Daniel Jourdain (Red Lake Nation), Bemidji’s new city council member for the at-large seat and is only the second Indigenous person to serve on the city council, throughout its history. Daniel Jourdain is also an employment specialist with the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
Native Lights is a weekly, podcast and radio program hosted by Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members and siblings, Leah Lemm and Cole Premo. Native Lights is a space for people in Native communities around Mni Sota Mkoce — a.k.a. Minnesota — to tell their stories about finding their gifts and sharing them with the community.
Today on the show we meet Jessica Engelking, a descendent of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, who is a researcher with the Great Plains Action Society, and the author of a new book geared toward younger readers, called “Peggy Flanagan: Ogimaa Kwe, Lieutenant Governor.” The book is part of the Minnesota Native American Lives series, a partnership between the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council.
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Nation) a multi-disciplinary artist whose artistry is recognizable with its vivid yet dreamy images in large-scale murals, animated films, and installations.
Today we talk with Kade Ferris (Metis Nation citizen of the Manitoba Metis Federation) who is an author, Indigenous historian, and researcher. Kade is from the Turtle Mountain community in North Dakota, and he currently lives and works for the Red Lake Nation as an archeologist. Kade Ferris is the author of six books on the history and culture of the Ojibwe, Cree, and Metis people and has reached the Amazon top-100 list several times.
Today, a nourishing discussion with Diane Wilson (Dakota), the award-winning writer who is also a speaker, editor, and is the executive director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Today we’re talking with Fawn Sampson (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) who is a mom and partner, and an artist. Fawn shares her love of art: everything from charcoal drawings, beading, singing, and dancing, to screen printing, painting, stop animation, and theatre!
Today we’re talking with Samsoche Sampson (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca) who is an interdisciplinary artist, powwow and hoop dancer, performer, musician, as well as a father and partner. Samsoche and his brother, Luhme, make up the world-renowned hoop dancing team known as the Sampson Brothers.
Today we speak with Hope Flanagan (Seneca) a Native elder, a storyteller, teacher of plants and wild plant gathering. All through her life, Hope Flanagan shares stories of Native culture, traditions and connecting with nature, and all the healing and mystery it offers.
Today we talk with Jessica Gidagaakoons Smith (Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe), who is a mother, survivor, Two-Spirit warrior, Indigenous scholar, and researcher, MMIWG2S Legal Advocate, and so much more. Jessica shares how her own experience seeking healing as a survivor of domestic violence and human trafficking, led her on a path to become a national speaker, leader, and advocate for others.
This week, we continue our focus on how Indian Country in Minnesota is responding to the pandemic, now that COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out, with another Special Edition of Native Lights: Visiting Vaccines. In this show we check in with the Indian Health Service, we learn more about COVID resources, and we hear a firsthand account of going through the whole vaccination process from a Minneapolis firefighter.
Today we talk with Ramona Marozas (Bad River Band of Lake Superior) a multiplatform producer with over a decade of journalism experience, currently working in public television in Duluth, on the nationally syndicated news program, Native Report.
This week, another Special Edition of Native Lights: Visiting Vaccines, where we get a pulse on Indian Country’s response to COVID-19 vaccines, here in Minnesota. On this show we hear from two people deeply committed to the health and well-being of Indigenous people and Native communities. Dr. Mary Owen speaks about working with other Native …