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This Week on Native America Calling

NAC and NNN Crew
NAC and NNN Crew

By Native Voice One

1-800-996-2848 – Monday, November 16, 2009 - Book of the Month: Velroy and the Madischie Mafia:
Comanche Poet Sy Hoahwah connects to the past and present through his words. Beyond the typical Native picture that often gets painted through the words of a Native poet about myths and the beauty of the land, Hoahwah opens up his view of contemporary Native America that continually spars with change and where the old ways wrangle with drugs and pop culture for control.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - Indigenous Beauty Secrets:
It's a daily process found in one Native community after another. At times it can be a frustrating one, as elders try to teach the next generation the way of our ancestors. But every once in a while those teachings lead to new discoveries and new ways of piquing the interest of young minds. What may have started with a trip to pick berries or remedies to heal a sun burn has led to a growing list of entrepreneurs. This show highlights Native American owned businesses that have taken advantage of generations of local knowledge and turned them into a successful line of beauty products. Guests include Michelle Sparck (Cup'ik), co-founder of Arxotica and Monica Simeon, co-founder of Sister Sky.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Customary Adoption:
Last month, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a packet of legislation that included Bill AB 1325, which creates an alternative option to traditional adoptions in the case of Native American adoptions. Before a traditional adoption can occur, the biological parents must terminate their parental rights. However this can be, and has been, detrimental to Native American cultures. Instead, Californians now have the option of "Customary Adoption" which is defined as "a traditional tribal practice recognized by the community which gives a child a permanent parent-child relationship with someone other than the child's birth parent." What does this bill mean for Native America? Will this new legislation set a precedent for other states? Will it right any historical wrongs? Guests TBA.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - Disconnected by Broadband
New technologies are being developed everyday and at a rate faster than ever. The latest techno-toys are supposed to make our lives easier and our world smaller, but that's not always the case, especially when it comes to Indian Country. Many of our reservation communities are without broadband internet services and are therefore disconnected in many ways. The Federal Communications Commission is currently compiling a report detailing areas that are without broadband and they're looking for your help. Like the Census, in order to make sure that everyone is accounted for, the FCC would like to hear your stories. What is your life like without the internet? Have you missed out on a job because you couldn't file an application online? Our guests include Dharma Dailey and Amelia Bryne, researchers compiling stories for the FCC report.

Friday, November 20, 2009 - Can Global Unity Cure Climate Change?
Next month governmental representatives from some 170 countries, including the US are expected to arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark to put their heads together to work on climate change. As proposed in 2007, they are expected to nail down an agreement that some believe will bring unity in the battle against global warming. As these nations are preparing to meet, Indigenous advocates will be among the masses there to give their input. Just what needs to be discussed about how climate change is challenging Native nations and what can be done at home to join and support the fight? Guests include Oren Lyons, faith keeper of the Onondaga Nation and Tom Goldtooth (Dine'/Dakota) Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network.