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Native radio station promotes voices of Native musicians/rappers
Saturday, September 10 2011
 
Written by by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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The Internet is an excellent place to listen to music, and one of the best ways to listen to music on the web is through Internet radio. Available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, many traditional radio stations are learning that streaming Internet radio brings more listeners to their broadcasts. Some stations, like Thundercloud Radio, are entirely on the net, and are able to bring listeners in from around the globe.

Thundercloud Radio is an Internet radio station that plays Native Hip Hop, Native Soul, Native Rap, Native R&B, and Native Reggae. Featuring Native tracks from Hawaii to Greenland, Thundercloud Radio plays both upcoming and established artists on their show. The station's goal is to someday become the world leader in Native radio.
Dakota language a resurgence among Native youth
Saturday, September 10 2011
 
Written by By Jeff Severns Guntzel MinnPost,
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dakota language resurgence 1.jpgFrom a park picnic table a woman named Ruby watches her 12-year-old granddaughter, Shayla, answer a reporter's questions. They are mostly one-word answers. Are you having fun learning the Dakota language? "Yes." Is it hard? "No." What's the hardest part? "Sentences."
Shayla is as tiny as her answers are short. She's at the Birch Coulee County Park just outside of Morton to celebrate the end of a summer camp for Dakota youth learning the language. Look in any direction and there are clusters of kids playing language games.
Her parents don't speak the language. Ruby, her grandmother, doesn't speak it either. "My grandparents raised me," she says, "and Dakota is all they ever spoke. But then they took it away from us in the schools and we lost it. I'm proud of Shayla. Very proud."
Lacrosse brings youth together across cultures
Saturday, September 10 2011
 
Written by Story by Art Coulson Photos by Tyler Isenmann,
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lacrosse youth 1.jpgIt could have been a pitched battle of Eagles, fought swiftly and without mercy. But the lacrosse game played on a recent hot summer day between the Eagles of Prairie Island Indian Community and the Eagles of Apple Valley was a friendlier affair, pitting two teams who respected the other's sportsmanship and reverence for the Creator's Game.
In fact, the two groups of boys - separated by history, culture and geography - came together to play, not one team against the other, but on mixed teams playing for the love of the game.

The game, at a small park in suburban Burnsville, and the family picnic that followed was the idea of a group of Valley Athletic Association youth lacrosse players who were inspired by the Prairie Island team's sportsmanship when the two teams played earlier in the summer.

"We had a really, really good time  [playing against Prairie Island]," said Adam Johnson, an Apple Valley eighth-grader and one of the organizers of the family get-together. "I wanted them to come here so that we could do something fun with them."

"My son came home after the first game and said, 'Mom, that was so much fun," said Tyler Isenmann, a professional photographer who has visited Prairie Island several times to shoot photos of the young players. "He was so impressed with their sportsmanship. There was no smack talk."

Ojibwe Language Immersion Camp fun for the whole family
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
Written by Story and photos by Ivy Vainio,
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language camp flute making.jpgThe 3rd Annual Nagaajiwanaang Ambe, Ojibwemodaa Immersion Camp was held June 23 - June 26 at the Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, MN. Over 500 people participated in the free, four-day language and cultural immersion camp.
Native people fluent in Ojibwemodaa (Ojibwe) volunteered their time and skills for the 4 day langauge camp. Fluent speakers included: Gordon "Gordy" Jourdain, Rick Gresczyk, Helen Roy, Howard Kimewon, Alphonse Pitawanakwat, Margaret Noori, and Sonny Greensky. They  led some of the traditional activities, teaching in Ojibwemowin  throughout the events.
Community comes together to grow traditional crops of corn
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by Jenny,
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community_comes_toegether_togrow_corn.jpgAt the end of a winding dirt road near the village of White Earth is a small farm, a few acres cleared in the woods.
Home to the White Earth Land Recovery Project, the farm (located on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota) aims to bring back traditional crops of corn, beans and squash by collecting seeds, some hundreds of years old. The goal is to expand the seed stock so reservation residents can grow their own food.
Inside a small garden plot protected from wildlife by a tall wire fence, are unique plants with names that provide a glimpse into their heritage.
"This is our three sisters garden where we are planting corn, squash and beans," farm manager Andrew Hayner said. "We have the Arikara squash, with the white corn and we're putting the Hidatsa shield bean which is going to crawl up the corn."
This year Hayner planted six squash seeds found in an archeological dig in Wisconsin. The seeds had been buried in a small clay pot for about 800 years. Tests showed enough seeds would germinate to make them worth planting.
Hayner carries a metal pan with an assortment of ziploc bags, glass jars and folded pieces of paper. They all contain seed varieties given to the Land Recovery Project by people across the country.
"Some of them were down to just a handful of seeds, and they come along with a story," he said. "Hopefully we can establish those seed stock again. And we're going to try and figure out which ones grow best here. So it's kind of an experiment."
The seeds are grown in a regular garden plot with no pampering or special treatment. After all, in this area, successful plants need to thrive on their own.
 The plants include bear Island flint, a diverse corn of blue, yellow red and pink that  is named for an island on the Red Lake Reservation where the corn was grown for generations. It's proven to be a very dependable crop, and it makes good hominy, a traditional staple of the American Indian diet, Hayner said.
There's also a Manitoba white flint, corn grown by Ojibwe Indians for generations in northern Canada. It's a favorite with elders at White Earth who like cooking with it.
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