Local Briefs
Navigating MNSure and Indian Health Services
Wednesday, December 04 2013
Written by By Sommer Dey Rosette-Poolaw, Indian Health Board of Minneapolis,
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The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) is a federal law that provides health insurance coverage options that are more accessible and affordable. Minnesota, like all states, was given three options to deliver insurance to its citizens. Minnesota chose a state-based exchange where the state runs its own Healthcare Marketplace, now called MNsure.

Open enrollment for MNsure began on Oct. 1 for most Minnesotans. American Indians of Minnesota, tribally-enrolled or documented lineage, have no closing date to enroll in a healthcare plan; more information will be provided in regards to proof of enrollment and lineage. We are also exempt from the federal mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance that includes tax penalties.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Wednesday, December 04 2013
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgHere is ‘tis the season upon us once again. This is not my favorite time of year because of all the distraction of Christmas holiday shopping and of course Black Friday. Ish. The zombies will be out trying to get deals on stuff, just stuff. Stuff they already have at that; it’s my firm belief that we Americans are being mind-controlled by massive yet shady corporations. They work to get us to become super-consumers, becoming only numbers tallied in quarterly sales reports. There is no day that goes by that the DOW or NASDAQ isn’t mentioned as a barometer for our nation’s health.

For the record I am a human being; I am not merely a consumer.

VIDEO: Change The Name Protest
Friday, November 08 2013
Written by Alfred Walking Bull,
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Political Matters: The "R" Word
Monday, November 04 2013
Written by Mordecai Spektor,
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In the July 1993 edition of The Circle, I wrote a story about “pro sports franchises appropriating Native American people and their culture — sacraments, rituals and symbols — as a prop for their multi-million dollar entertainment sports extravaganzas.”

The article — which followed local American Indian Movement (AIM)-led protests at the 1991 World Series (Minnesota vs. Atlanta) and the 1992 Super Bowl (Buffalo vs. Washington) — involved a visit to the Metrodome, where the Twins were hosting Cleveland. The article was titled “Cleveland Indians: Chief Wahoo’s Tribe?”

Fond du Lac Follies
Monday, November 04 2013
Written by Jim Northrup,
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Fond du Lac Follies motored to Chicago, the Windy City. We were traveling to attend the Heartland Book Festival. It was a long boring ride on excellent highways. Patricia and I laughed together and listened to music as we cut through the middle of Wisconsin.

The trouble began when we got close to O'Hare International airport. The traffic began to get heavy. We began seeing more cars than we are used to seeing. Patricia was driving and I was scanning my Android map app trying to find our way to the Crown Plaza Hotel; our destination.

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