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Native American College Preparatory Center
Minnesota Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation
Attorney and Founder of the Indian Law Review
University of Oklahoma School of Law
Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Leech Lake Band
Master of Education
Teaching Math and Science
Master of Arts
Master of Business Administration
Oklahoma City University
CNO Crisis Time Line
[**Note: The Author - A graduate of Columbia, Stanford and Harvard Universities, Robert A. Fairbanks is president of the Native American College Preparatory Center in Norman.He is Leech Lake Ojibwe.] Tulsa World article by, World's own Service
Rob Fairbanks grew up in the Little Earth of United Tribes in Minneapolis, then moved to Cass Lake as a member of the Leech Lake...
The Rez Reporter, Rob Fairbanks, stopped by Paul and Babe Tuesday to deliver the St. Patrick's Day report.
Fairbanks' fame continues to grow on Facebook as he posts comedic videos on the Rez Report page. Local comedian Rob Fairbanks started posting videos of himself as the Rez Reporter, an Ojibwe weatherman with an exaggerated accent, about two years ago on Facebook... Park Rapids, 56470 Local comedian Rob Fairbanks started posting videos of himself as the Rez Reporter, an Ojibwe weatherman with an exaggerated accent, about two years ago on Facebook and YouTube for fun. As of Friday night, Fairbanks had 39,684 Facebook likes and 1,850 YouTube subscribers. "I just started doing videos for my friends as a joke, and they encouraged me to keep making videos," Fairbanks said. "After I made that first weather report, it went viral." Fairbanks lives in Cass Lake where he can often be spotted at the wayside rest shooting Rez Reports selfie-style on his cell phone. Minneapolis born and raised, Fairbanks, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, moved up north to get away from the city six years ago. He remembered experiencing traditional ways when he'd visit his aunt and uncle on the reservation when he was younger. "He has a real rezzy accent," Fairbanks said. Fairbanks has known he wanted to perform comedy since he was young when he used to watch the classic comedy shows "Laurel & Hardy" and "The Three Stooges" with his grandfather. "'Smoke Signals' really opened the door for exposure to Native humor," Fairbanks said. Fellow comedian and former co-host Tito Ybarra of Red Lake teamed up with Fairbanks almost 15 years ago, when the two lived in Minneapolis. Ybarra and Fairbanks hosted the "Rob and Tito Show" for six months on UpStream TV in Bemidji. "Rob's been able to bridge the gap between the Native and non-native crowds," Ybarra said. "Doing TV is different than performing in front of a live audience," Fairbanks said. "When you're talking to a camera, there's no reaction." Fairbanks performed his first stand up routine a year ago in Cass Lake. One of Fairbanks' goals is to make it on national TV. He said although some of his content is "rezzy," he doesn't want to be labelled as a Native comedian, rather he wants to be recognized as a Native American who does comedy. Fairbanks' fame has grown in the Bemidji area so much he gets recognized as the Rez Reporter when he goes out. The local celebrity has taken on hosting events at casinos claiming the moniker "The Darker Bob Barker." When Fairbanks isn't creating viral videos or hosting events, he's making co-workers laugh on the job. Fairbanks has been working for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe public works department as a heating technician since 2012. A year after he started at LLBO public works, his boss found out about Fairbanks' moonlighting as the Rez Reporter. The Rez Reporter character may not be a politically correct persona, but Fairbanks said he hasn't heard much negative feedback. Mostly, people thank him for sharing his humor and talent. He said one woman shook his hand and thanked him for his videos. She shared Rez Report videos with her son,who was serving in Afghanistan, on Facebook and it made him laugh. "When I first started doing the Rez Report, I wanted to bring a positive light to Leech Lake," Fairbanks said. "I wanted to let people know who we are and where we are in Leech Lake. I want to give people a sense of pride." Fairbanks remembers growing up with family always laughing and pride playing an important role in life. He said different tribes have different slang, but overall Native humor is universal. "Humor is the creator's gift to cope," Fairbanks said. "That's it." Some of Fairbanks' earlier videos are for an adult audience.
Robert A. Fairbanks is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation and presently resides in Oklahoma.
A small portion of his resume includes the following: Juris Doctor, University of Oklahoma; Master of Laws, Columbia University; Master of Education in Teaching Math and Science, Harvard University; Master of Arts in Medical Science, Stanford University; Master of Business Administration, Oklahoma City University; Master of Criminal Justice Administration, Oklahoma City University; Colonel, United States Air Force, Judge Advocate Corps; former Editor-in-Chief, American Indian Law Review; President and Executive Director of the Native American College Preparatory Center; and author of dozens of articles, notes, and book reviews relative to the history of American Indian people in America. Robert A. Fairbanks, The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in 1997: A new beginning, or the beginning of the end?, Native American Press, Dec. 27, 1996, at 6 (emphasis added). In a 1996 American Indian Law Review article, Robert A. Fairbanks stated in pertinent part: Robert A. Fairbanks, Native American Sovereignty and Treaty Rights: Are They Historical Illusions?, 20 American Indian L.Rev. 141, 142, 146 (1996).
Robert A. Fairbanks - Leech Lake tribal council's denial of Pemberton's candidacy unprecedented, unconstitutional, dangerous
Robert A. Fairbanks - Leech Lake tribal council's denial of Pemberton's candidacy unprecedented , unconstitutional , dangerousRobert A. Fairbanks - Leech Lake tribal council's denial of Pemberton's candidacy unprecedented , unconstitutional , dangerous * * Leech Lake tribal council's denial of Pemberton's candidacy unprecedented , unconstitutional , dangerousCommentary by Robert A. Fairbanks – March 17 , 2000Article IV - Tribal ElectionsSec. 2. Candidates.A candidate for Chairman , Secretary-Treasurer and Committeeman must be an enrolled member of the tribe and reside on the reservation of his enrollment.No member of the Tribe shall be eligible to hold office , either as a Committeeman or Officer , until he or she has reached his or her twenty-first ( 21 ) birthday on or before the date of election.© Robert A. Fairbanks , 2000Robert A. Fairbanks , an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians , living in Norman , Oklahoma , is an attorney and founder of the Indian Law Review at the University of Oklahoma School of Law.
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