Native News

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%.

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.