Prairie Public

Altered Lives: Stories From the Medina Tragedy | The Children

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Learn how the shootout in Medina, North Dakota, on February 13, 1983, affected the children of the families involved.

Wetlands: The Drain Game | Unintended Consequences

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When neighbors drain wetlands it effects everyone with flooding and other issues. They must be held accountable through legislation and incentives or economic devastation will happen in Manitoba.

Nature in the Balance | CO2 Sequestration | Geologic CO2 Sequestration

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Learn how geologic CO2 sequestration works.

Carbon and Energy: Dan Daly Presentation, Part 2 | PCOR EERC

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Learn about the correlation between energy consumption and our carbon footprint. Dan Daly of the Energy and Environmental Research Center gives this presentation about how human energy consumption has changed over time. In this series we explore the use of our energy, the relation of energy use and carbon footprint in today's world, how we might break the link between energy and carbon emissions and finally, one strategy being investigated to reduce carbon footprint, carbon capture and storage. This is Part 2 of a four part presentation series from the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership.

America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure | Our Least Appreciated and Most Threatened Biome

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In spite of being described as a “jewel, a national treasure,” America’s Northern Plains grasslands are being threatened by increasing pressures of agriculture. The area’s subtle beauty and ecological diversity and significance have not prevented large tracts of prairie from being cultivated for crops necessary to feed the nation. The key is finding the delicate balance between protecting what remains of original grasslands to preserve the ecological benefits they provide for wildlife, as well as clean air and water, and growing the crops that produce food for people all around the world.

Indian Pride | Historical Overview | Part 2

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JuniKae Randall, host of Indian Pride, interviews Dr. Duane Champagne, who serves on the faculty advisory committee of UCLA's Native Nations Law and Policy Center and is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota. The interview covers a timeline that explains American Indian governance and relationship structures based on sacred creation stories before Christopher Columbus, through early interactions and treaty development between American Indians and the colonial and American governments, civil rights movements, to current self determination efforts.

Lewis and Clark Pathways | Earth Lodges

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Gardening was central to Mandan life, as were their large earthen lodges.  Imposing dwellings of cottonwood and sod, the lodges housed an extended family and horses. As part of the matriarchal Mandan society, each woman built and maintained her lodge, into which her new husband moved after marriage.

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota | Itasca State Park

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Itasca State Park was one of the first forest camps in Minnesota to receive a company of Civilian Conservation Corps enrolees.

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.

Germans from Russia in South America | Difficulties in the "Jungle"

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When the first settlers arrive in South America between 1877 and 1878, they found the environment unfamiliar to what they experienced in Russia.

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