Cover art for podcast Minnesota Native News

Minnesota Native News

181 EpisodesProduced by Minnesota Native NewsWebsite

Minnesota Native News is a weekly radio segment covering ideas and events relevant to Minnesota’s Native American communities. Made possible by the Minnesota Art's and Cultural Heritage fund


New Productions for Spring

MARIE: This week on Minnesota Native News, it’s spring and the end of the Covid lockdown. I’m Marie Rock. Producer  Laurie Stern has the story of two very different new productions.
Laurie: The first production is a podcast called Understand Native Minnesota with Rebecca Crooks Stratton. Rebecca Crooks Stratton is Secretary Treasurer of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, or SMSC.
I have to say, I never thought I would host a podcast, but and I think I speak for you know, most tribal leaders and probably all native people, when I say we spend a lot of time educating people about, you know, who we are, and why things are the way they are. And so I think this is just another way for Native people to express you know, themselves and, and be able to hear from modern native people.
On the podcast’s first episode, that “modern native person” is Wayne Ducheneux, executive director of the Native Governance Center in St. Paul. The Native Governance Center supports tribal governments by helping them become more and more responsive to needs in their community.
And, you know, one of the things I fundamentally believe, is, as we as indigenous people return and understand our values, and our wisdom, and we heal, we're going to build the systems that heal the country as all and eventually the world.
The podcast isn’t always about healing the world. But it is about bringing native stories to light.  It’s an outgrowth of SMSC’s ambitious Understand Native Minnesota campaign to include native stories in K12 curriculum statewide. Crooks-Stratton says the campaign will resume in-person convenings now that the pandemic lockdown is lifted. You can follow it on social media and listen to the monthly podcast at NativeMNFacts.
Another recent production is called The Missouri River Water Walk. It was directed by Dipankar Mukherjee of Pangea World Theater and written by Sharon Day. It documents the 53-day walk from Montana to Missouri; obstacles overcome and  relationships built among the five women who walked the whole way.
(play sound)
I do it really, you know, to speak to the spirit of the water. You know, that's who we're addressing. When we gather that water. We believe that the water is a living entity. And that, you know, we need to let the water know that they're still human beings who love and care for the water.
The play was performed outdoors at Hidden Falls regional park by professional actors and musicians, activists and members of the Ikidowin youth ensemble. For more information visit or – to learn about upcoming water walks, go to
For MNN, I’m Laurie Stern.

Educational emoji reaction


Interesting emoji reaction


Funny emoji reaction


Agree emoji reaction


Love emoji reaction


Wow emoji reaction


Listen to Minnesota Native News


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens