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 up on reservations, was keynote speaker for the youth conference banquet Thursday evening. But during the afternoon program, he spoke to the 336 participants in a more informal manner. He told them how he won the role of werewolf Sam Uley in the Twilight saga films.
BEMIDJI – Rufus and Rowdy are finally trained and harnessed and a date for take-off is set. Teamsters Joe Dahlby and Earl Speckman will hitch up those mules to a covered wagon and head for Joice, Iowa – by way of Granada, Minn. Dahlby said he has been planning the trip for several years, spurred by a three-pronged passion. Joice, population 221, is his hometown. His father homesteaded in 1910 near Watford City, N.D., with a team of mules. And, most importantly, the trek will raise funds for local Hospice and Palliative Care Programs.
RED LAKE – The Third Annual Elders Gathering at the Red Lake Nation Seven Clans Casino Monday mixed frivolity with tradition and honors with fun.
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. However, he said unemployment, historical injustices and the federal sequester that would cut funding to tribes are among difficulties that continue the Red Lake Band’s struggles.
By Molly Miron Special to the Pioneer BEMIDJI — In 1984, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources published its first list of indigenous animals and plants that need protection. The list was updated in 1996 and will again be amended this year. State law directs the DNR to work at preserving Minnesota’s biodiversity by making a list of animals and plants most at risk of disappearing and to take steps to protect them.
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.
By Molly Miron Special to the Pioneer 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 makes you humble. It was a multicultural community – Native Americans, blacks, whites, Mexicans, Hmong.”
By Molly Miron Special to the Pioneer BEMIDJI – Each year, the Beltrami County Board members must approve the distribution of income from tax forfeited land owned by the county. This week, the County Board unanimously voted on the division of an estimated $450,000 earned this year from county land sales and logging. Richard Moore, Natural Resource Management director, said $180,000 of the total came from land sales. Moore recommended the proportions of the income that should go to various projects and entities in 2013.
By Molly Miron Special to the Pioneer 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.”
By Molly Miron Special to the Pioneer BEMIDJI – A hazardous inheritance from the early 20th century has raised Beltrami County Sheriff Department concerns, as well as ideas for eliminating the danger.