Monday, October 26, 2015 – Domestic Violence Shelters
Leaving an abusive relationship can be a difficult journey, particularly if the victim lives with her abuser. A domestic violence shelter may be the only option. For Native American women those options are limited. There are fewer than 30 shelters in the U.S. geared specifically toward helping Native American women, according to the most recent figures by Mending the Sacred Hoop. On this episode we’ll discuss why there is a need for more shelters for Native American women. Does your community have a domestic violence shelter?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – Redface in the Entertainment Industry
A burlesque performer drew protests for wearing a buckskin bikini and feather headdress. A Seattle actress takes to the stage in a cartoonish Native American costume as a way to educate people about cultural misappropriation. We’ll hear from performers who say they’re on the right side of donning what’s known as “redface”. Just what are the boundaries of Native American dress and imagery? Is it ever appropriate to wear traditional attire on stage?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – October Book of the Month: “A Is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC”
Lyn Risling (Karuk/Yurok/Hupa) and Analisa Tripp (Karuk) are introducing the world to Native American California culture through the pages of a children’s book, “A is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC.” Each letter of the English alphabet is connected to an aspect of Native culture, like B for basket-featuring designs similar to many of the tribes that call California home. Animals, plants and other cultural objects also get the highlight in this playful look at the ABC’s. We invite you to join us as we visit the book’s creators on our October Book of the Month feature.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 – October in the News
Republicans align with tribal sovereignty over oil drilling, more cities and states recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, and tribes seek a presidential declaration to protect land. These are among the recent news events we’ll analyze. Three Native journalists will join us with their insights on the stories that got their Native communities buzzing. What hot news item has got you talking?

Friday, October 30, 2015 – The “Indian Burial Ground” Trope
Halloween is nearly here and many TV shows are unearthing seasonal episodes with spooks and ghouls. One popular plot line is the “Indian burial ground” trope that usually includes characters becoming cursed or haunted because they unwittingly desecrate a Native American burial ground. Join us as we examine shows and movies that rely on exaggerated or just plain wrong interpretations of Native culture. Where did the fascination with Indian burial grounds come from? What are some other myths that movies perpetuate?

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