us as we discuss what’s new in Native American comics and the super heroes that fill their pages.

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