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Cooperation Improves Kids' Lives in Tribal Nation within County

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Way up in northwestern Minnesota, progress is being made within the Ojibwe tribes. "It's been a long process," said Trisha Hansen, Bemidji District supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. "... It was a tough two years, let me tell you. Probation and social services have really worked together in...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    May 5, 2014

Being there for birth: Local group to offer workshops, speakers on healthy birthing practices

BEMIDJI -- Expectant mothers look forward to baby's arrival with excitement and hope for a beautiful beginning of a life. And although complications may ensue that require emergency medical intervention, such as a caesarian section, members of Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming (Long ago women birth in lodge, home or building)...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    March 17, 2014

Family members, friends eulogize Red Lake Tribal Council member Donald May

RED LAKE -- Although Donald "Dudie" May died March 8 in an apparent shooting at a rural Red Lake residence, Friday's funeral emphasized not that tragedy, but the deceased man's character and service to the Red Lake Nation. The funeral for May, 58, at the Red Lake Humanities Center was officiated by the Rev. Jerry Rogers of St. M...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    September 23, 2013

Basketball family offers inspiration: Schimmel sisters talk of Native pride at Red Lake

RED LAKE — Young Red Lake members practiced their three-pointers Saturday morning in the Red Lake High School gym as they awaited the arrival of Shoni and Jude Schimmel and their parents. The Schimmel sisters are known throughout Indian Country and beyond as basketball stars who helped the University of Louisville Lady Cardina...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    September 3, 2013

Powwow in Ponemah

Pictures from the Powwow in Ponemah on Sunday....

 
 By Molly Miron    News    August 23, 2013

Moving forward: Leech Lake Band chairwoman highlights productiive year

WALKER — The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe operated at $3.6 million under budget this year. But those savings in no way interfered with infrastructure improvements and program enhancements, said Leech Lake Chairwoman Carri Jones in her 2013 State of the Band address Thursday morning at the Northern Lights Event Center in Walker....

 
 By Molly Miron    Features    May 13, 2013

Chief Ogimaabinenz, Chief Goodezhiin descendants to gather in Red Lake

BEMIDJI — Decades of collaborative research will give descendants of Chief Ogimaabinenz and Chief Goodezhiin of Ponemah a chance to celebrate their connections through the fourth-eighth generations. They will gather at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Seven Clans Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Red Lake to share information about...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    May 3, 2013

Actor Chaske Spenser of 'Twilight' fame inspires youth at Red Lake conference

RED LAKE — For the finale of the eighth annual Red Lake Nation Youth Conference on Thursday, Chaske Spenser urged teens to honor their personal potential and work for their dreams. "Nobody else can stop you," he said. "There’s potential inside you that nobody can put out except you." Spenser, a 38-year-old Lakota who grew...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    April 2, 2013

Gathering recognizes elders' contributions

RED LAKE – The Third Annual Elders Gathering at the Red Lake Nation Seven Clans Casino Monday mixed frivolity with tradition and honors with fun. On the serious side, Spiritual Leader Eugene Stillday thanked the spirits of the four directions and Mother Earth for sustaining his people. On the wacky side, Shapey/Shaky Legs contestants danced and gyrated barelegged with the...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    March 4, 2013

Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. outlines goals, successes in speech

RED LAKE – Red Lake Band of Chippewa Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. sees hopeful signs for the coming year, but lists challenges as well. “I’m proud to report the state of our nation is good,” Jourdain said in introducing his annual State of the Band address Friday to a full audience at the Seven Clans Casino Event Center....

 
 By Molly Miron    News    December 27, 2012

Loan to help Red Lake tribe build college, government center

RED LAKE – By the fall of 2014, the Red Lake Nation will revolve around a new hub. The Red Lake Nation College and Red Lake Government Center will occupy buildings north of the powwow grounds on the bluff above Red Lake itself. The front elevation of the matching buildings will bear the silhouettes of wing-spread eagles. The $21.4 million USDA Rural Development loans were app...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    December 26, 2012

Red Lake Band of Chippewa refurbishes rec center

RED LAKE – In the mid-1970s, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa built the Humanities Center, including in it what is now a college-regulation-size basketball court. “The floor is 30 years old and never had any maintenance at all,” said Ron Lussier, tribal activities director. Now, with funding from tribal coffers and a grant...

 

Red Lake Nation College: College president appreciates his humble beginnings

RED LAKE – Red Lake Nation College President Dan King didn’t grow up on the reservation. Nor did he experience any affluence in his early years. Born in St. Paul, King lived with his mother and siblings in inner city public housing, Dunedin Terrace. “Everybody called it the Proj,” he said with a smile. “It kind of...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    December 10, 2012

Red Lake school administrator celebrates years of service

BEMIDJI – In the fall of 1979, a young Bemidji State University graduate began her career with the Red Lake School District. “I started as a music teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade,” said Jean Whitefeather. “One day a week, I went to Ponemah.” The Ponemah connection proved not only satisfactory...

 

Walk of Forgiveness: Bemidji minister to help break Native Americans’ historical trauma

BEMIDJI – In October 1850, the United States government failed to supply promised provisions to the Ojibwe Anishinaabe settled on Madeline Island in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands. U.S. government officials told the approximately 3,000 band members that they had to trek to Sandy Lake, Minn., to receive their allotments. But on...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    August 20, 2012

Memorial ride travels from Spirit Lake, N.D. to Red Lake to heal spirits

RED LAKE - “Keep all the memories, but don’t mourn,” Henry Skywater told participants starting out on the last segment of their 250-mile journey from Spirit Lake, N.D., to Red Lake. Skywater, a Dakota from the Birdtail Reserve in Manitoba, is leader of the Tatanka Chante And Those Loved Ones Who Left Us Memorial Unity Ride...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    July 9, 2012

Traditional celebration brings hundreds to Red Lake

RED LAKE – As 7 p.m. approaches, 2012 Independence Day Powwow announcer Lawrence Baker urges the hundreds of dancers preparing for Friday night’s Grand Entry to be punctual. “We’re going to start on time,” he says over the loudspeaker. “Those of you out there braiding your hair, braid faster.” The Red Lake Nation...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    June 8, 2012

New Beginnings celebrates graduates

RED LAKE — An honor guard of veterans accompanied by the Eyabay Drum Group led the 73 graduates of the Red Lake New Beginnings General Education Development (GED), Adult Basic Education and Youth Build programs to their commencement ceremony Thursday evening. The graduates, gathered with friends and family at the Seven Clans...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    February 22, 2012

Redby boy’s wish for trip comes true

“Last year they (LifeFlight) flew him out 14 times” to a Fargo, N.D., intensive care unit, said Adelma Oakgrove, Frank’s grandmother. But now, Frank, 7; his parents, Nicole and Donald Brun; sister, Melissa, 11; grandmother Adelma and cousin Kyleisha Garrigan, also 7, will take off for Orlando, Fla., courtesy of the...

 

Unofficial results: Finn wins secretary/treasurer position in special Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe election

After a contentious summer, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe voted in a special election Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1,421 to 1,364 in favor of Donald “Mick” Finn as the new secretary/treasurer over his opponent, Donald “Donnie” Headbird. The unofficial percentage is 51 percent for Finn and 49 percent for Headbird. If the results stand, Finn will replace former Secretary/Treasurer...

 

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: Special election set for today; investigation started

A panel of judges Aug. 4 upheld a judge’s decision that the June 28 Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe secretary/treasurer election was invalid. A special election today will decide between Donald “Mick” Finn and Donald “Donnie” Headbird for the position vacated Feb. 8 when former Secretary/Treasurer Michael Bongo was voted out of office. Finn won the June 28 election by six v...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    September 26, 2011

Eggers publishes inspirational book

For many years, John Eggers, educator and public speaker, has contributed a weekly column to the Pioneer. Now, Eggers has published a book of excerpts and selected essays from his material titled “More Than Just Words.” “I went through all of my writings for the last 20 years, and I picked what I thought people would enjoy...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    September 19, 2011

Children’s Ojibwe book wins Minnesota’s Best Read for 2011

“Awesiinyensag Dibaajimowinan Ji-Gikinoo’amaageng,” a monolingual Ojibwe book for young readers, was chosen by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to represent Minnesota this year in the National Book Festival. “Awesiinyensag Dibaajimowinan” or “Animal Stories,” named Minnesota’s Best Read, is a...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    September 16, 2011

Dewey Furniture owner pleads innocent to business fraud, theft

Margaret Jo Hirt, 51, owner and salesperson for Dewey Furniture in downtown Bemidji, pleaded innocent Monday, Sept. 12, to three counts of felony transaction card fraud and three counts of theft by swindle. Her next appearance in Beltrami County District Court is scheduled for Dec. 13. She entered her plea before Judge Sheri Schluchter. According to the criminal complaint: In...

 
 By Molly Miron    News    September 8, 2011

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: Tribal council postpones property purchase decision

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe had the opportunity Wednesday to buy back a traditional section of the tribal homeland and rid the tribe of a potentially bad debt Wednesday. However, many band members protested that the Tribal Council was rushing into a deal without giving them sufficient notice. After several hours of testimony...

 

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