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Saturday, November 01 2014
 
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Game day rally at U to draw crowds protesting NFL, DC team's mascot

By Matt Sepic, MPR News

Native American leaders and University of Minnesota students say they're expecting thousands of people to turn out for a protest against the Washington Redskins when the team plays the Vikings a week from Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, said the DC team's name is racist and offensive. Bellecourt expects a young group of protesters to gather outside the stadium to speak out against the name.

"We know that because we're on a university campus. We're organizing all the students," he said. "We've been doing a lot of radio, television, public relations, so we're expecting over 5,000 people."

The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media is organizing the protest along with campus leaders.

Aubrey Strenger with the Black Law Students Association said the university, through its contract with the Vikings, should prohibit the use of the Washington team's name on campus.

"The University of Minnesota is such an influential educational body and they are in a particular place to affect change," Strenger said.

University of Minnesota officials have asked the Vikings to limit the use of the Washington team's name and logo during the game.

A statement posted on the U's website, said while the university "denounces the team name of the Washington team — and other sports team names that promote negative and harmful stereotypes — the University does not believe that it has the legal authority or contractual authority under the facility use agreement to prevent the game."

Amid the controversy, team owner Dan Snyder said in a recent letter to Washington's season ticket holders that the name is a "badge of honor."

 


Weekend Calendar: Nov. 1-2
Saturday, November 01 2014
 
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Nov. 1

11th Annual Gathering for Our Children & Returning Adoptees Powwow

Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Arena Directors: Windy Downwind and Kirk Crow Shoe; Host Drum: Maza Kute; Color Guard: Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Kit Fox Society.

Grand Entry, 1 p.m.; Wablenica Ceremony: The Wablenica Olowan (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptees and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. Feast, 5 p.m.; Kwatsan (Quechan) Bird Singer, 6-7 p.m.; Grand Entry, 7 p.m., a special honor song and recognition for our young relatives who have experience foster care.

This pow wow is a celebration our community’s strengths. As we continue to gather and acknowledge the strengths of our families, we heal from the intergenerational trauma within our extended family systems. As our families and communities heal we are better able to adopt and foster our Native children. Sponsored by: First Nations Repatriation Institute; Division of Indian Work; Indigenous Women’s Life Net; Hennepin County; Bois Forte Urban Office; Department of Human Services

Event is free and open to the public. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For vendor information, call Tina Knafla at 612-348-9662. For general information, contact Sandra White Hawk, at 651-442-4872 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Jacque Wilson at 612-871-6618 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Nov. 2

No Honor in Racism Rally

Join us as we protect our children and future generations from the racist imagery and mascot of the Washington football team. Please invite all friends and family. We hope to see you there.

Gathering at the 10 a.m., Tribal Nations Plaza at TCF Stadium, 420 SE 23rd St., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media at the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center at 612-886-2107 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Nov. 2

#NotYourMascot Rally

Join grassroots efforts to march against the use of the culturally offensive Washington mascot and to end the use of a racial slur by the Washington team. The Minnesota Vikings and The Washington team will be playing at the U of M at noon. Supported by: Protect Our Manoomin; Idle No More Twin-Cities, Minnesota; AIM of Twin Cities & AIM Patrol of Minneapolis; “United Urban Warrior Society”; Twin Cities Save the Kids; IdleNoMore Wisconsin; OccupyMN; March Against Corruption; Institute for Critical Animal Studies, North America; Minnesota Two Spirit Society; #NotYourMascot

8:30 a.m., 1845 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/706699092737997.


November 2014 Calendar
Saturday, November 01 2014
 
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Through Nov. 15

“On Fertile Ground: Native Artists in the Upper Midwest”

Join us to celebrate the wealth and diversity of Native artists from this region. This exhibition will take place once annually over a period of three years. Each show will highlight 15 different artists, ultimately providing a comprehensive overview of 45 artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

2014 artists include: Judith Allen, Wendy Boivin, Alexandra Buffalohead, Julie Buffalohead, Nelson Chasing Hawk, Jim Denomie, John Hitchcock, Wanesia Misquadace, Karen Savage, Nelda Schrupp, James Star Comes Out, Jodi Webster, Dennis White, Jennifer White, and Monte Yellow Bird.

Exhibition Events: Gallery Talk with James Star Comes Out, Oct. 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Closed Mondays. For more information, call 612-235-4970 or visit www.AllMyRelationsArt.com.


Nov. 1

11th Annual Gathering for Our Children & Returning Adoptees Powwow

Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Arena Directors: Windy Downwind and Kirk Crow Shoe; Host Drum: Maza Kute; Color Guard: Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Kit Fox Society.

Grand Entry, 1 p.m.; Wablenica Ceremony: The Wablenica Olowan (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptees and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. Feast, 5 p.m.; Kwatsan (Quechan) Bird Singer, 6-7 p.m.; Grand Entry, 7 p.m., a special honor song and recognition for our young relatives who have experience foster care.

This pow wow is a celebration our community’s strengths. As we continue to gather and acknowledge the strengths of our families, we heal from the intergenerational trauma within our extended family systems. As our families and communities heal we are better able to adopt and foster our Native children. Sponsored by: First Nations Repatriation Institute; Division of Indian Work; Indigenous Women’s Life Net; Hennepin County; Bois Forte Urban Office; Department of Human Services

Event is free and open to the public. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For vendor information, call Tina Knafla at 612-348-9662. For general information, contact Sandra White Hawk, at 651-442-4872 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Jacque Wilson at 612-871-6618 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


What's New In The Community: November 2014
Saturday, November 01 2014
 
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Migizi Communications receives $1.2 million grant

MINNEAPOLIS Migizi Communications, Inc. has received a $1.2 million federal grant to launch Native Youth Financially Independent. This five-year demonstration project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services and the Administration for Native Americans.

The Native Youth Financially Independent project is designed to present permanent and sustainable solutions to the intergenerational poverty and lack of economic opportunity that have plagued the Minneapolis Indian community since its formation in the 1950s. Migizi Communications will recruit 150 low-income Native youth from across Minneapolis, ages 14-21, providing them with opportunities and support needed to prepare them to become financially-independent adults.
These students will undergo work readiness training, be placed in paid internship opportunities in high-growth, high-demand careers; save earnings for college in an Individual Development Account which will be matched four-to-one through program funds; and receive financial literacy training, mentorship and 21st century skills development opportunities.

The project’s main partners include AchieveMpls, which will provide workforce training and internship placement for participants through the STEP-UP Achieve youth employment program over the five year course of the project. One of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP Achieve – part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program – places 800 Minneapolis youth each year in paid internships with Twin Cities companies, non-profits and public agencies.
NYFI's second partner is Woodlands National Bank, owned by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, which will administer youth IDA savings accounts. The students will have their savings matched four-to-one to be used for higher education expenses. Woodlands is the primary banking institution serving the urban American Indian community in Minneapolis.
NYFI responds directly to the needs identified and vision created out of a two-year strategic planning process (2008-2010) initiated by the Native American Community Development Institute and involves hundreds of Minneapolis American Indian community members of all ages.

The document created from this process and published in 2011, “American Indian Community Blueprint: Building a 21st Century American Indian Community,” articulates a 20-year vision for a “vibrant, healthy, and balanced community where American Indian people have living-wage jobs that build wealth and assets and eliminate barriers to success, creating economic self-sufficiency.”
Migizi Communications has been in existence for over 37 years and advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community.

 


Regional and Local Briefs: November 2014
Saturday, November 01 2014
 
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NUCLEAR WASTE CHALLENGED BY TRIBE

RED WING, Minn. – The Prairie Island Indian Community is joining three states in a lawsuit over the storage of nuclear waste.

The tribe says it will join with New York, Connecticut and Vermont in a lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant near Red Wing is just 600 yards from the tribal community. The NRC in August opened the door for on-site nuclear waste storage for 100 years or more.

The tribe says the NRC has failed to do a complete analysis of the risks associated with the onsite storage of nuclear waste.

Prairie Island plant executive Kevin Davison agrees with the NRC assessment that the nuclear waste is safely stored near Red Wing. But, Davison says the federal government still has an obligation to create another storage option.

 

ONLINE NATIVE MEDIA GOES TO PRESS

FT. YATES, N.D. – Last Real Indians, an online Native media and advocacy Web site, unveiled its first print edition in October.

A nearly three year-old endeavor, founded by Chase Iron Eyes (Standing Rock Sioux) in January of 2012, LRI features almost daily content provided by writers from across Indian country. “Our network continues to expand as we inform our own, inform the world, strengthen our ties, shatter stereotypes, protect our image, essence and portrayal against appropriation, objectification & [sic] mascotry and share our stories,” Iron Eyes wrote in the first edition.

According to the mission statement on its Web site, “LRI is a media movement grounded in our pre-contact ways of life. We are independent media with direction. We are an adaptation of our story-tellers. We are content creators of many origins with a vision of returning Indigenous peoples of all

'races' to a state of respect for generations unborn.”

Its first edition features topics on environmentalism, Lakota tribal politics, lacrosse, Lakota language, law and health. The paper is headquartered on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in South and North Dakota.

 

 

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