Native Lights is a weekly, half-hour 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.
In this week’s show Leah and Cole are live from the Minnesota State Fair with two great guests. We discuss Native representation at the fair and beyond.
Our first guest today is Andy Vig! Andy is an enrolled member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, who is the director of SMSC’s community center, called Hoċokata Ti, which opened in 2019. We talked with him about Hoċokata Ti and SMSC’s exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. SMSC is in its second year of being involved at the state fair. Their exhibit included information about the tribe, including their initiatives; Understand Native MN and Native Green. In addition, fairgoers were able to take home a beautiful calendar featuring Dakota seasons and language.
We also catch up with Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (White Earth Band of Ojibwe), who appeared on our first State Fair show back in 2019. We talk with her about Native representation at the fair, and the growing representation in film and TVs, including Lt. Gov’s personal favorite Rutherford Falls.
Chi-Miigwech to Andy Vig and Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan for stopping out for our live show. We chatted with them live at the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday September 4th 2022.
Native Lights: Where Indigenous Voices Shine is produced by Minnesota Native News and Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities with support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. Online at https://minnesotanativenews.org/
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