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It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Monday, July 07 2014
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgSooooo Ö I was talking to one of my brotherís Mike W. (I have two!) about getting our kids enrolled. Our father is not on our birth certificates and itís a big deal as Iím sure some of yooz know how difficult it is to prove; and how 'blood quantumí was created to essentially wipe American Indians out as sovereign nations. In the conversation I told him that when I was a little kid I never wanted to be married and be a cat lady. A moment passed and Mike Wynde sez, ďsoÖyouíre Living the Dream.Ē I know!!!!! I laughed so hard and when I was able to collect myself I said maybe I should have picked something else? Hai! Oh well Iím here now.

ďLiving the dreamĒ tchuh! I love it!!!

My dear cousin Amanda L. came by my office today, she lives in the Big City so I donít get to see a lot of her so itís really special when I do. This past June was Rezberry Daze where enrolled members come up for fun and feasting and hopefully win a drawing for money. I didnít make it this year but I did see some family so I am happy. Well Amanda and I got to talking; we have both been through some really difficult times in the recent past and commiserated and hugged it out.

Fond du Lac Follies
Monday, July 07 2014
Written by Jim Northrup,
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_northrup_cover_mug_small.jpgOur friend Cheryl Gresczyk died. She was the wife of Rick Gresczyk. Our family watched as she fought her illnesses with dignity and courage. Cheryl, you will be missed by everyone in this household. We were saddened by your leaving but were glad that your pain is now over.


July 2014 Calendar
Monday, July 07 2014
Written by The Circle Staff,
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June 5-Aug. 23

Creative Dissent: Popular Arts of the Arab World Uprisings

Touring exhibition is designed to immerse visitors in the creative vitality of the continually evolving uprising movement commonly referred to as the "Arab Spring." Visitors experience how freedom of speech merged with artistic expression, capturing the anger, elation, frustration and hope of these revolutions in the form of graffiti, video, cartoons, music, photography, posters and puppetry.

Round Table Discussion, July 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Mizna hosts a discussion with featured guests touching on the movements in Syria and Egypt and the intersections of politics and art. Poster-Making, June 28 and Aug. 23, noon to 2 p.m., stop by the gallery and make a poster using stencils from Mizna's Arab Spring participatory art project, created by street artists from Egypt and the U.S. Events are free of charge.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday; noon-5 p.m., Saturdays, Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-871-4444 or visit

July 7

Circle of Generations Teaching Circle

Open Drum Call, light breakfast will be served, 10 a.m.; Dakota Language with Neil McKay, 4-5 p.m.; Zhaabosabiiwebinigewin (Basketball) with Stuart CrazyBull; Mazinigwaasowin (Beading) with Angela Kappenman; Teaching Circle, 5-7:30 p.m.; Jiimaaniwin (Canoeing) with Jon Lurie & Joe Perez (at Calhoun van leaves at 5:30 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

July 8-10

Fifth Annual Dakota Language Camp

The Dakota Language Department of the University of Minnesota and Bloomington Parks and Recreation welcomes Dakota and non-Dakota children and their families to the 5th annual Dakota Language Camp. Learning is through hands-on experiences of traditional Dakota games, crafts, songs, foods, and nature walks in the parkís restored prairie, situated on the Minnesota River. The camp is free for Dakota families; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Pond Dakota Park, Bloomington, MN. For more information and to register, call Jay Ludwig at 952-484-0477 or visit

July 10

Circle of Generations Ojibwe Language Class

Ojibwemowin 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

July 11-13

Fond du Lac Reservation Veterans Traditional Powwow

Emcee: Pete Gahbow/Les Gibbs; Host Drum: Midnight Express; Friday Grand Entry, 7 p.m., Saturday Grand Entry, 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday Grand Entry, 1 p.m.; Saturday Feast, 5 p.m., Sunday Lunch, 3 p.m. Spot dances and dance specials will be held daily, honorariums paid to the first 30 registered drums, all dancers, flag and staff carriers and royalty. All veterans will receive gifts. Mash-Ka-wisen Tx Center Powwow Grounds, Sawyer, MN.

For more information, contact Chuck Smith at 218-878-2670 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 11-13

Prairie Island Dakota Days Wacipi Celebration

Grand Entries: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m, Flag raising daily. Tiny Tots will receive day money. Categories: Adult Menís Fancy 18 years-old and older, Menís Northern Fancy, Menís Southern Fancy; Juniors 6-12 years-old, Junior Boyís Traditional Northern & Southern Combined, Junior Boyís Grass Dance, Junior Boyís Fancy; Junior Girlís Traditional Northern & Southern Combined, Junior Girlís Jingle Dress, Junior Girlís Fancy Shawl; Adults, 35 years-old and older, Menís Grass Dance, Womenís Jingle Dress, Menís Chicken Dance, Womenís Fancy Shawl; Senior Adults, 35-54 years-old, Menís Northern Traditional, Menís Southern Straight. Womenís Northern Traditional Cloth. Womenís Northern Traditional Buckskin, Womenís Southern Buckskin. Womenís Southern Cloth; Teens, 13-17 years-old. 1158 Island Lake Blvd., Welch, MN. For more information, call 800-554-5473.

What's New In the Community: July 2014
Monday, July 07 2014
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The Tiwahe Foundation is honored to announce that at its June 10 board meeting, 15 grants were awarded to Native American individuals in the Twin Cities seven county metro area through its American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund. This program awards $70,000-$80,000 annually to American Indian individuals and families seeking financial resources to achieve their goals, shape their future and make positive contributions to their community through three priority areas: Economic Self-sufficiency; Education and Cultural Connections.

Grants range from $500 to $2,500, enough to make a significant impact on grantees and the community and contributing to the self-determination of individuals. Individuals received awards in the following focus areas:

Goal 1: Preserving and Renewing Native Cultural Connections (Learning Native languages, developing kinship ties, traditional and cultural practices). The grantees include: Nancy Cain-Kouri, Melissa Davis and Cleone Thompson.

Goal 2: Educational Achievement (Expenses related to college degrees, certificates, vocational training, GED, and college entrance exams). Grantees for this goal were: Travis Earth-Werner, Savanna Elmquist, John Fairbanks, Miigis Gonzalez, Kevin Head, Mia Mikel, Cynthia Pawlitschek, James Smith, Shantelle Stately, Kelly Suzick and Aaron Thomson.

Linda Lucero was the grantee for Goal 3, which includes economic self-sufficiency through employment, business, entrepreneurial opportunities and expenses related to home-ownership.

AIFEP strives to reverse the social, educational, and economic challenges facing American Indians by investing in human capital, skills, resources and cultural strengths that people possess that allow them to live healthy and productive lives, build strong relationships, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. To learn more, visit

Regional and Local Briefs: July 2014
Monday, July 07 2014
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PINE RIDGE, S.D. Ė The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council suspended President Bryan Brewer following allegations that he acted without the council's approval on two occasions and mishandled a $5,000 check.

The council voted 10-5 on June 24 to suspend Brewer until July 17, when a hearing is scheduled to determine whether he should be reinstated or impeached, Councilman Garfield Steele said. Brewer will be given an opportunity to defend himself at the hearing.

"I support the president," Steele said. "I support a lot of things that he's done. He's done good things and the reason why I voted to accept this was to allow him to give his side of the story."

Steele said the complaints against Brewer allege that he signed over the tribe's power of attorney in order to approve bonds without the council's consent, that he approved health benefits for the tribe's former casino manager without the council's consent, and that he mishandled a $5,000 donation a business made to the tribe. Steele did not say what Brewer is alleged to have done with the money.

A tribal judge will oversee the July 17 hearing, with the eventual decision on Brewer's future left to the council. It would take a two-thirds vote of the 19-member council to remove Brewer from office.

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