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Friday, September 09 2016
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Starts Sept.
Early Childhood Education Class for Native families

Parents of Tradition Early Childhood Education Class for Native families with children birth to 5 years old. Teach your child Ojibwe & Dakota language, Traditional Native American parenting connect to other Native parents, learn about community resources, prepare your baby for school. Two classes offered 2016-17 Academic Year: Monday afternoons at Mona Moede, 2410 Girard Ave N., Minneapolis. From 12 pm to 2 pm (includes refreshments). And Thursday evenings at the Wilder Complex, 3345 Chicago Ave., (enter through door #1). 5 pm to 7 pm (includes light dinner). Contact Deanna StandingCloud to register or to request transportation at 612-668-0612.

Thru Sept. 16
Reframe Minnesota

Two Rivers and All My Relations Galleries present: Reframe Minnesota, a group exhibition shown across two art galleries along the American Indian Cultural Corridor, uses a range of visual mediums to explore the future of public art at the Minnesota State Capitol. It features original works from 12 Minnesotan artists as well as student artwork from area elementary schools. Showing at: Two Rivers Gallery: 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, and All My Relations Arts: 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minnneapolis. For info see: or

Thru Sept. 23
Four Sisters Farmers Market

Fridays: 3 - 6 pm. Come for fresh produce from area vendors. Use your EBT-SNAP card. Buy tokens and get Market Bucks to matchdollar-to-dollar (up to $10). Use tokens to buy from maret vendors or keep for future visits. NACDI parking lot (next to the Powwow Grounds), 1414 E. Frankline Ave., Mpls, MN. For more info or to be a vendor, call Jenn Hall at 612-235-4971.

Thru Sept.
Bad River Tribe Land Buy Back Program

The Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement. The Bad River Tribe is participating in this program and will be conducting a number of outreach events to provide more information to Bad River landowners. For more info, call LBBP Bad River  at 715-682-2851.
• Sept. 1: 10 am - 4 pm, American Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
• Sept. 2 & 3: 11 am - 7 pm, Cass Lake Labor Day Powwow, Cass Lake, MN.   
• Sept. 9 & 10: 11 am - 7 pm, Informational Booth, Indian Summer Festival, 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI.
• Sept. 14: 12 pm - 6 pm, American Indian Community Housing Organization, 202 West 2nd St., Duluth, MN.
• Sept. 17: 12 pm - 8 pm, American Indian Center Annual Powwow, Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Elk Grove Village, IL.
• Sept. 21: 11 am - 7 pm, Presentation at LCO Tribal Gov. Center, 13394 Trepania Road, Hayward, WI.
• Sept. 30: 10 am - 4 pm, Presentation at The Lodge at Crooked Lake Hotel & Conf. Ctr, 24271 State Road 35, Siren, WI

Thru September
Cobell Land Buy-Back Program

Important UPDATE for Landowners who own interests at Fond du Lac. For more info, call 218-878-7361 or see: Meeting dates and places:
• Sept. 14: 12- 6 pm, Post Offer Event at AICHO in Duluth, Trepanier Hall, 202 W. 2nd St., Duluth, MN.
• Sept. 7: 11 am - 6 pm, Post Offer Event at Bemidji, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #21, Bemidji, MN.
• Sept. 21: 11 am - 6 pm,Post Offer Event @ LCO Tribal Center,
Peter Larson Rm., 13394 W. Trepania Rd., Hayward, WI.

Sept. 8, 17, 22
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: September 17, 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. September 8 & 22, 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

Sept. 8
American Indian Education Program Kick-off

Everyone is welcome. Come meet other families and learn about the Independent School District 15 American Indian Education Program. Please join us for dinner and a cultural art activity provided by the program. 5 - 7 pm. Crossroads School & Vocational Center, 4111 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN. For more information contact Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 9
Wisdom Steps 13th Annual Golf Tournament

Fundraising event for Elders in the Wisdom Steps program. Starts at 9 am for registration, 10 am is Shot Gun Start. Prices vary depending on the type of sponsorships. This event will be held at the Black Bear Golf Course in Carlton, MN (20 miles south of Duluth, MN). For info, contact Drew Annette at 218-335-8586, or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 9
Leech Lake Twin Cities Annual Picnic

For Leech Lake band members. Free. 11 am-2 pm. Veterans Memorial Park - Picnic Shelter, 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN. For info, call Valerie Larsen at 612-729-0554.

Sept. 10
Wild Rice Processing Demo

Watch museum staff process wild rice, including how to dry, parch, thresh and winnow the rice. See the entire process from raw to finished product during 20-minute demonstrations offered on the hour. Demonstrations may be cancelled due to weather. The program begins at noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm. Free, does not include museum admission.Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Begins Sept. 12
Indian Education Family Language Table

Indian Education Family Language Table will take place every Monday starting eptember 12th. Join Anishinaabe Linguist & Scholar, James “Kaagegaabaw” Vukelich along with Dakota Educator, Neil “Chantemaza” McKay to explore the teachings and language of the Ojibwe & Dakota people. Light refreshments and tea provided. Community members welcome to attend. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Anishinabe Academy Media Center,  3100 East 28th St., Minneapolis, MN. For info, call Deanna StandingCloud at 612-668-0612.

Sept. 14 (deadline)
Competitive Grants for Language Immersion

According to the language set forth in the State Legislature’s Laws of 2015, applicants may request funding for Competitive Grants for Language Immersion. The funding amount available is between $40,000 and $48,000, which may be used for Dakota and/or Ojibwe Language Revitalization programming with the option of using funding for a community event/s or language application. Eligible project areas are intentionally broad and somewhat flexible, so that a diverse array of projects can be funded. Offices, agencies, or divisions administered under the authority of an American Indian Nation or Alaskan Native Community located in Minnesota, recognized educational facilities, and non- profits are encouraged to apply. Deadline September 14. See info at

Sept. 16-17
2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

Over 150 harvesters, farmers, sappers, food product producers, and Indigenous chefs will come together for a series of presentations and workshops on growing, harvesting and cooking a variety of natural and healthy foods. The Summit will highlight traditional and contemporary Native American foods and culinary arts, including Sean Sherman of the company The Sioux Chef. Those chefs will be preparing meals featuring traditional and native produced ingredients. Presentations and speakers on sustainability, food security, production practices, making sugar, sapping, traditional harvest techniques, butchering and meal preparation will be featured. The event will be held at the Red Lake Nation College in Red Lake, Minnesota with additional workshop sessions preceding the main conference. A pre-conference certification for USDA Federal Vendor status, Organic and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) will take place on September 14th followed by a NRCS workshop on Conservation Planning with tours of the nursery, fish hatchery and tribal garden scheduled on September 15th. The cost to attend the full summit is $100 for agency staff, $50 for tribal producers and Native art venders, and $15 per adult to attend the Intertribal Foods Festival on Saturday, September 17th. Children under 16 may attend free of charge. Discounted early bird registration tickets are available For info contact: Dan Cornelius at 608-280-1267 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Of Cherilyn Spear  at 218-679-1457 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 18
Red Lake Member Meeting

Red Lake Constitutional Reform Initiative meeting. We, the Constitutional Reform Committee, will engage and empower the communities of the Red Lake Nation to improve and strengthen the Constitution. Join us for a meal and let’s visit. Noon to 3 pm. 2929 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Sept. 21
The Jingle Dress

Augsburg's Indigenous Student Association and MVFM join together to present the nationally acclaimed film, "The Jingle Dress," written and directed by Bill Eigen. A brief meeting with the writer and director as well as refreshments will prelude this film screeing beginning at 3:45 pm. The actual event will start at 4:00 pm and end at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis.

Sept. 22
20th Annual Urban Indian Elder’s Picnic

Minnehaha Park pavilion, Minneapolis. If it rains, the picnic will be held at The Minneapolis American Indian Center,1530 E Franklin Ave., Mpls. Begins at 10:30. Event includes: Wisdom Steps Walk, music, lunch (provided but feel free to bring a dish to share), door prizes, raffle, activities, memorial honoring, photo booth, and voter registration. To arrange for a ride, contact: Richard Wright at 612-721-9814. For more info, contact: Norby Blake at 651-387-3166 or 651-793- 6818.

Sept. 22 - 25
All Nations Four-Day Weekend Training

All Nations Training Center near Pine Ridge, S.D. With the guidance of our elders and spirits we continue to provide culturally relevant/self-focused weekend experiences where all participants gain a clearer vision and purpose our families, communities and nations can benefit from. 5:00 pm Thursday to Noon on Sunday. What to bring: Bedroll. Men & Women will be staying at two separate facilities. Scholarships: Available to those that cannot afford to pay. We will screen the applications. Cost is $450.00 (scholarships available). Directions: One mile east of Batesland, SD on gravel road 199 Ave, go north 5.9 miles to 289th St take a right go one mile east over the hill to 200th Ave, take a right, you will see a Chief Eagle Used Cars & All Nations Training Center sign on the corner post, go 1/2 mile south. For applications or more info, call or email Dallas This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 605-407-0677. Or Becky at rchiefeagle@ or 605-407-8998, or John Biris at 773-425-9351.

Sept. 24
Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop

Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. The workshop runs noon to 4 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. $60/$55 MNHS members, plus $15 supply fee. Reservations required, call 320-532-3632. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 25
11th Annual Native American Day Celebration

We invite you to join us for our Native American Celebration Day. The event will feature: A health & resource fair, cultural activities, exhibition dancing, food demos, 5K walk/run and much more! From noon to 4 pm, Anishinabe Academy/Anne Sullivan Communication Center, 3100 East 28th St., Minneapolis. If you are interested in participating by hosting a health or resource table please complete the NADC Registration and mail check payable to: Native American Day Celebration, c/o Indian Health Board, 1315 East 24th St., Minneapolis. For info, contact  Tish at 612-721-9839 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 26-27
First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

This conference will be a first-of-its-kind forum to share and advance knowledge related to the dietary health of Native communities.  It represents a commitment by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the University of Minnesota to co-organize a series of annual national conferences focused on the nutrition of Native peoples. Tribal leaders, Native and non-Native practitioners, researchers, public health experts, and others are invited to exchange Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge; discuss current practices; listen to, connect with, and learn from each other; and candidly explore ways to overcome the existing obstacles to greater understanding. Additionally, the conference aims to identify areas of needed research, discuss practical applications, and foster new collaborations. Over 20 confirmed speakers include both academics, students, and practitioners working in Indian Country, including. The full agenda, registration, abstract submission, and other information are available at

Sept. 28,  Oct. 26
Native FAN Wellness Support Circle

Are you Native American and looking for chronic illness support? Join us, the Native FAN Wellness Support Circle, for a meal and good company every last Wednesday of the month. 6-8 pm at MAIC, 1530 E Franklin Ave., Mpls. For info, contact Val Lafave at 612-879-1722 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. 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.

Valerie Gertrude GreyEagle Obituary
Friday, September 09 2016
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Valerie Gertrude GreyEagle
November 19, 1982  - August 14, 2016

grey-eagle-obit.jpgValerie Gertrude GreyEagle, “Taḣca Ska Win” (White Deer Woman) age 33 of the Lower Sioux Community, entered the Spirit World on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at her home. Valerie was born November 19, 1982 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Dan GreyEagle and Wanda Blue. She was baptized at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church.  Valerie attended school in Morton and later completed her schooling. She married Martin Mayotte in 2003. Valerie was Senior Girls Princess when she was 18 years old. She was a fancy dancer and enjoyed sewing and making fry bread.  She practiced her traditional Dakota ways. Valerie was a good hearted, soft spoken soul who was a friend to all. She was a full-time mom and raised her three children. Valerie loved to visit with her relatives and friends.

Valerie is survived by her father Dan GreyEagle of the Lower Sioux Community; mother Wanda Blue of Phoenix, AZ; children Tru, Mya, and Leah of the Lower Sioux Community; grandfather Dennis Blue of the Lower Sioux Community; sisters Danielle, DeeDee, and Lydia GreyEagle; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends.  She is preceded in death by her sister Debbie Schoen, grandparents Tom and Iola Columbus and Sylvia Blue, and many other relatives. 

Funeral services were held August 18 at the Lower Sioux Church Hall. Burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at 

Friday, September 09 2016
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Sept. 8-9
47th Annual United Tribes International Contest Powwow  
Lone Star Arena, Bismarck, ND. For info, call 701-255-3285, ext. 1293

Sept. 9-11
Mendota's 17th Annual Traditional Wacipi
Mendota Heights, Mendota, MN (Highway 13 & 110, by Mendota Bridge). For info, call Sharon Lennartson at 651-452-4141 or 612-913-1903. Cost: $5.00 donation, no one turned away.

Sept. 9-11
Indian Summer Contest Powwow
Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, WI. For info, call 414-604-1000.

Sept. 10-11
Great Dakota Gathering, Homecoming & Powwow
Traditional Powwow and specials for tiny tots, youth, teens, and adults. Parks Ave, Winona, MN. Camping: Free Tent Camping only (no hookups) at Unity Park, RV and Travel Trailer Camping available at Prairie Island Campground.

Sept. 16-18
Mahkato 44th Annual Traditional Powwow
MCs: Jerry Dearly and Danny Seaboy. AD: Richard Milda. Host Drums: Mazakute Singers  Oyate Teca. Grand Entries: Friday at 7 pm; Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm; Sunday at 1 pm. General Admission $7.00 for the entire weekend, Children 12 and under get in free, Seniors 60 and older: $5.00 Dakota Wakisue Makoce (Land of Memories Park), Mankato, MN. Directions: Coming from 169 heading south into Mankato: Cross over the Blue Earth River on 169/60 and proceed down the short incline. There is a sign on the right side of the road saying Land of Memories Campground with an arrow pointing to the right. Right hand turn lane and turn right. Then take the first left. Go up a small hill, over railroad tracks and into the campground. For info, call Dave Brave Heart at 507-514-5088 or Dan Zielske at 507-387-3572.

Sept. 16-18
Battle Point 19th Annual Traditional Powwow
Battle Point Pow Wow Grounds, Battle Point Drive, Federal Dam, MN. For info, call Leah Gale Monroe at 218-760-3127.

40th Annual St. Joseph's Indian School Traditional Powwow
St. Joseph's Indian, School Football Field, Chamberlain, SD. For info, call 605-234-3313 or 605-234-3366.

Sept Ricey Wild
Friday, September 09 2016
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An amazing man passed on recently. You all know him too, Jim Northrup from Sawyer, Minn. He was a raconteur, author, poet and playwright and he was my friend. I will always miss him but before he left he was at peace and I believe that was a monumental gift from the Creator. I saw Jim weeks before at the Rez clinic and I said “This is not goodbye, I will see you again” and I believed it.

I didn’t actually…that will have to wait until I go too, and then Jim and I can have laughs like we did in this life. I can still hear in his deep voice saying, “Ricey Wild!” We are enrolled in the same reservation, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, but what ties us together is we both got our columns started with The Circle newspaper.

He had his own unique voice and I have mine. In no way was I ever in competition with Jim. We each have our own life experiences and were happy to share them with one another. I miss Jim’s smile, his way of finding the funny in people who take themselves too seriously. We knew a lot of people in common and our wit ran deep. Hehe. I’ll never tell Jim, that was our time.

No one who ever met Jim Northrup will ever forget him. His amazing legacy will last forever. Giigawaabamin Minaawa Niijii.


I’m so proud of the Protectors, the Water Warriors who are currently at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Some family and friends of mine have traveled there to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Tribe. Dakota Access Pipeline construction has been halted pending a ruling on whether the Tribe was consulted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers properly. People! That is huge news, wonderful news. 85+ tribes from across the U.S. and non-Indians are camped out there and staying despite the North Dakota Department of Health cutting their water supply and arresting non-violent protectors.

I read that the FBI is getting involved in getting rid of the protectors and all I have to say about that is if genocide, assimilation and systemic oppression didn’t work over the past 500 years it sure won’t now. My heart is with the Water Protectors and my prayers are for their continued safety and well-being. Now I’ve read that they are going to begin pumping water out of the Great Lakes but that won’t happen either when we all stand together.
Much love and respect to the Water Protectors. NO D.A.P.L!!!!!


Exciting times have come to my home in Rezberry. My old friend and co-worker Mark Anthony Rolo has come to visit and design my website and help write a compilation of my almost 18 years of columns. In the book I intend to write about just how I came to be this way and my adventures and misadventures, which are many. The website will include a monthly horoscope column and some videos of my absurd reality. I’m finally in a place where I can focus on my writing and new ideas.

No one will be spared my razor tongue just so yooz know. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahhaahahahaha!!!!! (Laughing maniacally while rubbing my palms together.) Believe me, some people have it coming. My purpose is not exposing the dastardly deeds of hypocritical people that literally cause me nausea but simply to write the truths of my life. There will be a lot of hilarity too, because that’s what sustains me and how I get through this crazy life.

When the projects are completed I will post it on Facebook and in my column. I hope you all check it out and share widely. I’m having fun with this and want you to do so too.

Purrince is sitting on the desk next to me and it’s a fall-like shadow that lights him. I like September but not so much what follows…Winter. Brrrrr!!! Until then I’m gonna be outside as much as I can and get browner n browner. Ay!!!

If you have a favorite column I wrote please contact me at the email address at the bottom of my column. I need your input and suggestions about what made you laugh, think, become aware or just generally enjoyed. As I said before I’m finally in a space where I can do what I want to do and I intend not to waste it. It has been such a privilege to be able to write, and gratifying that so many people appreciates what I have to say.

See yooz all next month when Moosie may make an appearance as he likes to do on an odd frequency. Take care, stay well and laugh a whole lot. Mwah!!

Education and the white world
Friday, September 09 2016
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This month, I’d like to talk about education. In the past, I’ve been a big supporter of going to college, but a few decades and several degrees later my opinions have matured. I’d like to share my educational journey.

My tribe paid for me to attend college, but they didn’t have a job for me when I returned. As a young person I was confused. My Elders talked about going to college and encouraged kids to go to school. They spoke of school and college as though it was salvation. Yet, when it was time to go home as a college educated person, they couldn’t find a place for me.

Over the years, upon reflection, I’ve learned what changed, I did. A college education changed me. I was indoctrinated into western thinking, values, and behavior. Ultimately, I changed too much. I didn’t sound the same. I thought differently. My attitude reflected the oppressive white society that surrounds the reservations.

In 1994, I moved to Minneapolis and began to work as a Case Manager for Native people living with HIV/AIDS. At that time, death and dying because of AIDS-related complications was common.

In my first job, I knew everything, or at least that is what I believed for an eager 22-year-old college grad. I had a degree, so I was going to change the world and people. Oh, how I was wrong.

‘Work’ never felt like it because I was where I was called to be. I knew that. I helped people know how to help themselves, or reconcile if they didn’t want to. I connected people to resources.

I sat with people as they cried about their diagnosis and I sat with people as they grappled with their mortality. I sat with people as they were dying. I held family members as they grieved. None of this felt like ‘work’. It felt like such a profound honor that these people would allow me an opportunity to share many of their sacred moments.

Early in my professional life I realized that Native people didn’t fit neatly into the categories that I learned in college. Ok, this lesson was more like I tripped, lost my balance, and then crashed hard, face first, into the earth. The people I worked with (clients) taught me more about service and helping people.

Over the years I’ve learned to live on the edges of parts of the Native world and white world. It’s rather a lonesome place living in between. It gets lonesome living amongst people who view you as different because of your education. I learned how to be a chameleon to fit into a variety of places.

Don’t assume that Native boarding schools are something of the past. Native people and schools and education have a complicated relationship, but it’s changing as people heal from trauma. Historically Native kids were taken away from families and then sent to schools to become indoctrinated.   Native Boarding schools still exist.

Recently I came upon a picture of me and my Mother at my graduation from college. I was getting my diploma for a Masters in Social Work. I remember this day well. It was the only time I’ve ever seen her in a dress. I remember as I walked across the stage to get my diploma I heard her. I heard her lone scream in the packed auditorium. It is always with her strength that I’ve gotten through the difficulties in my life. Her fundamental belief in me. Her being my champion.

Children rise up to what is expected of them. I expect a lot of my kids. Education is a must. College is expected. I learned to be involved with my kids’ education. I volunteer. I show up to meetings. I contribute my opinion. I stay engaged.  Part of my parenting is being involved with my kid’s educational lives.

In the end, I fundamentally believe education can change the world. It has for me. I wouldn’t change any part of my journey.
Be the change you wanna see in the world. Education really does create opportunities. It has been instrumental in my ability to grow confident, to have many experiences, and now it has created opportunities for my kids to travel the world.     

Ultimately, I’ve learned to raise my kids with a balanced view of the world. Believe me, I don’t send my kids to school to learn how to be Native men or white men. I find those sacred spaces for them to grow myself. They get involved with Native issues. I have zero expectation that the Minneapolis Public Schools will teach them how to thrive as Native people. I have an expectation that their school respects and honors their culture. I have an expectation that issues of race are competently dealt with. It’s 2016, and issues of culture, race, and class need to be talked about and dealt with.

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