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Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by Bernadeia H. Johnson, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools,
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Attend to Achieve: Attendance is key to our students' success

As we begin another school year in Minneapolis Public Schools, I am pleased to report that we are off to a great start.
We are excited about this year's priorities, which will help us continue to improve teaching and learning in our schools. One of those priorities is the launch of our new attendance campaign, Attend to Achieve. We know that attendance is critical to student success, but far too many of our children are not attending school as regularly as they should.
We know that students need to attend school to achieve in school. Study after study proves that being in school leads to succeeding in school. The Attend to Achieve campaign supports our goal for all students to attend school at least 95 % of the time.

Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by The Circle Staff,
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Oct. 2
Louise Erdrich Reading:
The Round House
Join us as we celebrate the release of Louise's great new novel The Round House. Riveting and suspenseful; at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture. The Round House is receiving glowing praise from early readers. Louise will be signing books after the reading. We will have plenty of copies available for purchase at the event. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Louise read from her excellent new book! Doors open at 6:15 pm, Reading at 7 pm. Free! St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis. For info, see:? or call 612-374-4023.

Oct. 3
Dakota 38 Film and Panel
A special showing of the acclaimed documentary film, "Dakota 38," the story of an annual sojourn on horseback that honors 38 Dakota warriors who were hanged in Minnesota in 1862, will be presented from 7-9 p.m. in the Pohlad Hall at Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Admission is free. Following the film, a brief panel discussion will be led by the Star Tribune's Curt Brown. Panel members include Elizabeth Baer, a professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.; Sandee Geshick, a Dakota elder from Morton, Minn.; and Elitta Gouge, a Dakota elder from the Upper Sioux Community in Granite Falls, Minn. For more information contact Anne Pederson at 612-543-8394.
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by The Circle Staff,
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Nov. 2
5th Annual Gitchi Gami Powwow
Ashland High School Gymnasium, Ashland, WI. Traditional Powwow. FMI: 715-682-7089 x1011 or x1248; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Glenford Columbus (July 11, 1949 - September 19, 2012)
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Written by The Circle Staff,
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obituary_glenford_columbus.jpgGlenford Thomas "Dodo" (Eagle Warrior) Columbus, age 63 of the Lower Sioux, entered the spirit world peacefully on September 19 at his home.   
Columbus was born July 11, 1949 in Pipestone, MN to Thomas and Iola Jean (Mireau) Columbus. He attended Morton Public School and welding school in Kansas City, MO. Dodo was a very good artist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool, and having cookouts grilling steaks. He also enjoyed music, art, his German Shepherd dogs, and sports, especially watching boxing and the Minnesota Vikings. Dodo loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
Glenford is survived by his daughters: Malinda Fennern, Christina Fennern, Angela Schaffer, and Amber Schaffer; brothers and sisters: Tim Columbus of La Mesa, CA, Rolland (Fawn) of Redwood Falls, Lillian Wilson of the Lower Sioux, LaVonne (Dan) Swenson of the Lower Sioux, Sandra (Ray) Geshick of the Lower Sioux, Marilyn His Day of the Lower Sioux, Vincent Columbus of the Lower Sioux, Dan Grey Eagle of the Lower Sioux, Chris Columbus of Redwood Falls, and Melissa (Chris) Chee of the Lower Sioux; uncle Joe Mireau of Prairie Island; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Violet; brothers Alvin, Delano, Clyde, Leon, and Kevin; sister Ramona; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 24 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia's Episcopal Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at

Foreclosure Battle Creates Bad Feelings In Community
Monday, September 17 2012
Written by By The Circle staff,
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foreclosure_battle_woodlands_national_bank_and_anita_reyes.jpgLongfellow neighborhood resident Anita Reyes (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) and Occupy Homes Minnesota (Occupy) have been protesting the foreclosure of Reyes's house and her eviction from the premises. The property is held by Woodlands National Bank (Woodlands), one of only a few
tribally-owned financial institutions in the country and owned by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The Minneapolis branch of the bank was opened in 2009 with programs specifically geared toward
low-income and Native American clients. The battle has caused bad feeling between people in the
Reyes and her advocates claim that the bank has been communicating erratically and untruthfully with Reyes about the status of her house and her mortgage agreement. "I figured their integrity would be flawless - they're in a position with all this money - you would think they would have to be honest," said Reyes.
However, Woodlands representatives claim that Reyes was unresponsive to their repeated attempts to meet with her in the period leading up to her foreclosure and that she did not give them the information they needed to assist her before she defaulted on her mortgage payments.
AIFC makes needed renovations thanks to Drops of Good Community Project
Monday, September 17 2012
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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aifc_makes_needed_renovations_1.jpgThe American Indian Family Center (AIFC), located in East Saint Paul, is the recipient of a $50,000 community center renovation grant from the Drops of Good Community Project.
On August 7, AIFC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the renovations. In addition to community members, volunteers, and representatives from the organizations that funded the project, special guests included Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and former Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke.
"It's bringing life back to this community and it's what the people need around here," said Radke. "It's a great opportunity for me to come back to the cities and lend a hand."
The Drops of Good Community Project is a partnership between Maxwell House and the national nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together. The two organizations first teamed up in 2011 to sponsor the grant program, which brings crucial structural renovations to deserving community centers nationwide.
"This program is raising awareness in local communities and we've been able to help these vital community centers continue to do good, inspire hope, and bring much-needed change," said Corey Provine, Senior Brand Manager for Maxwell House.
AIFC was initially approached by the Twin Cities affiliate of Rebuilding Together in March to be interviewed for nomination to the competition. The organization was then selected by Rebuilding Together and Maxwell House as one of ten finalists nationwide to move on to the online voting phase of the project, which lasted from April to May. To get the word out, Rebuilding Together and Maxwell House launched social media voting campaigns to the public and the AIFC recruited community members to vote at local events. After all 144,000 votes were tallied, AIFC was selected as one of three community centers to receive the grant.
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