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Journey to Wellness // Monday 8:00amA 10-minute bi-weekly program on Native American Community Health in MN and around the country in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School- Duluth Campus, Center of American Indian and Minority Health. The program will feature interviews with medical and health researchers, professors and doctors plus native people active in Native American health today. Journey to Wellness on KUMD is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Journey to Wellness in Indian Country - "What could a child do to God to deserve this?"

©Alicia Smith. Used with permission

Grace Smith of Pitka's Point, Alaska, was orphaned around the age of seven when both her parents died of tuberculosis.  She grew up, moved to Minnesota in 1959, married, raised a family.

A few years ago, one of Grace's daughters, Alicia, was enrolled in the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program here at UMD and Grace asked her daughter if she could sit in on a class or two.

One evening, in the midst of a discussion of native people and the federal government, Grace put her hand up and told the class that she was a survivor of the boarding school system.

It was something she had never talked about before, even to her children.

Now, after what she calls "two years of healing," Grace Smith is sharing her story.

Survivors of boarding schools can find help and resources through The National Native American Boarding School Boarding School Healing Coalition.

More information about Indian boarding schools is also available here.

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