Native News

Since 1992,  memorial marches have taken place every year across the United States, Canada, and around the world on Valentine's Day in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women.  Native women, as well as  the LGBT community and Two Spirit individuals face violence at disproportionately high rates compared to other categories of people.

Bill Blackwell, Jr.  received the State of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Commitment to Service Award this past Monday.  He's the Director of the American Indian Resource Center on the Bemidji State University campus.  Under his leadership, the American Indian retention rate at BSU has reached 84%.

Tonight at 5pm in Bemidji, Rail River Folk School hosts Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell who will facilitate Ending Violence: What Men Can Do. Nevilles-Sorell is the Training and Resource Director for Mending the Sacred Hoop, a non-profit dedicated to improving lives of native people by disrupting cycles of violence in the native community and working to end violence against women and children.

Area Voices: Gangs

Nov 8, 2017

 "All human beings have an intrinsic desire to be accepted, to know it's ok to be me and someone's got my back...if the existing choices for having that, for finding that, feel like they don't fit, then people look elsewhere..."

Anton Treuer stopped by the KBXE studio recently and spoke candidly about a variety of topics, one of which was gangs on northern Minnesota reservations.  Gangs can be appealing in terms of meeting that essential human need to belong and feel protected.  Click on the link for the full conversation.  

Anna Gibbs stood less than 5 feet tall during her time here on earth.  Despite her small stature, she left an immense wave of joy, spiritual connectedness, cultural understanding and service to others in her wake.  Over the course of  her lifetime, she became one of the most influential leaders of the Red Lake Nation and an inspiration across Indian Country and beyond.

Annie Humphrey has created a giant puppet she calls Daughter Water.  She'll be walking Daughter Water between Grand Rapids and Bemidji beginning June 8.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to walk along the roadsides with her and this magnificent puppet!  Annie stopped by the studio to talk about her project. Click on the link to hear the interview.  Below is Daughter Water's travel schedule.

Gary Charwood

  Gary Charwood is the Cultural Coordinator for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  12 years ago, The Spiritual Run was created in honor of the school shooting tragedy that occurred on the Red Lake Reservation in 2005.  Since then, the Leech Lake Band has continued this Spiritual Run for wellness every year.  Throughout the two day run, runners take time to honor and recognize communities and individuals along their 140 mile route.

Anne McKeig

Area Voices tells the arts, culture and history stories of northern Minnesota.  In this segment of Area Voices, we learn about a native northern Minnesotan who is making history.  Anne McKeig is a descendent of the White Earth Nation.

Wiki Commons

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is an environmental justice organization focused on indigenous communities, their water, land and sacred spaces.  In Bemidji, the IEN is housed at the Rail River Folk School.  Together, Rail River and the IEN are constructing  a yurt that will be used for taking sustainability to the next level.

Author Kent Nerburn wrote the novel Neither Wolf Nor Dog in the early 1990s.   Director Steven Lewis Simpson made it into a movie of the same name currently in theaters.  In this segment of Area Voices, we learn why Kent began his Native American writing journey and how he views the film. We also hear from Steven Simpson about the making of the movie and the reaction it has received from the public.

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