The Circle newspaper

A nonprofit organization

81 donors

The Circle was started as an in-house publication of the Minneapolis American Indian Center in Minneapolis in 1980. Due to its popularity with the community, it was expanded into a community newspaper. Since its inception, The Circle has covered Native American news, arts, and issues from a Native perceptive, something lacking in the mainstream media. While the editors and offices of The Circle have changed over the years, the mission of The Circle remains the same. The Circle continues to cover Native American news, arts and culture in Minnesota. 

The paper is delivered to all tribes in Minnesota and is distributed to over 200 free sites in the metro area. The Circle is currently one of a few non-tribally-owned Native newspapers in the U.S., and the only non-tribally owned newspaper in Minnesota. In 2022 we celebrated 42 years of continuous service to the Native community of the Twin Cities and Minnesota's reservations.

The Circle is published monthly and has a distribution of 8000 issue per month. 

Our board of directors come from the Native American community. Current board members include:

Chair: Melissa Buffalo
Vice-chair: Joy Persall
Treasurer: Shirley Sneve

Board Members:
Robert Larsen
Ivy Vainio

Managing Editor: Cat Whipple

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The Circle newspaper

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Arts & Culture Environment Community


3045 Bloomington Ave, #7506



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