This week unhoused relatives have returned to the “Wall of Forgotten Natives” in Minneapolis, wildfire smoke continues to suffocate Northern Minnesota, and there are some great community events to check out. MN Native News reporter Emma Needham has more.
This week, Leah and Cole chat with Tashia Hart (Red Lake Nation), a culinary ethnobotanist, artist, photographer, award-winning author, and cook. As a multifaceted artist, Tashia’s art reflects the stages of her life, connections to nature and food.
The Native American Community Clinic – or NACC – has announced plans for a new clinic and housing along the Native American cultural corridor in South Minneapolis. The new clinic aims to provide more than just medical, and housing needs but a place for the community to gather, grow and have a sense of belonging. MN Native News reporter Darek DeLille sat down with Executive Director Dr. Antony Stately to learn more.
Leah and Cole chat with artist Sam Zimmerman (Grand Portage). After two decades on the east coast in public education Sam moved back to Minnesota to rededicate himself to his passion for painting and to be closer to his family and community. His artwork explores his Ojibwe heritage, as well as his learnings and experiences in nature after returning to his ancestral homelands. Sam shares about learning language and culture through community collaborations, illustrating books for Native authors, and collaborating with family. He tells Leah and Cole about his path, which began with a college-age passion for painting, and then a love for teaching, and has now come full circle as he returns home.
Leah and Cole are joined by the multi-talented Rhiana Yazzie (Diné Nation), a remarkable theatre artist, filmmaker, playwright, and the visionary force behind New Native Theatre. Rhiana shares the latest developments at New Native Theatre, delves into her award-winning feature film “A Winter Love,” and shares about her lifelong passion for storytelling that has shaped her journey from childhood to becoming a leading voice in Indigenous creativity.
By now you’ve probably heard of Chef Sean Sherman. Maybe you’ve eaten at his award winning restaurant Owamni, overlooking the river in downtown Minneapolis. Owamni is the Sioux-Chef’s for-profit business. The nonprofit he started is flourishing too. It’s called Natifs. And you can find it at the Midtown Global Market on Lake Street in Minneapolis.
Cole and Leah meet and chat with high school basketball coach John Villebrun (Bois Forte Band). John coaches girls’ basketball at Mountain Iron-Buhl High School on the Iron Range. The team was recently crowned the Minnesota Class A State Girls’ Basketball Champions, and John received the honor of Assistant Coach of the Year!