By Janis Fairbanks
Photo by Ivy Vainio
News From Indian Country
This year’s Kiwenz Language Camp marked the seventh year of the annual event, started in 2009 as a grassroots effort by storyteller/writer Jim and Pat Northrup, Ojibwa language teacher Rick Gresczyk, with Randy Gresczyk, Dr. Arne Vanio, and his wife, Ivy, and James Northrup III becoming active in the early camp years to form the corps planning group for the camp. This year’s camp ran June 17 - 21 at Kiwenz Campgrounds on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
 
Interview by Dawn Karima
News From Indian Country

Q) It’s great to visit with you!!! What are some of the facts you’d like us to know about you?

A) I am not sure I really don’t like to talk about myself.
 
Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin (ICC)   For decades families have experienced the beauty and culture of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe at the Tribe’s historic “Indian Bowl.” And until a few years ago, it was one of Wisconsin’s best-known introductions to tribal culture and traditions offering tourists as well as talent from all over Indian Country an opportunity to share and experience cultural traditions.
 
By Winona LaDuke
Special to News From Indian Country

“You have an unmotivated person and you become more unmotivated on cannabis. I am afraid that the self esteem of our people is not going to handle legalizing it well.”  Kevin Shore, White Earth tribal member, Gulf War Veteran using VA prescribed THC for his chronic condition.
 
©by Doug George-Kanentiio
News From Indian Country

The fifteenth Native American Music Awards (the NAMMYS) once again honoured the best in aboriginal music while showcasing the wide diversity and depth of talent among the nation's indigenous performing artists.
 
A new documentary film on the story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, the first Native American alumnus of the University of Illinois, will debut Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. (CST) on the Big Ten Network. “Carlos Montezuma: Changing is Not Vanishing” was produced by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
By Nick Vander Puy
Photos by DKakkak
Moore Park Road, Iron County, WI
 
Congress approves updated Native American Veteran’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013

By Stephen Bowers (ICC)

In early December of 2013, the United States Congress approved the Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013 which provides for a veteran statue to be placed on the grounds of the National Museum of American Indians (NMAI).