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Passing On: Ivan Randal Wanstall
Thursday, August 07 2014
Written by The Circle Staff,
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passing on ivan randall wanstall the circle.jpgIvan Randal Wanstall

November 13, 1963 – July 11, 2014

The son of Marshall Edward and Elaine Sage Wanstall, Ivan Randal Wanstall took his spirit journey on July 11, 2014. He was born on November 13, 1963 and was 50 years-old. He left this world of an accidental choking death.

He leaves behind three sons who live in St. Louis, Mo.: Josh, Ian and Dustin. He is survived by his brother of St. Paul, Minn., Dennis Sun Rhoades and his sister of the Wind River reservation, Corrine Elizabeth Wanstall. He also leaves behind his closest nephews and nieces: Eldon Kyle James Wanstall of Wind River; Jeffrey B. Wanstall of Minneapolis; David N. Wanstall of St. Paul; Tamara Elaine of West St. Paul and Christy Rae Wanstall of the Wind River reservation; along with his grandchildren: Marshall, Gianna, Carlo, Nico and MijaElena.

We are acknowledging his friends and relatives near and far. His traditional funeral services were presided over by Lessert Moore and with wake held on July 15 and funeral on July 16, 2014.

Ivan was a well-loved person. He enjoyed reading novels, especially of the fantasy genre. He knew how to wrangle and cowboy up. He could do anything! He was an artist and crafter, a car mechanic, he fenced and corralled, and he also had his Early Childhood associate’s degree. He worked with the Shoshone/Arapaho Birth to Five Program on the Wind River reservation and worked at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minn. for two years. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, playing cards, board games and he loved hiking and walking on all sorts of terrain.

We will miss him whole-heartedly! Farewell Brother, Son, Dad, Uncle, Grandpa!

Fond du Lac Follies
Thursday, August 07 2014
Written by Jim Northrup,
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fond_du_lac_follies_jim_northrup.jpgBy now we should all know that Lex Porter of the Fond du Lac Reservation should be recognized as one of the Code Talkers who helped the United States in their efforts during World War Two.

The family of Lex Porter was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his efforts. Chair Karen Diver brought the award back to the family from Washington, D.C. I wonder what other language speaker he was talking to?


Well, this is it folks. The final curtain comes clanging down on the Fond du Lac Follies. After 25 years of writing a monthly column I decided to step back and hang up my spurs and computer. What a different world it was, of course it was 1989 and I was a quarter century younger. Let me see, that must be at least 15 Rez Cars ago, probably just as many Rez dogs ago too.

Gambling was in its infancy then, I think all we had going was bingo. Now with two casinos, we are in a death cage match with Duluth over the profits of one of them. Apparently the winner will be decided by who can spend the most money in attorney fees.

On the Rez, the monthly per capita payment has kept the lights on in some homes, made car payments and has put food on some tables, the rest of us use plates. The per cap payments has given us a higher standard of living and even a higher tax bracket. Remember how hard it was to live on zero bucks a month?

Of course there have been some problems associated with gambling. One is we think money can solve anything. Two is we think money can solve anything.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, August 07 2014
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgIn another dazzling display of culturally entrenched racism against the First Peoples of Turtle Island Ted Nugent called us “Unclean vermin” who “don’t qualify as people.” He went on to say that there is a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people. Wow. Then there’s wannabe president Michele Bachman who has a great idea for the Central American children, who seek refuge and a new, better life than their war-torn homicidal country’s can give them. Put them in labor camps says Bachman, then they learn American, work and everybody wins. *choke* SNORT! What?

In the case of Nugent I am the first person to speak up for freedom of speech but that works both ways Teddy boy. You are a vile, stinking, poisonous mass of diarrhea, a hypocritical blowhard who was very willing to take money from unclean vermin who don’t qualify as people. Well money talks but so do disgusting jerks. ‘Nuff about that cesspool of hatred.

Now for Mrs. Bachman; just when I think she can’t possibly say nor do anything to top her already despicable actions she does it again. History would truly repeat itself were this inhuman scheme come to be. Indian boarding schools and the inexplicable horrors that happened to children away from their families are still very much a part of our culture, one we are trying desperately to change. The U.S. agenda to wipe us out completely failed so they killed the Indian to save the man. We were being trained in white man ways to enter indentured servitude and supposed to be grateful for it. Now Bachman would impose that on thousands more little brown children.

Political Matters: PolyMet and the race for auditor
Thursday, August 07 2014
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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mordecai_specktor_some.jpgEnd of an era

In a recent email from Alfred Walking Bull, The Circle’s editor, I was reminded that this edition of the newspaper would include Jim Northrup’s valedictory column. He’s leaving these pages after 25 years of enlightening and entertaining us with “Fond du Lac Follies.” So, we’ll have to look for his next book or elsewhere to learn about his travels, his family in Sawyer and his chronicles of the Ojibwe lifeway: ricing, sugar bush and the language camp keeping alive Ojibwemowin.

I and many others will miss Jim’s writing in The Circle. But it was a good long run. Mazal tov! (as we say).

PolyMet and the race for auditor

The controversy over copper-nickel mining has entered a Minnesota electoral contest – the race for state auditor, of all things. The incumbent, Rebecca Otto, is being challenged by Matt Entenza, who registered at the last minute to run in the DFL primary. Previously, in 2010, Entenza placed third in the DFL primary for governor, with 18 percent of the vote.

What's New In the Community: August 2014
Thursday, August 07 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS Dr. Patrick Rock, Indian Health Board of Minneapolis CEO, was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to a 18-member committee that will recommend ways to enhance the University of Minnesota's Medical School, in an effort to ensure the state’s preeminent medical school is a national leader in medical training, research and innovation.

The Blue Ribbon Committee will come up with ideas for strategies and investments in the medical school, and prepare recommendations for the 2015 Legislature.

"The future health of Minnesotans depends on what we do now to train the next generation of medical professionals in our state. Today’s medical students will become the doctors who will care for our families, and the research professionals who will develop life-saving innovations in medical technology in the years to come," Dayton said.

The committee's goals include: National Prominence, ensuring the Medical School’s national preeminence by retaining and attracting world class faculty, staff, students and residents. Nation-Leading Research and Innovation, sustaining the university’s national leadership in health research, care innovation and health-care delivery, capitalizing on the state’s investments in biomedical research and ground-breaking discoveries; Excellence in Clinical Services, expanding the university’s clinical services to strengthen its ability to serve as a statewide health-care resource for providers and patients, as a training site for health professional students and residents, as a site for cutting-edge clinical research, and as a source of critical funding for the Medical School and health sciences; and Meeting the Health Care Needs of a Changing Minnesota, addressing the state’s health workforce needs so as to serve Minnesota’s broad continuum of health care needs, including primary care, a growing aging population, and increased chronic health needs.

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