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MPR News IN FOCUS: Sustainability in Indian Country
Sustainability is a way of life for the indigenous communities in Minnesota and beyond. Connections to land, language and culture all contribute to how Native people navigate the world and plan for the future — both the future they’ll experience and the one seven generations down the road.

In partnership with We Are Still Here Minnesota, MPR News presents In Focus: Sustainability in Indian Country, a conversation led by community leaders and moderated by MPR News host Angela Davis.

How are indigenous communities reclaiming the land, their cultures and their dreams in Minnesota today?

Oct 27, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Hope Flanagan
Hope Flanagan (Seneca) is from the Turtle Clan. She serves as a cultural teacher and community outreach leader at Dream of Wild Health, a Twin Cities organization whose mission is to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines, and lifeways. She is an elder who teaches about plants and wild plant gathering. She is also a storyteller, whose stories were passed to her from Ona KingBird from Red Lake reservation.
Leah Lemm
Leah Lemm is a citizen of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a community story sharer. She currently lives in Grand Rapids, Minn., with her husband, young son, and country dog. Leah spends her time dedicated to her mission to amplify Native voices through radio and podcast programs, including Minnesota Native News, Native Lights: Where Indigenous Voices Shine, and COVID-19 Community Conversations.
Reuben Kitto Stately
Reuben Kitto Stately comes from both the Red Lake Nation and Santee Sioux Nation. He’s a fourth-year student at Augsburg University and an intern for the Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye (Dakota Language Society). He has formally studied the Dakhóta language for five years and dreams of a future where his language and people thrive.
Twila Dang
Twila Dang is a producer and co-host of the MPR News podcast “small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood,” which highlights smart, practical and collaborative money skills developed by people living with lower and unstable incomes. She is also an entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Matriarch Digital Media, a women-centered, women-focused media company and online community.