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Courts, Pipelines and Liabilities: Minnesota may want to take note
Monday, July 03 2017
Written by Winona LaDuke,
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“We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence, and will ask the Court to shut down pipeline operations immediately.” – Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II

For the past two weeks, Minnesotans and tribal members have packed  Department of Commerce meetings on the Draft  Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)  on Enbridge  Line 3.  Thousands of people have come to ask questions of the state, in what is a very, very short timetable for a major project.

The DEIS is 5000 pages in length, but under heavy fire as inadequate.  Four tribal governments have intervened in the process: Red Lake Nation intervened in mid June, Fond du Lac, White Earth and Mille Lacs all have filed as intervenors.

rose.jpgome huge questions loom. Enbridge, for instance, has stated that it will take over $l.2 billion to remove the aging Line 3 with all the “leaks and anomalies.” But they have not stated  who will pay for this or how much more it might cost if we were to clean up the “legacy contamination” under the line.  

At all meetings, people (Native and non-Native) have asked why the Ojibwe communities should be sacrificed for a Canadian tar sands pipeline, when the tar sands industry is on its last breath.     

The final DEIS is scheduled to be out in the fall and the pipeline’s certificate of need (what they need to begin construction) could be issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission  as early as April of next year. At a St. Paul press conference in June,  Minnesota State Representatives Mary Konesh Podien – flanked by others, including Frank Hornstein, John Marty and Karen Clark – challenged the adequacy of the state’s draft environmental impact statement and asked for a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on pipeline abandonment, prior to any new pipeline approvals.

The EIS is on a very fast track to keep with Enbridge’s convenience, and a Pawlenty imposed deadline. In comparison, the state of New York took seven years to review proposals for fracking, before the moratorium was issued. A federal  ban on lead shot took decades for review.

“Complex decisions take time,” Honor the Earth Attorney Frank Bibeau said, “particularly when there are thousands of comments as to the inadequacy of the EIS, and huge regional and global implications. The interests of Minnesota citizens require due diligence in review by policy makers.”

In the meantime, two major legal cases, may impact significantly on the state’s liability and Minnesota’s future.

In mid June, Michigan’s Attorney General filed new charges of involuntary manslaughter against five officials in the Flint Water Crisis investigation, among them the head of Michigan’s Health Department.

Michigan indictments on state negligence have resulted in l3 charges for state officials who “did not act to protect the interests of Flint citizens.” The city of Flint, Michigan came to international attention when their drinking water system collapsed. “The Flint Water Crisis was and is a failure of leadership”, a report issued by Michigan Attorney General Bull Schuette notes.   “... A cause of the breakdown in state management was a fixation, a preoccupation with data, finance and costs instead of placing the health, safety and welfare of citizens first.”

“Michigan’s example may be a forewarning to Minnesota public officials. In particular, drinking water issues are already a concern in many northern tribal communities, and new threats will likely exacerbate those conditions,” Bibeau said.

Meanwhile, the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) continues to be challenged.  Federal Judge James Boarsberg (DC)   ruled in June that approval permits issued by the Trump administration violated the law in certain critical respects.

According to attorneys at Earth Justice, “The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off and has requested additional briefing on the subject and a status conference on June 21…” 

The Standing Rock Tribe responded. “We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence,” said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II, “and will ask the Court to shut down pipeline operationsimmediately.”

The legal case involves similar issues to that of the proposed Line 3, particularly with regards to the environmental injustice of setting a pipeline near tribal people instead of near a white community, as was originally planned. DAPL was rerouted to be directly north of the Standing Rock reservation so as not to impact the city of Bismarck. 

The Minnesota Department of Commerce notes that the tribal community bears the largest impact of this proposed project:, despite route alternatives.  At Evidentiary Hearings,  Enbridge  leadership testified that the route through tribal lands was the least risk to the broader society. Not that different than DAPL. The DEIS also notes, “… A finding of ‘disproportionate and adverse impacts’ does not preclude selection of any given alternative.” 

As Earth Justice explains, “The Obama administration made a carefully considered decision that these Treaty Rights needed to be respected in connection with an oil pipeline immediately upstream of the reservation. The Trump administration ignored that advice, and acted as if the Tribe does not exist.”

In short, the Michigan indictments of State and County officials, and the Standing Rock federal court decision could have serious implications for Enbridge’s future in the region. As tribal governments line up on the side of their people, state and northern county officials might be cautious about those oaths of office. It seems that Michigan’s Attorney General found out the hard way that oaths were to serve the public. Northern counties and state may want to review their oaths of office in the face of massive pressure by a Canadian pipeline company.   

June Powwows
Thursday, June 01 2017
Written by The Circle,
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June 9-11
149th Annual White Earth Powwow

Traditional powwow. Tribal Grounds, White Earth, MN. For info, call 800-950-2587.

June 16-18
Grand Casino
Contest Powwow
Grand Entries: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm & 7 pm, Sunday at 1 pm. World Jingle Dress Championship. Host Drum: Little Otter. Invited Drums: Pipestone from LCO WI, Whitefish Bay from Ontario, and The Boys from the Twin Cities. Campsites are available at the powwow grounds, showers available at RV Park. Powwow Grounds, Grand Casino Hinckley,  777 Lady Luck Dr., Hinckley, MN. For info, call 800-384-4475, ext. 4574.

June 23-25
Lake Vermilion Traditional Powwow

MC: Terry Goodsky and Royalty. Host Drum: Lake Vermilion and Burntside. Friday: Warm ups. Saturday: Grand Entries at 1 pm & 7 pm. Sunday: Grand Entry at 1 pm.  Lake Vermilion Powwow Grounds, Lake Vermilion, MN. For info, call Muriel Deegan at 218-750-7772.

June 30-July 2
Oneida Contest Powwow

Over $91,000 in prize money. MC: Terry Fiddler. MC: Wallace Coffey. AD: Sateko Danforth. and Darrell Goodwill. Grand Entries: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm, Sunday at noon. Public is welcome. Weekend Pass, $15. Daily Pass, $8. 60 & older, free. 5 & under, free. Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Rd., Oneida, WI. For info, call 920-496-5311 or 800-236-2214.

June 30 - July 2
39th Annual Red Cliff Traditional Powwow

Grand Entries: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm, Sunday at 1 pm. Feast on Saturday at 5 pm. Free camping in designated areas. Red Cliff Powwow Grounds, Hwy 13 (3 miles north of Bayfield), Red Cliff, WI. For info, call 715-779-3700.

June Community Calendar
Thursday, June 01 2017
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Thru June 10
Jim Denomie: Oz, the Emergence Art Exhibit

Using the celebrated 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a thematic stepping-stone, artist Jim Denomie has conjured up a fantastical landscape where Dorothy and her pals become immersed in new, darkly imaginative adventures. However, this is not The Land of Oz as we know it, but rather “a spooky and surreal landscape full of symbolism and tense situations” where the protagonists face a host of contemporary, 21st century issues. Annishanabe artist Jim Denomie has won numerous awards and fellowships. His work is found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, among others. Denomie’s work has been shown in Germany and extensively in the U.S. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st S., Mpls. For info, contact 612-377-4669 or email: information@

Thru June 13
IHB’s Let’s Get Cookin’!

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis will be hosting a weekly, family-based nutrition education and cooking class series: Let’s Get Cookin’! For adults, children, parents, family members, and family friends interested in an interactive program that is focused on nutrition, health, physical activity, and cooking. Dinner will be provided for all participants. Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7 pm. Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 1315 E. 24th St. (3rd Floor Assembly Rooms), Minneapolis. Contact Chelsea Moyle at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-721-9860.

Thru July 15
Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photo Exhibit

This exhibit showcases the work of six young American Indian artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. Artists include: Nolan Berglund, Amoreina Espinosa, Joe Ettawageshik, Shaw Handley, Marco Hunt and Angel Swann. Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. For info, contact 320-532-3632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thru Aug 12
Patriot Nations: NA in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

“Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the US military. The exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners, plus additional banners, about the efforts of American Indians from Minnesota. Cost: included with admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under. Admission for Native American guests is waived. On display inside the Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul. For info, call 612-726-1171 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thru Sept. 24
Sinew Exhibit

Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities, an exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk. The exhibition presents an eclectic selection of works by each artist that include paintings, prints, weaving, drawings, digital videos, and sculptures. The artists selected are some of the most celebrated and accomplished female Native artists currently living and working in the Twin Cities area, and include: Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich and Maggie Thompson. Panel Talk: Sept. 14, 6 – 8 pm, Montague Hall 80, UMD, Duluth. Exhibit is on display at the Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN. For more info, see .

June 6
On the Red Road AA meeting

Speaker and pot luck meal. Every first Tuesday of the month. This event is free. Minneapolis American Indian Center (Auditorium), 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For info, contact Betty at 612-387-4463.

June 6
Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting

Learn more about the ways you can help children though foster care or adoption. No registration needed. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Free. Hennepin County Library – Oxboro, 8801 Portland Ave., S., Minneapolis. For info, see or call 612-348-5437.

June 6-22
Pipeline 3 Meetings

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 Pipeline Project has been made available for public review and comment. The DEIS was prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to evaluate human and environmental impacts of the proposed Line.  Public meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about the info in the EIS and provide oral or written comments into record. Comments will be accepted through July 10 and may be emailed, mailed, or faxed. Email address: Pipeline.Comments@ US Mail: Jamie MacAlister, Environmental Review Manager, MN Dept of Commerce, 85 7th Place E., # 280, St. Paul, MN 55101-2198. Fax: 651-539-0109. Include docket numbers CN-14-916 and PPL-15-137 on all comments. Personally identifying information is not edited or deleted from submissions. Meetings will be held at the following times and locations:
• June 6: 10am-1pm,  Rice Lake Comm Center, 13830 Community Loop, Bagley.
• June 6: 6-9pm, IRA Civic Center, 1401 NW 3rd Ave, Grand Rapids.
• June 7: 10am-1pm, Park Rapids High School, Cafetorium, 401 Huntsinger Ave, Park Rapids.
• June 7: 6-9pm, Palace Casino Hotel, 16599 69th Ave NW, Cass Lake.
• June 8: 10am-1pm, Downtown Fair Center, 107 W 7th Ave, Floodwood.
• June 8: 6-9pm, Central Lakes College, room E54, 501 W College Dr, Brainerd.
• June 9: 11am-2pm. Maslowski Wellness & Research Center, 17 5th Street SW, Wadena.
• June 12: 10am-1pm, Grand Casino Hinckley, 777 Lady Luck Dr, Hinckley.
•June 12: 6-9pm, East Lake Comm. Ctr, 36666 State Hwy 65, McGregor.
• June 13: 10am-1pm, FDL Tribal College, 2101 14th St, Cloquet.
• June 13: 6-9pm, Intercontinental Hotel Saint Paul, 11 E. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul.
•June 14: 11am-2pm, Staples Comm Ctr, 425 4th St NE, Staples.
• June 14: 6-9pm, Initiative Found-ation, 405 1st St SE, Little Falls.
• June 15: 10am-1pm, Henry's Catering Hall, 6774 MN-25, Foley.
• June 15: 6-9pm, Phoenix Hotel, 210 MN-23, Milaca.
• June 16: 10am-1pm, Grand Event Center, 2025 Rowland Rd, Mora.
• June 20: 10am-1pm, Marshall Cty Central Schools, 310 W Minnesota Ave, Newfolden.
• June 20: 6-9pm, Hallock City Hall, 163 3rd St SE, Hallock.
• June 21: 10am-1pm, R. Engelstad Arena, Imperial Rm, 525 Brooks Ave N, Thief River Falls.
• June 21: 6-9pm, Plummer Senior Citizen Center, 185 Minnesota St, Plummer.
• June 22: 10am-1pm, Gully Comm. Center, 120 Main St, Gully.
• June 22: 6-9pm, Sanford/Nielson Conv. Ctr, 1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji.

June 8
Artist Talk: Roxanne Swentzell

“Who Are You? Standing in Our Own Shoes” artist talk by Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo). Focusing largely on interpretative female portraits, Swentzell’s figures attempt to restore the balance of power between the male and the female inherently recognized in her own culture. She uses a range of emotions, irrepressible moods, and a powerful sense of humor to communicate. Her work, though steeped in her own Native American culture, demonstrates an astounding universality, speaking to people of all cultures. Swentzell, clay and bronze sculptor, lives and works near Santa Fe. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave., S., Minneapolis. 6:30 pm. To RSVP, contact Tobie Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-870-3286.

June 9
MAICC Golf Tournament

American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Golf Tournament. Shotgun start 10 am. Black Bear Golf Course, 1791 Minnesota 210, Cloquet, MN. For info, call JoAnne at 612-877-2117.

June 10
Nat’l Get Outdoors Day

Admission is free on National Get Outdoors Day, held the second Saturday in June. Enjoy free admission to a wide variety of activities. In the metro area, catch the Bluegrass music concert at Afton State Park near Hastings (6:30 pm). Fort Snelling State Park offers an introductory “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program that includes a hike (9 am). Learn about outdoor painting on the shores of the St. Croix River at Interstate State Park near Taylors Falls (9 am, weather permitting). Or join a group effort to paddle every mile of the Minnesota River in one day. Learn more about hawks, eagles and owls at Wild River State Park near Center City (2 pm). Check out the animals in the “Zoomobile” at Minneopa State Park near Mankato (1 pm). For a listing of more than 30 additional activities throughout Minnesota state parks on June 10, go to .

June 10 - Aug 5
Arts Learning Series: Filmmaking Classes for Underrepresented Communities

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota is offering a series of intensive, one-day filmmaking classes designed for individuals of diverse communities typically underrepresented in the motion picture film industry as defined by the Sundance Institute: people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women. The classes are each designed for beginning to intermediate level students and can also be attended by others seeking to tell the stories of people of these communities. The series consists of six classes taught by professional artists who have extensive teaching backgrounds and who are members of underrepresented communities. All classes will provide opportunities for hands-on experiences in various aspects of visual storytelling. Classes will be held at IFP MN’s media arts center in St. Paul, which features state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment in all classrooms and provides the latest editing software for audio and video production. The goal of this master class series is to provide participants with a well-rounded education in the art of filmmaking and strengthen inclusion of diverse voices and visions by offering connections with industry leaders. Tuition for each class is $100. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals experiencing financial hardship. For info, contact Reilly Tillman at 651-644-1912, ext. 2. There is a lunch break during each class (lunch not included). For info, see: . Dates and classes include:
• June 10: BASICS OF SCREENWRITING, taught by David Grant, 10 am–6 pm.
• June 17: THE SCREEN & THE FEMALE GAZE, taught by Jila Nikpay, 9 am–6 pm.
• July 8: CINEMA PRODUCTION INTENSIVE – FOCUS ON SOCIAL MESSAGE, taught by Pam Colby, 9:30 am–6 pm.
• July 22: VISUAL STORYTELLING & STORYBOARD, taught by Carlos Merino, 9 am–5 pm.
• July 29: INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY WORKSHOP, taught by Allison Herrera, 9 am–6 pm
• August 5: PRESENCE OF THE PAST: HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES, taught by Daniel Pierce Bergin, 10 am–6 pm.

June 11 - 15
American Indian Summer Camp

4th annual American Indian Summer Camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Students going into 9th grade through 12th grade are welcome to attend. Check in will be in the evening on June 11th at one of the residence halls on campus. Students will participate in Indigenous language classes, spend time with MSU-Mankato professors, participate in the Adventure Education program, attend college and ACT prep sessions, and have fun in the bowling alley, rec center, swimming pool, and student union area. Students who attend this camp will have an in-depth experience of what it’s like to be on a college campus. You will also get to spend time with current college students, who will serve as mentors throughout the camp experience. There is no cost to attend or participate in the summer camp. Food and lodging included for entire camp. Materials for class times and other programs are also covered.  For info, contact Megan Heutmaker at 507-389-5230 or email:
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June 12
Free YMCA Memberships for Teens

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities will offer free summer memberships for thousands of teens across the Twin Cities. From June 12 to September 1, youth entering grades 9 through 12 can access a free membership to 25 YMCA locations throughout the Twin Cities. The program is open to all students of all backgrounds and incomes. Youth entering grades 9 through 12 can visit any participating YMCA location beginning June 1 to enroll with a valid ID, class schedule or report card and the permission of an adult. Each participating location can accommodate up to 200 participants for nearly 5,000 teens. For more info, visit .

June 13
Indian Child Welfare Education Day

June is Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ focus and ICWA. CEU’s will be provided. Free. Lunch provided. Registration at 8 am. Takes place from  8:30 am – 4 pm. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul, MN. For more info, contact: Sandy White Hawk at 651-442-4872 or: sandywhitehawk@

June 13 (deadline)
Dakota Language Camp

Learn to speak Dakota through traditional Dakota games, crafts, songs, dancing, food, Lacrosse, and nature walks. Teachers will also explain Dakota values and history. This camp is for children, teens, and adults of all ages, though children under 7 must be accompanied by a teen sibling or adult. The camp is a joint venture of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Dakota Language Department of the University of Minnesota. The camp will take place June 27 - 29, 10 am – 3 pm at the Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. Full scholarships are available for Native families. For more info, contact Jay Ludwig at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 952-484-0477.

June 19
Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Groups

Ginew/Golden Eagles’ youth groups will begin on June 19th. After-school programs for Native American children. Cultural teachings, tutoring, physical education, arts and crafts, life skills and much more. All groups will take place from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Monday through Thursday starting June 19th. For info, contact Julie Green at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 19 - 23
Train the Trainer Workshop

Offered for those individuals who would like to learn and practice their skills as a digital storytelling facilitator (must have participated in a prior standard 3-day workshop). 9 am to 5 pm. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Training Room 118, 2300 15th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN. For info call 612-728-2000 or 612-728-2031.

June 20
St. Paul Foster Parent Informational Session

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting an informational session. Learn about the foster parent application process and have any questions answered. This is a free event and snacks will be provided. 2 - 3 pm. American Indian Family and Children's Services, 25 Empire Dr, St. Paul, MN. RSVP by calling 651-223-8526.

June 21
World Peace Day

Many people throughout the world will be gathering in their sacred sites to pray for World Peace. Join people in a moving prayer of sacred sites in the Twin Cities on June 21, known as World Peace and Prayer Day. Beginning at 6 am and ending the day’s prayer at 6 pm. As of means of joining with others throughout the world we have chosen to have a moving prayer held in sacred sites in the Twin Cities. Beginning in the east - Indian Mounds Regional Park at 6 am. Indian Mounds Regional Park is home to six Native American burial mounds high atop 450 million-year-old limestone and sandstone bluffs overlooking downtown Saint Paul. At 9 am, gather in Powderhorn Park- to host a run “Mni Wiconi Run” in honor of Wastewin Gonzales. At Noon, gather to at Nicollet Island. Located at the heart of Minneapolis, Nicollet Island is the only inhabited island on the Mississippi River. At 3 pm, gather at Cold Water Springs. This area served as an important crossroads for Native Americans and traders using both the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers for commerce and travel. At 6 pm, end the day of prayer at the newly acknowledged as a Historical site, the Oheyawahi/Pilot Knob. Known to Dakota people as Oheyawahi, "the hill much visited,"ť Pilot Knob is a place of distinctive historical, cultural, and environmental importance, a sacred site, a landmark of Minnesota's beginnings. Protocol or ceremonial attire is recommended. Because we are an extremely diverse community, with many traditional Elders in attendance, please wear modest and respectful attire at all times. Women should wear skirts. Prepare for being outside in the elements. Bring sun protection in case it is sunny; warm clothing in case of cold winds and rain.  

June 21–23
Digital Storytelling Workshop

Digital Storytelling is a relatively new term which describes the practice of ordinary people using digital tools to tell their story. The three day training exposes participants to all the necessary steps involved in creating your own digital story. Over the course of this workshop participants will experience first-hand the impact of using digital medium strategies for carrying out community based participatory programming grounded in a culture-centered digital storytelling approach. Limited to 12 participants. 9 am to 5 pm. Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Training Room 118, 2300 15th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN. For info call 612-728-2000 or 612-728-2031.

June 22
Minneapolis Foster Parent Informational Session

American Indian Family and Children's Services is hosting an informational session from 2-3 pm. Learn about the foster parent application process and have any questions answered. This is a free event and snacks will be provided. RSVP by calling 651-223-8526. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN.

June 23
Dakota Trade Day

Presentation by staff in Bark lodge w/ Gibbs Dakota Collection about Dakota trade followed by bracelet making activity. Quillwork presentation by artists in residence TBA. For info:, 651-646-8629 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 24
Dakota Day

Celebrate Minnesota’s First People. Dakota Day features presentations, mini-language seminars, walking tours, crafts, games, and Dakota-inspired food. 10 am–4 pm. For info:, 651-646-8629 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 27
Queer Voices PRIDE Reading

Celebrate PRIDE with a rich and diverse lineup of readers from the 2016-2017 season. The longest-running literary reading of its kind in the country, Queer Voices has a long history of featuring both emerging and established LGBTQIA+ writers. In addition to the reading at 6:30 pm, the June Queer Voices PRIDE reading will also include a book fair, starting at 5:30 pm, where audiences can talk to the authors and purchase their work. Native American writer includes Anthony Ceballos, who received his BFA from the Creative Writing program at Hamline University in 2015. He has been a guest on KFAI’s Write on Radio and Fresh Fruit radio programs and has read for the Intermedia Arts Queer Voices Reading Series, Minneapolis Community and Technical College's Night of Native American Music and Poetry and The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People gallery show at Two Rivers Art Gallery in Minneapolis.  His work has been featured in The Fulcrum and Yellow Medicine Review. He was selected to be a participant in the 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series. $5-25 suggested donation at the door. See for list of other writers. Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall.  

June 27-29
MIWSAC’s Native Girl’s Retreat

Girls and young women ages 13 to 17 will gather for high ropes, kayaking and swimming, crafting, peer to peer advocacy, and leadership development. 24-hour chaperones, food, lodging, and transporation from MIWSAC office. (Some session may discuss sexual violence, mental health, suicide, and how youth can support each other. (Boy’s Retreat held at the same time, some activities will overlap.) Free. Van departs at 9 am on June 27th and returns on June 29th at 1 pm. MIWSAC, 1619 Dayton Ave.,#202, St. Paul, MN. For info, call Deb at 651-646-4800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 27-29
MIWSAC’s Young Native Men in Training Retreat

Boys and young men ages 13 to 18 will gather for archery, kayaking and swimming, peer to peer advocacy, and leadership development. Sessions will touch on energy building, developing facilitation skills to lead discussions with other men and boys on sexual assault, and ways to support each other. (Girl’s Retreat held at the same time, some activities will overlap.) Free. 24 hour chaperones, food, lodging, and transpiration from MIWSAC office. Van departs at 9 am on June 27th and returns on June 29th at 1pm. MIWSAC, 1619 Dayton Ave.,#202, St. Paul, MN. For info, call Comanche at 651-646-4800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 14 (deadline)
Dougherty Family College

The Dougherty Family College Associate of Arts Degree is designed to help ensure the success of students who may be the first in their family to attend college, or those who have limited support or financial assistance to pursue a four-year degree. Students will need a 2.5 or higher grade-point average and must have a high level of financial need (e.g., meeting the eligibility requirements for federal Pell Grants and/or state grants). The Dougherty Family College plans to admit 150 students to its 2017-2018 inaugural college class. Classes will be held four days a week. The two-year college will be located on the University of St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis. The annual tuition will be offset by state and local grants, scholarships and corporate support, bringing final tuition costs to just $1,000 a year for the most under-resourced students. Scholarships, along with free laptops, meals and bus transportation will be provided. For more info or to arrange an interview contact Dr. Buffy Smith at 651-962-6404 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Applications are now open at .

Springtime in Rezberry
Thursday, June 01 2017
Written by Ricey Wild,
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I finally got to open the windows up in my cat-haired, dusty old house. Wood ticks have also returned and I found one on my dog Mitzi, and two were on me but I caught them before they latched on. Ick. With the pleasure of nice weather comes the danger because ticks can kill. It’s a warning for all you nature lovers, so layer up when you go in the woods or long grass. Just a PSA because I care!

There is a movie named “The Happening” with Matt Damon that is listed as an ‘eco-thriller’ and of course, I couldn’t pass that up even though I dislike Damon. The movie was about how a neuro-toxin that was released by plant life caused mass suicides. The more concentrated the human population the worse it was but exposure to it got you killed anyway. It was really brutal and non-discriminatory.

At the end of the movie they had an interview with a scientist who said that it was the planet, our Earth, fighting back against human atrocities (my words). I like that. I also believe that’s what we are currently experiencing with all the unusual, deadly weather around the globe. Our Mother is so done with our using and abusing her, whether we acknowledge our individual carbon footprint or not.

I know there are masses of wonderful people who are working hard to bring to our attention to the fact that our capitalist way of living is unsustainable and will be the end of us. My heart goes out to all of yooz who make it your life’s work to help for the greater good of all. You are all in the fight of your lives against big oil and an incredibly corrupt government led by an illegally elected president. Here we are: Good vs. Evil and the fate of our species literally are in your hands.

Though I sit here peaceably right now, taking time to pet a cat, I am in this with you. I just have to find the best way to communicate my wrath at the administration and hope for our future. Armchair activism perhaps? I’ll give it all I got. Truth is, it’s all I have…a voice. Good thing for us that we all have one.

Geez. Then there are colonial oppression pieces that were called ‘art’ at the Walker Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis. “Saffold” is a replica of the gallows used to murder the Dakota 38+2; the largest mass hanging in American history. Guess who was the architect of that gruesome act? President Lincoln, yes, THAT president who is glorified by the writers of the invaders’ history. It fits right in with the hatred by white people against anyone not them; and their rants and raves, and their murdering of People of Color.

My optimistic soul wants to believe that the latest terrorist act was the worst and it won’t happen again, but it always does. Innocent people are being targeted simply for the color of their skin or religious beliefs. But that’s nothing new or surprising for us Indigenous People. That we have survived this long after the invasion is remarkable and it took every iota of courage we have.

Oh man, I am getting soooo worked up about this!!! I am hissing and spitting like a cat that goes all puffy! I snarl at those who think they are better than us because they have more money! Put that in a salad why dontcha! Grrrr. Their money is ill-gotten gains and they will come to realize that when they are in a bunker fighting over the last can of caviar. Some of us who get it will be eating fresh food and living in green housing, happy as can be.

There is a ways to go before we get to that serene place but there is a way. I’m always yelling WAKE UP!!! And I probably won’t stop until there is some semblance of natural order in our daily world. I’m very sure I’ve never lived what is called ‘normal’ and I’m not sure if I would fit. Or if I even want to for that matter. As individuals we are awesome, but gathered together in a common cause we are spectacular!

Happy Birthday to all my Gemini kin! I just had my birthday and it was fun but exhausting, I’m too ole for all that festivity nowadays. I had my time. I really want to go to the beach on Lake Superior,  which is where my ancestors lived until we got stuffed onto a reservation that is 50% swampland. I want to pay my respects and honor the place that has sustained us to this day.

PS: The Walker Art Center is removing the gallows. We have to stay aware and Miigwech to those of you who made this happen. 

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces
Thursday, June 01 2017
Written by The Circle,
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native-american-vets1.jpgGeneral Douglas MacArthur, commander-in-chief of the Allied forces in the South Pacific, on an inspection trip of American battle fronts, late 1943. From left: Staff Sergeant Virgil Brown (Pima), First Sergeant Virgil F. Howell (Pawnee), Staff Sergeant Alvin J. Vilcan (Chitimacha), General MacArthur, Sergeant Byron L. Tsingine (Diné), and Sergeant Larry Dekin (Diné). (Photo by U.S. Army Signal Corps.)


The Historic Fort Snelling in Minnesota will host “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces”, an exhibit that tells the history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the US military. Using art, photography and essays, the show examines more than 300 years of Native people’s contributions to the U.S. military. Native peoples have participated in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.


Presented in 18 full-color banners, the exhibit includes additional content developed by Minnesota Historical Society about the efforts of American Indian veterans from Minnesota and the surrounding area. It will be on display May 27 to Aug. 12, 2017, and was produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Admission for Native American guests is waived. Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, Saint Paul. 612-726-1171














The Native American Women Warriors lead the grand entry during a powwow in Pueblo, Colorado, June 14, 2014. From left: Sergeant First Class Mitchelene BigMan (Apsáalooke/ Hidatsa), Sergeant Lisa Marshall (Cheyenne River Sioux), Specialist Krissy Quinones (Apsáalooke]), and Captain Calley Cloud (Apsáalooke), with Tia Cyrus (Apsáalooke) behind them. (Photo by Nicole Tung.)


Left: Ernest Childers (Muscogee) receives the Congressional Medal of Honor from Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers (left). 5th Army headquarters, April 8, 1944. Under heavy enemy fire, Lieutenant Childers
had wiped out two German machine gun nests near Oliveto, Italy, killing enemy snipers and capturing an artillery observer. (Photo: Bettmann/
Getty Images.)


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