News Briefs – August 2018

Vacant lot becomes outdoor classroom and garden A vacant lot at Takoda Prep, the alternative high school at American Indian OIC in south Minneapolis, has...

What’s new in the community – August 2018

Walker forms Indigenous Public Art selection committee In cooperation with a group of Native curators, knowledge keepers, artists, and arts professionals, including individuals of Dakota...

Record number of Native Americans running for office in midterms

By Leila Fadel and Talia Wiener/NPR On a recent afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M., Deb Haaland sits with a thick stack of paper in front of...

Powwow Calendar – August 2018

Aug. 10-12 2018 Grand Portage Celebration Powwow The annual Grand Rendezvous and Powwow at Grand Portage includes reenactors from across the country and Canada as they...

Finding beauty in horses, hemp and solar panels

By Winona LaDuke Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard not to hang your head with the challenges of these times. To counter this, I just...

Red Lake language camp rebuilds Ojibwe traditions

By John Enger/MPR News All Photos by Monika Lawrence/MPR News The Red Lake Band of Chippewa held its sixth annual Ojibwe Language camp in late July....

A very different justice: Red Fawn Fallis and the Hammonds

By Winona LaDuke Early July marked two very different approaches to justice. One towards Native people and another towards non-natives Steve and Dwight Hammond, who...

Community Calendar – August 2018

Thru Sept. 2 Every Spirit Tells a Story Chholing Taha is a Cree First Nations artist based in Anoka, MN who uses Native imagery to express...

“There There” tells contemporary urban Indian stories with ferocity and truth

There There: A novel By Tommy Orange Publisher: Knopf Publication date: June 5, 2018 Hardcover: 304 pages --------------------------------------------- Review by Deborah Locke How did he do it? How...

Political Matters – August 2018

Dick Bancroft walks on Dick Bancroft, a photographer who had many friends in the Native community, passed on to the spirit world on July 16....

It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – August 2018

By Ricey Wild My Unk Koon came by the other day. He walked up to my door, came in and slapped an uncovered fish filet...

WPLC Fights for Water Protectors

By Camille Erickson The fight to protect Water Protectors who face state and federal charges from the Indigenous-led Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock...

Dream of Wild Health’s entrepreneurial path to farming, education, community

By Lee Egerstrom For some, Dream of Wild Health (DWH) is viewed as an organic, indigenous food farm in Hugo, north of the Twin Cities...

“Seventh Generation Earth Ethics” is extremely relevant today

By Mark Anthony Rolo In her seminal work “Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin,” scholar and Bad River Ojibwe member, Patty Loew uncovers...

State Bonding Bill includes American Indian projects

By Lee Egerstrom The familiar warning sign, “Slippery When Wet,” isn’t just for highways, exit ramps and overpasses anymore. The Minneapolis American Indian Center has warnings...

Boarding schools, border wall and the BIA

By Mark Anthony Rolo While illegal immigration is not a pressing issue for the American Indian (when infact, it should have been as in why...

What’s New in the Community: July 2018

Invisible No More: Spotify’s first-ever playlist of Native musicians Earlier this year, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) announced a project that amplifies the Native American...

The Bad Decision: PUC approves Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline route

By Winona LaDuke Apparently $5 million is the price to buy a pipeline route in Minnesota. In an unprecedented process, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission...

Planting Victory Gardens for hope and peace

By Winona LaDuke I am planting a Victory Garden. Well, a couple of them. They are full of heritage varieties of corn, beans, squash, potatoes,...

Native youth poetry contest winners announced

The Native Youth Poetry Contest, a Twin Cities effort to encourage and publish the voices of young Native poets, has chosen the winners of...