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What's New In The Community: March 2015
Wednesday, March 11 2015
 
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Four tribal students win big at MN High School League Dance Tournament

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Left to right: Jordyn Spry, Jensen Spry (both Grand Portage Band), Clarissa Pederson (Lac Courte Oreilles) and Camryn Towle (Mille Lacs Band).

The Duluth Marshall Dance Team won first place at the 2015 Minnesota State High School League Dance Team Tournament in the Jazz Competition on Feb. 13 at Target Center.

The team dedicated time and energy to learning choreography, endurance training and cardio. The win is especially exciting, as this team has four tribal students who participated.

 


Regional and Local Briefs: March 2015
Wednesday, March 11 2015
 
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FOND DU LAC BAND TO SPEND $3 MILLION ON MORE MODERN LOOK AT CASINO

DULUTH, MN – The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians will spend $3 million on upgrades at its casino in Duluth, Minnesota.

The Fond-du-Luth Casino will get a more modern look. Work will start this summer and take about four months, WDIO reported.

The casino has been the subject of numerous legal battles over a revenue sharing agreement that was invalidated by the federal government. The tribe paid $75 million to the city of Duluth before payments stopped in 2009.

In November, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over an additional $12 million that is in dispute. A decision hasn't been announced.

In addition to the Duluth upgrades, the tribe is installing a one-megawatt solar panel near the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton.


APPEALS COURT RULES FOR TRIBAL FISHING RIGHTS

ST. LOUIS, MO – The federal government can’t prosecute members of an Ojibwe tribe who gill-netted fish on a Minnesota reservation and sold their catch off-reservation, an appeals court ruled on Feb. 10.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. District Judge John Tunheim correctly dismissed charges against four Native men who were indicted in April 2013 for fish poaching. “We conclude that the historic fishing rights of the Chippewa Indians bar this prosecution of defendants for taking fish within the Leech Lake Reservation and selling them,” the appeals court said.

The four arrests came as part of a federal crackdown on poaching on some of northern Minnesota’s most popular lakes.

“The ruling affirms the traditional fishing rights that the Chippewa Indians have had for more than 150 years. The ruling upholds what they negotiated in 1837,” attorney Paul Engh said, referring to a treaty Chippewa Indians signed at Fort Snelling. Regrettably, he said, defendant Marc Lyons died a month ago, “before he could see his victory.”

Chris Niskanen, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources, said the DNR was disappointed by the decision. “These were very serious violations that involved the illegal and black market sale of protected game fish,” he said, adding that they would be encouraging prosecution of the individuals in tribal court.

Rich Robinson, natural resources director for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, said the cases are in tribal court. “We did not think the cases should be in federal court because we have our own laws here. One of them is that you cannot sell or barter game fish.”

Tunheim had ruled in November 2013 that the four federal indictments should be overturned because the 177-year-old Indian treaty trumped the legal case brought by the U.S. attorney’s office. Charges against four others were dropped last year at the request of federal prosecutors. Two other cases were put on hold, awaiting the outcome of the 8th Circuit.

Attorney Jan Stuurmans represented one of the two, Alan Hemme, a restaurant owner accused of aiding and abetting the Indians by buying fish. Stuurmans said he expected federal prosecutors will dismiss charges against Hemme “because the principal claim has been dismissed.”

 


National Briefs: March 2015
Wednesday, March 11 2015
 
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SENATE FAILS TO OVERRIDE KEYSTONE XL VETO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate failed on March 4 to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed. Thirty-seven senators voted to sustain Obama's veto. The Senate action means the House of Representatives will not vote on override. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said pipeline backers will try again to force Obama's hand, by attaching Keystone approval to another bill this year.

The proposed TransCanada pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil sands crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, en route to refineries and ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast. It has been pending for more than six years over the objection of tribes, landowners and environmental activists.

Republicans support building the pipeline, saying it would create jobs. Obama questioned Keystone XL's employment impact and raised concerns about its effects on climate change.

Obama last month vetoed the bill authorizing the pipeline's construction, saying it had bypassed a final State Department assessment on whether the project would benefit the United States. The department is handling the approval process because the pipeline would cross the U.S.-Canadian border.

Once that State Department assessment is in, expected in the coming weeks or months, Obama is expected to make a final decision on permitting for the project.


OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE WANTS TOURNAMENT MOVED OUT OF RAPID CITY

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are asking the Lakota Nation Invitational board of directors to move the popular event out of Rapid City, S.D.

Tribal leaders are upset by an incident, in which 57 students from the American Horse School on the reservation were allegedly had beer poured on them and racial slurs made about them by white patrons at a Rapid City Rush hockey game last month. They also believe city authorities have not handled the situation well, which resulted in only one misdemeanor of disorderly conduct charge against one person.

Bryan Brewer, a former OST president, founded LNI in 1977 and still sits on the board of directors, he believes leaving Rapid City isn't the right response to the controversy.

But current tribal leaders say they will encourage the tribe and its citizens to boycott LNI if it takes place in Rapid City this December. The tournament, which injects $5 to $6 million into the city's economy, is held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, the venue where the children were victimized.

 


March 2015 Calendar
Friday, March 06 2015
 
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Through March 21

George Morrison: Drawing at the Horizon”

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition George Morrison: Drawing at the Horizon that features a selection of drawings and important sketchbooks by the Ojibwe artist. Many of the works, including documents, sketchbooks and diaries were recently shown in an exhibition of the same title at the Duluth Art Institute.

Drawing at the Horizon also coincides with the traveling retrospective exhibition Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, at the Minnesota History Center.

Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis, MN. Free. For more information, call 612-377-4669 or visit www.bockleygallery.com.


Through April 26

Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison”

Born in the now-vanished village of Chippewa City, Minn., near the Grand Portage Reservation, George Morrison later adopted that signature Indian motif, the totem pole, which he reinterpreted in modernist sculptures. His accomplishments are eloquently reprised with over 80 paintings, drawings and sculpture spanning his 60-year career, the show is a well-deserved tribute to Morrison’s complexity, steady vision, integrity and character.

Though initiated by the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) in St. Paul, and drawn primarily from the MMAA collection, the show is too big to fit into that museum’s small exhibition galleries. Its History Center presentation is the conclusion of a two-year tour to museums in Fargo, New York, Indianapolis and Phoenix.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. Admission: $11 adults; free on Tuesday evenings.

For more information, call 651-259-3000 or visit www.mnhs.org.


Through May 9

The Art of Indigenous Resistance”

The Art of Indigenous Resistance is a traveling exhibition of work by 20 Indigenous artists co-curated by All My Relations Gallery and Honor the Earth. The exhibition is made of both prints and original works of art that highlights Honor the Earth's 31 years of Indigenous outreach and community resistance. In correspondence with the art and activism theme, we are excited to also include paintings from the Minneapolis community.

Visual art plays an important role as it has the ability to stimulate and encourage a unifying perspective. Through art, it can evoke emotion, tell stories, inspire and motivate. When channeled as a vehicle it carries issues of consciousness where it can become a catalyst for meaningful change.

Artist Participants: John Isaiah Pepion, Jesus Barraza, Jaque Fragua, Betty Laduke, Votan, Gregg Deal, Nani Chacon, Chip Thomas, Kim Smith, Tom Greyeyes, Star Wallowingbull, Rabbet Strickland, Donald Montileaux, Alania Buffalo Spirit, Ron Toahanie Jackson, Michael Horse, Remy Fredenberg, Jaycee Beyale, Cheyenne Randall and Lucie Skjefte.

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 612-235-4970 or visit www.allmyrelationsarts.com.


Weekend Calendar: Feb. 14-15
Friday, February 13 2015
 
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Feb. 14
1st Annual Women’s Memorial March: Sing Our Rivers Red Twin Cities
Join us alongside many communities across Turtle Island to honor our life givers and raise awareness of the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Please bring hand drums. We will sing the Women's Warrior Song (from the St'at'imc Nation of Interior British Columbia, Canada) throughout the duration of the march in solidarity with our relatives across Turtle Island.
11 a.m.: Opening Ceremony; 11:30: Water Ceremony by Lisa Bellanger; Noon: Introduction to March by Karlee Fellner and Nancy Bordeaux; 12:15 p.m.: Karlee Fellner will start the Women’s Warrior Song to begin the walk; 12:20: Walk.
Route: Minneapolis American Indian Center, south on Bloomington Avenue, east on 24th Street, south on Cedar Avenue, west on Lake Street, north on Bloomington Avenue. March will be approximately one hour.
Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/751358301618122.

Feb. 14
2015 Tanner Albers Round Dance Memorial
Whipmen: Charles Lasley, Sr., Wanbill Charging Eagle; Invited Singers: Marlon Deschamps, Nathan Rikishi Pelly, Sonny Eagle Speaker, Nakoa Heavy Runner and Arnold Alexis.
Hand Drum Contest: $2,000 and Pendleton blanket (first place); 3 consolations prizes; Best Dressed Contest: $300 (first place). Local Invited Singers: Ople Day, Hokie Clairmont, Keveen Kingbird, Pete Gahbow and Mike Sullivan.
Schedule: Hand Drum Contest, 2 p.m.; Pipe Ceremony, 4 p.m. (Wokiksuye to follow); Round Dance, 5 p.m. $5 entry fee (all proceeds go to the singers).
Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Marcus Denny or Dylan Jennings at 303-842-5012 or 715-348-6594.

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