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The power of Louise Erdrich's books

We visit with distinguished storyteller Louise Erdrich about her Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Night Watchman." Plus, more on how one tribe is caring for its elders
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In the 1950s, a night watchman from a tribe in North Dakota found out that emancipation really meant the termination of his tribal nation as a legal sovereign government. Louise Erdrich, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, won the Pulitzer prize for the words that recorded her grandfather’s deeds in her book "The Night Watchman."

The Oneida Tribe and Red Cliff Ojibwe of Wisconsin are caring for its elders in an innovative and Indigenous way. Frank Vaisvilas, Yaqui, is a Report for America Corps member working at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. He joins us to talk about his story called “Culturally important Indigenous foods central to pilot program for Wisconsin tribal elders.”

  • President Joe Biden is trying to get his domestic policy bill squared away and now tribes are hearing about a major cut being proposed.
  • Pope Francis III says he’s willing to visit Canada to meet with Indigenous leaders, following the discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools. 
  • The first Native person is now seated on the board of regents for the University of Washington.
  • One venture capital firm is Native owned and has been in business for 13 years. 

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