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MN Native News: Cultural Lessons for Kids at Home

MN Native News: Cultural Lessons for Kids at Home

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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.

NL: Biidaapi – Antony Stately

NL: Biidaapi – Antony Stately

Greetings! Today we check in with Antony Stately, Ph.D. (Ojibwe/Oneida), CEO of Native American Community Clinic (NACC). NACC is located in the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis and provides health, dental, and counseling services to community members. Antony speaks about the challenges of managing a health care clinic during the pandemic, transitioning to telehealth, and we compare notes on the fun and foibles of distance learning.

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MN Native News: The Challenge of Distance Learning

MN Native News: The Challenge of Distance Learning

This week on Minnesota Native News educators tell us in their own words how they and their students are dealing with distance learning.

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NL Biidaapi – Marcie Rendon

NL Biidaapi – Marcie Rendon

Greetings! We are excited to catch up with renowned author, playwright and poet, Marcie Rendon (White Earth Nation) and we hear how she is using her time cooped up at home. Spoiler alert: she’s been writing funny stories and planning her garden! Enjoy this conversation with the insightful and creative Marcie Rendon.

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NL: Biidaapi – James Vukelich

NL: Biidaapi – James Vukelich

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

We are happy to say Boozhoo! to our friend James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw today. James is the creator of “Ojibwe Word of the Day,” which he shares on Facebook and YouTube, and he is a leading voice in Native Language revitalization efforts and spiritual teachings. James shares some Ojibwemowin that offers perspective and help for staying in balance during challenging times like this pandemic.

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NL: Biidaapi – RJ Dahl

NL: Biidaapi – RJ Dahl

Boozhoo! Today we talk with RJ Dahl of Deer River (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) to find out how he is coping and thriving during the pandemic, with humor and connection. RJ works at the White Oak Casino, which has been temporarily shut down, so now he’s focused on homeschooling his four kids. RJ stays connected to his buddies through video games, which has been a great way to joke and lift each other’s spirits in these strange times.

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Minnesota Native News: U.S. Senator Tina Smith on the CARES Act and American Indian Communities

Minnesota Native News: U.S. Senator Tina Smith on the CARES Act and American Indian Communities

The CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27th provides emergency assistance and health care response for people, tribes and businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The law includes 8-billion dollars for tribes and urban Indian communities across the U-S. Reporter Melissa Townsend talked with U.S. Senator Tina Smith about provisions for Native communities. Smith represents Minnesota and serves on the U-S Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

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NL Biidaapi – Rob Fairbanks

NL Biidaapi – Rob Fairbanks

Hello! Today we’re catching up with our favorite Rez Reporter, Rob Fairbanks (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe), to find out how the comedian and YouTube star is coping with the pandemic, and whether his homeschooling skills are a pass or a fail. Join us, your hosts Leah Lemm and Cole Premo, for a few minutes of conversation and laughs.

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

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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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