Political Matters – September 2020

By Mordecai Specktor Minneapolis erupts, again On Aug. 26, rumors started flying around about the cops shooting a Black man on the Nicollet Mall. In reality,...

Children’s books teach, entertain and inspire

Review by Deborah Locke “The First Fire: a Cherokee Story” is a children’s picture book about the introduction of fire to the animals of the...

Why AIM started the Heart of the Earth Survival School

By Jon Lurie/MinnPost In 1970, the American Indian Movement (AIM) declared its intention to open a school for Native youth living in Minneapolis. AIM had...

Activist charged in toppling of Minnesota Columbus statue

By Marianne Combs/AP A Minnesota prosecutor charged an Indigenous activist with a felony in August in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on state...

McKnight Foundation names Rendon Distinguished Artist of the year

By Marianne Combs/MPR News The McKnight Foundation has chosen author Marcie Rendon to receive its 2020 Distinguished Artist Award. The annual award recognizes a Minnesota...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – September 2020

By Ricey Wild My personal thing is I can find humor in anything. Especially my own trials and tribulations. But now? No. I apologize if...

COVID has everyone pondering where, and how, to start school

By Lee Egerstrom Most Minnesota public school districts have explained to parents and students how they plan to start the new school year in September...

Minnesota guidance for re-opening, starting businesses to counter Native unemployment

By Lee Egerstrom There has been a partial recovery from the massive unemployment that followed the closing of businesses and industries this spring when the...

White Earth Tribe to vote on Medical Marijuana

By Winona LaDuke On August l8 the White Earth Tribe will have an election. There are two things on the ballot – the District Three...

A family death can be fatal blow for Native higher education

By Lee Egerstrom A study conducted at the University of Minnesota finds that students of color, and especially Native American students, are far less likely...

Native Vote 2020: The Primaries and Tribal Elections

By Winona LaDuke I don’t actually have a dog in this fight, I am technically a member of the Green Party, not a Democrat or...

Minnesotans cheer Washington team’s name change

By Nina Moini / MRP News Outside the American Indian Center in Minneapolis on July 13, Clyde Bellecourt leaned on his walker as he watched...

Minnesota food shelves, already busy, brace for bigger demand

By Nina Moini / MRP News The COVID-19 pandemic has created huge demand for free or reduced-cost food across the state as Minnesotans have lost...

Cooperative enterprises may lead to “new normal” for Native businesses

By Lee Egerstrom Business has been grinding to a halt in much of Indian Country, perhaps more than in the U.S. economy at large, prompting...

Political Matters – August 2020

By Mordecai Specktor Winning in Indian Country In a departure from the usual “Political Matters” fare, this month’s column will feature good news. In the midst...

Daniel Polk: National Class Disc Golfer

By Dan Ninham Everyone may have a hidden talent. Oftentimes someone finds it by chance. Other times it may stay hidden. By continuing to practice...

For Joshua: An Ojibwe Father Teaches His Son, is a remarkable...

Review by Deborah Locke The late Richard Wagamese knew that liquor “owned him” and that as a drunk, he was unfit to raise his baby...

Young grad works with Amnesty International on corporate crimes

By Hannah Broadbent Raven Ziegler is a young Native American women who is making a big impact in her community as an activist and young...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – August 2020

By Ricey Wild Pretty sure I’ma be calling Rezberry Housing for some repairs soon. Due to my last most unfortunate accident, I’m in a wheelchair...

Community thanks AIM for protection

The Native American Community Clinic (NACC), University of Minnesota Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) and Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) hosted a gratitude...