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We have an elder who needs an extra large wheel chair, prefer motorized but will take a push one.

We have an elder who needs an extra large wheel chair, prefer motorized but will take a push one. This will be a donation, she can’t afford to buy one.

Thanks Sharon 651-452-4141

Mahto BEAR Ron Cronick passed away around 8:36pm on Dec 1, 2014

Bear is on his journey into the spirit world.

BEAR Ron Cronick passed away around 8:30pm Dec 1, 2014. A Cheyenne from Lame Deer MT, Bear was the spirit of the AIM Security Patrol and of the Highway 55 Encampment. We will honor Bear’s work and his life this Saturday night at the Coldwater Full Moon Walk.

The wake/visitation and funeral are at the *American Indian Center on Franklin and Bloomington Avenues in Minneapolis. The wake starts on Wednesday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. 8 pm Aztec dancer & feast. Continues on Thursday Dec 4, service at 6pm & feast. Friday is the Funeral, December 5th final viewing at 10:00 a.m. 11am, 2 pm feast. Please use the entrance on Franklin Avenue.

Ways to help: Bring a dish to pass, bring a blanket for the giveaway, help clean up on Friday afternoon.


From David Miller (posted on Facebook):

RIP Bear Cronick. You’re on your journey now. No more struggle, at home with Uncle Bob and Carol and Dave and Chris and all who went before you. Glad I got to say goodbye, can’t imagine my life if we had never met. Tears are spirit leaving, and you were such a huge spirit of resistance, the songs, the ceremonies, the culture, you always knew Bear would hold it down. Sweet journey warrior. Until next time.

Friends of Coldwater

*American Indian Center
1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-4555


Good by my friend!!

The Mendota Community


The Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration is from 4-7 p.m. Today Monday Oct-13-2014 at the American Indian Center.

Archdiocese, victim attorney give details on settlement
Mpls. Celebrates ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ Instead of ‘Columbus Day’

Updated: 10/13/2014 7:28 AM
Created: 10/12/2014 2:17 PM
By: Kate Renner

The calendar may say “Columbus Day” on Monday, but for the first time ever the city of Minneapolis is celebrating a counter-celebration called “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Supporters say it’s been a long time coming for the community’s American Indian people.

“We still have some identity here,” Anishinaabe White Earth Reservation tribal member Robert Rice said.

Rice opened up “Pow Wow Grounds” coffee shop on East Franklin Avenue to start a Native American business in the American Indian Cultural Corridor.

Rice says that identity takes a hit every year on the second Monday of October, also known as Columbus Day.

“To have him recognized every year is more like a slap in the face to us Native Americans,” Rice said.

“To say that Columbus discovered America is truly a joke in itself,” Leech Lake Ojibwe tribal member Ed Sayers said.

For the first time ever, the city of Minneapolis is serious about recognizing someone else – the people who already lived here.

“It’s not a day of discovery; it’s more of a day of declaration for the indigenous people that have been here long before anybody else supposedly discovered the country,” Sayers said.

The first-ever Indigenous Peoples Day celebration will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center and includes indigenous cuisine and cultural performances.

“It’s nice to have a day, and it’s nice to finally have that recognition from the local government,” Sayers said.

The city council voted unanimously back in April for the holiday change, joining Berkley, California, Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington. Now, they’re setting their sights on bringing the movement to the federal level.

The inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day celebration is from 4-7 p.m. Monday.