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Russell Means - a hero moves on
Wednesday, November 21 2012
Written by by Winona LaDuke,
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opinion_russell_means_a_hearo_moves_on.jpgHe was a hero. Make no mistake about it. And, his death in late October, is a great loss to America, not just Indians, he challenged us a to be better people. In l973, life was not good on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, the reservation from which he came. Life expectancy was around 44 years of age and the reservation had a murder rate about eight times higher than the most violent American city. And repression reigned. Off the reservation, things were often worse. In l972, Oglala Raymond Yellow Thunder was beaten, stripped naked and paraded in the American Legion in Gordon, Nebraska. He was stuffed in a car trunk, and a few days later died of injuries sustained in his beating. South Dakota and Nebraska were perhaps the most racist states in the country, barring Mississippi. Oglala Lakota elders asked for help and American Indians from the Twin Cities, and from urban areas or reservations came. Russell Means came. He was one of many. That was the beginning of the American Indian Movement. The passing of Oglala Lakota activist Russell Means to the Spirit World marks the end of an era, and hopefully, the beginning of a new one. Means was a leader, and an Ogichidaa, one who stood for the people.
Political Matters: Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Wednesday, November 21 2012
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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Minnesota's wolf hunt In late October, the hunting and trapping of wolves is underway in Wisconsin; and Minnesota hunters will start shooting wolves on Nov. 3, after the state Supreme Court rejected a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the wolf hunt under rules established by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Two groups, Howling for Wolves and the Center for Biodiversity, argued that the DNR did not allow a sufficient period for public comment last summer, after issuing its "Adopted Expedited Emergency Game and Fish Rules: 2012 Wolf Season." The Minnesota Court of Appeals will hold a hearing at a future date on the lawsuit's underlying argument; but state courts decided that the wolf hunt did not pose the threat of "irreparable damage" to Minnesota's wolf population. The Wisconsin DNR reported that 25 wolves have been killed during that state's hunting and trapping season, which started in mid-October, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. "It's encouraging for outdoor enthusiasts," DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp commented, regarding the first 10 days of the wolf hunt in Wisconsin.
Fond du Lac Follies
Wednesday, November 21 2012
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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I was 19 years old.  I had been in the United States Marine Corps for a little over a year. I was a boot. Older Marines were telling me they had worn out more seabags than I had socks, they had more time in the air jumping off the back of six-by trucks than I had in the Corps. When they joined Christ was only a Corporal.
When I heard the order "Mount Out" I didn't know I was going to be taking part in an historical event.  
It was the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. I was a part of the 1st Marine Division and we quickly assembled and boarded ships in San Diego. There were 1200 Marines that boarded the USS Henrico, APA 45.  
We were prepared to invade Cuba to remove the Soviet missiles. The TV news said the missiles could reach all the way to Chicago.
We went south along Baja California headed for the Panama Canal. The weather got warmer the further south we traveled. As we sailed along more US Navy ships joined us and we all lined up to go through the Canal. As we were going through the locks and lakes of the Canal I learned it actually runs north and south. I saw jungle for the first time in my life.
Ted Charles, a Navajo friend, and I were two of the Marine infantry who were going to climb down the cargo nets into the little boats that would take us ashore. When the ramps dropped the Marines were going to come charging off the boats, shooting our rifles.
It ain't easy being indian
Wednesday, November 21 2012
Written by by Ricey Wild,
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This year the ungrateful, murderous pilgrims of yore will not be in my column. Yooz are welcome.
Personally I like the Thanksgiving holiday, just not how it mythically came to be. I like the "giving thanks" part of it which is done at least once a year by Turtle Island's immigrant descendants and every day by most Indians. By that I mean me, I have been experiencing very awful, painful days so often that I forget to pray and give thanks, but when I do put tobacco down I am always sure to give thanks for what the gifts I have. I always feel better when I do.
Weird things happen to me all the time. Get this; my good ole hoopdie is broken down. This happened a few days after I started back to work fulltime and after I was fired the first day back in the first 15 minutes. I was unfired the next day. Then I breathed a big gusty sigh of relief and gratefulness for the people who helped me. Yooz know who you are. I am thankful for wise, kind, intelligent people. (Good-lookin' too! Ayyy!)
MPS Superintendent Speaks
Wednesday, November 21 2012
Written by by Bernadeia H. Johnson, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools,
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Dear MPS Partners and Friends,
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is deeply grateful for and humbled by the overwhelming support that the citizens of Minneapolis have given the school district. We believe that this support demonstrates that the people of Minneapolis value our work and have confidence that we can make the improvements necessary to raise student achievement. One of our school district's sources of support and funding is the property tax levy.
MPS is committed to using its levy authority to meet the needs of present and future students and to only levy for what schools need. We are proposing a four percent increase in the school district levy, which would take effect for property taxes payable in 2013. The school district currently levies for about $165.7 million. The four percent increase would bring this amount to $172.4 million. The median Minneapolis home value is $171,000. If you own a home at that value, the school portion of your property taxes is expected to increase about $61 per year ($5 per month). The school board will vote on the increase in December.
Community calendar November 2012
Wednesday, November 21 2012
Written by The Circle Staf,
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Nov. 1 - 30
Leech Lake Tribal College Native American Heritage
The Leech Lake Tribal College will be hosting a variety of events throughout November to celebrate Native American month. All are free and open to the public. For info, see:
nativeHeritageMonth2012_poster.pdf or call 218-335-4220, or email to:
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o Nov. 1: OPEN MIC AFTERNOON - Come and share your talents with the college! You can do just about anything. 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Nov. 5: NATIONHOOD SLIDESHOW - The Introduction to Anishinaabe Studies students will show a slideshow at Monday Drum Potluck displaying the 4 elements of nationhood for Leech Lake. 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Nov. 8: LUNCH & LEARN - The Learning Center will be hosting a special Lunch & Learn presentation about topics related to NAHM. For more info, contact Stacie at 218-335-4242 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Nov. 13: WILD RICE COOK OFF - Impress your fellow classmates and LLTC staff by making any Wild Rice Dish you would like! The 1st place winner will receive a gift card! 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Nov. 15: STEM LUNCH & LEARN - The STEM Club will be hosting a special Lunch & Learn presentation about topics related to NAHM. For info, contact Fawn at 218- 335-4219 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Nov. 15 & 16: SILENT AUCTION - Place you bid on fabulous arts and crafts. Items available range from jewelry to leatherwork. Sponsored by LLTC Student Senate.10 am-4 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Nov. 20: BEADING/CRAFT HOUR - Bring your beadwork, arts & crafts, or any other items you would like to work on. This is your opportunity to share creative ideas with others as you work on your own projects. 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Nov. 27: LEARN THE HANDGAME - Learn to play the handgame by alumni Tallie Large. One of the original games played by Native people. 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Rm 204.
o Nov. 28: INDIGENOUS FOODS - The Wellness Center will be hosting a special presentation about Traditional Indigenous Foods. For info, contact Dawn at 218- 335-4254 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Nov. 29 & 30: ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR - Shop for gifts at the annual Arts & Crafts Fair featuring artists from the area. If you are interested in setting up a booth ($10 per day) contact Roselynn at 218-335-4211. 9-5 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
o Every Tuesday: WELLNESS TALKING CIRCLE - Speak what is in your heart, come to share, or just listen. For info, contact Dawn Plumer at 218-335-4254. Led by Nancy Kingbird. Every Tues. at 12-1pm, CCE-Birch Building.
o Every Friday: OJIBWE STUDY GROUP - Study, learn, and practice Ojibwemowin. For more info, contact Bob at 218-335-4200 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Every Friday at 12-1 pm, Cedar Hall, Room 204.
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