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First S.D. Two Spirit Society honors and educates on the reservation
Saturday, October 11 2014
 
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SISSETON, S.D. – Members of the newly-formed Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Two Spirit Society gathered on Sept. 26 to educate members of the tribe on LGBTQ Native issues while honoring one of their own who was killed earlier in the month.

The group – the first Two Spirit society in any of the nine reservations in South Dakota – began its mission in June of this year. A testament to the growing power of social media on the reservation, the event “Gay is OK” was the impetus for forming the society. “We all went out to the corner, stood outside and held signs. And while we were standing there, we talked about forming a society, so we set a meeting date and from then on, it's been going ever since,” Vernon Renville, society co-founder said.

The momentum culminated in the education day at Sisseton Wahpeton College, “Walking in Two Worlds: Understanding Two Spirit and LGBTQ Individuals.” The daylong conference featured personal coming out stories by Sisseton Wahpeton tribal citizens, a screening of the film “Two Spirits” about the late Fred Martinez – who identified as Two Spirit and was killed in 2001 on the Navajo Nation – as well as a presentation on LGBTQ identity from Lenny Hayes, a tribal citizen and member of the Minnesota Two Spirit Society.

While the society is geared toward creating a place for Two Spirit people, it is an inclusive group that began because of the social stigma attached to being LGBTQ on the reservation. “I previously worked at the youth center and kids would come to me, or their parents would come to me, asking how to talk to their kids. Or they think they're having these feeling and we discussed things like that and decided it would be something good for the community,” Dawn Ryan, SWO society member said.

 


Regional and Local Briefs: October 2014
Monday, October 06 2014
 
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BAD HEART BULL SELECTED FOR ECONOMIC FELLOWSHIP

MINNEAPOLIS– The Business Alliance for Living Local Economies, an Oakland, Calif.-based organization, announced Jay Bad Heart Bull as a fellow for its 2014 Cohort.

Bad Heart Bull (Oglala Lakota) is the president and CEO of the Native American Community Development Institute, based in Minneapolis.

In a press release, BALLE praised each recipient. "Individually, each 2014 BALLE Local Economy Fellow is a proven leader and innovative local economy connector – someone who represents, convenes, and influences whole communities of local businesses from Boston to New Orleans to Minneapolis. Combined, they are a diverse group of leaders who represent the cutting edge of social entrepreneurship incubation, community capital cultivation, and social justice.”

“These challenging times require a different type of leader who can create the conditions for a new economy to emerge. Developing this type of leader is the purpose of the BALLE Local Economy Fellowship,” said Michelle Long, executive director of BALLE. “With the transformational leadership development, skills and tools, and connections these leaders will receive as part of the fellowship, BALLE Local Economy Fellows will be poised to democratize opportunity, ownership and the economy, and bring real prosperity to more people; fundamentally fixing our global economy from the ground up.'"

NACDI is an American Indian community development intermediary organization. It is an alliance of major Native non-profits and several Native businesses in the metropolitan area, committed to community-building through sector economic development and large-scale development. Its primary goal is to build community capacity and assets within high growth economic sectors as a way to provide resources and infrastructure for the Native community.

 


National Briefs: October 2014
Monday, October 06 2014
 
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FINAL ROUND OF PAYMENTS MADE IN COBELL SETTLEMENT

HELENA, MT – Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans received the final cash payments the week of Sept. 16 from one of the largest government settlements in U.S. history, about three years after the deal was approved.

Checks ranging from $869 to $10 million were sent beginning on Sept. 16 to more than 493,000 people by the administrators of the $3.4 billion settlement from a class-action lawsuit filed by the late Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont. Approximately $941 million was distributed in this second round of payments.

Cobell, the former Blackfeet tribal treasurer, sued after finding the government squandered billions of dollars in royalties for land it held in trust for individual Indians that was leased for development, exploration or agriculture. The mismanagement stretched back to the 1880s, the lawsuit found. She died of cancer in 2011, after more than 15 years of doggedly pursuing the lawsuit, rallying Native Americans around the cause and lobbying members of Congress for its approval.

Cobell was present when a federal judge approved the settlement just months before her death. But it took years to work through the appeals and then sort through incomplete and erroneous information provided by the government to identify all the beneficiaries. Some 22,000 people listed in the data provided had died, while 1,000 more listed as dead were still alive, according to officials.

The payments are the second of two distributions in the settlement. The first distributions of $1,000 apiece went to more than 339,000 people. This second, final round of distributions is based on a formula looking at 10 years of the highest earnings on those individual landowners’ accounts.

The settlement also includes a $1.9 billion land buy-back program now underway in which willing landowners sell the government their land allotments to be consolidated and turned over to the tribes.

 


October 2014 Calendar
Monday, October 06 2014
 
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Through Nov. 15

“On Fertile Ground: Native Artists in the Upper Midwest”

Join us to celebrate the wealth and diversity of Native artists from this region. This exhibition will take place once annually over a period of three years. Each show will highlight 15 different artists, ultimately providing a comprehensive overview of 45 artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

2014 artists include: Judith Allen, Wendy Boivin, Alexandra Buffalohead, Julie Buffalohead, Nelson Chasing Hawk, Jim Denomie, John Hitchcock, Wanesia Misquadace, Karen Savage, Nelda Schrupp, James Star Comes Out, Jodi Webster, Dennis White, Jennifer White, and Monte Yellow Bird.

Exhibition Events: Gallery Talk with James Star Comes Out, Oct. 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Closed Mondays. For more information, call 612-235-4970 or visit www.AllMyRelationsArt.com.


Oct. 7

Circle of Generations Community Staff Building Project

Allen. 2 to 3 p.m.; Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Mi-zi-way Mi-gi-zi DesJarlait, Cultural Resource Coordinator at 612-879-1785 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Oct. 8

Circle of Generations Teaching Circle

Dakota Language with Neil McKay, 4-5 p.m.; Teaching Circle, 5-7:30 p.m.; Tipi Painting with Endaso Giizhik (Robert Desjarlait); Mazinigwaasowin (Beading) with Angela Kappenman; Nagamowin miinawaa Niimiwin/Wacipi Dowan (Singing and Dancing) with Ringing Shield, Zach RedBear and Alana Dickenson; Community Staff Building Project, Allen.

Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Mi-zi-way Mi-gi-zi DesJarlait, Cultural Resource Coordinator at 612-879-1785 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Oct. 8

Linda LeGarde Grover & Erika Wurth: Reading & Conversation

Join authors Linda LeGarde Grover and Erika Wurth for an evening of reading and conversation. Linda LeGarde Grover (“The Dance Boots”) will be reading from “The Road Back to Sweetgrass” – a powerful debut novel of love, hardship, and family bonds on an American Indian reservation. Erika Wurth will be reading from her first novel, “Crazy Horse's Girlfriend.” Filled with complex characters overcoming and being overcome by circumstances of their surroundings, “Crazy Horse's Girlfriend” thoroughly shakes up cultural preconceptions of what it means to be Native American today. Book signing at Birchbark Books to follow.

Event is free, 7 p.m., Bockley Gallery (next to Birchbark Books), 2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis MN. For more information, call 612-374-4023.


Oct. 9

Circle of Generations Ojibwemowin

Ojibwe Language with Joe Spears, 5-6 p.m. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Mi-zi-way Mi-gi-zi DesJarlait, Cultural Resource Coordinator at 612-879-1785 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


Weekend Calendar: Sept. 12-14
Friday, September 12 2014
 
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Sept. 12-14

Bob Brown Memorial/Mendota's 15th Annual Traditional Wacipi

Emcee: Mitch Walking Elk; Arena Director: Windy Down Wind; Host Drum: Scotty Brown Eyes; Co-Host Drum: Luttle Thunder Birds; Men's Head Dancer: Nick Anderson; Women's Head DancerL Mary So Happy.

Friday: Lighting the Sacred Fire, followed by potluck dinner, 5:05 p.m. Saturday: Dancer registration, 11 a.m.; Grand Entry/Honored Guests, 1 p.m.; dancer registration, 5 p.m.; Grand Entry/Honored Guests; Registered dancers payout, 8:45 p.m. Sunday: Dancer registration, 11 a.m.; Grand Entry/Honored Guests, 1 p.m.; Closing Ceremony and Feast, 5:30 p.m.; Registered dancer payout, 5 p.m.

This is a traditional wacipi, not a competition. Sponsored by the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community. Giveaway and donations needed and appreciated. $5 entry button donation, no one turned away. No drugs, alcohol, firearms or pets allowed.

St. Peter's Church Grounds, 1405 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota, MN. For more information, call 651-452-4141, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.mendotadakota.com.

 

Sept. 13
11th Annual Wild Rice Festival

Wild Rice Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m.; Food Concessions by Pow Wow Grounds, noon-4 p.m.; Free entertainment and activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 N. Dale St., Roseville, MN 55113.
For more information, call 651-765-4262 or visit www.WildRiceFestival.org.

 

Sept. 13

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center 3rd Annual Fit-4-Fun Family Fitness Event
This on site event will include a family oriented one- or three-mile walk or run. Other events include a neighborhood bike ride, aerobics, music, dancing, prizes, healthy food options, health and wellness information, and most importantly fun.

10 a.m., NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, 1313 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Tanya Williams at 612-543-2560.


Sept. 13

Gathering in Winona Traditional Powwow

One day with day money for all dancers. Dance specials in adult men and women’s traditional, adult men and women’s fancy, adult men’s grass and adult women’s jingle. Guimaraes-DeCora Family Ho-Chunk Women’s Applique Special, 18 and older. First prize: $300; second prize: $200; third prize: $100; fourth prize: $50. Invited drums only. Camping available, vendors on site.

Grand Entry, 1 and 7 p.m. Unity Park, Winona, MN (off Hwy 43). For more information, call Valerie DeCora Guimaraes at 507-289-7401 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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