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Auntie Approval

Where we live there aren't many businesses.  Big dreams are hard to come by.  But we are both hardship and unbelievable beauty.   Four years ago on a tiny Rez house on a dead end road we waited.  We lived next to the amazing Pat and the now deceased Jim Northrup for 10 years.  Pat is one of those Aunties.  The one who raises everyone's children and would give you the clothes off her back.  Pat was a touchstone of our community.  Their family had followed the development of Heart Berry from its beginnings as a beadwork hustle.  When I began working with the Inspired Natives Project Pat would stay up to date on all my doings.  She knew I was waiting...

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Art and the MMIW Movement

Why does art even matter anyway? Shouldn't we be doing more? The power of an image can hit you in the stomach and lodge itself in our heart.  We are all carrying parts of the MMIW epidemic in our stomach and our hearts as well.   Art makes us VISIBLE.  When we as Indigenous people are SEEN, we cannot be denied. The Movement to address the MMIW epidemic is gaining ground. We need powerful imaging of ourselves as strong, fierce, and resilient.  We need to be reminded that we are not only survivors but victors.   The art of the MMIW movement is an incredible example of how we as Indigenous people wrap ourselves around a concept and make it beautiful.  Any search of...

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Oprah Winfrey, a life of intention, and other unbelievable things

We Met Oprah!! If you've been under a rock then maybe you haven't heard, but this past Friday the KwePack, an Indigenous Women's Running Group here in Northern MN was invited to run during Oprah's 2020 Vision Tour.   As part of her tour, Oprah and her team have gleaned stories from across the country of people living a life of intention.  Kwepack runner and Heart Berry owner Howes "At first I thought it was a hoax, even as late as a few days before I had doubts."   Twenty Indigenous runners were invited to come and run in downtown Minneapolis.  Waiting on who they believe is WCCO newscaster Frank, the KwePack was surprised by the Auntie O herself.  After many screams and...

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