Scientists find 117 chemicals in Grand Portage fish and lake bottom

By Lee Egerstrom This is the first of a two-part series (read part two here). An extensive three-year research study of lakes in and around the...

Bdote Learning Center celebrates its first 8th grade graduating class

As Bdote Learning Center completes its sixth year of operations, the school is celebrating its first eighth grade graduating class: The 8th Grade Graduating...

Political Matters – June 2020

By Mordecai Specktor The police murder of George Floyd “Certain conditions continue to exist in our society, which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn...

Nate Howard shined as CLB Panther and LLLTC basketball star

By Dan Ninham Boozhoo. Bimisebineshii indizhinikaaz: Greetings. My Indian name is Flying Bird. Awazisii nindoodem: My clan is Bullhead. Gaa-zagaskwaajimekaag nindonjibaa: I’m from Cass Lake....

The Tao of Nookomis: skilled at featuring Indians you know or...

By Deborah Locke The Tao of Nookomis by Thomas D Peacock Illustrated by Rabbett Before Horses Strickland Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing January 2020 (second edition) 212...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – June 2020

By Ricey Wild So, I’ve had a lot of time to think. I tried to stop myself but could not. I have a personal library...

MN SNAP and Culture and Faith Covid-19 Update

By Hannah Broadbent Little by little every week, pieces of regular life are coming back due to the Stay Safe Order, the newest phase in...

COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing: Its Importance to Native Communities

By Maurita Begay Native American communities have been one of the most affected groups throughout history when it comes to widespread pandemics. The dire circumstances...

Demonstrators, property protectors, first responders should get COVID-19 tests

By Lee Egerstrom Anyone who participated in demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, or encountered people who did, should consider getting tested for the...

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...