Melissa Townsend

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

Recent Pieces from Melissa Townsend

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Minnesota Native News: Primary Elections Approach, Casinos Reopen and a Superfund Site Stays Put (05:00)
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This week on Minnesota Native News, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe elections are coming up on June 9th, some tribes begin to reopen their casinos after closing in mid-March to slow ...
Caption: Minnesota's U.S. Senator Tina Smith sits on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Minnesota Native News Special Report: U.S. Senator Tina Smith talks about federal assistance for ... (09:30)
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Tribes across the U.S. have been expecting their share of 8-billion dollars from the federal CARES Act that was passed at the end of March to support those affected by the ...
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Minnesota Native News: Sheltering in Place and Going Online (05:00)
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This week on Minnesota Native News we check in with Native leaders whose work has moved online and a couple of online movie recommendations while we shelter at home.
Caption: Lakota Elder Nancy Bordeaux

Minnesota Native News: A Special Conversation with Lakota Elder Nancy Bordeaux (27:29)
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This time during the Covid-19 pandemic is a time of illness and loss, but it’s also a time of healing - for many people and the earth - physically and spiritually. My name is ...
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Twin Cities Native Organizations Move Online (03:47)
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As shelter in place orders continue across the state of Minnesota, many tribes and urban Native organizations are moving their work online. Reporter Melissa Townsend spoke ...
Caption: Minnesota's U.S. Senator Tina Smith sits on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Minnesota Native News: U.S. Senator Tina Smith on the CARES Act and American Indian Communities (05:00)
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The CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27th provides emergency assistance and health care response for people, tribes and businesses affected by the Coronavirus ...
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Minnesota Native News: Red Lake Welcomes 1,212 New Citizens After Blood Quantum Rule Change (05:00)
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The Red Lake Nation has 1,212 new citizens! The tribal council voted to approve their enrollment at their February 11th meeting. This is the first wave of new enrollees after ...
Caption: Melanie Benjamin is Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe., Credit: millelacsband.com

Minnesota Native News: Mille Lacs Chief Reacts to Federal Task Force on MMIW (04:59)
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This week on Minnesota Native News, reporter Melissa Townsend talks with Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin about her visit with President Trump and ...
Caption: MMIW Billboards draw attention to the need for change.

Minnesota Native News: Reactions to the New Operation Lady Justice Task Force (04:59)
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This week on Minnesota Native News, reactions to a new White House Executive Order on Missing and Murdered Indigeneous Women.
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Minnesota Native News: Cheryl Minnema publishes new Children's Book (02:08)
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Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe member Cheryl Minnema [MIN-eh-muh] published her first childrens book in 2014. And her second children’s book is out now. Reporter Melissa Townsend ...