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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.

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.

Forever Home 4/19

Apr 19, 2018

Princess

Meet Princess. She is an adult female Siamese mix. Princess is a blue eyed beauty wanting so badly for a family of her own. 

Alejandro

There has been a lot written about the Macron effect since he was elected as Prime Minister of France. Recorded in front of a live audience on Wednesday, March 14 at UMD, this weeks Alworth International lecture is Europe 2018: A New Deal in the Works: Is there a Macron Effect? presented by Mr.

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

Forever Home 4/12

Apr 12, 2018

Tom

He is a male, 12 year old Lab given up by his owner. Tom is a real friendly guy in good health, looking for a retirement home and a family to love. If you have a spot on your rug for old Tom, come meet him!

Lena

Meet Lena. She is a young adult Calico. She is as pretty as a picture and really needs a family of her own.

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.

Forever Home 4/5

Apr 5, 2018

Vanna

Vanna is a lab mix approximately 3 years old. She was on the euthanasia list also. Just LOOK at her eyes, you can see the intelligence. She is a smart dog and will be the boss if allowed, doesn't get along with other dogs, no kids.

Luci

Luci is a domestic, medium hair kitten, only 5 months old. She is a calico tabby looking for her new home!

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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.

On Sunday, March 25, the candidates vying for the 8th U.S. Congressional District seat came together at St. Scholastica in Duluth. Rick Nolan is not seeking re-election in 2018 and the field of candidates who want to represent Northern Minnesota in Washington DC has been growing. Today we hear from:

DFL Candidates

Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, mayor of North Branch

Michelle Lee, former Duluth news anchor

Jason Metsa, Minnesota state representative for District 6B

Leah Phifer, former FBI analyst from Two Harbors

Student Views: MPIRG

Apr 2, 2018
Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week on Student Views, Mary Franz from MPIRG, a student organization at UMD who was a sponsor of the recent 8th District Congressional candidate forum at St. Scholastica. Franz and host Pavel Arkhipenkov talk about political and MPIRG events and importance of student involvement.

 MPIRG at UMD

Scott Ableman/Flickr

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.

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