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Buy Native Directory coming soon
Tuesday, April 05 2016
 
Written by Lee Egerstrom,
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maple-blueberry-granola_.jpgSap is flowing and being harvested from Minnesota maple trees. It’s calving season out on the bison and beef ranches in the Dakotas and Montana. Like every year over the last millennium, April starts a new food production season for Indian Country in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains.

But there is something new under the springtime sun this year. The “Buy Local” movement popular across the country for the past decade is being repackaged into a “Buy Native” movement in the Northlands.
Indian Business Alliance organizations in five Northern Plains and Upper Midwest states are launching an interactive, online Native Business Directory this month for both Native American individual and tribally owned businesses.
The North Dakota Indian Business Alliance is taking the lead in designing the directory website, said executive director Stacey LaCompte. The IBAs in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Montana are also involved with the initial Native Business Directory. It was set to go online in early April.

Over time, LaCompte said, the Alliances hope to make the directory a national listing of American Indian and Alaskan owned and operated businesses.  

Foods and arts and crafts will be a big part of the directory, said Pamela Standing, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Business Alliance. These are popular items, and Native harvested and produced food items are part of what appears to be a growing, expanding Native industry sector, she said.

The directory should function as a “Buy Native Gift Guide” in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, Standing said.

This effort is consistent with local business groups all across the country that promote “Buy Local” campaigns to strengthen local economies, Standing said. That movement really took off in 2007 when four San Francisco women started a local campaign and coined the term “locavore” to describe people who want to purchase local foods. A Native directory is a variant of the local theme.

Film Review: SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME
Tuesday, March 15 2016
 
Written by Andrea Carlson,
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songs-my-brother_taught-me-film.jpgOn March 11th The Walker Art Center hosted the Twin Cities premiere of Chloe Zhao's debut feature, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” a quiet story set against the backdrop of Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The film tightly follows the tender relationship of eleven-year-old Jashaun Winters (Jashaun St. John) and her older brother Johnny (John Reddy). In the wake of the death of their estranged, bull-riding father, Johnny's secret plan to leave the reservation for Los Angeles with his girlfriend becomes more attainable. He buys his late father's truck and his situation becomes more violent as his side-job of bootlegging alcohol reaches an impasse. For all of the reasons he needs to leave, leaving Jashaun looms as an increasingly cruel intent.

“Songs My Brothers Taught Me” is subtile storytelling told through portraiture. Although the story opens and ends with Johnny's first-person voice over, the story is demonstrative and shown, not told. There are no overt explanation that alcohol is illegal on Pine Ridge, Johnny is warned about “the protests” and Johnny is beaten, but Zhao isn't interceding and offering up a textbook history lesson for her characters' situation. The story doesn't take on the responsibility of educating white people. This is an important and surprising nuance of the film. So many films that focus a lens on reservation life are in the business of offering up explanations and elucidating Natives for an outsider's eye. That is because many films about Native people are usually made for a non-Native market.

In 2002 director Chris Eyre pointed out a big problem with Natives on film. Native people rented movies but often didn't have access to theaters on many reservations. He premiered his film “Skins” at Pine Ridge from a mobile theater that sat one hundred people in a semi-truck as part of the film's “Rolling Rez Tour.” Eyre had filmed “Skins” entirely on Pine Ridge and wanted to make sure the people could see his film first... for free. Although many films have been made on or about Pine Ridge, the Lakota community there had no theater until 2012 when the Nunpa Theatre (nunpa means two in Lakota) was opened. A small victory resides in the fact that “Song My Brothers Taught Me” is showing at Nunpa Theatre in the community where it was produced.

The film also features some very insightful, nuanced perspectives that no-doubt reflect on Zhao's capacity for quickly adapting to communities. Her work has been compared to Terrence Malick for its pacing, quietness and beauty. But, unlike Malick, who directed The New World (2005) a film about John Smith and Pocahontas, Zhao created a contemporary portrait, a deeply thoughtful film that doesn't perpetuate the idea that Native people belong to a romantic, idealized past, but that we belong, create and thrive today.

Much of the story relies on characters teetering on the edged of two states. Irene Bedard, the voice of Disney's Pocahontas who also played Pocahontas' mother in Malick's The New World, plays the role of Lisa Winters, the repentant alcoholic mother of Johnny and Jashaun. Lisa seeks redemption in church looking for a heavenly father for her fatherless children, while Johnny and Jashaun walk the cathedrals of the Black Hills. The landscape is a character in this film, the tight framing of on the characters faces in interior spaces is opened up in the instances where the landscape floods in. This also seems Malick-esque.

Another angle to the inside/outside community element of this film's production is that the director, Chloé Zhao is Chinese-American filmmaker who immigrated to the United States by herself when she was fourteen years old. She spent four years making Songs My Brothers Taught Me and adapting to the community. Many directors hop from community to community seeing places as slates for films, yet not being fully vested in any one community. Zhao's next film may be telling as to what themes and patterns she establishes over her career, and I look forward to seeing where she goes from here.


March 2016 Events
Tuesday, March 08 2016
 
Written by The Circle,
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Thru July 2016
Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit

This exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements still matter today. For info, see: http://mnhum.org/treaties.
• Feb. 29 - March 23: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria.
• March 31 - April 17: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis. UNITE and MCTC invite the community to come learn and share on April 6th at 12:00 for an exhibit opening prayer, statement, and drumming.
• April 25 - May 15: Metro State University, St. Paul.
• June 27 - July 17: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Thru April 1
Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities

Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities, a multidisciplinary group exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk Polk, will be exhibited in the Inez Greenberg Gallery at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. It features works by Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Maggie Thompson, and the creative team of Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, and Elizabeth Day. Sinew will open with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. February 12. A panel discussion with participating artists will be held March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The exhibition and all related activities are free of charge. Presented in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, a multi-week event through March that will engage more than 20 regional arts and cultural organizations in illuminating gender and racial inequalities. Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Center, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN. For more info, see: www.artistrymn.org .

March 3-6
13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference

13th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference: The Power to Heal will be held at Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN. For more information, see http://welrp.org/13th-annual-indigenous-farming-conference or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 3, 10, 17, 24
Dream of Wild Health Cooking Class Series

Cooking classes for the whole family. Limit 10 families per class. Each participating family will get a box of Ikea cooking supplies for going to 4 out of the 5 classes. Dinner provided. Childcare and bus tokens available. Classes will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Thursday evenings at the MIWRC, 2300 15th Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info or to register, call Jenny at 612-874-4200 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 4
Honoring Native American Veterans

Honoring Native American Veterans will be sponsoring a morning coffee and treats the first Friday of every month, starting on March 4 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, from 8:30 to 10:30 am. For more info, call Lyle H. Iron Moccasin, Veterans Employment Service Representative at 952-703-3104 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 5
Indian Education Spring Gathering

Minneapolis American Indian Families are invited to join MPS Indian Education for the Indian Education Spring Gathering & Public Hearing from 11am – 2pm. A light, healthy lunch will be provided. Door Prizes. Student activities include: TC Native Lacrosse Clinic, Maple Sugar Station, Dreamcatchers, Art Station and More. Public hearing includes: Indian Ed Updates, New Staff and Services, Special Ed Advisory Committee Station, Title VII Parent Committee Info. For more info, contact Deanna StandingCloud at 612.668.0612 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls.

March 9
Mazinaateseg: Anishinaabe Films and Their Makers

The Augsburg Native American Film series and hosts Elizabeth Day and Heid Erdrich invite you to a special night of Anishinaabe films and thier makers. A night of Anishinaabe short films and animation pieces. Includes selected work from  Day, Erdrich, Elizabeth LaPensêe, Jonathan Thunder, and Frankie McNamara. Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis. Talk with students: 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Reception: 6:15 - 6:45 pm. Screening: 7:00 pm. Discussion with filmmakers follows. This event is free to the public. For for info, see: www.augsburg.edu .­­­

March 11
Kids’ Day at NACC

Native American Community Clinic’s monthly Kids’ Day. Make an appointment for a well child visit or dental check-up. Enjoy a healthy snack and arts and crafts. 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. For more info, call 612-872-8086.

March 11
Sobriety Friday

Monthly celebration dinner. Speakers, testimonials of sobriety, great food, gospel music and door prizes. Sponsored by Overcomers Ministries. 6:30 - 9 pm. This is a monthly event on the 2nd Friday of each month. American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls.

March 11-13
Songs My Brother Taught Me

Shot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, this “contemplative, unhurried masterpiece” (Cinefilles) explores the strong bond between a brother and sister as each defines the concept of home. The younger sibling grapples with the possibility of living alone with her single mother, when the other decides to follow his girlfriend to Los Angeles. “Stirring … with bone deep identity (Hollywood Reporter),” the local cast of actors delivers a strong emotional payoff. Nominated for Best First Feature at the 2015 Independent Spirit Award and screened in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. 2015. Part of 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Screenings. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Mpls. Call 612-375-7600 and mention The Circle to get discounts on tickets. For more info, see: www.walkerart.org/cinema .

March 12
Bii Gii Wiin First Time Homebuyer Workshop

Topics include: Steps to becoming a homeowner, How to prepare financially, The importance of credit, Responsibilities of homeownership, and more. 9 am - 5 pm. Hosted by Bii Gii Wiin CDLF. Training takes place at 1508 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 100, Minneapolis. For more info or to sign up, call 612-354-2249.

March 12
White Earth Urban Comm. Council Candidate Forum

White Earth tribal members are invited to hear candidates running for the Chairperson and District III Representative positions. A light lunch and beverages will be served. 12 - 5 pm. Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building, Main Floor Dining Room, 1308 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls. For more info, call 612-872-8388.

March 15
American Indian College Fund Reception

Featured guest speaker, Bethany Yellowtail. Bethany is a fashion designer and owner of B. Yellowtail, a fashion line that celebrates ancestral tradition, beauty, and culture, and embraces authentic, indigenous design through wearable art. Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers. RSVP by March 11th. 6  - 8 pm. Hilton Minneapolis, Gallery Room, 1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. For questions, contact Hannah Urano at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 303-429-4191.

March 18 (deadline)
Native American Multimedia Internships

Vision Maker Media is offering Public Media Internships to undergraduate or graduate students. The purpose of the paid internships is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in Public Broadcasting. Interns can be located at Vision Maker Media offices at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, or at a Public Television station in the United States. Requirements: Multimedia and/or transmedia experience in journalism, writing, video, audio, editing, public relations/marketing and/or websites; Experience with social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, blogs, etc.); Enrolled in a journalism, communications, or Native studies graduate or undergraduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Eligible applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. For more info, call 402-472-3522 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: http://www.visionmakermedia.org

March 18 (deadline)
Mayo Sch of Health Sciences Career Immersion Program

Mayo School of Health Sciences will host the first Career Immersion Program for Minnesota high school juniors and seniors July 11–15. The week includes: Supervised lodging and meals in downtown Rochester; Meeting with current students and professionals in a range of health science professions; Networking with Mayo Clinic faculty; Learning the academic path for enrolling in accredited health science education programs. The 2016 program will focus on laboratory medicine professions — specifically cytotechnology, genetic counseling, histology, medical laboratory science, molecular genetics, pathology assistant and phlebotomy. Qualified students will be juniors or seniors during the 2016–2017 school year, have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and an expressed interest in health science professions. Applications are due by March 18. Applications available at: www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/career-immersion .

March 19—20
18th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Powwow

Doors Open at 11 am. Registration at 11 am. Grand Entries: Saturday 1 and 7 pm, Sunday at 1 pm. Feast on Saturday at 5 pm. Co -Emcees: Jerry Dearly and Reuben Crowfeather. Host Drum: Tomahawk Circle. Invited Drum: Oyate Teca. First 10 registered drums with a minimum of 5 singers will receive an honorarium. $5 entry fee for ages 7+ free entry for elders and veterans. Free entry per person with Roy Roberts “Family in Need” Drive - donate a household/family item. Specials: Youth Dance— 17 years and under (cash prizes); All Ages, 2 Step Special; Junior Hand Drum Contest; Ambassador Contest. For info, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Central High School, 275 Lexington Ave. St. Paul, MN.

March 19-20
Cherish the Children Powwow Royalty Contest

Contestants must: Be in full regalia, Be drug and alcohol free, Be enrolled in school (Elem.—H.S.), Be able to give an introduction and speech on why you would like to be ADYC Royalty. (Bonus points for saying your introduction in a Native language). To register contact Holly Henning at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 651-632-8923, or see: www.adycenter.org .

March 20
Leech Lake Members Dinner

Dinner for Leech Lake Band members at the Mpls American Indian Center from 1-5 pm. Food and door prizes. For more info, email Logan at: 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

March 22
Leech Lake Public Candidate Forum

A Leech Lake Public Candidate Forum will be held from 5 - 9 pm at Gichatwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave S, Mpls. Light refreshments provided. Potluck and forum. For info, email Logan at: loganallen188@ yahoo.com or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or call Richard at 612-232-5808.

March 24
Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Meet with the Community Advisory Committee to urge CAC members to vote in favor of supporting full restoration of the Bde-Maka-Ska (Calhoun Lake) name change. 6 -8:30 pm. Public comment session from 8 to 8:30 pm. Mpls Parks and Recreation Headquarters, Board Room, 2117 West River Road, M. For updates see: www.facebook.com/Bde-Maka-Ska-Name-Reclamation-976582865759475 .

March 25
New Native Theatre presents Well Red Play Reading Series

New and classic plays by Native authors performed by Native actors, last Friday of every month. Free and open to the public. 7:30 pm at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

March 26
American Indian Museum Fellowship

The 2 1/2-week residential summer fellowship is designed to expose American Indian undergraduates to the possible career opportunities and challenges of historical interpretation and cultural preservation within museums. The fellowship is designed for students interested in pursuing the museum field with an emphasis on American Indian cultural and historical preservation among historical organizations and tribal governments. Transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided. Upon completion of the fellowship, students will receive a stipend of $1000. Topics Covered: Museum Archives & Collections; Exhibit Design and Development; Conservation and Preservation; Tribal Historic Preservation; NAGPRA and Archaeology; Museum Curation and Administration; National Park Service. Priority deadline: March 19. Application due March 26. For more info, see: www.mnhs.org/internships/fellows/americanindian .

March 29
Leech Lake Member Meeting

Monthly meeting for Leech Lake Tribal members will be held at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, from 6 to 8 pm. For more info, email Logan at: 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

March 31 (deadline)
Artistry Opens Call for Artists

Emerging and established artists and artist groups residing in MN, N.D., S.D., IA, and WI, 18 years or older, are invited to submit a proposal for the 2018 Exhibition Program at Artistry. Individuals or groups working in any medium, with the exception of film or video, are eligible. Artists may be combined for a small group show or chosen for a solo exhibition. All proposals must be received online by March 31. Located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. A $10 non-refundable application fee is required. For more info, see: artistrymn.org/visual_arts/apply/exhibit , or Rachel Daly at 952-563-8570.

April 5-7
Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers

MIWSAC, Sacred Hoop Coalition, and Men As Peacemakers’ 10-Year Anniversary Conference. Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: 10 Years of Feeding the Fire to End Violence Against Native Women. The conference runs from 9 am on April 5 to Noon on April 7. April 5: fun, themed, Self Care Carnival, and Moccasin Game. April 6: traditional pow-wow (7 - 10 pm) to honor Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, women and children used in prostitution, and our missing and murdered sisters across Turtle Island. Everyone is welcome, and there is no conference fee. Limited scholarships are available to help with lodging and mileage. White Earth Nation, Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. For more info, contact Cristine Davidson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Deb Poitra at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or see: www.miwsac.org .

April 6-10
National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

New Native Theater’s National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival will premiere new plays from local and national emerging and mid-career playwrights. Plus a concert after the Saturday night performance. April 6th preview performance at 7:30 pm. April 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm. April 9th at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Celebrate till closing (2 am) with live music featuring Leah Lemm, Mitch Walking Elk, Turtle Mountain Musical Review and a local DJ. April 10th at 2 pm. Tickets available for at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512420. Pay-what-you-can every night. Or suggested ticket price $20. Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th Street E., Saint Paul, MN. For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-367-7639.

April 9th
U of MN-Morris 32nd Annual Powwow

The University of Minnesota, Morris is hosting their 32nd Annual Contest powwow. Grand Entry at 1 and 7 pm. Feast, American Indian arts and crafts. Drum split (first 10 drums only). MC: Jerry Dearly. Host Drum: Wahpekute. AD: Gabe Desrosiers. Head Dance Judge: Michael Gabbard. Honor Guard: Lakota Woman Warriors. Free and open to the public. University of Minnesota, Morris, Physical Education Center, 626 East 2nd St., Morris, MN.

April 10 (deadline)
Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund supports language preservation and documentation projects. Provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Priority is given to projects that serve both a specific Native community and the field of linguistics in general. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to another also will be considered. Average grants to be less than $4,000 and average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., with the exception of overhead and indirect costs. Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply. Decisions will be delivered in May, 2016. For a list of eligible languages, complete program guidelines, and application instructions, visit the Endangered Language Fund website at: www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/request.php .

April 12
2016 FASD Day at the Capitol

MOFAS needs advocates to talk to legislators about the importance of prioritizing issues impacting people with an FASD. Learn about important FASD legislation being proposed, and be empowered to make an impact by sharing life experiences with your legislator. Top priority is to teach tools you need to connect your experience to the legislation, and be able to ask your legislator for their support. Advocates from across the state will gather at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul. For more info, call Sara Messelt, Isaac Mullin at 651-917-2370. www.mofas.org/public-policy/fasd-day-at-the-capitol .

April 15 (deadline)
Call for papers

Aboriginal North America and Europe: Strengthening Connections. An interdisciplinary international conference held November 11-13 2016. The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. Scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) are invited to share their research results. Aboriginal activists and artists are invited to share their experiences, knowledge and art. Proposals for 20-minute papers, 60- minute interactive workshops, round-table discussions, poetry and prose readings are requested. Email 250-word-long proposal and a CV to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Acceptance information will be emailed to participants by May 15, 2016. For more info, see: www.paas.org.pl/2015/12/aboriginal-north-america-and-europe-strengthening-connections .

April 22-24
Northern Indigenous Games

The Inaugural Northern Indigenous Games at Bemidji State University. The Northern Indigenous Games will be held for a week in April from Minneapolis to Bemidji. The events feature indigenous athletes and coaches presenting traditional games played by various Native cultures throughout North America. A film screening will be on April 22, featuring former NJCAA National Cross Country Champion Angelo Baca (Navajo/Hopi). BSU American Indian Resource Center will also host a Symposium on April 23 featuring indigenous perspectives of the indigenous games. Pre-registration required to participate in the film screening, symposium and indigenous games. All events are free. For a schedule, poster and registration form, see www.honorearth.org/northerngames .   

Surgery, Medication, and Hard Ttimes
Tuesday, March 08 2016
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to write and there’s an awful reason for that. December 23, 2015, I had another lumbar spinal fusion surgery. I’ve already been through a previous one in March 2012 so knowing what I was in for I felt horrible and it was traumatic for me.

Well, having ‘been there’ and knowing what I was in for (or so I thought) I thoroughly researched and cross-listed everything I knew was the most important, like my dog Mitzi and my cat’s needs plus. And, this is critical, my employer’s knowledge of my impending surgery and the NEUROSURGEON’S recommendation that I have 12 weeks of recovery time before I return to work. I know that sounds like a home vay-cay to some folks, but since I was only making cents above minimum wage it was all I had. Not cool.

Before the big surgery I KNOW I had all professional and home pet care stuff taken care, even clean undies and a clear space to roll my new walker through. Me! A walker! Actually, it’s just cute, and has one of those seats with a bag you can put your stuff in underneath.

After I got home I received a visit from an in-home Physical Therapist which I needed desperately so I could learn how to function and walk normally again. Then I got a call from her saying I had been cut off the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and do I have another insurance company? Well, it took me a bit to let that sink in, but no, I didn’t have another one. Not long after that, I got a certified letter from my now former  employer saying I had been terminated from my job, one reason being I had not been in contact with them telling them when I would return to work.

People, that was one of the most important things I did; made sure I had a job to return to, never mind the toxic workplace I was forced to put up with daily. I had a job to do, I did it. Unreal. Then I got a call asking when I was going to come get my personal items, mostly books, etc... and here’s me housebound not allowed to heft more than 5 pounds. I laughed. I am unable to even carry the dust outta there, never mind the other heavy stuff.

Okay then, that kind of vicious, rez-backward idiocy I can deal with, but fate wasn’t done with me yet. Late one night I got a call that changed everything; my Son’s life, my Granddaughter’s life, and my own reason for even bothering to stick around this vile, hateful environment (by that I mean this life).

But hey, I’m still here and gonna stick around to make sure that those who conciously set out to hurt me get theirs. And I’m going to keep writing, on a blog or essays perhaps, to bring awareness where before there was none. Uh uh. That is over because I am becoming an active participant in any way I can. Marching may be out of my agenda right now but I’m there, too.

One other thing I will do is if I say “I’m here for you, let me know” that is exactly what I will do and then some. I’ve never been so alone in my life and it really, really sucks. I even gave money and did favors to someone I thought was my friend, and who I thought would help me and stop by now and then to see if I was alive or dead. Nope.

Then there’s the time I needed stuff and the only person who helped me didn’t have a car at all but he did it to just to help me. We used a taxi. He helped me put everything away and said he will help me, not just leave us to rot. Miigwech. M, you saved my faith in humanity just when I was so done with everything and everyone.

That is the reason I’ve been gone. The pain, the medications and sorrows. I wish you all well and happy my friends. One thing I know for sure we are not alone in our troubles and trials, somehow Creator gives us the strength to go on.

Creator is why we are here so I suppose I take it that I’m here to make a good difference. We can all do this together, our communities are in severe crisis due to drugs. And I don’t know of any Indian family, including mine, who has not been affected. Let’s start with that.

Much Love.

Donavan “DJ” Golubowicz (Jan. 23, 1967 - Feb. 5, 2016)
Tuesday, March 08 2016
 
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golubowicz-obituary.jpgDonavan “DJ” Golubowicz, age 49, of the Lower Sioux Community entered the Spirit World on February 5, 2016 at his home. Donavan Jaye Golubowicz was born January 23, 1967 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Dennis Lothert and Lillian Columbus.  He graduated from White Bear High School, and later attended Century College for culinary arts.  DJ worked in construction and earned his boilermaker’s license. He traveled the world, and rode all over the United States on his Harley. He loved the outdoors and wildlife, taking care of dogs and training them. DJ enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and being goofy with his kids. He was a fun loving, outgoing person. DJ was an outstanding cook, loved watching movies, and enjoyed doing arts and crafts. His favorite pastime was playing guitar, singing, and dancing.
DJ is survived by his fiancée Angela “Shorty” Golubowicz; mother Lillian Wilson; father Dennis Lothert; children: Mario, Terrence, Shaya, Jonny, and the twins; grandchildren: Samyah, Cory, and Jeffery; siblings: Eileen, Tim, Deon, Stacy, and Caesar; the Golubowicz family; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother Willard, nephew Marcus Roberts, nieces Ashley Whitebird and Monique Wilson, and cousins Chad Gruendemann and Salina Eller. 
Funeral services were held on February 9 at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church on the Lower Sioux Community. Visitation was held at the Lower Sioux Guild Hall. Burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.

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