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Native Lights: Where Indigenous Voices Shine | 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 came before them.
Native Lights podcast is hosted by Leah Lemm and Cole Premo. Cole and Leah are siblings and members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and both are contributors to Minnesota Native News.
Native Lights podcast is a production of Minnesota Native News and Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, and made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage Fund, and the Citizens of Minnesota.
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Episode 1 – Bringing In New Life
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 supporting the birth of the next generation.
Episode 2 – Cultivating a Gift for Healing
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.
Episode 3 – Honest Portrayals of Native People
This episode explores work being done towards authentically and accurately representing Native people, communities, and our stories.
Episode 4 – Two Visionaries, One Project
The program explores the unstoppable power when two visionaries come together to bring a special project to life.
Episode 5 – Building Supportive Environments
In this episode, two stories highlight significant work to build supportive environments for Native people to heal and thrive.
Episode 6 – Celebrating Accomplished Artists
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 Native artists.
Check out Season One on the Ampers website.