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Artist Profile: Michael Shaugobay-Hirsch
Thursday, January 09 2014
Written by Brianna Skildum,
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Michael Shaugobay-Hirsch put up a flyer one day, saying that he was looking for musical artists in the Native community. He said, “I’m interested in everyone with talent but definitely aim for my Native peoples and their success and I would like to provide them opportunities that were not there for me or my friends.”
It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, January 09 2014
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Well … This is the month for New Year’s resolutions, which I don’t like making but if I'm gonna get anything for next Christmas I better start being good. Oh wait! I don't 'do' that holiday anymore! Not for any Grinchy reasons though; mostly because the first family Christmas gathering I had in my Rez house 10 years ago began fantastically but ended in angry shouts, fists being shaken and dark vows of never dampening my doorstep again. Good times, good times … Not!

Fond du Lac Follies
Thursday, January 09 2014
Written by Jim Northrup,
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My son Jim's job as a Cultural Specialist was eliminated by the Reservation Business Committee. The letter stating this said: "Recently a decision was made to eliminate the Cultural Specialist position." It further states: "As you are aware, we have had a difficult time defining your scope of work in the context of our current Resource Management department. It has become apparent the type of work you do is best handled under a personal services contract that focuses on specific cultural activities. The Band recognizes your commitment to preserving the culture and sharing your knowledge with the community. I have received many good reports about your work and you can be proud of all you have achieved over the past two years. We value the unique experiences you have to offer."
Political Matters: Comment on PolyMet's plan
Thursday, January 09 2014
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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Comment on PolyMet’s plan

You can download a copy of the new environmental review of the proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mining project at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website ( ). It’s a big file, 136 megabytes and the DNR warns that it “could take time to download.”

In late December, I talked with Betsy Daub, policy director for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (, a group that has been trying to raise public awareness about the environmental dangers from sulfide mining.

What's New In the Community: January 2014
Thursday, January 09 2014
Written by The Circle Staff,
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Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Honors State Officials


On Dec. 11 the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Tribal Executive Committee honored State Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Rep. Susan Allen (DFL-Minneapolis) with the Legislator of the Year award, for their dedication and outstanding work during the 2013 Minnesota state legislative session.

Hayden and Allen were the chief authors of two Minnesota Chippewa Tribe bills, both of which were introduced and passed during the 2013 legislative session. Senate File 250/House File 252, provided a legislative fix to clarify and strengthen the current Indian Child Welfare language in state statute. The second bill, SF 136/HF 174, was a property tax exemption for a building that is owned by the MCT. In 2009, it acquired the building at 1308 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis to further their mission and serve their urban population. The location provides access to resources for the purpose for economic development, housing and financial services to community members.

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is comprised of the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe and is a federally-recognized tribal government that, through unified leadership, promotes and protects the member bands while providing quality services and technical assistance to the reservation governments and tribal people.

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