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Liberty Minutes | Fight for Statehood

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

Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation | Part 2

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The U.S. Army hired single women to become “laundresses” at the military forts in the West. These women were considered part of the army and lived on the fort. Soldiers would court laundresses and together they would have social events.  Officers’ wives and children could also live at the fort.

Germans from Russia in South America | Farms

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Germans from Russia living in community of Witmarsum in Brazil moved away from its first location to find land more suitable for farming wheat. Juan Hippener tells about the farm that was started by his grandfather.

WWII Prairie Memories | Pilots and Presenting Arms

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Students will examine the experiences of Donald Cook, RCAF pilot, Emerson, MB; Noble Peterson, Air Corps pilot, Lemmon, SD; and U.S. Marine Dale Svingen, Fargo, ND as they share their stories in the air and in the occupation forces of World War II.

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.

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.

Indian Pride | Advocacy | Part 3

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In this storyteller's segment, Kevin Locke of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota tells the story of a man searching for a free meal who tries to trick a group of ducks into being his dinner. 

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.

Indian Pride | Spirituality | Part 1

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Dr. William LoneFight, Sisseton Wahpeton College, SD, talks about how Native Americans relate to their ancestors. Hollis Chough of Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, discusses how Native American traditions relate to spirituality. Pat Leading Fox of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma describes a belief in Christianity. Michael Marchand, Chairman of the Colville Tribe of Washington, believes a purpose of life is to teach others how to respect the Earth.

Jefferson on Lewis and Clark | Part 2

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Clay Jenkinson, a scholar of the humanities and author, portrays Thomas Jefferson.                                                   

In this clip Mr. Jefferson answers an audience question about his plans for the West, the Louisiana Purchase, and relationships with native tribes.

Indian Pride, Gaming: Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Philip Hogen, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, about how Indian gaming affects local and statewide communities.

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