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It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Friday, February 07 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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The easy thing to do is gripe about the horrific Polar Vortex II and how Ive been huddled in front of my little space heater at home with the temp set at 58 degrees because I dare not put it any higher. Propane is used to heat my house and prices just skyrocketed to almost five bucks a gallon! Oops! I see that I have indeed just complained about the frigidly cold weather up here but I see on national news Im certainly not alone. A Facebook friend posted a picture of severely frostbitten feet which is hard to look at but it must be harder to feel. But of course all this extreme weather we are experiencing has nothing to do with climate change. So I suppose we can all just diddley-bop along or stick our heads in the sand or snow banks.

Political Matters: Sulfide mining debated in St. Paul
Friday, February 07 2014
 
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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Sulfide mining debated in St. Paul

Hope Flanagan, of Minneapolis, first spoke in Ojibwe when she addressed the large throng in the St. Paul RiverCentre, at the public meeting on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed NorthMet mining project.

I want to speak for our children, Flanagan said, shifting to the English language. She explained that Indian prophecies speak of the Seventh Generation, the children of the future who will be affected by the decisions we make today. She added that women have a special role in protecting the natural world. All you women out there, this is our job Weve got to have clean water, clean food. Lets start thinking about our children.

Native American students find success and free college credits too
Friday, February 07 2014
 
Written by Marisa Gustafson, Center for School Change,
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Minneapolis South High senior Sean Buehlmann is finding ways to both challenge and reward herself. She is among a growing group of students taking advantage of Dual Credit courses where students earn high school credit and free college credit at the same time.

Buehlmann took college classes for free at Minneapolis Community and Technical College to learn the Dakota language, an interest of hers that she wasn't able to fulfill at her high school. She has now earned free college credit while studying the Dakota language through the state-funded Post Secondary Enrollment Options program.


From the Editor's Desk: Tribal Sovereignty Through Federalism
Friday, February 07 2014
 
Written by Alfred Walking Bull, The Circle Managing Editor,
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The concept of tribal sovereignty for the uninitiated can seem like a confusing and mercurial legal arena; and often times, it can be. What may work for one tribe may not work for another. But even in the most confusing cases, there are broad truths that can be taken into account where sovereignty is concerned.

We see now on Pine Ridge that an Oglala Sioux Tribal committee is referring a public vote on the legalization of marijuana as a means to produce revenue. Under federal law, which is directly applicable on Indian reservations, the cultivation, distribution and/or sale of marijuana is prohibited and goes directly under federal jurisdiction. For better or worse, the Oglala have always had a history of acting sovereignly, asking no one's permission to do as they please within their own territory. If passed, observing this act of sovereignty come up against federal law will be fascinating, in addition to considerations with the states of Colorado and Washington passing their own legalization laws.


Spotlight On: Charly Etzkorn
Friday, February 07 2014
 
Written by Alfred Walking Bull,
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charlie_etzkorn-web.jpgSeven year-old Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal citizen Charly Etzkorn sang the National Anthem at the home opener for the Minnesota Swarm lacrosse game on Jan. 19.

The game was also the Swarm's Native American Heritage Day where they paid tribute to the Native roots of the game with a traditional version of the game at half-time featuring the Oneida Warriors and Prairie Island Indian Community's lacrosse teams. The Hoka Hey Singers also rendered an honor song for the 8,000 audience members in attendance for supporting the traditional Native American game.

Etzkorn said of her time in the spotlight, It was really fun. I was nervous but it was really fun.

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