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President Obama Visits the Standing Rock Reservation | Medicine Woman

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The tribal chairman invited the president and first lady to come see for themselves. It was an historic visit—only the fourth time in American history that a sitting president has visited an Indian reservation. But what the pictures don’t show are the private moments, as Lakota children shared stories of friends and family lost to drugs, violence, and suicide.

Holistic Medicine | Medicine Woman

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A Navajo medicine woman, Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord writes, heals with songs, herbs, sand painting, and ceremonies held by firelight in the deep of winter. She believes that everything in life is connected—humans, spirits and nature. She treats the whole person, not just the illness. Dr. Arviso practices hozho, a Navajo word meaning living in harmony and balance.

Crossing Bridges | Medicine Woman

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A common thread weaving together the lives of these Native American women doctors in Medicine Woman is that each woman had to build many bridges or cross many barriers to achieve success. They were women in a male-dominated world.  They were Native Women in a non-native culture. And they carried their traditional healing ways into the western medical model. 

Rare Nebraska Featuring the Loess Canyon

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As a companion to NET’s The PlainStory podcast, NET has produced a set of immersive, experiential videos designed to give viewers a taste of rare Nebraskan habitats via 360 video and audio. We recommend viewing these using the Chrome browser and using headphones to get the full audio effect. We also recommend checking out The PlainStory podcast at plainstorypodcast.org, or wherever great podcasts are downloaded.

Susan La Flesche Graduates from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania | Medicine Woman

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Susan La Flesche graduates from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania at the head of her class. She’s the first Native American to become a medical doctor at a time in history when even the most privileged white woman faced an uphill battle.

Dedication of the Susan Picotte Hospital & the Death of Dr. Picotte | Medicine Woman

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For many years, Doctor Picotte had dreamed of building her own hospital—a place of healing in the heart of her community. That hospital was finally built and dedicated in 1913. Two years after the hospital opened Doctor Susan La Flesche Picotte died at home in Walthill.

 

Coming Home | Medicine Woman

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“She was the ultimate home girl. She was from here, she knew the language, she knew the culture, she knew the relationships and that’s what carried her. She was one of us.”


Each of the women featured in the film felt the call to bring their training and their skills back home to their people and to integrate modern medicine into the more traditional ways of their people.

Rare Nebraska Featuring the Indian Caves State Park

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As a companion to NET’s The PlainStory podcast, NET has produced a set of immersive, experiential videos designed to give viewers a taste of rare Nebraskan habitats via 360 video and audio. We recommend viewing these using the Chrome browser and using headphones to get the full audio effect. We also recommend checking out The PlainStory podcast at plainstorypodcast.org, or wherever great podcasts are downloaded.

Rare Nebraska Featuring the Rainwater Basin

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As a companion to NET’s The PlainStory podcast, NET has produced a set of immersive, experiential videos designed to give viewers a taste of rare Nebraskan habitats via 360 video and audio. We recommend viewing these using the Chrome browser and using headphones to get the full audio effect. We also recommend checking out The PlainStory podcast at plainstorypodcast.org, or wherever great podcasts are downloaded.

Prairie Fire: Controlling Invasive Species

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In the Sandhills of Nebraska, rancher Adam Switzer respects fire. It’s one of his most important tools for controlling invasive species like the eastern red cedar, which steals precious water away from the grasses used to feed his cattle. Ride along with Adam and his crew as they execute a controlled burn on his land in preparation for the grazing season.

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