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Carri Jones becomes first woman and youngest tribal chair of Leech Lake
Monday, July 30 2012
 
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res_news_carrie_jones_wins_leech_lake_electiontif.jpg Carri Jones, 32, has become the first female Tribal Chair of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the youngest person to win the top ranking position. The June 12 Leech Lake elections resulted in Jones ousting current Chairman Arthur "Archie" LaRose.
Jones will be the first female to lead the 9,000+ member Leech Lake Band. She has degrees in business administration and accounting from Bemidji State University. She also has more than twelve years experience working with tribal governments in finance-related roles.
The June 12 Leech Lake General Election results, which saw Carri Jones and LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks III oust two incumbents, were upheld as Leech Lake Chairman Arthur "Archie" LaRose and District III Representative Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird withdrew their respective election contests before Election Contest Judge Richard Osburn.
Because there's no automatic recount, LaRose and Whitebird both asked for recounts. But LaRose and Whitebird withdrew their contests after a pre-hearing conference and a two hour discovery process. Bruce Baird, who represented the incumbents at the hearing, informed Judge Osburn that "the burden of proof is too severe," so the incumbents were dropping their contests. Judge Osburn noted that he would issue orders reflecting the withdrawals of the contests.
Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Monday, July 30 2012
 
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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Pine Ridge's 'reign of terror'
When my professional journalism career, such as it is, began about 34 years ago, I learned about the case of Leonard Peltier, the American Indian Movement (AIM) activist serving two consecutive life sentences for the murder of two FBI agents in a June 26, 1975, shootout at Oglala, on the Pine Ridge reservation (So. Dakota).
I began corresponding with Peltier, and later conducted prison interviews with him, in the 1980s. Peltier is still in prison, at the federal lock-up in Coleman, Fla. According to Wikipedia, his release date is Oct. 11, 2040, when he will be 96.
In the 1980s, I spent some time at Pine Ridge, and heard stories about the years following the 1973 government siege of Wounded Knee, the tiny hamlet that was liberated by AIM and traditional Oglala Lakotas from the reservation. The period from 1973 to 1976 saw an upsurge of political violence, as the BIA tribal government under Richard "Dickie" Wilson essentially terrorized the AIM faction at Pine Ridge.
Fond du Lac Follies
Monday, July 30 2012
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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Wiidookawishin ji wiidookawigwaa niij anishinaabeg. That means "help me help my Anishinaabe people." It is part of my morning prayer when I make an offering of tobacco. I got my chance to use that prayer repeatedly when we began planning the 4th Annual Ambe Ojibwemodaa language camp.
The camp is held in June at the Kiwenz campground on the north shore of Big Lake in Sawyer, Minnesota.
My wife Patricia Northrup and my brudder Rick Gresczyk have been working on this camp for almost half a decade now.  Just to review the first year we had 189 people attend, second year was 400, third year was 500 and this year we had almost 700 registered campers. I am sure we had some attending who had not registered but attending is more important than registering anyway.
I remember a phrase I learned as a young Marine from an old crusty Gunnery Sergeant, "Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance." That was certainly the case when we began planning this year's language camp.  My wife did the bulk of the planning while Rick and I sat in Solomon-like judgment and decided which ideas were good and which were not so good.
Patricia enlisted support from many, many people and most responded positively. The first of course was the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee. It costs money to put on an endeavor of this size. We needed to buy food to feed the campers, and we needed money to pay the fluent speakers and artists.
It ain't easy being indian
Monday, July 30 2012
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Just the other night I?was driving myself to the ER. Right after 12 am on a rez road I?looked up to the sky when 3 bright lights flashed in a row and I?thought, "Wow, what was that." It was coming closer to me. It made no sound and when I looked up the side of my windshield on the right it was just above the trees. The white light had turned blue by now. I thought about g­etting out of t­he car and looking at it more but I?got a chill and decided to just keep going. The craft, whatever it was, made no noise and flew too slowly ­to be an airplane. And it was not a helicopter because it was silent. I've told yoov before and I?annoy even myself by repeating it, but "they" are here and in fact, some tribal nation creation stories say that we Indians come from the stars. I'm just mad at the aliens who inflicted upon t­his earth the perpetrators and practitioners of a culture of greed and wealth. When I?think of good people, I?think of what they do, not what they have.
By the time I got to t­he ER I w­as in desperate pain from my broken arm. Broken arm? What? Again? Yes my friends, t­he crazy wild woman has a broken humerus bone on my right arm but t­here is nothing funny about it.
July 2012 powwow calendar
Monday, July 30 2012
 
Written by Jenny,
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July 6 - 7
34th Annual Red Cliff Powwow
Powwow Grounds, Red Cliff, WI. Traditional Powwow. FMI: 715-779-3082

July 6 - 8
Leech Lake 4th of July Traditional Pow Wow
Cass Lake, MN. Located next to Palace Casino. FMI: 218-308-3680 or email: LaVonne.Thompson@ leechlakegaming.com

July 6 - 8
Red Lake Nation Independence Day Powwow
Powwow Grounds, Red Lake, MN. Contest Powwow. FMI: 218-556-7566.
July 2012 Calendar
Monday, July 30 2012
 
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July 20 (deadline)
MN State Arts Board
Visual Grants
The Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant for Visual Arts supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers. IGrants will be awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists.  Artists working in all artistic disciplines: media arts, photography, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts, may apply. Grant amount $2,000‚-10,000. Applications are available at: www.arts.state.mn.us. Native community members with questions call the MSAB office at 800-866-2787 or email the Native American Community Liaison: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Applications must be received by July 20 at 4:30 pm.

July 21
Financial Literacy Class: Financial Skills for Families
Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is offering "Financial Skills For Families" for Native people.  Learn how to: develop a spending plan, work with checking/savings accounts, understand credit and your credit report, and access credit. 9 am to 3 pm. Free. The mission of the Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is to promote homeownership among Native American households throughout the State of Minnesota through the provision of development services and financial products and service. 612-843-2118. 1508 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. www.facebook.com/biigiiwiin

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