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Minnesota Native News | Native Lights

Native Lights: 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.


Native Lights podcast is hosted by Leah Lemm and Cole Premo. Cole and Leah are siblings and members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and both are contributors to Minnesota Native News.

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.

Let us know what you think: nativelights@ampers.org


EPISODES

S1 EP1

FINDING YOUR PURPOSE & SHARING YOUR GIFTS

All the stories in this first episode are about purpose: the idea that we’re all created to do something special. When you do it, you feel fulfilled, contributing your gifts to the community. We hear from people who are living their purpose and inspiring others to do the same.

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Rob Fairbanks: Comedian, Social Media Entertainer, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Renee Gurneau: Teacher, Elder, the Red Lake Nation

Jody Beaulieu: Activist, Elder, the Red Lake Nation

Hosts Leah Lemm and Cole Premo also speak with MN Native News producer/reporter Melissa Townsend.

Theme Music: Cole Premo

Special Music: “Earth” by Leah Lemm

Links:

Rob Fairbanks YouTube channel

S1 EP2

ARTISTRY AND IDENTITY

In this episode the conversation turns toward themes of identity and how Indigenous artists find themselves communicating their identity in their art.

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Briand Morrison: Guitarist, Musician, Composer, son of the late George Morrison, the well-known visual artist, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Kayla Aubid: Writer, Lakota, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Waase Aubid: Painter, artist, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Hosted by Leah Lemm and Cole Premo

Theme Music: Cole Premo

Special Music: “Spark in an Endless Black” by Cole Premo

Links:
Briand Morrison’s music

S1 EP3

FINDING FAMILY

This show is about family — in all its different forms. A lot of Native families have been disrupted one way or another by government sponsored genocide. But there have always been Native women and men working to repair that disruption. This episode features five amazing women doing this incredible work.

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Heidi Grika: Mother, White Earth Band of Ojibwe

Jasmine Grika: Nokomis Circle liaison at Ain Dah Yung Center in St Paul, Cheyenne River Sioux and the Red Lake Nation

Lucy Favorite: Executive Director, American Indian Family and Children’s Services

Shana King: Parent Advocate at the Indian Child Welfare Law Center in Minneapolis, Vice-Chair of the American Indian Family Services Center in St Paul, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

Sandy White Hawk: Founder of Indian Orphans Association and First Nations Repatriation Institute, Sicungu Lakota, Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Hosts Leah Lemm and Cole Premo also speak with MN Native News producer/reporter Laurie Stern.

Theme Music: Cole Premo

Special Music: Leah Lemm “Rocket Ship”

Links:

Jasmine Grika

American Indian Family and Children Services

ICWA Law Center Staff

First Nations Repatriation Institute

S1 EP4

MAKING SAFE SPACES

In the era of #metoo and #timesup many Native women are making culturally specific, safe spaces for each other to heal from sexual violence. In this episode, Native women share their perspectives on healing and building resistance to a mainstream culture that seems to idle in the face of sexual violence against Native women.

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Ikidowin Peer Education Program and Youth Theater Acting Ensemble presents a play called “Everything is a Circle,” written by Illusion Theater and directed by Curtis Kirby III. Ojibwe Elder Sharon Day is the Executive Director of Ikidowin, a program of the Indigneous People’s Task Force.

Jenny Miller: Program Executive with YMCA youth intervention services

Eileen Hudon: Activist, Ogichidakwe Council of Female Warriors, Elder, Anishinaabe

Hosts Leah Lemm and Cole Premo also speak with MN Native News producer/reporter Laurie Stern.

Theme Music: Cole Premo

Special Music: Strong Woman Song, led by Eileen Hudon and healing drum circle at the Elders Lodge in St Paul

Links:

Illusion Theater: Everything is a Circle Play

Ikidowin Peer Education Program and Youth Theater Acting Ensemble

YMCA Youth Intervention Services

Women’s Press – 2018 Changemaker: Eileen Hudon

S1 EP5

MEDIA MAKERS

Many Native people are dissatisfied with the media portrayal of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. In this episode, we explore how media makers are doing it differently. We hear from a Native reporter who is changing the very framework for how stories are told. A Native spokesperson talks about how she found her voice and her ability to speak for her community. And a group of Native women talk about the barriers they feel that get in the way of reaching out to reporters and being heard.

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Simone Senogles: Development Coordinator for The Indigenous Environmental Network, the Red Lake Nation.

Dr. Kate Beane, Scholar, historian, teacher and documentary filmmaker, Flandreau Santee Dakota and Muskogee Creek

Wab Kinew: Author, Journalist, TV and Radio host for CBC, Legislator, Manitoba Assembly, New Democratic Party) Pipe-carrier, activist, and hip-hop rapper (winner of Aboriginal Peoples’ Choice Music Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop CD), Ojibway of Onigaming First Nation

Hosts Leah Lemm and Cole Premo also speak with MN Native News producer/reporter Melissa Townsend.

Theme Music: Cole Premo

Special Music: Leah Lemm “Rebeginning”

Links:

Indigenous Environmental Network

Vision Maker Media – Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian

Indigenous Music Culture: Wab Kinew


Leah Lemm and Cole Premo
Rob Fairbanks – Comedian, Social Media Entertainer, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe member
Renee Gurneau – Teacher, Elder from the Red Lake Nation
Jody Beaulieu California 1972 – Activist, Elder from the Red Lake Nation
Jody Beaulieu with students from Cretin Durham Hall in the 1990s teaching Red Lake History
Melissa Townsend – Minnesota Native News Producer/Reporter
Briand Morrison - Guitarist, Musician, Composer, from the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Briand Morrison’s Lake Shore
Deb Foster (left) and Jasmine Grika at Ain Dah Yung Center in St Paul
Foster Family Recruitment Event in Minneapolis
Laurie Stern – Minnesota Native News Producer/Reporter
Adoptees’ Pow Wow – Gathering of Our Children
Adoptees’ Pow Wow
“Everything is a Circle” Ikidowin performers at Indigenous Roots Center
Eileen Hudon (right) at weekly women’s meeting
Simone Senogles - Spokesperson for The Indigenous Environmental Network
The Women’s Media Workshop in Bemidji, MN in November 2018