Native American

Arne Vainio

In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

This episode was originally aired May 28, 2018.

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Looking around, it's hard to know where to start.

Worries and fears about physical safety, economic safety - your kids, your parents, your job ...

When Tom and Elizabeth Peacock started Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing, one of their goals was to create Native children's books for all audiences, written and illustrated by Native writers and artists.

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Baabiitaw Boyd believes the elders who told her that a lot of the problems Native people experience are the result of not having access to their language and cultural practices.

Dani Pieratos

Farming at the bottom of a mine, working with your family, "Bear Clan negotiations" and more ...

Harvest Nation is poised to become an indoor, aeroponic farm ready to serve (in its pilot program incarnation) about a hundred families on the Iron Range.

But eventually, the plan is to serve about six times that number.

When we have to take a deep dive into things we'd rather avoid, we call it a character-building experience.

Author and artist Tashia Hart knew her writing was lacking something.

So she made the decision to invite the character-building so she could finally build the characters she wanted to.

Gidjie and the Wolves will be published in March by Hart's (Not) Too Far Removed Press.

Novelist Dr Carter Meland will be on campus tomorrow afternoon giving a talk called "Finding Our Way with Native Literature."

He's a senior lecturer in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, and the author of a book called Stories for a Lost Child.

When you lose your language, you lose more than just words. You lose the words you use to hold weddings and funerals and welcome children. You use the words that shape and define your world view.

In his latest book, Dr. Anton Treuer talks about the revitalization of indigenous language and cultures and the success stories that are not only preserving language, they're making a huge difference for the people learning them.

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  Women are from Venus, men are from Mars. That’s true in personal interactions, but it’s also true when it comes to heart disease. 

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Indigenous people in Minnesota - like Indigenous people in places all around the country - are rewriting the narrative these days.

They're telling their own stories. They are letting the world know that they're very much a part of contemporary life in this country. 

Artisan Tax Talk: Not many people are excited about doing their taxes, but when you combine "the artistic personality" with a fairly unstructured occupation, it can become, in the words of Annie Dugan, "daunting, confusing and surprisingly unfair."  Never fear: the Superior Artisans are here with tomorrow's Artisan Tax Talk, an evening with an artist-friendly tax expert to help answer all your questions.

Arne Vainio

He turned on the amplifier and I expected to hear the twangy sounds of the 1950’s. Poodle skirts and ducktail haircuts were in my mind, but what came out of the guitar was the blues.  Not just any blues, but the heart-wrenching blues from a life that didn’t deliver what was expected. I could hear his anguish and the guitar moaning as he was saying goodbye to an old friend who was moving on and leaving him behind.

 

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I was trying to get my jack under the car without kneeling and I didn’t want to have my pants wet all day in the clinic. I finally got my jack under the car next to her jack and raised the car enough to put the old tire back on. I had two of the lug nuts halfway on when her jack buckled and collapsed and the car lurched forward. That put all the weight of the car on my jack and as the car went forward, my jack collapsed and folded and the old tire was barely on the car. It was plain to see there was no way we were going to get her tire changed.

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