Native Americans

The Takeaway

In Navajo Nation, Health Care is Like Pulling Teeth

Friday, April 03, 2015

Almost 70 percent of Navajo children have untreated tooth decay, but local dentist Darrin Blackman wants to change that. 



Ghosts of Football Past

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This is the story of a proving ground. Where battles slugged out in the mud helped Americans take on their biggest hopes and fears.

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Selected Shorts

Do You Know Where I Am?

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sherman Alexie looks at a long marriage

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The Takeaway

Obama Makes Historic Visit to Indian Country

Friday, June 13, 2014

President Obama will visit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe today in what is only the third visit to Indian country by a sitting president in the last 80 years. Like many reservations, Standing Rock faces unemployment and poverty rates that far exceed the rest of the United States.


The Takeaway

Native Americans: The Next to Legalize Marijuana?

Friday, May 23, 2014

The dire need for a boost to the economy is why the Oglala Lakota Tribal Council's economic committee started looking into legalizing marijuana on the reservation this year. Many say it is something that tribe members of all ages seemed interested in.


The Leonard Lopate Show

“Young Lakota"

Monday, November 25, 2013

A young Lakota woman returns to the Pine Ridge Reservation with a dream to change the world around her.

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50 Songs That Define The Stones; Savages Plays Live; Rare Recordings From Native American Groups

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In this epiosde: Bill Janovitz -- writer and founder the ‘90's alternative rock band Buffalo Tom --  talks about a new collection of essays about 50 Rolling Stones songs. 

Plus: Last year the British post-punk band Savages was hailed as one of the best new bands in the U.K. — and at the time, only had one or two songs to its credit. Now that the group's brutal and elegant debut, Silence Yourself, is out, the reviews are in — and they are rave. They play live

And: Columbia University’s Center for Ethnomusicology is voluntarily returning — to several Native American groups — a treasure trove of rare recordings of traditional songs and dances.  Aaron Fox, Associate Professor of music at Columbia and former director of the Center, explains why.


Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Thursday, May 30, 2013

This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Harry Belafonte and Peter Coyote

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Harry Belafonte and Peter Coyote talk about the benefit concert “Bring Leonard Peltier Home,” which they are hosting along with Pete Seeger, on December 14 at the Beacon Theatre. The concert features performances by Jackson Browne, Bruce Cockburn, Jennifer Kreisberg, Bill Miller, Margo Thunderbird, and guest speakers Peter Matthiesson, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Peter Coyote, and former Amnesty International President Jack Healey. Leonard Peltier is a celebrated Native American activist and humanitarian imprisoned since the mid-1970s for his involvement with controversial incidents at Wounded Knee and Oglala, South Dakota, including the shooting deaths of two FBI agents. He has has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Native Americans Captured on Film

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Timothy Egan tells the story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history—and the driven, brilliant man who made them, Edward Curtis. In Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher is a portrait of the photographer and his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, preserved 10,000 audio recordings, and is credited with making the first narrative documentary film, creating a definitive archive of the American Indian.

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The Takeaway

The American Genealogical Mosaic

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The United States has just over 300 million people. If you break that down to a biological level, that equals about 13.8 billion human chromosomes, and at least 90 trillion human genes. So what do all these genes say about the country? What do they say about us? In his new book "DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America," Bryan Sykes tackles this issue head-on.


The Takeaway

South Dakota Sioux Tribe File Voting Discrimination Case

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Members of the Oglala Sioux tribe live on the very rural Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, most of whom do not have cars. Traveling during winter months is compounded by infrequently plowed gravel and dirt roads. Given that their county only has six days of early voting in the presidential primaries — while residents in the rest of South Dakota have 46 days to vote — some Ogala have perceived this as discriminatory. 25 tribe members are suing the overseer of the elections, South Dakota secretary of state Jason Gant as well as county officials.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: An Hour with Sherman Alexie

Sunday, August 28, 2011

On this program, we get to know a multi-faceted contemporary writer up close, with a story, some poems, and good talk.

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