We Shall Remain: Language
All Things Considered, Monday, April 13
David White is a member of the Nipmuc tribe in Massachusetts, and one of fewer than ten people who still speak the language. As a young man he took lessons from an elder who had revived the tongue. He now balances his day job as an electrician with his mission to single-handedly save his people's language from extinction.
We Shall Remain: Sovereignty
Morning Edition, Monday, April 27
What does it mean to be a "sovereign nation?" The Chickasaw Nation is designated as one, but how sovereign is it? Reporter Arun Rath explores this question by looking at the Oklahoma tribe's foreign policy –- it’s based on trade (gambling) with its largest neighbor, Texas. The nation's domestic policy boasts something that President Obama can’t -- universal health care. Rath also examines how economic success has translated to a truer notion of independence and nationhood.
We Shall Remain: Icons
All Things Considered, Monday, May 4
Most of the cultural icons Native Americans have are the ones forced on them by Hollywood –- whooping savages or new-age shamans. But comedian Charlie Hill is one of a few native artists trying to bust out of these stereotypes. Reporter Brian Bull visits with Hill and other artists who try to portray Native Americans as three-dimensional people.
We Shall Remain: Identity
Morning Edition, Monday, May 11
What does it mean to be an Indian? In many tribes, it's a matter of blood, as in "one-quarter Indian." But what does that mean for a tribe member married to an outsider whose son or daughter is thus ineligible? Some tribes are opening their doors to more members to avoid dying out, while others flush with casino cash are restricting their membership. Still other Native Americans have to rely on the U.S. government for their identity by seeking official recognition as a tribe. Reporter Brian Bull, himself a member of the Nez Perce tribe, explores the issue.