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TGIFriday will hold first poetry reading since inception
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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TGIfriday will hold first poetry reading storyThe Loft-sponsored open writing group, TGIFrybread, will be presenting Minwaajimo (She/He is Telling a Good Story), a public reading at The Loft Literary Center on May 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
An event over three years in the making, Minwaajimo will be the culmination of efforts by local Native writers to create an event that celebrates the creativity of Native poems, stories, and other works.
Ardie Medina (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) an Associate Development Director at The Loft, hosts the open writing group once a month. TGIFrybread, first formed in 2008, stemmed from an event at The Moonlit Bridge gala. The Loft was sponsoring a table for INROADS scholarship opportunities when a number of prominent writers from the area, including poet and essayist Heid Erdrich, met together at the table and began discussing ways in which writers could begin collaboration on their efforts.
"We thought, 'we have to start getting together on a more regular basis,'" Medina said. "Writers writing together. That is what eventually would become TGIFrybread."
TGIFrybread would grow over the years, bringing in talented Native artists and helping them to foster their writing skills, their presentation, and ultimately helping participants to take their own work seriously.
Dakota shirt returns home after 300 years
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by by Marianne Combs , Minnesota Public Radio,
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dakota shirt returns homeThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) has just acquired a new Native American shirt, and in doing so has returned it to its homeland after an absence of more than 300 years.
"It does not get any better than this, it's amazing," said curator Joe Horse Capture. "This is one of the earliest Native American objects from what we now know as Minnesota that exists. There's no other shirt like this anywhere," says Horse Capture. "But it's not in Europe, it's not in Brooklyn, it's right here at home. So if you're from the local Native American community, you can now see something created by one of your ancestors - something older than the United States of America - right here at the MIA."
While the details of the shirt's history are a little fuzzy, Horse Capture thinks he has a good idea of what happened to it. "At one point when this whole area was known as New France," explains Horse Capture. "The royalty back home in France heard about Native Americans and their culture, and asked explorers to bring examples back with them."
Native youth film festival will showcase videos on health issues
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by The Circle staff,
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Native youth film festival On May 21 the Native CHAT Film Festival will screen films created by Native youth (ages 11 - 20) from around Minnesota. In the films, youth share their perspective on HIV/AIDS, culture and health, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other issues that affect the communities where they live.  
 The film festival sent out a call for films made by youth and offered prizes for films in different categories. A filmmaking workshop led by Migizi Communications was also held at the Upper Sioux community to help the local youth create films that could be submitted to the Native CHAT Film Festival.  
During the festival films will be judged by a panel of judges, with awards given to the top 3 films in each of the 3 categories. Films will also be judged by the viewers present at the festival.

Casino workers rally at state capitol to protests state-owned casinos
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by Story and photo by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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casino employees rallyOver 3,000 workers gathered on the lawn of the Capitol in St. Paul on April 26 to protest legislation that would expand gambling within the state of Minnesota.
"We need to look for solutions to move Minnesota's economy forward, and this isn't one of them," Former House Representative Frank Moe said to protesters who had travelled from across the state for the event. Protesters stood in the rain holding up signs that read "Don't Gamble With My Job!"
The legislation in question proposes allowing racing tracks to carry slot machines, known as racinos, into the state. With a gambling economy that is already considered saturated, rural casinos are worried such tracks would take business away from the small-town communities across the state that rely on jobs local casinos provide.
Minnesota tribes return $1.7M in stimulus grant money
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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When's the last time the recipients of a $1.7 million federal stimulus grant had second thoughts and sent funding back to Washington? That's what happened recently with a high-tech project in northern Minnesota in which a government giveaway turned into a rare government giveback. In fact, it's one of only three out of 233 broadband stimulus awards valued at $3.94 billion to turn down the federal funding, according to the U.S.  House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
In July 2010, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) selected a stimulus project proposal from the Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe to create seven new public computer centers and to renovate ten existing facilities in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs on their northern Minnesota reservations.
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