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WWII Prairie Memories | At Home in the Classroom, in the Air and on the Ground

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Probe wartime experiences as related by country schoolteacher Dorothy Bork, Moorhead, MN; Canadian army cook Jack Naturkach, Winnipeg, MB; Erwin Johnson, Army Corps of Engineers, Hawley, MN;, Air Corps pilot Richard Baron, Mandan, ND; and Melvin Bork, US Army, Moorhead, MN. 

World War II veterans are extraordinary; their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

Indian Pride | Treaties and Sovereignty | Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews John Echohawk, the executive director of the Native American Rights Fund, about the unique relationship between tribes and the federal government, including treaties and tribal sovereignty. EchoHawk explains treaties, and discusses the rights of sovereign nations regarding the practice of making treaties from first contact in1492 to adoption in the US constitution in 1787. He speaks about the use of interpretors, the difficulty of the process resulting in fairly brief documents.

Liberty Minutes| Jefferson on Liberty

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Learn about the meaning of liberty according to President Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay Jenkinson.

Indian Pride | Historical Overview | Part 3

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Herbert Jim of the Seminole Tribe of Florida tells a story about how the alligator got the bumps on his back and why it likes to live in streams.

Indian Pride | Advocacy | Part 4

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Viola Brooks of the Hoopa Valley Tribe of California sings traditional music and explains her choice of instruments and jewelry. 

Indian Pride | Culture, Traditions, and Celebrations | Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Dr. Richard West, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, which includes materials about 562 different American Indian tribes.

Indian Pride | Advocacy | Part 2

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In an interview with Joe Garcia, governor of Ohkay Owingeh and president of the National Congress of American Indians, JuniKae Randall asks questions about the history of the Congress, how the organization managed to be inclusive of all Indian tribes, and the organization's goals for the future. 

Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation | Part 7

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Fort Buford had colorful leaders. William Hazen served on the southern plains until he was ordered to Fort Buford. Hazen’s opinionated letters provide an interesting look at Fort Buford life.  The fort’s cemetery is also explored in this clip showing causes of death marked on the graves of the soldiers and other people buried there. 

Lewis and Clark Pathways | Lewis, Clark and the Mandan People

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Lewis and Clark befriended the Mandan Indians and spent a winter with them in North Dakota. They traded with the Mandan to secure food for themselves. Lewis and Clark’s team included a blacksmith who was able to make tools, weapons and do repairs.  Ultimately, so they could have enough food, Lewis and Clark agreed to make battle axes for the Mandan with the agreement that they would not use them in battle.

Lewis and Clark Pathways | Fort Union

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Fort Union was a fur trading post along the Missouri River in what is now western North Dakota. European settlers and Native Americans both came and traded at this post with Its whitewashed walls seen for miles across the prairie. The river served as the transportation artery for the fort, whose daily life is now explained by living historians.

Prairie Places | "Lucky" Dick Grace

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From his time in the U.S. Navy to his time spent as a stunt man, the video follows the life of "Lucky" Dick Grace and his accomplishments. 

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota | Indian Division

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Native Americans were especially hit by the Depression. Because many tribal members did not qualify for the CCC program,  a separate division was established.

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota | Interstate Park

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Learn how Civilian Conservation Corps developed Interstate Park between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota | Camp Rabideau

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Rather than create a CCC bureaucracy, Roosevelt assigned management of day-to-day life at the camps to the Army.

Built on Agriculture - Selkirk Settlers | Scottish Highland Clearances

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Learn about the Selkirk Settlers who came to Manitoba from the north of Scotland. They were tenant farmers there, who were being displaced by their landlord, the Countess of Sutherland, in favour of sheep farming. The families were led by Lord Selkirk, a Scottish nobleman, who purchased a large area of land from Hudson's Bay Company.

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