Fundraiser started for North Dakota Indigenous communities amid pandemic

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, but some are feeling the impact more than others. Broken infrastructure, chronic disease and limited health care are just some of the issues that have long faced Native communities. Adding a pandemic into the mix means those who were already vulnerable become even more so. “Even early on…

Leaders Speak Out: Savanna’s Act Unanimously Passed in the Senate, Stopped in the House

The legislation is designed to improve access to crime databases and reporting missing and murdered Native Americans

FARGO, N.D. — Just weeks after Savanna Greywind was abducted and tragically killed, Savanna’s Act was introduced to the senate. Just last week it was unanimously passed, and now it’s come to a halt in the House. Just over a year after being introduced to the Senate, Democrat and Republican senators are agreeing; they want Savanna’s Act to pass. “It…

How Supreme Court Decision is Affecting Voter Rights for Native Americans Living on Reservations

After moving through the Supreme Court, all people living in the state must have a street address on their ID, but many living on Native American reservations have a P.O. box

FARGO, N.D. — The Supreme Court decides not to overturn a law in North Dakota requiring people to show a current street address on their ID in order to vote. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen tells us how many Native Americans feel their rights as citizens have been violated because of this decision. “When you talk about the freedoms of everybody, I…

Students Celebrating their Home Countries During International Week

They had a chance to talk about where they are from, speak some of their native language and talk about the importance of coming together at NDSU

FARGO, ND — International week has officially kicked off at NDSU and students from all over the world are celebrating their home country and culture. Students walked around Memorial Union carrying their nation’s flags and some dressed in traditional wear. They had a chance to talk about where they are from, speak some of their native language and talk about…

Fargo-Native Grammy Winner Set For Performance at Fargo Theatre

Jonny Lang will perform at the Fargo Theatre on June 28

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo boy who made it big and won a Grammy is returning home. Jonny Lang will appear at Fargo Theatre on Thursday, June 28. The 36–year–old was born in Fargo and had his first million–selling record at the age of 15. He is known as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation….

Stopping the Increase of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

The Native American community in Fargo lost one of their own this year and many other women are stilling missing throughout North Dakota

FARGO, ND — The Native American community in Fargo lost one of their own this year and many other women are stilling missing throughout North Dakota. The community is trying to stop the increase of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The rate of violent crime for Native Americans is twice the national average. “It’s really happening right here in Fargo….

President Trump Appoints New Member to Sen. Heitkamp’s Commission on Native Children

The commission was created to find strategies to help Native American Children overcome poverty, substance abuse and domestic violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she wants Native American children to be given every opportunity to succeed, regardless of the odds stacked against them. President Trump has appointed another member of the Commission on Native Children, which was created by Heitkamp’s bipartisan bill that became law last October. The commission was created to find strategies to…

Week of Events Celebrating Native American Culture

Library staff felt the first culture in America more than deserved this attention

FARGO, ND — An entire weeklong celebration of Native-American culture is underway at the Fargo Public Library. People eager to learn stopped by the community room to make art and hear Bob Shimok talk about the White Earth land recovery project. The library will have movie screenings about wild rice harvesting in Minnesota and about Native-American Vietnam veterans on Tuesday…

Native American Tribes Came to MSUM for a Powwow

Friends and family came together for the 28th annual powwow

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Drums were booming throughout MSUM for the 28th annual Celebration of the Woodlands and High Plains Traditional Powwow. The powwow was setup for a time to celebrate and renew friendship. They’re also celebrating the educational experiences of American Indian higher education and the sharing of tribal cultures in the F-M area. The event featured many styles of…