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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – April 2022

By Ricey Wild A long, long time ago, in a big city not too far from Rezberry, I had an active life and did stuff....

Augsburg launches full tuition scholarships for Natives

By Lee Egerstrom Starting this fall with the 2022-23 school year, Native American students will have a first in the nation opportunity to receive full...

Rising health needs drive U’s effort to draw Native students to...

By Dan Kraker/MPR News Medical student Fred Blaisdell has a few months to go before anyone calls him doctor, but the Oneida Nation tribal member...

More than financial aid for Natives and Indigenous students at Augsburg

By Lee Egerstrom The launch of the full tuition financial aid program for Native American and Indigenous students at Augsburg University in February (see cover...

News Briefs – March 2022

Thomas Stillday awarded 2022 FPF Cultural Capital Fellowship Bemidji, MN  – Watermark Art Center has chosen Master Beader and Exhibiting Artist Thomas Stillday (Red Lake...

Director named to lead Missing/Murdered Indigenous Relatives office

The director of Minnesota’s new Office of Missing And Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) has been named. Juliet Rudie, a tribal member of the Lower...

DOI Solicits Nominations for Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Comm.

In remarks at the National Congress of American Indians 2022 Executive Council Winter Session in February, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that...

Supreme Court to consider the constitutionality of ICWA

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider the constitutionality of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) federal law which was created to rectify the displacement...

Seelye signs with NJCAA Dawson Community College (MT)

By Dan Ninham Another Cass Lake-Bena HS Panther girls’ basketball player is heading out of state to play college basketball. She and her teammates are...

By Mordecai Specktor Jim Denomie walks on I was sad to learn that Jim Denomie, a very talented Anishinaabe artist, died March 1. He was from...

Nesteroff superbly blends Native comedic voices with historical record

Review by Deborah Locke We Had a Little Real Estate Problem by Kliph Nesteroff (Simon & Schuster, 2021) examines the evolution of American Indian comedy,...

What does is take to become a physician?

By Arne Vainio, MD I will be talking to the first year medical students at the University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine. I never...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – March 2022

By Ricey Wild What in the bison snorts and loon shrieking is going on now? I’m rather puzzled going into WWlll without knowing how to...

AIM co-founder Clyde Bellecourt passes on

  By Lee Egerstrom Native Americans across North America and indigenous people worldwide have been paying tribute and recalling memories of Clyde Howard Bellecourt, 85, who...

Huber Mill, the latest bad idea for the environment and people

By Winona LaDuke Out of the Deep South a lumber company, Huber Manufacturing, is proposing what may be the largest oriented strand board plant in...

COVID still confusing but help for MN Natives is on the...

By Lee Egerstrom As January was giving way to February, Minnesota health providers and institutions were still under stress, the surge in COVID-19 and its...

Data show costs/benefits for private business on reservation lands 

By Lee Egerstrom There are both perceived benefits and disadvantages to starting and operating a privately owned business from a base on Indian reservation land,...

Power and corruption = Disaster Capitalism

By Winona LaDuke Government accountability is a challenge. Say that your tribal government signed a secret contract for $4.9 million of your tribal money with...

Indigenous lifeways include prevention and risk-reduction activities

Minneapolis, MN – Many Indigenous communities acknowledge the circular, nonlinear nature of life. They center their life on the creator, community, and loved ones. This...

Friends of the Falls to negotiate acquisition of St. Anthony Falls

Minneapolis, MN – The Minneapolis City Council has approved having Friends of the Falls serve as the City’s agent in negotiations with the U.S. Army...