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Special Edition of Minnesota Native News: Bemidji, Rocking the Boat Part 2

This is the second in a two part series about the small city of Bemidji and the work people there are doing to show that Native Lives Matter. Bemidji is a city of about 15-thousand in Minnesota’s north woods. Native Americans - mostly Ojibwe or Anishinabe - make up about 50 percent of the population in the metro region. The town is near the borders of THREE of the largest and most populous Indian reservations in the state — the Red Lake Nation on the north, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to the east and the White Earth Nation to the southwest. Over the past 50 years, Natives and non-Natives have been finding ways to make American Indians here less romanticized and less demonized. And yet - deep racial disparities persist in hospitals, in schools and in jails. In this half hour we’re hear about a new movement that’s building now.It’s focused on telling truths about the past to change minds and eventually the structures the maintain these racial inequities. Here’s reporter Melissa Townsend…
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MN Native News: Open Houses for American Indian Month

American Indian Month in Minnesota continues this May. And, this weekend’s a busy one.

MN Native News: May is American Indian Month in MN

Tribes and Native American organizations around Minnesota, including in the cities, are hosting open houses, pow wows, and other events throughout the month.

Native Lights: An Garagiola’s Gift For Bringing Indigenous Values to Academia

Today Leah and Cole chat with An Garagiola, a descendent of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and the University Coordinator and a Lead Researcher on the TRUTH Project. An shares about researching archives from the University of MN and the MN Historical Society, findings from the TRUTH Project, and how she’s bringing Indigenous values to Academia and research.

MN Native News: TRUTH Report Narrates U of M’s Historic Exploitation, Outlines Path To Healing

The TRUTH Report details findings from the university’s own records. And, that as a land-grant institution, the U of M has systematically profited from exploiting and harming Indigenous people.

Native Lights: Misty Blue & Indigenous-led Research Toward Healing and Recognition

Today Misty Blue, White Earth Nation citizen and Tribal coordinator of the TRUTH Project, chats with Leah and Cole about some of the report’s findings, the importance of Indigenous led research, and what the TRUTH project recommends the UMN do to take steps toward healing.

MN Native News: Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Take Stand with Water Over Nickel initiative

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is taking a stand as water protectors in northeast Minnesota. The Band’s Department of Natural Resources launched its Water Over Nickel initiative just last month. Its goal? To protect cultural resources, sacred medicines and its people in Aitkin County. Which could be hurt by proposed nickel mining.

Native Lights: Gerilyn Lopez, Supporting Access to Energy Efficient Practices and Renewable Energy

She connects low incomes families to energy-efficient practices and materials in Northern Minnesota. In addition, she is an advocate for women and diverse communities getting into the clean energy and home improvement industries. Her work led her to speak at the Aspen Ideas: Climate conference in March. She shares her experiences at the conference, what she does as a weatherization auditor and how her interest in solar energy has lead her down this path.

MN Native News- MN Chippewa Tribe Welcomes New Executive Director, Beth Drost

Drost grew up in Grand Portage and is an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Her interest in tribal politics traces back to her childhood and especially to her father.

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