Chasing the Dream

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.

Chasing the Dream -- Casinos and Opportunity

Jun 30, 2016
ND Tourism

All the North Dakota reservations, and many nationwide, have their casino.  It might even have a golf course, a filling station and a restaurant.  Or not.  Scott Davis, Director of the North Dakota Native American Commission, David Archambault II, Chair of the Standing Rock Sioux, and 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. 

Chasing the Dream -- Scott Davis

Jun 27, 2016

The Director of North Dakota’s Indian Affairs Commission says he believes the poverty rate among Native Americans in North Dakota is dropping.

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports in our series, “Chasing the Dream,” Scott Davis attributes that to education.

Davis says tribal colleges have really stepped up, when it comes to workforce training.

“Whether it’s a certificate in truck driving, welding, energy-related, if you want to say that,” Davis said.

But Davis says it goes beyond workforce training.

NDSU University Relations

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. 

 

Ashley:

D. Webster

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 college's role in lifting Native Americans out of poverty.

Funding for Chasing the Dream comes from the JPB Foundation and the Ford Foundation, with additional funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Danielle:

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.

Today, we hear his personal story of overcoming abuse, and how it relates to the larger picture of how cycles of abuse often happen in poverty-stricken areas.