Monday, November 3, 2014 – Qualifications For Leaders
The Navajo Nation has been in the news this fall as officials debated one qualification of presidential candidate Chris Deschene. The Navajo Nation requires that candidates for president are fluent in the Navajo language and a lawsuit was filed to challenge Deschene’s language skills. Tribes have many qualifications for potential leaders, including age, education and residency. What qualifications are the most important to you? Do you want your leaders to have advanced degrees? Do we want them to know your tribe’s language? Tell us what makes you confident a candidate is qualified to lead your tribe.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – Current Events
It’s time for another round of current events on Native America Calling! Join us as we learn about events, gatherings and celebrations taking place this month around the country. November is Native American Heritage Month. Are you planning an event to honor Native history? What events are you getting ready for in November or later this winter?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – Body Image
The fat acceptance movement aims to end discrimination of overweight and obese people. Have you ever been criticized or judged because of your size? We’ve all heard about the health risks of being overweight, but can you be healthy and love your big body at the same time? In this hour, we will talk about how messages about weight can have an impact on our body image and maybe even our overall health.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – Fatal Highways
Car crashes are one of the leading causes of injuries for Native Americans, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. Have you or a loved one ever been hurt in a car accident? The CDC recommends that tribes work to increase the use of seat belts and child safety seats in cars on reservations. Do you think encouraging these changes could help save lives in your Native community? What do you think it would take to change attitudes about car safety in your family or in your tribe?

Friday, November 7, 2014 – Starting a School
Any parent who wishes their child was treated better in the classroom can relate to the dream of opening up your own school. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to start a school in your community? It’s not as easy as creating a mission statement and vision for students and teachers. Would you like to see more schools that start with Native values and the needs of Na­­tive students? Join our conversation with Native American Community Academy founder Kara Bobroff and Anpao Duta Flying Earth (Lakota/Dakota/Ojibwe/Akimel O’odham), associative executive director and head of school for the Native American Community Academy.

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