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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.

Special Edition of Minnesota Native News: Bemidji, Rocking the Boat Part 1

Special Edition of Minnesota Native News: Bemidji, Rocking the Boat Part 1

Across the U.S. age-old racism and inequities are once again gaining the public’s attention, with movements like Black Lives Matter. In Minnesota, when it comes to disease, school drop-outs, incarceration, Native Americans endure some of the greatest racial disparities in the state. But there is work being done in towns across the state to take on these disparities. Towns like Bemidji — a small city in Minnesota’s north woods. Here, Natives and non-Natives have been working for decades to focus attention on the root causes of these problems and to forge a new vision for the future.  

Reporter Melissa Townsend tells the story of their progress. 

This is the first in a two part series in the extended edition of Minnesota Naive News.  

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Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Marty Case on the Stories Behind Treaty Making

Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Marty Case on the Stories Behind Treaty Making

In this special edition of Minnesota Native News, we hear Marty Case, Director of the Indian Treaty Signers Project. In this lecture “Treaty Signers: Making the American Myth” from The Minnesota Humanities Center, Case shares his research on how treaties transformed people’s relationship to land in what became the United States. Case separates reality from myth in his telling of the political and social context for treaty signing. He exposes the falsehoods in the “Master Narrative” of how the “west was won”. The lecture was held at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St.Paul, Minnesota on May 5th, 2015.

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Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Dr. Sandra Fox

Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Dr. Sandra Fox

In this special edition of Minnesota Native News, we hear respected Oglala Lakota elder and education authority Dr. Sandra Fox talk about what schools must do to better engage Native students. This is the opening keynote speech from The National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities – a conference at Mystic Lake Casino the week of April 26th. This conference brought together nearly 300 youth and adults working in education in 33 different states.

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Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Tradition in Transition

Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Tradition in Transition

This is a special 29 minute edition of Minnesota Native News from the Nett Lake Village on the Bois Forte Reservation.

Melissa Townsend and George Strong explore how this small village is taking to the air waves to try and revive their Anishinabe traditions in a changing time.

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Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Minneapolis City Council Renames Columbus Day

Minnesota Native News Special Edition: Minneapolis City Council Renames Columbus Day

We witness the historic vote for Indigenous People’s Day in the city of Minneapolis.

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