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What's New In the Community: September 2014
Monday, September 08 2014
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The American Indian Cancer Foundation, a national nonprofit committed to eliminating cancer and its impact on American Indian families, announced the new members that will join its board of directors in October 2014: Andrew Adams III, JD (Muscogee Nation), Bret R. Benally Thompson, MD (White Earth Ojibwe), Mary Fairbanks, DNP (White Earth Ojibwe), Mark Fox, JD (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nations), Margo Gray (Osage Nation), Samuel A. Moose, MTAG (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) and Kalina Newmark (Sahtu Dene First Nations).

These individuals bring an impressive set of energy, passion, partnerships and skills to the board that will help the foundation advance its mission. In addition to their service with the American Indian Cancer Foundation, the new members serve in many professional and volunteer capacities devoted to improving and strengthening American Indian communities.

The AICAF Board of Directors is made up of 12 American Indian leaders from across the United States. The seven founding board of directors who successfully launched this foundation have served their maximum terms. The current board of directors led the process to identify and elect new board members to join the AICAF board of directors and guide the next phase of the organization’s development.

“We are so honored to welcome the new additions to the American Indian Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. Their individual and combined dedication and service to serving American Indian communities are well known and respected across the nation. Their drive is just what we need as we work to expand our capacity to address cancer issues in American Indian communities across the country” said Kristine Rhodes, executive director of the American Indian Cancer Foundation.

The U.S. has celebrated declining rates of cancer mortality over the past two decades, yet American Indians face increasing cancer mortality compared to other populations.

Today, many American Indians face alarming inequities in cancer incidence and mortality. Cancer rates vary by tribe, region, and gender. But according to a 2014 American Journal of Public Health special issue, cancer is now the No. 1 cause of death for American Indian men and women in many states and for all American Indian women in the United States.

The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to address the tremendous cancer burden faced by American Indians. Its mission is to eliminate the cancer burdens on American Indian families through education, prevention, early detection, treatment and survivor support. AICAF supports transformational interventions that engage communities in the discovery of best practices. AICAF believes that communities possess the wisdom to discover the solutions to effectively address challenges but are often looking for resources and support. The American Indian Cancer Foundation strives to be a partner trusted by tribes and organizations working toward effective and sustainable cancer solutions.

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August 2014 Calendar
Thursday, August 07 2014
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Aug. 13

Circle of Generations Teaching Circle

Dakota Language with Neil McKay, 4-5 p.m.; Teaching Circle, 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Tipi Painting with Endaso Giizhik (Robert Desjarlait); and Nagamowin miinawaa Niimiwin/Wacipi Dowan (Singing and Dancing).

Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Mi-zi-way Mi-gi-zi DesJarlait, Cultural Resource Coordinator at 612-879-1785 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 14

NACC Family Education Day

Join us for a picnic outside of NACC Dental at the Wolf, if it rains, we will be in the dental conference room at NACC. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with activities and fun to follow!

Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. To RSVP, call Leah at 612-872-8086, ext. 1204.

Aug. 14

Circle of Generations Teaching Circle

Ojibwemowin (Ojibwe Language) with Joe Spears, 5-6 p.m. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Mi-zi-way Mi-gi-zi DesJarlait, Cultural Resource Coordinator at 612-879-1785 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 14

Adoptee/Foster Potluck and Talking Circle

The First Nations Repatriation Institute, formerly First Nations Orphan Association invites individuals who were adopted and fostered and their families to a potluck and talking circle. 6 to 9 p.m., All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Sandra White Hawk at 651-442-4872, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

Aug. 15-17

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi

Masters of Ceremonies: Wallace Coffey and Danny Seaboy; Arena Directors: Rusty Gillette and Juaqin Hamilton-Youngbird. Host Drums: Mazakute (Nebraska) and Wahpekute (South Dakota); Invited Drums: Fort Peck Sioux (Montana), War Scout (Utah), Yellow Face (North Dakota), Young Kingbird (Minnesota), Meskwaki Nation (Iowa), Iron Boy (Minnesota), Eagle Spirit (Washington), Yellow Spotted Horse (Oklahoma), Southern Style (Utah), Sizzortail (Oklahoma).

Flag Raising, 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, Vietnam Veterans' Color Guard, Sisseton-Wahpeton; Fireworks, 10 p.m., Saturday; Grand Entry, 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.; Dancer Registration, 12:30 p.m. Friday, must have button to register, point system to begin at Friday Grand Entry, registration closes Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

$5 admission for entire weekend with button purchase, free entry for 60 years-old and older and children under 10 years-old.

No alcohol or drugs, not responsible for accidents, thefts or lost envelopes. SMSC Wacipi Grounds, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee, MN. For more information, call 952-445-8900 or visit

Aug. 15-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: Opening Reception, Aug. 15, 5-8 p.m. with Artist Talk at 6:30; 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

Aug. 16

Financial Skills for Families

Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is hosting a financial literacy class on money management, budgeting to create savings and more! Learn new money habits that help you feel in control of your finances. Bii Gii Wiin CDLF, 1508 East Franklin Ave., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Andrea at 612-354-2249 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 16-18

48th Annual Mille Lacs Band Traditional Powwow

Masters of Ceremonies: Larry Smallwood and Pete Gahbow; Host Drums: Little Otter and Pipestone.

Events include: Mille Lacs Band Princess and Brave Contest; Parade, Saturday, 11 a.m. with Best Parade Float Contest and Best Rez Car Contest; Horseshoe Tournament, Saturday; Moccasin Game, Saturday; Mille Lacs Indian Museum sponsored Fun Run, Sunday.

Free admission, camping, showers and firewood. Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds, west side of Lake Mille Lacs, 12 miles north of Onamia, MN on U.S. Highway 169. For more information call Carla Big Bear at 320-532-7517 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aug. 17

Open Streets Minneapolis: Franklin Avenue East

By opening up the streets for people to walk, bike, run and skate for a day, we get an opportunity to experience our city in a whole new way. An Open Streets event (based on the Ciclovía from Bogotá, Colombia) will bring together families and neighbors to mingle, recreate and shop in their communities in a safe, car-free environment.

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Passing On: Ivan Randal Wanstall
Thursday, August 07 2014
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passing on ivan randall wanstall the circle.jpgIvan Randal Wanstall

November 13, 1963 – July 11, 2014

The son of Marshall Edward and Elaine Sage Wanstall, Ivan Randal Wanstall took his spirit journey on July 11, 2014. He was born on November 13, 1963 and was 50 years-old. He left this world of an accidental choking death.

He leaves behind three sons who live in St. Louis, Mo.: Josh, Ian and Dustin. He is survived by his brother of St. Paul, Minn., Dennis Sun Rhoades and his sister of the Wind River reservation, Corrine Elizabeth Wanstall. He also leaves behind his closest nephews and nieces: Eldon Kyle James Wanstall of Wind River; Jeffrey B. Wanstall of Minneapolis; David N. Wanstall of St. Paul; Tamara Elaine of West St. Paul and Christy Rae Wanstall of the Wind River reservation; along with his grandchildren: Marshall, Gianna, Carlo, Nico and MijaElena.

We are acknowledging his friends and relatives near and far. His traditional funeral services were presided over by Lessert Moore and with wake held on July 15 and funeral on July 16, 2014.

Ivan was a well-loved person. He enjoyed reading novels, especially of the fantasy genre. He knew how to wrangle and cowboy up. He could do anything! He was an artist and crafter, a car mechanic, he fenced and corralled, and he also had his Early Childhood associate’s degree. He worked with the Shoshone/Arapaho Birth to Five Program on the Wind River reservation and worked at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minn. for two years. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, playing cards, board games and he loved hiking and walking on all sorts of terrain.

We will miss him whole-heartedly! Farewell Brother, Son, Dad, Uncle, Grandpa!

Fond du Lac Follies
Thursday, August 07 2014
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fond_du_lac_follies_jim_northrup.jpgBy now we should all know that Lex Porter of the Fond du Lac Reservation should be recognized as one of the Code Talkers who helped the United States in their efforts during World War Two.

The family of Lex Porter was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his efforts. Chair Karen Diver brought the award back to the family from Washington, D.C. I wonder what other language speaker he was talking to?


Well, this is it folks. The final curtain comes clanging down on the Fond du Lac Follies. After 25 years of writing a monthly column I decided to step back and hang up my spurs and computer. What a different world it was, of course it was 1989 and I was a quarter century younger. Let me see, that must be at least 15 Rez Cars ago, probably just as many Rez dogs ago too.

Gambling was in its infancy then, I think all we had going was bingo. Now with two casinos, we are in a death cage match with Duluth over the profits of one of them. Apparently the winner will be decided by who can spend the most money in attorney fees.

On the Rez, the monthly per capita payment has kept the lights on in some homes, made car payments and has put food on some tables, the rest of us use plates. The per cap payments has given us a higher standard of living and even a higher tax bracket. Remember how hard it was to live on zero bucks a month?

Of course there have been some problems associated with gambling. One is we think money can solve anything. Two is we think money can solve anything.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, August 07 2014
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ricey wild.jpgIn another dazzling display of culturally entrenched racism against the First Peoples of Turtle Island Ted Nugent called us “Unclean vermin” who “don’t qualify as people.” He went on to say that there is a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people. Wow. Then there’s wannabe president Michele Bachman who has a great idea for the Central American children, who seek refuge and a new, better life than their war-torn homicidal country’s can give them. Put them in labor camps says Bachman, then they learn American, work and everybody wins. *choke* SNORT! What?

In the case of Nugent I am the first person to speak up for freedom of speech but that works both ways Teddy boy. You are a vile, stinking, poisonous mass of diarrhea, a hypocritical blowhard who was very willing to take money from unclean vermin who don’t qualify as people. Well money talks but so do disgusting jerks. ‘Nuff about that cesspool of hatred.

Now for Mrs. Bachman; just when I think she can’t possibly say nor do anything to top her already despicable actions she does it again. History would truly repeat itself were this inhuman scheme come to be. Indian boarding schools and the inexplicable horrors that happened to children away from their families are still very much a part of our culture, one we are trying desperately to change. The U.S. agenda to wipe us out completely failed so they killed the Indian to save the man. We were being trained in white man ways to enter indentured servitude and supposed to be grateful for it. Now Bachman would impose that on thousands more little brown children.

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