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  • Bill Parker began volunteering for FPR's organization, MIGIZI Communications in late 1978. He came to the Indian community looking for organizations to volunteer for and someone directed him to us. He plowed right in, doing things like carrying sacks of potatoes for a community feast or quietly standing in the back of the room, ready to help. When he found out we would be training college students from the Journalism school at the University of Minnesota in radio skills, Bill said he could teach voice for radio.

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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADO with her guest Mark Trahant as they cover the fast-moving national and regional news in Indian Country.Paulette Jordan announced she is in the running for governor of Idaho. Many other Indians and Alaska Natives are running for public office, including MN State Representative Peggy Flanagan who is running with Tim Walz in a crowded MN gubernatorial campaign field. 
     
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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, January 10,  as she talks with Ron Leith, Anishinabe/Ojibwe-Mdewakanton Dakota First Nation. Ron is the spokesman for the Dakota elders in discussions with the Walker Art Center on the development of an advisory council that will become a permanent part of the Walker organizational infrastructure.
     
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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday November 22, 2017, for a great listen to a previously recorded interview with Eddie Benton Banai, founder of Red School House, educator, and spiritual leader. I talked to Eddie at Lac Courte Oreilles in Wisconsin in 2012.
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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock  on Wednesday, November 15 at 1 pm as she talks with Shirley Sneve and Rebekka Herrera: Executive Director and Assistant Director of Vision Maker Media.The organization and four other independent media makers are funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to represent minority voices in public radio and television.
     
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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock  on Wednesday, November 8 at 1 pm as she talks with Larry Long, an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. Author, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel called Larry “a true American Troubadour.” Larry has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. His work has taken him from rural Alabama to the Lakota communities in South Dakota. He has given musical voice to struggling Midwest farmers, embattled workers, and veterans.
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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 1 pm for the latest in national American Indian politics and news with Shoshone journalist Mark Trahant. When Mark was last on FIRST PERSON RADIO it August we said there was almost too much news streaming over the airwaves but that is even more true for this week. 

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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1 pm to 2 pm,  as she talks with Tiwahe President and CEO Kelly Drummer. Kelly developed the foundation from an earlier iteration as a fund. She brought the assets of the organization forward and made it a community foundation, the first of its kind in the region.
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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock today  as she talks with Jewell Arcoren about the importance of learning tribal languages. Two specialists in teaching the very young native languages: Jewell and Justin Kurta of Wicoie Nandagikendan will talk about teaching very young children. This program, nestled in the middle of busy South Minneapolis teaches Dakota and Ojibwe to children as young as 18 months. The 4-year olds in the classes are prepared for kindergarten, where they have shown to be not only ready for school but also equipped with two languages.
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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday September 27, 2017  at 1 pm Central Time as she talks with Mohawk radio and podcast host John Kane about the latest Indian Country news and what he is hearing in New York State.
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