Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities

18 Unique Stations from Border to Border

Minnesota Native News Special Report: U.S. Senator Tina Smith talks about federal assistance for tribes during the Coronavirus pandemic

Tribes across the U.S. have been expecting their share of 8-billion dollars from the federal CARES Act that was passed at the end of March to support those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Some of those funds just started to flow to tribes the week of May 4th. Reporter Melissa Townsend talked with Minnesota’s U-S Senator Tina Smith, who sits on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. They talk about the delay in the disbursement of the $8-billion promised to tribal governments, problems in the way the money is being allocated for each tribe, new financial assistance for tribal casinos and a possible investigation into Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney over her conflict of interest in allocating federal assistance to Alaska Native Corporations that was intended for tribal governments.  


Native Lights- Derek Nicholas: Indigenous Fare for Future Generations

Derek shares his experiences as the Nutrition Program Coordinator at the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis; his views on culturally, seasonally appropriate foods; and about the growing, multi-faceted Indigenous food community.

Minnesota Native News: Supreme Court Case Challenges Indian Child Welfare Act

The US Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of ICWA or the Indian Child Welfare Act in early November. Reporter Emma Needham sheds light on this case and its implications as Indian country awaits a decision.

Heather Friedli: Revealing Nature’s Allure

Today Leah and Cole chat with Heather Friedli, a contemporary impressionist oil painter. Heather creates vivid landscapes inspired by her family’s Native American and Mexican heritages and her time exploring the natural world. In addition to painting, Heather is also a professional snow sculptor and recently appeared in Disney’s Best In Snow sculpting competition. She shares about her family, painting styles, and her inspiring hike along the whole Appalachian Trail.

Native Lights- Rita Walaszek Arndt: Representation in History

Today Leah and Cole chat with Rita Walaszek Arndt (White Earth Nation). Rita is the program and outreach manager of the Native American Initiatives department at the Minnesota Historical Society. She’s also the curator of the Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit at the historical society.

Minnesota Native News: New Round of Free At Home COVID Tests Available for Holiday Season

This week on the Health Report, a new round of covid tests are available through the state of Minnesota and we’ll hear about the Covid 19 treatment, Paxlovid and how to find out if you’re eligible for the treatment. Here’s reporter Leah Lemm…

Susie Ballot and Lera Hephner’s Work to Preserve Culture Across Generations

Today Leah shares her conversations with Susie Ballot and Lera Hephner from White Earth Nation’s cohort of Indigenous Parent Leadership Initiative (IPLI). As graduates of the initiative, they’ve begun projects to deepen connections between their communities and culture.

Native Lights – Duane Goodwin: Expressing Culture Through Sculpture

Today Leah shares her conversation with artist Duane “Dewey” Goodwin (White Earth Nation). Duane is known for his sculptures, including large-scale rock sculptures that stand beside rivers and in parks across Minnesota.

Bivalent Vaccine The Best Tool to Fight Fall COVID Surge

This week on the Health Report, an update on vaccine clinics across the state, plus recent data suggests a covid surge in the coming weeks.

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McKnight FoundationPohlad family foundationThe Minneapolis FoundationSaint Paul & Minnesota Foundation