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It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, May 01 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgWoke up this morning, turned on the news and watched the story about the Sterling guy (owner of the LA Clippers) who made racist comments that were recorded and is now banned from anything to do with the NBA. In the same moment I thought ‘good enough for him’ I wondered how is that different from the Washington Red$kin$? Answer: we don’t have that much money AKA power for one thing and our culture is still actively degraded by the willingly ignorant. Grrrrr! I saw Native News Today put the story out on Facebook; sure it will get the word out but beyond that what can we do? It seems the only thing the dominant culture takes notice of is what billionaires want and violence. But … using other means to change the hateful team name isn’t impossible either. Let me think about it some more.
Political Matters: Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis
Thursday, May 01 2014
 
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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"In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two,

Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

But everything else in the childhood rhyme,

Ignores the historic details and genocide."

— From “Fourteen Hundred Ninety-Two (The Rewrite),” by Dana W. Hall


Where should we start? In 1492, Cristoforo Colombo, an explorer from the Republic of Genoa (now part of Italy), sailing under the flag of the Crown of Castile (now Spain), set off to find the fastest route to the gold and spices of the Orient. He set off westward in the Atlantic Ocean, and ended up in the Caribbean, quite a long way from East Asia.

On his first voyage, Christopher Columbus, who was wrong in nearly all of his geographic suppositions, came ashore on an island in the present day Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Historians are not sure of which island in the Bahamas corresponds to the island that the Italian explorer called San Salvador.

May 2014 Calendar
Thursday, May 01 2014
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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Celebrate American Indian Month 2014!

May 3

American Indian Cancer Foundation's Third Annual Powwow for Hope

This special powwow is a fundraiser to support cancer education and supportive services for American Indian communities. Host drum: Ringing Shield, Eyabay; Emcees: Dave Larsen, Murphy Thomas; Arena Director: Miziway Desjarlait; Head Female Dancer: Patty Sam; Head Male Dancer: Robert Desjarlait.

Grand Entries, 1 and 7 p.m.; Honoring Survivors and Caregivers, 3 p.m.; Feast, 5 p.m.; Jingle Dress Healing Song, 8 p.m.; Closing Ceremony, 9 p.m.; Silent Auction, noon-5 p.m.; Hand Drum Contestants must register by 2 p.m., first round held in the afternoon, finals during feast. Base Camp Facility, 201 Bloomington Road, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-314-4852 or visit www.PowwowforHope.org.


May 3

Susan G. Komen 3-Day 16 week Training Kick-Off

Start your training off on the right foot! You're probably not ready to walk a 60-mile journey just yet, but our Training Kick-Off Event will get you started. Meet your fellow Susan G. Komen 3-Day walkers for a training walk, led by one of our volunteer training walk leaders. Share your stories about past event experiences, training and fundraising. After the walk, you may receive outfitter discounts as well as training advice. 9:30 a.m., GEAR Running Store, 4406 France Avenue South, Edina, MN. For more information, email Andrea Franz at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Week of April 6 2014 Calendar
Tuesday, April 08 2014
 
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April 9 deadline

Construction Trade Training

Summit Academy OIC is accepting applications for construction jobs for the new football stadium and for free construction trade training. Training for pipefitters, plumbers, ironworkers and sheet metal workers begins in April for 20 weeks. No out of pocket costs.

For more information, contact Tiffany Hand, Little Earth Employment Director, 612-455-2831.


April 9

Circle of Generations

Dakota Language with Neil McKay, 4-5 p.m.; Manido Bimibatoowin (Spiritual Running): First Nations Unite; Outfit Repair/Tips with Wayne Reyes and Miskwa DesJarlait; Naagadawendamowin, Wiiyawimaa, Aabiziijigan (Mind, Body, Medicine) with Linda EagleSpeaker and Donna LaChapelle; Makizin-ataagewin/Han'pana (Moccasin Games) with Grady Renville; Teaching Circle, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Stephanie Thompson at 612-879-1768 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


April 10

Circle of Generations Ojibwemowin (Ojibwe Language)

Joe Spears, 5-6 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Stephanie Thompson at 612-879-1768 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Playwright Explores Identity Through Family
Friday, April 04 2014
 
Written by Jamie Keith,
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playwright explores identity through family.jpg“In a World Created by a Drunken God” made its United States premiere at Mixed Blood Theater's “Seconds: A Festival of Readings” on March 15 and 16. The play, written by Canadian playwright, novelist and filmmaker Drew Hayden Taylor, was nominated for the Governor General's Award and was produced in Canada four times since it was published in 2004.

“This particular story is a 'what if' in my life,” Taylor said. “I grew up on a reserve with my mother's family – I'm half Ojibwe. My white half took off before I was born – I never knew him. So one day, I thought wouldn't it be interesting, wouldn't it be bizarre, if there was a knock at my door and it was a family member from my father's family that I never knew existed or cared about telling me that our father is dying from chronic renal failure and needs a kidney?”

“In a World Created by a Drunken God” was directed by Bill Partlan and starred Jake Waid as Ojibwe character Jason Pierce and Skyler Nowinski as his white half-brother Harry Dieter. Over the course of the play, Jason grapples with the dilemma of whether or not he will give his absent father one of his kidneys. As Harry tries to convince Jason to give their father the transplant, the two men share stories about their lives. The play touches on themes of identity, biology and the complexity of family relationships.

“It's basically a discussion about – what are the obligations, if you are in such a situation?” Taylor said. “Do those few strands of DNA make you responsible for his life? Or does the fact that he's a complete stranger for all intents and purposes mean you have no obligations? It deals with the moral implications of that.”

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