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Responding to the Opioid Crisis in MN Native Communities

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The opioid and heroin abuse crisis has hit the U.S. hard, with overdoses tripling between 2000 and 2015. In Minnesota, Native communities struggle with helping people heal and the historical trauma at the root of this addiction crisis. Melissa Townsend reports.

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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SMSC’s Rebecca Crooks-Stratton Announces Narrative Change Initiative Understand Native Minnesota

SMSC’s Rebecca Crooks-Stratton Announces Narrative Change Initiative Understand Native Minnesota

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Understand Native Minnesota is a new multi-million dollar philanthropic campaign to improve the Native American narrative taught in K-12 schools. The narrative change initiative was introduced by it’s campaign leader and SMSC’s Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Crooks-Stratton during the 35th annual Minnesota Indian Education Association (MIEA) Conference 2019 on Thursday November 14th, 2019.

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Native Lights Podcast: Where Indigenous Voices Shine

Native Lights Podcast: Where Indigenous Voices Shine

We amplify stories of people within Minnesota’s Native communities. We explore the history, work, strength, and resiliency of Native people who are shaping the future while appreciating those who came before.

The podcast is hosted by Leah Lemm and Cole Premo, siblings, who are both members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in addition to being part of the Minnesota Native News producing team.

Season one of Native Lights Podcast covers of topics including music, art, parenthood, adoption, foster care, addiction, and violence. We examine media portrayals of Native people and the absent or invisible narratives that allow stereotypes and misconceptions to persist.

Native Lights Podcast is a production of Minnesota Native News and Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, and made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage Fund, and the Citizens of Minnesota.You

You can find Native Lights wherever you get your podcasts.

Or you can listen here: https://www.blubrry.com/nativelights/

 

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Wellness Rising: Coming Together to Prevent and Manage Diabetes

Wellness Rising: Coming Together to Prevent and Manage Diabetes

“Wellness Rising: Coming Together to Prevent and Manage Diabetes” is a magazine style show, featuring vital perspectives from health providers, community members, and people with diabetes, all sharing their insights and wisdom on how to prevent and manage diabetes.

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Turning the Ship Around: Two Native Physicians Talk about Improving Native Health in Minnesota

Turning the Ship Around: Two Native Physicians Talk about Improving Native Health in Minnesota

Reporter Melissa Townsend sits down with Dr. Arne Vainio and Dr. Mary Owen to talk about the rising rates of diabetes in Native communities and other issues in culturally appropriate Native healthcare.

Dr. Vainio is from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. We is a physician at the tribal clinic on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation.

Dr. Owen is Tlinket from southeast Alaska. She is a family physician at the Leech Lake tribal clinic in Cass Lake. She is also the Director of the Center on American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is based in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Minnesota Native News Special Edition: A Native Youth Theater Group Creates a Play “We will Do it for the Water”

Minnesota Native News Special Edition: A Native Youth Theater Group Creates a Play “We will Do it for the Water”

This is a special edition of Minnesota Native News, a radio documentary about young people learning new and ancient respect for water. In this one-hour radio documentary, a behind-the-scenes look at a play performed by Native youth called “We Will Do it for the Water”. The actors are Twin Cities teenagers, and they belong to a theatre group called Ikidodwin. Ikidowin is part of the Indigenous People’s Task Force led by Sharon Day. Sharon Day wrote the play with input from the youth, and Curtis Kirby III directed it. As you’ll hear, it was performed for the first time June first. It has been staged at colleges and theatres in the Upper Midwest, with more performances coming up. MN Native News contributor Laurie Stern, has the story.

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Minnesota Native News Special Edition: A Native Youth Theater Group Creates a Play “We will Do it for the Water”

Minnesota Native News Special Edition: A Native Youth Theater Group Creates a Play “We will Do it for the Water”

This is a special edition of Minnesota Native News, a radio documentary about young people learning new and ancient respect for water. In this one-hour radio documentary, a behind-the-scenes look at a play performed by Native youth called “We Will Do it for the Water”. The actors are Twin Cities teenagers, and they belong to a theater group called Ikidodwin.

Ikidowin is part of the Indigenous People’s Task Force led by Sharon Day. Sharon Day wrote the play with input from the youth, and Curtis Kirby III directed it. As you’ll hear, it was performed for the first time June first. It has been staged at colleges and theaters in the Upper Midwest, with more performances coming up. MN Native News contributor Laurie Stern, has the story.

Note: Documentary is self-contained with intro and tag included within the audio.

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Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Native Sovereignty on Franklin Ave.

Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Native Sovereignty on Franklin Ave.

Nearly 8-thousand American Indians from over 40 different sovereign tribes live in Minneapolis. And since the 1960’s, the section of Franklin Avenue between 11th and Cedar streets has been a gathering place for many. The community was established by Native leaders who brought a sense of tribal sovereignty to their urban community. And that same sense of self-determination continues today.

Reporter Melissa Townsend takes us to Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis where a new generation’s work is growing this sense of urban Native sovereignty.

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Minnesota Native News Special Edition: A Call for Truth & Reconciliation in the U.S.

Minnesota Native News Special Edition: A Call for Truth & Reconciliation in the U.S.

The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission recently released a report officially recording the inhumane practices of the Canadian Indian Boarding School system and the resulting historical trauma on indigenous people. The report calls for 92 different policy changes to address that historical trauma.

In the U.S., truth and reconciliation movements are emerging. Erma Vizenor, Chairwoman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is working with the National Congress of American Indians calling for a National Commission on American Indian Boarding School Policy.

This presentation features Erma Vizenor and Michael McNally, Professor of Religion at Carlton College. The two talk about the Episcopal church’s previous support of the Doctrine of Discovery and U.S. Indian Boarding School policy. Vizenor discusses the movement to bring truth and reconciliation to the U.S. The event was held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis on May 30th, 2015.

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