Catch “Up Heartbreak Hill” on POV via PBS July 26, 2012

What’s on the minds of young people contemplating their future choices on the Navajo Reservation? Find out in a documentary that will air on PBS July 26, at 10 pm EST.  I caught a preview for this film while watching my local PBS station Sunday evening. Then I noticed the segement featuring the young people on Native America Calling and listened online. Serious issues are raised about education, culture, generations and being Native in America. Some of the issues are similar for all teenagers –even those swiming hard in the maintream.  At its best,  when “the box”  offers more than moronic junk food it can get us all thinking outside all sorts of boxes.  “Up Haertbreak Hill” sure does not sound like mental junk food.

Visit the “Up Heartbreak Hill” site for information about  director Erica Scharf and the other filmmakers, including producer Chris Eyre, involved in this documentary –>> http://www.upheartbreakhill.com/

Life is tough and complex for teenagers everywhere so the issues in this film are of interest to everyone, not just Native American/Indigenous/Indian people.  How would you handle being a teenager in America in these times?

 

Native Voice 1 — News and Native America Calling Now: “Up Heartbreak Hill”

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Native Teens Racing Towards Life:
As teenagers get older and start reaching their last years of high school, many will look towards leaving home to pursue their life and education far from home. But, just how common is this dream? A new documentary, “Up Heartbreak Hill,” follows two bright Native American high school seniors through their final year of high school as they tackle daunting decisions and questions that will alter their life forever. What all is at stake in answering the question, should I stay or should I go? How do economic hardships on tribal nations skew visions of opportunity? Guests include Native youths Thomas Martinez (Navajo) and Tamara Hardy (Navajo) and Erica Scharf, Director & Producer/”Up Heartbreak Hill” Documentary.

See More of Native America Calling’s upcoming shows here http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

 

‘Native America Calling’ Digs into the Tar Sands! “What’s really important?” 706 Arrested Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline

Native America Calling covered the Tar Sands Protests on Tuesday, August 3o. You can listen to the entire program online at

http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

Features Environmental Activist Clayton Thomas-Muller (Cree) and other callers.
It’s a GREAT radio program! Listen and learn what Indigenous People are saying about the environmental and health costs.

NCA Host Harlan McKosato asks: What’s really important?
More dirty oil or clean water and forests?

What’s YOUR answer?

Stolen Sisters: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

On Tuesday 15 February 2011 Native America Calling will broadcast a radio talk show regarding Missing and Murdered Women in Vancouver.  The third annual Stolen Sisters Memorial March was held on February 13.  Heads up, we’re not talking about 5 or 6 women who have gone MIA. There are nearly 600 Indigenous women on the list compiled by the Native Women’s Association. Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest is just one of several high kill zones for Indigenous women along the Canada/United States border and the Mexico/United States border. Hundreds of unsolved murders and disappearances of Indigenous women go unsolved, seldom reported in the mainstream media, and ignored by the general population.  Amnesty International has investigated this continuing violence against Indigenous  women.  The question arises of what if these women were white and middle class? Would there then be widespread awareness and public outcry for all the crime prevention units to produce some serious results for ending this murder industry? I don’t know. 

At any rate, Native America Calling’s show will include Angela MacDougall (director of Battered Women Support Services) and Marlene George who organized the annual march. The show is broadcast live 1-2 pm Eastern Time–and will be available online afterwards.  The show streams live online. 

                          http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

For Amnesty International’s report: A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women In Canada:

              http://www.amnesty.ca/stolensisters/amr2000304.pdf

Click photo to see more images by Adrian Lam, Time Colonist

Got ears? You too can hear Native America Calling.

<<Click the banner above to visit Native America Calling.>>

Wondering what Native Americans think of Johnny Depp playing Tonto in a new film? Well, surf to Native America Calling’s online former broadcasts and find out. Heads up, make sure you’re wearing your satire hat for the “win Depp” show.  There’s an online archive list and summary of several years of broadcasts covering everything from healthcare to water rights  to “matchmaking.” Oh yes, there is  more talk radio in America than the usual media attention beasts bellowing on the sound waves. The discussions on Native America Calling are lively, smart, informative and enjoyable. Harlan McKosato is the show’s host and producer. Listeners are invited to call in and participate in the conversations.

Native America Calling broadcasts live Monday through Friday, 1-2pm Eastern time. 10 am PST.  You can listen online too.

On Monday, February 7, 2011 the topic will be the “State of Indian Education.”  Having blogged my thoughts about the general state of education in America, I’m very interested in hearing this particular broadcast.  

You can view the subjects of this upcoming week’s shows here– http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

They’re serving everything from Casino Jack to Adapting to Climate Change. And it all gets archived for listening at later dates.

In the Kansas City Metro area there’s only ONE hour a week of radio programming featuring Native American music, news, issues, and people.  Native Spirit Radio airs on www.kkfi.org  hosted by Rhonda LeValdo (Acoma Pueblo),  on Sundays,  5-6pm CST. NSR streams online.

Escape the radio boxes by expanding your listening horizons to Native America Calling.  Sharing your discoveries here is very welcome.

Meet Waziyatawin~~A Very Determined Dakota Woman

I recently was informed about a remarkable Dakota woman writer, teacher and activist named Waziyatawin (aka Dr. Angela Wilson).  She is an outspoken advocate for the rights of Indigenous people–including their right to restoration of the land stolen from them. Land is needed for survival if you’re going to create a sustainable life based on traditional concepts.  Makes sense to me. Whenever something is stolen it can be found and returned to its rightful owner. Why should land be any different from a stolen purse, car or money?  If you click on the image below you can read Waziyatawin’s  thoughts and find her books yourself.  I’ve only read what’s on her website so I’m unable to comment on her books. But I did hear her speak her mind on Native America Calling.  She’s an impressive woman fully aware of her intellectual and creative power and using it to make a difference.  

You can listen to the Native America Calling  program online at

 http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/nac_past.shtml#jan

Thursday, January 20, 2011–Free Speech and Censorship.

Much thanks to Monika for providing links to Native America Calling and Waziyatawin’s recent go round with racism, and the FBI.  Since when does advocating for Indigenous land rights and relating historical truths, however uncomfortable they might be, qualify as “terrorism”? Dr. Wilson’s experience reveals some negative characteristics about the critical thinking skills of some young people in America–and their ethics.

Learn more about the FBI “fun” resulting from Waziyatawin’s talk in Minnesota at http://www.fightbacknews.org/2011/1/8/fbi-harasses-dakota-activist-waziyatawin-speech-minnesota

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