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Native Lights: Where Indigenous Voices Shine

66 EpisodesProduced by Minnesota Native NewsWebsite

In Native Lights, people in Native communities around Mni Sota Mkoce - a.k.a. Minnesota - tell their stories about finding their gifts and sharing them with the community. These are stories of joy, strength, history, and change from Native people who are shaping the future and honoring those who cam… read more

66 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

(Extended version) A Gift for Revitalization with Language Warrior Anton Treuer

December 2nd, 2020

53:51

This is the extended version of our conversation with Anton Treuer.

Today’s conversation is with Dr. Anton Treuer (White Earth/Leech Lake Ojibwe), a …

A Gift for Revitalization with Language Warrior Anton Treuer

December 2nd, 2020

28:26

Today’s conversation is with Dr. Anton Treuer (White Earth/Leech Lake Ojibwe), a prolific author, international speaker, historian, and professor of …

Ashley Fairbanks’ Gift of Bold Vulnerability

November 25th, 2020

28:27

Today’s conversation is with Ashley Fairbanks, an Anishinaabe artist, organizer, designer, and digital strategist, and the Creative Director for the 100% Campaign, which is working to build equitable clean energy to …

Gifts of Culture & Storytelling with Deanna StandingCloud

November 18th, 2020

28:27
Native Lights – Gifts of Culture & Storytelling with Deanna StandingCloudToday’s conversation is with Deanna StandingCloud (Red Lake Anishinaabe) …

Dalton Walker’s Gift for Sharing Stories

November 11th, 2020

28:42

Native Lights is a weekly, half-hour radio program and podcast hosted by Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members and siblings, Leah Lemm and Cole Premo. …

Native Lights – A Gift for Numbers with Daniel Lemm

November 4th, 2020

28:27
Native Lights – A Gift for Numbers with Daniel LemmToday’s conversation features Daniel Lemm (Lower Sioux Indian Community) who is the Chief Financial Officer at the Charles K. Blandin Foundation, in addition to being …

Appreciating What We’ve Learned in the Pandemic and Embracing New Opportunities

October 28th, 2020

28:27

Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.In today’s conversation, Host Leah Lemm and Reporter Melissa Townsend reflect …

Staying Active and Keeping Our Spirits High as Winter Arrives During the Pandemic

October 21st, 2020

28:34

Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.Winter is coming! So, on today’s show Host Leah Lemm looks at how to stay …

How Leech Lake Schools Support Students Through Pandemic’s Constant Change

October 14th, 2020

28:27

How Leech Lake Schools Support Students Through Pandemic’s Constant Change 
Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) explores how Indian Country in …

Youth Share Their Experiences During the Pandemic

October 7th, 2020

28:27

Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.Today on the show, Host Leah Lemm hears what’s on the minds of Native youth …

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan & Patina Park: Two MN Leaders Speak About Leading During the Pandemic

October 2nd, 2020

28:25

Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.Today on the show, Host Leah Lemm explores the question: what have we …

Harvest Time: Connecting to Health Through What the Earth Provides

September 23rd, 2020

28:27

Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.On this show, Host Leah Lemm celebrates what the earth provides in the way of …

Looking to Silver Linings During Times of Struggle

September 16th, 2020

27:21

 Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.On this show, Host Leah Lemm reflects on the moments of beauty during …

Bringing the Medicine of Music During the Pandemic with Annie Humphrey & Hip-Hop Artist Tufawon

September 9th, 2020

28:27

Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.On today’s show, how two different musicians find creative ways to make and …

Parents Share Back-to-School Plans for their Families as Pandemic Continues

September 3rd, 2020

28:27

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.On today’s show, Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) looks at how parents and families are …

A Special Extended Interview with McKnight Awardee Marcie Rendon

August 27th, 2020

23:11

Anishinaabe writer Marcie Rendon has just been awarded the prestigious McKnight Distinguished Artist Award for 2020. Rendon is a citizen of the White …

Rising to the Challenge of Keeping Tribal Communities Safe and Informed

August 19th, 2020

28:32
 Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.
On today’s show, Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) looks at how tribal leaders and health care …

Supporting New Moms Through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding During the Pandemic

August 12th, 2020

29:09

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.On this show, Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) continues her look at how parents of very young …

Doing Our Best for Our Children’s Education During the Pandemic

August 5th, 2020

29:09

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis. On this show, Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) looks at how parents and teachers are facing …

Reflections on Rising to the Challenge of the Pandemic and Respecting the Virus

July 29th, 2020

29:09

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.On this show, Host Leah Lemm reflects on the themes of rising to the challenge of the pandemic, …

Keeping Track of COVID Testing and Treatment in Indian Country

July 22nd, 2020

29:09

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis. On this show, we hear some nuts …

Tribal Sovereignty and the Health of Native Communities

July 15th, 2020

29:09

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.In this show, Leah welcomes Lyz …

How Art Helps Us Rise and Heal in a Crisis

July 8th, 2020

29:09

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.In this show Host Leah Lemm continues her conversation about art and health, with artist Isabella Star …

How Artistic Gifts Help Inspire and Motivate Good Health

July 6th, 2020

28:27
Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.Today on the show, Leah looks at how our artistic gifts can be motivation to prioritize health, to get …

Confronting Added Risk and Uncertainty During the Pandemic

June 24th, 2020

29:10

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.June is National Cancer Survivor Awareness Month, and in this show Host Leah Lemm explores how it's …

Tribal Leaders are Deciding When and How to Re-open

June 22nd, 2020

29:10

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the COVID-19 health crisis. Today’s in-depth conversation looks at how Tribal leaders are deciding when and how to re-open businesses and …

Health Care Providers and the Path of Healing During Times of Pain, Continued Racial Unrest, and the Pandemic.

June 19th, 2020

29:10

On this show, we find out how Native health care providers are expressing their values through their work during the Covid-19 pandemicSamantha Nelson, a Health Unit Coordinator in Monticello who is working on a team …

Adapting Traditional Practices to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic.

June 18th, 2020

29:10

Leah talks with Sharyl Whitehawk, who is Lac Courte de Oreilles Ojibwe, and an addiction counselor at the American Indian Family Center in Saint …

How Tribal Communities Help Reduce the Risks of Commercial Tobacco Use and COVID-19

June 17th, 2020

29:12

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.Lung disease, cancer, and now complications due to COVID19 are a few of the many dangers that smoking …

NL: Biidaapi – Xander Ripley-Jaakola

June 11th, 2020

16:31

Hello! Today we talk with 13-year-old Xander Ripley-Jaakoa, an Anishinaabe youth from Cloquet, MN. Xander chats with us about how his school year …

NL: Biidaapi – Mike Laverdure

June 4th, 2020

17:14

Boozhoo!  We catch up with our friend Mike Laverdure (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota), a partner with DSGW Architects. Mike offers his perspective on how the pandemic will change building codes …

NL: Biidaapi – Louise Matson

May 29th, 2020

14:12

 Greetings! Today we talk with Louise Matson (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) the Executive Director of the Division of Indian Work and founding board member of Bdote Learning Center. Louise shares how she and her staff are …

NL: Biidaapi – Briand Morrison

May 26th, 2020

12:26

Boozhoo! We’re happy to connect with our friend Briand Morrison (Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), the renowned jazz guitar player (you can hear him and his music on Native Lights podcast S1 Ep2, check it …

NL: Biidaapi – Jenn Hall

May 21st, 2020

14:19

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)Hello! Today we talk with Jenn Hall (Leech Lake), who is a brand-new Minneapolis firefighter!  Jenn gives …

NL: Biidaapi – Stacy Hammer

May 19th, 2020

18:30

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)Greetings! On this day we check in with registered dietician Stacy Hammer (Bdewakantunwan Dakota).  Stacy is the Director of Community Health at the Lower Sioux Health Care …

NL: Biidaapi – Shelbie Shelder

May 15th, 2020

13:05

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)Hello Relatives!  Today we talk with Shelbie Shelder (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians), a 4th year medical student at the University of Minnesota. Shelbie talks about how …

NL: Biidaapi – Marie Rock

May 14th, 2020

12:36

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)Boozhoo! Today we catch up with Marie Rock (White Earth) who is the Program Manager at KOJB-FM “The Eagle” Radio which broadcasts to the Leech Lake Reservation, where she …

NL: Biidaapi – Bryce Premo

May 11th, 2020

11:56

 Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)Hello! Connecting with friends and family during this pandemic is incredibly important.  So today, we are catching up with our brother Bryce Premo (Mille Lacs Band of …

NL: Biidaapi – Deb Foster

May 8th, 2020

15:38

Greetings!  Today we catch up with Deb Foster (St. Croix Ojibwe), Executive Director of the Ain Dah Yung Center which provides a healing place of safety and support for Native youth.  We first met Deb Foster in our …

NL: Biidaapi – Maggie Thompson

May 6th, 2020

9:48
 Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)
Boozhoo!  Today we meet Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) the owner/designer/artist at Makwa Studio, a small knitwear business. When the pandemic hit, she answered the …

NL: Biidaapi – Vanessa Goodthunder

May 4th, 2020

12:37

 Greetings!  Today we’re happy to speak with Vanessa Goodthunder (Lower Sioux) who is the Director of Cansayapi Wakanyeza Owayawa Oti (Early Head …

S2 EP6 – Celebrating Accomplished Artists

April 28th, 2020

40:37

We round out Season 2 of our Native Lights podcast by exploring the cultural influences that have shaped the work of two celebrated and accomplished …

S2 EP5 – Building Supportive Environments

April 28th, 2020

59:19

In this episode, two stories highlight significant work to build supportive environments for Native people to heal and thrive.

Kwe Pack is a …

S2 EP4 – Two Visionaries, One Project

April 28th, 2020

36:11

The program explores the unstoppable power when two visionaries come together to bring a special project to life.

We meet Deb Foster (Ojibwe), the Executive Director of Ain Dah Yung and Mike Laverdure (Turtle Mountain …

S2 EP3 – Honest Portrayals of Native People

April 28th, 2020

57:39

 

This episode explores work being done towards authentically and accurately representing Native people, communities, and our stories.

Rebecca Crooks-Stratton (Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community) is the …

S2 EP2 – Cultivating a Gift for Healing

April 28th, 2020

32:44

 

Respected Anishinaabe elder and well-known physician, Dr. Arne Vainio (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) tells the story of how he became one of only 3,400 Native physicians in the United States. He is currently a family …

S2 EP1 – Bringing in New Life

April 28th, 2020

28:44

We kick off our new season with a story from Mnicoujou [mini-co-jew] Lakota doula, Takayla Lightfield. She stands side-by-side with Native women …

NL: Biidaapi - Antony Stately

April 27th, 2020

13:19

Greetings! Today we check in with Antony Stately, Ph.D. (Ojibwe/Oneida), CEO of Native American Community Clinic (NACC). NACC is located in the …

NL: Biidaapi – Benjamin Shendo

April 24th, 2020

12:46

Boozhoo! Join us for a fun conversation with Chef Benjamin Shendo (Cochiti and Jemez Pueblo), the Café Manager of Gatherings Café, at the American …

NL: Biidaapi – Marcie Rendon

April 22nd, 2020

10:30

Greetings!  We are excited to catch up with renowned author, playwright and poet, Marcie Rendon (White Earth Nation) and we hear how she is using her time cooped up at home.  Spoiler alert: she’s been writing funny …

NL: Biidaapi – James Vukelich

April 17th, 2020

11:37

We are happy to say Boozhoo! to our friend James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw today. James is the creator of “Ojibwe Word of the Day,” which he shares on Facebook and YouTube, and he is a leading voice in Native Language …

NL: Biidaapi – RJ Dahl

April 15th, 2020

10:33

 

Boozhoo! Today we talk with RJ Dahl of Deer River (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) to find out how he is coping and thriving during the pandemic, with humor and connection. RJ works at the White Oak Casino, which has been …

NL: Biidaapi – Rob Fairbanks

April 10th, 2020

13:08

 

Hello! Today we're catching up with our favorite Rez Reporter, Rob Fairbanks (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe), to find out how the comedian and YouTube …

NL: Biidaapi – MN Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan

April 8th, 2020

12:58

Greetings! Today we’re honored to talk with Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (White Earth Nation). Peggy Flanagan speaks about her daily duties as a state leader, the challenge of helping her first-grader with …

NL: Biidaapi – Patina Park

April 7th, 2020

14:39

Greetings! Today we talk with Patina Park (Mnicoujou Lakota) the Director of Tribal State Relations for Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan.  As the top liaison between the state and Minnesota’s 11 Tribal Nations, …

NL: Biidaapi – Tall Paul

April 1st, 2020

11:39

Hosts Leah Lemm and Cole Premo check-in with Tall Paul (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist.

Tall Paul calls in to …

NL Biidaapi: Brenda Child

March 31st, 2020

14:48

 

Greetings from Native Lights! Today we’re talking with Brenda Child who also happens to be - Auntie Brenda. She's married to our uncle - Steve Premo.

We talk with Brenda Child (Red Lake Nation) about the origin …

NL: Biidaapi -Bill Premo

March 27th, 2020

15:58

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Greetings from Native Lights! Sometimes we just want to talk to a parent or elder during uncertain times, and today we chat with our dad, Bill (“Papi”) Premo (Mille Lacs Band …

NL: Biidaapi -Pilot

March 27th, 2020

5:56

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Greetings from Native Lights! Thanks for listening in. During this COVID-19 pandemic, when we’re encouraged to keep a greater distance from our community members, friends, …

S1 BONUS – Celebrating Our First Season! LIVE from the MN State Fair

August 25th, 2019

1:52:40

Boozhoo everybody!

It’s a BONUS episode of Native Lights - We’re celebrating our first season with a LIVE show from the Minnesota State Fair!

The theme of Native Lights is to let people’s voices and stories shine, …

S1 EP5 – Media Makers

July 16th, 2019

53:39

Many Native people are dissatisfied with the media portrayal of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.  In this episode, we hear from a Native …

S1 EP4 – Making Safe Spaces

July 16th, 2019

44:03

In the era of #metoo and #timesup many Native women are making culturally specific, safe spaces for each other to heal from sexual violence. In this …

S1 EP3 – Finding Family

July 16th, 2019

42:21

This show is about family — in all its different forms.  A lot of Native families have been disrupted one way or another by government sponsored genocide. But there have always been Native women and men working to …

S1 EP2 – Artistry and Identity

July 16th, 2019

54:57

In this episode the conversation turns toward themes of identity and how Indigenous artists find themselves communicating their identity in their art.

Briand Morrison: Guitarist, Musician, Composer, son of the late …

S1 EP1 – Finding Your Purpose & Sharing Your Gifts

July 16th, 2019

44:27

All the stories in this first episode are about purpose: the idea that we’re all created to do something special. When you do it, you feel fulfilled, …

Native Lights Podcast Soon!

July 3rd, 2019

2:19

Native Lights amplifies stories of people within Minnesota’s Native communities. We explore the history, work, strength, and resiliency of Native people who are shaping the future, while appreciating those who came …

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