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...

Coach Darrell “Son” Shaugabay committed to helping kids

By Dan Ninham Historically, Warroad, Minnesota was a large Ojibwe village on the Lake of the Woods at the northwestern tip of the state bordering...

Political Matters – May 2020

By Mordecai Specktor Coronavirus in Indian Country Are readers of The Circle taking precautions against the deadly onslaught of the coronavirus? Washing your hands frequently? Wearing...

Community Calendar – May 2020

THINGS TO DO ONLINE Exoplanet Coloring Pages with NASA Download the Exoplanet Coloring pages and color with NASA. Exoplanet Exploration: Planets Beyond our Solar System. Free....

“Manifesto” fiercely explains why you need your native language

Review by Deborah Locke The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds Minnesota Historical Society Press January 28, 2020 208 pages You...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – May 2020

By Ricey Wild So, how are yooz all doing? Bored at being in ‘lockup?’ Tired of not doing what you want to anytime you feel...

Will COVID-19 emergency relief trickle down to Native entrepreneurs?

By Lee Egerstrom Native American entrepreneurs operate what clearly are small businesses – either alone or with family members and with no more than a...
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Social distancing saves lives while pulling tribes down together

By Lee Egerstrom Tribal economies, health care systems and governments are disproportionately harmed by preventive measures such as social distancing that have closed hospitality and...

Tribes and nearby communities take huge hits from COVID-19 casino shutdowns

By Lee Egerstrom A pair of new economic studies show tribes in Minnesota and throughout the country are facing billions of dollars in lost revenues...
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Missing Indigenous people sparks activists, self-taught searchers to help families awaiting...

By Natasha Rausch Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a three-part series on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the...
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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...