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Nawayee Center School offers free meals
Monday, September 21 2009
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Nawayee Center School is now participating in the National School Lunch Program. Households with incomes that meet the guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Households with children who are currently certified for Food Assistance, MN Family Investment Plan or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations are automatically eligible for free school meals by completing an application.



School Readiness Project to offer Ojibwe language
Monday, September 21 2009
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The School Readiness Project will be offering Ojibwe language this year. Launched in the Phillips Community in 2008, the Project is designed for American Indian parents, child care providers, grandparents, and uncles and aunts. Transportation, books, snacks, field trips, library visits, take home activities and visits, assessments, adult training classes, were available at no cost. Instructors are skilled and certified working with families and children three days a week, 3 hours each.
Town Hall Meeting on Taser Policy to be held
Tuesday, August 25 2009
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The Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA) has invited the public to attend a forum addressing the Police Department’s Taser® policy and the question of when and how changes are made to the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Policy and Procedure Manual. Board members will explain the history of and differences between the former and current policies for the use of Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs, the generic term for Tasers). After the presentations, the CRA will invite public comment on the current CED policy, and when and how changes should be made to the MPD’s policy and procedure manual.

Public walk and rally “Water is Life” to be held in Duluth
Tuesday, August 25 2009
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“Water is Life,” a free public walk and rally, will focus attention on the barrels of toxic military waste that were dumped into Lake Superior near Duluth between 1957 and 1962. Of 1,457 drums that were dumped only 9 have ever been recovered, and all of them were found to contain as many as 17 toxic chemical  and heavy metals from Honeywell company’s Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant.

The event is scheduled for Lake Superior Day, Sunday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Duluth. Starting at the tug boat at the Marine Museum in Canal Park at 11:00 a.m., the 2.2-mile walk will proceed over the foot bridge, pass the Aquarium, over the 5th Ave. E. viaduct, pass the Depot, then move east along Superior Street to the Lakewalk bridge at lst Ave. E. and end with a rally at Endion Beach starting at 12:30 p.m.  

Speaking at the rally will be former chair of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Jean Buffalo; poet and former Chief of the Rainy River First Nation in northwest Ontario Al Hunter; Duluth poet Allie Schoenfeld; and singer-songwriters Rachael Kilgour and Robi Meyerson.

For more info, contact John LaForge at Nukewatch at 715-472- 4185 or 715-491-3813; or Jan Conley at 715-392-5782.

First Nations Composer Initiative Recipients
Tuesday, August 25 2009
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Six grants ranging from $1,350 to $5,000 have been awarded to American Indian/Indigenous musical artists in the fifth round of grant making of the First Nations Composer Initiative (FNCI), a program of the American Composers Forum.

The winners are: Dawn Avery (Mohawk descendent) for a North American Indian Cello CD project; Brent Michael Davids (Mohican) to compose a 15 minute concert work for Chanticleer, a 30 year old a cappella male vocal ensemble; Michael Begay (Dine) to attend the Grand Canyon Music Festival; Anita Poleahla (Hopi) for production of a new CD entitled Puwvitstawi: Hopi Lullabies and Game Songs; Trevor Reed (Hopi) to return a valuable set of 130 recordings of traditional Hopi music to the tribe and with the community, and to work towards reaching a long term career goal of writing artistically and culturally meaningful instrumental music through onsite dialog with tribal elders and traditional performers; and Jennifer Stevens (Oneida/Lakota) for “The Lesson”, a documentary on Jennifer Stevens, an aspiring Lyric Soprano’s experience training in classical singing.

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