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Sharing Gifts Through Story: Native Lights Podcast

Sharing Gifts Through Story: Native Lights Podcast (11/25/20). Leah Lemm is a Freelance Radio Reporter for MN Native News and Co-Host of Native Lights: Where Indigenous Voices Shine. Melissa Townsend, at the time of this recording, was a Freelance Radio Reporter for MN Native News and Producer for Native Lights. (mp3 and youtube video of the presentation are available on this post).  The “Sharing Gifts Through Story: Native Lights Podcast” presentation was made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288.

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Native Lights: Wayne Somes: Growing Family and Cultural Bonds Through Ojibwemowin

Today Leah and Cole speak with Wayne Somes, a citizen of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Wayne shares how his passions for family, early childhood development, and Ojibwemowin have led him along a path to Northern Minnesota.


Native Lights- Thomasina TopBear: Empowering Community Through Art

She specializes in large-scale murals; her work can be seen on the sides of buildings throughout the Twin Cities and the country. Cole talks with her about City Mischief Murals, which she co-founded. It’s an all Indigenous, Black & Pacific Islander artist collective centered on healing through art. She had some great things to say about how murals can build a stronger community, the process of painting a mural, and much more.


MN Native News: MN House Proposes Budget Boost For Some Tribal Colleges

Minnesota state Representative Heather Keeler from Moorhead, authored a bill that would direct $3-million each fiscal year for 2024 & 2025. The state Office of Higher Education would then distribute grants to pay for general operations and maintenance.


Native Lights: Tabitha Chilton’s Gift for Building Access & Trust in Healthcare Systems

Leah and Cole chat with Tabitha Chilton, a White Earth Nation member who serves as Sanford Health’s Native American patient advocate in Bemidji, Minnesota. Tabitha’s focus on outpatient care at the Joe Lueken Cancer Center helps Native communities access healthcare throughout Northern Minnesota.


MN Native News: Family, Community Rally to Protect Little Earth and East Phillips

The Roof Depot demolition project in south Minneapolis has gotten a lot of media attention, but at the heart of it is a neighborhood’s fight to protect their children’s health.


Native Lights- Jewell Arcoren: Healing With Language Immersion and The Next Generation

Today Leah and Cole chat with Jewell Arcoren (Sisseton Wahpeton Nation). Jewell is a community activist and the Executive Director for Wicoie Nandagikendan, an Ojibwe and Dakota language immersion preschool in Minneapolis. There, she pursues her commitments to early childhood education, language revitalization and addressing intergenerational historical trauma. Jewell talks about how cultural integration is a key to healing and moving forward, including language revitalization and traditional foods. She shares about her journey with Wicoie Nandagikendan, the schools hope to expand and how culture can put people onto a path of healing.


MN Native News: MN House Approves $20 Million for East Phillips Urban Farm

Native Americans and south Minneapolis neighbors testify to state lawmakers, about funding for the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute. An organization leading the peaceful demonstrations against the Roof Depot warehouse demolition. They are advocating for their plan to create an indoor urban farm, and prevent increased pollution-related illnesses for people living nearby, including those living in Little Earth.


MN Native News: Indigenous-led Action to Stop Roof Depot Site Construction Continues; Plus A Trip To Red Lake Chemical Health’s Annual Gathering

Ahead, reporter Alexander Aman brings us to the Red Lake Chemical Health Programs’ annual gathering. But first, people living in the East Phillips neighborhood are hunkering down in defiance of Minneapolis city leaders and police.


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