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Remembering Minnie Two Shoes - Assiniboine Sioux

Minneapolis, Minnesota (NFIC) April, 2010

Minnie Two Shoes an Assiniboine Sioux from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana passed on Friday, April 9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota after a long battle with cancer. A publicist for the American Indian Movement from 1970-1976 she later worked endlessly as a team member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) starting in 1994 to help unlock information regarding the 1975 murder of Annie Mae Pictou-Aquash.

She served several terms as a board member of NAJA, was the co-founder of Wolf Point Traditional Women's Society in 1983, was an editor for Native Peoples from 1996-98 and in Canada for several publications including Aboriginal Voices Magazine and the Ontario based TV program "Buffalo Tracks.". She had previously worked with the Wotanin Wowapi at Fort Peck as a writer and columnist for "Red Road Home" specializing in stories on water rights, air quality, environment, oil and gas and economic development. She was also a contributing writer for News From Indian Country.

Two Shoes obtained her bachelor's degree in Community Development from Native American Education Service College in Fort Peck in 1983. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism 1987-90 and was co-founder the Native American Student Assocation and President. Two Shoes was an instructor in Communications at the Fort Peck college 1992-93.

Tribal services are tentatively planned for Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at the Poplar, Montana Community Center on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. She is survived by her four chilldren Nupa, Peta, Tata and Makbia. (These are all shorten versions of their full Native names.). She was married to the late John Carmichael.

 

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