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Ojibwe Language Camp draws over 1,000 participants
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by Photos by Ivy Vainio,
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language_camp_-_beading_quills.jpgThe Nagaajiwanaang Ojibwe language camp was held June 13-16 at the Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, Minn. There were over 1,200 people registered for the camp this year, with some coming from as far away as Norway and Germany.  The language camp offered different activities including a canoe race, a mini powwow, moccasin making, birch bark basket making, flute making, tanning hides, canoe races, and other traditional Ojibwe cultural skills. This is the fifth year the language camp has been held. For the first time this year, Fond du Lac Transit provided rides for reservation residents. The camp was started by Jim and Pat Northrup.

Marjorie Anderson, first woman to lead Mille Lacs band, dies at 81
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by By Rupa Shenoy Minnesota Public Radio,
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marge_anderson_passes_on.jpgThe first woman to lead the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota has died. Marjorie Anderson died June 29 of natural causes, the band said. She was 81. Anderson served the tribe in east central Minnesota from 1991 to 2000. She was elected to another four-year term as chief executive in 2008. Anderson was head of the band when it successfully sued to retain hunting and fishing rights that were promised in 19th century treaties. Anderson was secretary-treasurer of the band before becoming chief executive. Tadd Johnson, who served as legal counsel for the band under Anderson, said the band adopted executive, legislative and judicial branches and separated business decisions from political ones. “A lot of those ideas were new to Indian Country in the 1980s when the band came up with them, and then Marge followed through. She was a great stickler for details and parliamentary procedure and following the rules,” Johnson, who heads the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, told MPR’s Morning Edition. Anderson received awards for her leadership in Indian gambling, tribal self-governance and tribal treaty rights. In the early 1990s she was a leader in the fight to gain tribal control of federal funds allocated for American Indians.
Walleye population decline on Lake Mille Lacs concern DNR
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by By Conrad Wilson Minnesota Public Radio,
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walleye_population1.jpgThe walleye population in Lake Mille Lacs is the lowest in decades, and state Department of Natural Resources researchers are searching the lake for clues that could explain their falling numbers.

A DNR survey last fall found an average of 4.8 walleye in each of the agency’s test nets, down from about 15 or so per net in past years. But determining the size of the walleye population is a challenge, said DNR Treaties Manager Tom Jones, who helps oversee the relationship between the state and tribes that also fish the lake.

Powwow Calendar JULY 2013
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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July 19 - 21 Honor the Earth Powwow 40th Annual Honor the Earth Traditional Powwow. Hayward, WI. LCO Pow Wow Grounds. FMI: 715-634-8934.

Community Calendar July 2013
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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July 7 - Aug. 24 Contemporary American Indian Art Exhibit “Transmissions: Contemporary American Indian Art 2003-2013,” features artwork by prominent regional Native artists. The exhibit features artwork by prominent regional artists such as Ahmoo Angeconeb, Frank Big Bear, Jim Denomie, Pat and Gage Kruse, Star Wallowing Bull and Francis Yellow. The display will include drawings, collage works, paintings and sculpture. The artists have worked with a variety of materials including color pencil, acrylic, oil, ink, paper, canvas, birch bark and red willow. On Tuesday, July 9, from 7 pm to 8 pm, acclaimed artist Jim Denomie (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) will discuss his paintings in the current Cargill Hall exhibit in the Doty Board Room in Minneapolis Central Library. The exhibit will open July 7 and run through Aug. 24 at the Cargill Hall Gallery in Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Cargill Hall Gallery hours are: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Both the exhibit and event are free. “Transmissions: Contemporary American Indian Art 2003-2013,” is presented in collaboration with Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis.

Fond du Lac Follies
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by By Jim Northrup,
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The Sawyer Summer language camp was just good. Can you believe that we had 1254 people? Last year 765 registered. This sets a new all time record of people attending the Reservation’s language camp.

In the mornings we concentrated on language instruction from our fluent speakers. We had fluent speakers visiting who helped teach. But before the instruction started, Rick Gresczyk called for a round dance to help wake the people up, to get the blood flowing. There was always much laughter to be heard at Kiwenz Campground.

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