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Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Sunday, January 08 2012
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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White Earth's gaming proposal
The political dynamics of the Minnesota Vikings stadium funding debate changed in December, with the departure of Sen. Amy Koch, R-Buffalo as the Senate majority leader. And at a second Senate committee hearing on the stadium issue, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe introduced a proposal to open a new casino in Ardens Hills, the stadium site favored by the Vikings' owners.
Fond du Lac Follies
Sunday, January 08 2012
Written by Jim Northrup,
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One thing about this holiday season that really jerked my chain (to borrow a clich?) was the Elder's Christmas Party held at the Convention Center of the Black Bear Casino, not all of it but just one part.
We usually avoid all things Christmas in this family because we don't celebrate that holiday. We do celebrate people passing out money and a free meal however, so we went to the Bear.
(Note to self: Don't go looking for Playstations in December where people carry and use pepper spray, push and shove, or hold up people in parking lots.)
We motored to the Bear and signed up for the goodies, I was given an envelope that contained 25 bucks in greenbacks, a coupon good for ten more and a ticket for the drawing for baskets full of goods prepared by the Reservation employees.
It ain't easy being indian
Sunday, January 08 2012
Written by by Ricey Wild,
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Feral adj. 1a. Existing in a wild or untamed state. b. Having returned to an untamed state from domestication. 2. Of or suggestive of a wild animal; savage: a feral grin. (Latin fera: wild animal). The American Heritage College Dictionary, Third Edition.
What I have long feared has come to pass. I'm gonna have to update my FaceBook status as 1b. (See above). It was not so long ago that I would shudder at the very thought of unattractive (a.k.a.) sensible clothing. I curled up in a fetal position in bed, put the blankets over my head and issued feeble, irregular whimpers. What is this awful thing? I have gone feral. First sign: Ah- hem! I am now the proud owner of a 'Carhartt' winter jacket, stout 'kamik' winter boots, an orange vest, two orange hats and snow pants, thermal drawers plus lime green reflector gloves with pigskin palm and fingers. The strange thing is; I'm just happy! How, you ask, did this all come about?
MPS Superintendent Speak Bernadeia Johnson, MPS Superintendent
Sunday, January 08 2012
Written by Jenny,
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This is an exciting time of year. Teachers and students are settling back in their classrooms after winter break and have important work ahead in the last semester of the school year. Our kindergarten students are striving to meet literacy goals, MCA-II tests are right around the corner and many of our students are preparing to start a new phase of their academic careers.
Fifth-grade students are preparing to enter middle school, eighth-grade students are preparing to enter high school and our high school seniors are preparing for college or career paths. Each day, our students are gaining an urban education experience as they prepare to become global citizens.
Letter to the Editor
Sunday, January 08 2012
Written by The Circle Staff,
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My name is Victoria LaPoe and I'm Cherokee and a Ph.D. candidate at Louisiana State University. My dissertation research is on American Indian media and the coverage of American Indians in mainstream versus American Indian press. I would like to interview American Indians about this research. Names would be kept confidential, if the participant would like.
My interest is to speak to three generations back, if possible. Essentially, I would like to speak with an interviewee, his/her parent and then his/her grandparent to see if and how media is changing the dissemination of information.
For example, my Grandfather, who is Cherokee and did not go to what would be considered by most a "formal" school, goes online to chat rooms and speaks to other Cherokees in Tsalagi. My grandpa was born in 1934 so I think this is pretty amazing that he taught himself the computer and found chat rooms, etc.
This project, if interested, would share the stories with you/or your organization so that you can save them or put them on your web page. The interview wouldn't take long and could be done in person, by phone or via email.
If you would be willing to be interviewed, I would be very appreciative! I would really love to have a balance of information from those who live on and off a reservation so that I have a more representative sample. Thanks again for your time!
Victoria LaPoe
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Cell: 502-500-8472
January_February 2012
Sunday, January 08 2012
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Through 2012
Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations
The Why Treaties Matter project helps establish American Indian sovereignty as an ongoing continental reality and provides a vehicle for all Minnesotans to learn new and innovative ways to create community. This is a partnership of the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the National Museum of the American Indian. Video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today. For more dates, see:  
Jan 2-31: Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter.
Jan 24-31: North Corridor, State Capitol Building, St. Paul
Feb 8-March 7: Carver County Historical Society, Waconia
March 1-31: Native American Community Development Institute, Minneapolis

Jan. thru June 30
Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place
"Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place" features works by 17 Native American artists from the Minnesota region. This traveling exhibit showcases the innovation and beauty of Native American artists whose ingenuity promotes cultural continuity. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Sites and dates are:
Jan. 3 - Feb. 3:  Southern
Minnesota venue, TBA.
Feb. 14 - March 15: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
April 1-May 18: Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia, MN.
May 28-June 30: Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN.
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