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NL: Biidaapi – Louise Matson

NL: Biidaapi – Louise Matson




Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Greetings! Today we talk with Louise Matson (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) the Executive Director of the Division of Indian Work and founding board member of Bdote Learning Center. Louise shares how she and her staff are working hard to support community members, by making remote connections and distributing pre-packed food supplies, even as they long for and miss the in-person gatherings.

NL: Biidaapi – Louise Matson

NL: Biidaapi – Louise Matson

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Greetings! Today we talk with Louise Matson (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) the Executive Director of the Division of Indian Work and founding board member of Bdote Learning Center. Louise shares how she and her staff are working hard to support community members, by making remote connections and distributing pre-packed food supplies, even as they long for and miss the in-person gatherings.


NL: Biidaapi – Briand Morrison

NL: Biidaapi – Briand Morrison

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Boozhoo! We’re happy to connect with our friend Briand Morrison (Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), the renowned jazz guitar player (you can hear him and his music on Native Lights podcast S1 Ep2, check it out!). Briand has no public gigs right now, due to the pandemic, but he’s still making plenty of music and enjoying life with family at home.


NL: Biidaapi – Shelbie Shelder

NL: Biidaapi – Shelbie Shelder

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Hello Relatives! Today we talk with Shelbie Shelder (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians), a 4th year medical student at the University of Minnesota. Shelbie talks about how the Coronovirus pandemic has impacted her rigorous academic load but also re-invigorated her desire to be a physician. Shelby is also focused on Native youth mental health during this time and recording the health disparities amplified by Covid-19.


NL: Biidaapi – Stacy Hammer

NL: Biidaapi – Stacy Hammer

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin) Greetings! On this day we check in with registered dietician Stacy Hammer (Bdewakantunwan Dakota). Stacy is the Director of Community Health at the Lower Sioux Health Care Center. When the pandemic hit, Stacy and her team swung into action to figure out how to provide health care and support, even as everything was shutting down.


NL: Biidaapi – Jenn Hall

NL: Biidaapi – Jenn Hall

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Hello! Today we talk with Jenn Hall (Leech Lake), who is a brand-new Minneapolis firefighter! Jenn gives us a glimpse into how she safely does her job, answers calls, responds to emergencies, and faces danger, even with the pandemic going on. Jenn also shares how she stays grounded through quiet time, rest, watching Netflix, and talking on the phone with family and friends.


MN Native News: Next Steps

MN Native News: Next Steps

This week on Minnesota Native News, primary results from the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and artistic expressions of hope and thanks.


MN StaySafe Reopening Phase 3 Allows More Business to Reopen

MN StaySafe Reopening Phase 3 Allows More Business to Reopen

More businesses are now allowed to open and restrictions on some social gatherings are being lifted. Still, the virus continues to pose a threat. so Health officials are urging people to wear masks in public and to keep up the social distancing in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


MN Native News: Sharing Culture for Healing in Minneapolis

MN Native News: Sharing Culture for Healing in Minneapolis

Today, a healing ceremony in honor of George Floyd, plus Native art and stories.

Here’s reporter Leah Lemm.


Community Rallies Around MIGIZI Amid Fires and Pandemic

Community Rallies Around MIGIZI Amid Fires and Pandemic

As Minneapolis moves to re-open during the pandemic, protests erupted in the streets following the death of George Floyd. A Minneapolis office has now been charged with his murder.
But as anger and frustrations took over demonstrations, hundreds of buildings in Minneapolis were set on fire and burned to the ground.
Among them was the new offices of a beloved Native non-profit, MIGIZI.


MN Native News: Health Report Dr. Antony Stately Answers Community Questions

MN Native News: Health Report Dr. Antony Stately Answers Community Questions

This week on the Minnesota Native News Health Report, we answer some of your questions and hear the first entry in a Covid-19 diary. And we are calling on Dr. Antony Stately from the Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis to help answer them. Laurie Stern has the story.


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