Journey to Wellness in Indian Country

Series produced by KUMD

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"Journey to Wellness in Indian Country" is a 10-minute program featuring interviews with medical and health researchers, professors and doctors and other people active in Native American Health today. KUMD partners with the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School with their focus on Native American Community Health.

KUMD partners with the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School with their focus on Native American Community Health welcoming guests to talk about their research, their community health experiences and the community collaborations that are improving and changing approaches to Native American Health care today.

46 Pieces

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Caption: Illustration for "Grasshopper Girl", Credit: Jordan Rodgers
Jordan Rodgers isn't really sure how, as a college-age person, she ended up illustrating a couple of books - or illustrating for the UMD Medical Sc...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 09:24
Caption: A little dancer mugs for the camera at the 2008 Chefornak Alaska Dance Festival. Chefornak is a rural Alaska Native village with a population of around 500 people., Credit: MCAV0Y/FLICKR
Duluth's Dr. Mary Owen, an Alaska Native and the head of UMD's Center of American Indian and Minority Health, isn't encouraged by the news from her...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 10:19
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Who writes the history books? As we're coming to learn, most often it's the "winner." And in many instances, that perspective also informs how...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 11:58
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Anishinabe author Heid Erdrich was dumbstruck that even national literary lights didn't know about contemporary Native authors and poets. But what...

  • Added: May 10, 2019
  • Length: 16:46
Caption: More information about Wica Agli at, Credit: WICA AGLI/FACEBOOK
Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell just wishes he'd gotten started ten years ago. Mending the Sacred Hoop's training and resource director is celebrating 25 y...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 19:17
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Lissa Yellowbird-Chase knows first-hand about the violence and danger Native American women face.* But she knows other things, too. In Canada, a ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 15:22
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We speak with Shannon Larson, the Director of the Dabinoo 'Igan Domestic Violence Shelter (run by AICHO, the American Indian Community Housing Orga...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2018
  • Length: 06:23
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When the filmmakers working on the documentary "Dodging Bullets" sat down with the late AIM co-founder Dennis Banks, he asked them where the name o...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:57
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Photography gives people the chance to share the images and stories they see in their minds' eye with others. So the upcoming exhibit, Through Our...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:35
Caption: Possible elevation for the renovated 4th Street Market., Credit: ©AICHO
AICHO's purchase of the former 4th Street Market won't just restore food to a "food desert" in one of Duluth's poorest neighborhoods. When it open...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2018
  • Length: 13:52
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If you're a Native American or Alaska Native mom, your baby is twice as likely to die before it's first birthday than if you're white. And your ba...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 07:56
Caption: The existing Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House and Treatment Center, Credit: Minnesota Indian Primary Residential Treatment Center
For years, the existing Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House and Treatment Center has been providing individualized treatment to those suffering from che...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2018
  • Length: 10:15
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Four Native American doctors graduated from UMD's Medical School at the beginning of May. When you realize that only forty Native doctors graduate...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2018
  • Length: 04:47
Caption: Pat and Jim Northrup and Janis Fairbanks, Credit: ©IVY VAINIO
Giishpin bi-izhaayan kiwenz ojibwemowin gabeshiwining gidaa-gashkitoon ji-agindaman o’o ikidowinan. Language is more than just the word you use fo...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2018
  • Length: 09:51
Caption: Several members of the KwePack running group, Credit: Dr. Melissa Walls
With over 150 members, the KwePack Running Group includes native women from across the region who run together, but also talk together, share, enco...

  • Added: May 12, 2018
  • Length: 10:23
Caption: Melissa Boyd and two of her mentors for her Fellowship, Dr. Brenda Child and Lee “Obizaan” Staples, Credit: Melissa Boyd
When Melissa Boyd started her Ojibwe language studies with elders, she discovered she was learning more than words. For one thing, her studies wer...

  • Added: May 05, 2018
  • Length: 14:35
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Sixth grade in Minnesota traditionally means a lot of learning about lakes and iron ore and Scandinavian immigrants, and usually, there's a field t...

  • Added: May 05, 2018
  • Length: 09:32
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Duluth's ongoing conversation about Earned Safe and Sick Time is a critical one for people who risk their jobs if they take time off to care for a ...

  • Added: May 05, 2018
  • Length: 08:35
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A ceremonial fire. The sound of drumming. The scent of sage. A feast and prayer and offerings of tobacco. Firelight teachings and a sweat lodge....

  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 08:12