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Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Sunday, June 10 2012
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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Hunting wolves
I wrote in my May column that the Minnesota Legislature's bill to establish a wolf hunting and trapping season was awaiting a decision by Gov. Mark Dayton. The governor signed the bill in early May, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has set an early wolf season to begin Nov. 3, the opening day of the firearms deer season, wherever rifles can be used to kill deer. If the quota of 400 wolves is not reached, a later wolf season (allowing hunting, along with trapping and snaring) would begin on Nov. 24.
The DNR states that Minnesota has the largest population of wolves in the lower 48 states - 3,000 wolves, a number that has remained stable over the past decade. Further, the DNR has set a winter population of 1,600 wolves as the minimum goal; if the state wolf population should fall below this number, the DNR would take immediate steps to restore wolves to the minimum level. As I mentioned last month, wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan were removed from federal protection, in January 2012. So, each state has taken responsibility for wolf management.
I don't understand the mentality that favors killing wolves. They are not a threat to humans, and farmers can legally shoot wolves that are threatening their livestock. And, as I wrote in May, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa - which manages their reservation land as a wolf sanctuary - has complained to the DNR commissioner about not being consulted prior to the state setting up a wolf season.
It ain't easy being indian
Sunday, June 10 2012
Written by by Ricey Wild,
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For the past three months or so I've been out of the loop because I've been busy recovering from spinal fusion surgery. Yes, the operation hurt, it hurt a lot but I am now able to walk normally again…mostly. I had to get it you know. I had lost that swing in my step and my smiles had turned into grimaces. When my Unk Koon picked me up after my spending six days in the hospital he said that in the Old Days I would have just been put on an iceberg and left there to perish. Well, I don't recall that he said 'perish' precisely but his meaning was clear. Me? I just laughed as well as I could. It hurt.
Superintendent Speaks
Sunday, June 10 2012
Written by by Bernadeia Johnson Mpls Public Schools Superintendent,
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Looking forward to what comes next…

Congratulations, Graduates! Each spring our preschool students visit kindergarten classrooms to get a sense of what they can expect from the coming year's big transition. They embrace their day-long challenge with a blend of trepidation and excitement, understanding on some intrinsic level that they are getting a glimpse of their future, seeing that it is close enough to touch. Although they may not have a full grasp of what is to come, they know that their lives are about to change.
Each spring, our graduating seniors prepare for their own big transition. With college and career on the horizon, they savor the last milestones of high school and proudly ready themselves to accept diplomas in front of family and friends. And as they look out across the crowd, they too know that their future draws nearer by the moment.
Powwows for June and July 2012
Sunday, June 10 2012
Written by The Circle Staff,
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June 8 - 10
35th Annual Lower
Sioux Wacipi
Lower Sioux Indian community, Morton, MN. Competition powwow. ADULT 18+ SPECIALS: Categories:?Men's Traditional, Men's Grass, Men's Fancy, Woman's Traditional, Woman's Jingle, Woman's Fancy. Adult 55+   Categories: Men's Golden Age, Woman's Golden.  MEN'S GRASS DANCE SPECIAL: 1st - $500 & Jacket, Starquilt. 2nd - $300 & Jacket, 3rd - $100 & Jacket,    5 Consolation Places. MCs:      Butch Felix and Jerry Dearly. ADs:      Chaske LaBlanc and Byron. Host Drum: Elk Soldier. Co-Host Drum: Soggy Bottom Boyz. JUNIOR 9 -17 SPECIALS: Categories: Jr. Boy's Traditional, Jr. Boy's Grass, Jr. Boy's Fancy, Jr. Girl's Traditional, Jr. Girl's Jingle, Jr. Girl's Fancy. COMMunity SINGING SPECIALS.REGISTRATION:  Adults: 18+ / Juniors: 9-17 yrs. / Tiny Tots: 0-8 yrs. Opens Friday at 3:00 p.m. Dancers and Singers must register by noon on Saturday. Dancers must be in full regalia. Singers must provide own chairs. 3 Man Best Ball Golf Tournament: Friday, June 8. FMI: call 507-697-8050. 2K/5K Fun Run/Walk: Saturday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. FMI, call 507-697-6185. Sponsored by the LS Diabetes & LS Tobacco Programs. 1-3 Person HAND DRUM CONTEST. Vendors:  Applications can be obtained by calling the LSIC Center at 507-697-6185. Pre-registration guarantees spot. GRAND ENTRies: Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday: at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.  Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission: $5 for weekend with wristband purchase. Free: for 55 & over, and 5 and under. Meals: Dinner on Fri. and Sat from 5--6 pm. Breakfast: Sat. and Sun from 8-10 am. Camping available next to powwow grounds. Showers available. Sponsored by the Lower Sioux Indian Community and Members. FMI: call 507-697-6185, M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30  

Mpls. Redistricting Impacts Communities Of Color
Thursday, May 17 2012
Written by by Jamie Keith,
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Amidst much community and neighborhood comment, collaboration, and outcry, The City of Minneapolis approved a new map of its wards on March 27. The bulk of Minneapolis's Native American community resides in what are currently Wards 6 and 9. While the Native population in these two wards has hardly shifted in terms of raw numbers, the communities surrounding the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue have changed dramatically.
"It will create more competition for resources in certain wards in the city," said Jay Thomas Bad Heart Bull, Vice President of Little Earth of United Tribes. "Hopefully that challenge will be met with a sense of duty and obligation to speak up even louder and to be a part of the process even more."
Bad Heart Bull was one of the applicants selected to be a member of the Advisory Committee, a nine-person board that represented neighborhoods and other community interest groups in the redistricting process.
This is the first year the process has included such an advisory committee. It is also the first year the Commission has held public hearings. In the past, the decisions regarding new ward boundaries have been made solely by the City Charter Commission. The process is still headed by this Commission, which consists of 15 city residents who are appointed by the Chief Judge of Hennepin County.
Year of Healing Proclamation honors 1862 Dakota Conflict
Thursday, May 17 2012
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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Members of Twin Cities American Indian Movement (TCAIM), the Episcopal Church of Minnesota, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), and the Native American community at large have partnered to author a Year of Healing Proclamation in honor of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862.
The proclamation states that, "after one hundred and fifty years of Indigenous People living in an environment of fear, grief, anger and vengeance following the U.S - Dakota Conflict of 1862, the Year 2012 shall be declared the Year of Healing in Minnesota and in so declaring bring attention to the history and current situation of the Indigenous People for the purpose of breaking a vicious cycle of hatred and fostering a spirit of healing among all who call Minnesota their home."
The U.S.-Dakota Conflict is a tragic event in the history of Minnesota. According to resources published by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Kansas City-Missouri, the conflict began in August of 1862 after the Dakota were denied their treaty-protected annuity rights. Because the tribe depended on these resources for survival, several bands decided to go to war with the United States government. By September of 1862, after the deaths of over 500 American soldiers and an unknown number of Dakota, 2,000 Dakota men, women and children were taken into custody by the American government. A military tribunal put 393 Dakota to trial for war crimes and eventually condemned 38 of them to death. These Dakota men were killed in Mankato on December 26, 1862 in what remains the largest mass execution in the history of the United States.
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