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Gibbs House Teaches Dakota Language
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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gibbs_house_teachers_dakota.jpghe Gibbs Museum hosted a their first Dakota Language camp for youth grades 1st through 4th this summer from June 27th to July 1st. During the week-long camp students enjoyed seasonal themes as they learned about the life of the Dakota people who walked the trails of the museum's grounds, and were introduced to a language that is not usually taught at elementary school levels.
The Gibbs Museum was opened in 1954 under the Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS). Listed in 1974 under the National Register of Historic Places, the museum has worked closely with the University of Minnesota's Dakota language program.
Located next to the University's soccer fields, The Gibbs Museum is a picture of 19th century life. There are traditional Dakota bark lodges and tipis at the site, as well as the excavated sod house, or 'soddy' that Jane and Heman Gibbs lived in. The area is covered by prairie grasses, and native crops such as corn, squash, and beans dot the fields.
"This museum focuses on place history," said Terry Swanson, a historian who has worked with the Gibbs Museum for five years. "When Priscilla Farnham (RCHS Executive Director) came to this site, we weren't really telling the story of Jane Gibbs. After studying the history of this place, she thought we needed to focus on how important the people and the history of this land they lived on really were. I think that's at the heart of what we do here."
The story of the Gibbs museum began in 1835, when Jane DeBow (eventually Jane Gibbs) moved west with a missionary and his wife. They settled near Lake Calhoun, where there was a band of Dakota living on the shores of the lake. The settlement she grew up in was Cloud Man's village.
Dear Minneapolis Partners and Friends,
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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superintendent_speaks_column_header.jpgDear Minneapolis Partners and Friends,
Beginning in July 2011, Minneapolis Public Schools has made an ongoing commitment to better communicate with our American Indian families and community members. Each month, I will submit a column to The Circle in an effort to keep readers informed of key topics and events affecting our schools and our students.
We constantly strive to do all that we can to connect with our communities and families. Everyone is busier than ever, which is why we work hard to develop innovative and creative ways to provide our families and the community with information and support that they need to ensure that our students are successful in school. As summer break is well underway, we encourage families and community members to follow us and provide feedback through the various communications tools we utilize all year round:
-Visit our website at www.mpls.k12.mn.us
-Listen to live MPS news segments each Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. on the MPS radio station, Jazz 88.5 FM
-Follow Minneapolis Public Schools on Facebook or Twitter. (I am also on Twitter!) We update our pages frequently and our fans are some of the first to receive new information about MPS.
It ain't easy being indian
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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THE MOOSIE CHRONICLES CONTINUE - THE RETURN TO REZBERRY

After months of miserable weather Rezberry is finally enjoying summer. The Sun gently warms my golden skin and the soft breezes that wind through jack pine stands keep me cool and refreshed by the scent they carry. Wild flowers and pretty weeds delight my eyes, and the smell of freshly cut grass is delicious. Life is good. But wait! What is that new odor? All of a sudden I feel an electric vibration over my entire body. I smell sweet grass combined with deep, rich, loamy earth and Red Stripe.
OMG! Moosie! My love is on his way back home! OMG! He is for sure coming up this time; I can feel it with my supernatural Indian sense! In my mind's eye he is riding a massive Appaloosa stallion; its mane and tail are decorated with feathers, ribbons and beads. Under the sun Moosie's hair has the sheen of a raven's wing and is longer than ever, parted in the middle, of course. He is not wearing a shirt either, but for him that's okay, preferable in fact. I don't know why some Indian guys don't like wearing shirts but they should seriously consider it. No one wants to look at faded old tats on a basketball belly covered in sparse grey hairs.
Now let me continue… Moosie is carrying an intricately beaded staff in his left hand that documents his bravery in battle and his many daring acts of love. Vividly colored pictographs are carved in it so Moosie can keep track of his astonishing volume of progeny and what days the mother's get paid. He is all dressed up for the reunion wearing patent leather, black fringed leggings with a formal black velvet breech cloth. Heavy silver bands studded with priceless turquoise surround his muscular upper arms and a flashy silver belt is slung low on his strong hips. MMMMMOOOOSIEEE in Tha House!
JULY-AUGUST Community Calendar
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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July 7
Native Youth Farmers Markets
Dream of Wild Health Farm is returning with Farmers Markets! Buy fresh, organic, locally grown vegetables and support Native teens from our Garden Warriors program who plant, grow, harvest, cook and sell vegetables. Stop by and say hello! Visit us on: Thursday, July 7, from 12 pm to 2 pm, at the Mpls American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Avenue, Mpls. We also support St. Paul families with a Mobile Market that visits the American Indian Family Center, Elders Lodge, Department of Indian Works, and Ain Dah Yung. Call for more information. Produce available week of June 28: Lettuce, greens, peas, garlic scapes, radishes, spinach, summer squash. For more info about our markets, call Dream of Wild Health at 651-439-3840.
July 7
Adoptees/Fostered people and families Potluck
First Nations Repatriation Institute (Formerly First Nations Orphan Association) Wicoicage Ake Un Ku Pi -Generation After Generation We Are Coming Home invites adoptess and fostered people and families - and any who had a family member in foster care or adopted out - to a pot luck and talking circle. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 East 23rd St., Minneapolis, MN. 6-9 pm: Pot luck from 6-7 pm, Talking Circle from 7-9 pm. For more info, call Sandy White Hawk at 651-442-4872 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it www.wearecominghome.com
JULY - AUGUST Powwow Calendar
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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July 15-17
Mii-Gwitch Mahnomen Days
Mii-Gwitch Mahnomen Days 49th Annual Traditional Powwow. 6 mi. West of Deer Diver MN on US 2, Ball Club, MN. FMI: Mary Bebeau at 218-246-9697 or Sarah Wakanabo at 218-246-2105.
July 21
9th Annual Healing Powwow
Opening Ceremonies: 3:00 p.m. Honor Guard/Veterans. Feast: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Master of Ceremonies: Vince Beyl. Spiritual Advisor: Darrell Kingbird. Arena Director: Gary Charwood. Invited Drums Only: Battle River, Leech Lake Nation, and Smokey Hill. Registration opens @ 2:00 p.m. for dancers. Free and Open to the Public. Held at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Bemidji, Minnesota. Co-sponsored by: Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Cass Lake Indian Health Service Hospital, and Red Lake Indian Health Service Hospital. For more information call 218-333-5745.
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