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Prairie Churches | Hope and Prayer

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Learn about the Viking Lutheran Church in Maddock, North Dakota. Dedicated in 1909 it was at that time the largest Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church between the Twin Cities and Seattle.

Prairie Churches | A Hammer and a Nail, A Shovel and a Pail

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Learn about Father Phillip Ruhe, self-taught architect, who was responsible for the building of over 40 churches, including the elaborate Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception at Cooks Creek, Manitoba, built over 22 years by volunteer hand labor.

Prairie Churches | Expressions of Faith

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Learn about Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain, North Dakota. A montage of northern plains churches illustrates NDSU History Professor Tom Isern’s assertion that we can learn from prairie churches about the people of the plains who built them.

Liberty Minutes | Fight for Statehood

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Listen as Wayne Stenehjem discusses the issues North Dakota confronted in its fight for statehood.

It's All Earth and Sky | Citizenship and Language

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Brian Schweitzer and Al Neuharth talk about their ancestors’ citizenship status, and all five descendants talk of their family’s experiences with the German language. As they adjusted to a new life, the first generation found that learning a new language often proved difficult.

 

Indian Pride | Tribal Relations | Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Edward Thomas, president of the Tlingit and Haida Central Council of Alaska, about tribal relationships with the United States government.

Prairie Places | Powers Reserved to the People

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The power of the people is discussed in terms of the initiative and the referendum. 

It's All Earth and Sky | Introduction to Germans from Russia

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Hear five representative Germans from Russia, Arthur Flegel, Debra Marquart, Al Neuharth, Henry Schmick and Brian Schweitzer, who have all attained success in their lives, share their insights on the process of becoming American. Like many others who have come here, Germans from Russia have suffered, and they have overcome. Since their background and history is as rich in texture as it is in diversity, they serve here as a model of assimilation of other ethnic groups into American society.

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, Government Structure: Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Harold "Gus" Frank, chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi, Wisconsin, about his tribe's governmental history and arrangement.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Grass Roots Populism: MN Farmer-Labor Party 1916-1944

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At the turn of the 20th century, Minnesota's entrenched Republican party was challenged by the most successful radical third-party in American history. From 1918 to 1944, the Farmer-Labor party was strong enough to wrest control of the state's government away from entrenched political parties, profoundly transforming Minnesota's political climate.

Prairie Churches | Lighthouse on the Prairie

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Learn about David Haslekaas and his personal crusade to preserve Hitterdal Lutheran Church, Milton North Dakota, as well as a photographic tour of other beautiful churches in North Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota.

Indian Pride | Tribal Relations | Part 1

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This episode examines the relationship between Native American tribes and the United States federal government. Speakers discuss health care, justice systems, and business opportunities. Also discussed: religious artifacts in museums, gaming on reservations, and sovereignty.

Prairie Churches | Hail and Brimstone

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Listen to stories of building the South Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rothsay, Minnesota, and St. Peter and Paul Church, Strasburg, North Dakota, the latter including a significant hailstorm. Other churches in North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada are also shown.

Indian Pride | Treaties and Sovereignty | Part 1

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This episode of Indian Pride examines some treaties and their impact on our country and Indian nations. JuniKae Randall interviews Melissa Zobel of the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut, John Barret, Chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, Caleen Sisk-Franko, leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California, and Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana.

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