Public Affairs

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This episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa features a talk on spiritual growth given by Obizaan [Lee Staples] of the Mille Lacs band last fall at the 2013 Minnesota Indigenous Languages Symposium. Speaking in Ojibwe (with English translations by Chato Gonzalez), Obizaan discusses the importance of embracing the Manidoog in daily life.

4/21 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: Spiritual Growth

This episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa features Leslie Harper's keynote address from the 2013 Minnesota Indigenous Languages Symposium last September at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake. She reflects on her experiences creating the Niigaane Ojibwemowin Immersion School on the Leech Lake Reservation, now in its eleventh year.

3/17 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: Language Immersion Schools

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Even though one out of four people suffer from some form of mental illness, the stigma persists. Find out what a pair of UMD alums (and documentary filmmakers) and Miss Minneapolis 2014 are doing to change the public perception of mental illness and its sufferers.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix about the Ojibwe views on winter activities, and also explores rites observed by Ojibwe at the end of life.

2/17 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: End-of-Life Rituals

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What are the root causes of homelessness ... and why do some call it "a spiritual failing of our country"? Our guests are Rick Klun, executive director of Center City Housing; Bob Grytdal, Duluth's Human Rights Officer and Lee Stuart, executive director of CHUM (Churches United in Ministry).

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix and Brian McInnes about Ojibwe clans in the region, feathers, and provides some thoughts on pow wow customs.

1/20 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: Clans, Feathers, and Pow Wows

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For months, the publicity surrounding synthetic drugs in Duluth took the spotlight off an even more pervasive trend: the abuse of prescription medication.(Resources for addicts and their families are available here.)

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix and Brian McInnes about traditions and changes in Ojibwe Family Life.

12/16 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Ojibwe Family Life

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks about the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, including migration to the area, treaties, and histories of some of the ceremonial drums.

11/18 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - History of the Mille Lacs Band

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks about drum ceremonies, the different kinds of drums and some of the histories of their creation.

10/21 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Drum Ceremonies

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What makes a man batter a woman, and how are we contributing to the spread of domestic violence in the way we raise boys in this society?

What's in a name? On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks about the importance of naming in Ojibwe culture, and also explores the significance of dreaming. Joining the conversation is Brian McInnes of Eni-gikendaasoyang - the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

9/16 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Naming

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You may have heard about the push for STEM learning in the schools - STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. And no wonder, since that's where more and more good jobs and salaries are - including right here in the Northland. But the number of graduates in these fields is decreasing and girls and women continue to be underrepresented.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa this month features Larry Amik Smallwood, a language instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who (in both Ojibwe and English) talks about the harvesting of wild rice, and the importance of wild rice in Ojibwe culture. Also, Gordon Jourdain gives a commentary about Ojibwe language and education.

8/19 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Wild Rice

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa this month features Larry Amik Smallwood, a language instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who (in both Ojibwe and English) talks about ongoing changes in Ojibwe culture in areas such as music, dance and traditional regalia.

7/15 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Cultural Changes

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