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It Happens Here: The Roots of Racial Inequity on the North Shore

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WTIP is taking a deeper look at who we are as a community. Part of the effort is our commitment to learn more about the history of where we live here on the North Shore—from a time long before the first towns were established and the first European settlers arrived. We’ll be digging into land history, the background of our early school systems and talking to a number of people who can help us answer some of the many questions we have about how we fit into the “big” picture when it comes to the various forms of racism and the roots of racial inequity. And so, we’re excited to introduce a new, ongoing series called, It Happens Here: The Roots of Racial Inequity on the North Shore. Your hosts are Leah Lemm, member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and host of the Native Lights podcast, and Staci Drouillard a Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe tribal descendant and WTIP producer. There will be new Episodes monthly.

WTIP would like to thank the project Advisory Board--John Morrin, Tyler Howell, Ramona Marozas, Marisa Anywaush and Amira Anderson. Miigwech to all of you for your help with the series.

It Happens Here is supported in part by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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It Happens Here-Episode 2 Forever

Episode 2: Forever is about historical connection that the Grand Portage Ojibwe have to Minong--Isle Royale. We learn about the ancient history of the Ojibwe people and discover when Anishinaabe people first arrived on the North Shore. Features interviews with John Morrin, Anton Treuer and Tim Cochrane.


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It Happens Here-Insulated

WTIP asks, "who are WE, anyway?" In the first episode of this ongoing series, hosts Leah Lemm and Staci Drouillard explore how Cook County fits into the bigger picture when it comes to racial inequity on the North Shore.