Native News

Even though there’s not a lot of data out in the main stream, I can’t think of any native family that I know that isn’t touched by this, and knows about it intimately. - Simone Senogles

A  powerful traveling exhibit has made its way to the Bemidji State University campus.  The interactive experience, Native Voices,  will be hosted by select libraries across the country, one of those being the A.C.

This Saturday, January 5th, kicks-off the Northern Indigenous Winter Games Tour.  Throughout January and February everyone is invited to take part in historically indigenous games including  lacrosse on ice, crow arrows, and double ball on snow among many others.  Focusing on the social and cultural significance of the games, the Northern Indigenous Winter Games creates opportunities for cultural sharing and education as well as a whole lot of fun.  In addition to the games, each afternoon  is accompanied by a morning of workshops for educators where teachers and those working in schools h

This month a traveling exhibit that started at the Gizhiigen Arts Incubator in Mahnomen, MN makes its way to the offices of the Region 2 Arts Council in Bemidji as well as the Miikanan Gallery inside the Watermark Art Center.  

Through much of his life, Migizi Pensoneau was keenly aware of the mis-representation or lack of representation of Native Americans in the media.  He's now a screenwriter and producer who works toward righting the wrongs of mainstream media.  His comedy group, The 1491s, creates and distributes content that shines a light on Native American stereotypes and inspires cultural awareness, cultivating social change and deeper understanding through comedy and

Let's Visit is Northern Community Radio's way of sharing communities and places in our broadcast region with listeners.  This past month, Let's Visit focused on Remer, MN.    The Remer School District serves children from Outing, Boy River, Longville, and Federal Dam. Nearly half the students at Northland Community Schools are Ojibwe.  Ojibwe culture has become part of the daily and extra-curricular offerings in the district.  In this Let's Visit, Indian Education Director Leah Monroe discusses the positive impact those opportunities are having on students and the community at large.  

Lori Rose Martin-Kingbird graduated from Trek North High School in Bemidji last spring.  She was recently crowned First Runner-up in the Miss Indian World Competition in Albequerque, NM.  She stopped by the KBXE studio to chat about the experience! 

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The Ikidowin Indigenous People's Task Force(IPTF) Youth Theater Ensemble brings their production,"We will do it for the Water!"to the Reif Center Grand Rapids Friday morning at 10a.m. and again Friday afternoon at 1p.m. The multi-modal experience illuminates the culture and history of Ojibwe and Dakota people in terms of their commitment to protecting water.

As Program Manager for First People's Fund, Jeremy Staab works to improve native communities by helping  native artists realize their transformational potential and succeed in the business of art. With tools, educational opportunities and resources for native artists, First People's Fund is positively impacting the lives, the economy and the spirit of whole communities. 

As a nation, we've grieved together in the wake of the most recent school shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.   As a news source, Northern Community Radio has delivered NPR reporting of the aftermath to our listeners every day since.  In northern Minnesota, events such as these hit home in a particularly unsettling way.  It happened here, too.