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Reindeer Connections: Sami and Alaska Native people connected through reindeer ... and more

Frank H. Nowell/Frank H. Nowell Photographs of Alaska

In the late 1890s, Sheldon Jackson had a well-intentioned idea: he would bring nearly 1300 reindeer and some Sami herders to teach the Native Alaskans how to care for and use the animals to provide a measure of food security.

Over 120 years later, there are still descendants of those Siberian reindeer in Alaska, and Sami and Native people have surprisingly similar stories of colonization.

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Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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