Minnesota is known for it’s nice-ness, but a recent survey showed that’s not true. The number of people who report experiencing discrimination in Minnesota is the areas of policing, employment and housing. Our guest this week, Craig Helmstetter (our first white guest!) joins us to go over the results of the survey.
Minnesota recently committed to $1.3 million over two years for Indigenous education. Students will be able to learn a more accurate history of the Indigenous peoples in Minnesota schools. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor and White Earth Band of Ojibwe member Peggy Flanagan joins the Counter Stories crew to talk about this historic move.
A family-owned Minnesota business publicly apologized for appropriating Indigenous artwork. Taking their apology seriously, Minnetonka Moccasins brought on reconciliation advisor Adrienne Benjamin to help make meaningful changes. Adrienne joins the Counter Stories crew to talk about her new role.
Minnesota is known for its abundance of natural outdoor spaces, but not everyone feels safe, knowledgeable or comfortable utilizing these spaces. Camping and fishing are among the most popular outdoors activities of the crew and our special guest, Asha Shoffner, who organizes and leads outings by and for the BIPOC community.
Why is it when a white girl goes missing, every news media outlet is covering it constantly; but when someone from BIPOC communities goes missing, there is little to no coverage? Our guests talk about how this erasure is nothing new and often times prompts trauma in BIPOC communities. Guests: Korina Barry, Marisa Cummings