Melissa Townsend

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  • Username: melissa-ampers
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  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Independent

Recent Pieces from Melissa Townsend

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Dr. Arne Vainio Cultivates a Gift for Healing (28:30)
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It’s the “Best of Native Lights” as we revisit a wonderful conversation with Respected Anishinaabe elder and well-known physician, Dr. Arne Vainio (Mille Lacs Band of ...
Caption: Dawn Goodwin prays in the path of the Line 3 oil pipeline., Credit: Dawn Goodwin

Minnesota Native News - Line 3 Construction Stops in Aitkin County (05:00)
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In early December - after years of resistance from many tribes and Native communities - Enbridge Energy company began construction on the new Line 3 oil pipeline in ...
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Minnesota Native News: Good News for Leech Lake and Wonder Woman Fans (05:00)
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This week on Minnesota Native News, we hear the story behind the nearly 12,000 acres of land slated to be repatriated to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and a preview of the ...
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Minnesota Native News: St Louis County Takes Financial Hit for not Following ICWA Guidelines (05:00)
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A state report released this summer found one third of all Minnesota counties are not complying with the federal and state laws aimed at keeping Native children with their ...
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Minnesota Native News: Peace at polling places and Bugonaygeshig school gets students connected (05:00)
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This week on Minnesota Native News: Ahead of election day there were widespread concerns about voter intimidation at the polls - so we checked in with a few Native folks on ...
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Minnesota Native News: Native GOTV and State Bonding Dollars for Native Agencies (04:59)
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This week on Minnesota Native News, Native communities get out the vote and a handful of Native organizations get 10-million dollars in the state bonding bill.
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Appreciating What We’ve Learned in the Pandemic and Embracing New Opportunities (28:30)
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Throughout the 22 weeks of this program, we have been moved and inspired by so many sharing their stories; people have risen above the challenges they've faced to care for ...
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Staying Active and Keeping Our Spirits High as Winter Arrives During the Pandemic (28:30)
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Winter is coming! So, on today’s show Host Leah Lemm looks at how to stay physically and mentally active while continuing to keep our communities safe.
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How Leech Lake Schools Support Students Through Pandemic’s Constant Change (28:30)
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Today on the show, Host Leah Lemm looks at how schools are supporting their students under seemingly constantly changing conditions, especially given how internet access has ...
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Youth Share Their Experiences During the Pandemic (28:30)
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Today on the show, host Leah Lemm hears what’s on the minds of Native youth in Minnesota. It was back in March, when Governor Tim Walz announced that schools would close. ...