First Person Productions Goes Entrepreneurial

By Lee Egerstrom A multimedia training program for Native American youth in the Twin Cities is taking a large step forward and becoming a competitive media...

Dakota artist creates Indigemojis

By Lee Egerstrom David Bernie, a Minneapolis-based Ihanktowan (Yankton Sioux) artist who combines graphic design with modern technology, is working to bring his “Indigemojis” art applications...

WHAT’S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY (April 2017)

Grand Opening Held for New Redby Community Center (By Michael Meuers) – The new Redby Community on the Red Lake Indian Reservation held a ribbon-cutting...

AIMing for the Truth: the story of Native activist Clyde Bellecourt

By Mark Anthony Rolo At the start of his fast and furious story, “The Thunder before the Storm: The Autobiography of Clyde Bellecourt,”the famed American...

POLITICAL MATTERS April 2017

By Mordecai Specktor American Indian cinema, etc. Politics – the stuff of this column in The Circle – merged with art in a film series called...

The Largest Inland Oil Spill in U.S. Happened in Minnesota

By Winona LaDuke Most Minnesotans don’t realize that the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history was here. On March 3, 1991, the Line 3...

When simply wearing “Water is Life” becomes a threatening protest

By Winona LaDuke When did a cardboard canoe hat made by a child with the words “Water is Life” become something that needs to be...

Preying on the poor, Enbridge seeks millions in tax rebates

by Winona LaDuke Enbridge is seeking tens of millions of dollars in tax rebates from Minnesota counties, in a court case against some of the...

IT AIN’T EASY BEING INDIAN April 2017

By Ricey Wild I’ve been waiting for 45 to be impeached. Sigh. Been waiting too long – like for the warm bus to show up at...

POLITICAL MATTERS March 2017

By Mordecai Specktor DAPL set to move oil March 6 When I last wrote about the struggle at Standing Rock, in the Oct. 2016 issue of...

WHAT’S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY March 2017

Liberty named U.S. presidential scholarship candidate Mitakamizi Liberty (Leech Lake Band Ojibwe), a graduating senior at TrekNorth High School, has been named one of more than...

Native media pioneer, Gordon Regguinti, passes on

By Mark Anthony Rolo Gordon David Regguinti passed on to the spirit world on February 2, 2017. He was 62. Regguinti was a pioneer in the movement...

Water Protectors Are Everywhere

By Winona LaDuke Water Protectors  "They came from the four directions. They came from the stars. They came from the mountain, they stood and protected. They...

PASSING ON – March 2017

Lydia Vanessa GreyEagle May 25, 1988 - February 18, 2017 Lydia Vanessa GreyEagle, “Ho Waste Win” (Strong Voice Woman), age 28 of the Lower Sioux...

IT AIN’T EASY BEING INDIAN (March 2017)

By Ricey Wild The Oceti Sakowin camp has been cleared by heavily militarized police, but what happened there this past year is forever. WE THE PEOPLE...

Nickizms: Spring, Renewal, and Food

By Nick Metcalf Spring, Renewal, and Food – Healthy Living… It’s Spring time. Yay! We’ve made it through another Minnesota winter. I’m hopeful that you got...

“LaRose” is spiritually uplifting

By Michael Tidemann In this spiritually uplifting novel, Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) shows how one family’s sacrifice heals the sorrow of another. When Landreaux Iron...

Comfort and hygiene still rule in second-gen Pauling family business

By Lee Egerstrom It would be hard to image anyone in the Twin Cities metropolitan area who hasn’t seen or used some of the 6,000 portable...

NATIONAL NEWS BRIEFS March 2017

DR. RUIZ CONVENES ACA REPEAL ROUNDTABLE WITH NATIVE AMERICAN LEADERS WASHINGTON, DC – In February, Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) hosted a roundtable with Rep....

LOCAL BRIEFS March 2017

DAKOTA ACCESS TRYING TO KEEP OIL SPILL DOCUMENTS FROM TRIBES CANNON BALL, ND – With oil set to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline within...