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NACC changes pain prescription policy
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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cover_story_nacc_pain_meds.jpgThe Native American Community Clinic (NACC) has recently changed its policy regarding the prescription of narcotics for chronic pain.  

The new policy went into effect the second week of March and NACC staff posted a letter in the clinic lobby to inform patients. The letter states that the change was made “due to regulations at the level of the drug enforcement agency” and outlines that the NACC “will no longer provide new prescriptions for narcotics for chronic conditions.” Some health care professionals feel this represents a move toward more responsible pain management, while others feel it is tantamount to refusing to treat patients with chronic pain.
Dr. Kari Rabie, the Medical Director of the NACC, said that the impetus for the change was the theft and abuse of a nurse’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number by a NACC  patient, who used it to order multiple prescriptions of narcotics. A DEA number functions as a health care professional’s signature and is required in order for new prescription to be filled at a pharmacy.

Interview with Idle No More Co-founder Nina Wilson
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by By Cat Whipple,
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The Circle got an opportunity to speak with one of the co-founders of Idle No More, Nina Wilson, when she was in town for an environmental panel at the Minneapolis American Indian Center in March.  

WHATS NEW IN THE COMMUNITY:
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by The Circle staff,
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Three Natives Win Minnesota Book Awards
whats_new_in_community_-_erdrich_wins_book_award.jpgLouise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) has become the first writer to win five Minnesota Book Awards. On April 13 Erdrich won her fifth award in the fiction category for “The Round House,” a novel about a teenage boy on a North Dakota reservation who tries to solve the mystery of his mother’s brutal rape. The Round House is also a National Book Award winner. She has previously been awarded the Minnesota Book Award for “The Plague of Doves,” “The Painted Drum,” “The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse” and “Tales of Burning Love.”
David  Treuer (Leech Lake Ojibwe) has won the Minnesota Book Award for a second time. Treuer’s book, “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life”, is his first major work of nonfiction. He won in the General Nonfiction category. Centered on Ojibwe reservation communities of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, “Rez Life” is written by an insider about what Indian reservations are, why they exist, and where they are going. He also won the 1996 Minnesota Book Award for “Little.”
Gwen Westerman (Dakota) and Bruce White were the Award for Minnesota winners, with their book “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota”. “Mni Sota Makoce” tells a detailed history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for hundreds of years prior to exile. Westerman is professor of English and Humanities at Minnesota State University in Mankato. White is author of “We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People.”
256 books were nominated for the Minnesota Book Awards, a project of the Friends of St. Paul Public Library in consortium with the library and the City of St. Paul.

“I’m Not Your Indian Anymore”?AIM Exhibit to open in May
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by by Laura Waterman Wittstock,
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Work has been underway to select photographs of the American Indian Movement (AIM), along with documents and objects, for a special first exhibit to open May 10th at the All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis, at 1414 East Franklin Avenue, just a stone’s throw from AIM’s original offices.
The challenge was to winnow thousands of pieces down to a tiny fraction of what is being archived by AIM’s Interpretive Center, on Franklin Avenue, also near the site of the original offices.

POWWOW CALENDAR MAY 2013
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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May 4
Powwow For Hope
Powwow For Hope is a fundraiser for the American Indian Cancer Foundation. All money raised will be used to support cancer education and supportive services for American Indian communities. MC: Murphy Thomas. Co-MC: David Larsen. Arena Director: Kirk Crow Shoe. Drum Groups: Ringing Shield, White Earth Boys, Eyabay, Ain Dah Yung Center Singers, Bear Medicine Singers, Stonebridge Drum. Head Dancers: Kristy Montry, Robert Desjarlait.     Powwow. 11 am - 9 pm. YWCA - Midtown, 2121 East Lake St., Minneapolis. For more information, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-564-5060.

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