Children set to return to Montessori American Indian Childcare Center in...

By Lee Egerstrom For Janice LaFloe and staff at the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center in St. Paul, operating a preschool program without young children...

Covid-19: Indian Health Service increases testing, funds for tribal and urban...

By Lee Egerstrom In a pair of announcements in late May, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it is awarding $1.25 billion to...

How to minister to a congregation amidst a pandemic? “Zoom it.”

By Lee Egerstrom The Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo and members of the All Nations Indian Church in south Minneapolis are finding crafty, high-tech ways to...

Tribes, Minneapolis remind voters they can avoid risk of COVID-19

By Lee Egerstrom With tribal, municipal and state elections approaching, Minnesota voters are reminded they can access absentee ballots and register to vote by mail...

Tribal employers have limited access to federal COVID-19 small business aid

By Lee Egerstrom The Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) warns that tribal enterprises are having a difficult time accessing federal Payroll Protection Program relief...

New database on Morrill Act & theft of Native land

By Hannah Broadbent In 1862 Abraham Lincoln passed the Morrill Act. This law gave states public lands so that they may be sold or used...

Native Artists find ways to adjust during Covid-19 shutdown

By Hannah Broadbent On a regular day Rafael (Rafa) Gonzalez, also known Hip-Hop artist Tufawon,  wakes up in his South Minneapolis home and heads to...

MN Native communities coping, not conquering, COVID-19 outbreak

By Lee Egerstrom Quick responses to the coronavirus health threat to Native Americans in both tribal and urban Minnesota communities appear to be holding the...

New Quit Partner helps Native smokers quit the Native way

By Hannah Broadbent Cansasa, Asemaa – tobacco in Dakota and Ojibwe languages. We have traditional words for tobacco because it is a traditional medicine, but...

Desperate pipeline companies try to push ahead during pandemic

Winona LaDuke This spring changed our world. That’s for sure. There’s a long ago story of how the Bat changed the world. And once again,...

Land O’ Lake’s Indian Maiden disappears from packaging

By Robert Desjarlait It wasn’t noticed until April that the Land O’ Lakes iconic image of the Indian Maiden, Mia, was missing. The disappearance of...

Coach Darrell “Son” Shaugabay committed to helping kids

By Dan Ninham Historically, Warroad, Minnesota was a large Ojibwe village on the Lake of the Woods at the northwestern tip of the state bordering...

Political Matters – May 2020

By Mordecai Specktor Coronavirus in Indian Country Are readers of The Circle taking precautions against the deadly onslaught of the coronavirus? Washing your hands frequently? Wearing...

Community Calendar – May 2020

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“Manifesto” fiercely explains why you need your native language

Review by Deborah Locke The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds Minnesota Historical Society Press January 28, 2020 208 pages You...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – May 2020

By Ricey Wild So, how are yooz all doing? Bored at being in ‘lockup?’ Tired of not doing what you want to anytime you feel...

Will COVID-19 emergency relief trickle down to Native entrepreneurs?

By Lee Egerstrom Native American entrepreneurs operate what clearly are small businesses – either alone or with family members and with no more than a...
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Social distancing saves lives while pulling tribes down together

By Lee Egerstrom Tribal economies, health care systems and governments are disproportionately harmed by preventive measures such as social distancing that have closed hospitality and...

Tribes and nearby communities take huge hits from COVID-19 casino shutdowns

By Lee Egerstrom A pair of new economic studies show tribes in Minnesota and throughout the country are facing billions of dollars in lost revenues...
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Missing Indigenous people sparks activists, self-taught searchers to help families awaiting...

By Natasha Rausch Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a three-part series on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the...