Prairie Public

Mother Nature in Charge | Construction Boom

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Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, has seen some positives amidst all of the flooding. Construction to build up roads has brought jobs to the area and tourism has increased around the lake as the fishing has improved.

Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Lewis, Clark and the Native People

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During the Lewis and Clark Expedition the Corps of Discovery met many native peoples. As winter was nearing in 1804 Lewis and Clark were traveling northward on the Missouri River toward the Mandan and Hidatsa villages at the confluence of the Knife and Missouri Rivers.

One Shining Moment | Best Teams Ever: Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg, 1996 and 1997

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Watch game clips that show why great ball handling, depth, balance, and size were the hallmark of the 1996 and 1997 Mayville, Portland, Clifford, and Galesburg teams. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches, and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

WWII Prairie Memories | “We Had an Obligation to Protect our Country”

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Students will comprehend interviews with Sailor and Former Governor William L. Guy, Fargo; Marine Arthur Olien, Oakes, ND; Canadian Air Forceman Alex Godkin, Morris, MB; Navy pilot Stewart Bass and Army Captain Thomas McMahon, both of Fargo, ND; and Canadian sailor Colin McKenzie, Winnipeg, MB.

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.

It's All Earth and Sky | The Traits of Germans from Russia

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Frugal, yet generous, hard working, stubborn, family oriented, and entrepreneurial are some of the characteristics given to describe Germans from Russia. 

“It’s all earth and sky!” was the reaction of one German-Russian immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Upper Midwest. Like many others who came to the region seeking a land of promise and opportunity, she and her family endured – and prevailed – on this rich, expansive landscape. Immigration implies departure, as well as arrival. Transport from one country to another may mean deportation; it inescapably includes exile whether voluntary or forced, and brings disruption to families in the old country and in the new. Immigrants require courage and fortitude, even when they are weak and poor. 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 assimil

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, Economic Development: Part 2

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JuniKae Randall conducts an interview with Lance Morgan, President/CEA of Ho Chunk, Inc. in Nebraska, and a member of the Winnebago tribe, about the impact of casinos and other gaming establishments on reservation economies and culture.

It's All Earth and Sky | Agriculture and Traditions

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Arthur Flegel tells of turkey red wheat, which created the Bread Basket of the World in the upper Plains, even with dry land farming. The homestead living arrangement versus the European village with outlying fields system was a difficult adjustment.

 

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.

Indian Pride, Gaming: Part 1

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Economic opportunities and other issues of Indian gaming are examined, featuring commentary by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Montana; Joel Frank, Seminole Tribe of Florida; Harold "Gus" Frank, chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi, Wisconsin; Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

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