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Ethnic Cultural Tourism Conference to be held in July
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by Art CoulsonSeveral organizations focused on promoting tourism in the American Indian community and i,
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Several organizations focused on promoting tourism in the American Indian community and in other communities of color will gather with their colleagues from around the state at Black Bear Crossings on the Lake for the inaugural Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations (ECTD) Conference.
The conference, which will be held  on July 13 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Black Bear Crossings, 1360 North Lexington Parkway, St. Paul, will feature a mix of local and nationally known speakers on topics that are applicable to any community.
Among the planners of this conference were David Glass, of Black Bear Crossings and the American Indian Economic Development Fund, and Janice LaFloe of the American Indian Family Center.
"We had great participation from the local American Indian community," said Lisa Tabor, organizer of the conference and executive director of CultureBrokers Foundation. 
The conference is being planned by the ECTD Collaborative, a group of community developers, tourism professionals, businesses, residents, agencies and elected officials working together to capitalize and leverage St. Paul's ethnic cultural assets for the economic benefit of ethnic populations. Through promotion of cultural tourism as an economic development tool, the conference will help people capitalize on local assets while expanding their economies through new visitors to their neighborhoods.
Wild Rice In Danger
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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cover story wild rice in danger.jpgProposed sulfide limit increases
in Minnesota's lakes would
endanger natural wild rice growth.

At the State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed legislation that, among other measures, would have threatened the growth of wild rice on Minnesota's lakes and rivers. For weeks, debate on the budget had been stalling an omnibus environmental, energy, and natural resource financing bill named HF 1010. The legislation proposed budget cuts across the board, which would have affected the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) in such areas as staff levels, salaries of state employees, and reduction of water quality tests for Minnesota's lakes.
One particular amendment to the bill concerned the treatment of wild rice that grows naturally in Minnesota. The bill called for increasing the sulfide limit in Minnesota's bodies of water, endangering natural wild rice growth and threatening the way of life for many in Northern Minnesota.
Opposition to the bill begun at the grass-roots level. An open member group, Protect our Manoomin, speaks against the dangers of tampering with the delicate balance of wild rice stands, the beds harvested on the lakes of Northern Minnesota. The group has organized protests and rallies to bring attention to the issue, and has allied itself with other organizations concerned about the well-being of Minnesota's lakes and their ecosystems.
World Peace and Prayer Day
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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World Peace and Prayer Day (WPPD) will once again bring people of all faiths and spiritual beliefs together to pray for healing for Mother Earth. World Peace and Prayer Day began on June 21, 1996 to bring attention to the earth's need for healing. It has evolved into a honoring of sacred sites around the world.
WPPD will take place June 18-21 at Fort Snellling and around the Mendota area. A Sacred Horse Ride will begin June 6th at Pickerel Lake in South Dakota and will arrive at the ancient site of Bdote near Mendota, Minnesota.
Iroquois Nationals take Silver in World Indoor Box Lacrosse Championships
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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iroquis national lacrosse story.jpgThe Iroquois Nationals lost to Canada in the gold medal match at the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague on May 28. They finish the championship with one loss after playing Ireland, the Czech Republic, and the USA in the round-robin, and facing the Czech Republic again in the semi-finals.
"We are incredibly proud of our players," stated Percy Abrams, Executive Director of the Iroquois Nationals. "We played well. We played hard, with the pride and honor of our people behind us to the end. We were up against a very strong opponent in Canada and we never backed down. Congratulations to Canada. Congratulations to the Iroquois Nationals. Congratulations to Czech Republic and all of the participating teams for making this a great tournament".
The UN Permanent Forum On the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ecuador's 17 year battle against Chev
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Winona LaDuke,
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UN permanant forum story.jpgIn May, my grandson Giiwedin Buckanaga and I traveled to the United Nations in New York City for the UN Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNPFII). Testifying and attending the meeting were thousands of Indigenous delegates from African, American and Asian continents; all discussing the need for self determination, rights to a clean environment, rights to language and religious freedom, protection from foreign militaries, and hoping for some redress by multinational corporations who have contaminated their land.
Perhaps the most compelling case (with US origins) was that of the Ecuadorian Native and farming communities, who have been poisoned by American-based Chevron Oil. They are now seeking justice in the US courts, after having won justice in the courts of Ecuador.
After l7 years, the Indigenous people of the Amazon, represented by Ramiro Aguinda (Aguinda vs. Texaco), got justice. Or so they thought. Chevron-Texaco had dumped over 17 million gallons of pure crude oil and l6 billion gallons of toxins into their pristine ecosystem in Ecuador, leaving a wake of ecological and human destruction. Thousands of illnesses and cancer deaths, birth defects and a lost way of life, have impacted the last generation of people from the region (of at least 30,000).
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