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Cobenais selected Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year
Tuesday, May 10 2011
Written by By Michelle Graves, Edited By Michael Meuers,
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Cobenais headshotClub staff unanimously selected Darion Cobenais as Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year 2010.  Chosen from among eleven other  youth, Cobenais will compete against other Boys & Girls club members for the Minnesota State Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. 
"Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive", said Michelle Graves, Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club Program Director.  Cobenais is a sophomore attending the Red Lake High School, ISD District #38, and has been a member of the Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club for three years.  He worked as a Junior Program Assistant the past two summers and volunteered over 50 hours at Club. Darion lives with his grandparents, Nickel and Missy Cook. 
If Cobenais wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of the Northwest Regional Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September to compete for the title of BGCA'S National Youth of the Year.
New magazine features reservation hunting opportunities/conservation
Tuesday, May 10 2011
Written by The Circle Staff,
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New magazine features rez huntingHunting The Rez is a new Native American owned magazine that features hunting and fishing opportunities on North American Indian lands. Hunting The Rez staff and their quarterly magazine, which is distributed nationally, provide news and information for outdoors enthusiasts, big game hunters and fisherman all over the country. They are also a liaison between tribal Fish & Game Departments, State and Government Departments, local businesses and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Belcourt, owner of Hunting The Rez Magazine, says, "We not a shot-em-up magazine, we actually about conservation." Belcourt says the magazine is geared toward the non-Native hunter; highlighting the hunting opportunities available on tribal lands, while showcasing the conservation efforts of Native tribes.
The first issue of the Indian-owned and operated magazine was published in Decemer, 2010. Belcourt says they have a circulation of 16,000 and are in major chains likes Barnes and Nobles, Checkers in Canada, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Border's, Hastings and Waldenbooks. But Belcourt says they are hoping to expand into smaller reservation stores. In Minnesota they are can be found at Other Store in Redby, MN.
When asked how he came up with the idea for the magazine, he said, "Hunting for us is a way of life and ties us to our culture heritage. My background is in business, so I?just put two and two together."
Eight large reservation tribes announce new coalition
Tuesday, May 10 2011
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Eight tribes, representing some of the largest reservations in the United States, have formed a new organization to represent their concerns.
The Coalition of Large Tribes (COLT) will address land, economic, jurisdictional and funding issues faced on large reservations. The Coalition want to educate the Obama administration, Congress and other tribes about their needs.
"Congress and the Administration need to understand that tribes with large land holdings, like those who have already joined COLT, face higher costs when they try to provide the same level of services as tribes with small reservations and smaller populations," said Tex Hall, the chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota, one of the founding member tribes.
Red Road House helps former inmates
Tuesday, May 10 2011
Written by Tom Robertson Minnesota Public Radio News,
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 In a purification ritual, eight men in a garage huddle around a drum, as a haze of burnt sage hangs in the air. The drummers, all of whom have done time in prison, sing a song that honors the pipe and tobacco used in traditional ceremonies.
The group is part of Red Road Home, a pilot program based in Bemidji that aims to help former inmates from the White Earth, Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations stay out of prison.
American Indians make up less than two percent of Minnesota's total population, but they account for more than eight percent of adult offenders in the state's prison system. In January, 789 of 9,429 state inmates were American Indians. Indians are also more likely to re-offend and get sent back to prison.
The Red Road Home program in northern Minnesota aims to slow down the revolving door through American Indian cultural and spiritual practices. There are early signs of success, but the program may soon run out of funding.
The Circle 2011 powwow calendar
Tuesday, April 12 2011
Written by Jenny,
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File for download: The Circle 2011 powwow calendar.pdf

Native Farmers Gather to Protect Seeds
Tuesday, April 12 2011
Written by Winona LaDuke and Lauren Scott,
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 Indigenous farmers and gardeners from the region and beyond gathered at the 9th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference in March to share knowledge, stories, and of course, their seeds.
More than 100 native people, organic farmers, students, and community members participated in the conference hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project held on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
"I had a Hopi Squash run up a tree last year," Frank Kutka, USDA Sustainable Agriculture representative told a small group during one of the workshops held at the conference. Describing the squash's prolific vines he said, "Sometimes that third sister doesn't hang back, she just moves ahead."
Many farmers like Frank told their stories, sharing not only cultivation but history. For fourteen years, Caroline Chartrand, a Metis woman who traveled from Winnipeg to the conference, been looking for heritage seeds of the Metis people of Canada. It is believed that in the 1800s the Metis grew some 120 distinct seed varieties in the Red River area.
 Of those, Chartrand said, "We ended up finding about twenty so far. We found a few of them through the Canadian Seed Bank. We found some more through Seeds of Diversity Canada, the Canadian Seed Exchange, and the US Seed Saver's Exchange."
The Canadian seed story is sobering: Three quarters of all the seeds that existed before the 20th century are extinct. And, out of the remaining quarter, only l0% are available commercially from Canadian seed companies. Over 64% of the commercially held seeds are offered by only one company, which means that if the variety is dropped the seeds may be lost. The rest are held by backyard gardeners and families.
A recent article by a prominent Canadian writer suggested that agriculture in Canada began with the settlement of Europeans. Chartrand had to ask her, " What about all that agriculture before then?"
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