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It ain't easy being indian
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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THE MOOSIE CHRONICLES CONTINUE - THE RETURN TO REZBERRY

After months of miserable weather Rezberry is finally enjoying summer. The Sun gently warms my golden skin and the soft breezes that wind through jack pine stands keep me cool and refreshed by the scent they carry. Wild flowers and pretty weeds delight my eyes, and the smell of freshly cut grass is delicious. Life is good. But wait! What is that new odor? All of a sudden I feel an electric vibration over my entire body. I smell sweet grass combined with deep, rich, loamy earth and Red Stripe.
OMG! Moosie! My love is on his way back home! OMG! He is for sure coming up this time; I can feel it with my supernatural Indian sense! In my mind's eye he is riding a massive Appaloosa stallion; its mane and tail are decorated with feathers, ribbons and beads. Under the sun Moosie's hair has the sheen of a raven's wing and is longer than ever, parted in the middle, of course. He is not wearing a shirt either, but for him that's okay, preferable in fact. I don't know why some Indian guys don't like wearing shirts but they should seriously consider it. No one wants to look at faded old tats on a basketball belly covered in sparse grey hairs.
Now let me continue… Moosie is carrying an intricately beaded staff in his left hand that documents his bravery in battle and his many daring acts of love. Vividly colored pictographs are carved in it so Moosie can keep track of his astonishing volume of progeny and what days the mother's get paid. He is all dressed up for the reunion wearing patent leather, black fringed leggings with a formal black velvet breech cloth. Heavy silver bands studded with priceless turquoise surround his muscular upper arms and a flashy silver belt is slung low on his strong hips. MMMMMOOOOSIEEE in Tha House!
JULY-AUGUST Community Calendar
Friday, July 08 2011
 
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July 7
Native Youth Farmers Markets
Dream of Wild Health Farm is returning with Farmers Markets! Buy fresh, organic, locally grown vegetables and support Native teens from our Garden Warriors program who plant, grow, harvest, cook and sell vegetables. Stop by and say hello! Visit us on: Thursday, July 7, from 12 pm to 2 pm, at the Mpls American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Avenue, Mpls. We also support St. Paul families with a Mobile Market that visits the American Indian Family Center, Elders Lodge, Department of Indian Works, and Ain Dah Yung. Call for more information. Produce available week of June 28: Lettuce, greens, peas, garlic scapes, radishes, spinach, summer squash. For more info about our markets, call Dream of Wild Health at 651-439-3840.
July 7
Adoptees/Fostered people and families Potluck
First Nations Repatriation Institute (Formerly First Nations Orphan Association) Wicoicage Ake Un Ku Pi -Generation After Generation We Are Coming Home invites adoptess and fostered people and families - and any who had a family member in foster care or adopted out - to a pot luck and talking circle. All Nations Indian Church, 1515 East 23rd St., Minneapolis, MN. 6-9 pm: Pot luck from 6-7 pm, Talking Circle from 7-9 pm. For more info, call Sandy White Hawk at 651-442-4872 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it www.wearecominghome.com
JULY - AUGUST Powwow Calendar
Friday, July 08 2011
 
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July 15-17
Mii-Gwitch Mahnomen Days
Mii-Gwitch Mahnomen Days 49th Annual Traditional Powwow. 6 mi. West of Deer Diver MN on US 2, Ball Club, MN. FMI: Mary Bebeau at 218-246-9697 or Sarah Wakanabo at 218-246-2105.
July 21
9th Annual Healing Powwow
Opening Ceremonies: 3:00 p.m. Honor Guard/Veterans. Feast: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Master of Ceremonies: Vince Beyl. Spiritual Advisor: Darrell Kingbird. Arena Director: Gary Charwood. Invited Drums Only: Battle River, Leech Lake Nation, and Smokey Hill. Registration opens @ 2:00 p.m. for dancers. Free and Open to the Public. Held at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Bemidji, Minnesota. Co-sponsored by: Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Cass Lake Indian Health Service Hospital, and Red Lake Indian Health Service Hospital. For more information call 218-333-5745.
Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by Mordecai Specktor,
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Dakota memories of 1862
Some hard feelings don't soften that much with time - even after 150 years. The dispossession of the Dakota people from their homeland, in what became the State of Minnesota, is one example of unresolved historical pain.
Cora Jones, the tribal secretary of the Santee Sioux Nation, recently met me for a chat at the Wolves Den, the caf? in the Minneapolis American Indian Center. She is retired from a career that included work as a medical lab technician and with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Now she is active with a small committee of Santees that is trying to provide input into the upcoming events that will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War that raged in southwestern Minnesota. This tragic chapter in the history of the nascent North Star State involved much bloodshed between European settlers and the native Dakota people. The warfare culminated in the cruel internment of Dakota men, women and children below Ft. Snelling, and the hanging of 38 Dakotas in Mankato on Dec. 26, 1862 - the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
Fond du Lac Follies
Friday, July 08 2011
 
Written by Jim Northrup,
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The Water Walkers came walking along the northern border of the Fond du Lac Reservation. This group was carrying a copper bucket of nibi (water) from the Pacific Ocean. They were going to join with walkers who were carrying water from the Atlantic Ocean, the Carribean and the Pacific Ocean. They were going to meet at the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin.
While driving to meet them on Highway 2, I thought of the water I used to carry.
I was young, maybe eleven years old when I was introduced to carrying nibi. The house we lived in did not have running water. That was when,  as the oldest boy in the family, I learned it was my duty to go after nibi. We had electricity but no running water. There was ten kids running around but we had no running water. Year after year I supplied the water for my family. I carried so much nibi I thought my name was Nadoobii.
WHATS NEW IN THE COMMUNITY:
Friday, July 08 2011
 
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Leech Lake Tribal College Golf Classic results
On June 24th, 116 golfers converged on Long Bow Golf Club to support the 6th annual Leech Lake Tribal College Golf Classic, which raises funds in support of student scholarships at LLTC.
Led by title sponsor Leech Lake Gaming, more than 75 area businesses also joined the event, providing sponsorships and door prizes. It took a score of 57 (15 under par) for the team of Leroy Fairbanks, Scott Jackson, Matt Connor and Dakotah Brunelle to win the event. This year's tournament netted more than $23,000 for the college's Leann Dick Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund, which provides scholarships to students studying in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines at Leech Lake Tribal College, has grown to nearly $50,000 in just two years.
 Next year's event is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 29th, also at Long Bow Golf Club.


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