Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock at 9 am on Wednesday September 4, 2013 am as she talks with Executive Director Joe Rice about the new year with Indian students at Center School in Minneapolis. Center School has taken home the ribbons again for its organic garden on campus, a project of students and staff. Joe will tell us how all that happened and what he looks forward to in the new school year.
Indian Country has lost a great friend in attorney Ken Tilsen who died on Sunday, September 1. He established the Wounded Knee Defense/Offense Committee and was involved in criminal and civil trials throughout the 1970s. His papers are at the Minnesota Historical Society. Attorney Bill Tilton knew Ken Tilsen in another one of Ken's many interests in justice: defense of the Minnesota 8 - a group of young protestors against the Viet Nam War. Eight were arrested according to MinnPost, "on July 10, 1970, while trying to break into government offices in three Minnesota towns Little Falls, Alexandria and Winona to destroy draft records. During subsequent trials, they were dubbed "The Minnesota 8" and their defenses centered on their opposition to the Vietnam War and the use of the draft to force men to fight it."
Joe Rice has been executive director of Center School in Minneapolis since 2001. Before that he taught high school in South Dakota for 17 years - at Little Wound Hight School on Pine Ridge and then Central High School in Rapid City. He serves as a member of the Minneapolis Urban Indian Directors and the Metropolitan Federation of Schools and is the chairperson of the group Phillips Indian Educators. He served on the United Way Investment Panel in 2003 and also lectures on Native American education and related issues. He graduated from MacalesterCollege with a B.A. in History and earned a B.S. in Education secondary emphasis from Black HillsStateUniversity in Spearfish,South Dakota.
Bill Tilton has been a Minnesota lawyer since graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School with a J.D. in 1977. In over three decades of practice, he has obtained many superlative settlements and verdicts for his clients, with record results in several categories. He received the “Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year” from Minnesota Lawyer newspaper in 2001.