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healing totem travels east
Friday, October 07 2011
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A 20-foot-tall healing totem pole loaded on an open flat-bed truck received blessings from Indian tribes as it made its way from the West Coast to a permanent display near Washington, D.C.
The totem and two flanking benches, all carved from western red cedar, will be installed in an herb garden at the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Celebrating our successes; working together to achieve more
Friday, October 07 2011
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I am pleased to announce that for the first time in six years, Minneapolis Public Schools has made progress in narrowing the achievement gap between students of color and white students. We could not have hoped for more encouraging state test results.
Significant across-the-board gains were made in reading for American Indian, African American, Asian and Hispanic students. The gap was also narrowed for all groups except American Indian students in math.
These results validate the hard work and focus of our staff members, community partners, volunteers and our families who make important contributions to student achievement every day. We still have significant gains to make, but this progress in the right direction motivates us to continue carrying out the work of our strategic plan.
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER community calendar
Friday, October 07 2011
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ct. 3 thru Dec. 31
Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations
Experience a traveling exhibit, videos, and resources about treaties between Dakota and Ojibwe Nations and the U.S. to better understand the true circumstances surrounding this land, its use, and even the treatment of the land's indigenous peoples today. 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. Learn, through a 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 info, see: This exhibit runs through 2012 throughout sites in Minnesota, but only 2011 dates are listed for now:
Oct 3-31: Becker County Historical Society, Detroit Lakes, MN.
Oct 23-Nov 23: Riverland Community College, Austin, MN.
Nov 3-17: Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN.
Nov 17-30: Beltrami County Government Center, Bemidji, MN.
Dec 3-31: Red Lake Nation, Red Lake, MN.
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER powwow calendar
Friday, October 07 2011
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Oct 7-9
Blue Nose Powwow
Fees: Admission is free. Camping: Camp sites and electric hookups are limited, please contact the managers at 28163 Willow Ave Farmington, IA, (319) 878-3706 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for camping info. There are NO hotels in Farmington, the closest is in Donnellson, Ft. Madison, and Keokuk IA. Indian Lake Park, 28163 Willow Ave, Farnington, IA. Contact: Julie Spotted Eagle Horse Martineau 319-208-4707 or email:? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

October 8-9
Public Powwow on Hocking Hills
US 33 at State Route #374, Rockbridge, OH. FMI: Greg Cook at 740-385-4660 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or

It ain't easy being indian
Friday, October 07 2011
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Me calling Rezberry clinics urgent care: "Help! I need my head examined!"(If only I had an Indian head nickel for how many times people have suggested I do so!)
After a full, fun summer I was ready to settle down into calm autumn and begin burrowing a comfortable rut to occupy. But alas, t'was not to be! I had scheduled my wisdom teeth surgery for September because I thought there would be plenty of time to heal.
Instead I got 'dry socket' where my wisdom teeth used to reside. And if you don't know what that is, you don't know pain. Unholy, excruciating, horrendous pain that mocked the medicine I was taking to abate it.
Then, to add insult to injury, a real injury. I slipped on ice that covered the ramp in the front of my house and hit the back of my head on the cement part, while wearing my new, old lady Minnetonka moccasins from Goodwill. For a week everything above my chins was hurting so much that I could not distinguish one pain from the other. So there went my plan to dismiss all drama in favor of monotony.
Fond du Lac Follies
Friday, October 07 2011
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Fond du Lac Follies motored to Oklahoma with my family. I had been invited to Tahlequah by Richard Allen, a Marine who had served during the Vietnam War. He asked if I could talk about that war and recite some of my poetry. I said shore.
First of all, I could have flown there from Duluth, Minnesota and rented a car when I was close. I decided against that because I didn't want to be groped or radiated at the airport.
So, we took a road trip. We estimated the distance as 850 miles, mostly interstate. Our plan was each driver would do 200 miles then trade off. That worked well for us and we got to see Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri from the four lane highway. We only stopped for fuel for the car and us.
Near Joplin, we continued following our planned highway to meet a highway that led to Tahlequah. We didn't know two states had the same highway number and we found ourselves in Arkansas. The road narrowed, and at times rock ledges covered both lanes of the highway.  They were huge chunks of rocks that had fallen off the ledges in both ditches. On that narrow dark highway I thought I heard banjo music from the movie Deliverance. We were glad when we found the highway that went to Tahlequah.
It was hot there and the sun was merciless. The temps were in excess of 100 degrees (F) and we noticed the people didn't walk, they sauntered.  So right away we tried to saunter.  After a while we got good at sauntering. We leisurely strolled along. One of the places we strolled to was one of the Cherokee's casinos. We won enough at the slots to buy a tank of gasoline.
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