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Friday, November 11 2011
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LaDuke will speak in Minneapolis on "the Green Path"
Internationally known Native American activist and author Winona LaDuke will speak at Plymouth Congregational Church on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Her topic, "The Green Path: Land-base Economies and Future Generations," will address economic choices in food and energy systems. LaDuke (White Earth Ojibwe) is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. She is also Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to raise public support and funding for frontline native environmental groups.
She is the author of six books, including "Recovering the Sacred," "All our Relations," and a novel, "Last Standing Woman."  She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program and a board member of the Christensen Fund.  Plymouth is located at 1900 Nicollet Ave. (at Franklin) in Minneapolis. A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, see or
First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language wins Midwest Emmy
Friday, November 11 2011
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Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) wa awarded an Upper Midwest Emmy for First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language, a documentary funded through Minnesota's Legacy Amendment. First Speakers follows a new generation of Ojibwe scholars and educators racing against time to save one of Minnesota's Native languages. One of those endangered tongues is the Ojibwe language. Now this new generation of educators are working with the remaining fluent-speaking Ojibwe elders, hoping to pass the language on to the next generation. Told by Ojibwe elders, scholars, writers, historians and teachers, the TPT original production is filled with hope for the future. As recent as World War II, the Ojibwe language (referred to as Ojibwemowin in Ojibwe) was the language of everyday life for the Anishinaabe and historically the language of the Great Lakes fur trade.
Leech Lake and MN?sign joint agreement on financial filing system
Friday, November 11 2011
Written by Rupa Shenoy Minnesota Public Radio News,
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Many Indian tribes struggle to build internal economies on reservations. That's because they often don't have the basic structures of an economy in place, like a financial record system. That makes banks nervous. An agreement signed by the Minnesota Secretary of State and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on Oct. 21 attempts to eliminate that roadblock.
The state and the Leech Lake band of Ojibwe signed a joint governmental agreement that allows Leech Lake to use the state's financial filing system. Although the agreement sounds pretty dry, it marks a significant milestone for American Indians in Minnesota.
 "I'm looking forward to being able to talk about this day as history day, as an historic day, and have it be a point where people say, 'oh yeah, that's when many good things began to happen,'" Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis considers the agreement a foundational step to improving economies on Indian reservations and the surrounding areas. The Minneapolis Fed's community engagement manager, Susan Woodword, said Leech Lake and other Indian governments don't have commercial laws to keep track of financial transactions.
Rural Post Office closures will hurt Natives, elderly and the poor
Friday, November 11 2011
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post_office_closing_story.jpgPost offices in Pine Point (Ponsford), Naytauwaush,  Squaw Lake, and Ponemah, Minnesota are scheduled for closure this year as as a result of federal budget cuts. The US Postal Service (USPS) lost $8.5 billion last year, which brings it to the attention of politicians in a time of budget cutting.
The USPS suffered financial losses of $8.5 billion in 2010. One might ask, however… if the USPS is a business or a service in this country, and question the long term costs of the closures.
Post office closures in the Dakotas and Minnesota will impact many communities, but reservation communities in Minnesota, and Manderson, Wounded Knee and Wakpala in South Dakota, and Mandaree in North Dakota, will mean hardships for largely Native communities. Most of the post office closures are in the rural areas, serving  Native and many rural elderly.
The US Postal Service (emphasis on the word Service) is, to some of us, basic American infrastructure and yet, is treated as a business. As such, budget savings for post office closures are estimated to be at around $1 billion, while $3 billion will be saved by cutting Saturday services. Layoffs in the largely rural post office closures will result in the loss of 4000 jobs - also a burden to already impoverished communities.
Just to use a comparison, the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program (also known as the federal bail out of large banks), cost American tax payers $500 billion in one program, and ended up totalling $l.2 trillion (including some European banks that US taxpayers bailed out). That is why, in part, this post office penny pinching seems particularly ironic.
NOVEMBER community calendar
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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.
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