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May_June 2011 Powwow Calendar
Tuesday, May 10 2011
Written by The Circle Staff,
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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@

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@ 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.
TGIFriday will hold first poetry reading since inception
Tuesday, May 10 2011
Written by by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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TGIfriday will hold first poetry reading storyThe Loft-sponsored open writing group, TGIFrybread, will be presenting Minwaajimo (She/He is Telling a Good Story), a public reading at The Loft Literary Center on May 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
An event over three years in the making, Minwaajimo will be the culmination of efforts by local Native writers to create an event that celebrates the creativity of Native poems, stories, and other works.
Ardie Medina (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) an Associate Development Director at The Loft, hosts the open writing group once a month. TGIFrybread, first formed in 2008, stemmed from an event at The Moonlit Bridge gala. The Loft was sponsoring a table for INROADS scholarship opportunities when a number of prominent writers from the area, including poet and essayist Heid Erdrich, met together at the table and began discussing ways in which writers could begin collaboration on their efforts.
"We thought, 'we have to start getting together on a more regular basis,'" Medina said. "Writers writing together. That is what eventually would become TGIFrybread."
TGIFrybread would grow over the years, bringing in talented Native artists and helping them to foster their writing skills, their presentation, and ultimately helping participants to take their own work seriously.
Dakota shirt returns home after 300 years
Tuesday, May 10 2011
Written by by Marianne Combs , Minnesota Public Radio,
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dakota shirt returns homeThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) has just acquired a new Native American shirt, and in doing so has returned it to its homeland after an absence of more than 300 years.
"It does not get any better than this, it's amazing," said curator Joe Horse Capture. "This is one of the earliest Native American objects from what we now know as Minnesota that exists. There's no other shirt like this anywhere," says Horse Capture. "But it's not in Europe, it's not in Brooklyn, it's right here at home. So if you're from the local Native American community, you can now see something created by one of your ancestors - something older than the United States of America - right here at the MIA."
While the details of the shirt's history are a little fuzzy, Horse Capture thinks he has a good idea of what happened to it. "At one point when this whole area was known as New France," explains Horse Capture. "The royalty back home in France heard about Native Americans and their culture, and asked explorers to bring examples back with them."
Native youth film festival will showcase videos on health issues
Tuesday, May 10 2011
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Native youth film festival On May 21 the Native CHAT Film Festival will screen films created by Native youth (ages 11 - 20) from around Minnesota. In the films, youth share their perspective on HIV/AIDS, culture and health, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other issues that affect the communities where they live.  
 The film festival sent out a call for films made by youth and offered prizes for films in different categories. A filmmaking workshop led by Migizi Communications was also held at the Upper Sioux community to help the local youth create films that could be submitted to the Native CHAT Film Festival.  
During the festival films will be judged by a panel of judges, with awards given to the top 3 films in each of the 3 categories. Films will also be judged by the viewers present at the festival.

Casino workers rally at state capitol to protests state-owned casinos
Tuesday, May 10 2011
Written by Story and photo by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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casino employees rallyOver 3,000 workers gathered on the lawn of the Capitol in St. Paul on April 26 to protest legislation that would expand gambling within the state of Minnesota.
"We need to look for solutions to move Minnesota's economy forward, and this isn't one of them," Former House Representative Frank Moe said to protesters who had travelled from across the state for the event. Protesters stood in the rain holding up signs that read "Don't Gamble With My Job!"
The legislation in question proposes allowing racing tracks to carry slot machines, known as racinos, into the state. With a gambling economy that is already considered saturated, rural casinos are worried such tracks would take business away from the small-town communities across the state that rely on jobs local casinos provide.
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