Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America

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Visit the national CHASING THE DREAM web site here.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

 

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Tribal College Role in Lifting Native People from Poverty

Cankdeska Cikana Community College is located on the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation in Fort Totten, North Dakota, south of the city of Devils Lake. As part of our Chasing the Dream series, Prairie Public’s Danielle Webster spoke with college president Dr. Cynthia Lindquist about the tribal colleges’ role in lifting Native Americans out of poverty. (photo, D. Webster)
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Jamie Holding Eagle works a garden.

Jamie Holding Eagle works a garden.

Chasing the Dream — Jamie Holding Eagle

Poverty is the type of problem that has numerous causes and consequences, and needs a multi-pronged approach for solutions. In poverty-stricken areas, access to affordable, healthy food is a major issue – one that goes on to cause more issues, like diabetes from a chronic consumption of unhealthy food.  Jamie Holding Eagle studies public health. She’s in a master’s degree program at NDSU. She’s particularly interested in food, and the barriers to healthy food.  She works to grow ancestral food – the traditional food of America’s indigenous peoples – and to educate people who didn’t grow up eating that way on how to prepare it. (Photo: NDSU University Relations)
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Chasing the Dream — Scott Davis

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Scott Davis

The director of North Dakota’s Indian Affairs Commission says he believes the poverty rate among Native Americans in North Dakota is dropping.  And he shares that he and his wife were once on welfare.
As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports in our series, “Chasing the Dream,” Scott Davis attributes that to education.

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Dr. Donald Warne

Dr. Donald Warne

The American Dream takes many forms. It can include things like cars and houses, or being happy and healthy. No matter how you define success, behind it is the belief that we can have it all through hard work.

In North and South Dakota, poverty hits the Native-American population much harder than it does whites. Prairie Public’s Ashley Thornberg explores the causes and one woman’s attempt to help.  She talks with Dr. Donald Warne and Jamie Holding Eagle.

 

 


Chasing the Dream — Casinos and Opportunity

Prairie Knights Casino on the Standing Rock Reservation

Prairie Knights Casino on the Standing Rock Reservation

Casinos have a reputation of glitz and money.  Maybe not if your casino is out in the middle of the prairie, far from population centers, as North Dakota’s reservation casinos are.  But it can still, it seems, add something.  Experts, Indian and not, talk about how they work.

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Chasing the Dream — Joe Donnell

In North Dakota, poverty hits counties with Indian reservations far harder than most of the rest of the state. Joe Donnell is the executive director of Warriors Circle, an organization working to build leadership skills among Native American men.  More…


Chasing the Dream — Dr. Donald Warne

[This is the full interview, which is excerpted in other stories.] The word poverty tends to bring to mind money, or more accurately, the lack of it. That’s certainly a major component, but it’s far from the whole picture.

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Dr. Donald Warne

Ashley Thornberg and Bill Thomas met with Dr. Donald Warne. The Oglala Lakota man comes from a long line of traditional healers. He’s Chair of the Department of Public health at NDSU. He studied at Stanford and Harvard, focusing much of his research on chronic health conditions, like diabetes. He’s also authored papers on historical trauma, the collective impact of mass trauma, like genocide. The consequences of historical trauma can last for generations.    More…


Chasing the Dream — Steven Light and Kathryn Rand on Indian Gaming in North Dakota and the US

Kathryn Rand and Steven Light

Kathryn Rand and Steven Light, Co-Directors of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota talk about how Tribal Gaming works, how it helps, and the limits of what it can do.  More…

Visit the national CHASING THE DREAM web site here.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

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