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Fruits of their labor: A farmworker and educator reflects on agriculture in The Dalles and Wasco County

Elda Dorado has worked in fruit tree orchards in The Dalles, OR for more than 30 years. She joins us to talk about what’s changed during her time in agriculture, and how she now helps fellow farmworkers in her current roles as an English Language Learners assistant in the North Wasco County School District and as a bilingual home-school liaison for the local Migrant Education Program.

A decade after Sandy Hook, Jimmy Greene reflects on daughter's joy and grief of catastrophic loss

Jimmy Greene has now lived with grief longer than his daughter lived. "There's a saying in our culture that time heals all wounds," Greene said. "I wouldn't say that's true in my case." Ana Grace Márquez-Greene was one of 20 children and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. "I would say that over time, I've become more familiar with the grief," Greene said. "I'm able to manage it a bit more." He reflected, "Whenever I think of my daughter, I just think of how loving she was, how much joy she carried in her and how much joy she reflected back out to the world."

A Native American Elder Reflects on His Boarding School Experience

In the spring of 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior released an investigation into the systematic physical and emotional abuse and forced assimilation that Native American children suffered at more than 400 boarding schools in the 19th and 20th centuries. According to the federal investigation, the United States operated or supported these schools in 37 states or then-territories. In what is now the state of Oklahoma, there were 76 boarding schools alone — the highest number in the country. One of those schools was Chilocco Indian School, which opened in 1884 and continued the government’s abusive form of instruction until the early 1930s when federal policy reforms introduced some improvements to boarding schools. By the time Chilocco closed in 1980, 18,000 students had attended the school. Eugene Howe (Ponca) graduated from Chilocco in 1950, where he excelled in athletics. He would later talk to his son Dwight fondly about his experience there. From a young age, Dwight Howe (Omaha/Ponca), knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps to attend Chilocco. Here, the younger Howe looks back at his experience at the school as a pivotal one that helped shape his identity — even as he questions whether a different educational experience might have taken him down another path.

From Afghanistan to Austin, One Refugee Student’s Experience

As of February 2022, Texas led the nation in the number of Afghan refugees it had received, a number that exceeded 10,000 at the time. Here, one Austin middle schooler who arrived from Afghanistan in 2021 and has been enrolled in school for a year, shares his experience.

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