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Posted: August 3, 2020



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Here’s the latest schedule Your National Electronic Talking Circle. You can listen LIVE every day at 1pm Eastern.

Monday, August 3, 2020 – Understanding health care for elders

Native Americans who receive health care through the Indian Health Service might think signing up for federal Medicare programs might seem redundant and costly. But for many elders over 65, it could add up to a significant cost savings and improve care in the long run. Medicare, for instance, can help cover the cost of prescriptions that IHS might not. The program has a reputation as being complicated, but elder advocates say it’s usually worth the effort and there are lots of resources to help.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – Gut check

Digestion is hard work that requires several internal organs functioning together. It also requires a complex balance of microorganisms that thrive in the gastrointestinal tract. Maintaining these systems takes some attention to how you treat your body and what you eat. When something’s off, a person might experience mild symptoms most of us have encountered like bloating, cramps or indigestion. There are other serious potential problems like irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones or acid reflux. We’re talking with experts about what it takes to maintain good gut health and how it’s connected to overall wellbeing.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – Is that true?

A video promoted by President Trump and viewed by millions of people touts a cure for the coronavirus that is disputed by every reputable medical establishment. Social media outlets are now flagging the president’s messages and other sources that pass on false information. But that doesn’t stop a large number of people from accepting false and unproven information as fact, especially when it reinforces existing beliefs. Social media is awash in misinformation, conspiracy theories and memes that contradict established evidence. As we do periodically, we’re checking in with media literacy experts about how to recognize reliable—and unreliable—sources in the constant stream of available information.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 – Indian Market online

Normally this week, thousands of Native artists would be setting up for the annual Santa Fe Indian Market by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. Instead, the event—in its 99th year—is taking place only online. Organizers are appealing to potential market buyers with virtual tours of artists’ studios, concerts, panel discussions, films, fashion shows and auctions. We’ll hear from artists and organizers about moving this popular event to a virtual space.

Friday, August 7, 2020 – Modern and traditional interpretations of ribbon shirts

From powwows to boardrooms, ribbon shirts are a visual symbol of Native pride. They can be subtle or showy, but ribbon shirts almost always have a hint of personal expression and tribal tradition. They are usually made from cotton or linen, often with long sleeves but not always, with colorful ribbons appliqued or sewn into seams as tassels. Like many Native fashion trends, ribbon shirts owe their origins and inspirations to a number of sources. We’ll spend the hour discussing the history and evolution of ribbon shirts.

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