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It ain't easy being indian
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Last month's BIG NEWS was, of course, the death of Osama Bin Laden, U.S. codename Geronimo. What? Really people? Of course there was a war cry (kidding!) by Indian writers who very rightly questioned why the name of a worthy and famous man who defended his people and homelands was likened to a mass murderer.
Geronimo is implicitly racist and unworthy of any president, never mind an African-American president who has himself been the recipient of inherent racism. It confirms just how far this country has NOT come to an understanding of Native People and our cultures. Obama, your non-action by nixing codename Geronimo is an action affirming America's xenophobic culture. You make me sick.
Fond du Lac Follies
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Jim Northrup,
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So, where was the Follies last month? I took the month off to celebrate my 68th birthday. So Sioux me.
**** Fond du Lac Follies motored to the Reservation Business Committee open meeting held at the Sawyer Center this time. I could have walked but would you if you had a chance to drive a '64 Corvette Sting Ray on a sunny day with the top down? Didn't think so.
At the meeting I learned the casinos are still making money and our per capita payments are not affected by the economic slowdown.
I also heard about Enrollee's Day here on the Rez. I learned that Gary Farmer and his band will be here to entertain the Fonjalackers and families.
Someone asked the Chair, Karen Diver, if she thought Minnesota might open gambling throughout the state. She said she didn't think so because of the lack of progress in the Minnesota Legislature.
Treaty fishing in Minneapolis
Friday, June 10 2011
 
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protests fish lake cedar.jpgCedar Lake, long famous for its skinny-dipping beach, was the site of an unusual treaty rights demonstration on May 13. Local Dakota activists put a net into the south Minneapolis lake and caught several dozen fish, which were confiscated, along with the gill net, by Department of Natural Resources officers.
The Dakota are asserting their rights under the 1805 Treaty between the United States of America and the "Sioux Nation of Indians." As I recall, there is a bronze marker on a large rock by Lake of the Isles that shows a map of the treaty area, which extends from Ft. Snelling across the scenic lakes in south Minneapolis. The treaty describes the Sioux land cession, about 100,000 acres, as "from below the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Peters [Minnesota], up the Mississippi, to include the falls of St. Anthony [in downtown Minneapolis], extending nine miles on each side of the river."
Many Americans misunderstand the nature of treaty rights, and think that hunting and fishing rights are something given by the U.S. to the Indians. Rather, in 19th century land cession treaties, the Indian nations (which often had military supremacy over U.S. forces) gave up land and retained their rights to hunt, fish and gather in their traditional way.
Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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Update on wild rice and sulfates
As I wrote in this column last month, some Minnesota lawmakers are intent on throwing out a section of environmental law that protects wild rice waters, in order to ease the way for copper-nickel mining in the northeastern part of the state.
World Peace and Prayer Day
Friday, June 10 2011
 
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World Peace and Prayer Day (WPPD) will once again bring people of all faiths and spiritual beliefs together to pray for healing for Mother Earth. World Peace and Prayer Day began on June 21, 1996 to bring attention to the earth's need for healing. It has evolved into a honoring of sacred sites around the world.
WPPD will take place June 18-21 at Fort Snellling and around the Mendota area. A Sacred Horse Ride will begin June 6th at Pickerel Lake in South Dakota and will arrive at the ancient site of Bdote near Mendota, Minnesota.
Iroquois Nationals take Silver in World Indoor Box Lacrosse Championships
Friday, June 10 2011
 
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iroquis national lacrosse story.jpgThe Iroquois Nationals lost to Canada in the gold medal match at the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague on May 28. They finish the championship with one loss after playing Ireland, the Czech Republic, and the USA in the round-robin, and facing the Czech Republic again in the semi-finals.
"We are incredibly proud of our players," stated Percy Abrams, Executive Director of the Iroquois Nationals. "We played well. We played hard, with the pride and honor of our people behind us to the end. We were up against a very strong opponent in Canada and we never backed down. Congratulations to Canada. Congratulations to the Iroquois Nationals. Congratulations to Czech Republic and all of the participating teams for making this a great tournament".
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