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NACC has new Licensed Psychologist on staff
Thursday, October 22 2009
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The Native American Community Clinic’s Counseling Services has a new member  on the board.

Dr. Marsha Fields is a Licensed Psychologist and has worked with the Native American Community for many years. Fields has worked with a variety of age groups and  disorders.  Some of her specialties are: Physical/Sexual abuse, ADD/ADHD Testing, Affective Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Medical issues/complication, Psychological  Testing, Grief Counseling, Panic/Phobia, Post Traumatic  Stress, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

 For more information about NACC’s Counseling Services, call 612-238-0747.
Birchbark Books: November 2009
Thursday, October 22 2009
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More Book Launches, Signings and Ober's Island Film Premier in November

Minneapolis, Minnesota - Oct. 22, 2009 - It is our pleasure to announce a few book signings, a film premier and our on-going reading series for the month of November at Birchbark Books and Isles Deli, located at 2115 West 21st Street, in downtown Kenwood.

Oct. 22, 2009 at 7 p.m., Carleton professor Michael D. McNally will be on hand to discuss his new book "Honoring Elders: Aging and Authority in Ojibwe Religion." Using archival and ethnographic research McNally follows the making of Ojibwe eldership, showing that deference to older women and men is part of a fuller moral, aesthetic and cosmological vision connected to the ongoing circle of life. He will also be presenting "Art of Tradition: Sacred Music, Dance and Myth of Michigan" by Gertrude Kurath and Jane Ettawageshik, edited by McNally.

November 6, 2009 at 7 p.m., Kent Nerburn will present his latest title "The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows".

November 7, 2009 at 7 p.m., Ober's Island - Living Legacy. Filmakers John Ruebartsch and Dena Aronson examine the life, times, and legacy of conservationist Ernest Oberholtzer from the vantage point of his island home on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota. DVD will be available for purchase.


November 11, 2009 at 7 p.m.  Featuring Alison Morse, Kathryn Kysar and Emily Johnson. Hosted by Michael Kiesow Moore. This on-going series features new, emerging and established writers presenting their work on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. A prix fixe menu available at Isles Deli, 6:30 p.m. 


November 12, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., author Patti Hoolihan will present "Launching Your Teen into Adulthood." Using this thoughtful guide, parents can help older teens confidently navigate the issues and developmental transitions that will inevitably arise as they prepare to leave home. Also available at the event will be "A Moment's Peace for Parents of Teens: 365 Reflections."


Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of hand made art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores. Our books are lovingly chosen. Our store is tended with care.

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Nawayee Center School offers free meals
Tuesday, October 20 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 Readinerss Project to offer Ojibwe language
Tuesday, October 20 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, 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.

In 2009-2010 the School Readiness Project will offer two separate programs. Morning classes will be held for the African American community, specifically designed around language, culture, tradition and values.

Afternoon programs will be held for the American Indian community to ensure that culture, language, beliefs and values are sustained and honored. Both programs focus on education, skill building, and preparing children up to five years of age for school.

The intention of the project is to help parents, extended family members and the community become aware of the skills their children need to be successful in school.

The project is designed for adult participation and mentoring with the child in their care, focusing on best educational practices. Research shows a great start in school begins with the confidence of child self-assurance and the belief that they can be successful in math, reading and writing.

If you would like to take part in this free project, contact Louisa Cox, Lead Program Coordinator at 612-721-0112, ext. 113 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Bois Forte Urban Office moves to new location
Monday, September 21 2009
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The Bois Forte Urban Office has moved a block away from their old office. They are now at 1308 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 112, Minneapolis. The office is currently asking for donations to help replace some of the things that were lost in the fire at the Tribal office on the Boise Forte Reservation.
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