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From the Editor's Desk: Fear vs. Freedom in tribal sovereignty
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
Written by Alfred Walking Bull, The Circle Managing Editor,
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whats_new_-_walfred_walking_bull.jpgFear is a powerful motivator. It is built with experience, it tells us when to avoid potential danger, it keeps us safe and it can even keep us tied to our traditions and our ways of life. However, fear can limit us not just in what we can achieve, but even from the attempt at reform.

White Earth Nation Chairwoman Erma Vizenor discussed the gag-order issued by the tribal council on disseminating information on the nation's constitutional reform efforts. “The White Earth Tribal Council voted to censor the press from printing any more information or updates on the Constitution of the White Earth Nation.”

The Secretary/Treasurer for White Earth Nation, Tara Mason, made her point succinctly and directly. “White Earth is recognized by the federal government as a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, not as an independent nation. There’s a chance we could lose our federal recognition and never get it back. I will not jeopardize anyone’s federal recognition.”

This is not an unreasonable position to take, given the three centuries of tumultuous history between the American government and tribal leadership across the country. However, it does call into question the whole premise on which, our nations are currently organized.

The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 created a framework for tribes around the country to organize themselves – sometimes as they saw fit, other times, as prescribed by local BIA officials – and the confusion over constitutional adaptability and sovereignty began in earnest. It was the policy of the United States government up to that point to exterminate tribes as political and cultural entities; in 1934, the pivot turned to assimilation by organization.

Tribal law experts and educators generally agree that the templates used to organize tribal governments in positions like Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeants-at-Arms and council members looked more like social clubs than sovereign governments. While membership – a term implicit with connotations of dues and fees rather than citizenship – was determined by the tribe, prescribed methods were geared toward blood quantum, a way of excluding anyone below a mixed-race or even mixed-tribal threshold.

So there are some serious historical implications behind changing any tribal constitution.

 


Nick-izms: Rez Born, Urban Raised
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
Written by Nick Metcalf,
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jpeg_pic.jpgCravings: Health and Wellness

This month I want to write about something that I’ve been thinking about and that has piqued my interest: craving. Craving is defined as a powerful desire for something.

We all crave something. We crave connection. We crave comfort. We crave understanding. We crave forgiveness. We crave love. We crave moments when profound loss and pain are gone. We crave reconciliation. We crave.

Each of us is on our own individual journey, but we are bound together by family and community. I don’t mean to generalize, but my experience has been that most Native people define themselves by their family (tiyospaye), their clan, their tribal affiliation, etc. In order to know us, you must first be aware of our social structure that we exist within and we thrive within. Once you know this, then you can know us, individually, so to speak.

I offer my own craving to experience of health and wellness. It’s my healing experience. I ain’t no psychologist and I ain’t no mental health therapist. I studied Family Therapy for my master’s degree in Social Work, but I followed a different path. Therefore, this is what I’ve come to know about my experience to understand my craving for health and wellness.


What's New In The Community: April 2015
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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LEECH LAKE AWARDED $25,000 FOR HOMELESS SHELTER

LEECH LAKE, Minn. – The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was awarded the $25,000 Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Grant for the its Homeless Shelter.

The Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee Tribal Council renovated a building to address the homeless crisis. The homeless shelter will have 30 beds available and one handicapped unit for those clients that qualify for the services of the shelter. It will also have a commercial kitchen, laundry facilities, around-the-clock administrative services, transportation and case management for clients.

The RBC Tribal Council has also secured funding from the Open Your Heart Foundation in the amount of $10,000 for a van and the Mardag Foundation is in the final process of determining if they will fund the shelter with a $18,000 grant. In addition, the tribal council will apply for funding through the Minnesota Office of Economic Opportunity Homeless Assistance Grants that will provide operational sustainability for the shelter.

The Greater Minnesota Housing Fund was launched in April 1996 in a joint effort of the McKnight Foundation and Blandin Foundation to address the urgent need for decent, affordable housing in greater Minnesota.

 


The Circle 2015 Powwow Calendar
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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APRIL

MINNESOTA

April 4

Bemijigamaag Powwow

Dancers Registration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; First Grand Entry, 1 p.m.; Hand Drum Contest: 5 to 7 p.m.; Communal Feast: 5 to 7 p.m.; Second Grand Entry, 7 p.m.; Two Step Dance, 7 to 10 p.m.; Category Dancing, 7 to 10 p.m.; Event End, 10 p.m.

Sanford Center Arena, 1111 Event Center Dr. NE, Bemidji, MN. For more information, contact: Cyrus Pansch, 218-556-0517, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Darryl Northbird, 218-252-1172, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Brad Wolhof, 218-339-5652, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Maggie Montgomery, 218-333-9005, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


April 4

U of M Spring Powwow

Come join us for our annual spring pow wow! Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Arena Director: Matt Thornhill; Host Drum: Red Bone; Head Man: Miskwa Desjarlait; Head Woman: Misty Rose.
Grand Entries: 1 and 7 p.m.; Feast: 5 p.m.
Head Man Special: Men's Chicken and Grass (3 prizes); Head Woman Special: Women's Old Style Jingle (3 prizes); Committee Special: Men's Fancy (3 prizes)
U of M Recreation & Wellness Center, North Gym, 123 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN.
Vendor & Volunteer info: If you are interested in reserving a vendor table, or have general questions regarding the event, contact the AISCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 612-624-0243. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact Marie Armstrong at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


April 11

2nd Annual Augsburg Fairview Academy Powwow

The 2nd Annual Augsburg Fairview Academy Powwow will promote a sense of unity among the communities served by Augsburg Fairview Academy, including the Twin Cities, through cultural sharing, and will develop intercultural awareness among students, parents, and staff.

M.C.: Norman Benson; Arena Director: Ricky White; Host Drum: Midnite Express; Honor Guard: Robert Desjarlait; Registration, payout after second Grand Entry; Honorariums for registered dancers only, must be in regalia; First 8 registered drum groups with at least 5 singer minimum present at the time of registration with receive $200, no drum hopping.

Grand Entries: 1 and 6 p.m.; Community Feast: 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call Liz Saunby at 612-294-1016, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.facebook.com/events/280841478762722.


April 25

Anwebiwin Niimi'idiwin

Host Drum: LLTC Drum; M.C.: Animiki; Spiritual Advisor: Murphy Thomas; Arena Director: Darrell Kingbird; Specials: Old Style Jingle Dress, Women’s Switch Dance; Accepting first 15 drums to register, each drum must register at least 5 singers.

Grand Entries: Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. Registration: Saturday, Noon to 1:30 p.m., 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bena High School Gymnasium, 15308 State Highway NW, Cass Lake, MN. For more information, call Flower Kingbird at 218-335-4224 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


WISCONSIN

April 11-12

On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow 2015

Arena Director: Randy Paskemin; Mens Golden Age; Womens Golden Age; Mens Traditional; Mens Grass; Mens Fancy; Womens Traditional; Womens Jingle; Womens Fancy Shawl; Teen Boys; Teen Girls; Junior Boys; Junior Girls; Drum.

Specials: Mens Traditional Special – In memorial of Peter “Bing” Lemieux (Bad River); Blanket, Jacket and Beaded Medallion, Saturday; Mens Grass Winner Take All; Womens Fancy Winner Take All; Mens Smoke Dance Winner Take All; Womens Smoke Dance Winner Take All; Youth Hand Drum Winner Take All (Groups of 3-5); and Adult Hand Drum Winner Take All (Groups of 3-5).

UW Madison, 1450 Monroe St., Madison, WI. For more information, call Nichole Boyd at 608-265-3420 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


April 25

2015 Madison College Pow-Wow

Madison Area Technical College, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI.


April 25

18th Annual UW-GB Intertribal Student Council Pow Wow

M.C.: Marin “Marc” Dennin; Host Drum: Midnite Express; Invited Drums: Crazy Boy, Tomahawk Circle, Eagle Singers, Str8 Across; Arena Director: Ty Defoe; Color Guard: Oneida Nation Veterans; Female Head Dancer: Kesekokiw “Kenew” Grignon and Antoinette Lester; Male Head Dancer: Matthew Lester; Smoke Dance Special; Men’s Traditional Special.

Grand Entries, 1 and 7 p.m.; Feast, 5 p.m.

Kress Events Center, 2358 Leon Bond Dr., Green Bay, WI. For more information, call the Intertribal Student Council/American Intercultural Center at 920-465-2720; volunteers should email Sheena M. Danforth at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

NORTH DAKOTA

April 17-19

UND Indian Association Time-Out Wacipi

M.C.: Jerry Dearly and Vince Behl; Host Drum: Young Buffalo House; Arena Director: Rusty Gillette; Sound: Dale Roberts; Head Woman Dancer: Hannah Balderas.

Contest Categories: Golden Age Men’s and Women’s Competition (60+); Senior Adult Men’s and Women’s (35-59); Junior Adult Men’s and Women’s (18-34); Teen Boys and Girls (13-17); Junior Boys and Girls (6-12); Tiny Tots Pay Money (0-5); Singing Contest (First to Fourth Place).

Specials: Women’s dance special in honor of Head Woman Dancer, Hannah Balderas; Mary Jane Memorial Song, Saturday, Evening Session.

Registration open Friday, 4 p.m., closes Saturday, 1 p.m. Grand Entries: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. Traditional Meal: Saturday, 5 p.m. Admission fees vary.

University of North Dakota, Hyslop Sports Center, 2751 2nd Ave., North Grand Forks, N.D. For more information, call the Indian Studies Association at 701-550-1909 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.und.edu/org/undia.


IOWA

April 11

21st Annual University of Iowa Powwow

M.C.: Jerry Dearly; Arena Director: Gabe Desrosiers; Head Man and Woman: Picked each session; Host Drum: Meskwaki Nation; Color Guard: Robert Morgan Post 701; Day Money (Registered dancers in regalia only); Drum Contest (No drum hopping, 6 singers minimum); Dance Specials; American Indian Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors.

Grand Entries, 1 and 7 p.m.; Doors open, 11 a.m. Free admission, individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you need assistance in order to participate, contact CSIL at 319-335-3059.

Recreation Building, 930 Evashevski Drive, Iowa City, IA. For more information, call the Native American Student Association at 319-335-8298, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit powwow.uiowa.edu.

 


April 2015 Calendar
Thursday, April 02 2015
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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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.


April 1-18

Louise Erdrich: Asynchronous Reading”

A collaborative installation with Aza Erdrich, Pallas Erdrich, and Heid E. Erdrich. The Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the first ever show of visual art and text by distinguished author Louise Erdrich. Asynchronous Reading presents Erdrich's paintings, collage boxes and found-object constructions along with poetic text and audio works to create an experienced to be viewed, read and heard. Aza Erdrich and Pallas Erdrich contribute key images and media works to an installation curated by Heid E. Erdrich, who also collaborated on parts of the exhibit.

Opening Reception: April 1, 6 to 9 p.m.; Artist Talk: April 17, 7 p.m.; Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-377-4669 or visit www.bockleygallery.com.


April 4

U of M Spring Powwow

Come join us for our annual spring pow wow! Emcee: Jerry Dearly; Arena Director: Matt Thornhill; Host Drum: Red Bone; Head Man: Miskwa Desjarlait; Head Woman: Misty Rose.
Grand Entries: 1 and 7 p.m.; Feast: 5 p.m.
Head Man Special: Men's Chicken and Grass (3 prizes); Head Woman Special: Women's Old Style Jingle (3 prizes); Committee Special: Men's Fancy (3 prizes)
U of M Recreation & Wellness Center, North Gym, 123 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN.
Vendor & Volunteer info: If you are interested in reserving a vendor table, or have general questions regarding the event, contact the AISCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 612-624-0243. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact Marie Armstrong at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


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