Joe Bowen covers education (mostly K-12) and American Indian affairs for the Bemidji Pioneer.
He's from Minneapolis, earned a degree from the College of St. Benedict - St. John's University in 2009, and worked at the Perham Focus near Detroit Lakes and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis before heading to the Pioneer.
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BEMIDJI—More than 100 people are expected to march Thursday to draw attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and people across the U.S. and Canada. The annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Peoples March is scheduled for Valentine's Day morning in a host of North American cities, including Bemidji. Marchers here are set to head along Bemidji Avenue from the Northwest Indian Community Development Center to the Beaux Arts Ballroom at Bemidji State University for prayers, honor songs and a jingle dress healing dance.
BEMIDJI—Payton Erickson was 16 when he first tried a vaporizer. He switched to cigarettes for a year or two, then went back to vaping midway through his senior year of high school, he said. Erickson, now 19 and a recent Bemidji High School graduate, said he grew to hate cigarettes: the burn, the taste, the stigma, and the smell that lingered on his clothes. Vaping is cheaper, simpler, and gives him the same nicotine buzz, Erickson said.
RED LAKE—U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., who serves on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, is scheduled to attend Red Lake Nation's State of the Band Address later this month. Darrell Seki, Sr., the band's chairman, is scheduled to deliver the annual address at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Seven Clans Casino Event Center. All are welcome to attend the address, band staff said. Here's the agenda: • Flag song • Honor Guard and Red Lake Nation Royalty • Welcome and State of the Band Address
REDBY—Deb Glynn first started working at Redby's One Stop when she was a child, and, she said, reluctantly so. Now, decades later, she and boyfriend Doug Montgomery own the shop with Glynn's mom, Judy Lussier, and, this week, they're celebrating 50 years in business. Lussier, then in her early 20s, and her now-ex husband moved from California to open the business, she said. They split up, and her children—plus generation after generation of teenagers—started working there to pick up the slack.
BEMIDJI—On a night dominated by President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address, renowned American Indian leader and activist Winona LaDuke delivered an alternative of sorts Tuesday at BSU. In a lecture LaDuke joked was a sort-of "State of Northern Minnesota," she outlined criticisms of the fossil fuel industry—North American pipeline projects and Enbridge Energy's Line 3 in particular—and advocated for a greener and less centralized economy.
CASS LAKE—The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe hopes to build a wellness center in Cass Lake. Band leaders envision a "pillar of the community" with an indoor track, recreational pool, meeting and community rooms, cultural and ceremonial spaces, a fitness center, a strip of lakeshore, and other amenities open to the public at large—not just Leech Lakers.
ST. PAUL—A bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives aims to address the untold numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minnesota. The bill, HF 111, would establish a task force to examine the systemic causes of that violence, ways to collect data on it, plus how to prevent it and lessen the damage it causes. A series of women, some from Bemidji-area tribal communities, testified in favor of the bill Tuesday at a hearing of the House's Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division.
BEMIDJI -- Faced with more extreme cold in the forecast, Bemidji-area K-12 schools are set to cancel a third day of classes this week. Bemidji, Cass Lake-Bena and Blackduck officials all announced Wednesday afternoon that the district’s schools will remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 31 due to extreme cold.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools is still working on a broader and longer-term slate of district goals. School Board members on Monday checked out a set of plans and goals for this school year and the next three to five years, which is a departure from previous "aims, goals, and measures" documents that generally only set their sights on year-end figures.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji-area K-12 students and BSU and NTC students won’t have class on Tuesday. Staff at Red Lake School District, Cass Lake-Bena Schools and Bemidji Area Schools announced Monday afternoon that they’ve canceled class on Tuesday, when the National Weather Service predicts wind chills as low as negative 54 degrees and gusts of wind as fast as 29 mph.