Monday, May 5, 2014 – Affirmative Action Today
The US Supreme Court recently upheld a ban using race in the admissions process of Michigan colleges and universities. Affirmative action is the subject of lawsuits across the country. Should race be part of college applications? Affirmative action started in the 1960s to create opportunities for African American students. Did it help or hurt Native students? Where do you stand on affirmative action? Do you think it helps or hurts students today?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Current Events
May is a month when many of us start to take part in summer activities. What are you excited about this month? Join us for the next edition of Current Events on Native America Calling. We’ve gathered information about events, gatherings, celebrations and music tours around Native America. You are also welcome to call in and share details about an event in your community!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – Access To Eagles
Many tribes consider eagles sacred animals and use them for ceremonies. The Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940 outlawed the possession or taking of bald and golden eagles. In 1994, changes in US policies made it possible for people to get eagle feathers and parts for ceremonies. Individuals who want eagle feathers must go through a long and complicated process. Many people in Native America are on waiting lists or have no access at all. How does limited access influence cultural practices? Guests include: Bill Volker (Comanche) founder and director of SIA.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 – Quilting In Native America
Quilting has a rich history in Native America. The craft was first introduced to Native women by European settlers but quilting has evolved in many tribes across Native America. Are you a quilter? How do you integrate your cultural values into the quilts you make? And what role do quilts play in your life and your community?

Friday, May 9, 2014 – Momma Always Said
It’s time to remember some of the motherly advice you’ve received over the years. On this eve of the Mother’s Day weekend, we will open up our talking circle to hear the words of wisdom that your mother or another mother figure shared with you. What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you? Do you find yourself sharing that advice with others or to your own children? Have your mother’s words ever helped you wither some of life’s biggest storms? Did mom’s words keep you from making the biggest mistake of your life? What did your mom always say?

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