Touchstone Finalist: Native Report

Updated: September 24, 2018 06:52 PM

For 13 years now, the Native Report on WDSE has been sharing stories about native people from all over the country. "These are people from within the community making a difference, among themselves, and definitely within their community," explained longtime producer, Michael LeGarde. 

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He's been with Native Report for 11 years. He said it never gets old, because he has the privilege of meeting all of these people, from artists to elders. Along with features, they also touch on the tough stuff, too, like suicide and drug abuse.

"We try and cover as much as possible within 15 episodes," he added.

In fact, this got started after the shooting on the Red Lake Reservation in 2005. Former host Tadd Johnson believed that there needed to be a positive voice out there, sharing about Indian Country.

Lance Haavisto is the principal photographer and editor on the show. "I'm really honored that I'm part of something that conveys a positive message for Native American communities, and helping spread that to all viewers."

Those viewers are limitless. WDSE shares the report with public television stations across the country. And uploading on their website means the whole world can see it.

Haavisto added, "Everyone is coming along on different platforms. We get to disperse these stories, to get the most benefit."

Support from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation helps them go even deeper and find more characters and issues to explore. "I think we all enjoy hearing and seeing our stories from our perspective," LeGarde said.

Because everyone has their own tale to tell. and can help inspire or enlighten their friends and neighbors.

You can catch the 14th season starting in January, on Thursday evenings on WDSE.

The Native Report has been nominated for a Touchstone Award by the DSACF. And the Touchstone Awards are coming up on October 15th at the DECC.

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