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Regional and Local Briefs: January 2015
Tuesday, January 13 2015
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PINE RIDGE, S.D. – In the November general election, voters in Shannon County overwhelmingly approved changing the name to Oglala Lakota County, but the new name cannot go into effect without legislative action.

Patrick Weber with the Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office said it's unknown when the South Dakota Legislature intends to pass the needed joint resolution to rename Shannon County.

The county includes the majority of the land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It had been named after Peter Shannon, a chief justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme Court who later assisted in land deals negotiations with the Lakota. Shannon isn't well thought of among many Native Americans.

When the name change is finalized, it will mark the first time in more than 100 years that a South Dakota county has undergone a name change, according to the South Dakota Historical Society.

Once the state legislature passes the joint resolution, Daugaard will issue a public proclamation and Shannon County will officially become Oglala Lakota County on the first day of the month following the proclamation. Then the South Dakota Department of Transportation will have to change highway maps and roadside signs.

Oglala Lakota County's new name will have to be recorded at the federal level. The U.S. Census Bureau keeps the official list of county names, according to Lou Yost, executive secretary of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names in Virginia. Changes in the U.S. Geological Survey's mapping system also will be made. The county will need new stationery and seals for all official business.

Ziebach County was created in 1911 when portions of Schnasse, Armstrong and Sterling counties were merged to form Ziebach. And in 1983, Washabaugh County, an unorganized county within the Pine Ridge reservation boundaries, was absorbed by Jackson County.

What's New In The Community: January 2015
Tuesday, January 13 2015
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Board of Directors of the Notah Begay III Foundation announced on Jan. 6, it selected Justin Kii Huenemann to be the Foundation’s next Executive Director. Huenemann, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, brings 20 years of experience providing executive leadership in the nonprofit, government and higher education sectors.

His professional career has focused on community economic development in low-income communities, Native American communities and communities of color. He has spent his career working to advance American Indian self-determination, believing strongly in the strength, knowledge and resiliency of Indigenous people.Mr. Huenemann replaces Crystal Echo Hawk, who stepped down on Dec. 31 after heading the NB3 Foundation for nearly six years.

“It is a privilege to welcome Justin Huenemann to the NB3 Foundation team,” Notah Begay III, Foundation Founder, said. “Justin brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will truly make an impact on the communities we serve. I look forward to working closely with Justin to strengthen and improve the wonderful platform established by his predecessor. It is our hope that Mr. Huenemann’s leadership can enhance the quality and effectiveness of the NB3 Foundation, staff and programs.”

“It is with great enthusiasm and humility that I accept the Executive Director position of the Notah Begay III Foundation,” Huenemann said. “There is no doubt in my mind that sound health and wellness are essential to any thriving future we desire for our tribal nations and the generations to come. To realize this future, we must address together the epidemics of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes that plague our Native youth. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with Native youth, tribal leaders, and our allies in this fight to eliminate this reality.”

Prior to joining the NB3 Foundation, Huenemann served as a Senior Program Officer for the Northwest Area Foundation. With a mission to reduce poverty and build sustainable prosperity, Huenemann supported champions of change who were building assets, wealth and opportunity in rural, urban and Native American communities across eight states and 75 tribal nations. He also served as the founding President and CEO of the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), an award-winning community development organization located in Minneapolis, MN. Here he led numerous community development projects, including establishing the American Indian Cultural Corridor.

Huenemann currently serves on the boards of Woodlands National Bank, Indian Health Board and the Tiwahe Foundation. Over the years he has received several notable awards, including the “Mayor’s Healthy City Award” from the City of Minneapolis and Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation and the Bear Award from the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Huenemann holds a bachelor of arts degree in Architecture and a M.A. degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota.

“We are excited to have a professional of Justin’s caliber join the Foundation as our Executive Director,” Wilson Pipestem, Chairman of the NB3 Foundation Board of Directors said. “He has the right experience, background, and passion to help win the fight against diabetes and obesity in our Native young people.”

January 2015 Calendar
Tuesday, January 13 2015
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Through Feb. 20

Rosalie Favell: Relations”

Favell has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, the U.S.,
and other international venues. Her works can be found in numerous institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Rockwell Museum of Western Art.

“Rosalie Favell: Relations” will feature selections from three bodies of work rooted in notions of family, born and made.
We are especially excited to announce this as All My Relation’s first solo exhibition featuring a relative from above the Canadian/US border!

All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN; Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday–Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, visit, call 612-235-4970 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jan. 14

Enhancing Wellbeing and Chronic Health Conditions

One of the most common reactions to being diagnosed with a chronic illness is a strong desire to return to “normal,” so you can enjoy the sense of well-being you felt when your body was healthy. However, returning to “normal” may be an unrealistic goal if your health condition has no cure. Research has shown that the stress you have when dealing with a chronic health condition can affect your immune system and ultimately your overall body, mind, and spirit. The good news is that we all can learn ways to better manage our stress and make changes in our lives that will not only improve our physical health but will also improve our moods.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information or to pre-register at 612-872-8086 ext. 1101

Jan. 14

Prevention through Culture Awareness Program

Dakota Language Table by Neil McKay.

4-5 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Jan. 15

Prevention through Culture Awareness Program

Ojibwe Language Table by Joe Spears.

6-7 p.m., Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.

Jan. 16

Stress Management Group

Are you worried, stressed, or tense a lot?
Then maybe this new group is for you. It’s normal to feel tense, stressed, and worried when the moment puts you under pressure. Just so you know, 2 out of every 5 of us worries at least once every day. But, it’s not okay when those feelings of worry, stress, and being tense keep us from doing what we want in life. This group can help you learn how to reduce how much tension and stress you feel and help you better control your worrying thoughts. Give it a try!
Group open to anyone, 11 a.m. to noon, Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For more information or to r
egister at 612-872-8086 option 1.

Mille Lacs walleye lawsuit against DNR heads to appeals court
Tuesday, January 13 2015
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Disgruntled resort owners and citizens' groups argued before a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Nov. 20 that the state Department of Natural Resources has mismanaged Mille Lacs Lake.

In April, resort owner Bill Eno, several other local residents and the non-profit advocacy groups Proper Economic Resource Management and Save Mille Lacs Sport Fishing filed suit against the DNR.

Citing a 1998 state constitutional amendment to preserve fishing heritage, they argued that department did not consider it when formulating its latest walleye regulations, which include an extended ban on night fishing.

"The DNR ... could not have designed better plans to destroy the Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing heritage than the plans that the DNR implemented since 1998," attorney Erick Kaardal wrote in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks to force DNR lake managers to rethink fishery management techniques and listen more closely to local opinion. The three-judge panel is expected to rule on the lawsuit within 90 days.

Eno, who has owned Twin Pines Resort on the western shore of Mille Lacs for two decades, said he has watched DNR regulations tighten, even as walleye numbers decrease. He said the department has crippled the lake's walleye population, and his business.

When the DNR announced regulations temporarily banning night fishing early this spring, Eno had to call dozens of regular customers to cancel their night reservations. The rules hit his business hard, because he makes a lot of his money running fishing launches from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The DNR later re-opened night fishing, but for Eno, the ban was the last straw.

Regional and Local Briefs: December 2014
Friday, January 09 2015
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TOWER, MN – The Bois Forte Band is celebrating the completion of its new 11,000-square-foot health and dental clinic in Vermilion, which replaces a smaller clinic in the community. Band members and guests gathered on Nov. 20 for the official grand opening of the new Vermilion Clinic.

Along with an increased number of examining and treatment rooms, the new clinic includes a pharmacy, dedicated space for diabetes education, expanded lab services and telemedicine capabilities that will allow clinic providers to communicate directly with providers at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Funding for the clinic was provided through loans and grants from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Indian Health Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Iron Ranges Resources and Rehabilitation Board. Clinic equipment was provided by Indian Health Service.

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