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—Dozens marched through Bemidji on Friday to highlight the challenges facing Indigenous people worldwide, which many framed as broader issues facing the world as a whole. Drumming and singing in the sub-zero chill, the Indigenous Peoples Movement March headed from the Paul and Babe statues in downtown Bemidji to the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University, pausing briefly to warm up in a church foyer. The march here coincided with a thousands-strong one in from the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., to a park near the Lincoln Memorial.
RED LAKE—Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services was supposed to receive a new round of federal funding on Tuesday, Jan. 1. A federal government shutdown means that money hasn't showed, but tribal health workers there are continuing on nonetheless. "It doesn't stop just because the money isn't there," said Oran Beaulieu, tribal health director. "Just because the government shuts down, we can't."
A Blackduck High School senior’s yearbook photo is set to include a shotgun. Blackduck Public School Board members voted unanimously Monday to allow Antonia Long to submit a photo for the school’s “Black Quill” annual yearbook that shows Long, a decorated trap shooter with the high school team, posing with the gun across her shoulders.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University has a new coordinator for its Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Ye "Solar" Hong said she wants to implement various diversity programs at the school, including "Safe Zone" LGBTQ awareness and ally training. She said she also wants to add more programming and events that highlight different cultures, like the school's annual Festival of Nations, and get the center involved in orientations for new students.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji-area American Indian leaders and students are set to march this Friday to draw attention to challenges facing Indigenous people worldwide. After a short prayer and ceremony at the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues in downtown Bemidji, the first-ever Indigenous Peoples Movement March is scheduled to head to the American Indian Resource Center at BSU, where university scholars will detail some of those Indigenous issues and how students in attendance can help address them.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji police officer will ride on school buses to catch drivers who skirt the buses' stop arms. Beginning early February, School Resource Officer Randy Moyer will sometimes ride with a Bemidji Area Schools bus driver as they run their route. If a motorist swoops past the extended arm, Moyer will radio their car's make, model, and, hopefully, license plate number to Zach Ruport, another school resource officer who'll be tailing a few blocks behind the bus. Ruport, then, will try to track down the car and cite the driver.
BEMIDJI -- “Genocide.” That’s what was spray painted last week on a statue of Babe the Blue Ox , a pillar of Minnesota and American folklore that stands beside a Paul Bunyan statue in downtown Bemidji.
RED LAKE -- 300 days of recovery. 537 days. 10 years. Speakers at the outset of Red Lake’s Community Wellness Gathering on Wednesday morning, many of them health workers, talked about their journeys to sobriety, which were fraught with arrest, loss and loneliness.
BEMIDJI—An annual Bemidji State University sports promotion designed to recognize American Indians—and pique interest in the school—is set to expand into basketball. University staff are working to organize "Native Nations Night" at a Beaver basketball doubleheader next month. It would be the basketball equivalent of the yearly event of the same name at BSU hockey games.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji business wants to do more than post "boozhoo" and "miigwech" on its doors. Harmony Natural Foods Co-op added in November combination Ojibwemowin and English signs to some of the indigenous foods on its shelves. So "maple syrup" complements "ziinzibaakwadaaboo" and "soup" complements "naboob" for shoppers. But co-op leaders plan to do more than hang signs, they said. Staff also want to highlight American Indian recipes, organize an Ojibwe cooking club, and have employees there learn a little Ojibwemowin at an all-hands training, among other ideas.