KNSJ SHOWS: Native America Calling, December 12-16

Beyond Standing Rock: the other pipelines that tribes view as threats (Image: NPMS).

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Monday, December 12, 2016 – When to stay, when to call it quits 

This is the time of year when new college students might start considering quitting school and heading home. School can be stressful, especially for those who are experiencing it for the first time. How should parents or family members respond when a student wants to drop out of college? What are the financial consequences to such a big decision? What can colleges do to encourage their Native students to stay?
Native Americans talk a lot about decolonization. But what that means is defined by each individual’s continuum. The overall goal is to reject colonial institutions and ideologies. But how much of your diet, your relationships with others, and the way you learn are you willing to change? We’ll talk about the basics of what it means to decolonize.
Veterans have a special place in our Native nations and this month’s book has a place for them in the pages of the comics. “Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume 1,” explores the lives of code talkers from World War I through Korea. It’s a blending of the creativity of nine Indigenous artists and writers using the graphic novel concept to let the history unfold. We invite you to join us as we visit with some of the artists from the book.
While the Dakota Access Pipeline fight is far from over, some are packing up and returning home at the request of the Standing Rock Sioux tribal leadership. But there are a number of other pipeline fights that are still looming. We’ll talk about the Enbridge 3, Trans Mountain Pipeline, and a few others that have Natives worried.
The story of the Nisenan people meeting Johann Sutter, a pioneer who brought upon the California Gold Rush in the late 1800s, is told-in musical fashion-through “Something Inside is Broken.” It’s as a rock opera filled with songs in the Nisenan language. It’s written and produced by Jack Kohler (Hupa) and Alan Wallace (Washoe) of On Native Ground. We’ll hear some of the songs and talk to some of the main players about how this production promotes healing.

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.