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Minnesota Native News: On the Ballot 2022: Minnesota Natives Run for Office

In the 2020 election, native voters came out to the polls nationwide at rates never seen before. According to the Associated Press, Native voters swung the elections in both Arizona and next door in Wisconsin. Now, the 2022 Midterm elections are in just under 2 weeks, and it’s apparent that this time, Native people have turned out to the polls in a different way: On the ballot. Emma Needham talks with new and returning Native candidates from midterm races across the state.


Native Lights: Tamee Livermont Brings Indigenous Values to Health Care Education and Policy

Tamee brings her knowledge of Indigenous values and tribal policy to her work and studies. She wants to Indigenize the medical education system and defend treaty obligations while creating better healthcare systems that are centered around Indigenous values.


MN Native News: Bivalent COVID Booster Approved For Ages 5 to 11

This week on the Health Report, we’ll hear from Kelly Miller, the executive director of the Division of Indian work in St. Paul, about their work as a Covid-19 Community Coordinator. Also, Children ages 5 to 11 can now get the updated COVID-19 booster shot, known as the bi-valent vaccine, meaning that it draws immunity from the currently circulating variants in addition to the original COVID strain.


MN90: Summer Job

May 1937: College student John Hersey needed a summer job. He wasn’t thrilled about doing correspondence, basically busy work, but the employer was Nobel laureate Sinclair Lewis. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


Minnesota Native News: Sculpture Unveiled in Grand Rapids for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 10th marked Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Minnesota and in cities and states across the United States. The day included official celebrations and community gatherings, including in Grand Rapids where a new sculpture was unveiled at River Side Park by Leech Lake Ojibwe artist Duane Goodwin. MN Native News reporter Leah Lemm was on the scene for the celebration


Native Lights: Maggie Lorenz’s Leadership in Reclamation and Gift for Resiliency

Today Leah and Cole chat with Maggie Lorenz, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe and descendant of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation. She is the Director of the Wakan Tipi Center & Executive Director of the Lower Phalen Creek project, which is a Native-led environmental conservation nonprofit on the East Side of St. Paul.


MN Native News: New COVID Booster Updated Similarly to Seasonal Flu Vaccine

As we enter the another season of COVID 19, health care providers are bracing for another possible fall surge in COVID 19 cases. Similar to the Flu Season, COVID and its variants seem to show up each fall. IHB’s Laz Carreon explains more about the similarities between the COVID and Flu vaccines.


MN Native News: After Infection, One in Five Americans Develop Long COVID

About one in five American adults are having health problems long after first contracting COVID-19. This week, learn more about these post-COVID conditions and how doctors are diagnosing them for effective care.


Native Lights – Dani Pieratos’ Journey to Reclaiming Food Sovereignty.

Dani, and a community of people interested in food sovereignty, are planning to bring fresh food to the Bois Forte community year around using aeroponic indoor growing systems. Her passion for reclaiming Native food sovereignty leads her work and is driven by a care for community health and undoing the effects of historical trauma and colonization. Chi-Miigwech to Dani for being on the show!


Bivalent Booster & Testing: Tools To Push Back on a Fall COVID Surge

With kids back in school and people spending more time indoors, health experts predict an increase in COVID infection rates in upcoming months. They encourage getting the new bivalent booster and to continue testing for prevention.


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