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.