From The Editor's Desk
Friday, August 02 2013
Written by Alfred Walking Bull,
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from_the_editors_desk_alfred_walking_bull.jpgHau! Alfred Walking Bull emaciyapi yelo. Cante waste nape ciuzapi yelo. Hello, my name is Alfred Walking Bull. I shake your hand with a good heart.
Itís custom in Lakota culture for the younger generations to ask forgiveness for speaking in front of oneís elders. Itís also our custom to give thanks to those who have come before us and acknowledge them in public.

With my recent arrival, the outgoing editor Cat† Whipple has been more than patient, guiding me during this transition of this great institution of Native news, arts and culture. In poring through past issues in my free time, Iíve been humbled by the trust placed in any editor of The Circle. Her work over these past 13 years is a celebration of our story, working through the lean years and guiding it to what it is today: the paper of record for the Native community in Minnesota.

Whether itís been issues like health care, reservation life, art, politics, environmentalism or any one of the myriad of coverage The Circle provides, it does so in a culturally relevant and sensitive way that represents our voices.
OPINION: Remembering Jancita Eagle Deer
Tuesday, March 12 2013
Written by By Winona LaDuke,
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opinion__remembers_jancita_eagle_deer.jpgThis morning I awoke thinking of Jancita Eagle Deer.† I am sure she is watching us, from the other side, the side of the spirits. She is watching as Congress debates the Violence Against Women Act, and hoping someone remembers her.
Jancita was a Lakota woman from the Rosebud reservation. In l974, Eagle Deer testified that William Janklow, [her legal guardian as a child] had raped her on a ride home from babysitting for the Janklow family. The incident had occurred in l967.† Rosebud Tribal Judge Mario Gonzalez, wrote that Ms. Jancita Eagle Deer testified under obvious emotional difficulty that she had been raped by Janklow, and that he threatened her life with a gun. Portions of her testimony were corroborated by her high school guidance counselor, her foster parents, a rape examination, and a BIA investigator. The evidence was enough to disbar Janklow, but he was never convicted of the crime. The Rosebud Tribal Court had no jurisdiction.
Eagle Deer was killed by a car near Aurora, Nebraska on April 4, 1975. The circumstances were mysterious. She died only a few months after she had testified against Janklow.
On November 2, 1974. Janklow was elected South Dakota State Attorney General.
Commemorating the 38 Dakota warriors during the holidays
Thursday, January 31 2013
Written by Cynthia A Lindquist, Ph.D,
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Historians say history needs to be learned so as to not repeat mistakes, but also to remember and acknowledge life's evolution. Hopefully we are getting better.
For most of America, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are memory-filled and memory-making annual events with families coming together to acknowledge blessings. America continues to be the place that others want to be or to live.
While the commercialization of these significant holidays sometimes obscures the 'original' intent for the designations, I believe that most people are good and that we are a grateful people who do practice some form of spiritual or religious belief that advocates compassion and generosity.
Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by Elanne Palcich,
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To the editor,
HR 5544, the Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act, was introduced by 8th District Representative Chip Cravaack to authorize the exchange of an undetermined number of acres within what is now Superior National Forest for 86,000 acres of State lands within the borders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). †
This bill does not account for the mineral rights underlying the surface area of the trust lands and thus leaves the door open for further reduction of Federal forest acreage.
The passage of HR 5544 by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 12 sets the stage for:
Letter To The Editor
Sunday, June 10 2012
Written by Chris Mato Nunpa, Ph.D., Ritired Former Associate Professor Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies,
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In response to the Year of Healing Proclamation
I read with a great deal of interest the article in The Circle, May 2012, Volume 33, Issue 5, titled "Year of Healing Proclamation honors 1862 Dakota Conflict."
There are several coments and concerns that I wish to make about the article and the proclamation, which proclamation was authored by the "American Indian Movement, the Episcopal Church of Minnesot, and the Democratic-'Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), and the Native American Community at large."
First, there appears to be no input from the Dakota People of Minnesota.† Also, I was wondering if there was any effort by the initiators of the resolution to seek input from the four Dakota Communities of Minnesota.† I did talk to members of the Board of Trustees, the governing body of the Upper Sioux Community near Granite Falls, Minnesota, one of the four Dakota Communities in Minnesota, and they said no one approached them.
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