Northland Morning Interviews

Zoongide'win (zoon GED eh win) means "strong-hearted" in Ojibwe, and it's also the title of an exhibition this week of maps, manuscripts and the resilience of the people who were here long before Europeans arrived.

University of Minnesota Duluth

It took more than two years of conversations with Minnesota's eleven tribes and five University of Minnesota campuses to produce a draft update of the Board of Regents Policy: American Indian Advisory Boards for the University of Minnesota system.

And while it's still in the system (slated for discussion in September and passage in October), one of the policy's chief architects, Tadd Johnson, hopes it results in the inclusion of a representative from each of the Minnesota tribal nations on the Advisory Board.

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Administrators at the College of St. Scholastica are surely still shaking their heads.

The CSS Student Senate just passed a resolution asking to be charged for single-use plastic bags.

That's right.  Asking to be charged.

And what's more, in three days, they got a quarter of the student body to sign onto it.

Amanda Jorgenson

espnW's Sports and Culture writer Katie Barnes spoke on the UMD campus recently, talking about the intersections of sports and social justice. In a wide-ranging presentation, they talked about sports and political protest,  offered some surprising insights about solidarity and maintained that sports and athletics are an under-utilized arena for transforming society.

28 years later, folks are still hopping around local galleries to look at art and watch it being created.

Dan Neff, owner of Lake Superior Art Glass, shared more about the event with KUMD's Adam Reinhardt.

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Listeners to Laura Erickson's For the Birds program this morning heard about the plight of our early arrivals in the Northland - and it's not good news.

In case you missed it, here is the contact information Laura shared on the program:

REGI (Raptor Education Group of Antigo) at 715-623-4015

Locally, you can reach Wildwoods at 218-491-3604

UMD Queer and Allies Student Union

Gaypril at UMD is busting out all over with fun and informative events for queer students, their allies and anyone in the community who'd like to attend.

Student Views: Music

Apr 16, 2018
Pavel Arkhipenkov

Student Views is a snapshot of life at UMD from a different perspective.  Alissa Hokr is our guest today at Student Views, talking about Vocal Jazz, being a member of a Lake Effect, in a band plus managing school and artistic work.

UMD Vocal Jazz

With a week and a half left before final versions of legislation are headed to the floor of the Minnesota Legislature,  Representative Mike Sundin (DFL District 11A)  brings us an update.

In addition, he pulls no punches in his disappointment at what he calls the "robbing of the general fund" to pay for transportation.

More information on the Minnesota Legislature and bills this session available here

"Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support"

In this neck of the woods, we're not exactly famous for talking about feelings.

But a recent workshop at UMD aimed to give people the words - and the motivation - to have some of those awkward conversations.

You can read more about Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support

There are two things Shaun Floerke is very clear about.

The Sixth District judge, one of the newest members to the National Judicial Opiod Task Force, credits Duluth ("a lot of good people doing lots of good things") for his appointment - and he says the time has come to find solutions.

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Duluth's ongoing conversation about Earned Safe and Sick Time is a critical one for people who risk their jobs if they take time off to care for a sick child or are seeking help in instances of domestic abuse.

In Duluth's Native American community, over 30% of the population is homeless.  80% of mothers are the primary breadwinners for their families. And 46% - compared to 26% of the general population here - are living below the poverty line.

So as you might imagine, issues surrounding income and job security - not to mention aid for victims of violence - are big deals.

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Fifty years after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King and the year Nelson Mandela would have turned 100, Shades of Africa - Rise Up! at UMD brought together local activists, artists and community members - and their allies - to celebrate progress and support one another through these challenging times.

Maija Jenson

Uncertainties of current American immigration policies, particularly in regards to DACA--the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is raising concerns for Minnesota college students. This week, the University of Minnesota Immigration Response Team came to the UMD campus with an Immigration Policy Briefing. Brianna Kaiser has the story.

UMD Clean Snowmobile Team

People would just love snowmobiles if they didn't dislike them so much.

They're noisy (think angry bees) and they can pollute up a storm.

But UMD's award-winning Clean Snowmobile Team is using the most amazing technologies to build a leaner, cleaner, quieter sled, and until someone figures out how to make a battery that works in the cold, they might be onto something.

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