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Barry Shaw – Israel, and Native Americans and Canadians

Very recently, I was honored with a phone call from a native American tribal leader who was, perhaps surprisingly to many as it was to me, on a visit to Israel. He told me of his passionate support for Israel. He rightly saw the Jews as the indigenous people of the land, something that appealed to his own tribal...

 

Vision Maker Media Announces Seventh Annual PBS Online Film Festival: One Independent Film from Vision Maker Media Included

Lincoln, NE; July, 16, 2018 - Today, Vision Maker Media announced that the Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival will return for a seventh year July 16-27, 2018 and will feature 25 short-form independent films from multiple public media partners and PBS member stations. Vision Maker Media's filmmakers Edmund...

 

The pizza farms outside of Minneapolis offer incredible pies - and a glimpse of life in the Midwest

Minneapolis is an up-and-coming food city with aspirations that outstrip its flyover reputation: James Beard Award-winning restaurants, secret cocktail bars, what seems like an endless number of craft breweries. But to focus on the city’s cosmopolitan developments is to miss out on the unique culinary landscape that...

 
 By Shileen Omen    Features    July 16, 2018

Red Lake Nation College First Annual "Mino-Bimaadiziwin Inendaamok" (Live your life in a good way) 5k Run/Walk

Red Lake Nation College First Annual "Mino-Bimaadiziwin Inendaamok" (Live your life in a good way) 5k Run/Walk was held on Saturday, July 14, 2018....

 

Homeless kids: It's not just an urban issue

WHITE SWAN — White Swan High School senior Tanika Taylor was placed in the care of her aunt by Child Protective Services as a toddler because of her parents’ substance abuse problems. But in October, a month after turning 18, Taylor left her aunt’s home, saying she was fed up with the arguing and fighting that...

 

Duluth and Superior Fire Fighters Support MDA with Annual Fill the Boot Drive

Duluth, MN and Superior, WI, July 31, 2018 — The Duluth Fire Department – L0101 and Superior Fire Department – L0074, are showing their support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as their members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS...

 

Unsolved killings leave open wounds

Cynthia Kuntz finds comfort in the routine, tending daily to the roadside memorial near the spot where gunfire took her son’s life. Michelle Pate keeps a blown-up photo of her slain daughter in her living room, a constant reminder of the moments they shared, the trips to the mall and the movies, the barbecues and...

 

Nebraska tribe becomes a solar power leader on the Plains

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska already boasts 400 kilowatts of installed solar panels, more than nearly any other Midwestern Indian tribe. It doesn’t plan to stop there. https://energynews.us/2018/07/10/midwest/nebraska-tribe-becomes-a-solar-power-leader-on-the-plains/...

 

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations award $250,000 to partnership addressing narrative change in news media

SAINT PAUL, MINN. - The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations today announced a $250,000 grant award to Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media, a partnership that aims to change problematic racial narratives and their representation in local news media by helping news professionals...

 

The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban

As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama administration with a detailed plan to use U.S. courts to prosecute the Taliban commanders and allied drug lords who supplied more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin ...

 

2 months to live: A teenager with brain cancer sets her sights on a summer of laughter and living

Alicia Joseph is taking the millennial phrase 'YOLO' (You only live once) to a whole new level, living it up this summer. She's taking a family trip to Oahu to swim with turtles and dolphins, getting matching tattoos with her sister, shopping, camping, going to powwows and barbecues. http://www.cbc....

 

Scientists: National minorities are more prone to mental illness

One of six adults in the United States have a mental illness such as depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder, but African Americans are 10% more prone to mental disorders, and Hispanics 40% more likely to experience serious morale problem. Statistics are worse for American Indians and Alaska natives. And these...

 

Fireworks, banned in many Puget Sound cities, still create 'adrenaline rush'

Booms echo through the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation’s fireworks mall, where booths show off inventions like the “Arm of Thanos,” which allows users to launch five artillery shell tubes from their arms, and “Jay’s Mega Blaster,” a bundle of Roman Candles with 368 shots. Andrew Holmes, from North Bend,...

 
 By Dana Lance    Features    July 4, 2018

Acclaimed Designer Patricia Michaels Brings Haute Couture to Chickasaw Cultural Center's Native Fashion Show July 14

SULPHUR, Oklahoma – World-renowned Native fashion designer Patricia Michaels will add a dash of haute couture to the Chickasaw Cultural Center's Holba' Pisachi' Film Festival, Saturday, July 14. Michaels, Taos Pueblo, is joining forces with Chickasaw artists Margaret...

 

Tonto Apache work with Angelina Jolie on Jim Thorpe film

The Tonto Apache Tribe of Payson is helping Angelina Jolie and Escape Artist Productions make a film about legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe. The TAT is one of several Native American groups involved with the project. Others are the Tuolumne Band of Mewuk Indians, the Mohegan Tribe, the Yocha Dehe Wintun...

 
 By Emilie Justen    Features    July 3, 2018

July Weed of the Month: Giant Hogweed

Recently, giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) has been in national headlines after it was confirmed for the first time in Virginia. Although listed in Minnesota as a Prohibited Noxious Weed, giant hogweed has not been confirmed in Minnesota. In 2011, the Minnesota...

 

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian unveils winning Native American Veterans Memorial design

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian recently announced the winning proposal for the long overdue National Native American Veterans Memorial. Commissioned by Congress and proposed for the National Mall in Washington D.C., the memorial honors the Native Americans who served in the U.S. Armed...

 

BP: 'Ojibwemotaadidaa' connects with the kids: Lakeland TV producer creates Ojibwe children's show

BEMIDJI -- The new children’s TV show airing on Lakeland PBS on Saturday has all the hallmarks of a typical kids’ program. Youngsters count to 20, practice saying animal names and recite nursery rhymes in the 26-minute pilot episode. But one thing sets the new show apart from PBS’ typical productions: much of...

 

BP: 'A big log in the road': Famed Ojibwe chief leaves checkered legacy 150 years after assassination

BRAINERD, Minn. — "They said Hole-in-the-Day was like a big log in the road, too high to get over, too big to go around." Or so the Brainerd Dispatch reported Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1912, from the testimony of Kah-ke-gay-aush, then 73, of Big Bend. At the time, Kah-ke-gay-aush was recounting the assassination of Chief...

 

Did indigenous Mainers once eat wild rice?

The term “cultivated wild rice” is an oxymoron, but while a few wild harvest operations in Minnesota sell their rice online outside the state, if you’ve eaten any of this long, purple-black, chewy grain lately, it probably came from a farm, in either Minnesota or California. This was not always the case. The...

 

Over 3,500 bikes donated thanks to Scituate man

The Patriot Ledger reported that Richard Bonanno was driving on the west side of Scituate four years ago when he saw an expensive mountain bike at the end of a driveway - thrown out with the trash. He stuck it in the back of his truck, took it home, fixed it up and gave it to a neighbor’s kid. “The next day there...

 

Sneak Peaks of new rooms at Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls

Sneak Peaks of new rooms at Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls Including the all new Triple Seven Executive Suite...

 

Prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Renamed Over Racial Insensitivity

The American Library Association is dropping Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a prestigious children’s literature award in order to distance the honor from what it described as culturally insensitive portrayals in her books. The decision was made out of a desire to reconcile the award with the organization’s...

 

What Smoke Signals Means 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, director Chris Eyre directed and co-produced Smoke Signals, a coming of age story featuring Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer, and American Indian Movement (AIM) activist John Trudell. Although it might now make us uncomfortable that the screenplay and the book were written by Sherman...

 

PBS Announces NATIVE AMERICA, New Four-Part Series Premiering Fall 2018

PASADENA, Calif. — PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced NATIVE AMERICA , a new four-part series from Providence Pictures that will premiere Fall 2018 on PBS stations nationwide. Weaving history and science with living indigenous traditions, the series brings to life a land of massive cities connected by...

 

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