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MN Native News: Cultural Lessons for Kids at Home

MN Native News: Cultural Lessons for Kids at Home



Lives are changing drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are out of work, more and more people are holding work meetings virtually, and everyone is making major adjustments. Students are also home from school. Which means families are trying to find ways to keep the learning going. And for Native students, there are online resources that provide culturally focused learning through language and art.

MN Native News: Karen Diver Appointed To Senior-Level Tribal Affairs Role At U Of M & Line 3 Pipeline Update

MN Native News: Karen Diver Appointed To Senior-Level Tribal Affairs Role At U Of M & Line 3 Pipeline Update

This week on Minnesota Native News, we hear from Karen Diver, the inaugural appointment of a new and unique senior-level tribal affairs position at the University of Minnesota. Plus, an update on the Line 3 pipeline replacement project that has sparked protest in northern Minnesota. Here’s reporter Cole Premo.


Madonna Peltier Yawakie’s Gift for Connecting Tribal Communities through Technology

Madonna Peltier Yawakie’s Gift for Connecting Tribal Communities through Technology

On today’s show, we talk with Madonna Yawakie (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) who is the President of Turtle Island Communications, Inc. (TICOM). Together with her husband, Madonna founded this company which provides broadband engineering and consulting services to Tribal Nations. Madonna Peltier Yawakie holds a B.S. in Business Administration, and a Masters in Community & Regional Planning from NDSU.


Minnesota Native News: The Impact of Illegally Killing a Red Lake Bear and Water Protectors Continue their Work

Minnesota Native News: The Impact of Illegally Killing a Red Lake Bear and Water Protectors Continue their Work

This week on Minnesota Native News, we hear from water protectors continuing their work to stop Line 3 and a Red Lake elder speaks out on the impact of the illegal killing of a bear on the reservation.


MN Native News: Braiding Our Stories Together at Northern Spark

MN Native News: Braiding Our Stories Together at Northern Spark

Northern Spark, the annual art festival, opens June 12th. The theme this year is Alchemy, which has different meanings, one of which being the process of transformation, creation, or combination. One of the opening public art pieces is called Braiding Our Stories Together.


MN Native News: New Productions for Spring

MN Native News: New Productions for Spring

This week on Minnesota Native News, it’s spring and the end of the Covid lockdown. Producer Laurie Stern has the story of two very different new productions.


MN Native News: How Language Teaches Culture

MN Native News: How Language Teaches Culture

This week on Minnesota Native News, efforts are underway across the Americas to bring back native languages. Emma Needham has two stories of Ojibwe Language revitalization in Minnesota.


MN Native News: Opportunities for Sharing and Learning

MN Native News: Opportunities for Sharing and Learning

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law seeks to address systemic racism in Minnesota’s criminal justice system…

And a new scholarship program wants to help descendants of Indian Boarding Schools…

Plus, do you or someone you know have an Indigenous story of strength to showcase? Online nominations are open!

Reporter Leah Lemm has these stories…


MN Native News: 7 Generation Games expands platform

MN Native News: 7 Generation Games expands platform

7 Generation Games has been creating educational games for students and schools across the country. The games blend math, language, and Indigenous history.

In November of 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the company a $1 Million COVID-19 Rapid Response grant to expand their reach and produce a new platform to help meet challenges in education during the pandemic.

The program is called Growing Math, and creates resources for teachers.


Minnesota Native News: Flanagan addresses grief, White Earth deals with homelessness and a new exhibit about canoes opens at the U

Minnesota Native News: Flanagan addresses grief, White Earth deals with homelessness and a new exhibit about canoes opens at the U

This week on Minnesota Native News, White Earth works to deal with homelessness, Flanagan addressed a grieving state and a new exhibit celebrates indigenous engineering.


MN Native News: Virtual Indigenous Film Series

MN Native News: Virtual Indigenous Film Series

Duluth Superior Film Festival Is Partnering Again With The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) For A Virtual Indigenous Film Series.

Reporter Leah Lemm recently had a conversation with Local filmmaker Khayman Goodsky, who will host the series.


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