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Stateside: Big Ten cancels football; Indigenous reporters in MI newsrooms; rural schools’ plans

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12 of the 14 schools in the Big Ten have reportedly voted against moving forward with the upcoming college football season.

Today on Stateside, were you planning on socially distanced tailgating this fall? Bad news: the Big Ten has reportedly voted against going forward with the college football season. We talked to sports reporter Chris Solari about what we know so far. Plus, we've got a conversation with an Escanaba teacher about the unique challenges rural schools face when it comes to online instruction this fall.

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The Big Ten is reportedly canceling football for the fall

Stateside’s conversation with Chris Solari

  • Chris Solari is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. 

Few Indigenous people see themselves represented in the news. A new project hopes to change that.

Stateside's conversation with Sierra Clark, Meghan Gupta, and Kaye LaFond

  • Sierra Clark is Odawa-Ojibwe, and a reporter at the Traverse City Record Eagle with the Mishigamiing Project.
  • Meghanlata Gupta is Ojibwe from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and founder of Indigenizing the News.
  • Kaye LaFond is a data journalist and Report for America fellow at the Traverse City Record Eagle.

Rural schools face some unique challenges in figuring out how to teach during COVID

Stateside’s conversation with Gina Pepin

  • Gina Pepin is a teacher and reading specialist in the Escanaba Area Schools.

“I’ll start my 28th year teaching in a few weeks. But will I survive it?”

Keith Kindred’s essay

  • Keith Kindred is a social studies teacher in South Lyon. 
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