Monday, June 30, 2014 – Tribal Clans and Cultural Survival
When you think of your own Native community, how strong is your clan system? Would you consider it the backbone of your tribal nation? On this edition of Native America Calling, we take a look at how our Indigenous nations are influenced and strengthened by our clan systems. What do clan structures teach us about nation-building and tribal values? What is being done in your tribe to make sure younger generations know about their clans and the importance of those clans for cultural survival? Guests include: storyteller, writer, and actor Ishmael Angalook Hope of the Inupiaq and Tlingit Nations.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – Current Events
We want to hear about the exciting events happening in your community during the month of July! Join us as we learn more about events like Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Survival First Voices Festival in Farmington and the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games. You can also call in to tell us about events, gatherings and celebrations taking place in July across Native America.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – Surprising Businesses in Native America
Gaming is a lucrative business venture for some tribes. But some Native nations are expanding into non-gaming business ventures. Did you know that the Chickasaw Nation has a chocolate factory? The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians owns a winery and the Suquamish Nation has a seafood company that sells geoduck clams internationally. Are you running a successfully non-gaming enterprise? Do you have a great story to tell about how you or your tribe got started in that business? Join us for a conversation with innovative tribally-run and Native-owned businesses.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 – Lacrosse
The roots of lacrosse go back father than almost any sport in North America. It’s often called “the creator’s game” and many feel a spiritual connection to it. Since 2011, interest in lacrosse exploded in places like the Northern Plains with the formation of a new league and several tribal teams. Just a few months ago, the Tewaaraton Award was presented to two Native players for the first time. Do you keep up with lacrosse or a favorite team? Did you play lacrosse growing up? Are your children or grandchildren playing lacrosse today? What does this sport mean to you?

Friday, July 4, 2014 – ***ENCORE: Birth Stories***
Many children love to hear the story of when they were born. Do you know the story of your birth? Were you born during a natural disaster or in an unusual place? We want to hear your birth stories – either when you were born or when your own children were born! Do you enjoy hearing the tales of what was happening when a new life came into the world? How can these stories better help us understand our place in our families or our communities? Do you know the people who were in the room when you were born? Guests include: Christina Castro (Jemez/Taos Pueblo – writer, community activist and organizer, teacher at IAIA), Nicolle Gonzales (Navajo – Certified Nurse Midwife with Bridge Care for Women) and Ellen Blais (Oneida Nation of the Thames – an Aboriginal midwife and co-chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives).

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.

Week of June 30th on Native America Calling