Canoe stolen from canoe sharing program in Mpls Indian community
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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cover_story_2_canoe_stolen_canoe_sharing_program_ameircan_indian_community.jpgA canoe that was part of a Native community canoe-loaning program was stolen this summer. The canoe was owned by Jon Lurie, an English professor at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. Lurie manages and maintains five canoes at Lake Calhoun as a resource for individuals and organizations in the Twin Cities Native American community.
"I see my role here as caretaker for a very valuable community resource that I maintain so that the entire community can have access to it," said Lurie.
The canoes were originally purchased by Clyde Bellecourt, a founding member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), through the Elaine M. Stately Peacemaker Center in the 1990s.
The Center used them for a Native youth canoe trip on the Mississippi River from the headwaters to the Twin Cities.
After this trip, they fell into disuse and were stored in a garage for years before Bellecourt loaned them to the now-defunct Healthy Nations program at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.  Lurie worked for Healthy Nations for five years before the state minority community health grant that funded the program was cut in 2010.
While Healthy Nations was an active program, staff took many urban Native American youth on canoeing excursions throughout the state and beyond.     
"It was a unique model of adventure-based restoration," said Lurie. "When I say restoration, I mean restoring individuals' spirits, restoring families, communities, and people's connection with their histories and futures."
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by Tha Circle Staff,
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whats_new_in_community_dream_of_wild_heath_awards_first_native_scholarship.jpgDream of Wild Health Awards First Native Youth Scholarship
The Dream of Wild Health farm awarded the inaugural Sally Auger Rising Star Youth Scholarship at their annual Community Feast on August 25th. Wicahpi Cavanaugh was honored for his exemplary performance and commitment to education.
The scholarship, which provides a $1,000 cash award, was established to help a Garden Warrior, past or present, continue their post-secondary education. In 2011, when founder and Executive Director Sally Auger chose to retire, the scholarship was created to honor her commitment to helping Native youth thrive and succeed.  
Wicahpi was selected because of his maturity, his ability to provide a positive role model for young people in the Garden Warrior program, and his commitment to getting a college education. He participates in Sundance and powwows, belongs to a drum group, and maintains a healthy lifestyle. Wicahpi recently started as a freshman at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Urban News
Wednesday, October 17 2012
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Getting Out The Native Vote

Native Vote Launches National Grass-roots Media Campaign
The National Congress of American Indians launched a national grassroots media campaign in September alongside leading national Native media organizations to encourage Native people to register to vote and participate in the 2012 national election.
The new campaign titled "Every Native Vote Counts" is part of the organization's ongoing non-partisan voter outreach effort, Native Vote. Native Vote works with community organizers, non-profits, urban Indian centers, tribal governments, and regional organizations to create a strong and permanent infrastructure for election training that highlights voter registration, election protection policies, and voter education.   
With a goal of turning out the largest Native vote in history in 2012 NCAI reached out to members of the media to participate in the campaign and hopes these critical partners are joined by many more in the coming weeks.
Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by Elanne Palcich,
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To the editor,
HR 5544, the Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act, was introduced by 8th District Representative Chip Cravaack to authorize the exchange of an undetermined number of acres within what is now Superior National Forest for 86,000 acres of State lands within the borders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).  
This bill does not account for the mineral rights underlying the surface area of the trust lands and thus leaves the door open for further reduction of Federal forest acreage.
The passage of HR 5544 by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 12 sets the stage for:
Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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Sexual predators
My February 2011 column concerned a "plague of sexual violence" on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (South Dakota). My writing followed up on a story by Kathy Dobie in Harper's Magazine, which examined the epidemic of rape and sexual molestation on the sprawling reservation, and the grossly ineffectual response to these crimes by both tribal and federal authorities.
This deplorable situation in Indian Country continues to fester. In late September, a front-page story in the New York Times, "A Tribe's Epidemic of Child Sex Abuse, Minimized for Years," reported horrific accounts of the sexual molestation and rape of children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation (North Dakota).
"Federal officials are now moving to take over the tribe's social service programs, according to members of the tribe, government officials and documents," the Times reported. "The action comes after years of failure by government and tribal law enforcement officials to conduct proper investigations of dozens of cases of child sexual abuse, including rape."
The article noted that these "crimes are rarely prosecuted, few arrests are made, and people say that because of safety fears and law enforcement's lack of interest, they no longer report even the most sadistic violence against children. In May 2011, a 9-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother were killed on the reservation after being raped and sodomized."
While the U.S. government apparently is now taking action at Spirit Lake, Timothy Williams, the Times reporter, wrote that federal agencies "have sought to minimize the extent of the problem, including disciplining employees who have spoken publicly about sexual abuse and questioning the competence of others, according to federal and tribal officials."
Poverty and alcoholism are cited as factors behind the high incidence of sexual abuse and rape on these reservations. In any case, more resources clearly are needed to deal with this dire situation on the rez, a blight on the future of Indian life on the land.
Fond du Lac Follies
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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My aunt Sandy Shabiash died. I am not sure what the cause was but we knew she had been battling lung cancer. Right up to the end she continued fighting for the people. She was attending meetings on other Reservations representing Fond du Lac. We will have a special election to try and replace her.
We will miss you aunt Sandy. I think Roberta Morrison should be honored for the help she gave Sandy in the final months of her life. Of course her sister Jeanette helped a lot also.  
Berta would stop by my house and visit and we would tell stories of the old days in Sawyer, the 1940s and 50s when we were growing up around here. Berta remembered things I didn't and I remembered some she didn't. We laughed muchly as we told those old family stories.
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