Local Briefs
From the Editor's Desk: Rebuilding and Exercising Power
Tuesday, January 13 2015
Written by Alfred Walking Bull, The Circle Managing Editor,
Average user rating    (0 vote)
whats_new_-_walfred_walking_bull.jpgNative faces and issues came to the fore on the regional and national stage in 2014. Our concerns became part of a conversation that doesn't happen in meaningful ways. Whether we attempted to educate, rally or simply live from day to day, we found our power.

After her election in 2013, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges made good on her promises to the Indian community by fostering a political environment that led to the creation of Indigenous Peoples Day in the city, in place of Columbus Day. More than that, however, the exercise of the organizing power from within the community is what should be highlighted. The Native American Community Development Institute began the process in 2013 by surveying community members on what they'd like to see achieved and shepherded it through until the ultimate city council vote on April 25 and subsequent celebrations on Oct. 12.

Inextricably linked was also the growing attention to the Washington NFL team's racist mascot. On Nov. 2, thousands gathered in front of TCF Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus to once again protest the institutionalized prejudice and ignorance that accompanied the team when it played the Minnesota Vikings. The work of the protest began in two prongs through the well-established and prominent organization National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media that organized a formal rally at the stadium. The other wing of activism included a protest march through the streets of Minneapolis by a coalition of grassroots organizations including Idle No More-Twin Cities, AIM-Twin Cities, Protest Our Manoomin and the Minnesota Two Spirit Society, among several others.

Among those organizations rising within the community to raise awareness and education about LGBTQ Native issues was the Minnesota Two Spirit Society. While the group has had over 20 years of presence in one incarnation or another in the area, the society began reaching out to tribal communities to educate about the Two Spirit identity, fostering leadership on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota. Part of its goals for the upcoming year is to secure a non-profit status and provide mental health, social service and employment opportunities for Two Spirit individuals in the region. This presence in the community is an important method for reclaiming cultural roles concerning Two Spirit people in modern Native culture after colonization's attack on tradition sexual and gender identity in tribal communities.

Nick-izms: Rez Born, Urban Raised
Tuesday, January 13 2015
Written by Nick Metcalf,
Average user rating    (0 vote)

jpeg_pic.jpgSometimes being a urban Indian ain’t easy cause we gotta exist along many edges of the world. It’s winter in Minnesota now. It’s that time of year that we – Native people – are storytelling. Most of our stories include a trickster character. The trickster is the protagonist, or the main character, in our stories that teach us important life lessons. It’s through the trickster’s adventures that we learn about the world around us, our relationship to everything and how we conduct ourselves.

It’s also that time of year that those of us who make New Year’s Resolutions are doing them. Myself and others will be spend time reviewing our last year. We remember what occurred. We recall the lessons we've learned. We hold onto the sweet moments we experienced. We lovingly remember those we lost. We do this assessment in an effort to establish our personal goals for the year.

Socrates said, "An unexamined life isn't worth living.” OK. I know, I know, Socrates is a Greek philosopher. I share it because this quote is my life anthem. I'm one of those people who works at changing patterns of toxic or unhealthy behavior. I’m a self-help book junkie. It’s important to me to not share generational trauma with my kids. I’m doing my part at ensuring the generations that follow me can live different lives.

I'm told that it takes 21 days of consistent behavior change for a new pattern to be integrated. I’ve learned for myself that I learn from other people. People love to share their stories with me. It is a trait that I appreciate because I learn from them. I wholeheartedly listen to them and use their knowledge. Everyone teaches me something about the world around me.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian: January 2015
Tuesday, January 13 2015
Written by Ricey Wild,
Average user rating    (0 vote)

ricey wild.jpgMy heart is full because the wolf hunts in the Great Lakes regions have been stopped by a federal judge. The horrific carnage of trapping, baiting, killing and continued disruption of the wolves’ families are no more; they are back on the endangered list where they will stay with the love, compassion and diligent advocacy of people who worked hard and long for their lives. To those of you who were directly instrumental I am deeply thankful and so much for everyone who became active on the wolves behalf to speak for them.

An odd thing though, just a few days before the announcement I had called the Minnesota Fish & Wildlife office and spoke to someone who was directly involved with the so-called 'wolf harvest.' “Harvest!” Aghhh. That **name for what is actually savage, bloody slaughter upon superior sentient beings disgusts me and I told him so.

Then I told him a short version of how Anishinabe (First Man) and Maa’ingan (Wolf) in the beginning of time traveled the world together naming all animals, plants and places. Eventually they had to go their own ways and Maa’ingan knew Anishinabe would be lonely without him so he gave him Animoosh (dog).

That part always gets to me and I cried as I am doing now. No longer buried in my skin is my spiritual, cellular connection with Maa’ingan, it’s out now and I honor it as the most basic level of being that is love in the purest form. We both benefit. Maa’ingan will live their lives as Creator intended and I benefit by putting my vulnerability out there for all to see and in my own eyes I become a better person for having done so.

Political Matters: #BlackLivesMatter at MOA
Tuesday, January 13 2015
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
Average user rating    (0 vote)

mordecai_specktor_some.jpgOn New Year’s Eve two years ago, Idle No More, the activist movement for Indian rights that started in Canada and spread across North America, staged a round dance at the Mall of America that drew hundreds of participants. When the group tried to repeat the event on Dec. 31, 2013, organizers Patricia Shepard and Reyna Crow were arrested when they entered the mall.

In a way, Idle No More’s tactics were the precursor to the Dec. 20 #BlackLivesMatter demonstration, which brought several thousand folks, a mainly young, racially diverse group, to the East Rotunda of the largest mall in America.

On one of the busiest Christmas shopping days, MOA officials brought in dozens of private security guards, and cops from around the Twin Cities reinforced the Bloomington PD troops trying to repress the demonstration against the recent police killings of unarmed black men and children. In the end, the huge throng that came to the mall on a Saturday afternoon forced the assembled security force to do what it could to contain the protest, by closing about 80 stores and blocking off aisles leading to the packed rotunda. There were 25 arrests, according to press reports.

MOA officials whined to the press about protesters intruding on their (taxpayer-subsidized, publicly accessible) private property and the inconvenience to holiday shoppers from the mass demonstration. Thankfully, the Bloomington riot cops behaved with restraint and the protest proceeded in a boisterous and nonviolent way.

National Briefs: January 2015
Tuesday, January 13 2015
Written by The Circle Staff,
Average user rating    (0 vote)


WASHINGTON – In a memo released on Dec. 11, the U.S. Justice Department outlined new policies allowing tribes to grow and sell marijuana on reservation lands.

The new federal policy will allow tribes interested in growing and selling marijuana to do so, if they maintain "robust and effective regulatory systems," John Walsh, the U.S. attorney for Colorado, told media. Tribes will need to avoid eight enforcement triggers that currently apply to state marijuana sales, including a prohibition on sales to minors and the diversion of marijuana to states where it remains illegal under local law.

Of the 326 federally-recognized reservations, many are in states that currently do not allow marijuana for medical or recreational use, such as Oklahoma, Utah and the Dakotas.

“The tribes have the sovereign right to set the code on their reservations,” U.S. attorney for North Dakota Timothy Purdon, chairman of the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Native American Issues said.

In a statement, the Department of Justice said U.S. attorneys will review tribal marijuana policies on a case-by-case basis and that prosecutors retain the right to enforce federal law.

“Each U.S. attorney will assess the threats and circumstances in his or her district, and consult closely with tribal partners and the Justice Department when significant issues or enforcement decisions arise in this area,” the statement reads.

While possession of marijuana is still a federal crime, the department announced in August 2013 it would allow states to regulate recreational marijuana sales. The nation's first recreational pot stores opened in Colorado and Washington in 2014. Residents of Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia voted in November to also legalize marijuana, though Congress appears likely to block sales in the nation’s capital.

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Results 161 - 180 of 961


adobe designs-web 1.jpgbald_eagle_erectors_web_size.jpglogo spot_color - copy.jpgpcl_leaders_web_size.jpg api_supply_lifts_web_size.jpg