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National Briefs: April 2014
Friday, April 04 2014
 
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SCHIMMELS PROFILED IN HBO SPECIAL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” profiled the much-vaunted Native American women's college basketball sisters Jude and Shoni Schimmel on March 25.

In the hour-long special, the pair, called “a force in women's basketball,” talked about their journey from the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon to the college basketball court.

HBO correspondent John Frankel went to the sisters’ home in Oregon where got a lesson in “rez ball” and learned that basketball is the tribe's national pastime.


SOUTH DAKOTA TRIBES' KXL PROTEST DRAWS NATIONAL INTEREST

WITTEN, S.D. – Delegations from several Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes – known collectively as the Oceti Sakowin – founded a spiritual camp on March 29 in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, drawing national attention to their cause.

The encampment is located in rural south central South Dakota on land owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and will serve as a cultural and spiritual rallying point in the ongoing fight against the pipeline, which still awaits approval from the Obama administration.

If approved, TransCanada's pipeline would carry tar sands from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. It would run through South Dakota, west of the Missouri River, on land guaranteed for tribal use under the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.

MSNBC's Ed Schultz featured the camp on “The Ed Show” over the March 29 weekend, interviewing tribal leaders from the Oglala, Rosebud and Crow Creek Sioux Tribes.

"We're going to be here at least a month, at which point, we're expecting President Obama and the administration will be making a decision. If the decision is no, we will pick up camp and go home and continue to be vigilant about the issue. If he says yes to the route, we're going to be here for an additional two months, plus we have more camps that we're planning to set up along the route," Rosebud Sioux Tribal citizen Wizipan Little Elk said to media.

The camp near Witten has tipis representing the Oceti Sakowin - the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation. In the center is a council tent, which serves as a meeting place. In addition to serving as ground zero for South Dakota's resistance to the Keystone XL Pipeline, the camp will serve as a teaching too to educate youth and community members in traditional living.

What's New In The Community: April 2014
Friday, April 04 2014
 
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Saint Mary's Student Jennifer Waltman Earns Bush Fellowship Award

Jennifer Waltman, a Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota student in the Doctor of Psychology program, was one of 24 leaders recently awarded a 2014 Bush Fellowship.

Waltman, from Maple Grove, Minn., will use her $100,000 award to assist her during the next three years to complete her studies at Saint Mary’s and help develop systems to assist in mental health advocacy and therapy for Native Americans.


“I’m a Lakota, and my interest is in my own community and improving the health of Native Americans,” Waltman said. “Natives have the biggest disparity in the nation for chronic disease. It is my hypothesis that historical trauma has caused epigenetic changes that contribute to epidemics of poor health outcomes such as diabetes, substance use disorder, cancer, heart disease, depression and PTSD. I want to explore mental health treatment incorporating traditional healing that would improve symptoms of chronic disease.”

Citing guidance from mentors in the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Waltman will also use some of the award money to fund research with professors at UCLA and the University of Oklahoma. Her long-term goals include working with other multi-cultural psychologists to create a multicultural health and wellness center, eventually leading to consulting tribes and native people to help eliminate health disparity.

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW: All My Relations presents provocative images in Maggie Thompson's “Where I Fit”
Friday, April 04 2014
 
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pocahotness_where_i_fit.jpgWhen you think of your cultural and ethnic identity, is there a piece of cloth – a sown or painted tapestry, a beaded headband, a knitted cable sweater, a special quilt made by the matriarch in your family – that helps you honor and celebrate who you are? Cloth and/or textiles are often overlooked as key cultural touchstones in modern day society, but they are the focus of Maggie Thompson's solo exhibition at All My Relations Gallery. She uses textiles to ask important questions about family, identity and culture. As a Native American woman (Fond du Lac Ojibwe), Thompson uses this show to “dig deeper into the notions of her identity focusing on issues of cultural appropriation and Native authenticity through the rigid ideas of blood quantum and stereotyping.”

Her show is socially powerful with hints of nostalgia, deep-rooted sadness, and an anger that bubbles up along the edges. All the pieces showcase Thompson’s talents when it comes to color, patterns, and fabric types. She also pushes boundaries when it comes to textiles incorporating multimedia elements – screen-printing photographs, gold and silver threads, foam cookie cutters and also cornhusks and bottle caps.

The artist was initially an architectural student at the Rhode Island School of Design, so there are elements of her weaving and knitting that certainly draw from this, like straight lines and geometric patterns intentionally building a whole from smaller parts. Thompson recalls feeling like an artist even when she was very young, long before her textile degree from RISD.


Fond du Lac Follies
Friday, April 04 2014
 
Written by Jim Northrup,
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I really like winter. The cold and the snow stay outside my little HUD house. I especially like the tree shadows on the snow, the gravity defying clumps of snow that hang onto the pine branches, the cold wind that reminds me I should have put on one more layer.

I hear people complaining that this winter has gone on too long, they want to see spring. I just ignore them and enjoy what we have.

Very soon we shall begin our sugar bush. We have plenty of firewood. and we found a new source for the gallon milk jugs we use. My son Joe is showing his son Joe how to carve taps.

Another seasonal cycle for these Anishinaabeg will begin soon.

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It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Friday, April 04 2014
 
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ricey wild.jpgYet more wintry weather is on the way and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it. I mean, really??? Eh … I along with all the other people who are suffering severe winter-itis are beyond ready for spring. Shoot. The first mosquito that bites me this year I won’t even smack it, I’ll just let it feast until it bloats up and falls off my skin. But only the one though.

To come out of this endless winter somewhat sane I have taken to pretending that every new snowfall is the first one of winter because that’s the only way I can save myself from going bat-shit crazy. Another thing I’m doing is I joined a gardening class! In Ojibwe language it’s “Gitigaan” and it was great. There were Indian tacos to eat and prizes; I won and picked out organic stuff for soil. I saw a lot of familiar faces that already are long time gardeners who have a lot of knowledge I need to begin my own little garden.

Last year in June I became a Master Naturalist so I’m pretty sure I will be able to handle a 3-by-6 foot raised container garden. If and when the snow ever melts, it could happen … maybe. Prior to this next adventure I liked to joke about my amazing dandelion 'garden' and that people came for miles around to see it but I’m serious about becoming a gardener, a grower of vegetables and herbs so I can eat healthier. I read a lot and what I’m reading about genetically modified organism (GMO) crops scares me because we the public don’t really know what is in that produce! Ewwww!!!

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