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Fond du Lac Follies
Sunday, December 16 2012
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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Mark Charles is the son of a Navajo friend who served in the same grunt outfits as me when we were young Marines. We have stayed in touch over the years.  
Mark Charles is working on a new project, he doesn't think the US apology to Native peoples was sufficient so he is gathering Natives from all over the US to come to Washington DC and in their own languages say what the apology should have said.        When the apology came out I wrote about it in the Follies and it is also in my fourth book Rez Salute, p 117.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: DECEMBER 2102
Sunday, December 16 2012
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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Dec. 4
Native Authors Breakfast With Heid Erdrich and Brenda Child
A Native Authors Breakfast Fundraiser For The Circle. Heid E. Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is author of four poetry collections, most recently Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems from University of Arizona Press. Erdrich won the Minnesota Book Award in 2009 for National Monuments. Brenda J. Child, (Red Lake Band Ojibwe) is associate professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and author of Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940. Her latest book, Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women And The Survival of Community, explores the role of women in sustaining Native American communities through the hardest years of the last two centuries. A Breakfast Fundraiser For The Circle. Delicious breakfast catered by Wolves Den:?breakfast burritos, baby fry bread and wojapi, coffee, and juice. 8:00 - 9:00 am. Opens at 7:30 am for coffee and socializing. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 East 23rd St., Minneapolis. Suggested donation: $35.00. R.S.V.P. to 612-722-3686.
It ain’t easy being indian
Sunday, December 16 2012
 
Written by by Ricey Wild,
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From the cozy nest on my sofa I watched national and local newscasts in growing horror about Black Friday retail sales. I felt sick. That day, in my opinion, is American culture’s true nature; ugly, greedy, delusional, utterly ignorant and devoid of the original significance of the Christian holiday. Is getting a few bucks off a device that will become obsolete in two weeks worth the ridiculous, smelly crush of people worth it? Wait! Did I say “people?” I mean zombies.
Zombies are what so many American people, aka consumers, have become de facto. Where is the soul-chip of a smart phone? It’s not there like when I look into the eyes of a wolf. I don’t believe that compassion resides in a HDTV or touch pad like when my pets will generously apply kitty kisses and puppy kisses for no other reason than love. Or when my beloved Gramma Rose prays for all her family and their well-being; she puts tobacco down as well as does her beads. That way she’s got most of it covered, ennit? Who needs electricity or satellites to operate and conduct prayers or affection?
Controlling Cold Water Springs
Wednesday, November 21 2012
 
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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controlling_cold_water_springs.jpgColdwater Spring, an important spiritual, cultural, and historical place to many Dakota, continues to be the site of controversy surrounding Indigenous treaty rights, federal land management, and the assertion and acknowledgment of the strong Native American presence in the region.
On August 30, 2012, the park service issued the Superintendent's Compendium, which functions as "the summary of park specific rules." Among other things, the Compendium "provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park."
According to the Compendium, conducting a ceremony requires a permit from the superintendent. People found in violation of the Compendium's regulations can be fined up to $5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months. Additionally, the Park Service is not issuing any permits until Spring of 2013.
Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi (Come In And Rest) opens its doors
Wednesday, November 21 2012
 
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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bii_di_gain_dash_anwebi_1.jpgThe American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC), in partnership with CommonBond Communities, has completed the Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi (Come in and rest) elders housing project, which  opened its doors to residents on September 28. Funded by a $6.78 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development under HUD Section 202, the project was designed to provide elders 62 years of age or older with quality, affordable housing.
"Our elders deserve more than what was available," said Michael Goze, President and CEO of AICDC.
The initiative began in 2010, when AICDC collaborated with Inter-Tribal Elder Services (ITES) to reach out to elders in south Minneapolis's Native community. A market feasibility study conducted through the Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund revealed that many elders are paying up to 70% of their net income for housing and that there was a need for 600 affordable elders apartments within the south Minneapolis area. Through the subsidies at Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi, elders that make 50% or less of the city's mean household income are required to pay only 30% of their income in order to rent a new apartment.
WHATS NEW IN THE COMMUNITY:
Wednesday, November 21 2012
 
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whats_new_-_new_native_theater.jpgAll Native Musical offers uplifting tour of end of the world
New Native Theatre performs the first all Native American musical to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. The show, co-produced with Bedlam Theatre, is a comical romp inspired by the hoopla surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar. 2012: The Musical! celebrates the Native sense of humor and looks toward the future. The show is a locally grown production, with the story taking place on Franklin Ave.
At the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. Previews: Nov. 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm. Opening night: Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm. Other showtimes: Nov. 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm; Nov. 14, 15 at 10:00 am; and Nov. 11, 18 at 3:00 pm. All tickets $15, $12 group discount, no one turned away for lack of funds.
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