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Political Matters: Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Thursday, January 31 2013
 
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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Idle No More
I just got back from the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis, where an Idle No More flash-mob round dance took place. What is Idle No More?
Well, it originated in Canada, and, in late December, it appears to be a grassroots movement spreading quickly and in solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence, of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, who was entering the third week of a hunger strike in a teepee outside of the Canadian Parliament, in her quest for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Pamela Palmater, chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and an indigenous activist, wrote in the Ottawa Citizen: "Idle No More is a coordinated, strategic movement, not led by any elected politician, national chief or paid executive director. It is a movement originally led by indigenous women and has been joined by grassroots First Nations leaders, Canadians, and now the world. It originally started as a way to oppose Bill C-45, the omnibus legislation impacting water rights and land rights under the Indian Act; it grew to include all the legislation and the corresponding funding cuts to First Nations political organizations meant to silence our advocacy voice."
Fond du Lac Follies
Thursday, January 31 2013
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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Fond du Lac Follies jetted to Washington D and C.  I went to sign copies of my new book, Rez Salute, in the store at the National Museum of the American Indian. I also agreed to give a talk there about my seasonal life as an Anishinaabe living on the Rez. I also hoped to take part in the reading of the apology at the Capital Reflecting Pool.
I padded through the Security Check point at the Minneapolis airport and got redressed on the other side. I had removed my jacket, belt and shoes, had also emptied my pockets. The TSA people, the ones with the blue shirts, gold badges and purple gloves agreed I didn't look like a terrorist and let me proceed to the waiting area for the flight. I shoehorned in with the other passengers and had an uneventful flight to Reagan National Airport. I like my flights to be uneventful.
Publicist Liz Hill, a Red Lake skin, met me in the baggage claim area and escorted me to her car.
It ain't easy being indian
Thursday, January 31 2013
 
Written by by Ricey Wild,
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Okay! Okay! Okay! You done yet? Quit laughing now. I have a column to write here. So my Alien prediction did not happen...or did it? Well we'll never know for sure. Most people prob'ly aren't ready for them anyway, specifically the ones who believe in divine (?) selection.
Now that we have that out of the way I wish yooz all a very Happy New Year. I would share my resolution  list with yooz but lately I look to Facebook posts for inspiration and wisdom. Thanks to Facebook posters everything has already been said and done. How one feels is just one click away for the rest of your 'friends' to see. I think that's way better than posting cryptic passive/aggressive status updates Danial. Whoops! I mean those of you who do that...you know who you are!
Commemorating the 38 Dakota warriors during the holidays
Thursday, January 31 2013
 
Written by Cynthia A Lindquist, Ph.D,
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Historians say history needs to be learned so as to not repeat mistakes, but also to remember and acknowledge life's evolution. Hopefully we are getting better.
For most of America, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are memory-filled and memory-making annual events with families coming together to acknowledge blessings. America continues to be the place that others want to be or to live.
While the commercialization of these significant holidays sometimes obscures the 'original' intent for the designations, I believe that most people are good and that we are a grateful people who do practice some form of spiritual or religious belief that advocates compassion and generosity.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR January 2013
Thursday, January 31 2013
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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Jan. 4 - 21
Indian Teen Portrait
Project Exhibit
Come see portraits created by ten metro area American Indian teens. The exhibit is the culmination of eight weeks (16 sessions) of work by ten American Indian teens from around the metro area. Over the course of this program, the students have looked at the fine art and photography collections at the Minnesota Historical Society, visited contemporary art shows by American Indian artists, worked with five young artist mentors, and learned the basics of photography. As a result of this work, they've each produced three self-portraits for a show. Minnesota History Center, Star Tribune Gallery, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, Saint Paul. For more info, call 651-259-3010.
Pink Shawls Help Fight Cancer
Sunday, December 16 2012
 
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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pink_shawls_cover_story_top_photo.jpg The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) has recently launched the Pink Shawl Project to raise awareness about breast cancer in Indian country. The project provides Native women with educational resources, a community forum for discussing health issues, access to free mammograms, and the opportunity to honor cancer survivors.
"It not only involves healing from these women coming together to create shawls, but we're educating along the way. Then, when women in pink shawls come out during powwows, it creates awareness," said Kris Rhodes, Executive Director of AICAF. "It's a visual reminder to everyone in these community gatherings that there are cancer survivors among us and it gives hope to people with a new cancer diagnosis."
The Pink Shawls Project began officially in April 2012 through a grant from the Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. According to Rhodes, this marks the first time the Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has ever awarded a grant to a Native-run organization in its ten years of funding provision.
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