Monday, June 8, 2015 – I Beat Cancer!
In this hour, we’re celebrating cancer survivors and recognizing their resilience and courage in the face of the No. 1 killer of Native Americans. We’re also talking about cancer’s toll on the Native American population and what it takes to fight cancer in Native America. What obstacles are there in survivorship? What issues do we need to address to ensure there are more cancer survivors in Native communities? If you’re a cancer survivor, we want to hear your story. If you have a loved one who survived cancer, we want to hear from you too. Guests include: Kris Rhodes (Anishinaabe), executive director of the American Indian Cancer Foundation.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 – Waste Management in Indian Country
In most cities and towns, garbage trucks drive around and haul away unsightly and stinky trash to a place no one ever sees or smells. That’s not always the case in Native America, especially in rural areas. Some communities have a lack of solid waste infrastructure, programing and funding. And this gives way to illegal dumping. How can tribes address this issue? And how do boundaries and jurisdiction complicate things even further?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – June Book Of The Month
This month’s literary spotlight is on Native filmmaker and graphic novel author Richard Van Camp from the Tlicho First Nation. We open up the hour to two of his latest creations – “The Blue Raven” and “Three Feathers.” In each of the books aimed at young readers, Van Camp brings readers closer to-Native culture and modern life through action-packed comic style images. We hope you can join us for our June Book of the Month discussion with Richard Van Camp.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 – Juvenile Justice in Native America
In 2013, the Indian Law and Order Commission released a report titled “A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer.” One chapter in the report examined how the juvenile justice system is failing Native American youth. Native American youth who find themselves in trouble with the law face a jurisdictional maze in a system that is not created to address juveniles. Some tribes have built their own juvenile detention centers, in order to keep incarcerated youth in the community, but is building more jails the answer to helping troubled youth? Is incarceration really the answer to help young people whose crimes may be a result of systemic and long-term trauma? In part two of our series on the prison system, we examine the juvenile justice system in Native America. Guests include: Addie Rolnick, associate professor of law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Friday, June 12, 2015 – Bird Songs
Bird singing and dancing is a long-standing tradition practiced by tribes in southern California and Arizona. These social songs are sung with rattles and share life lessons and traditional stories about migration. How has bird singing changed or evolved through the years? What lessons can be learned from bird songs? What are elders doing to continue the tradition of bird singing in their communities? Guests include: Michael Mirelez, bird singer.

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