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NiiJii Radio is on the Air

NiiJii Radio






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NiiJii Radio is up and running!

KKWE 88.9 FM

is broadcasting from Callaway, MN.

KNKN 88.1 FM

comes to you from Naytahwaush, MN.

Both on the White Earth Reservation!!


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Winona LaDuke Explores The Militarization of Indian Country From Geronimo to Bin Laden

Excerpts from an article, in The Huffington Post, by Georgianne Nienaber (Investigative journalist, author, Haiti relief worker)
bookcover for Militarization of Indian Country (Author: Winona LaDuke)

“Completed in February 2011, the book is currently at press and comes on the heels of the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, also known as ‘Geronimo EKIA’ (Enemy Killed in Action).”

“…she uses considerable scholarly prowess to examine how and why Native culture has become inextricably entwined with military institutions.

…In a transcript of an interview with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now,” LaDuke charges this terminology and the use of the code name “Geronimo” for bin Laden represent “the continuation of the wars against indigenous people.”

…read the book and what emerges goes straight to the heart and soul of the militarization of not just Indian culture, but mainstream American ethos as well.

The Militarization of Indian Country examines in dreadful detail how the military has poisoned, murdered, and exterminated parts of indigenous populations. It is carefully organized into sections examining the deep ties between the military and indigenous people, how the economy drives the military and vice-versa, the military's appropriation of Indian lands, and a somewhat hopeful prognosis for future relations if America rethinks her priorities.


“…LaDuke challenges the reader to grasp the disconnect inherent in the stereotype of Indian warriors as “bloodthirsty killers.” “There are critical differences, however, between a war fought to defend the people and the land, and a war fought to create or sustain an empire, to impose colonial rule on an unwilling population,” LaDuke says.

“…In LaDuke’s narrative, the broken treaties, poisoned waters, rivers of tears, forced death marches and massacres such as the one at Wounded Knee serve to riddle the reader with guilt. It is not the guilt of immediate responsibility, but guilt that comes from realizing that ignorance breeds culpability.

LaDuke credits Portland editor Sean Cruz with providing valuable research and editing skills.

For more information and to order advance copies of The Militarization of Indian Country, please contact Honor The Earth at info@honorearth.org.

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NiiJii Radio 2011Fundraising Campaign Kick-off

White Earth, MN – April 4, 2011 – White Earth Land Recovery Project announced the kick-off of the 2011 fundraising campaign for the development of Niijii Radio. The White Earth Land Recovery Project was notified by the Federal Communications Commission that Niijii Broadcasting had been awarded two construction licenses for community-based radio stations: KKWE & KNKN.

  • In October 2010, the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) awarded Niijii Radio a grant of $466,389.
  • Niijii Radio still needs to match this grant by raising $155,464 through private and in-kind donations.
  • An additional $360,075 is needed to support equipment, personnel, supplies, and signage.
  • Fundraising efforts will be applied towards the required match and first-year equipment and operation costs.

Read the entire Press Release in PDF format: NiijiiRadio Apr 6 2011PressRelease

Good Article on “Migizi”

Eagles: Majestic, symbolic thieves

“Ben Franklin thought eagles were nothing but vile thieves and therefore unworthy to be the national symbol. Ole Ben said, “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.”

“I was able to witness a bald eagle in his thievery once, and it was one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen in over 40 years of outdoors adventures. I was paddling up the Isabella River in the BWCAW with a group of gents when we rounded a bend and saw a sea gull eating a fish on a rock.”
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Goat Fairies

Winona, Jessica and Caitlin ( the goat cheese fairies) all went to the Pine Point school. We took around 20 first and second graders to see the big daddy goat. This is the goat farm that Trisha Stearns and her husband Mitch Hamm have around 5 miles from the Pine Point School. There was a lot of discussion of goats, holding baby goats, petting, looking at pigs and also talking about the Ojibwe words for this all.  We also ate goat cheese from the milk from the goats. This was made by Jessica Burton and Caitlin Knudson, who are teaching us all about this, and are because of this called the goat cheese fairies. They had a great time, and Giiwedin Buckanaga had a blast too.  [Photos will be added soon…]

White Earth Anishinaabe Restore Local Food Economy

Anishinaabeg Food EconomyOn the White Earth Reservation, we are working to restore our traditional food economy and protect the sacred seeds and food given to us by the Creator.

In this work, we both advocate protecting our wild rice and other seeds from patenting and genetic contamination and are committed to once again, feed all of our community.

Our goals include:
  • Producing enough food in the next two years to feed at least l000 of our tribal members.
  • Protecting the genetic integrity of our wild rice and sacred seeds.
  • Determining the value of the food economy on our reservation, re-localize it, and capture the value added for our premium lake harvested wild rice on national and international markets.
Anishinaabeg Food Economy 2At the core of our work, we are also keen on insuring that our most needy people have access to foods – so we provide food to 170 elderly diabetic families, and have launched in 2007, the Pine Point School Farm to School Program, as a central part of our work at Mino Miijim.

We hope to strengthen these programs, and provide a model which can be used in other parts of our community, and elsewhere. All of this is part of our larger work to restore land, strengthen our culture and insure that we are preparing for the generations yet to come.

Sturgeon Release


Sturgeon are ancient beings whose presence graced the stories, songs and memories of countless generations of people. Then they were banished by greed. Today, with the dreams and hands of fisheries biologists, and tribal members, the sturgeon are returning to the rivers and lakes of the forest country just west of the Great Lakes, returning in all their glory. They are returning to the White Earth Reservation, and as they return, they teach us a lesson of connectivity and our own relationships with each other. That lesson, we believe, is one we that we can begin undoing some of what we have done to each other and with the realization that we are all ultimately connected.

Working in collaboration with the White Earth Biology Department, the White Earth Land Recovery Project has seen another successful release of sturgeon back into the waters of the reservation. On a sunny day in September, Randy Zortman of the WE Biology Dept. and his staff released 8000 sturgeon into White Earth Lake and 5000 into Round Lake.

To date, the White Earth Land Recovery Project has assisted in the release of about 50,000 sturgeon fingerlings back into the waters of the White Earth Reservation. Each year, the White Earth Biology Department, with assistance from WELRP releases approximately 8,000 sturgeon into White Earth Lake (each year) and 5,000 – 6,000 into Round Lake. In 2003, the White Earth Lake dam was removed and we are working with the WE Tribe to ensure this work continues into the future. At this time, the WE Tribe is looking ahead to the future and working to obtain funding to continue the work of sturgeon restoration, and dam alterations.

To learn more about the ancient sturgeon, please email us or to make a donation towards this work, please call us at 1-888-274-8318.