Category: history & culture

  • Part 2: A Conversation with Russel Balenger: The Founder of the Circle of Peace Movement

    Part 2: Growing Into Leadership Written by: Carrie Pomeroy & Sabrina Nur In Part 1 of this conversation with St. Paul community leader Russel Balenger, we talked about Russel’s childhood growing up in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood both before and after the construction of Interstate 94. We also learned about how his parents profoundly shaped…

  • Mini ha ha

    Mini ha ha

    No, no way, that doesn’t mean a little laugh, but, waterfall in Dakota, from it flows the blood of me, carries the love of home, gives the pride of belonging, you can hear it sing, it holds the magic of the buffalo nation, shares life with all who have come here to this land, who…

  • A Dakota Prayer

    A Dakota Prayer

    Tukansina Wakan Tanka wocekiya ho owaye oyate kinowansi heced zani yauvpte hecetudo! Grandfather, Great Spirit, I send you my voice praying for all people to be healthy in every way. That’s the way it is!

  • Wah-ZE-yah-tah (North)

    Wah-ZE-yah-tah (North)

    From the top of the circle, sits him, he of cold, ice, snow, and air. He sneezes and we freeze, he coughs and it’s a blizzard, he cries and we shovel our way to the street. He knows that his presence is important to us, that he helps the earth rest and rejuvenate. Melting fast…

  • Tillie

    Was the first member of my dakota family that i met, in was in 1967, Minneapolis, Minnesota at the apartment of my foster brother, Stanley Rocks’ Mother, Ann, she told me about my Mother dying and how big of a family, i had, then, i went off to war, years later, she wanted to give…

  • Louise LaBlanc

    Each rain drop that falls upon us reminds that our Lovely Sister, Louise LaBlanc died last week, the gray clouds show us the empty feeling she leaves, her beautiful and difficult way wasn’t easy to deal with and left many frustrated, but may she rest in peace with all of the departed members of our…

  • Solar Eclipse-2017

    When the sun and moon align, things going to change. Pray a little more, if you care to…this time, we need to think critically, act sanely, and be good, if not appreciated, be better, in another 2,000 days or so,  it will come again…

  • BUFFALOS RULE

    Tatanka, (buffalo) ruled the underworld according to the oral history of the Dakota.  For a long time, we Dakota lived inside the earth, for it wasn’t habitable above. (Today, the Hauvasupi Nation live three miles down, inside the earth and have lived there since before Columbus, in the Grand Canyon of Arizona.) Tatanka was the…