The “For Eagles to be Crows” programs were aired on KDSU in 1973. Later the programs were aired on radio stations in Minnesota, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and North Dakota. The programs were intended to facilitate interracial understanding and allow the Native American people of North Dakota the opportunity to speak about their past, their future, and what is important to them from their own point of view. The programs are divided into three sections, the first sections contains the heritage of the Native American people on the Fort Berthold, Fort Totten, Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain Reservations. The second section contains an overview of federal agency program trends and policies, and the third section contains a discussion of problems experienced by the Native American people.
The producer of the project was Sharon Cobb, associate producer was JoAnn Logan. The narrator was John L. Tipton, program manager of KDSU. Other assistants were Mary Metzger and John Hetland. KDSU received the American Bar Association’s Certificate of Merit in the Gavel Awards Competition in 1974 for the series.
The title was taken from a quote by Sitting Bull in 1876, “If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man He would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans. In my heart he put other and different desires. Each man is good in his sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.”
Work on this collection was completed by Rebecca Keightley as part of her internship with Sociology and Anthropology.