Monday, March 23, 2015 – Racism on Campus
Earlier this month, a video showing members of a fraternity at University of Oklahoma, singing racist chants surfaced on YouTube. The national chapter of the fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, responded swiftly by closing the OU chapter and developing an initiative to address racism. Two students who led the chant were expelled from OU. While many are applauding the quick action by the university and fraternity, others are wondering if expulsion is the right answer. When racism occurs on campus, can universities help students learn about the harm of racism? Over 1,000 Native American students attend the University of Oklahoma. Have those students experienced racism at the school? What can we learn from this incident that can help address racism in the future? Guests: Dr. Heather Shotton (Wichita/Kiowa/Cheyenne) Native American Studies Professor at the University of Oklahoma and John Morrin (Grand Portage Chippewa) trainer for the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -Special Needs Youth In Our Native Communities
From interest groups and summer camps to sports and tribal fairs, there are many ways to keep kids busy all year. For young people with special needs these activities in the community could be stimulating and fun. But what happens if caretakers and parents don’t to take special needs children to the basketball games or other community events? In rural areas and Native communities, are our special needs youth welcome and supported in public spaces?
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – March Book of the Month: “Sinking Suspicions”
The character Sadie Walela is back on the scene with a new adventure in the novel “Sinking Suspicions” by Cherokee author Sara Sue Hoklotubbe. It’s the third book in Hoklotubbe’s series set in Oklahoma. This story follows Sadie, a thirty-something Cherokee heroine, to Hawaii as she picks up a new profession as a travel agent. Meanwhile back home a missing neighbor sets the scene for a twisting mystery. Find out what happens when Sadie and the cast of characters start unravel the unknown on the next Native America Calling. We’ll be joined by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe, our March Book of the Month author.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Tribal Constitutions
Modern tribal nations pass laws, exercise criminal jurisdiction, and enjoy extensive powers when it comes to self-governance and matters of sovereignty. And of 566 tribal nations, just under half have adopted written constitutions. In the American tradition, a constitution limits the power yielded by governments over citizens, which raises a question: how can the rights of tribal citizens be protected if tribal nations have yet to codify their own functions and operations? Join us as we discuss government power, sovereign status, and whether modern tribal nations are serving the needs of their citizens by adopting constitutions.
Friday, March 27, 2015 – Starting A New Business
Taking the leap to go out on your own and start a new business is exhilarating and a little scary. There are lots of details that you need to handle, beyond funding. What barriers do aspiring entrepreneurs face as they seek to start a business in Native America? What resources are available for Native Americans who want to start, or grow, their own business? Join us as we discuss the challenges of getting a new business off the ground.
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