Red Lake Nation

Michael Meuers

The Red Lake Nation has exercised its soverignty in adopting a number of policies to protect its members from Covid-19. Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr. spoke with KAXE/KBXE's Heidi Holtan and John Bauer about specific steps he and the tribal council have taken in the effort to keep Red Lake members safe.

A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.  It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during this COVID-19 pandemic.   

This week the Lt Governor answered questions about mask mandates, reporting of cases, decisions to reopen school and leadership in the time of COVID.
 

If you didn’t get a chance to send or call in your question this week email covid@ampers.org or call 612-562-9895. 

David Manuel has worked with local foods and food sovereignty on the Red Lake Nation for several years. He has worked with 4 Directions Development, Red Lake Traditional Foods, has helped till gardens, hand out seeds and vegetables and also started his own business based on gathering wild food and making jams, jellies, and maple candies called Muskrat’s Specialty Foods.

Leah Lemm

Leah Lemm talks  with David Manuel and Michael VanHorn, both work with the Gitigaanike/Red Lake Local Foods Initiative.

The foods initiative is a few years old, but they already have multiple land plots to farm and garden, they distribute seeds to community members, and they partner with other groups to bring local food practices to more and more people.

Laura Manuel

David Manuel is Foods Planner for the Red Lake Local Food Initiative. Simply put, his job is to bring good food to the people of the Red Lake Nation. David isn’t shy about sharing his opinions about food and its impact: “The Red Lake Local Food Initiative is a program that was designed with the tribal members in mind, to address their diet-related health disparities.

Cherilyn Spears, Henry Donnell, and Kade Ferris are working together on a project that will reintroduce bison (or mashkode bizhiki in Ojibwemowin) to the Red Lake Nation in northern Minnesota. Cherilyn is Project Coordinator for Red Lake Nation Economic Development and Planning, Kade is Red Lake Tribal Archaeologist, and Henry will be the farm manager.

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.

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.

Red Lake Local Foods Initiative

David Manuel is passionate about providing healthy food for the people of the Red Lake Nation. "Food defined our existence," he explains. "We migrated from season to season, making different camps at different locations all around northern Minnesota. All the way up to Rainy River where they speared sturgeon in the spring. We usually went up there after our sugarbush. Our sugarbush is our New Year.