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Arctic's Winter Sea Ice Drops to Its Lowest Recorded Level

After a season that saw temperatures soar at the North Pole, the Arctic has less sea ice at winter’s end than ever before in nearly four decades of satellite measurements. The extent of ice cover — a record low for the third straight year — is another indicator of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, a region that is among the hardest hit by climate change, scientists said. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/climate/arctic-winter-sea-ice-record-low-global-warming.html...

 

Gathering of Nations prepares for debut in new location

Anchor Royale Da sat down exclusively with the founder of the Gathering of Nations to talk about a new chapter in their long history with Albuquerque. http://www.koat.com/article/gathering-of-nations-prepares-for-debut-in-new-location/9171398...

 

Former Minnesotan's new book shares lessons from Native American life

In these anxious times, we’re all looking for some peace and spiritual comfort. So let’s begin with Kent Nerburn’s newest journey into Native American understanding of the earth and life in his book “Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way” (New World Library, $16). Nerburn, a former Minnesotan who lives in Oregon, is a two-time Minnesota Book Award-winner and the author of 14 books on spirituality and Native themes, including “Neither Wolf nor Dog” (basis for a film in progress), “Simple Truths” and “The...

 

Remembering Chuck Berry: He messed with promoters, sidemen

After a Chuck Berry concert, two stories invariably circulated from people involved in the show. The promoter always told about Berry’s M.O. Even though he was a revered rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, Berry was often burned in the early days by promoters who didn’t pay him in full. So Berry devised a special way of operating. http://www.startribune.com/remembering-chuck-berry-he-messed-with-promoters-sidemen/416537653/...

 

Teacher wins $1M global prize for work in northern Quebec

A Canadian woman has won a global teaching prize worth $1 million US for her work in Salluit, an Inuit community in northern Quebec. ​Maggie MacDonnell, who grew up in Nova Scotia, beat out 20,000 other nominees for the 2017 Global Teaching Prize, which has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/world-best-teacher-quebec-salluit-maggie-macdonnell-1.4031806...

 

Sugar Bush Time in Ojibwe Country

It’s sugar bush time in Ojibwe country, which means my five-year-old cousin, Howie, is busy. He is the official taste tester at the Maday family sugar bush, or Iskigamizigan. Although his office is self-appointed, he takes his duties seriously. “Yes, Howie has to taste the sap from every tree, and we tap about 200 maple trees,“ laughed Melvin Maday, Howie’s grandpa. https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/environment/sugar-bush-time-ojibwe-country/...

 

Smithsonian Says It Was Wrong to Ask Water Protectors to Remove Jackets

A group of Native American women who were in Washington, D.C. to take part in the Native Nations Rise March are asking for the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) to increase cultural sensitivity training for its workers after the women were forced by staff to remove their jackets, which were adorned with patches and pins supporting water protectors and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The patches said, “Water Is Life, Mni Wiconi.” Some of the women had spent time on the ground at the...

 

A killing without consequence 

Over the past six years the siblings endured their father’s murder and then the total unravelling of the case against the two women—Connie Oakes and Wendy Scott—who police and the local prosecutor said drove to their father’s Medicine Hat, Alta., trailer in a red car, walked in through the unlocked door and killed him in cold blood over the Victoria Day long weekend in 2011. They are now no closer to finding justice for Casey Armstrong’s murder than they were on that distant Sunday when the sudden news of their father’s death...

 

Eleven one-week scholarships awarded to local fourth and fifth grade students at Concordia Language Villges

The fourteenth Annual Bemidji Area Friends of Concordia Language Villages' Essay Contest was a huge success. Eleven one-week scholarships have been awarded to local fourth and fifth grade students. They were honored in awards ceremony at Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village, on Sunday, March 12th. The ceremony was attended by over 80 people, including 10 of the 11 winners and their families, friends, teachers, donors, and staff of Concordia Language Villages. The winning essay writers...

 

Report Shows Impact Of Opioids On Tribal Communities

ST. PAUL, MN (MNN) - A new report highlights the impact of opioids on Minnesota tribal communities. The report shows that barriers still exist in preventing opioid abuse, including lack of funding and a lack of focus on “culture and values.” MDH Director of American Indian Health Jackie Dionne says Minnesota ranks highest among all states in deaths due to drug poisoning among American Indians and Alaska natives, “five times greater than the white Minnesota rate.” http://kdal610.com/news/articles/2017/mar/13/report-s...

 

Edward Curtis' Amazing Photo Portfolio Documents the History of Native Americans

Lakota Sioux chiefs of the Great Plans, perched atop their horses, wind blowing through the feathers of their headdresses, look positively regal. Crouched in front of a blank screen during a ritual, Nakoaktok dancers in the Pacific Northwest wear grass skirts and long wooden Hamatsa masks that appear to outweigh them in size. Portraits playing with light offer minute details of people from cultures that are now largely extinct. These are just some of the prints in Edward Sheriff Curtis’s Indians of North America collection, which was later...

 

Credit for Cloquet's high Native American graduation rate shared by students, teachers

Joe Fineday eats lunch in the American Indian Education room at Cloquet High School most days. He gets help when he needs it, but it's also a quiet place to plug away on homework. The 18-year-old member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa already lives on his own and is set to join the welding program at St. Cloud Technical and Community College next year. What drives him? http://www.pinejournal.com/news/4231543-credit-cloquets-high-native-american-graduation-rate-shared-students-teachers...

 

Alicia White Bear Named as 2017 Volunteer of the Year by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

Alicia White Bear will be honored as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year as a part of this year's National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. The National Center will recognize several Native American business leaders and those who have made significant contributions to advancing economic development in Indian Country during this year's National RES. The award winners span businesses large and small, and award...

 

Kidney Failure for Native American Diabetics Decreases Substantially

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with the Indian Health Service, recently released promising new data for Native American diabetics. The Vital Signs report shows diabetes-related kidney failure among American Indian and Alaskan Native adults decreased by a substantial 54 percent between 1996 and 2013. The federal health agencies credit the improvement on public health and population-based approaches—including a big focus on tribal community outreach—as well as improved diabetes management and better clinical...

 

Olympic Legend Billy Mills Names Third Class of Dreamstarters, Awards $10K Grants

On Wednesday March 1st, Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills announced the third class of American Indian youth to receive $10,000 Dreamstarter grants for projects that help their communities and bring their dreams to life. Each of the ten Dreamstarter recipients, who are all American Indian youth under age 30, will work together with a community nonprofit on an educational project supported by Running Strong for American Indian Youth. https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/sports/olympic-legend-billy-mills-names-third-...

 

Are You a Native Artist Looking to Get Your Film Made? Apply Now for the 2017 Fellowship

When I was in high school, I used to document activism on behalf of the people fighting for the protection of indigenous sacred sites. Armed with a second-hand Canon GL1, I attended countless gatherings, marches, rallies, and town hall meetings in and around the Black Hills, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and Rapid City, South Dakota. It was during this time I discovered the power of film; I also realized my potential in life and unintentionally began fostering my voice through filmmaking....

 

Hotline for Native Americans launched

A new nationwide service for Native American survivors of domestic and dating violence was unveiled Tuesday, as the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline launched StrongHearts Native Helpline. The free service will be able to connect Native survivors of abuse with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who will provide support, assist with safety planning and connect them with resources based on their specific tribal affiliation, community location and culture. http://www.examin...

 

American Indians Told by Montana School Athletic Director "They Were Only Letting the White People In"

NAME Elsworth and Brandy GoesAhead, Emerine Whiteplume, and Whitney Holds CITY Billings and Pryor On January 21, 2017, Brandy and Elsworth GoesAhead (Blackfeet/Eastern Cherokee & Apsaalooké), Emerine Whiteplume (Arapaho/Apsaalooké), Whitney Holds (Apsaalooké) and Emerine and Whitney’s son were standing outside the Reed Point High School waiting to be let in to watch their children on the Plenty Coups’ basketball team play against Reed Point. They were told by Reed Point’s Athletic Director that they needed to wait outside, but once...

 

NIAAA study finds effective interventions to reduce alcohol use among American Indian and rural youth

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health have found in its new study that community-based and individual-level prevention strategies are effective ways to reduce alcohol use among American Indian and other youth living in rural communities. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also provided support for the study. “This important study underscores our commitment to finding evidence-based solutions for alcohol problems in American Indian and other underserved populations,” said...

 

Relationships, hard work get credit for Cloquet's high Native American graduation rate

Joe Fineday eats lunch in the American Indian Education room at Cloquet High School most days. He gets help when he needs it, but it's also a quiet place to plug away on homework. The 18-year-old member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa already lives on his own and is set to join the welding program at St. Cloud Technical and Community College next year. What drives him? http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4229193-were-pushing-every-day...

 

Area Students Create 'Museum' of History Day Projects at Bemidji State University

Nearly 100 students from eight schools in northwest Minnesota will present their History Day exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances at Bemidji State University on Monday, March 6 starting at 4 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 began with the 2017 History Day theme, “Taking a Stand in History,” and then created projects on topics ranging from the Stonewall riots to deforestation on the Red Lake Reservation. Winners at regionals will advance to State History Day on Saturday, April 29, at the University of Minnesota. State winners are...

 

What helps Minnesota seniors age in place? U researcher has some clues

Minneapolis oldsters, Jessica Finlay has your back. Finlay, 28, an environmental gerontologist at the University of Minnesota, has made fascinating discoveries with broad implications for city planners, architects and builders. http://www.startribune.com/what-helps-minnesota-seniors-age-in-place-it-s-the-little-things-like-benches-and-safe-crosswalks/414724473/?ref=nl&om_rid=AALRq3&om_mid=_BYsZh-B9E3-UKs...

 

Clearbrook-Gonvick March Elementary Students of the Month

Clearbrook-Gonvick March Elementary Students of the Month...

 

No Ban, No Wall: Native American and Human Rights Groups Join Forces With Environmental Movement to Stop the Border Wall

Donald Trump wants to build a wall—but he’ll face resistance from human rights groups, the environmental movement and Native activists every step of the way. Most people don’t realize, but creating a physical barrier in the middle of a delicate desert ecosystem creates all kinds of environmental problems. As a volunteer on the Sierra Club Borderlands team, I’ve seen this firsthand, and learned that walls are the most expensive and least effective approach to border security, since they are easily and routinely scaled....

 

Former tribal chair shares her experience through teaching

What do you do after finishing a job where you helped shape federal policy and occasionally bumped into the leader of the free world? For Karen Diver, fresh off a 14-month gig as President Barack Obama's special assistant for Native American affairs, it's something completely new: teaching. http://www.pinejournal.com/news/4227684-former-tribal-chair-shares-her-experience-through-teaching...

 

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