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Kola Program faces major cuts from Hennepin County
Thursday, December 25 2008
 
Written by Aimee Loiselle,
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kolaprogramhoto1.jpgKola Program given three months notice from Hennepin County that its entire funding will be cut.

The American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC) in Minneapolis recently received a letter from Hennepin County announcing that it planned to cut all funding for the Kola Program, which
provides medical services to homeless people with a focus on Native people struggling with alcoholism. Kola, which means "friend" in Lakota, serves 30-60 clients a day and over the years has helped
thousands of homeless men and women.

The letter stated that Hennepin County would zero out its funds for Kola in three months, due to the county's overall budget deficit. It invited AICDC to request a hearing if the agency wanted to appeal.
Michael Goze (Ho-Chunk), President of AICDC, said he participated in hearings on November 3 and 17 to protest the $164,000 cut. That amount represents 80% of the Kola Program budget."I understand the process and the deficit piece," said Goze. "We're all for saving money, but that's not  what this cut would do. In addition, this population is vulnerable and services are often a challenge."Goze argues the cut won't save money for Hennepin County, because Kola clients often have medical conditions that are ignored or do not receive treatment in other clinics due to inebriation. When these conditions are allowed to worsen, clients use county emergency rooms,  which are more expensive.

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Tuesday, August 26 2008
 
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Dr. Rock voted President Elect of NCUIH

Indian Health Board Chief Executive Officer Dr. Patrick Rock was voted President Elect of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) at their 2008 Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 10.  Rock (Leech Lake), has been employed as a physician with the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Inc. for 11 years. He became Medical Director in 2002 and was named CEO of the organization in April of 2007. Rock is a graduate of the University of North Dakota Medical School, served his family practice residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, and has done graduate work at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Michael Goze is New Director of AICDC
Sunday, July 13 2008
 
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michael goze Michael Goze (Ho-Chunk) has been selected as the new President and CEO of the American Indian Community Develop-ment Corporation in Minneapolis. The appointment is part of a larger transition for the organization.

Goze has a long history of service in the Native American community and Phillips neighborhood.  “My last three offices were right here on Franklin Avenue,” Goze said. “So I think we’ll have a fairly seamless transition.”

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