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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.
Leonard (Robin) Alvin Stately Jr. Wiimitigoozens little frenchman
Wednesday, November 21 2012
Written by Jenny,
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passing_on_leonard_stately.jpgSeptember 22, 1952 - October 15, 2012.

Leonard (Robin) Alvin Stately Jr. Wiimitigoozens, age 60, of Redby, Minnesota journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, October 15, 2012. He was born on September 22, 1952 in Red Lake to Leonard Alvin Stately Sr. and Vivian Frances Thunder. He was joined in marriage to Robyn Lynn Isham. They were marriaged by Native American custom for thirty six years. Leonard was a heavy equipment operator and teacher. He was a member of AIM. He was an avid hunter and fisher. He was a proud dad and grandfather. He liked spending time with his children and hunting with his sons. He liked going for rides around the horn, and he was known for driving slow around the community. He loved taking slow rides with the love of his life. He loved to make his babies smile. Survived by his wife Robyn Lynn Stately; sons: Robin John, Golden Eagle, Rain and Zachary Stately; daughters: Angel, Billie Jo, Rachelle, Leader, Bear, Sky, Antasia, Money and Terynn Stately, Star Taylor, an honorary daughter: Kathryn Fisher; thirty three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; brothers: Guy and Bruce Stately, Theodore Graves, Gordon Johnson, Keith Defoe, Gary Thunder and Keith Lussier Sr.; sisters: Marlene Stately, Diane Roy, Tina Stately, Angela Hernandez and Suzanne Northbird; many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his mother and father: Vivian and Leonard Stately, brothers: David, Maurice and Alvin, an infant set of twins and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Leonard were held October 19 at The Redby Community Center in Redby, Minnesota. An all night wake was held October 17-18 at The Redby Community Center. Interment is at The Family Cemetery in Redby, Minnesota

MN VOICES | Robert Albee, diabetes activist
Tuesday, November 20 2012
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Robert Albee is a retired school teacher and Minneapolis resident who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1995. I met Albee on a cold and rainy morning for a monthly Diabetes Breakfast in the culturally diverse Phillips neighborhood at the Phillips Community Center.
On that Thursday morning traffic all around the Twin Cities screeched to a very slow halt as the unexpected heavy rain came during rush hour. The rain was no deterrent to 35 participants who showed up to eat a hearty breakfast burrito bowl layered with beans, eggs, sausage, lettuce, fresh cilantro, tomato and a side of fresh apple slices.
Participants crowded around tables with hot coffee in hand to hear a psychologist and nurse practitioner from the Native American Community Clinic talk about diabetes and how it can affect their mental health. Topics at past breakfasts have included foot care, dental hygiene, and nutrition. The approach that Albee and his wife Sharon took in forming their two-year-old group, A Partnership of Diabetics (A-POD), is one of sharing in community with other diabetics. In addition to a monthly diabetes breakfast with speakers, A-POD holds weekly meet-up style groups. Each meeting starts with members recording their blood pressure and weight. During the meetings, members share their successes, struggles, and tips for better management of a sometimes very complex disease. Albee says about 100 people per month attend the breakfast and/or meet-up groups.
Peggy Flanagan's health care reform question: "Is my mom going to be able to get the care that she n
Tuesday, November 20 2012
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For 33-year-old Peggy Flanagan, health care policy is "super personal." About a decade ago, Flanagan’s mom had to go on social security disability because her pain was so bad. With her fibromyalgia, she could no longer perform the tasks that she needed to do for her job. “That was really hard, because my mom really defined herself through her work,” Flanagan said. “That was her identity – someone who got up at the crack of dawn and worked late into the night. Just to not be able to have that has been really hard on her.”
Care for people. It’s a simple enough concept, but one that sometimes gets lost in all the rhetoric and politics during election season. What would happen if more of our elected officials and people in government thought about the value of caring for people? When it comes to health care reform, 33-year-old Peggy Flanagan wishes politicians would talk about what it means for real people, how Paul Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program people like her mom, a woman who worked her whole life healing others, and now can’t always even get the medication she needs.
Flanagan has worked for the Division of Indian Work, was a School Board Member with Minneapolis Public Schools, and is now the Director of External Affairs for Wellstone Action, where she’s taken a leave to work for Minnesota United for All Families. She’s also expecting a baby in February. And through all of this she’s cared for her mom, a woman who for the past 10 or so years has battled a host of health issues including fibromyalgia, severe osteoporosis and scoliosis, and now has issues with her breathing, because her spine is collapsing and crushing her ribs, making it more and more difficult for her to breathe, and making her essentially bed ridden.
Flanagan decided to vote for Barack Obama in 2008 after he told a story about watching his mom suffer in her last weeks and days of life and having to be on the phone with the insurance company arguing about whether or not they’d pay for her pain medication. “That was the story for me that made me go, “Okay. This guy gets it and will be an advocate for me and my family and specifically for my mom.”
Little Earth Launches Homeownership Initiative
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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cover_story_little_earth_housing_1.jpgAfter years of dreaming, planning and collaborating with partners throughout the city and state, Little Earth of United Tribes (Little Earth) has launched its Homeownership Initiative (LEUTHI) this fall.
The initiative, which will support Native American families through the process of home ownership and offer them quality, affordable housing options, marks an unprecedented opportunity for Minneapolis's Native American community. It will also help
provide safety and stability on a block in the Phillips neighborhood that has had a history of drug and gang activity.
"I think it really symbolizes a Renaissance of self-determination and taking ownership and pride in this community," said Jay Thomas Bad Heart Bull (Standing Rock/Oglala Sioux), Vice President of Little Earth.
Bill Ziegler (Lower Brule Sioux), President and CEO of Little Earth, said that the concept behind LEUTHI had been talked about at Little Earth internally since as early as the 1970s and 1980s.
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