Senator Smith's staff held a listening session on Native housing issues yesterday. Miigwech to Ravyn Gibbs, Senator Smith's Native American Outreach Director, and Daryl Olson, AICHO Programming Coordinator, for organizing this session, and for the community for speaking about the real housing conditions that Native people experience.
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Round Lake Traditions Founder/CEO Herb Fineday (Fond du Lac Ojibwe tribal member) taught 5 of our Gimaajii residents and 7 Native medical students the art of making their own ribbon skirt. This year's holiday season at AICHO will be dedicated to craft and sewing activities for our program participants to make gifts in!
We are so grateful for your contributions during #GTM2019 - thanks to you, we are $2,079 closer to developing the Niiwin Indigenous Foods Market. You can continue to follow our Facebook page and the Niiwin Market page on GiveMN (link below) for updates on the progress we're making.
We launched this campaign in an effort to give the public an opportunity to participate in fundraising for the market. This project is huge and there's much work to be done, but we're excited that you all decided to take part in the journey with us.
You can still join us in fundraising by following this link or sharing it with your friends: https://www.givemn.org/story/Niiwinmarket
An Indigenous poetry reading featuring Linda LeGarde Grover, Kimberly Blaeser, Babette Sandman, and Rocky Makes Room for Them was hosted at AICHO this October, with music by Lyz Jaakola.
Organized by Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower, the event included an invitation for other Indigenous people to share a poem or two as part of the open mic portion of the event. For further information, please contact Gary Boelhower, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Duluth Poet Laureate Project was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, the English departments at UMD and CSS, and Lake Superior College. Please visit www.duluthpoetlaureate.org
Check out this video clip: https://www.facebook.com/wdse.wrpt.pbs/videos/529720714241696/
Powwow Highway is a 1989 comedy-drama road movie directed by Jonathan Wacks. Based on the novel Powwow Highway by David Seals, it features A Martinez, Gary Farmer, Joanelle Romero and Amanda Wyss. Wes Studi and Graham Greene, who were relatively unknown actors at the time, have small supporting roles. AICHO was happy to host actor Gary Farmer for a screening of the film and a meet-and-greet session with the community!