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The Little Earth Red Bears baseball team wins big
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Jamie Keith,
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little earth wins big 1 copy.jpgThe Little Earth Red Bears won the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Youth Baseball League Championship this summer in the 10 Year Old And Under division. In celebration of the team’s success, Little Earth of United Tribes (Little Earth) hosted an awards banquet on Aug. 7 at the Little Earth Neighborhood Early Learning Center.

The event included a trophy presentation and the unveiling of new team uniforms, which were designed and funded through a partnership with the Indian Health Board. The uniforms and the Red Bears’ team name were created to honor Trinidad Flores, a 16-year-old Little Earth resident who passed away this April due to complications from a heart transplant.

“Trinidad was the heart and soul of a lot of the youth programming we did,” said Nathan Ratner, Little Earth’s Volunteer Coordinator.

Representatives from the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club (the Twins), another of the program’s partners, were also on hand at the event to distribute back-to-school backpacks to community youth. Over the course of this season, the Twins have invited the team to Target Field for a tour and offered the youth classes on the intersections between science and baseball.
Contentions remain after alcohol vote on Pine Ridge Rez
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Alfred Walking Bull,
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Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe voted on Aug. 13 to end the reservation’s 124 year-old alcohol prohibition. The vote was in response to the alcohol sales from the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay, where the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission estimates the equivalent of 162,000 cases of beer were sold last year. While the results were not immediately known, the final count showed 1,871 tribal citizens voted in favor of the legalization of alcohol with 1,679 against.

While the majority of Oglala citizens voted to allow alcohol, anti-legalization activists feared the worst. “Our culture was coming back strong and they brought in this colonization,” said Alex White Plume. “We’ll have to wait and see what the council is going to do because it was a non-binding vote. It’s damaging our culture and our traditions will slowly change for the worse.”
One of White Plume’s main concerns was the immediacy with which the vote was brought before tribal voters. “I think it was that it came out of the blue, there was no clear cut plan … it wasn’t planned right. It was really fast and no one really knew about it until the day of the vote.”
Native Youth Perspective
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Brianna Skildum,
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The Circle is committed to presenting a variety of voices, including our youth. Brianna Skildum is currently a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and writes for her school newspaper. She will be contributing to The Circle to broaden the discussion in the Native community.

The Native American artist community in Minneapolis is a vibrant and strong institution that continues to foster its younger generations. Professional artists Natalie M. Ball and Kevin Red Star have influenced youth with their photography, post-modern painting, quilting and gallery shows.

Red Star grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, MT and was raised in an environment filled with art and culture. Feeling as though his own culture was ignored, he decided to illustrate his culture in his own terms. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM and was one of 150 students encouraged to show their cultural beliefs through art. As graduation neared he received scholarships to the San Francisco Art Institute. He later received an honorary doctorate in Fine Art from the Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.
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Ball has produced similar work with her own style. She studied Indigenous Visual Arts at Massey University in New Zealand, as well as Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. Her work has been featured in 18 exhibitions across the world since 2005, seven of which were solo shows. She has received  scholarships,  awards and honors from colleges and organizations for her work, including the Diversity Building Scholarship at the University of Oregon. This award is given to those who have a worldwide understanding for cultural perspectives and who use that to pursue their academic potential and achievement. In addition to her many laurels, she has also been published in six magazines since 2007. 
From The Editor's Desk
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Alfred Walking Bull,
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from_the_editors_desk_alfred_walking_bull.jpgCovering the news in Minnesota’s Native community is proving an interesting experience, as with any topic in Indian Country, there are universal elements of sovereignty as well as elements of guarded interactions. We’re tribal people, we take time to warm up to new people or concepts. Overall, it’s been encouraging.

As the past editor of a tribal publication on the Rosebud Sioux reservation, I’ve seen the best and worst in people and institutions. In the case of the latter, I’ve witness and experienced the crab-in-the-bucket mentality. Whether that’s hiring and firing practices, funding allocations or battles of wills, there are times we simply fail to be the best that we can be.
Fond du Lac Follies
Thursday, September 05 2013
Written by Jim Northrup,
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The Sobriety Powwow was held in Sawyer at Mashkawisen. It was the 30th something annual event.

Once again we set up our Free Coffee For Veterans hooch. We gave coffee to veterans and to those who were delivering coffee to veterans.  One local guy complained that the coffee was too sweet. In checking we determined he had poured coffee into the sugar cup and tried drinking that.  We could hardly wait for him to leave so we could laugh about pouring coffee into the sugar cup and complaining about the taste of the free coffee.
We had many visitors to the hooch.  One of my favorite visitors was Pauline Moose. In Northrup family history she is remembered as the young girl who wrote my letters home for me from Pipestone Boarding school about 64 years ago. I still remember her kindness in doing that for me until I learned how to write.  She brought her daughter Trish, who brought her son, a new young Marine.  As a fellow Marine I gave him a ride in the 1964 Corvette and we swapped Marine Corps stories.
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