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Powwows for June and July 2012
Sunday, June 10 2012
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June 8 - 10
35th Annual Lower
Sioux Wacipi
Lower Sioux Indian community, Morton, MN. Competition powwow. ADULT 18+ SPECIALS: Categories:?Men's Traditional, Men's Grass, Men's Fancy, Woman's Traditional, Woman's Jingle, Woman's Fancy. Adult 55+   Categories: Men's Golden Age, Woman's Golden.  MEN'S GRASS DANCE SPECIAL: 1st - $500 & Jacket, Starquilt. 2nd - $300 & Jacket, 3rd - $100 & Jacket,    5 Consolation Places. MCs:      Butch Felix and Jerry Dearly. ADs:      Chaske LaBlanc and Byron. Host Drum: Elk Soldier. Co-Host Drum: Soggy Bottom Boyz. JUNIOR 9 -17 SPECIALS: Categories: Jr. Boy's Traditional, Jr. Boy's Grass, Jr. Boy's Fancy, Jr. Girl's Traditional, Jr. Girl's Jingle, Jr. Girl's Fancy. COMMunity SINGING SPECIALS.REGISTRATION:  Adults: 18+ / Juniors: 9-17 yrs. / Tiny Tots: 0-8 yrs. Opens Friday at 3:00 p.m. Dancers and Singers must register by noon on Saturday. Dancers must be in full regalia. Singers must provide own chairs. 3 Man Best Ball Golf Tournament: Friday, June 8. FMI: call 507-697-8050. 2K/5K Fun Run/Walk: Saturday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. FMI, call 507-697-6185. Sponsored by the LS Diabetes & LS Tobacco Programs. 1-3 Person HAND DRUM CONTEST. Vendors:  Applications can be obtained by calling the LSIC Center at 507-697-6185. Pre-registration guarantees spot. GRAND ENTRies: Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday: at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.  Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission: $5 for weekend with wristband purchase. Free: for 55 & over, and 5 and under. Meals: Dinner on Fri. and Sat from 5--6 pm. Breakfast: Sat. and Sun from 8-10 am. Camping available next to powwow grounds. Showers available. Sponsored by the Lower Sioux Indian Community and Members. FMI: call 507-697-6185, M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30  

Mpls. Redistricting Impacts Communities Of Color
Thursday, May 17 2012
Written by by Jamie Keith,
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Amidst much community and neighborhood comment, collaboration, and outcry, The City of Minneapolis approved a new map of its wards on March 27. The bulk of Minneapolis's Native American community resides in what are currently Wards 6 and 9. While the Native population in these two wards has hardly shifted in terms of raw numbers, the communities surrounding the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue have changed dramatically.
"It will create more competition for resources in certain wards in the city," said Jay Thomas Bad Heart Bull, Vice President of Little Earth of United Tribes. "Hopefully that challenge will be met with a sense of duty and obligation to speak up even louder and to be a part of the process even more."
Bad Heart Bull was one of the applicants selected to be a member of the Advisory Committee, a nine-person board that represented neighborhoods and other community interest groups in the redistricting process.
This is the first year the process has included such an advisory committee. It is also the first year the Commission has held public hearings. In the past, the decisions regarding new ward boundaries have been made solely by the City Charter Commission. The process is still headed by this Commission, which consists of 15 city residents who are appointed by the Chief Judge of Hennepin County.
Year of Healing Proclamation honors 1862 Dakota Conflict
Thursday, May 17 2012
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Members of Twin Cities American Indian Movement (TCAIM), the Episcopal Church of Minnesota, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), and the Native American community at large have partnered to author a Year of Healing Proclamation in honor of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862.
The proclamation states that, "after one hundred and fifty years of Indigenous People living in an environment of fear, grief, anger and vengeance following the U.S - Dakota Conflict of 1862, the Year 2012 shall be declared the Year of Healing in Minnesota and in so declaring bring attention to the history and current situation of the Indigenous People for the purpose of breaking a vicious cycle of hatred and fostering a spirit of healing among all who call Minnesota their home."
The U.S.-Dakota Conflict is a tragic event in the history of Minnesota. According to resources published by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Kansas City-Missouri, the conflict began in August of 1862 after the Dakota were denied their treaty-protected annuity rights. Because the tribe depended on these resources for survival, several bands decided to go to war with the United States government. By September of 1862, after the deaths of over 500 American soldiers and an unknown number of Dakota, 2,000 Dakota men, women and children were taken into custody by the American government. A military tribunal put 393 Dakota to trial for war crimes and eventually condemned 38 of them to death. These Dakota men were killed in Mankato on December 26, 1862 in what remains the largest mass execution in the history of the United States.
Whats new in the community
Thursday, May 17 2012
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Northup receives 2012 George Morrison Artist Award
Award-winning Anishinaabe author Jim Northrup has received the 2012 George Morrison Artist Award from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council in Duluth, Minnesota. Northrup will receive his award at a public presentation and reception on May 18 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, Minnesota.
Northrup is an award-winning author, poet, journalist and playwright. He is the author of three books: Walking the Rez Road (Voyageur Press, 1993), Rez Road Follies, Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birchbark Baskets (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) and Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View from the Rez (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011). Walking the Rez Road won the Minnesota Book Award and Northeast Minnesota Book Award. In 2012, Anishinaabe Syndicated was a finalist for both of these awards. Northrup's new book, titled Rez Salute, will be published by Fulcrum Publishing this fall.
Northrup's monthly column, Fond du Lac Follies, is syndicated in several American Indian newspapers, including The Circle, The Native American Press, and News From Indian Country.
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council's mission is to facilitate and encourage local arts development. The Council's mission statement grows from a conviction that the arts improve the quality of life in the region.
Campaign launched to address abysmal Indian attendance rates
Thursday, May 17 2012
Written by By Alleen Brown,
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When Roxanne Broden's daughter started school, Broden didn't understand how important the first years are. It was just kindergarten, what was the big deal if her daughter missed some days? Broden was young herself, she had her daughter when she was a teen. Now her kid is older, and she worries that those early absences will impact her girl's academic future.
Last year, only 34 percent of American Indian students in Minneapolis attended school 95 percent of the time or better, missing fewer than nine days. That's less than any other demographic. At the mostly Indian Anishinabe Academy only 27 percent met that benchmark.
First Sturgeon spawning activity at Keshena Falls in over 100 years
Thursday, May 17 2012
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The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin announced that the effort to reintroduce Sturgeon to their historic spawning grounds on the Wolf River at Keshena Falls is showing successful results. Menominee Tribal Conservation Department in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has reported observation of early spawning activity at Keshena Falls.
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