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MN Reads: "Animals of Turtle Island" by Tara Perron, illustrated by Jacqueline Paske Gill

While Indigenous children in Minnesota learn plenty of English language, most don't have a lot of chances to learn the languages of the people who were here first.

Author Tara Perron is Dakota and Ojibwe. She says it's important to remember that not only is "Minnesota" a Dakota word, it, along with Ojibwe, are the languages this land and its animals heard first.

Which is why her new book, Animals of Turtle Island, is available in two editions: one Dakota and English, the other Ojibwe and English.

And it gives non-Native people  a sacred way to connect with this land and the animals who also call it home.

Animals of Turtle Island is available in two editions from Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing.

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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