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Powwow Calendar AUGUST 2013
Friday, August 02 2013
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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Aug. 16 - 18
Mille Lacs Band
Traditional Powwow

The 47th Annual Mille Lacs Band Traditional Powwow will be held at the Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds near Onamia, MN. Free camping, campfire wood, and showers available. Security and medical staff will be at the event. For more info, call Carla Big Bear at 320-532-7517.

Community Calendar August 2013
Friday, August 02 2013
 
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Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Adventures in Nature: Atlatl

The atlatl is an ancient hunting device used by the Native people of the area before the bow and arrow. Considered a symbol of power, it was used for thousands of years. There are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite at the site. During this program learn how to use an atlatl while trying to “hunt” a life-size buffalo target. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey MN. Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. For more info, call 507-628-5591.

Nonprofit leader Ron McKinley killed in motorcycle accident
Friday, August 02 2013
 
Written by by Stephanie Hemphill Minnesota Public Radio,
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passing_on_ron_mckinley.jpgRon McKinley, a philanthropic leader who campaigned for education for minorities was killed in a road accident July 21. He was 64.

McKinley, of St. Paul, was riding a motorcycle in Washington state when he and a passenger, St. Paul resident Ann K. Johnson, were killed.
Trista Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, said McKinley worked to make sure people of color were included in foundation decision-making.

“He made our institutions more fair, and he made them much more inclusive places,” she said, “so everywhere that he was, he was making sure that the table was set in a way where we could get the most perspective and we could make thoughtful decisions.”
Militarizing Fossil Fuels and Guarding the Pipeline
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by By Winona LaDuke with Frank Molley,
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militarizing_fossil_fuels.jpg Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist.

I was in South Dakota in late June, which is sort of a ground zero for the XL Keystone Pipeline – the pipeline owned by a Canadian Corporation which will export tar sands oil to the rest of the world. This is the heart of the North American continent. Bwaan Akiing is what we call this land – Land of the Lakota. There are no pipelines across it, and beneath it is the Oglalla Aquifer wherein lies the vast majority of the water for this region. The Lakota understand that water is life, and that there is no new water.

Tar sands carrying pipelines (otherwise called “dilbit”) are sixteen times more likely to break than a conventional pipeline, and it seems that some ranchers and Native people – in a new Cowboy and Indian Alliance – are intent upon protecting that water.

AICDC Buys Ancient Traders Market
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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aicdc_buys_ancient_traders.jpgThe American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC) acquired Ancient Traders Market from its most recent owner, the Twin Cities branch of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) on May 31. The $2.2 million purchase was part of a multi-year plan and partnership between the two organizations to reestablish Native ownership of the building and support further community and economic developments in Minneapolis’s Phillips Neighborhood.

“It really is an important acquisition for us as it relates to the American Indian Cultural Corridor and the economic strength and vitality of the community,” said AICDC Chief Executive Officer Michael Goze.

AICDC’s role in such initiatives was outlined in the American Indian Community Blueprint, which was created by the Native American Community Development Institute in 2010. The Blueprint’s introduction states that the document “establishes a community-development framework for asset-based, solution-oriented strategies designed to advance American Indian interests and opportunities” in the Twin Cities.

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