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Report tells stories of Native victims of prostitution sex trafficking
Friday, December 16 2011
 
Written by by Sheila Regan TC Daily Planet,
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report_tells_stories_of_native_victims.pngOn October 27, the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) and Prostitution Research & Education (PRE) released a new report called Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota. It's the first-of-its-kind, based on interviews and surveys with more than 105 Native women aged 18-60 in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Bemidji. The report was written by Melissa Farley, Nicole Matthews, Sarah Deer, Guadalupe Lopez, Christine Stark, and Eileen Hudon.
The study found that of the 105 women, about half had been victims of sex trafficking, 92 percent had been raped, 84 percent had been physically abused during prostitution, 72 percent had suffered traumatic brain injuries from prostitution, 98 percent were currently or previously homeless, and 39 percent entered prostitution before age 18. The study found that 62 percent of the women saw a connection between prostitution and colonization.
The research for the report was conducted on women involved with both prostitution and sex trafficking in part because of the "multiple legal definitions at the federal, state, and tribal levels and the varying degrees of understanding among those working on social justice issues and the general population" of sex trafficking, according to the report.
Organizations and community members fight for healthier homes
Friday, December 16 2011
 
Written by By Jacob Croonenberghs,
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organizations_community_fight_for_heither_homes.jpgIn the Twin Cities metropolitan area, a disproportionate number of Native families live in low income housing. In particular, the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis is home to a group of Native mothers, fathers, and concerned individuals who have linked substandard rental and housing situations to health problems within the community. Problems such as mold, lead paint, and even arsenic continue to plague the residents of the neighborhood, even decades after the banning of lead paint for commercial use and the identification of arsenic as a cancer-causing agent.
Healthy Homes Healthy Kids is a program created to fight against housing disparity. Funded by The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota, the program encourages community members to come together to address the issue and find reasonable solutions to the problems they face.
Lynn Braveheart is the Community Organizer and Outreach Coordinator for the program. For the past three years, she has worked closely with community leaders, parents, city officials and even state representatives to make the case for improved housing for Native children.
First masters degree for "Helping One Another" Tribal Spec. Ed.
Thursday, December 15 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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Aquila Tapio (Oglala Lakota)   will be the first student to recieve her master's degree from Augsburg College's new Naadamaadiwin, "Helping One Another" Tribal Special Education program.   
Tapio began her studies after moving to the Twin Cities when she was 18. Her initial two-year degree led to a four-year degree from the University of Minnesota, then a paralegal certificate from Hamline University and finally a teaching certificate and a forthcoming master's degree from Augsburg College. Tapio is currently enrolled in her final course. 
All non-Native Pocahontas opera funded by Legacy Funds
Friday, November 11 2011
 
Written by Lisa Steinmann,
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pocahontas_opera.jpgIn October, Pocahontas-Woman of Two Worlds, a new opera composed by Minnesotan Linda Tutas Haugen, was performed at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. After the show, over 100 community members - many of them protestors from the Native American community - shared their views during a sometimes heated discussion. While emotions expressed that evening have cooled, questions about the funding of the production linger.
Despite efforts by the opera's composer Linda Tutas Haugen and librettist Joan Vail Thorne to avoid the Disney pitfall of turning Pocahontas into what noted Native American historian Helen Rountree called  "a buckskin-clad Barbie" they walked right into the heart of the problem: whether it is opera or animation, the story of Pocahontas is still a story of oppression of Native Americans.
Forcia Honored With Fundraiser Feast
Friday, October 07 2011
 
Written by Story and photos by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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forcia_honored_cover1.jpgforcia_honored_cover2.jpgA benefit and feast was held on September 22nd in the Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) in Minneapolis to honor Mike Forcia for his tireless efforts in helping feed the homeless. The event brought together over 100 members of the Native American community. Young and old alike could be seen sitting together enjoying fried walleye, wild rice, hot-dish and fry-bread, all courtesy of the cooks and community members who wanted to show Forcia their appreciation.
Forcia (Bad River Ojibwe) has always placed an emphasis on public service. Starting with a fatherly interest in his children's educational welfare, Mike has worked with the Minneapolis Public Schools to help raise awareness of Native student's special needs.
This interest in the welfare of those around him translated into an ability to identify some of the special needs of the Native community at large.
Looking out the window of his own cafe on Franklin Avenue, Forcia saw an opportunity to help the homeless using the resources of his very own diner, The Wolves Den.
"Back in 2005, Wade Keezer and I decided we wanted to find a way to help feed the homeless. Along with our friend Kevin Oberdain, we began to feed the homeless using the resources of my Cafe. We called the breakfasts Oyate Oshkabaywis. This is essentially two words from the Dakota and Anishinaabe languages that we put together into one name, meaning 'helper' in both languages," Forcia said.
The Wolves Den is one of the only places in the city to grab a piece of real, Indian-made frybread. Described as the home of lone wolves and pack eaters alike, Forcia has enjoyed running his own business for many years on Franklin Avenue.
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