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What's New In The Community: April 2014
Friday, April 04 2014
 
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Saint Mary's Student Jennifer Waltman Earns Bush Fellowship Award

Jennifer Waltman, a Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota student in the Doctor of Psychology program, was one of 24 leaders recently awarded a 2014 Bush Fellowship.

Waltman, from Maple Grove, Minn., will use her $100,000 award to assist her during the next three years to complete her studies at Saint Mary’s and help develop systems to assist in mental health advocacy and therapy for Native Americans.


“I’m a Lakota, and my interest is in my own community and improving the health of Native Americans,” Waltman said. “Natives have the biggest disparity in the nation for chronic disease. It is my hypothesis that historical trauma has caused epigenetic changes that contribute to epidemics of poor health outcomes such as diabetes, substance use disorder, cancer, heart disease, depression and PTSD. I want to explore mental health treatment incorporating traditional healing that would improve symptoms of chronic disease.”

Citing guidance from mentors in the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Waltman will also use some of the award money to fund research with professors at UCLA and the University of Oklahoma. Her long-term goals include working with other multi-cultural psychologists to create a multicultural health and wellness center, eventually leading to consulting tribes and native people to help eliminate health disparity.

What's New In The Community: March 2014
Monday, March 10 2014
 
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Rachel Limon wins 2013 Minnesota Consular Corps Award

limon_wins_2013_minnesota_consular_corps_award.jpgRachel Limon, International Trade Representative of the State of Minnesota’s Minnesota Trade Office, has been awarded the Minnesota Consular Corps prestigious Business Leadership Award 2013. The Minnesota Consular Corps recognizes individuals, community groups, non-profit organizations, and business establishments located in the states of jurisdiction that have demonstrated sustained commitment and outstanding achievements

in the pursuit of cultural diversity through human rights advocacy and protection, outstanding community service and excellence in business leadership.

Limon is the State of Minnesota’s Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) International Trade Representative for Latin America & the Caribbean. She assists Minnesota companies identify and develop export strategies and opportunities in the international marketplace. She has created a successful program called the Latin America Seminar Series, which has served to assist Minnesota companies to increase their exports to Latin America. Through her work with the Consulate of Ecuador, they jointly created the very successful Annual South America Trade Forum.

Limon graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Master’s Degree in International Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Psychology. She speaks fluent Spanish. She is nationally recognized award winning Artist, a tour guide of the Native Americas Galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Art Instructor at the White Bear Lake Center for the Arts.

What's New In the Community: February 2014
Friday, February 07 2014
 
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HONOR THE EARTH GRANTS OVER $120,000 TO INDIGENOUS PROJECTS

CALLAWAY, Minn. – Honor the Earth, in collaboration with the Headwaters Fund, the Indigo Girls, Medicine for the People and a number of individual and institutional donors, announce grants of $120,000 to Indigenous grassroots organizations across North America. In this grant cycle, Honor the Earth has been able to support organizations working in restorative agriculture, honoring traditional cultural practices, protection of sacred sites and in opposition to destruction of water, land and life.

Organizations include: Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture, on the Hopi reservation, for working in restorative agriculture and to initiate hands-on learning projects and hosts workshops that support Hopi youth and community to develop skills and capacity in rebuilding sustainable communities.


What's New In the Community: January 2014
Thursday, January 09 2014
 
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Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Honors State Officials

 

On Dec. 11 the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Tribal Executive Committee honored State Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Rep. Susan Allen (DFL-Minneapolis) with the Legislator of the Year award, for their dedication and outstanding work during the 2013 Minnesota state legislative session.

Hayden and Allen were the chief authors of two Minnesota Chippewa Tribe bills, both of which were introduced and passed during the 2013 legislative session. Senate File 250/House File 252, provided a legislative fix to clarify and strengthen the current Indian Child Welfare language in state statute. The second bill, SF 136/HF 174, was a property tax exemption for a building that is owned by the MCT. In 2009, it acquired the building at 1308 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis to further their mission and serve their urban population. The location provides access to resources for the purpose for economic development, housing and financial services to community members.

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is comprised of the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe and is a federally-recognized tribal government that, through unified leadership, promotes and protects the member bands while providing quality services and technical assistance to the reservation governments and tribal people.

What's New In the Community: December 2013
Thursday, December 05 2013
 
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Anpetu Was'te Cultural Arts Market Set to open next summer

By Rebekah Peterson

TC Daily Planet

Next summer, a new marketplace will open on Franklin Avenue and will bring art, food, and music to a very unlikely location – the median between Cedar Avenue and South 17th Avenue.

The project is the result of a $435,000 ArtPlace grant and the work of the Native American Community Development Institute. NACDI Vice President Andy Hestness explained at a recent project unveiling that the Anpetu Was'te Cultural Arts Market is designed to bring the Ventura Village and Seward neighborhoods together and create a pedestrian-friendly roadway, something that the presence of a light rail station has not been able to do on its own. “People originally thought that plopping the light rail here would create a new paradigm. We've been waiting for years for this to happen, and it never did. We finally decided that we were going to do it ourselves, since no one was going to do it for us.”


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