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Minneapolis Fed launches its Center for Indian Country Development
Thursday, September 03 2015
 
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The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis formally launched its Center for Indian Country Development (CIDC) in August, bringing together resources and stakeholders from tribal, federal and state governments with private sector efforts to promote economic development in Indian Country.

The Federal Reserve System is uniquely structured to work with all interests and government programs to promote economic growth, said Chris Stainbrook, president of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation headquartered in Little Canada and a member of the center’s leadership council.

“I cringe when I hear someone refer to ‘Indian policy.’ There is only a policy for some government agency or program. The rest of us all deal with multiple and diverse policies, programs, treaties and laws,” Stainbrook said.
As a case in point, individual entrepreneurs face different challenges with capital formation, starting and expanding businesses than do tribes, added Al Paulson, president and founder of Marketplace Productions LLC, a St. Paul-based business services and consulting firm.

An enrolled citizen of the White Earth Nation, Paulson was a founder of the National Indian Business Association and the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. The Fed, he said, is “ideally structured” to work with tribal leaders and with individual entrepreneurs of Native American descent. “I know how important that is because I’ve always walked in two worlds,” he said.

In announcing the launch of the center, Minneapolis Fed bank president Narayana Kocherlakota noted that the regional bank has been working in Indian Country for the past 25 years.

The new center will build on that experience, he said, while focusing on legal infrastructure development, improved access to capital for Native Americans, entrepreneurship and small business development, effective coordination and design of economic development programs, and related education and research.
“The center provides energy and coordination to Indian Country development initiatives across the Federal Reserve System and takes a lead role in forging Federal Reserve partnerships with other national and regional organizations,” he said in a statement.

Launching the center is something of a swan song for Kocherlakota. He is leaving the bank at the end of the year to return to academia at the University of Rochester.

The University of Chicago and Princeton University educated economist, however, has ties that anchor him to the region serviced by the bank. He spent much of his childhood in Winnipeg when his parents were on the faculty of the University of Manitoba, and he previously taught economics at the University of Minnesota and University of Iowa.

The bank earlier announced that was creating the center and that co-directors of CICD are Patrice Kunesch and veteran Minneapolis Fed executive Susan Woodrow.

Kunesch, of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe descent, is a former law professor at the University of South Dakota who in recent years served as undersecretary of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She previously served as deputy solicitor for Indian affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior and as counsel for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Connecticut.

Woodrow, meanwhile, is the executive officer for the Minneapolis Fed’s branch office in Helena, Mont. The bank is one of 12 regional Federal Reserve banks. Its Ninth Federal Reserve District includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana, northwestern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

This region covers a huge portion of Indian Country. The center will work nationally for the Fed system from this base. Members of the newly named CIDC Leadership Council reflect that national scope.

Joining Stainbrook on the council were Dante Desiderio, executive director of the Native American Finance Officers Association, Washington, D.C.; Sarah DeWess, senior director of the First Nations Development Institute, Longmont, Colo.; Miriam Jorgensen, research director, Native Nations Institute for Leadership, University of Arizona; Elsie Meeks, board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and chairperson, Lakota Funds, Kyle, S.D.; Jacqueline Johnson Pata, executive director, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, D.C.; John Phillips, executive director, First Americans Land-Grant Consortium, Alexandria, Va.; Jaime Pinkham, vice president of Native Nations Programs, Bush Foundation, St. Paul; Gerald Sherman, vice president, Bar K Management, Roscoe, Mont.; and Sarah Vogel, a Bismarck attorney and former North Dakota commissioner of agriculture.               

Political Matters
Thursday, September 03 2015
 
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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On Aug. 5, a crew from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was excavating an old leaking mine in Colorado, when workers using a backhoe were surprised by a deluge that came pouring out. Some three million gallons of waste water from the abandoned Gold King Mine spilled into Cement Creek and then into the Animas River.

An article on the Accuweather Web site noted that the plume of toxic water deposited “dangerous metals, such as lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury along hundreds of miles [of waterways] through three states.”
The City of Durango and La Plata County reportedly declared states of emergency. The spill turned the Animas River a sickly ochre shade and made its way south to the Navajo Nation, where farmers in the northern part of the reservation face ruin, with a ban on using river water for crops and livestock. “Thousands of acres of farmland could dry up, and hundreds of families could see their primary source of income disappear,” according to New Times, a Phoenix newspaper.

 Of course, it’s ironic that the EPA caused this environmental disaster. But I wondered about the implications for a proposed copper-nickel mining project near Hoyt Lakes, in northeastern Minnesota. In numerous columns about PolyMet Mining’s copper-nickel mine (the NorthMet Project), I’ve noted that hard rock mining in the West has a miserable record in terms of polluting groundwater and surface waters. Many mining firms have gone bust and left the public on the hook to clean up the messes they made.
So, does the Gold King Mine disaster foretell what Minnesota might experience with the advent of copper-nickel mining?

“It’s pretty different,” said John Coleman, environmental section leader for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), which provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement and legal and policy analysis to 11 Ojibwe bands in Minnesota,Wisconsin and Michigan.

“That was primarily gold mining,” he added during a recent telephone conversation. “I mean, it’s a lot of the same geochemical processes that generate contaminants; but every mine site is different.”

Regarding the “same geochemical processes,” Coleman points out that PolyMet, with its planned open pit mine, would be “digging into sulfur-containing rock, and that will generate acid and release heavy metals – and there’s a lot of water. So there are a lot of similarities.”

He concludes, as far as the Gold King “containment and remediation effort” that went bad, that PolyMet’s project presents “a different scenario than what you have in Colorado.”

This question was one part of our phone chat; I called Coleman mainly to discuss what’s called the Preliminary Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the NorthMet project. And while waiting to connect with him, the Timberjay, the Iron Range newspaper, put out a story that seems to seriously undermine one crucial aspect of the EIS.

The issue is loaded with hard to understand technical terminology; but, basically, the environmental review process – a collaboration among the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – botched the model for determining water flow through the area of the proposed mine, in the view of GLIFWC’s Coleman.

In a June 18 letter to agency managers responsible for the NorthMet EIS, Coleman wrote: “Since before 2008, GLIFWC staff have consistently raised concerns about the quality and validity of the groundwater modeling at the mine site. Most recently it has come to our attention that the mine site MODFLOW model was incorrectly calibrated and unlikely to provide the hydrologic characterization of the site that is needed in order to perform adequate project impact evaluations.”

The EIS has looked at a flow of water to the south of the project; but Coleman has pointed out that contaminants from the mine likely would run north, into the Peter Mitchell pits, a series of taconite pits that were used by Northshore Mining. The pits are located high on the Laurentian Divide, where water either runs south, toward the Gulf of Mexico, or north, to Hudson Bay.

This area of concern raised by GLIFWC should be addressed in the final EIS, which is due for release in November. “We feel that [the EIS] shouldn’t be released until they get some analysis done on what the impacts might be from contaminants going north toward Birch Lake,” Coleman said, who added, “There are a lot of implications related to things like dewatering and wetlands; but they’ve been very reluctant to look at interaction between this PolyMet project and the adjacent taconite mine.”

“Bring the Children Home” presents with authenticity
Thursday, September 03 2015
 
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As tough as it is to get a play produced, Marcie Rendon has turned down name venues for the sake of cultural integrity. “Believe it or not,” she told the Twin Cities Daily Planet several years ago, “some people consider ‘Dances With Wolves’ current events.” This mentality is why she founded Raving Native Productions back in 1996, showcasing uncompromising scripts by Native authors at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Rendon returned to the Fringe this season, premiering her drama, “Bring the Children Home,” described on the Kickstarter page as being about “people’s search for meaning and identity in a world gone crazy.” As faithfully committed as she is to integrity, when it comes to coping with social ills, she’s just as concerned about accountability, refusing to lay blame for the state of imperiled youth of color completely at the feet of racist cops and calls for communities to shoulder their share.

“Bring the Children Home,” Rendon said, “was written during the ‘murderapolis’ years in Minneapolis when so many young folks, Native and black were being shot down in the streets. There was heavy gang warfare going on, open market for drugs on the streets … This play spoke to the need for young people to have family, to have community that protected and cared about them. It also speaks to parents about their need to be parents, to take care of the young. It is a ‘spiritual/realism’ play … written in the style of Ojibwe storytelling, so the message crosses to all generations – it is as much a message to the parents, elders and community about the need for them to care for the young, as it is a story for the young about making choices.”
Raving Native Productions, best known for Rendon’s satirical sendup of the prison system “Free Frybread,” is a perfect chance to shed “Dances with Wolves” delusions and view Native American life through an authentic lens. Look forward to more of it, as she attests, “I am more committed these days to seeing my work on stage after ‘life’ kind of derailed by work for a bit. Raving Natives is back!”

Directed by Mankwe Ndosi, Marcie Rendon’s “Bring the Children Home” ran at the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Franklin Avenue Aug. 3 to 5 during the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

September Community Calendar
Thursday, September 03 2015
 
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Sept. 2
NACDI Breakfast Bites
Come and join us for an opportunity to network and discuss the most important issues in our community. 9-10:15 a.m., NACDI, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-235-4969

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Grow Your Own with Mashkiikii Gitigan
Subjects will include: Growing, Harvesting, Preparing and preserving food, Traditional Native American methods, Foraging, Sacred tobacco, Wild rice, Nutrition, Diabetes and heart disease prevention and Diabetes Screening. Healthy Living Starts with Healthy Eating! 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., free to all, drop-ins welcome! Mashkiikii Gitigan (Medicine Garden), 24th Street Community Urban Farm, 1316 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, MN. For more information call Christina or Annelie at 612-436- 2676 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 4-6
Labor Day Contest Powwow
Palace Casino Drive, Cass Lake, MN. For more information, call Anita Cloud at 218-256-6163, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Rod Northbird at 218-308-3120; Leah Gale Monroe at 218-760-3127, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or LaVonne Thompson at 218-308-3680, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
Karma Market
Take what you need, try something fresh from the garden and donate what you can! Good Karma for everyone! Garden fresh harvest available throughout the day as well. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mashkiikii Gitigan (Medicine Garden), 24th Street Community Urban Farm, 1316 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, MN. For more information call Christina or Annelie at 612-436- 2676 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 8
Traditional Blessing & Welcome Feast
Welcome to the University of Minnesota new and returning students! Join us and meet the Department of American Indian Studies faculty and staff! Noon, Circle of Indigenous Nations, 322 Appleby Hall, University of Minnesota, 128 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-624-2555 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 11
Fundraiser for 19th Annual Elder's Picnic
American Indian Community Organizations plan this event and would love to continue the party for them! All proceeds will provide supplies for the event on September 17, 2015. Come have a great meal and help our elders. Menu items: Indian Taco, Frybread with Wojapi, Frybread, Prairie Dogs, water, coffee and tea. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, prices and volunteering, call April Smith, Health & Wellness Coordinator, at 612-879-1770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 11-13
Mendota's 16th Annual Traditional Wacipi
Not a contest, we have a small payout for dancing but not a contest. We are a small, traditional wacipi. St. Peters Church, 1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota, MN. For more information, call Sharon Lennartson at 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. 11-13
Bois Forte Traditional Miigwech Manomin Powwow
Mens Woodlands and Womens Jingle special. Nett Lake Powwow Grounds, 5344 Lakeshore Drive, Nett Lake, MN. For more information, call Donald Chosa at 218 757-3757, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.boisforte.com.

Sept. 12
The Gathering in Winona
Honoring Our Elders Golden Age (60+) Dance Specials only: GA Men’s Traditional; GA Men’s Grass/Fancy; GA Women’s Traditional; GA Jingle/Fancy. DeCora-Guimaraes Family Ho-Chunk Women’s Applique Special, 18+. ID’s will be needed to verify age. Prize money and day money for all dancers. Vendors wanted: food and authentic American Indian artworks. Call Bill McNeil at 507-454-4627 or 507-459-6032 for vendor information. Unity Park, 860 Parks Ave., Winona, MN. 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

Sept. 12
Red Lake Oshkiimaajitahdah Games Gathering
Red Lake Nation College; 9: Welcome by Jerry Loud, Oshkiimaajitahdah Director, Welcoming Song by Young Kingbird Singers; 9:15-9:50: Introductory Activity Comments by Dan Ninham (Oneida), Wooden Lacrosse Game, Freeman Bucktooth (Onondaga), Modern Lacrosse Game and Angelo Baca (Hopi/Dine), Running Games; 10-11:30: Wooden Lacrosse Game (Football Field, 13-17 years-old), Modern Lacrosse Game (Softball Field I, youth 12 and younger) and Running Games (Softball Field II, adults); 11:40-12:10 p.m.: Lunch Provided, Red Lake Nation College; 12:15-1:45: Wooden Lacrosse Game (Football Field, adults), Modern Lacrosse Game (Softball Field I, 13-17 years-old), Running Games (Softball Field II, 12 and younger); 2-3:30: Wooden Lacrosse Games (Football Field, 12 and younger), Modern Lacrosse Games (Softball Field I, adults), Running Games (Softball Field II, 13-17 years-old); 6-8: Film Screening with Filmmaker Angelo Baca, Red Lake Nation College and Travelling Song by Young Kingbird Singers. All events are free and open to youth and adults. Red Lake Nation College and Red Lake School Fields, Red Lake, MN. For more information, call or text Dan Ninham at 218-368-6430 or email coach.danninham@ gmail.com, to pre-register for the Saturday Sept. 15 deadline First Nations Development Institute Invites Applications for Agriculture Scholarships The purpose of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program is to encourage more Native American college students to enter agricultural and entrepreneurial fields so that they can better assist their communities with these efforts. First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships annually to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including but not limited to: agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, horticulture, irrigation science, plant-based nutrition and sustainable agriculture or food systems. Scholarship Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field, including food systems; applicants must be Native American (enrolled citizen of a current or terminated federal/state tribe); have at least a 3.0 GPA; demonstrate a commitment to helping his/her community reclaim local food-system control. Scholarship Application Checklist: Online application; Proof of tribal enrollment; Enrollment verification form; Unofficial transcript; Letter of recommendation from faculty member; Essay (250-500 words) addressing how you will use your degree to help your community reclaim control of their local/traditional food system, and how you plan to spend the scholarship money. For more info, visit www.firstnations.org/ grantmaking/scholarship.

Sept. 17
19th Annual American Indian Elder Picnic
10 a.m.: Wisdom Steps Walk; 11: Music by Johnny Smith and Ken Danielson; Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch with more music; 1-2: Games and prizes. Throughout the event, you are invited to play games and win prizes. You may bring one guest. Come and join us for lunch and door prizes. This is a day to honor you, please no children. Minnehaha Falls Pavilion, 4801 S. Minnehaha Park Drive, Minneapolis, MN. If you would like to volunteer, donate or have questions on transportation, call April Smith at 612-879-1770. Resource tables available, call Diane Groomes at 612-251-8794 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 18
American Indian Cultural House Fall Gathering
Please join us as we celebrate 13 years of existence, welcome new students and recognize students now graduating from the University of Minnesota. Refreshments will be served. This year we will be honoring the following graduates: Monica Briggs, Sonyna Castillo, Drew Coveyou, Nicole LaFontaine, Clarissa Leino, Warlance Miner and Simone Ninham. Free, 3:30 p.m., Comstock Hall Ballroom, 210 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Donavan Begay at 612-624-0295 or 612-624-2555 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 18-20
Battle Point 18th Traditional Powwow
Battle Point Pow Wow Grounds, Battle Point Drive, Federal Dam, MN. Directions: (N) 35.9 mi E. on US-2 E of Bemidji MN; Right County Road 8 (Bena), NE/County 8 NE 10.0 mi 8; Turn right County Road 73 NE 6.2 mi; (S) 20 mi. E of Walker Hwy 200 left MN 84 11.8 m; R. County Road. 73 6.2m. to Battle Point Drive. For more information, call Diane Smith at 218-654-5667, Leah Gale Monroe at 218-760-3127, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or LaVonne Thompson at 218-308-3680 or email lavonne.thompson@ leechlakegaming.com.

Sept. 21
Foster Care Information Meeting
ICWA foster and adoptive families are needed. Do you know someone who has love to share? All are welcome! Please come to an information session to learn more. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hennepin County Library-Hosmer, Hosmer Meeting Room, 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis, MN. Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN. For more information, visit www.hennepin.us/residents /human-services/foster-care.

Sept. 21-23
Northern MN Tribal Economic Development Summit
Keynote Speakers: Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin: “Successes of a Corporate Model” and Prof. Robert Miller: “Entrepreneur Based Economics” Summit Workshop Tracks: Tribal Leadership: Book your Tourism Expedition, Food Sovereignty, Lack of Industry: Tools to Attract Industry, Housing Development: Red Lake Model, Tribal Utilities Commission; Entrepreneurship: "We use to..." Traditional Economic Activities, Web Marketing: Social Media, Being Part of an Arts Economy, Business 101, Youth Entrepreneurship; Workforce Development: Institute of Technology, Health Care: Inspire Entry, Bridge the Gap: Cultural Ed for Employers, Child Care: Needed but is it Feasible, Match Workforce Development w/ Job Creation. Artist's Tradeshow, Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Display and sell your arts, crafts, and designs as a vendor at the tradeshow; registration is required; scholarships are available to those who register early. Space is limited. Open to the public, free admission for shoppers. Seven Clans Casino Hotel & Event Center, Red Lake, MN. For more information, call 218-679-1893 or visit www.nmtedc.org.

Sept. 22
Adoption Information Meetings
ICWA foster and adoptive families are needed. Do you know someone who has love to share? All are welcome! Please come to an information session to learn more. 6 to 8 p.m., Hennepin County Library-Brookdale, Room C, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/adoption.

Sept. 24
Listening Session on Women's Economic Issues
The Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women will host an unstructured discussion. We simply ask, “What are the primary economic issues for women in your area?” “What are the economic success stories of women in your area?” and “What are barriers to women’s economic success in your area?” The purpose is to gather information to advise state legislators on women’s economic issues in Greater Minnesota. Individuals and organizations that deal with a broad range of women’s economic issues are invited to attend. The invitation list includes local elected officials; the chamber of commerce; and agencies and organizations that address the needs of low income women, older women, and veterans. 10-11:30 a.m., Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW, Bemidji, MN. For more information, contact Barbara Battiste, Director of the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women at 651-296-0711, email barbara.battiste@ oesw.leg.mn or visit www.oesw.leg.mn.

Sept. 30
Grow Your Own with Mashkiikii Gitigan
Subjects will include: Growing, Harvesting, Preparing and preserving food, Traditional Native American methods, Foraging, Sacred tobacco, Wild rice, Nutrition, Diabetes and heart disease prevention and Diabetes Screening. Healthy Living Starts with Healthy Eating! 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., free to all, drop-ins welcome! Mashkiikii Gitigan (Medicine Garden), 24th Street Community Urban Farm, 1316 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, MN. For more information call Christina or Annelie at 612-436- 2676 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 30
The Native American Cancer Support Group
If you or someone you know is a cancer patient or survivor, we encourage you to join us. Every group session is potluck style, bring something if you can or just bring yourself. 6 to 8 p.m., East Phillips Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Joy Rivera at 612-202-0588 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

ONGOING

MONDAYS

Senior Walking Group
10 to 11:30 a.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call April Smith at 612-879-1770.

Senior Dining
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call April Smith at 612-879-1770.

Ginew/Golden Eagles
Our program serves American Indian youth 5 to 18 years-old. We follow a 23 unit culturally specific curriculum designed to highlight and enhance the resiliency of American Indian youth. Monthly themes are instructed by staff and guest speakers. 5 to 7:30 p.m., youth must be enrolled to participate. For more info call Rachel Greenwalt at 612-879-1754 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Medicine Wheel AA Meeting
Open 12 Step AA meeting, no transportation or childcare provided. Come to parking lot door. 6 p.m., Church of Gitchiwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.

Indian Education Family Language Table
Experience the teachings of our ancestors. Anishinaabe scholar and James Vukelich and Dakota teacher and linguist Neil McKay and explore the teachings of the Dakota and Ojibwe people. All community members are welcome to attend, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Anishinabe Academy, 3100 E. 28th St., Minneapolis, MN.

DSMMA Class
7 p.m. Muay Thai Kickboxing; 8 p.m. Jiu Jitsu. For more information, call Vaughn Lodge at 612-913-2619.

TUESDAYS

Women’s Anger Management
Educational and culturally specific anger management and domestic violence classes for women. Groups are free of charge and daycare is provided. Groups meet for 15 sessions. Intake required prior to participation. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN. For intake or more information, call Fredora Justin-Alcindor at 612-279-6319.

Senior Dining
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call April Smith at 612-879-1770.

Red Road Wellbriety Meeting
Light lunch provided. Noon-1 p.m., St. Stephen's, 2309 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Parents of Tradition Guiding Elder
Ida Downwind. For parents with small children ages birth to five years-old. Parent and child learning activities and reconnect to the good path of parenting through Ojibwe and Dakota languages. Little Earth of United Tribes, 2495 18th Avenue South, LERA Youth Center, noon to 2 p.m. To register call Jean Colemen at 612-290-9936.

Women of Traditional Birthing
Topics and activities include: breastfeeding, labor and delivery, infant mortality, baby blankets, birthing plans, prenatal yoga, dream catchers, tobacco ties. Upon completion, participants receive a Target gift card. Dinner, daycare and transportation will be provided. 5 to 7:30 p.m., Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. For more info, call Ruth Mestas at 612-279-6312 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Father Project
Comprehensive parenting support for fathers. Services included are child support services, employment training, case management, GED tutoring and legal services (family law). Free, 5 to 7 p.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN. Call Joe Regguinti to complete an intake for the program at 612-279-6342.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, September 03 2015
 
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ricey wild.jpgSovereignty is a powerful word. I believe it means more to Indian People than to anyone else in the United States. For my own refresher and further elucidation I looked up the precise meaning(s) to make sure I knew what the heck I’m writing about rather than thinking I already know and start yakking about it off the top of my head. So: sov-er-eign-ty noun 1. Supreme power or authority. A self-governing state. Okay den.

Speaking of my head I thought hey! I can use my own spirit/mind/body to describe how I understand and feel about the concept of sovereignty. My entire being is a Sovereign Nation. NO ONE tells me who/what to worship and how to do it. I have the right to an opinion on everything and I can say what I think and feel and it does not matter to me who chooses to be offended. NO ONE, especially old white men, has the privilege to legislate what I decide to do with my body. I do have to abide by some physical environmental constructs (that darn Matrix!) but no one, and I mean NO ONE has the power over me to say I can’t boogit when and where I please. It was in the early 1970’s that I first heard the word sovereignty in reference to American Indians. I was still a kid and I puzzled over it without any real comprehension as to its meaning.

A reservation was a place where a bunch of Indians lived; that much I knew and also that I had one but didn’t grow up there. I heard about ‘Indian Militants’ Wounded Knee and the American Indian Movement that all sounded kind of scary. All I wanted to do is the ‘butterfly’ dance at powwows and all I had was an ugly maxi-dress. Hai! I didn’t yet know how much my ancestors had fought for and sacrificed so that I could be here, just be here. Chii Miigwech Gichii Manidoog!

Ironically it was when we moved to the Big City that I learned the most about my own culture. It was there I met and interacted with kids from different Indian Nations, learned my first Ojibwe words and for the first time I can recall had my identity positively validated as an Indian girl publicly. I know I rant and rave about U.S. education and the blatant lies schools teach about Indians even now, but people, it’s one of the most important parts of our individual and collective lives and we need to understand that so we can continue as sovereign nations!!!

Historical fact: first the English and the French and later the United States negotiated treaties with Indians, nation-to-nation. Let that sink in. The whole of the North and South American continents were Indigenous lands. The European immigrants were violent, greedy and ruthless always wanting more land to exploit thinking we were too dumb to know what we had. Oh we knew but when facing annihilation and genocide our people had to sign treaties to survive but always made sure they retained the rights to hunt, fish and gather so that we, their descendants can continue our way of life.

Those who become educated and informed of American Indian Treaty Rights cannot be uneducated nor do they passively accept what the U.S. government or state says we can or cannot do on our own ancestral lands. Yes, we Indians have been savagely oppressed by whatever means necessary by the U.S. but that does not have to continue to be the situation. We need to fight for our children and theirs for a better life and set of circumstances.  

Just now I was reading about Minnesota Chippewa Tribal members who are going to gather manoomin-wild rice in a ceded territory without purchasing a Minnesota State permit to exercise their 1855 treaty rights. The state has warned them they may prosecute and seize their manoomin and equipment. The people know that and are preparing for it but the crux of the matter is … sovereignty. There is a paternalistic lie so often repeated still that Indians were GIVEN our rights by the United States in the treaties. NO. The Chiefs’ who signed them, under great duress I add, RETAINED those rights for us.

eah I get all choked up when I hear about or witness all the historically oppressed peoples who take a stand for their humanity. They are not only refusing to be victimized any longer but putting themselves out there to be recognized. To them I say thank you and I honor your presence, integrity and courage.
See yooz in Shock-tober when I will reveal my Halloween costume…I’m thinking one of the Koch brothers. Ewwwww!!!! Demonic!

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