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October Calendar
Tuesday, October 11 2016
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Oct. 4 - Nov. 8
Let’s Get Cookin’

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis will be hosting a weekly, family-based nutrition education and cooking class series “Let’s Get Cookin”. For adults, children, parents, family members, and family friends interested in an interactive program that is focused on nutrition, health, physical activity, and cooking. To better help families in our community understand the importance of healthy eating and getting regular physical activity. Dinner will be provided for all participants. Program runs every Tuesday from October 4 to November 8, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Held at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 E. 24th St., Minneapolis (3rd Floor Assembly Rooms). For more info, call Chelsea Moyle at 612-721-9860.

Oct. 4
Fall Fundraiser for WON

The Women of Nations’ fundraiser will offer dinner, cultural performances, silent auction and cork draw. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the shelter programs and services provided to families escaping domestic violence. 6-8 pm at the Summit Brewery Ratskellar Community, 810 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN. For more info, email Della at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Employment Services Information Sessions

AIOIC and TAKODA Institute offer  Employment Services Information Sessions, which are held every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am. Free career training and job placement services. AIOIC,1845 East Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, call 612-341-3358 or see:

Oct. 6
Interview Skills Workshop

You worked hard at writing an effective resume to capture the attention of the employer and you have been invited for an interview! Now what? Takoda Institute would like to invite you for an Interview Skills Workshop. The Interview Skills Workshop has been designed to give you an opportunity to practice interviewing and brainstorming answers to frequently asked questions. 2 - 4 pm, in room 7 at AIOIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. Call 612-341-3358 to register.

Oct. 6 - 7
White Earth Tribal IDs

WEUCC luncheon fundraiser will be held 11 am to 3 pm on Oct. 6th. Wild rice, deer tags, and White Earth logo clothing sale will be held Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm; and Friday, 9 am to 11:45 am. MN Chippewa Tribe Building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. For more info, call 612-872-8388.

Oct. 6, 15, 20
Catalyst for a Community Quilting Bee

We are creating a series of 84 hand sewn quilts. When completed, the quilts will be laid outdoors for an all night performance filled with dance, storytelling and stargazing! We provide all materials as well as beverages and snacks. We will be holding Saturday morning Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery and Thursday evening Quilting Bees at Studio 207 at The Ivy Building.  Quilting Bees at Two Rivers Gallery (1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis) from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturdays: October 15, November 12 and December 10. Quilting Bees at The Ivy Arts Building (2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, Studio #207) from 6-8 pm on Thursdays. October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17 and December 1 & 15. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions. For more information on the project please visit

Oct. 7, 10
Oyate Hotatin Announces Indigenous Day 2016

Rob “Rez Reporter” Fairbanks and Tonia Jo Hall aka “Auntie Beachress” will be hosting Oyate Hotanin’s 3rd annual Indigenous Day Celebration, two evenings of comedy, music and poetry. The evenings features Native talent with: Nick Metclaf, columnist and spoken word artist; Leah Lemmpire, Singer/Songwriter and Poet; Corey Medina, Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter; and Johnny Smith, Guitarist/Singer. Performances will be held at Pangea World Theater, 711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis. 7:30 pm each evening. Tickets are $10.
• Oct. 7: How to Become a Rez Reporter: Youth workshop with Robert Fairbanks, location and time TBA.
• Oct. 10: They Can’t Take Away Our DreamsL Join a small talking circle and presentation exploring mass incarceration as a continuation of historic disruption and trauma in Native country, with a music video by Dakota Spoken word artist Tom LaBlanc and an exhibition of ledger style art by Quinton Maldonado. Noon – 1:30 pm.

Oct. 8
Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone's Bone Hill: The Concert. The Native American singer-songwriter takes an autobiographical look at American identity using a dozen-strong musical cast to portray four generations of a family living in the Appalachian Mountains. Ranging from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass and blues, country, gospel, jazz, Rock & Roll, R & B, and funk, the styles featured in this performance are as diverse as the people who inspired it. Tickets $27 - $32. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., Saint Paul, MN. For info and tickets see:

Oct. 10
Day with the Sioux Chef

Indigenous People’s Day with the Sioux. Enjoy tasting and conversation with food and drink purveyors whose products celebrate Native foods and techniques, and listen to music. And view displays of historic and contemporary objects related to indigenous food preparation.  6 - 9 pm. $25/$20 MNHS members.  Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. For info call 651-259-3015 or see:

Oct. 10
Indigenous People's Day Celebration

Saint Paul's inaugural Indigenous People's Day Celebration and Parade! Last year the City of Saint Paul declared Oct 10th, formerly recognized as Columbus Day, as Indigenous People's Day. Gather at the American Indian Magnet School field at 10 am to get in line with your parade float (or walking group). Parade starts at 11 am, walking to Mounds Park via 3rd and Earl Streets. Program and lunch at Mounds Park from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. The theme this year is: WATER IS LIFE! We invite your organization to create a parade float based on this theme (i.e. matching shirts, signs, props, banners, etc). There will be a chance to bring home a 1st Place trophy for your organization. RSVP your float or for info contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 651-793-1795.

Oct. 11 – Nov. 5
Skin(s) Exhibit

The Skin(s) exhibit, on view at Intermedia Arts, is a showcase of artworks by Minnesotans who express multi-dimensional identities from Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo, and other indigenous nations. Featuring the work of Hilary Abe, Carolyn Lee Anderson, James Autio, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Aza Erdrich, Marlena Myles, Jonathan Thunder, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Dyani White Hawk and Marne Zafar. Curated by Heid E. Erdrich, these paintings, prints, sculptures, and films reveal the power and diversity of urban Native artists. Opening reception will be held October 21st at 6:30 pm. Exhibit cost: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested. All proceeds support visual arts programming at Intermedia Arts. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, see:

Oct. 11
Wicoie Nandagikendan Fundraiser

Wicoie Nandagikendan will host a fundraiser breakfast. Guest speaker include Diane Wilson, David O'Fallon, and children from the language program will be singing. Wicoie Nandagikendans mission is “To advance Minnesota’s indigenous languages through intergenerational mentoring and immersion strategies in order to nurture a quality and culturally sensitive early childhood education”. Takes place 8 am to 9 am at All Nations Church, 1515 E 23rd St., Minneapolis.

Oct. 12
Birchbark Books Reading

Authors Linda LeGarde Grover, Leslie Matton-Flynn, Venessa Fuentes, and James Bettendorf will be reading from their works. Linda LeGarde Grover, professor in the UMD Department of American Indian Studies, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her research into the effects of educational institutions and policies upon American Indian families and communities has resulted in articles, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Her book The Dance Boots has received the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers 2015 Fiction Award. Her poetry chapbook THE.INDIAN.AT.INDIAN.SCHOOL was published by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Sequoyah Research Center. Newly published is The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, which received the Red Mountain Press Editor's Award. Event curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina. 7:00 p.m. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, call see or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 13
Native American College Fair

Speak with representatives from a variety of post-secondary institutions, job training and community programs, and learn about college life, courses, ad-mission & financial aid requirements. We will have a light, healthy meal for the first 300 attendees. We will also have a cultural demonstration, musical performance, and lots of door prizes. 4 - 7 pm. Schedule: 3:15 - 4:00 Lacrosse Demo, 4:00 - 7:00 College Fair, 5:00 - 6:00 Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 Entertainment. East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN.

Oct. 15
MPS Native students

Spend an afternoon with MPS Native students & families. Student activities: paper canoe art, mini lacrosse clinic, paper dreamcatchers, native foods taste test. Parent Ggathering: Indian Education Info, Memorandum of Agreement update, Jeopardy! game, MDE Update Every Student Succeeds Act. A light lunch will be provided. Door prizes. 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Mpls American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin, Mpls. For more info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612-668-0612 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 18
Register to vote

Register to vote by October 18 to save time on Election Day. Absentee voting: vote by mail or in person Sept. 23 through Nov. 7. For more info, see:

Oct. 19 (deadline)
Laura Jane Musser Fund

The Laura Jane Musser Fund will be accepting proposals of up to $25,000 for their Intercultural Harmony grant round. The fund will assist public and not-for-profit entities from CO, HI, MI, MN, and WY to plan or implement projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds. Applications will be accepted online through the fund’s website through Oct.19. For info, see 

Oct. 21
Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium

The 7th Annual Tobacco Prevention and Wellness Symposium will have a day full of health and wellness education that youth can take with them to become community advocates. The symposium is for youth ages 12 to 18; however, parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Activities include fun physical fitness contests with prizes, symposium drawing with incredible prizes, string packs with t-shirts and gifts for all who attend, and great food. The day will end with a powwow designed to cherish the young people with more give-aways! Workshop presenters and two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie will give the Keynote Address. Hosted by Ain Dah Yung. Symposium takes place 9 am to 5 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown St. Paul. For info, contact Sheri Riemers at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-227-4184, ext.14. Or June Blue at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-227-4184, ext. 26.

Oct. 21
FDL Princess and Brave Powwow

Fond du Lac Princess & Brave Powwow will be held at 49 University Road, Cloquet, MN. MC: Frank Goodwin. AD: Jaimie Petite. Host Drums: FDL Ojibwe School & Cedar Creek. Free and open to everyone. Contest info: All Men's Category contest 1st , 2nd, 3rd place. All Women's category contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. Hand drum contest Winner-Take-All at supper break spot dances. For more info, call Fond du Lac Ojibwe Schoolat  218-878-7239 or 218-878-7276.

Oct. 21
Indigenous Pink Day

Indigenous Pink Day is a breast cancer awareness campaign for American Indians/Alaska Natives. Indigenous Pink Day is to educate all indigenous people on the importance of early detection and remind men and women to keep up to date on their screenings. Take part in Indigenous Pink day by wearing pink on Oct 21st to honor breast cancer warriors and survivors and to spread awareness. Share a picture of yourself on social media wearing pink using #IndigenousPink. For more information about how to get involved visit: For info, contact Daanis Chosa at  612-314-4853 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 21-23
World Premiere of Skin(s) Dance

Rosy Simas Danse and Intermedia Arts present Skin(s): a dance work, a visual arts exhibit, a film, and a web media project. The Skin(s) dance, at Intermedia Arts explores what we hold, reveal, and perceive through our skin. The dance is housed within a paper environment with a surround sound score and moving images. To create the Skin(s) dance production, director Rosy Simas is joined by French composer François Richomme, poet Heid E. Erdrich, lighting designer Valerie Oliverio, and performers Holo Lue Choy and Lela Pierce. Simas has created moving images from her travels to urban and rural Native communities. $15 in advance, for students and seniors. $18 at the door. Dance performance schedule: October 21 at 7:30 pm; October 22 at 7:30 pm; October 23 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, see:

Oct. 25, 27
Minneapolis 2020

Help the City of Minneapolis plan for the future. Share feedback with city planners and engage with artists to plan for the future development of Minneapolis. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and food from local vendors. Your voice is important in shaping the future of Minneapolis. You know how you experience the city every day and what it takes to create a more equitable future for everyone. Help us build on what’s working.  For more info, see:
Oct. 25: 5:00 - 7:30 pm at Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.
Oct. 27: 5:00 - 7:30 pm at North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave N., Minneapolis.

Oct. 29
Feast of Words Family

The Dakota language is the first language of Minnesota, yet few Minnesotans know the meaning of the name of their state. Feast of Words is a family event centered on this place we all call home, Mnísota (Minnesota). Learn about indigenous place names throughout the state, try local indigenous foods, learn to prepare wóžapi, a traditional Dakota berry pudding, and immerse yourself in the Dakota language. The program begins at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and lasts 60 minutes. This program is presented by the Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye (Dakota Language Society) and the Healing Place Collaborative. Free but registration is required. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis. For info call 612-341-7582, see or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oct. 30 (deadline)
National Native Health Research Training Initiative

The Indian Health Service’ new funding opportunity: National Native Health Research Training Initiative. This cooperative agreement will help build capacity and share best practices in American Indian and Alaska Native health research and will promote tribally driven research through education and training opportunities. The award amount is approximately $225,000 per year for a project period of up to five years. This initiative will help expand the community of American Indian and Alaska Native researchers and enhance the ability of tribes to participate in and initiate research projects that address specific needs in their communities. As a result, culturally appropriate best and promising practices can be shared and replicated throughout the Indian health system. Open to national membership organizations of American Indian and Alaska Native scientists, researchers and students. For info see:­

Nov. 1
MNSure Enrollment Event

Meet with a certified MNsure navigator for assistance with MNsure and enrollment questions. A light snack will be provided. 9 am to 4 pm. Walk-ins also welcome. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. To set up an appointment call 612-872-8086, Option 1.

Nov. 2
NDNZ in the City

NDNZ in the City: Multi-media narratives of American Indian culture in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. Join us for an evening of talk, short films, photographs, and personal stories from Indigenous multimedia documentarian, Pamela Peters (Navajo). The event will showcase Peter’s newest film “Legacy of Exiled NDNZ” and multimedia presentation “Real NDNZ re-take Hollywood.” Reception 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening begins at 7 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Mpls. This event is free to the public. For info, see:

Nov. 2 (deadline)
Rural Initiative Grant

The Laura Jane Musser Fund will be accepting proposals for their Rural Initiative grant round. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and Program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Organizations must be from communities with populations under 10,000. Organizations from CO, HI, WY, MI, and MN may apply. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from October 2 – November 2. For additional info, see 

Nov. 3-4
ABC’s of Economic Dev. in Indian Country

The American Indian Business Alliance (AIBA) comprised of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance (NDIBA); Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA); Montana Indian Business Alliance (MIBA); South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA); and Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) announces the 2016 American Indian Business Conference, “ABC’s of Economic Development in Indian Country.” To be heldin Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Downtown Radisson. This American Indian Business Alliance 4th Annual conference has attracted Native-Owned businesses, tribal leaders, business development experts, community based organizations, policy makers, and financial institutions. Sessions will highlight successful models and strategies that foster the development of private Indian businesses, both on and off reservations, and to develop policy ideas and strategies to address the challenges that Native business owners face. Our goal is for attendees to leave the conference with specific tools and strategies to strengthen the economy. For more information visit the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance’s website at

Nov. 5
Gathering For Our Children/ Returning Adoptees Powwow

10am – 1pm: Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center for a meet and visit with other adoptees. 1pm: Grand Entry. 3pm: Wablenica Ceremony - The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptee and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. 5:30 pm: Feast. 7 pm: Grand Entry. 8 pm: Honor Song for foster and adoptive parents. 9 pm: Honor Song and recognition for our Young Relatives who have turned 21 in foster care. We will be collecting coats of all sizes to donate to the Sacred Stone Camp. Look for a table in vending area to drop off your donation. Dancers, please come dance and welcome our relatives back to our circle. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis.

Nov. 8
Election Day

Register to vote by October 18 to save time on Election Day. Absentee voting: vote by mail or in person Sept. 23 through Nov. 7. For more info, see:

Nov.  9
Birchbark Books Reading

Gwen Westerman, Naomi Cohn, Donte Collins and William Reichard will read from their works. Gwen Westerman is a Dakota author. Her books include: Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, and Follow the Blackbirds. The reading will be at The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis (couple doors down from Birchbark Books). For info, see or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 17-19
Bearing Witness Retreat

A three-day retreat is being offered to bear witness to the continuing genocide and historical trauma suffered by the Native Peoples of Minnesota and their ongoing resilience. It is open to all, and Native Americans can attend at no cost. The retreat will be held at Cherokee Park United Church, and it includes time at Mni Sni (Coldwater Springs), Fort Snelling State Park, and Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob Hill). Organizers hope to have roughly equal numbers of Native and non-Native peoples. Co-sponsors include: Healing Place, Cherokee Park United, Saint Paul Interfaith Network, Healing Minnesota Stories, and the Zen Peacemakers Order. Free to Native American participants. For more, contact Laura Kennedy at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Jewell Arcoren, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nov. 21
Native American Heritage Night with Timber Wolves

See Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Boston Celtics for Native American Heritage Night! The Prairie Island Indian Community will perform traditional drum and dance at halftime along with the Flag Song prior to the start of the game. Afterwards, an exclusive post-game activity will take place. Starts at 7 pm. For info, contact Jennica Astleford at 612-673-8434 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dec. 1
Billy Mills

Tiwahe Foundation fundraiser with Billy Mills. Join us as we celebrate the work of Tiwahe Grantees and  the importance of language, culture, education and giving in our community. Billy Mills is the first American Indian and only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10K Olympic event. He is the founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth and a nationally known speaker on youth, giving back to community and living a healthy life. 6 - 9 pm. Tickets $100.00. McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 SE Oak Street, Minneapolis. Buy your tickets online at:

Dec. 2
29th Annual MAICC Awards Dinner

The 29th Annual Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner will be held at 4:30  to 8:00 pm  at Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN. For info, contact Joanne Whiterabbit at 612-877-2117 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mavis Jolene Resemius
Tuesday, October 11 2016
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Mavis “Marvelous” Jolene Resemius
June 12, 1957 - September 15, 2016

obitmavis.jpgMavis “Marvelous” Jolene Resemius, age 59, of Morton, formerly of St. Paul, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Mavis Jolene (Bollenger) was born June 12, 1957 in Roberts, South Dakota to Johnny and Gladys (Cloud) Contreras. She was a graduate of Mechanic Arts School in St. Paul. On June 1, 2001 Mavis married the love of her life, Steven Resemius. She loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, and taking in her nieces and nephew, and helping others, never expecting anything in return.  Mavis had a heart of gold. She enjoyed embroidery, sewing, and making blankets.

Mavis is survived by her husband Steve; children: Kimberly Cloud, River Resemius, Lisa White, Crystal Cloud, and Coco Cloud; siblings: Carol Cloud, Terry Cloud, Ann Cloud, Casey Cloud, Brenda Gilbertson, and Tom Ebehardt; brother-in-law Tony Dow; and sister-in-law Cindy Zimmer. She is preceded in death by her mother Gladys.

Memorial services were held September 20 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at

Moosie and Trump
Tuesday, October 11 2016
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Moosie checked in recently and was all morose about the upcoming presidential election. He’s voting for Hillary because he likes women, a lot, but is in personal distress about the Cheeto-colored guy. What if? What if that guy wins? He will abolish all Native American Indian rights as we have them now. The orange-peanut-guy is on record testifying against Indians building casinos and succeeding where he did not.

I just know that our ancestors were over-run by what white people call “progress” that actually were land-grabs and genocide against the original inhabitants of Turtle Island. I have rights now that my ancestors fought and died for and I have to do the right thing to honor their sacrifice.

That means I will vote even though there are cynics who ask if I really believe my vote counts. I will vote even though I was a ‘Berner’ and loved that old white guy. I vote for my granddaughter’s future so they have an opportunity to grow in a world where a woman holds the most important office in the entire world. I vote because if they want to become president they can.

Our world is changing quickly and I’m voting to make it a better place to live. I have to mention that I really considered becoming an expatriate, but instead of moving north to my cousins I decided Belize is the place to be. Or I could move deeper into the bush than I already am but that won’t save me from nuclear fallout if the Tangerine Playboy gets into the oval office.

People, I’m making an impassioned plea for yooz to get out and vote. Just vote. It used to be that I immediately lost respect for any man I dated who never used his right to vote. I have voted since I was eighteen and don’t understand the apathy and ignorance of people who don’t or have never voted, like it doesn’t apply to them or have an effect on their lives.

I was not at all confused or bedazzled by the first presidential debate the other night. I am very sure about whom I will vote for and it is not a third party candidate: we are collectively on the precipice of the worst possible outcome for this country if the racist, misogynistic, sociopath Republican candidate wins. I could add more descriptions here but yooz get the message. I simply say if yooz don’t vote at all, or if you vote for a candidate with no absolutely no chance of winning the election, then you have only yourself to blame for the critical outcome that affects us all.

This is what I told Moosie and he gets it. He does not agree with the crusty, snot-covered sniffling toddler even though he also has many children from many women. Can you imagine the republican righteousness if Hillary brought up a brood of children onstage with three different fathers?

There is rampant misogyny in this election and I myself have been a victim of it, like not getting a well-deserved raise from male bosses because I would not be their girlfriend, to put it nicely. Hillary is experiencing this on a global scale even though there are other countries that have elected women as their leader. Why is this when the United States has always touted itself as the world’s most progressive country?

I want a person in the Oval Office who supports Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest. I want that person to be compassionate for refugees who had no inclination to flee their countries but had to because of war. I am sickened by the photographs of babies who  washed up on foreign shores in a desperate attempt to simply live. The sniffling Cheeto guy would ban all those of the Islamic faith from entering this country. Not those who practice Christianity no, yet the Christians who came here 500+ years ago raped, burned, and murdered our own Native American Indian ancestors.

I stand with Standing Rock and the Water Protectors. Should Mini-Carrot Creature become (ish! Ack!) president our collective future is over.

I remain astonished that the Orange Skittle has gotten this far. Are the American people so jaded that they don’t care about the presidency? Go on and see for yourself if you really don’t believe me.
There are orange cones around dangerous areas and construction sites. There is your first sign.

This column is my opinion alone. I write because I have many things to say. Yooz have your own opinions and I respect that. I only ask that you weigh your vote carefully and with all the facts. Moosie is now a Clinton supporter because it has never been more clear whom to vote for.

Just vote.

We’ve Got A lot In Common
Tuesday, October 11 2016
Written by Nick Metcalf,
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This month, I’d like to write about an issue that I’ve been trying to figure out how to write about it. I’ve lived and/or worked in Phillips Neighborhood in South Minneapolis for 22 years and it has changed. What has historically been the heart of the Native community in Minneapolis has changed. There is a large number of African people settling into the neighborhood.  

Let’s start here with an Oxford dictionary meaning: Xen-o-pho-bi-a,  NOUN – intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.

I sat with this issue for a while now. I wanted to make sure my perspective was not xenophobic. After thoughtful reflection and prayer, I’ve come to this conclusion – I don’t know enough about our new neighbors to have an intense fear. I truly want to know more. I’d like to figure out a way that we can coexist in our community together. I’d like them to know the truth about our histories and our stories. We really do have more in common than we don’t.
I was going to title my column this month, “How Neighborhood Revitalization, a Refugee Crisis, and White Liberals changed the heart of the Minneapolis Native community, for better or worse, To Be Determined (TBD).”  I chose not to because it was filled with judgment. As with my other columns, I want to explore a topic and encourage conversation.

I’d like to encourage you to walk down the street in South Minneapolis and you’ll see how it’s changed. I’d like to suggest that you shop in the Phillips neighborhood and you’ll get a sense of how much it’s changed. When I moved here in 1994 the neighborhood was filled with Native businesses, agencies, and faces – Anishinabe, Dakota, Lakota, etc. Back then Native people filled this neighborhood.

I’ve learned by listening to the stories and being a part of this community that many of the Native people in the neighborhood were part of the US Indian Relocation Act of the 1950’s. Many of the families moved here and stayed. There exist several generations of urban Natives that maintain this vibrant community. Heck, AIM began here and a call to Native activism was and is still born here.

Now, I walk out in my neighborhood and see beautiful African faces. Women wearing hijabs. Men dressed in formal American clothes or ajabari. Oftentimes, I see their wide eyed wonder. It’s exciting to see people find a home here. Yet, under all of this mixing is confusion.

I often wonder what Africans are told about Native Americans during their transition here. I am beginning to get a sense that what they are learning isn’t good. I suspect they are taught the ugly American ideas about Native people.
One day, as I shopped, a little African kid tried to kick me. The Mother didn’t stop him. She said something to her son in their native tongue, but that didn’t stop him from give me a disgusted look. Lately, as I grocery shop, the African women are more openly rude to me when I’m there. The African men assume I’m a woman with my long hair, then upon their discovery give me stank face then loudly groan their unhappiness.

In my conversations with the African cab driver, I’ve learned they don’t know anything about the Native community they’ve moved into. I’ve stopped smiling at strangers anymore. I’ve tried to befriend Africans, but I’ve not been successful, and it’s confusing because I’m a pretty friendly person.

Yes, Phillips is filled with many, many social service agencies, nonprofits, and poor people. But what is forgotten is that Native people are still in trauma, or recovering from trauma. Everyday a Native person has to demand, or fight for our own recognition.

Unfortunately, when someone from another country with trauma is introduced into this neighborhood then we accidently bump into each other’s pain, so to speak. A simple interaction that crosses language, values, and beliefs can lead to mistrust and confusion. My boys don’t go to the neighborhood Boys and Girls Club because it’s not a safe place. My boys have to maneuver their way home because the racial tension is thick in the neighborhood.
I’d like to encourage people to learn more about one another. Africans and Native have a lot in common. We are displaced people just trying to find our place. We are tribal people. We have our own customs.

Ultimately, I’d like to see a conversation occur amongst and between the Native community and the African community. But, who is going to start it? Who is expected to begin these conversations?  Them? Us?
I love my neighborhood. Ultimately, I'd like our neighborhood be safe place to be; a place where we honor each other; and a place where we respect one another.

Standing with Standing Rock On September 20, David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sio
Tuesday, October 11 2016
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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On September 20, David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Switzerland.

“I am here because oil companies are causing the deliberate destruction of our sacred places and burials,” said Archambault, according to a report on Indian Country Today’s website. “Dakota Access wants to build an oil pipeline under the river that is the source of our nation’s drinking water. This pipeline threatens our communities, the river and the earth. Our nation is working to protect our waters and our sacred places for the benefit of our children not yet born.”

The Standing Rock tribe’s struggle to protect water against a possible environmental disaster from the Dakota Access pipeline has become the cause célèbre in Indian country and around the world. Images of Indian riders on horseback approaching a line of sheriff’s deputies guarding the pipeline construction site near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, have galvanized support for the Sacred Stone Camp that has grown near the northern tip of the reservation.

“Thousands have gathered peacefully in Standing Rock in solidarity against the pipeline,” said Archambault, in a statement issued after his appearance at the UN in Switzerland. “And yet many water protectors have been threatened and even injured by the pipeline’s security officers. One child was bitten and injured by a guard dog. We stand in peace but have been met with violence.”

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is under the aegis of a Texas-based outfit called Energy Transfer. Slated for completion in the “fourth quarter of 2016,” according to the corporation’s website, the 1,172-mile pipeline would carry crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks oil patches in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.

Apart from the environmental threat posed by a 30-inch oil pipeline running under the Missouri River, the Standing Rock tribe has objected to the destruction of cultural areas and burial sites in the construction zone. On these issues, the tribe sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; but the federal court decided that the Corps had approved the pipeline project in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.

However, after the court ruling, on Sept. 9, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued a joint statement, which acknowledged “important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally.”

The joint statement continued: “The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws.  Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time.  The Army will move expeditiously to make this determination, as everyone involved – including the pipeline company and its workers – deserves a clear and timely resolution.  In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.”

The federal departments also proposed a “serious discussion” between the tribes and federal government – “government-to-government consultations” – on reforming the process of approving pipeline and other infrastructure projects, while protecting “tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights.” Such a discussion would consider congressional legislation to respect tribal interests in these matters.

The struggle to stop the Dakota Access pipeline (#NoDAPL) has involved nonviolent direct action by Standing Rock tribal members, and Indian and non-Indian allies. The continual assaults on Indian Country by multinational corporations probing politically-weak territories for their energy and extraction projects have been going on for a long time.

I’m reminded of the Black Hills Alliance, which organized Indians, ranchers and environmentalists in a successful effort to beat back the energy corporations scheming to develop coal- and uranium-mining projects in western South Dakota. The survival gatherings in 1979 and 1980 tapped into the growing anti-nuclear movement and brought people power to bear against the virtually unlimited resources of the energy exploiters.

And I also would link the water protection movement at Standing Rock with the efforts to stop sulfide mining in Minnesota’s Arrowhead region. PolyMet Mining is proceeding apace to build the first copper-nickel mine in the state, which poses a threat to ground and surface waters Up North – and imperils the subsistence rights of Ojibwe bands across the treaty ceded territory.

We’re all in this together.

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