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COVID-19 is all around us; travel is still a risk

By Lee Egerstrom Health officials are worried that the COVID-19 pandemic is picking up speed as the fall season arrives with 28 states now reporting...

A quick community-based COVID-19 Public Health Survey is coming your way

By Lee Egerstrom The Minnesota Department of Health has launched a deeper look at how COVID-19 is impacting different communities in Minnesota to give health...

Task Force for MMIW created

By Hannah Broadbent In November 2019, The Trump Administration launched the Executive Order on Establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and...

Fire, civil unrest and COVID-19 slows but doesn’t stop Migizi

By Lee Egerstrom When tornado warnings sounded across parts of Hennepin County west and north of Minneapolis in mid-August, Kelly Drummer heard the roar of...

Twin Cities Native Americans’ safety net is short on revenues

By Tiffany Bui/MinnPost Without the same funding as tribal nations, many organizations that serve Native Americans in the cities are facing a revenue shortfall. Five days...

COVID-19 puts powwow season on pause — and online

By Dan Gunderson/MPR News When Labor Day weekend rolls around this year, Brenda Child (Red Lake Ojibwe) will miss an event that’s been a part...

Education advisor Mary Beth Elhardt on Indian education

By Brad Hagen I handed tobacco to Mary Beth Elhardt, a Cherokee woman who is an elder, mentor, and educator. “Thank you for letting me...

Verna Volker: Leading By Example With Native Women Running

By Dan Ninham Verna Volker is from the Navajo Nation. “My clans are Tódích'íi'nii (Bitterwater) nishlíi, Hashtl'ishnii (Mud People) bashishchiin,  Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle) dashicheii, and Tó'...

Political Matters – September 2020

By Mordecai Specktor Minneapolis erupts, again On Aug. 26, rumors started flying around about the cops shooting a Black man on the Nicollet Mall. In reality,...

Children’s books teach, entertain and inspire

Review by Deborah Locke “The First Fire: a Cherokee Story” is a children’s picture book about the introduction of fire to the animals of the...

Why AIM started the Heart of the Earth Survival School

By Jon Lurie/MinnPost In 1970, the American Indian Movement (AIM) declared its intention to open a school for Native youth living in Minneapolis. AIM had...

Activist charged in toppling of Minnesota Columbus statue

By Marianne Combs/AP A Minnesota prosecutor charged an Indigenous activist with a felony in August in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on state...

McKnight Foundation names Rendon Distinguished Artist of the year

By Marianne Combs/MPR News The McKnight Foundation has chosen author Marcie Rendon to receive its 2020 Distinguished Artist Award. The annual award recognizes a Minnesota...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – September 2020

By Ricey Wild My personal thing is I can find humor in anything. Especially my own trials and tribulations. But now? No. I apologize if...

COVID has everyone pondering where, and how, to start school

By Lee Egerstrom Most Minnesota public school districts have explained to parents and students how they plan to start the new school year in September...

Minnesota guidance for re-opening, starting businesses to counter Native unemployment

By Lee Egerstrom There has been a partial recovery from the massive unemployment that followed the closing of businesses and industries this spring when the...

White Earth Tribe to vote on Medical Marijuana

By Winona LaDuke On August l8 the White Earth Tribe will have an election. There are two things on the ballot – the District Three...

A family death can be fatal blow for Native higher education

By Lee Egerstrom A study conducted at the University of Minnesota finds that students of color, and especially Native American students, are far less likely...

Native Vote 2020: The Primaries and Tribal Elections

By Winona LaDuke I don’t actually have a dog in this fight, I am technically a member of the Green Party, not a Democrat or...

Minnesotans cheer Washington team’s name change

By Nina Moini / MRP News Outside the American Indian Center in Minneapolis on July 13, Clyde Bellecourt leaned on his walker as he watched...