“The Brave” is compelling, but could do without the stereotypes

Review by Deborah Locke This book, “The Brave” by James Bird, about a boy who overcomes a disability and hard start in life, could have...
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Ricey Wild – January 2021

By Ricey Wild A thought to share with yooz. By this time in my middle age I thought that I would ‘get it’ by now,...

Wrapping up 2020 but not the end of COVID-19 pandemic

By Lee Egerstrom As the year 2020 winds down, the outlook for the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota can be described as improved but far from...

Vaccinations start as COVID-19 deaths and infections hit milestones before the...

By Lee Egerstrom Vaccines for preventing the COVID-19 virus began arriving in Minnesota a week before the Christmas holidays even as the state was reaching...

COVID-19 vaccines arrive: A long wait still ahead for most Natives...

By Lee Egerstrom The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines are now reaching the states, Minnesota included; but the grass may again be green before most Native Minnesotans...

More than half of Native American workers are in risky jobs...

By Lee Egerstrom A research group has pulled together data that show Native American workers and other minorities are at greater risk of becoming infected by...

The Pandemic Pipeline

By Winona LaDuke Governor Walz has just issued all the state permits for Enbridge’s Line 3. That’s including the Minnesota Pollution Control Permit called the...

New memorial recognizes generations of military service by Native vets

By Quil Lawrence/ MPR After 25 years in the making, a new monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., opened on Veterans Day –...

A pandemic challenge: Keeping Native students connected to teachers

By Lee Egerstrom The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on Native students, their teachers and programs within Minneapolis Public Schools and threatens to upend...

Minnesota Bison conservation herd helps preserve natural legacy

By Dan Ruiter & Harland Hiemstra / Minnesota DNR As the sun rises on a crisp October morning, Blue Mounds State Park comes to life...

Sophia Morin: Senior Captain of Bemidji HS Lumberjacks Soccer Team

By Dan Ninham The Minnesota State High School League adjusted their 2020-21 winter schedules to curb the spread of the COVID-19. The fall high school sport...

Erdrich curates National Poem-a-Day series

By James P. Lenfestey The Academy of American Poets popular national “Poem -a-day” series selected poet Heid Erdrich as guest editor for the month of...

Political Matters – December 2020

By Mordecai Specktor Reflections on Turkey Day My family moved up the Thanksgiving festivities by a week, so our son Max, who was visiting from Copenhagen,...

Textile artist builds sense of community with ribbon masks

By Brad Hagen With the ever-growing presence of Natives on social media, it’s likely that you’ve come across Maggie Thompon’s work at least once or...

Visions of chokecherries…

Book Review by Deborah Locke “Native American Night Before Christmas” is so cute that I wish I had a three to five year old relative...

Indian Health Service, MN Department of Health ready plans for vaccines

By Lee Egerstrom Health officials at both the federal and state levels are developing plans to assist Indian health providers in accessing and administering vaccines...

COVID-19 cases spike; new curfews and social gathering limits are in...

By Lee Egerstrom With all 50 states reporting spikes in COVID-19 pandemic cases, and with Minnesota and Upper Midwest states in the thick of it,...

Mille Lacs County board race highlights old tensions

By Kirsti Marohn/MPR News When Bradley Harrington was an 11-year-old growing up on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation, members of the Mille Lacs Band of...

Wakan Tipi Center aims for spring groundbreaking

By Lee Egerstrom Community supporters in St. Paul and at Minnesota’s four Dakota communities are still raising funds and making plans with their sights set...

Researchers find doubts about COVID-19 vaccine among BIPOC

By Laurel Wamsley/ MPR The Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the eventual rollout of one or more COVID-19 vaccines – by identifying the...