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What Is A 'Pot Powwow' And How Can It Help The Native American Community?

American Indians are proud of their heritage and the 'powwow' is the most popular way for Native Americans to socialize, sing, share stories and dance. But if one innovative medical cannabis company has its way, the powwow could be a place to share some weed as well. The largest of these, the super bowl' of powwows, if you will, takes place annually in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is known as the Gathering of Nations. http://www.konbini.com/us/lifestyle/importance-of-pot-powwow-native-american-community/...

 

Bemidji Pioneeer: Artifacts of a life: Onita Osborn passed away in June after a life of travel and sharing her American Indian culture

BEMIDJI -- Sharon Osborn walked through her mother’s old bedroom, gesturing at the walls of framed photographs: family holidays, graduation photos, kids wearing the same hand-me-down shirt in different school portraits. “These are her babies,” Osborn said. Beyond the bedroom is a porch, replete with hockey trophies, science fair awards and a bay-window view of Midge Lake. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4285220-artifacts-life-onita-osborn-passed-away-june-after-life-travel-and-sharing-her...

 

Happy Father's Day: Facts on Father's Day – June 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today Americans celebrate Father’s Day. It is a day set aside to honor fathers across America. Being a good father brings a lot of responsibilities to demonstrate leadership, love and commitment within families. http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/happy-fathers-day-facts-fathers-day-june-18-2017/...

 

The quiet crisis: mass eviction shows toll of homelessness on Native Americans

To Jenece Howe, it seemed like an ordinary yard sale. But as she surveyed the items, arrayed on a patch of land on the Native American reservation, she paused. It appeared to her as if the contents of a home had simply been dumped outside. And the elderly women selling them looked distraught. Soon Howe, an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, learned the reason. The woman, and many others, had been evicted from a tribal housing complex. “It was horrible. Horrible. Families had lived there for 20 plus years. That was their home. That was...

 

Get fresh and go fish with Minnesota cookbook author

The annual Svitak fish fry was the highlight of my summer as a child. After my father brought home the fish, the work fell to my mother, who dipped walleye and northern pike into eggwash and crushed cornflakes. The oil in the deep fryer crackled as she dropped in the fillets, her face flushed from the heat. Once cooked, the fillets were sprinkled with enough salt to give a doctor a heart attack, before my mother served them with lemon wedges and a big smile. It was the best meal of the year. http://www.startribune.com/get-fr...

 

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden celebrates grand reopening

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden celebrated its grand reopening on Saturday, after it was delayed to remove a controversial sculpture last week. The ribbon was cut near the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry at noon, bringing an end to the renovations once and for all. http://www.fox9.com/news/260312463-story...

 

Brother Ali and Locksmith Drop Lyrics Every Native Knows Too Well

Brother Ali, who has been producing a socially conscious and inspiring brand of hip-hop for 17 years, and Locksmith, a West Coast artist and producer, released videos this year that may just resonate with Native Americans. Own Light (What Hearts Are For) on Brother Ali’s “All the Beauty In This Whole Life” album was filmed in Seattle, and features Tlingit and Athabascan actor Martin Sensmeier. https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/arts-entertainment/brother-ali-locksmith-drop-lyrics-every-native-knows-well/...

 

GAO: Better Data Needed As Bad Tribal Roads Could Lead to Native Student Absences

The federal Government Accountability Office has rapped the Department of the Interior for deficiencies in data collection for tribal roads on tribal lands, something that could impact American Indian student attendance at schools. “The Bureau of Indian Education’s schools generally do not collect data on transportation-related causes for absences, despite broader federal guidance that recommends doing so. BIE’s attendance system lists causes, but transportation-related causes are currently not among them. Thus, BIE cannot quantify the...

 

This is us: Earliest fossils of our species found in Morocco

NEW YORK — How long has our species been around? New fossils from Morocco push the evidence back by about 100,000 years. The bones, about 300,000 years old, were unearthed thousands of miles from the previous record-holder, found in fossil-rich eastern Africa. The new discovery reveals people from an early stage of our species' evolution, with a mix of modern and more primitive traits. http://www.startribune.com/this-is-us-earliest-fossils-of-our-species-found-in-morocco/427048441/...

 

First Americans probably did not come from Siberia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Herald de Paris) — Mitochondrial DNA analysis along the human genome in 2014 has revealed that members of some native North American tribes share a maternal ancestry, haplogroup X, which is linked to the maternal ancestors of some present-day individuals in western Asia (And possibly Western Europe), albeit distantly. This has also provided some support for pre-Clovis models. More specifically, a variant of mitochondrial DNA called X2a found in many Native Americans has been traced to western Eurasia, while not being...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: 12th annual Ride for the Troops held Sunday

BEMIDJI -- The roads of the Greater Bemidji area rumbled a little louder on Sunday. Approximately 350 motorcycles and 450 riders -- many decked out in black with red, white and blue flags waving behind them -- participated in the 12th annual Ride for the Troops event, motoring along a 134-mile drive in northern Minnesota to honor and raise money for veterans in the area. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4278483-rolling-out-12th-annual-ride-troops-held-sunday...

 

The Canada most people don't see

Imagine your daughter, 15 years old, sneaks some booze and gets drunk for the first time. She is found by the police, who arrest and handcuff her. A male cop body searches her in public. When she asks for a female officer, he grabs your daughter by the hair and slams her head against the police car so hard it dents the hood. She is then taken to a holding cell where other officers mock her while she cries. Imagine your spouse is kidnapped by a violent criminal. He ties her up with electrical cords, sexually assaults her, and then stabs her....

 

'Let it burn': U.S. art critics respond to the Walker's takedown of 'Scaffold'

The process of removing artist Sam Durant's "Scaffold" from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, to be followed by a burning ceremony at an as-of-yet undetermined date (the dismantling is expected to take four days or so). The decision was announced Wednesday at a press conference following a meeting between Dakota elders, Durant, Walker Art Center Executive Director Olga Viso, Minneapolis officials and mediator Stephanie Hope Smith, who specializes in sacred sites. http://www.startribune.com/art-cri...

 

Graduates in regalia represent Native culture

When 18-year-old Shelta Tsosie selected her clothing for her graduation from Hellgate High School, she chose pieces of history. Her belt, decorated with half-dollar coins, belonged to her great-great-grandmother. http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/territory/graduates-in-regalia-represent-native-culture/article_76b86e13-c848-567a-b952-8f1d1626a744.html...

 

June - 40 Years. 40 Films. 40 Weeks.

Vision Maker Media continues its 40th anniversary celebration with four films streaming in June as part of its collection of 40 films available for free streaming through Aug. 7, 2017. Each week a different film will be available through: visionmakermedia.org and americanarchive.org. Titles for June: June 6 .................... Navajo Code Talkers June 13 .................. Injunuity June 20 .................. The Oneida Speak June 27 .................. Who Owns the Past? NAVAJO CODE TALKERS A...

 

Senior citizens are having more sex and enjoying it more than younger people

Gray-haired customers sometimes sidle up to Smitten Kitten owner Jennifer Pritchett and say with a smile, “Bet you don’t get someone my age in here often.” The owner of the south Minneapolis adult store smiles right back. “And then I say, ‘Well, you’re wrong. We see people your age every day,’ ” said Pritchett. http://www.startribune.com/senior-citizens-are-having-more-sex-and-enjoying-it-more-than-younger-people/425508863/...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: ND 20-year-old from Turtle Mountain reservation graduates from Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — As if graduating from Harvard University with a degree in molecular and cellular biology isn't impressive enough, try doing it before you can even legally drink. "I applied to Harvard as a joke," said McKayla Gourneau of Belcourt, a city of about 2,000 in north-central North Dakota on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. "I mean, it's Harvard. I didn't think I'd get in." http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4273976-nd-20-year-old-turtle-mountain-reservation-graduates-harvard...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: TrekNorth graduate already has degree from Leech Lake Tribal College

BEMIDJI—A lot of graduating seniors have their sights set on a two- or four-year college degree—but Eninatig Willow Miller's already one step ahead. The TrekNorth senior already has an associate's degree in Liberal Education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and math from Leech Lake Tribal College, and then she'll get started on an environmental science degree at Arizona State University in the fall. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/education/4273381-doubling-treknorth-graduate-already-has-degree-le...

 

Landing a Minnesota record fish – what to target, what's a pipe dream

Anglers have a habitat of telling tales, and that’s never truer than when they’re talking about the size of their fish. Often, the fish that was THAT BIG turns out to have been only that big. Perhaps that is simply the nature of angling, or anglers. No harm, no foul. Big fish, though, can be a big deal. That is part of the reason many anglers can tick off — within an ounce or two, anyway — the state record size of their favorite fish. Yet it’s impossible to say how many people catch a state record fish only to realize later it may...

 

Incredible 140-year-old pics show Native American Indian families before and after they were forced into school and banned from wearing traditional clothes

FASCINATING portrait showing Native Americans before and after being forcibly assimilated into American culture have emerged. The photos show young men and women in traditional clothing next to comparison snaps taken just three years later showing them in smart suits and dresses with western-style haircuts. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3646248/pictures-native-indians-before-after-assimilated-carlisle/...

 

For Native Mothers, a Way to Give Birth That Overcomes Trauma

Nicolle Gonzales has the stamina of a long-distance runner, which she is, and the authority that comes from guiding nervous mothers-to-be through difficult labor. Her confidence was hard-won: She is a survivor of sexual abuse who gave birth to her first child at age 20 in a noisy hospital room, crowded with relatives and attended by a doctor who wouldn’t answer her questions. She lost so much blood that she nearly lost consciousness. http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/for-new-native-mothers-a-place-for-culture-and-com...

 

Dental Care During Pregnancy is Safe and Important

Dental Care During Pregnancy is Safe and Important A healthy mouth for mother, a healthy start for baby For more information and resources, visit www.endcavities.org/during-pregnancy and www.aap.org...

 

Patriot Nations Exhibit Honoring Native American Armed Forces Opening at Fort Snelling

The national landmark Historic Fort Snelling in Minnesota, which was built in the 1820’s and now serves to teach the military histories of the Civil War, World Wars, the U.S. and Dakota War of 1862 and more—will host an new exhibit titled Patriot Nations which honors the military service of Native Americans. The exhibit will be on display Saturday, May 27 to Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, and will be presented in 18 full-color banners, including additional content developed by Minnesota Historical Society about the efforts of American Indian...

 

'Art is Medicine' For This Young Native Artist

Breanna Green was just 15 when she began pursuing art. Since then, her pieces have been featured throughout her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the exhibitions have prompted praise all over Indian country. “She has an incredible ability to tell amazing stories through her paintings,” said Ojibwe rap artist and activist Mic Jordan. https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/arts-entertainment/art-medicine-young-native-artist/...

 

This Native American Ethnobotanist Is Using Science To Restore A Lost Food Culture

Uproxx knows that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines are driving the future of this planet forward. Every day, we see new ideas, fresh innovations, and bold trailblazers in these fields. Follow us this month as we highlight how STEM is shaping the culture of NOW. Tashia Hart grew up on the Red Lake Reservation of Northern Minnesota. Her childhood was spent exploring the wilds with her father and two brothers — fishing, hunting, and foraging for food. During these adventures, she developed a deep love for animals...

 

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