Want to reach a market? Climb a tree and ‘holler’

BY LEE EGERSTROM After more than three decades of offering marketing and business advice to start-up Native entrepreneurs, small business owners, nonprofit groups and tribal leaders,...

Borinquén (Puerto Rico): A Rebirth

BY WINONA LADUKE What does Puerto Rico’s catastrophic hurricane teach us about ourselves, how we treat each other and the future? The Taino name for the...

WHAT’S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY: Nov 2017

Dream Big Campaign awarded In October, the members of the Dream Big Campaign received an award from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office as part of...

American Indian activist Dennis Banks dies

BY JOHN COLLINS/MPR NEWS Dennis Banks, a key figure in the American Indian rights movement that started in Minneapolis in the late 1960s, died Oct. 29th...

NEWS: Nov 2017

WALZ PICKS FLANAGAN TO RUN IN MN GOVERNOR’S RACE ST. PAUL, MN – Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz has chosen state Rep. Peggy Flanagan as...

To ease tribal homelessness Leech Lake band takes back its land

BY JOHN ENGER/MPR NEWS Jim and Gail Hinkemeyer just retired and they had their future all worked out. They'd dodge Minnesota’s cold winters with a cheap...

ADY’s Housing For Young Adults

BY LEE EGERSTROM St Paul’s Ain Dah Yung Center has been helping Native children and families since 1983 but is now preparing to provide affordable, transitional housing...

PASSING ON: David E. Larsen

David E. Larsen December 3, 1941 - September 2, 2017 David E. Larsen, “Hpu Hpu” (Dobbie) “Wahinkpe Ohitika” meaning Brave Arrow, age 75 from Ca sayapi...

Lake Superior island returned to Grand Portage tribe

BY MPR NEWS STAFF An island at the tip of north-eastern Minnesota has been returned to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe. The...

POLITICAL MATTERS: Oct 2017

By Mordecai Specktor The next Standing Rock Enbridge Energy’s proposed replacement of its Line 3 oil pipeline is meeting popular opposition – and some nonviolent civil...

Into the Mist: UN Declaration at Ten Years

BY WINONA LADUKE As I drive home from Fargo towards evening, there are end-less fields of farm equipment, sugar beets, potatoes and corn. The land is...

Traditional Native foods are highlighted in Sioux Chef’s cookbook

Review By Deborah Locke The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen By Sean Sherman (author) Beth Dooley (contributor) Univ Of Minnesota Press October 10, 2017 256 pages So you think fry bread is a...

Fond du Lac Band restores wild rice to keep harvest tradition...

BY DAN KRAKER/MRP NEWS On the shore of Deadfish Lake on the reservation of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in September,...

Where building a business is also building for people

BY LEE EGERSTROM For an entrepreneur like Tammy Loeffler, opportunities and problems have always been two sides of the same coin. You seize the opportunities where...

WHAT’S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY: Oct 2017

First public Indigenous mural goes up in Duluth On September 23rd, the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) unveiled Duluth’s first public Indigenous mural. The...

NEWS BRIEFS: Oct 2017

LEECH LAKE RECEIVES $3.3M FOR TRIBAL VETERANS CEMETERY  CASS LAKE, MN – The Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration announced in September that it...

Does Minnesota really need a new oil pipeline?

By DAN KRAKER/MRP NEWS Ever since Enbridge first proposed its $7 billion Line 3 project three years ago – its largest pipeline project ever – the...

Sioux Chef picked as restaurant for new Minneapolis riverfront park

The Sioux Chef, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Minneapolis Parks Foundation will partner to open a riverfront restaurant and food service venue for...

A Native Homecare Business Booms

By LEE EGERSTROM The growing and unmet needs for Native health and home care weren’t going away. Patricia (Pat) Yager, who grew up at Bena on...

IT AIN’T EASY BEING INDIAN: Sept 2017

By Ricey Wild So…does anyone care what I think? I said this on a Saturday night when my two cats and my dog, The Mitz, were...