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We Are Still Here

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. At the time of the arrival of Columbus, there were possibly upwards of 12 million indigenous people (American Indians) living throughout what is now the United States and Canada. Over the next four centuries, by 1891, as a result of disease, the destruction […]

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Holiday Stories

It’s a Wonderful Life (and Work Balance) Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people traditionally reserved the months between “freezing-over time”—gashkadino giizis (November) and “maple-sap-boiling time”—iskigamizige giizis (April) as the time for the telling of traditional stories—aadizookaanag. Stories are transformative—the listener learns and changes—that is why stories were […]

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We Are All Related

By Leo I. Brisbois Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon.  Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people traditionally view the world, everything in it (animate and inanimate), and the way for positive interaction to occur among all things as capable of being represented by or within a Circle. Although it is a gross […]

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Of Greatest Value Is That Which We Give Away

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people, like a great many Indian tribes, have a ceremony known as a giveaway—miinidiwag.  In it the person who is the focus of the ceremony does not receive gifts, but rather, they hand them away.  Indian people generally assign stature in the […]

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Of Greatest Value is That Which We Give Away

By Leo I. Brisbois Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people, like a great many Indian tribes, have a ceremony known as a giveaway—miinidiwag. In it the person who is the focus of the ceremony does not receive gifts, but rather, they hand them away. Indian people […]

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Civics: To Save a Village, Teach a Child

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people have traditionally shared collective responsibility for the education of the children in their communities; the unique skills, experiences, and wisdom of the individual adults and elders were imparted for the benefit of all of the children and not merely passed down […]

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A Quality Judiciary in Action

A Quality of Justice Worthy of Preservation Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people received “seven teachings of the grandfathers”—niizhwaaswi kchitwaa kinomaadiwinan—to guide them in life, and among them were wisdom (nbwaa kaa win), humility (dbaa dendi ziwin), respect (mnaa dendi mowin), truth (deb we win), and honesty […]

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Associating with Leaders: Join to Lead

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. I feel tremendously honored and humbled at having been extended the privilege of becoming the president of the Minnesota State Bar Association for the 2009–2010 bar year. In Ojibwe/Anishinaabe traditional culture, the concept of leadership—ogema—is not a European top/down construct where the leader unilaterally […]

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