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UMD's powwow is looking to be legendary! This powwow was started back in the 1970's and is an amazing tradition at UMD. There was a brief haitus but the amazing AILRC student group has brought this powwow back powered by Head Dancers hosting their own specials!   Head Man special by Niigaaniiwaneb  Jingle Dress Special by Heart Berry and Head Women Giizh Agaton Howes We hope to see you there! Come spectate, intertribal, or jump into the specials! We will also be set up as a vendor! for more information email

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Be the First Generation

I didn't grow up in a wigwam. Shocking, I know. I grew up on Reservation Road.  That is not a metaphor.  I LITERALLY grew up on Reservation Road.  In my great grandparent’s house using the little yellow outhouse. Saturday I met an elder who very proudly and sweetly glowed about her granddaughter.  She told me she is a sixth generation jingle dress dancer.  I told her that is amazing... and I am grateful their family made it so far intact.  But my reaction to her was tainted with a little bit of jealousy, resentment, and shame.  She left me wondering whether I am worthy of this dress, this dance, this way of life… To my knowledge there are no jingle...

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We are the confluence

We are often referred to as Anishinaabe/Indigenous/Native people as living in two worlds.  I reject this notion and believe we live in one.  We are the people of confluence and adaptation.  Last week during a residency at an elementary school a student asked me "Why do you have the Indian things?"  "Do you have electricity?"  I told her "We are all of these things.  We are living both our ancestors ways and we have internet.  My kids learn their language and play fortnite.  WE GET TO BE IT ALL.  Isn't That amazing??" Instead of seeing ourselves as the recipients of endless trauma and deficit perhaps we should consider how we are the thriving recipients of thousands of years of adaptation,...

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