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Seventy year-old among GED graduates at Red Lake
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Michael Meuers,
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Story By Michael Meuers
Photos by Michael Barrett & Alice Benaise

"If you don't want to work hard, get an education, otherwise you'll work hard labor like I did." So was the advice for Indian youth in an interview with 70 year-old James King, Sr., one of 82 graduates of the Red Lake GED program on May 20. A ceremony, including cap and gown, was held at Seven Clans Casino Event Center on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. This was the first time such a formal GED graduation was held. The event started off with a banquet for invited guests and graduates, and included a procession of graduates who were smudged as they entered the events center, to the beat of drum group Eyabay. Marvin Hanson, Executive Director of the New Beginnings Program, welcomed the crowd, followed by an opening prayer by Spiritual Advisor, Leland Whitefeather. Congratulatory remarks were made by Brent Gish Superintendent of Red Lake Public Schools, Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain, Jr., and Tribal Executive Administrator, Lea Perkins.

SPPS Students In Top 10%
Thursday, May 12 2011
 
Written by by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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SPPS_studentsThree of the six high schools in St. Paul have a Native student in the top 10 percentile.

The American Indian Education Program for the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has three Native students that are in the top 10% of academic achievement at their high schools.
The students who made the honor roll are: Virginia Godfrey, from Como Senior High School (ranked number 15 out of 373 students); Brook LaFloe, a Johnson High Senior (ranked 13 out of 359 students); and Kyle Reiter, a senior at Harding High School (ranked 3 out of 541 students). The students will all be graduating this year and have plans for post-secondary education. LaFloe (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) has just been awarded a Gates Scholarship, and Reiter (Michigan Ojibwe) has recieved the Horatio Alger scholarship.
May-June Events Calendar
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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May thru June 5
Art Exhibit: Original Green

The art exhibit Original Green has been expanded and will be showing thru June 5. Native artists include: Joseph Allen, Carolyn Anderson, Gordon Coons, Mona Smith and Gwen Westerman. Reception and artists talk: May 13. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Gallery hours: M-Fri: 11 am - 6 pm. Visiting Artists: Sat.& Sun. 11 am - 3 pm. VISITING ARTISTS weekends at All My Relations Gallery. Please stop in and meet the artists 11-3 Sat. and Sunday.
o May 1: Cat Whipple (artist and photographer).
o May 7 & 8:  Carolyn Anderson (artwork on exhibit in Original Green).
o May14 & 15: Gordon Coons (artwork on exhibit in Original Green).
o May 21 & 22: Dee Sweet (Poet Laureate Emeritus of Wisconsin).
See website for more artist visits: www.allmyrelationsarts.com or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

It ain't easy being indian
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Despite myself I have been following the wedding preparations for Prince William and the "commoner" Kate Middleton he is taking as his wife. I would have been proud to tell yooz that I ignored and disdained the insane publicity surrounding this event, that it's unimportant in the real world and who do the Windsor's think they are anyway? Royalty? Hah?
Then I remember my trip to London, England, and my not so secret fascination with historical English monarchy. Talk about scandalous! The Kings and Queens from back in the day put today's sleazy reality 'stars' to shame with their immorality, sexual exploits and criminal actions. And not just in the past, like rascally ole Henry VIII; look at Prince Charles, who married his mistress Camilla after both he and she divorced their hubbies. Look at Camilla, but not too long, she's hard on the eyes, he is too for that matter.
May_June 2011 Powwow Calendar
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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May 6-7
Standing Rock Contest Wacipi
 
Standing Rock Community Schools Spring contest wacipi. Standing Rock High School, Standing Rock, SD. FMI: Sissy Goodhouse at 701-854-3461 or sissy.goodhouse@ sendit.nodak.edu.

May 7
U of MN Spring Powwow

American Indian Student Cultural Center's University of Minneapolis Twin Cities Spring Powwow. Great Hall, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN. Grand Entries at 1 pm and 7 pm. Feast at 5 pm. First 3 drums will be paid. FMI: American Indian Student Cultural Center at 612-642-0243 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 8
Mother's Day Traditional

Pow wow
The 12th Annual Mother's Day Traditional Powwow will take place  from 11:00 am. - 9:00 pm. at Cedar Field Park, 25th/18th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Drums: Little Earth and Red Lake. Royalty coronation's: Baby Space "Tatonka Academy", Little Earth coronation, Little Earth Royalty dance specials & give-away, Veterans Honor Dance Special and Raffle. Traditional meal at 5 pm. Honorariums paid to all dancers in regalia. Grand Entry at 1 pm. Free and Open to the Public. Outdoor event so please bring your own lawn chair. If Rain: Event will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. FMI: contact Julie at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 12
Leech Lake Head Start Powwow

The Leech Lake Head Start Powwow will be held at the High School Gym, in Cass Lake, MN. For more info, contact Missy at 218-335-8369 or Bev at 218-335-8343.

May 20-22
Menominee Gathering of Warriors Powwow

MCs: Dan King and John Teller. Arena Director: Gary Besaw. Host Drum: "Wolf River". Admission: $8/ weekend or $5/day. Elders over 55, children under 5: free. Vendors registration and $50.00 deposit: Vendors call "Sarge" at 715-701-1936. Woodland Bowl Tribal Fairgrounds, Keshena, WI. FMI: 920-550-1042 or email:? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 21
Sioux Falls Oyate Wacipi.

Multicultural Center, 515 N. Main (downtown), Sioux Falls, SD. FMI:?American Indian Services, Dennis Quigley at 605-334-4060 or email:?
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May 27-29
Seven Clans Casino Powwow

7th Annual Seven Clans Casino Powwow. 20595 Center St. E., Thief River Falls, MN. FMI:?Ron Lussier or Lisa Stately at 218-679-4199 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 27-29
Leech Lake Traditional Powwow

Leech Lake Veterans Memorial Traditional Powwow, next to Palace Casino, Cass Lake, MN. FMI:?Leah Monroe at 218- 760-3127 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

June 10-12
White Earth Powwow

White Earth Powwow Grounds, Crane Rd., White Earth MN. FMI: Gary at 218-983-3285.

June 10-12
Jerry Fairbank's Scholarship Powwow

1150 Mission Rd., Sawyer, MN. FMI: Brenda Shabiash at 218-878-8194 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

JUNE 17-19
Grand Celebration

Contest powwow. Everyone is welcome! Offered: Craft and Food Vendors. Admission: Free. Tent camping available. Grand Casino, 777 Lady Luck Drive, Hinckley, MN. Directions: One mile east of Hwy 35, Hinckley, MN. FMI: 320-384-4930 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 17-19
Lake Vermillion Powwow

Traditional Powwow. 1610 Farm Road South, Tower, MN. Head Man: Tom Fish. Head Lady: Venessa Norstrom. FMI: Muriel Deegan 218-750-7772 or email:?
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June 24-26
Annual Traditional Powwow

S.Lake 8th Annual Traditional Powwow. S-Lake, MN. 28 mi. N of Deer River MN (on Hwy 46). FMI: Gary Charwood at 218-760-7955 or maang40@ yahoo.com or Viola Bellanger at 218-368-3971 or email:? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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Wild rice and sulfate levels
The 2011 Minnesota Legislature has adopted a two-pronged approach to American Indian concerns: allow increasing levels of water pollution to kill wild rice beds and expand gambling to wreck the tribal casino economy. It's really breathtaking - and it's a bipartisan effort.
The Republicans, who took over both houses of the Legislature in the 2010 elections, are leading the charge to put slot machines in every bar, restaurant and Porta-Potty across the North Star State. DFLers - notably Sen. Tom Bakk, from Cook, and Rep. Tom Rukavina, from Virginia - are pushing the effort to loosen environmental regulations on behalf of the foreign-owned copper-nickel mining firms exploring in northeastern Minnesota.
In my August 2010 column, I wrote about the companies lining up to tear up the north woods in the pursuit of sulfide mining. This type of mining would be new to Minnesota; but it has a terrible track record of polluting surface waters with toxic metals across the western U.S.
In Minnesota, concern is growing that run-off from copper-nickel mine waste will pollute waterways that support wild rice beds. Since some of the mining projects are within the 1854 Treaty Ceded Territory, Ojibwe tribal officials are closely monitoring the proposed extractive projects.
The current legislative wrangle - which is not getting as much attention as, say, efforts to build a new Vikings stadium - concerns the water protection standard for wild rice waters.
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