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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.

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%.

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