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NOVEMBER community calendar
Friday, November 11 2011
 
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Through Nov. 19
Jim Denomie: Works on Paper  
Bockley Gallery's new exhibit: works on paper by Minnesota-based artist Jim Denomie. Bright and playful, these works open unexpected dimensions and point to new directions while they continue Denomie's characteristic humor and serious social commentary. Bockley Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 pm. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st Street (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Minneapolis.
Through Nov.
Native American Month
The Leech Lake Tribal College celebrates Gashkadino-giizis with numerous activities. For more info: 218-335-4220, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nov. 7-11: DECOLONIZING OUR DIETS - Enjoy "Traditional" pre-contact foods. Room 204. 12-1 pm.
Nov. 8, 10: BEADING/CRAFTS HOUR - Bring your bead work, arts & crafts, to work on. Room 204. 12-1 pm.
Nov. 15: "OPEN MIC" AFTERNOON - Share poetry, sing, dance, perform. Room 204. 12-1 pm.
Nov. 17: LUNCH & LEARN -  "Lunch & Learn".Stacie Lyon at 218-335-4242. Rm 203/205. 12-1 pm.
Nov. 17 & 18: SILENT AUCTION - Native arts/crafts. Rm 204. 10-4 pm.
Nov. 22: "THE NEW WORLD" - This tells the tale of Pocahontas and John Smith. Rm 204. 12-1 pm.
Nov. 29: THE STICK GAME - This was one of the original games of the Native people. Rm 204. 12-1 pm.
OJIBWE LANGUAGE TABLE: Every Thursday evening from 6-8 pm. Potluck dinner. For info, call Nicole Beaulieu at 218-335-4200. Rm 204.
Leslie Jo Fresquez Walking Elk May 16, 1962 - Oct. 15, 2011
Friday, November 11 2011
 
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passing_on_obit_leslie_walking_elk.jpgLeslie Jo Fresquez Walking Elk, "Mi Cante Etan Wowaglake", 49, was born May 16, 1962, in Omaha, Neb., and began her journey to the spirit world on Oct. 15, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN.
Leslie graduated from Red Cloud (S.D.) High School in 1980, where she was a varsity cheerleader and academically excelled in state oratory competitions. Leslie attended the National College of Business, Oglala Lakota College, and graduated with her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Black Hills State University in 1991. Leslie began working in the Rapid City (S.D.) School System Indian Education programs at Wilson School, while still in college. After graduation, Leslie taught at Horace Mann School, Rapid City, and then at Wounded Knee District School in Manderson, S.D. Leslie moved to the Twin Cities in 1994 and continued teaching at the Red School House, American Indian Magnet, The City, Inc., and Mexica Multicultural Education Charter School. She was the director of the Teen Indian Parent Program for the Division of Indian Work for a number of years.
NEOVEMBER powwow calendar
Friday, November 11 2011
 
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Nov. 5
Our Children & Returning Adoptees Powwow

A celebration our community's strengths. As we continue to gather and acknowledge the strengths of our families, we heal from the intergenerational trauma within our extended family systems. MC: Jerry Dearly. Arena Director: Windy Downwind. Host Drum: Oyate Teca. Co-host Drum: Healing Spirit, and  Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association - Oneida Chapter.  A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage. Grand Entry at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Feast at 5:30 p.m. Vendors contact Jacque Wilson at 612-940-1627. Free and open to the public. Minneapolis American Indian Center,  1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Mpls. For more info, contact Sandra White Hawk, First Nations Orphan Association at 651-442-4872, or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or Tina Knafla, Hennepin Co. Children's' Mental Health at 612-348-9662 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

superintendent speaks:
Friday, November 11 2011
 
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Since 2006, the third Thursday in November has been set aside in Minneapolis Public Schools as Native American Family Involvement Day (NAFID). This year, NAFID will be held on Thursday, November 17. This day is designated to recognize the importance of American Indian families being involved in their child's education, and to help to build trust between students, families and schools. MPS encourages all schools to celebrate NAFID to honor the efforts of American Indian students and families, and to celebrate the unique contributions of Native Americans to education and to our school district.
I am pleased to announce that I will again host seven Soup with the Supe events in different areas of the school district to connect with the community by serving soup and engaging in a town hall discussion. Soup with the Supe allows me to hear directly from our stakeholders in a welcoming, interactive environment. Student entertainment, food, childcare and interpreters will be available at each event.
It ain't easy being indian
Friday, November 11 2011
 
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he sleeping Tigress has awakened. I mean me. I found out in a definitive way that there's more to life than having fun, or at least desperately trying to. It took a bonk on my head, literally, to come to this amazing revelation. So I am taking my own sage advice: "I practice moderation…in moderation." Well, we all gotta have some fun, right? And it's not like I'm the only person who made a mistake which was totally out of character. While I was paging through the Bible I came across the quote: 'Judge not, lest ye be judged." Wise words.
Like most people I've been following the Republican race for presidential nominee whether I want to or not, but I don't mind cuz it's providing me with many moments of hilarity. Michelle Bachman has become increasingly screechy and frantic and is now The Queen of De-Nial; even the Tea Party wants her to wrap it up and go home. How embarrassing! Hee hee! Now the Republicans are pitting Herman Cain (he's black, anyone notice that? Interesting, ennit?) who is a former pizza maker against the Democratic incumbent, President Barack Obama who graduated from Harvard Law School. Really?! I snicker.
Fond du Lac Follies
Friday, November 11 2011
 
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Yeah, the war in Iraq is going to be over in a couple of months President Obama promises. Did we win? Did we lose? Or did we just lose interest in a war that just kept ambling on and on, one that cost billions of dollars and lives.
Was it worth it? Did we ever find those pesky weapons of mass destruction? How many Americans died in that long lasting war? I know who suffered besides the Iraqi, it was the combat veterans that came home greatly affected by their experiences.
According to the news over 4,000 Americans died, and over 150,000 Iraqi citizens. The cost of the war was estimated at 400 billion dollars.
But alas, the war is not over. Now I hear America is sending troops into Africa, four different countries. And what about Afghanistan, aren't Americans still getting wounded and dying there? I forget why we were even there in the first place.
Do we always have to be at war somewhere?

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