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THE U.S. - DAKOTA WAR OF 1862
Monday, September 17 2012
 
Written by Stephen Elliott Director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society,
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There is no upside, no silver lining to the six-week war that ravaged a large swath of Minnesota in August and September of 1862. It was a long time in the making, of bloody and intense duration, and brutal in its aftermath. And it was complicated. Still is.
It's a tough story. In 1851, as whites flooded into Minnesota Territory, the Dakota reluctantly negotiated treaties surrendering most of their land in exchange for promises of goods, cash and a reservation along the Minnesota River. After leaders signed one of these treaties, they were ushered to another document, which some thought was another copy of the treaty. The document turned over a significant percentage of the cash payments to a group of fur traders, including Henry Sibley, to satisfy years of debts accumulated in anticipation of just such a payment. Dakota leaders who had negotiated in good faith were betrayed the following year when the U.S. Senate removed the clause establishing permanent Dakota reservations. In 1858 a group of Dakota leaders were summoned to Washington, D.C., and detained until they signed yet another treaty relinquishing all land north and east of the Minnesota River, but acknowledging title to a 10-by-150-mile strip of land, half of the 1851 reservation.
Fond du Lac Follies
Monday, September 17 2012
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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Fond du Lac Follies motored to the 34th Annual Sobriety powwow held here in Sawyer on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
It is also close to the 35th Anniversary of the free beer-rock concert held in the same place on the shores of Big Lake. Whiskey River was the main act and there were cattle troughs that held the ice and beer. At I recall the event started off just fine but got a little blurry by the end of the doings.
The Powwow started off fine also. There was the usual powwow stuff: singers, drummers, and dancers, food stands, an MC and an arena director and a public address system.
There were prayers said and the Anishinaabe people gathered to have a good time. There was a tipi and a ceremonial fire. The police set up their shelter in the usual place on the east side of the dancing circle.  The usual river of people flowed in both directions outside the dance circle.
MPS Superintendent Speaks
Monday, September 17 2012
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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The Minneapolis Public Schools will welcome students in grades 1-12 back to school on August 27 and our new kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, ECFE and High Five students on August 29.

Visit the new Davis Center
We are MPS. We are open-minded, welcoming, conscientious, attentive, fun, interactive, collaborative, progressive, and accountable. We are also excited to welcome our families and the community to the completed John B. Davis Education and Service Center.
Since the Board of Education approved this project almost two years ago, the site has undergone a stunning transformation. The Davis Center will serve as a beacon for the future success of our students and as a welcoming hub for all members of our community. It will be a place for us to demonstrate a culture of YES.
The Davis Center will help us as we strive to achieve our mission by serving well over one thousand students, staff, families and community members daily. We are working hard to provide the best service to every family, every day.
Ronald "Tony" Anthony Norcross (February 13, 1963- August 24, 2012)
Monday, September 17 2012
 
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passing_on_norcross_photo.jpgRonald "Tony" Anthony Norcross (To i'ci owa - Paints Himself Blue) age 49 of the Lower Sioux Community, journeyed to the spirit world on Friday, August 24, 2012 in Morton, MN.  Funeral services were Aug. 29 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia's Episcopal Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  
Tony was born in St. Paul, MN to Victor and Ramona (Columbus) Norcross.  He was married Terese "Terri" Kratzer in 2009. Tony was a great artist; he loved drawing and doing crafts. He was a Rockstar musician, had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed being around children. Tony loved his children Tara, Sheena, and Anthony, and was a good grandfather to his grandchildren
Tony is survived by his wife Terri; children: Tara, Sheena, Anthony, Crista, Jamie, Nicole, Jessica, and Robert; grandchildren: Jose, Isaac-Santino, Nevaeh, Jerrod, Levi, Mariah, Taylor, Aubrey, Haley, Ari, Tyler, Elliana, and Aliyah; siblings: David, Pamela Jean, Doris Marie, Richard Duane, Vicki Lea, Lorna Louise, Calvin Kenneth, Jeffrey Scott, Bruce Wayne, and Curtis Michael; and many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. He is
preceded in death by his grandparents, parents Victor, Ramona, and Shirley Ruth Schlie.

Gene Artishon (November 1, 1947 - August 19, 2012)
Monday, September 17 2012
 
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passing_on_gene_artishon.jpgGene was a Vietnam Veteran and worked for the Unites States Postal service for over 20 years, retiring 5 years ago. Something dear to his heart was helping veterans, whether that was through talking, encouragement, listening or the sweat lodge.
Gene Artishon, Red Cliff tribal member, was a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader, activist and father. Gene is survived by (Karen Nomeland) and children Gina, Kara and Kristin; (Candace Aldun) and children Katherine, Eli, and Victoria. Gene is also survived by wife Nancy Campbell and four stepchildren. Gene is survived by sisters Mary Casey, Eva (Jim) Newbert, Rose Scott, Muriel (Crash) Krogman, Ruth (Gary) Pfeffer, Dorothy (Dan) Gage, Grace (Ron) Artishon, Vicy Artishon and brothers John "Jack" Artishon and Bart Artishon. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by parents George (Red Cliff tribal member) and Grace (White Earth tribal member) Artishon.
September 2012 powwow calendar
Monday, September 17 2012
 
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Sept. 7- 9
13th Annual Welcome Home Traditional Wacipi
St. Peter's Church Grounds, 1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy. Mendota, MN. Emcee: Mitch Walking Elk. Arena Director: Windy Downwind. Host Drum: Scotty Brown Eyes/Oyate Teca. Co Host Drum: Little Thunder Birds. Men's Head Dancer: Lenny Butcher. Women's Head Dancer: Mary So Happy. First 10 Drums Paid. $5 Entry Button Donation. No one t­urned away. Bring your own lawn chairs. Donations needed. For info call 651-452-4141. Sponsored by the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community. FMI:? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.mendotadakota.com. 
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