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Fond du Lac Follies
Fond du Lac Follies
Tuesday, March 12 2013
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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The Fond du Lac Reservation's language camp will be held on June 13, 14, 15, and 16. Once again the location will be Kiwenz Campground on the north shore of Big Lake in Sawyer, Minnesota.
For those who never heard of our language camp I will offer this history.  The first year we had 189 people registered, the second year we had 400 people, third was 500 and last year we had 765 people registered.
Planning is underway for this year's schedule of activities.
At the language camp in June, Charles Nahganub will be showing people how to smoke food to preserve it.
If you want to learn how to make moccasins then Winnie LaPrairie's class is the one to attend.
Theresa Morrison will teach some of what she knows about beadwork.
Fond du Lac Follies
Thursday, January 31 2013
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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Fond du Lac Follies jetted to Washington D and C.  I went to sign copies of my new book, Rez Salute, in the store at the National Museum of the American Indian. I also agreed to give a talk there about my seasonal life as an Anishinaabe living on the Rez. I also hoped to take part in the reading of the apology at the Capital Reflecting Pool.
I padded through the Security Check point at the Minneapolis airport and got redressed on the other side. I had removed my jacket, belt and shoes, had also emptied my pockets. The TSA people, the ones with the blue shirts, gold badges and purple gloves agreed I didn't look like a terrorist and let me proceed to the waiting area for the flight. I shoehorned in with the other passengers and had an uneventful flight to Reagan National Airport. I like my flights to be uneventful.
Publicist Liz Hill, a Red Lake skin, met me in the baggage claim area and escorted me to her car.
Fond du Lac Follies
Sunday, December 16 2012
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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Mark Charles is the son of a Navajo friend who served in the same grunt outfits as me when we were young Marines. We have stayed in touch over the years.  
Mark Charles is working on a new project, he doesn't think the US apology to Native peoples was sufficient so he is gathering Natives from all over the US to come to Washington DC and in their own languages say what the apology should have said.        When the apology came out I wrote about it in the Follies and it is also in my fourth book Rez Salute, p 117.
Fond du Lac Follies
Wednesday, November 21 2012
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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I was 19 years old.  I had been in the United States Marine Corps for a little over a year. I was a boot. Older Marines were telling me they had worn out more seabags than I had socks, they had more time in the air jumping off the back of six-by trucks than I had in the Corps. When they joined Christ was only a Corporal.
When I heard the order "Mount Out" I didn't know I was going to be taking part in an historical event.  
It was the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. I was a part of the 1st Marine Division and we quickly assembled and boarded ships in San Diego. There were 1200 Marines that boarded the USS Henrico, APA 45.  
We were prepared to invade Cuba to remove the Soviet missiles. The TV news said the missiles could reach all the way to Chicago.
We went south along Baja California headed for the Panama Canal. The weather got warmer the further south we traveled. As we sailed along more US Navy ships joined us and we all lined up to go through the Canal. As we were going through the locks and lakes of the Canal I learned it actually runs north and south. I saw jungle for the first time in my life.
Ted Charles, a Navajo friend, and I were two of the Marine infantry who were going to climb down the cargo nets into the little boats that would take us ashore. When the ramps dropped the Marines were going to come charging off the boats, shooting our rifles.
Fond du Lac Follies
Wednesday, October 17 2012
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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My aunt Sandy Shabiash died. I am not sure what the cause was but we knew she had been battling lung cancer. Right up to the end she continued fighting for the people. She was attending meetings on other Reservations representing Fond du Lac. We will have a special election to try and replace her.
We will miss you aunt Sandy. I think Roberta Morrison should be honored for the help she gave Sandy in the final months of her life. Of course her sister Jeanette helped a lot also.  
Berta would stop by my house and visit and we would tell stories of the old days in Sawyer, the 1940s and 50s when we were growing up around here. Berta remembered things I didn't and I remembered some she didn't. We laughed muchly as we told those old family stories.
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