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MPR News Comes to UMN Morris

Morris students wearing honor quilts
Author: 
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
April 23, 2018

On Wednesday, April 11, a Minnesota Public Radio crew traveled to Morris to hear and record stories about the experiences of Native students on our campus. Parts of the conversation were aired as an hourlong radio program on Monday, April 23. Tune in at mprnews.org.

According to executive producer Kate Moos, MPR's "commitment to the students who so generously shared themselves is to produce an hour of radio that amplifies and accurately reflects their voices."

Students who participated in the recording shared heartfelt and powerful stories that had the room crying and laughing.

Topics include:

  • The benefits of a liberal arts education and experiential learning opportunities
  • The significance of receiving a college education for themselves and their communities
  • How historical trauma impacts their world view today
  • A message to Minnesota: Native American peoples are not extinct and do not fit the stereotypical image that is presented in popular media today
  • Contemporary Native peoples come from varying backgrounds and experiences
  • Native people and communities are resilient