7-2 Fall 1995 “Agriculture” Resource Guide

Aug 15th, 1995 | By | Category: 7-2: Agriculture, Resource Guides

Native America Calling

An alternative to hate radio has emerged in Indian Country, giving a forum for thoughtful consideration of Native peoples’ most important issues. Native America Calling is a daily call-in program linking Native radio stations and listeners together. Billed as “the first electronic talking circle,” it is produced in Albuquerque by the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium and the Alaska Public Radio Network. Each day the producers host two or three experts on the day’s topic who respond to the listeners’ calls. Since the programs are broadcast by Native radio stations, most of the callers are themselves Native.

Bernadette Chato, a Navajo, hosts the program. Pam Belgarde, a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe, is the producer and hosts the Wellness Edition on Fridays. The first host was George Tiger (Creek), who is president of the Haskell Indian Nations University Board of Regents.

The show deals with both intellectual and everyday concerns such as Native language, Native tradition, health, economics, gardening, bison, and American Indian prisoners’ rights. The show has ventured into some of the most controversial topics, such as teen suicide, sexual abuse, enrollment, and marriage between Indians and non-Indians. Of special interest to college listeners is the book of the month club. Once a month, the hosts invite listeners to question a Native American author on the air.

Since the program was initially offered free of charge, the producers said they had no accurate numbers on which stations carried the show. At press time, Native America Calling was carried by at least four Native radio stations located on reservations with tribal colleges, according to AIROS (American Indian Radio on Satellite). There are a total of 29 Native radio stations across the country, including both public radio and commercial stations. Of that total, seven are located on reservations served by tribal colleges, and two more stations are under construction. For more information, contact AIROS in Lincoln, Nebraska, at 402 472-8675.tches available

Information Dispatches Available

College faculty and administrators are among the audiences targeted by a new information service offered by the National Indian Policy Center (NIPC) in Washington, D.C. Interim Director Bob Arnold provides weekly reports free to tribal leaders and others from the nation’s capital.

Arnold, formerly on the staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, has a long standing interest in Indian education and tribal colleges, which is reflected in his choice of news. He provides status reports on relevant legislation and regulations; Federal Register announcements; and court decisions. He also tells how to order reports and copies of testimony, which could be used in the classroom. Recent examples include the Inspector General’s report on tribal self-governance; the National Congress of American Indians analysis of federal budget cuts; and a NIPC survey of tribal actions to protect water quality.

Arnold considered sending his dispatches via e-mail, but his survey indicated it would not reach enough tribal decision makers at this time. To receive his fax messages, call the National Indian Policy Center at 202 994-1446, fax 202 994-4404, or e-mail arnold@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu.

Agriculture Resource List

Intertribal Agriculture Council
100 N. 27th St. Suite 500
Billings MT 59101
406 259-3525
fax 406 256-9980

The Intertribal Agriculture Council has published several reports about Indian agriculture, including “Barriers to Successful Competition: The Isolation of American Indian Agriculture” (1992); a 92-page “National Indian Agriculture Profile” published in November 1992, which lists the contact persons at each of the tribes; “Indian Borrowers Guide” to Bureau of Indian Affairs and Farmers Home Administration lending programs: two guides to the Soil Conservation Service; and instructions on how to use the “Made by American Indians” trademark (patented by the IAC for use by Indian people). IAC holds an agriculture symposium each fall and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter.

Project Grow
Gil Goetz, director
1845 East Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55404
612 341-3358
fax 341-3766

Project Grow was started in 1991 by Gil Goetz as a means for combatting diabetes by returning to traditional, healthy diets using self-sustaining agriculture. Funded by the Department of Agriculture and private funders, the project helped Indian people start over 1,250 family and community gardens last summer in the Midwest (see Tribal College Journal, Winter 1994, page 13). The project also sponsors “grow labs” in schools to help students learn the joy of gardening. Goetz is now collaborating with reservations, schools, and the Indian Health Service to develop tribe-specific, integrated wellness curriculum material for pre- K-12 schools.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
1630 30th St.. Suite 321
Boulder CO 80301
303 939-0023

Working with Cornell University and Vine Deloria, Jr., AISES will sponsor a conference on traditional agriculture in July 1996. Contact Dick Pierce for information about the conference. The Autumn 1993 issue of Winds of Change included two articles about agriculture: “A Return to the Land: Traditional Agriculture is Gaining Momentum,” by Dick Pierce and “Native Values Take Root in Plains Soil” (about Oglala Lakota College organic gardening project) by Judy Merritt. Send $3 to Dick Pierce for reprints.

“New World Plants and Their Uses: A Guide to Selected Literature and Genetic Resources” 1980-1993 by Joanne Meil

The free, 38-page booklet lists books and articles about New World agricultural practices of different indigenous peoples. It lists seed banks and Native plant sources across the continent. from Washington state to Arizona, Ontario to Virginia. It also lists several data sources in South America with information about plant genes. It is available to libraries through electronic mail or write to:

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