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Seventy year-old among GED graduates at Red Lake
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Michael Meuers,
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Story By Michael Meuers
Photos by Michael Barrett & Alice Benaise

"If you don't want to work hard, get an education, otherwise you'll work hard labor like I did." So was the advice for Indian youth in an interview with 70 year-old James King, Sr., one of 82 graduates of the Red Lake GED program on May 20. A ceremony, including cap and gown, was held at Seven Clans Casino Event Center on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. This was the first time such a formal GED graduation was held. The event started off with a banquet for invited guests and graduates, and included a procession of graduates who were smudged as they entered the events center, to the beat of drum group Eyabay. Marvin Hanson, Executive Director of the New Beginnings Program, welcomed the crowd, followed by an opening prayer by Spiritual Advisor, Leland Whitefeather. Congratulatory remarks were made by Brent Gish Superintendent of Red Lake Public Schools, Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain, Jr., and Tribal Executive Administrator, Lea Perkins.

New magazine features reservation hunting opportunities/conservation
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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New magazine features rez huntingHunting The Rez is a new Native American owned magazine that features hunting and fishing opportunities on North American Indian lands. Hunting The Rez staff and their quarterly magazine, which is distributed nationally, provide news and information for outdoors enthusiasts, big game hunters and fisherman all over the country. They are also a liaison between tribal Fish & Game Departments, State and Government Departments, local businesses and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Belcourt, owner of Hunting The Rez Magazine, says, "We not a shot-em-up magazine, we actually about conservation." Belcourt says the magazine is geared toward the non-Native hunter; highlighting the hunting opportunities available on tribal lands, while showcasing the conservation efforts of Native tribes.
The first issue of the Indian-owned and operated magazine was published in Decemer, 2010. Belcourt says they have a circulation of 16,000 and are in major chains likes Barnes and Nobles, Checkers in Canada, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Border's, Hastings and Waldenbooks. But Belcourt says they are hoping to expand into smaller reservation stores. In Minnesota they are can be found at Other Store in Redby, MN.
When asked how he came up with the idea for the magazine, he said, "Hunting for us is a way of life and ties us to our culture heritage. My background is in business, so I?just put two and two together."
Eight large reservation tribes announce new coalition
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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Eight tribes, representing some of the largest reservations in the United States, have formed a new organization to represent their concerns.
The Coalition of Large Tribes (COLT) will address land, economic, jurisdictional and funding issues faced on large reservations. The Coalition want to educate the Obama administration, Congress and other tribes about their needs.
"Congress and the Administration need to understand that tribes with large land holdings, like those who have already joined COLT, face higher costs when they try to provide the same level of services as tribes with small reservations and smaller populations," said Tex Hall, the chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota, one of the founding member tribes.
Red Road House helps former inmates
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by Tom Robertson Minnesota Public Radio News,
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 In a purification ritual, eight men in a garage huddle around a drum, as a haze of burnt sage hangs in the air. The drummers, all of whom have done time in prison, sing a song that honors the pipe and tobacco used in traditional ceremonies.
The group is part of Red Road Home, a pilot program based in Bemidji that aims to help former inmates from the White Earth, Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations stay out of prison.
American Indians make up less than two percent of Minnesota's total population, but they account for more than eight percent of adult offenders in the state's prison system. In January, 789 of 9,429 state inmates were American Indians. Indians are also more likely to re-offend and get sent back to prison.
The Red Road Home program in northern Minnesota aims to slow down the revolving door through American Indian cultural and spiritual practices. There are early signs of success, but the program may soon run out of funding.
Tribes Going Green and the Buy Indian Act
Sunday, March 13 2011
 
Written by Ryan Dreveskracht,
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The Obama Administration has made its commitment to Native American economic development well known, and has likewise followed through with many of those promises. The President has included the Indian Health Service in the Affordable Health Care Act, devoted $3.2 billion in stimulus funds, and endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In all, tribal leaders agree that Obama has brought progress to Indian Country.
On January 19, 2011, the U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced unyielding support for the tribes in their efforts to use alternative energies to "improv[e] the environment and support long-term clean energy jobs." Part of Secretary Chu's plan includes making up to $10 million available for renewable energy projects on tribal lands.
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