The local American Indian media organization Migizi Communications has a significant archive of reel-to-reel audio tapes dating back to the mid-70s. These tapes are from radio shows the organization produced — first broadcast locally and then nationally.
The audio chronicles remarkable moments in modern Native American history, but up until very recently it was largely lost to time.
Just in the past several months, Migizi has started converting the tapes. Melissa Olson is one of the leaders of this project. She spoke with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer about what they’re uncovering.