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Minn. Native News: Laura Hugo Music Feature

Minn. Native News: Laura Hugo Music Feature

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This week, we listen in on a Twin Cities musician who just completed an impressive kickstarter push for her new E.P.

Native Lights: Biidaapi – MN Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan

Native Lights: Biidaapi – MN Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Greetings! Today we’re honored to talk with Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (White Earth Nation). Peggy Flanagan speaks about her daily duties as a state leader, the challenge of helping her first-grader with distance learning, as well as the deep loss felt by many families, including her own, during these times.

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MN Native News: Native Businesses Adjust During Pandemic

MN Native News: Native Businesses Adjust During Pandemic

Businesses, artists, and freelance workers, among many others… are being hit hard by the economic reach of the COVID-19 pandemic and the precautions necessary to prevent the spread.

But as times get even more uncertain, there are adjustments and innovations that are being made.

Here’s reporter Leah Lemm with the story.

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NL Biidaapi – Tall Paul

NL Biidaapi – Tall Paul

Hosts Leah Lemm and Cole Premo check-in with Tall Paul (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist.
Tall Paul calls in to talk about family life, staying safe and smart, and how to continue with a workout routine while in the comfort of his own home.
And, of course, we talk about creating music in times of uncertainty.

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MN Native News: Tribes’ Response To COVID-19, Online Native Film Series & A New Podcast!

MN Native News: Tribes’ Response To COVID-19, Online Native Film Series & A New Podcast!

This week on Minnesota Native News, we get an update on how tribes across the state are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also hear about a native film series you can binge while quarantined in your homes .. plus a new podcast series from us! Here’s reporter Cole Premo with more.

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NL: Biidaapi -Brenda Child

NL: Biidaapi -Brenda Child

We talk with Brenda Child (Red Lake Nation) about the origin story of the Jingle Dress and how it relates to the 1918 Flu epidemic, and what the past can teach us about our current pandemic.

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NL: Biidaapi – Bill Premo

NL: Biidaapi – Bill Premo

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)Greetings from Native Lights! Sometimes we just want to talk to a parent or elder during uncertain times, and today we chat with our dad, Bill (“Papi”) Premo (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe). Bill Premo lives at Owl Hoot Station –what he calls home –just Northeast of Hinckley with his dog Kek Kek, and is always full of advice and perspective. He’s an associate judge for District III for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and serves on the board for MLB Corporate Ventures.

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NL: Biidaapi – Pilot

NL: Biidaapi – Pilot

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Greetings from Native Lights! Thanks for listening. During this COVID-19 pandemic, when we’re encouraged to keep a greater distance from our community members, friends, and loved ones, it’s so important to keep our relationships strong. And that’s what we’re doing here on Native Lights: Biidaapi. To us, “biidaapi” (s/he comes or arrives laughing) reminds us to keep our spirits up through connection and conversations. So, join us as we hear from people in our communities as we share how the COVID-19 pandemic affects us at home.

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MN Native News: Cultural Lessons for Kids at Home

MN Native News: Cultural Lessons for Kids at Home

Lives are changing drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are out of work, more and more people are holding work meetings virtually, and everyone is making major adjustments.

Students are also home from school. Which means families are trying to find ways to keep the learning going. And for Native students, there are online resources that provide culturally focused learning through language and art.

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Minnesota Native News: The MN MMIW Task Force is Listening

Minnesota Native News: The MN MMIW Task Force is Listening

The state’s new Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is moving forward. The task force had planned a set of state-wide listening sessions where people could come and share their stories. Those are cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are other ways for the public to impact the work of the task force. Reporter Melissa Townsend explains.

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Minnesota Native News: NDN Comedy Night at MOA – Coming Soon?

Minnesota Native News: NDN Comedy Night at MOA – Coming Soon?

On April first the House of Comedy comedy club at the Mall of America was supposed to feature its first all Indigenous line-up of comedians. Red Lake comic Jon Roberts had set it up. Reporter Melissa Townsend has the story

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