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SEPTEMBER powwow calendar:
Saturday, September 10 2011
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Sept. 2-4
Leech Lake Labor Day Powwow
Wee Gitchie Ne Me I Dim Leech Lake Labor Day Powwow. Located by Palace Casino. Cass Lake, MN. FMI: Leah Monroe at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 218-760-3127.

Sept. 8-11
United Tribes Powwow
42nd United Tribes International Powwow. Lone Star Arena, Bismarck, ND. FMI: Red Koch at 701-255-3285 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or see:?
Minneapolis Superintendent speaks:
Saturday, September 10 2011
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Creating a Culture of Yes

As we begin the 2011-2012 school year, I am excited to see our students engaged in learning and achieving high results. Minneapolis Public Schools teachers and staff members are prepared to promote student success and accelerate student achievement.

We have been working to strengthen our organization internally and externally with a specific goal in mind: "Creating a culture of yes."

We are MPS and we are committed to our mission: We exist to ensure that all students learn. We are also committed to our vision: Every child college ready.
It Aint easy being indian:
Saturday, September 10 2011
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Dear Teacher, "What I did this summer."
Ahem! It could have been an awful summer season in a lot of ways. First, spring skipped us entirely up here so we went straight from winter to summer. Even the mosquitoes were disgusted because they got a late start on feasting on the delicious, chubby, pale, sun-starved people who inhabit these northern climes.

Then last month my car got repo'ed for no logical or rational reason that I or anyone else can comprehend. Also, for an entire day I was just one step ahead of the Law; the Rezberry Riders were after me again, just for keeping what was mine.  

So yeah, it could have really sucked but my summer did not. In fact I had an amazing, good time. Truly the best times I've had after recent years of enduring so much misery. I am a lucky woman. Sure the IRS is taking over half my paycheck, I still have a job; my Mommy took my car away but I still get to work and play. I'm happily single and share my home with furry roommates so I'm never alone or bored, in fact I wish Mitzi and the cats would keep the drama to a minimum.
Fond du lac follies
Saturday, September 10 2011
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It is a beautiful summer morning and I am listening to Robert Johnson and his blues guitar. I am writing the Follies while jamming along. The sun is shining on my left arm, the dogs, Oscar and his dog Belle, are barking at whatever dogs bark at. I am drinking coffee and wondering what I shall write about this time, so let's go, see what comes out while under the influence of blues and caffeine.

In looking back over the month since I wrote the last edition of the Follies I have had some visitors that were slightly out of the ordinary.

First of course was Gary Farmer.  He wanted a weekend away from his teaching duties in Sioux Lookout, Canada. He wanted to relax and perhaps play a little poker at the Black Bear Casino.
NASA Sends Old Tobacco Seeds Into Space
Saturday, August 13 2011
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cover story nasa seeds.jpgNASA, on one of it's final return flights, has brought back experiments aboard the International Space Station that used Native heirloom seeds. The landing on June 22nd marked the completion of the nearly year-long Indigenous Star Seeds experiment involving indigenous tobacco. Scientists have wondered what effects microgravity plays on the growth of plants in space, and for years has researched the viability of crop growth for long term voyages.
"The seeds that were to germinate in zero gravity were 800 year old tobacco seeds," said Roxanne Gould (Odawan Ojibwe), a Science Museum of MN-American Indian Advisory Committee member. The Science Museum of MN donated the seeds for the project.
"The experiment came about because my husband [Jim Rock] works with the Minnesota Planetary Society. They had done a presentation at a climate change conference in Shakopee and a representative of NASA was interested in the experiment Jim was proposing."
Washington State: Collect Your Own Taxes - That's Where the Money Is
Saturday, August 13 2011
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I grew up Longview, Washington. A small town on the banks of the Columbia River, on the Washington-Oregon border, Longview had a few small stores, mostly catering to the logging industry that inundates all small towns in the Pacific Northwest. For Christmas shopping, or, come to think of it, for any big-ticket purchases, my family would hit the I-5 South to Portland, Oregon.

When I turned sixteen, I got a job and a driver's license, and it was time to do my own Christmas shopping. By this time, Longview had a mall - complete with a Bon March? and a Nordstrom's - but I still drove to Portland. Probably for the same reason my parents did. Probably for the same reason a large number of Washingtonians did. Oregon does not impose a sales tax.

According to the Washington State Revenue Department, local governments lose an estimated $50 million in tax revenue annually to Oregon-Washington cross-border shopping.

Apparently, We Were Breaking the Law
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