Political Matters: Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Wednesday, April 24 2013
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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Meeting the activists
In late March I motored over to the Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC), from the far east of the Powderhorn neighborhood, for a reception and press conference with visiting guests at a symposium on environmental issues. I was told to show up around 7 p.m. for the event, which featured some Canadian activists with the Idle No More movement; however, the visitors had left about a half hour earlier. No problem, I can be flexible.

It ain’t easy being indian
Wednesday, April 24 2013
Written by by Ricey Wild,
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Quite by accident I was awake very early this past Palm Sunday. I flipped through my few TV channels and ended up watching a Christian Evangelist show hosted by Jack Van Impe. So this Van Impe guy was quoting – if one could call it that from a teleprompter –  many chapters and verse from the Bible, and he somehow kept a smirky, satisfied smile on his pale face, not even blinking when he described imminent Armageddon, hellfire, an angry God, blah blah blah, etc....
I was like, geez! Why was this man so pleased spouting end of times scripture, prophecies and doom for our world as we know it? Then it hit me, he assumes that by way of being saved by Jesus he would be one of the few people to survive the coming holocaust. Van Impe smiled through his ivory dentures while talking about the two Popes that had been prophesized, Francis being the 266th Pope, who will be the last one with that title.

Fond du Lac Follies
Wednesday, April 24 2013
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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Fond du Lac Follies jetted to Phoenix, Arizona for an event at the Heard Museum. My wife Patricia accompanied me.  We didn’t make our reservations at the same time so we were not able to sit together on the three hour flight. It was no big thing because we knew rows 22A and 14F get to the airport in Phoenix at the same time. We had a delightful reunion in the Phoenix Airport.
The weather was cold and rainy. I was glad we still had our winter clothing on. So much for our escape from the cold of winter.
We become Holiday Inndians on the first night of the visit. 
Wednesday, April 24 2013
Written by The Circle Staff,
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April 6
29th Annual Circle of
Nations Powwow  
Traditional powwow. Morris, MN. University of Minnesota, Morris.   MC: Jerry Dearly. AD: Tracy Peterson. Host Drum: Iron Boy. Free and open to all! Day Money for registered dancers in regalia only. Drum Split: First 10 registered drum groups, 5 singers minimum. No drum hopping. Specials: Powwow feast, free for dancers, singers, and elders. CNIA Princess & Brave Contest, American Indian Arts and Crafts, Peace Run 5K (Fun Run & Walk), Run and walk begins at 9 a.m. Registration is online at the CNIA website. Powwow will be held on the University of Minnesota-Morris campus in the P.E. Center, 626 E 2nd St., Morris, MN. FMI: Tracy R. Peterson at 320-589-6097 or 320-589-6097.

Community Calendar April 2013
Wednesday, April 24 2013
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April thru June SMSC Mobile Unit Spring Schedule The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) helps local organizations and Minnesota tribal communities through its mobile medical clinic, the SMSC Mobile Unit which provides health screenings, mammograms, vision and dental services, and other prevention and education services. Anyone wishing to schedule a mammogram or dental appointment may contact the deployment site or tribal health clinic directly. To request on-site services from the SMSC Mobile Unit, contact Mobile Unit Coordinator Christine Michael at 952-233-2964 or visit: and click”Mobile Unit” to find a request form. The spring schedule is below: • April 2: Upper Sioux Indian Community (mammography) • April 4: Russian Church, Shakopee • April 9: Red Lake Nation (dental) • April 18: Rademacher’s Grocery Store, Jordan • April 19: United Family Medical Clinic, St. Paul (mammography • April 23: Native American Community Clinic, Minneapolis (mammography) • April 24: Indian Health Board, Minneapolis (mammography) • May 1: Neighborhood Healthsource Clinic, 2610 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis (mammography) • May 2: Public Library, Savage • May 7-9: Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (dental and diabetes) • May 16: Russian Church, Shakopee • May 21-22: Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (mammography) • June 1: American Diabetes Association, Tour de Cure, Minneapolis (medical command support, tentative) • June 2: Minneapolis Marathon, Minneapolis (medical command support, tentative).
EWCS Honors Pat Bellanger With Song
Tuesday, March 12 2013
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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cover_story_honoring_song_pat_bellanger.jpg The Elders' Wisdom Children's Song (EWCS) program honored Anishinabe Ojibwe elder Pat Bellanger on February 12th at a celebration at Sanford Middle School in Minneapolis. EWCS blends elders' oral narratives with youth engagement, music, and performances to affirm diverse backgrounds and experiences in communities throughout North America.
Bellanger, a founding member of the American Indian Movement and a delegate to the International Treaty Council for the United Nations, is the most recent member of the Twin Cities' Native community to be honored through EWCS. Bellanger's personal narrative focused on her role as a traditional Medewiwin woman. Because of this, EWCS founder Larry Long and the students chose to emphasize her Medewiwin responsibilities and her Anishinabe name Awaanakwe, which means Water Woman. The chorus reads: Awaanakwe, Awaanakwe/ Water Woman is my name/ Awaanakwe, Awaanakwe/ Anishinabe Ojibwa/ To care for Mother Earth/ From the moment of our birth/ Awaanakwe, Awaanakwe, Awaanakwe.
Long worked with Mavis Mantila's 7th grade classrooms to bring Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song to Sanford Middle School. Mantila is one of the few certified First Nation Ojibwe teacher's in Minneapolis Public Schools and a friend of Pat Bellanger.  
"It fits right in with the Medewiwin belief that women are the keepers of the water, so we ended up writing a song that affirmed the spiritual and cultural core of who she really is," said Long.
Long, a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, activist, and Executive Director of the nonprofit Community Celebration of Place, started EWCS over 20 years ago. The vision for the program was inspired by Long's relationship with Dakota elder Amos Owen. Owen and Long first met in the 1980s, when Long and other activists organized the Mississippi River Revival.
"His philosophy, his particular calling, was that he would make his sweat lodge open to all people. He welcomed me in as one of his relations," said Long of Owen. "All of this came out of a shared vision with Amos Owen."
Since then, Long has worked through EWCS to recognize elders from the Dakota, Lakota, Ojibwe, Choctaw, Cherokee, Ho-Chunk, Dine, and Paiute tribes, the Brothertown Indian community in Wisconsin, and First Nations people in Canada. To date, the program has honored over 1,000 elders by turning their oral narratives into songs and performing these songs at large community celebrations.
Long feels that EWCS creates an opportunity for youth and elders to engage in inter-generational learning and relationship building.
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