St. Benedict nuns apologize for Native boarding school

By Yasmine Askari/MinnPost American Indian children from White Earth Nation and other reservations were sent to boarding schools across the country, starting in the late...

New Briefs – November 2021

Indigenous Leaders Occupy the BIA Washington, DC – On October 14, Indigenous leaders occupied the B.I.A. in Washington, D.C for the first time in roughly...

Indigenous communities see rise in COVID-19 cases

By Dan Kraker/MPR News When vaccines for COVID-19 first became available early this year, Minnesota's tribal communities were quick to make them available to their...

Red Lake celebrates first charter school set to open fall 2022

By Daltyn Lofstrom / Inforum Spirits were high the morning of October 18 as around 50 members of the Red Lake community, tribal council and...

High school students and artists collaborate to address racism

The Learning and Engagement Departments of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) have partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to launch...

Three Generations of Ninham Triathletes in KWESTRONG Triathlon

By Dan Ninham KWESTRONG started in the spring of 2012. Founder Lisa Skjefte talked about the beginning of the indigenous women’s fitness movement with the...

Goodbye, Columbus? Here’s what Indigenous Peoples’ Day means to Natives

By Emma Bownman/NPR News This year marks the first time a U.S. president has officially recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day. President Joe Biden issued a proclamation to...

Political Matters – November 2021

By Mordecai Specktor Bears Ears restored by Biden There was some good news on the federal level in early October. Pres. Joe Biden restored the boundaries...

Erdrich’s “The Sentence” is a winner

Review by Deborah Locke She did it again. Louise Erdrich’s new book, “The Sentence,” layers so much to consider that after reading the last page,...

Residential Redemption

By Arnie Vainio, MD The Association of American Indian Physicians recently held our annual meeting and conference. American Indian physicians and medical students from all...

New Minnesota greeting: “Are you vaccinated?” 

By Lee Egerstrom Businesses and entertainment venues throughout Minnesota are quickly imposing requirements on patrons and customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. The state...

Dry conditions boost MN’s wild rice crop, but climate change leaves...

By Yasmine Askari/MinnPost For years, Nancy Schuldt has taken part in the time-honored tradition of harvesting wild rice in northern Minnesota. And while this year’s...

Line 3 drilling under more than 20 river crossings sees more...

Photos/text by Chris Trinh / Environmental Indigenous Network Enbridge, a Canadian multinational company, is constructing its Line 3 oil pipeline across Anishinaabe land in northern...

6 tribes sue Wisconsin to try to stop November wolf hunt

By Steven karnowski / AP Six Native American tribes sued the state of Wisconsin in September to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt...

Isabelle Morin: Senior Soccer Player Achieving at Bemidji State U

By Dan Ninham Isabelle Morin is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and her alma mater was Bemidji High School, Bemidji, MN. She is...

Community youth decorate Minneapolis street with art and plants

On September 21, Little Earth Housing, the Native Youth Arts Collective, and the City of Minneapolis hosted a planting event and street beautification project...

Political Matters – October 2021

By Mordecai Specktor Missing white woman syndrome In September, I tried to avoid new coverage about the disappearance of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old white woman who...

Nail biting thriller “Fire Keeper’s Daughter” keeps you on edge

Review by Deborah Locke A few weeks back an affable Dakota guy in Birchbark Books in Minneapolis said that “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley (Ojibwe)...
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It Ain’t Easy Being Indian – October 2021

by Ricey Wild Apparently, I am a very interesting person. Especially when I go to the kitchen and stand there wondering why I went in...

Letter to the Editor – October 2021

Thank you to the community, Another name to be added to the never-ending list of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Nada M. Fronk (Leech Lake...