Native American Heritage Month 2016

November is Native American Heritage Month and all month KUMD will spotlight programming that respectfully shares the culture and traditions of indigenous peoples in America.

KUMD programming honoring Native American Heritage Month includes our regular year-round segments and programs plus additional interviews and specials. Listen Mondays and throughout the month for Minnesota Native News, Veterans Voices ~ Native Warriors, National Native News, Ojibwe Stories and more. Tune in for Native American Heritage Month on KUMD. 

Water Protectors at Standing Rock
Credit Rob Wilson Photography

Year-Round Native Programming on KUMD

Additional Native American Programming

Sacred Stone Camp
Every Native Vote Counts
#Native Reads for kids
Rob Wilson Photography at Standing Rock

KUMD is a part of Ampers; The Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radio Stations, a cooperative organization connecting independent public, educational and tribal radio stations across Minnesota. Through Ampers, KUMD partners with Northern Minnesota Tribal stations KBFT on the Boise Forte Reservation on Nett Lake, KKWE at White Earth Indian Reservation near Detroit Lakes and KOJB The Eagle of the Leech Lake Reservation south of Bemidji.

St.Louis County

Families holding ceremonies in the bitter cold outside UMD late last winter were making headlines after car accidents just days apart took the lives of two Native people - and controversy erupted between the medical examiner's insistence on autopsies and the victim's families, who protested autopsies were in violation of their religious beliefs.  

Now St. Louis County has a new Chief Medical Examiner, and there's been a significant change in state law.

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Minnesota Native News Special:               

Monday June 22 at 7pm, KUMD shares a Minnesota Native News special presentation. The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission report officially recorded the inhumane practices of the Canadian Indian Boarding School system and the historical trauma of indigenous people. Movements for truth and reconciliation in the US are now emerging.  Listen for more on this issue from Erma Vizenor, Chairwoman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and Professor  Michael McNally.

Two deaths, days apart, of Midewiwin  people have brought the conflict between secular practices and religious beliefs to the forefront.

Most people outside of tribal communities have never heard of Midewiwin, a religion that requires a body to be preserved intact for burial four days after death.

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