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.

Ivy Vainio

  This morning we continue our series on Minnesota Powwows with a story about the evolution and history of a traditional dances.  We hear from Carlee Kuhn of KKWE on the White Earth Reservation, a partner through Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota Communities.  Funding for the content in the is series is provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  KUMD also extends a special thanks to local photographer Ivy Vainio for sharing her work in conjunction with this series.


On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Gordon Jourdain about his recollections of his family's activities in the late summer and fall seasons.  Gordon Jourdain grew up in the Ojibwe community of Lac La Croix in Ontario.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is produced by KUMD and the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD, with funding provided in part by the UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions, and by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Ivy Vainio, Grand Portage Ojibwe

This morning we continue our celebration of the Minnesota Powwow with the basics.  What is a powwow, what happens, who will be there and more. Here host of "The Ojibwe Way of Life" Darryl Northbird of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reports from our Ampers partner KOJB.  Listen tomorrow for a story about traditional dances, their history and how they have evolved.

Ivy Vainio, Grand Portage Ojibwe

Have you been to a powwow? Reporting from the Northland Community School in Remer, MN during their Annual Dance and Drum  Competition Powwow is David McDonald.  He shares some of his work for Ampers station KAXE, investigating why so few non-natives go to powwows.  Listen to first hand stories from this Minnesota powwow from folks who were a part of the grand entry that day.  

 In the final episode of our week-long series from KOJB "Living the Ojibwe Way of Life" host Darryl Northbird talks about reviving lost worlds in Ojibwe culture, asking elders for wisdom, offering tobacco and seeking truth  You can find other episodes of this program under the tag below, Northland Morning Interviews...

"Living the Ojibwe Way of Life" was funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, KOJB and the rest of the Ampers stations.


This morning we share a piece on ceremonies in the Ojibwe tradition, from KOJB's Darryl Northbird. His  series "Living the Ojibwe Way of Life" shares ideas and traditions about ojibwe life, food, social habits, language and more.  Funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Darryl Northbird shares his perspectives on the Ojibwe Way of Life from KOJB, our Ampers partner station in Leech Lake, MN.  Today he talks about rivers and lakes, and about treating Mother earth with respect.


We continue our series "Living the Ojibwe Way of Life" with host Darryl Northbird from our Ampers partner KOJB in Leech Lake.  Today Darryl talks about walking both worlds, mainstream life and the Ojibwe way of life, what it means and what it means to him.  He also shares ideas about crossing over, cross-culturally and changes within the Ojibwe tradition.

DoD News Features

All week August 3-7 on Northland Morning KUMD shares a special series from our Ampers partner KOJB in Leech Lake called "Living the Ojibwe Way of Life" with host Darryl Northbird.  Monday he talks about honoring, what it means and what it means to him.  This is a personal and introspective series that can open your heart and your mind to learning more about Ojibwe way of life.

Matthew Stinar

  From our Ampers partners, we share a 2-part special report from MN Native News called "Rocking the Boat" Part 1 & 2.  Reporter Melissa Townsend brings us the story of racial disparities for Native communities like in one Northern Minnesota town, Bemidji.  

This week on Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature, we hear from Indigenous leaders Dakota-Dine Tom Goldtooth, Anishnabe Winona LaDuke, Aleut Ilarion Merculief and The White Buffalo Souldiers talking about a new paradigm and how mending the earth can change  us as a people.  


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.

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.