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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.

MN Native News: Virtual Indigenous Film Series

MN Native News: Virtual Indigenous Film Series

Duluth Superior Film Festival Is Partnering Again With The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) For A Virtual Indigenous Film Series.

Reporter Leah Lemm recently had a conversation with Local filmmaker Khayman Goodsky, who will host the series.


MN Native News: Community Through Conversation

MN Native News: Community Through Conversation

MN Native News produces a weekly Special Edition called COVID 19 Community Conversations. Throughout the pandemic, many have shared how their personal and professional lives have been impacted.

Reporter Leah Lemm… and host of Community Conversations… shares two conversations from the program.


MN Native News: The Time to Rebuild is Now

MN Native News: The Time to Rebuild is Now

This week on Minnesota Native News, the latest on two controversial projects that affect tribal lands. And some welcome news for employees of the White Earth Nation.


MN Native News: Indian Country in MN Reacts to Deb Haaland’s Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of the Interior

MN Native News: Indian Country in MN Reacts to Deb Haaland’s Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of the Interior

The confirmation of Deb Haaland as U.S. Secretary of Interior is a historic moment. Deb Haaland… Now Secretary Haaland… is the first Native person to hold a cabinet position in U.S. History.
Reporter Leah Lemm has reactions to this historic event, from folks in Minnesota.


MN Native News: Books Books Books

MN Native News: Books Books Books

Diane Wilson’s new book The Seed Keeper has now been released…
And The Minnesota Native American Lives Series is celebrating its launch as well.


MN Native News: Toward an Inclusive K12

MN Native News: Toward an Inclusive K12

This week on Minnesota Native News, a plan for indigenous students to get the education they deserve. I’m Marie Rock. The plan comes from Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Reporter Emma Needham (Red Lake Nation) has more.


Minnesota Native News: Lower Sioux Indian Community reclaims land and more

Minnesota Native News: Lower Sioux Indian Community reclaims land and more

This week on Minnesota Native News – Lower Sioux Indian Community reclaims 114 acres, a summer opportunity for Native college students and a timely review for TV watchers.


Finding Your Inner Warrior’s Voice with Jessica Smith

Finding Your Inner Warrior’s Voice with Jessica Smith

February 14th marks a day of honoring relatives lost in the ongoing epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIWR).

A recent report from the Minnesota Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women reveals a heartbreaking statistic: while Indigenous people make up just 1% of the state’s population, a stunning 9% of all murdered girls and women in Minnesota over the last ten years were American Indian.

Today we talk with Jessica Gidagaakoons Smith (Bois Forte Band of Chippewa) who is a mother, survivor, Two-Spirit warrior, Indigenous scholar, and researcher, MMIWG2S Legal Advocate, and so much more. Jessica shares how her own experience seeking healing as a survivor of domestic violence and human trafficking, led her on a path to become a national speaker, leader, and advocate for others.

We hear Jessica’s powerful story of how her “Inner Warrior” pushed her to step forward and speak up, sharing her own story of survival, to advocate for legislation aimed at strengthening law enforcement’s ability to track and solve cases of murdered or missing Native Americans.

We are thankful for Jessica Smith’s powerful voice and for all the work she is doing to help others find safety, healing, and their own voices.  You can learn more about Jessica Smith and her work at www.gidagaakoonsresearch.com

Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) builds on Indigenous traditions of data gathering and knowledge transfer to create, disseminate, and put into action research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people. www.sovereign-bodies.org

If you or someone you know needs help right now, you can reach out to these hotlines:

StrongHearts Native Helpline provides culturally appropriate support and advocacy for American Indians and Alaska Natives, including resources for victims, families affected by domestic violence and dating violence, and it is anonymous and confidential at: 1-844-7NATIVE or 1-844-762-8483.

National Human Trafficking Hotline serves victims and survivors of human trafficking and anti-trafficking community in the US: 1-888-373-7888


MN Native News: The Color Red for MMIWR

MN Native News: The Color Red for MMIWR

Coming up, from a 2020 report by the Minnesota Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, “While Indigenous people make up just 1% of the state’s population, 9% of all murdered girls and women in Minnesota from 2010 to 2019 were American Indian.”

Reporter Leah Lemm speaks with three survivors about the significance of the color red in the search and honoring of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives.

If you need help, there are free resources available. Strong Hearts Native helpline provides culturally appropriate support and advocacy for American Indians and Alaskan natives. And that hotline is 1-844-7NATIVE. It’s anonymous and confidential. That’s 1-844-762-8483. This information can be found on the Minnesota Native News website, mnnativenews.org.


MN Native News: Line Three Protests Continue

MN Native News: Line Three Protests Continue

This week on Minnesota Native News, a look at why many people in Indian Country oppose Line Three.


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