On this premiere edition of Native Report host Stacey Thunder takes us to the Independence Day Pow-Wow at Red Lake Nation in northern Minnesota to learn about the long proud history of Red Lake, and how it shapes the community today. Co-Host Tadd Johnson introduces us to a traditional Ojibwe healer and a medical doctor who work cooperatively at the Mille Lacs reservation clinic in central Minnesota. Then Bois Forte elder and traditional healer Gene Goodsky will take us out into the woods with a group of high school students who he is teaching to identify traditional medicines. We’ll also hear from the elders, and take a pop quiz on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 1
Season 1 Episode 2
On this edition of Native Report we’ll join a group of third graders learning about Dakota and Ojibwe culture and heritage at Mankato Minnesota’s Education Day. Next we’ll head to the White Earth Reservation for a tour of an archaeological dig at an old mission school site. We’ll meet Chairwoman Erma Vizenor and talk about issues in education at a meeting of the Minnesota Indian Education Association, where we visit competitors in an Indian Quiz Bowl. We’ll also learn from the elders and take a pop quiz on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 3
This week on Native Report we’ll go out in the woods with folks from the 1854 Authority and learn about the role they play in preserving and protecting natural resources in northern Minnesota. Then we’ll head out onto a scenic lake to gather wild rice, and learn about its processing. Next Co-Host Tadd Johnson will take us on a tour of the Vermillion History Center at Bois Forte Reservation near Ely, Minnesota. We’ll visit with the elders, and learn something new on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 4
On this edition of Native Report host Stacey Thunder takes us to a brand new high school ITV class where kids are learning the Dakota language…it’s a great thing for high school students from the nearby Lower Sioux Community. We’ll also learn about a program offered by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, which is creating a whole new accredited generation of Ojibwe language teachers. Co-Host Tadd Johnson then takes us to the back yard of a Bois Forte tribal member who teaches an Ojibwe language class for neighborhood kids every day in the summer. We’ll also talk to the elders about the importance of preserving and passing on language…and take a pop quiz on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 5
On this edition of Native Report hop on a paddle boat to take the Big River Journey with students who are learning about the science and heritage of the Mississippi River, including lessons about the daily life of Dakota people pre-European contact. Host Stacey Thunder shares some examples of how tribes are cooperating with other governments to create great transportation projects. Co-host Tadd Johnson talks with St. Paul Pioneer Press editorial page editor and Cherokee Indian Art Coulson about his career in journalism and his advice for aspiring native journalists. Visit with the elders, and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 6
This week on Native Report join a group of elementary school students as they head to Nett Lake to get a first hand lesson about traditional Ojibwe methods of gathering and processing wild rice. Tadd Johnson introduces you to Peggy Flanagan, a young urban Indian leader from the White Earth Reservation. Then Stacey Thunder talks to Ojibwe artist Steve Premo about his life, and his art. Also hear what the elders have to say, and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 7
On this edition of Native Report visit the busiest emergency services station in Minnesota’s Scott County--at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Meet organizers of a very successful non partisan program which empowers and encourages tribal people to get out and vote. Then learn about traditional methods of harvesting and processing maple sugar. Also learn from the elders, and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 8
This week on Native Report visit a nationwide crisis hotline and learn about efforts to save American Indian youths from teen suicide. Learn about the history of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and talk to tribal leaders about their vision for the future. Then visit the Eastman Johnson collection of sketches and paintings which gives us a glimpse of the people and culture of the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa before the turn of the last century. We’ll also hear from the elders, and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 9
On this edition of Native Report learn how leaders from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community are working to create a new generation of Dakota language speakers. Meet artist Carl Gawboy…who has been called the Ojibwe Norman Rockwell. Then head out onto the ice to learn about traditional Ojibwe ice fishing in northern Wisconsin. We’ll also hear from the elders and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 10
On this edition of Native Report new health threats…and new responses to old threats, hear what’s working from Bemidji Area Indian Health Services Director Dr. Kathy Annette. Tour a new state of the art waste water treatment facility that will protect the environment…and turn waste into energy. Then learn about the illustrious career of artist George Morrison. We’ll also visit with the elders and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 11
On this edition of Native Report visit the Bug-O-Nay-Gee-Shig school in northern Minnesota for lessons in Ojibwe language and culture. Then learn how the Upper Sioux Community is making the revitalization of the Dakota language a family affair…and a community affair. We’ll also hear from the elders and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 12
On this edition of Native Report learn what tribes are doing in Minnesota to prepare for natural disasters, epidemics, and terrorist threats. Then explore the history of the Upper Sioux Community. And meet St. Paul Pioneer Press Opinion Page Editorial Writer and Cloquet, Minnesota native Deborah Locke. Also hear from the elders and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 13
On this edition of Native Report the American Indian Youth Summit attracts tribal leaders from across Minnesota for discussions on plans to create communities that produce strong, empowered young people. Artist Gordon Van Wert talks about his career as a stone sculptor, and his inspirational recovery from a massive stroke. And Tadd Johnson explores the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Also visit with the elders and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 14
On this edition of Native Report visit Woodland Community Public Radio WOJB-FM in Hayward, Wisconsin which is licensed to the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Ojibwe. Then explore the American Indian Art Scholarship exhibit at the University of Wisconsin, Superior. And meet Joe Day, the head of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. Also hear from the elders and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 1 Episode 15
On this edition of Native Report we’ll head to one of Minnesota’s favorite sports fishing lakes to see how they’re keeping track of the fish population. Then we’ll talk to the director of Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission about the role they play in managing natural resources in three states. And finally we’ll meet University of St. Thomas literature professor Heid Erdrich who’ll tell us about her picks for an essential reading list of great Native American authors. Also visit with the elders and take a pop quiz this week on Native Report.
Season 10 Episode 1
On the season ten premiere of Native Report with Stacey Thunder sixth generation master quilt-maker Gwen Westerman talks about culture and history as she constructs a beautiful Star Quilt. The author of Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota talks to co-host Tadd Johnson about the sweeping story of the Dakota people and their strong connections to their traditional homelands prior to exile in the 1860’s. And we celebrate 10 years on public television stations with a look back at our very first story about the Red Lake Nation’s Independence Day Pow Wow from Native Report’s first episode.
Season 10 Episode 2
Today on Native Report small fragments reveal much about a time long passed at the Indian College at Colonial Harvard. Come with us as we visit the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. Then meet Robert Anderson, nationally known for his expertise in Native American legal issues and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Then in celebration of our tenth year on the air a look back at a story about how tribes go through the federal recognition process. We also hear from our Elders and something new about Indian Country on this edition of Native Report.
Season 10 Episode 3
On this Native Report we visit an engaging on-campus summer youth program at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Campus called Strengthening Our Nations, it’s designed to provide pivotal experiences for college bound youth. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe resolved to establish their own tribal college in 1990 and now offer a fully accredited educational service with traditional cultural philosophy and values of the Anishinaabeg. And to celebrate our 10th season on the air we’ll revisit the Cobell litigation which involved billions of dollars and affected hundreds of thousands of individuals across Indian Country.
Season 10 Episode 4
On this edition of Native Report the dream like works of artist Rabbett Before Horses Strickland have been compared to those Renaissance masters, we learn about his inspiration and his life. The murder of legendary Ojibwe Chief Joe White is the subject of a gripping historical study that encapsulates the decades-long struggle of an Ojibwe community to resist removal, we interview the author. And to celebrate our 10th season on public television stations we delve into the Native Report archive for a tribute to the late Richard Milanovich, Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Season 10 Episode 5
Today on Native Report with Stacey Thunder we honor those who proudly serve in the military with a visit to a Veteran’s Powwow and a memorial dedication on the beautiful Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation. We learn about the traditional harvesting of wild rice with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. And as we honor our 10th season on public airwaves, we go to the archives to look at the night sky through Ojibwe eyes as we learn about Native astronomy. We’ll also hear from our Elders and learn something new about Indian Country on this edition of Native Report.
Season 10 Episode 6
On this Native Report co-host Tadd Johnson takes us on a self-guided tour of the Mashentucket Pequot Museum & Research Center which is billed as the largest museum of its kind in the world. Then we learn about prominent sachems and chiefs and their place in Mohegan history we tour the sculpture garden of the Mohegan Nation Government and Community Center. And as we look back at ten years of Native Report we pay tribute to Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez. We also hear from our Elders and learn something new about Indian Country today on Native Report.
Season 10 Episode 7
On this edition of Native Report we feature the story of “Little Shadow Catcher” David Barry a 19th Century photographer best known for his frontier photography including many iconic Native American portraits from that era. Then we go into the kitchen to learn the secrets behind perfecting frybread, a popular food often enjoyed at powwows. And then as we continue the celebration of Native Report’s 10th season on the air we go into the archives for a popular segment on Lake Superior’s Spirit Little Cedar Tree.
Season 10 Episode 8
Today on Native Report with Stacey Thunder we meet the talented artists displaying their work at the Annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market at Souix Falls South Dakota. And we learn how the South Dakota Urban Indian Health Center is meeting the challenges of providing quality health care for Native people. And to honor our 10th season on public airwaves we look back at our visit to the Journey Museum in Rapid City, South Dakota where the Lakota are sharing their people’s history in their own way. We also hear from our Elders and learn something new about Indian Country on this edition Native Report.