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Resisting The Erasure of Native Voices Through Contemporary Storytelling

Dec 16, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America, a collection of twelve first-person stories by Indigenous people in the US and Canada.


On this edition of Your Call, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Indigenous activists about this election’s historic Native voter turnout.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the factors that are contributing to wildfires across the West. More than five million acres have already burned in California, Oregon and Washington.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing how COVID-19 is affecting Indian Country. There are nearly 1,900 confirmed cases across the Navajo Nation and 60 reported deaths.

California Adaptation Forum

On this edition of Your Call, we continue our weeklong series on the climate crisis by speaking with environmental justice activists.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the damning findings of Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about reckoning with transgenerational trauma, through a First Nation woman’s memoir.



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with educator and author Dina Gilio-Whitaker about her new book As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock.


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Manu Karuka about his new book Empire’s Tracks.

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Every year since 1975 the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony has taken place on Alcatraz Island on Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day. Native Americans of many tribes attend the ceremony to commemorate the 1969 protest when the Alcatraz Red Power Movement occupied the island. They stayed there for 18 months, until they were removed by federal marshalls in 1971.


On this edition of Your Call, join our conversation with three of the filmmakers featured at this year's 43rd annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.

  This week, California Governor Jerry Brown is co-chairing the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, which is bringing together business executives and politicians to discuss solutions to climate change. Many grassroots activists say the summit is too focused on market based approaches that do not prioritize people on the front lines, especially people of color and indigenous communities.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with everyday citizens forming groups to protect their communities and provide a range of basic services.


On the this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Bernadette Demientiff, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, about her fight to protect the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas drilling.



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California’s history is marked by horrific and systemic violence against Native Americans. On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Bay Area Native Corrina Gould and historian Benjamin Madley about the genocide of California Indians and how the state should acknowledge it.

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss missing and murdered Indigenous women and the fight to raise awareness about this crisis. Why do these women and girls get so little recognition in the US?

Jeremy Dalmas


Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it. 

Your Call: A political shift for Native Americans

Aug 9, 2016
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On the August 9th edition of Your Call, we will discuss turning political tides for Native Americans.

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It’s not every day that a local person becomes a saint, but on September 23rd, more than two hundred years after he died, Junípero Serra will be canonized by Pope Francis. Serra was an 18th century Franciscan priest whose name can be seen on roads, schools and landmarks all over California. He’s a huge figure in the state, but some people believe Serra is far from being a saint.

This past year, Native American activists in various parts of California have held protests against the Pope’s plans to canonize Junípero Serra.


On today's Your Call, we’ll honor Indigenous People’s Day by speaking with native activists on the front lines of environmental battles.  From the tar sands in Canada, to coal mining at Black Mesa, to fracking, toxic waste, and deforestation-- native people are standing up for environmental justice in their communities.  Where do you see examples of this?  Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here.  What can we all learn learn from how native communities relate to the environment?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.