Season 1

Season 1 Episode 1

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 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 11 Episode 1

On the premiere of season eleven experience the Creator’s Game at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Meet the famous traditional lacrosse stick craftsman Alf Jacques. And sit down with Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons.

Season 11 Episode 2

It is a place of history that resonates today, come with us to the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. Learn how the Crow language is being revitalized. And hear from the Crow Nation Chairman Darren Old Coyote.

Season 11 Episode 3

Learn about the creative process with artist Wendy Savage. Celebrate sobriety at the Mash Ka Wisen Powwow. And meet a trio of documentary film makers from Finland who talk about parallels between the Ojibwe and Finnish cultures.

Season 11 Episode 4

Federal jobs can place American Indian Government Employees in a great place to help their nations which we learn at the National Training Program of the Society of American Indian Government Employees. It’s a door also being opened to the youth through SAIGE’s Native Youth Track. And we sit down with Prairie Island Indian Community President Ron Johnson.

Season 11 Episode 5

Master quilt-maker Gwen Westerman talks about her inspiration as she constructs a beautiful Star Quilt. Experience the dream-like paintings of Rabbett Before Horses Strickland. And learn about the art of moccasin making from Ramona Kitto Stately.

Season 11 Episode 6

Meet Ojibwe Dr. Arne Vainio, and watch as he performs a science experiment in our studio. Learn about the mission of the American Indian Cancer Foundation. And sit down with the first Native American female enrolled tribal member to be named as a federal judge the Honorable Diane Humetewa, a national expert on Native American legal issues.

Season 11 Episode 7

Experience the vibrant, detailed work of multi-talented artist Leah Yellowbird and learn about her painting technique. Come with us as we visit the studio of KBFT, a tribal community radio station for the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. What happens when a train of oil tanker cars derails on tribal land? Watch as the scenario plays out in a multi-agency table top exercise about disaster preparedness.

Season 11 Episode 8

Travel to beautiful Madeline Island Wisconsin to see how an Ojibwe bilingual signage project is building cultural bridges. Explore three centuries of life on the island at the Madeline Island Museum. And meet Bryan Bainbridge, Chairman of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who talks about meeting the new challenges of tribal leadership by adhering to the teachings of his ancestors.

Season 11 Episode 9

Travel with us to the Crow Nation of Montana where we meet up and coming artist Ben Pease. Buffalo roam the Big Horn Mountains, thanks to the management of the Crow Nation’s Fish and Game Division. And learn about the Crow Nation’s legislature and new constitution from Nation Senator Rudolph “Knute” Old Crow, Sr.

Season 11 Episode 10

At the Mohegan Nation Government and Community Center in Uncasville, Connecticut life-size statues honor prominent sachems and chiefs, we learn about their place in Mohegan history. Visit the Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum in Connecticut, the oldest Native American owned and operated museum in the United States. And learn about the archeology and history of the Indian College at Colonial Harvard at the university’s Peabody Museum.

Season 11 Episode 11

We attend a unique fashion show displaying the beautiful creations of Delina White and her daughters. We learn about the Mdewakanton LIFE Program whose purpose is to create greater awareness, availability, and knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). We meet multimedia artist Jonathan Thunder and learn about the personal themes of identity, life transitions, and self-transformation that influence his art.

Season 11 Episode 12

Come with us as we tour the exhibits at the Oneida Nation Cultural Center, Shako:wi. We meet Rick Hill of the Tuscarora Nation who explains the symbolic meaning behind wampum belts. And we learn about the role of the Clan Mother from Freida Jacques of the Onondaga Nation.

Season 11 Episode 13

Join us as we visit the studio of artist Jes Durfee who transforms glass into amazing works of art. We visit a small town where celebrating Indigenous Day is a community wide cultural event. And we interview Dr. Robert Powless, producer of one of television’s first Native American public affairs programming.

Season 11 Episode 14

We view the permanent exhibit of noted painter Eastman Johnson whose works of art recorded the life of the Ojibwe along Minnesota’s North Shore. We “Rock your Mocs” with runner Sara Agaton Howes, and learn how running transformed her life. And we learn about a community health program on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation in Wisconsin.

Season 11 Episode 15

We meet artist Karen Savage Blue who painted a different scene every day for one whole year. We visit the National Eagle Center, and educational interpretive center, and home to several bald and golden eagles. And we follow a multi-agency crew of firefighters as they perform a prescribed burn to restore a tall-grass prairie.

Season 12 Episode 1

On the season 12 premiere travel to the Sacred Stone Camp in Cannonball North Dakota to learn about grass-root efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipe Line. Meet Gay Kingman, one of Indian Country’s strongest voices for tribal rights and sovereignty over the past 30 years. And visit the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center which serves one of the largest urban Indian communities in the United States.

Season 12 Episode 2

Spend an evening with seven-time Native American Music Award winner Keith Secola as he performs a solo acoustic set; meet the first Native American jurist on Minnesota’s highest court; and follow Ojibwe Dr. Arne Vainio as he continues in his own life to model a proactive approach to Native American men’s health.

Season 12 Episode 3

Experience the extraordinary, ethereal photography of Erv Schleufer Coeur d'Alene Indian; visit the Spokane Washington American Indian Community Center dedicated to delivering culturally competent social, economic, cultural, and educational serviced as well as spiritual healing; and hear election year priorities of tribal leaders gathering at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-year conference.

Season 12 Episode 4

Listen to the heartbeat of a nation as the Ho-Chunk gather for the annual Labor Day powwow; learn about the luck and strategy of the Moccasin Game; and hear about the challenges and rewards of leadership as we sit down with Ho-Chunk Nation President Wilfred Cleveland.

Season 12 Episode 5

Come with us to tour the Shako:wi Cultural Center of the Oneida Nation of New York; meet world renowned traditional lacrosse stick craftsman Alf Jacques; and sit down with noted Oneida historian, writer and curator Rick Hill.

Season 12 Episode 6

Hike through a Wisconsin forest to learn more about the Thunderbird Panel rock art; visit the Kingsley Mound Group south of the Wisconsin Dells; and hear about the past, present, and bright future of the Lac Vieux Desert with Chairman James Williams.

Season 12 Episode 7

See nature through the eyes of Ojibwe photographer of Vern Northrup; then Sarah Agaton Howes weighs in on her art, traditional Ojibwe motifs and her new business start-up; and Miss Universe Virgin Islands 2016 Carolyn Carter talks about her life and work.

Season 12 Episode 8

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to put on an amazing Onji-Akiing, From the Earth Natural Resource Summer Camp; meet two rising musicians in Bois Forte at a KBFT community radio concert; and meet Phil Hogan who has strong roots in the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and a storied career in law and government.

Season 12 Episode 9

Come with us to a rededication ceremony of the Spokane Tribal Fish Hatchery. Then learn about protecting sacred sites and cultural resources at the National Congress of American Indians mid-year conference. And meet a tireless advocate for the rights of Native Americans - Frank Ducheneaux. Also learn what we can do to lead healthier lives and hear from our Elders.

Season 12 Episode 10

Visit Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, then meet artist Ben Pease and view his works of art that combine iconic celebrity images with Crow influences, and learn about the historical importance of the buffalo for the Crow Nation in Montana.

Season 12 Episode 11

Artist Jonathan Thunder’s paintings combine social commentary and surrealism - we’ll enjoy a multimedia exhibit of his work. Learn about bee keeping and producing healthy local food with Red Lake Nation’s David Manuel. And improving access to healthy, affordable food is the topic of conversation at a conference hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Season 12 Episode 12

Learn about the legendary Ojibwe Chief Osaugie, hear about the St. Croix Chippewa Nation of Wisconsin’s two-phase economic development project, and meet noted independent broadcast and print journalist, author and University of North Dakota associate professor Mark Trahant.

Season 12 Episode 13

Jam to the sounds of the Blue Dog Band, hear from Oneida Nation of Wisconsin's tribal historian Loretta Metoxen, and author and therapist Dr. Martin Brokenleg talks about recovering from intergenerational trauma.

Season 12 Episode 14

Learn about lacrosse from our own coach Ernie Stevens, hear the story behind a massive new sculpture in South Dakota, and discover the role traditions can play in healing intergenerational trauma.

Season 12 Episode 15

Come with us to the Sugar Camp at the Oneida Nation Elementary Turtle School in Wisconsin, also we conclude our conversation with author and therapist Dr. Brokenleg about building resilience in the next generation, and we remember the greatest generation as we honor WWII veteran Axel Holmes, Sr.