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MPS Superintendent Speaks
Saturday, August 13 2011
Written by Bernadeia Johnson,
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We are MPS and we are preparing for success
The Minneapolis Public Schools will welcome students in grades 1-12 back to school on August 29 and our new kindergarten students on August 31.
It is important that all of our students arrive at school on the first day ready to learn. Not only are we preparing for the upcoming school year, but we are also working to prepare students for future success.
Students are at the heart of what we do and everyone plays a role in helping them succeed. MPS staff, community members and families support our efforts each day. Whether you serve students in a school building, support them in your neighborhood or care for them in your own home as a parent, your support is essential for student success.
Saturday, August 13 2011
Written by Ricey Wild,
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First off, I am dedicating this column to all you golden, tawny, beautiful Indian princesses who appreciate a good laugh and a good story. Thank you for writing. I am also tickled that a lot of Indian men are also enthralled by Moosie's adventures. Several have even quoted from previous columns and like to ask me about him, how he is an irresistible scoundrel and that he is quite the ladies man.
So J-Zac, my friend this is for you and most of all thanks to my son Steve, for reminding me how popular my Moosie stories are. Steve agreed with me that there seems to be a lack, nay; non-existence of Indian Romance novels. And I vote that I be the one to fill that void. Somebody's gotta do it.
Ahem! Now let us return to the steamy reunion…
Fond du Lac Follies
Saturday, August 13 2011
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It has been 22 years since the Follies has been running in The Circle newspaper in Minneapolis. So let us all gather around for the almost traditional singing of the Happy Birthday song.

Happy Birthday to it
Happy Birthday to it
Happy Birthday dear Follies
Happy Birthday to it.
There, done with that for another year. And what a different world we live in now compared to August, 1989.
I was 46 then, and since I began studying the Ojibwe Language, I can now say with great confidence niizhwaasimidana ashi ingodwaaswi endaso biboonigiz - I was 46 when I started writing the Follies. The Fond du Lac Follies has been in print niizhtana ashi niizh daso biboonagad - 22 years, that is a lot of Rez Cars and dogs ago. In that time period we have made over a thousand birch bark fanning baskets, hundreds of gallons of maple syrup, tons of wild rice and went to too damn many funerals.
Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Saturday, August 13 2011
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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Poisoning the waters
The three-week Minnesota government shutdown ended with Gov. Mark Dayton signing a sheaf of spending bills, including the omnibus environment, energy and natural resources finance bill, which contained a provision weakening the water quality standard for wild rice waters.
I wrote about this proposal in my May and June columns, and noted that the legislative measure suspends the current 10 milligrams per liter standard for sulfates in waters containing natural wild rice beds. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) will conduct a study to determine a new water quality standard for the protection of wild rice. Also, the new law states that the PCA cannot require a company applying for a waste water discharge permit to install expensive equipment to treat sulfates emissions, while the situation is being studied.
This change in state environmental rules was sponsored by legislators seeking to ease the way for PolyMet and other copper-nickel mining firms that have projects under development in northeastern Minnesota.
Native American garden planted at the U of?MN-Morris
Saturday, August 13 2011
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A new Native American garden is growing this summer at the University of Minnesota, Morris Crocus Valley Gardens. The gardens are adjacent to the campus. Part of a multi-garden plot, the tradition "three sisters garden"- corn, beans, and squash - shares space with community gardens maintained by the UMM Student Organic Gardening Club and the Regional Fitness Center (RFC). The native garden project was coordinated through the Morris Healthy Eating Initiative and the Office of Community Engagement in partnership with the West Central Research and Outreach Center.
Donna Chollett, associate professor of anthropology and Latin American area studies coordinator, said former student Daniel Hart initiated the idea in 2008 as a service-learning project in her Culture, Food, and Agriculture course.
The Community Food Assessment conducted in 2009-10 by Morris Healthy Eating considered the barriers to gardening. Under the guidance of Mary Jo Forbord, Morris Healthy Eating coordinator and organic farmer, the project's vision is "to make fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods the easy choice for every meal every day for UMM students, as well as for the residents of Morris and Stevens County no matter their income or age."
 Results of the assessment indicated that 50 percent of students would eat more fruits and vegetables on campus if they had access to a garden to grow their own, and American Indian students were among those showing the highest interest in gardening access. They also believed their diets would be healthier if the food was produced in their traditional ancestral ways.
What's new in the Community
Saturday, August 13 2011
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Exhibition on Minnesota treaties will begin touring in August
"Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations" is a new traveling exhibition that will explore the Native nations in Minnesota and the history of treaty making with the United States. The grand opening will be Aug. 3 at the White Earth Tribal Headquarters on the White Earth Reservation (35500 Eagle View Road, Ogema), where it will be on view through Aug. 31.
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