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Season 17 of Native Report from PBS North - WDSE/WRPT Debuts January 6th, 2022: A Preview with Senior Producer Ramona Marozas

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Native Report on PBS North with hosts With Rita Aspinwall & Ernie Stevens and producer Ramona Marozas

PBS North/Native Report Senior Producer Ramona Marozas was back with us today to preview the new season of Native Report that debuts tonight at 7:30pm on WDSE/WRPT.


Season 17 of Native Report tackles topics of modern times with a traditional twist by unearthing modern impacts of past policy. We speak with family members of loved ones who attended boarding schools to discuss inter-generational trauma. We speak with Native members of the Two Spirit community as well as talk with multi-racial Native peoples about their identities. We explore efforts to preserve natural resources as well as illuminate economic endeavors utilizing natural resources which hold true to Native beliefs. We tackle Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) awareness efforts and language preservation...We hear from Native artists including one specializing in applique of bright colors and Ojibwe floral designs.

The common theme of hearing from our elders continues in season 17 as we elevate words of wisdom to be passed onto future generations. And, Health Matters returns, and in one of those segments this season we follow an Ojibwe family and learn about their roots in wild ricing.

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Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.