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From The Editor's Desk
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Alfred Walking Bull,
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from_the_editors_desk_alfred_walking_bull.jpgCovering the news in Minnesota’s Native community is proving an interesting experience, as with any topic in Indian Country, there are universal elements of sovereignty as well as elements of guarded interactions. We’re tribal people, we take time to warm up to new people or concepts. Overall, it’s been encouraging.

As the past editor of a tribal publication on the Rosebud Sioux reservation, I’ve seen the best and worst in people and institutions. In the case of the latter, I’ve witness and experienced the crab-in-the-bucket mentality. Whether that’s hiring and firing practices, funding allocations or battles of wills, there are times we simply fail to be the best that we can be.
Fond du Lac Follies
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Jim Northrup,
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The Sobriety Powwow was held in Sawyer at Mashkawisen. It was the 30th something annual event.

Once again we set up our Free Coffee For Veterans hooch. We gave coffee to veterans and to those who were delivering coffee to veterans.  One local guy complained that the coffee was too sweet. In checking we determined he had poured coffee into the sugar cup and tried drinking that.  We could hardly wait for him to leave so we could laugh about pouring coffee into the sugar cup and complaining about the taste of the free coffee.
We had many visitors to the hooch.  One of my favorite visitors was Pauline Moose. In Northrup family history she is remembered as the young girl who wrote my letters home for me from Pipestone Boarding school about 64 years ago. I still remember her kindness in doing that for me until I learned how to write.  She brought her daughter Trish, who brought her son, a new young Marine.  As a fellow Marine I gave him a ride in the 1964 Corvette and we swapped Marine Corps stories.
POLITICAL MATTERS: Native Issues In The Halls of Government
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Mordecai Spektor,
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Gogebic Taconite’s scheme

Over the past three years, I’ve been sounding the alarm about the mining juggernaut rolling through the forests of northeastern Minnesota. A number of multinational corporations  – most notably, Polymet Mining and Duluth Metals – are in the exploratory stage of extracting copper-nickel and precious metals, a new type of mining in Minnesota. These projects have the potential to seriously foul surface water and groundwater with sulfate pollution from the mining process, as has happened across the western United States.

Since some of the tracts being explored fall within the 1854 Treaty Ceded Territory, the Ojibwe bands in northern Minnesota have an interest in how this industrial development proceeds. The Fond du Lac band, for example, has been involved in the environmental review process, and band environmental officials have expressed concern that effluents from sulfide mining could damage wild rice beds. In the context of the 1854 Treaty, the Ojibwe bands ceded their ancestral territory to the U.S. government, but reserved their rights to hunt, fish and gather for subsistence purposes. These reserved rights could be endangered by the detrimental environmental effects of sulfide mining.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Ricey Wild,
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For this story I have only to look at my legs to describe what I did this summer. My lower left leg is still swollen and bruised from my birthday celebration back in May. I wear these big, heavy black platform leather boots mostly because I always wanted to be taller than I am. I topped out at 5’6” and have since been fixated on high heels. Is it perhaps an inferiority complex? Nah. Appearing taller evened out my figure. Call it vanity if you must. ;D

While at the casino/hotel me and my partner in crime and hilarity, Melissa, charmed up two men to go get our traditional White Castle dinner, which is pretty much the entire menu. Later in the room a guy pulled out fine tequila and we all did shots in honor of me. Ay! Then I sat on an ashtray, jumped up, lost what was left of my balance and kicked the other guy in…well, let me just say that I hope he is able to have children. What? I didn’t mean to, nor was I harboring any hostility toward men folk at all! I think. Well I got paid back for that unintentional kick; my inner calf was horribly bruised and my foot is still swollen but I figure I got off lucky. I didn’t break any bones! (Sigh of relief!)
Dennis Lee Whipple, May 31, 1987 - Aug. 24, 2013
Thursday, September 05 2013
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Dennis Lee Whipple, 26, from the Lower Sioux Community passed away Saturday, Aug. 24 at his home.

Dennis Lee Whipple was born May 31, 1987 in Rhinelander, WI to Vincent Columbus, Sr. and Sylvia Whipple. He was raised in Rhinelander, WI and baptized at Mazakute Church in St. Paul. Dennis’ godparents were Jeannie Huberty and Dennis Whipple Sr. Dennis attended Mound Park School, Battle Creek Middle School and Arlington High School in St. Paul. Dennis was always smiling and outgoing. He enjoyed snowboarding and watching the Minnesota Vikings. Dennis enjoyed having bonfires with relatives and friends and having cookouts; he loved to cook and share his recipes. He spent time playing games with his X-Box and watching movies. Dennis especially liked giving Alianna popsicles to share with other nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother Sylvia Whipple of St. Paul; father Vince Columbus, Sr. of the Lower Sioux Community; siblings: Vince Columbus, Jr. and Joseph Columbus; nephew Josiah Caske Casiano Columbus; aunts and uncles: Joyce Whitted of CA, Betty Tebo of Kansas City, MO, Verna Warren, and Leslie Whipple both of St. Paul, Tim Columbus of CA, Roland Columbus of Redwood Falls, Lillian Wilson, LaVonne Swenson, Sandra Geshick, Mairlyn Hisday, Dan GreyEagle, all of the Lower Sioux, Chris Columbus of Redwood Falls, and Melissa Chee of the Lower Sioux Community; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Demis and Evelyn Whipple, Thomas and Iola Columbus and many other relatives.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 28 at the Lower Sioux Recreation Center along with a final viewing. Visitation was held on Aug. 27 at the Lower Sioux Recreation Center with a prayer service, continuing until time of services. The burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery.

Online condolences: Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
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