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MN Indian Country not immune to COVID-19 or economic fallout

By Lee Egerstrom Every Minnesotan – Native and Non-Native – is affected by the COVID-19 strain of the global coronavirus pandemic that is spreading from...

Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020...

By Kirsten Carlson Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal...
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Hemp is about transforming our communities

By Hannah Broadbent There have always been leaders who have paved the way in the fight for tribal sovereignty. Leaders who have thought of different...
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When the bat challenged the Wiindigo

By Winona LaDuke Think of crisis as opportunity. The Chinese characters for crisis are wei ji. Danger and opportunity. That’s now. Take a breath, maybe...
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Henry Boucha is more than a hockey legend

By Lee Egerstrom This time of year people want to talk hockey when they encounter Henry Boucha. Not now. Hockey – all sports – has hit...
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Sky Hopinka’s “Disfluencies” stays in your head for days

By Hannah Broadbent It’s a special experience to see a work of art that stays in your head for days after. I can still see...
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Pete Nez brings Diné philosophy to basketball and track teams

By Dan Ninham “Ya’at’eeh,” said Pete Nez, 39. “I am from Dinetah (Navajo Nation) and I am Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House) born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle people).”...

Political Matters – April 2020

By Mordecai Specktor Rampaging microbes In my column last month, I talked with filmmaker and curator Missy Whiteman about the third installment of the INDIgenesis film...
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Celebrate 40 Years of The Circle Newspaper – April 2020

Celebrating 40 years of The Circle This year we will feature old articles, photos and pages from years gone by as we look back at 40 years...

Community Calendar – April 2020

Please verify that events are still happening before attending them. If you have an online activity (website, radio, Zoom, podcast, etc) that you would like...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – April 2020

By Ricey Wild Welcome to the New World Order. Interesting times we live in now, ennit? Global citizens are battling a viral pandemic that we...

Governments seek answers as crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous...

By Sarah Mearhoff and Dana Ferguson Editor's note: This is the 2nd installment of a three-part series on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous...

Tensions arise between Natives, Non-Natives in Indian Country

By Lee Egerstrom Despite political successes for the Native community in Minnesota in recent years, 2020 has started with tension building between Native and Non-Native...

Why we must continue to Rock the Native Vote  

By Winona LaDuke It’s 2020 and the stakes are high.  In every area of civil society, from the rights of women, the right to clean...

Solar Bear founder wants solar everywhere, especially in Indian Country

By Lee Egerstrom Robert (Bob) Blake, founder of the Solar Bear solar installation company based jointly in Minneapolis and at Red Lake, is taking his...

Healthcare for the homeless clinic/drop-in center opens in Wakiagun

By Lee Egerstrom The Hennepin County Healthcare for the Homeless program has taken over a drop-in clinic at the Anishinabe Wakiagun complex while Wakiagun uses...

Ellison: Mille Lacs band still has 61K-acre reservation

By AP Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison asserted in February in a legal filing that the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation still exists, a statement that...

“The Night Watchman” based on 1950s battle to save reservations

By Deborah Locke In her latest novel “The Night Watchman,” Louise Erdrich tells the story of her grandfather, Patrick Gourneau, and his 1950s battle with...

Political Matters – March 2020

By Mordecai Specktor Zombie apocalypse on the rez And now for something completely different: In “Blood Quantum,” the second feature film from director Jeff Barnaby (Mi’gmaq),...

Instructor Discovers Parallels Between Native Culture And Capoeria

By Dan Ninham “Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art that incorporates music, singing, dance, acrobatics, culture and a resistance from colonization,” said Benjamin “Gaviao” Shendo...