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Friday, August 14 2009
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Hennepin County Library - Franklin Events
All events take place at Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-630-6800.
P.E.N. Time: For teens entering grade 6 and up. Options for Play and Enrichment Now Time. Come downstairs to the Teen Center and choose from computers, magazines, board games, video games, brain teasers, conversation with friends and more! Saturday, Aug. 1, noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 4 & 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.Wednesdays, Aug. 5-26, 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 6-27, noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, noon-2 p.m. &  4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18,  4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 12:30-5 p.m.
Down Time: For teens entering grade 6 and up. Looking for a quiet and comfortable space? Take advantage of the “down time” at  Franklin Teen Center! Work on the topic of the week or use our computers, board games and other self-directed activities. Tuesdays, Aug. 4-25, noon-2 p.m. And Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7-8 p.m.
Game On! Gaming Tuesdays: For teens entering grade 6 and up. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours! Tuesdays, Aug. 4-25,  2-4:30 p.m.  
Movies for Teens: For teens entering grade 6 and up. Movie titles are chosen by teens to ensure your viewing pleasure! Join us on our comfy  Teen Center couches and get the big-screen cinema feeling from our projector equipment. Tuesdays, Aug. 4 & 11, 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Storytime: For children ages 4 to 6. Help your preschooler get ready to read. Enjoy stories together and build language skills. Wednesdays, Aug. 5-19, 10:30-11 a.m.
Characters to Go: Make a book character/action figure from a favorite story with pipe cleaners, felt, paper, yarn and marking tools. Put into a take-out container to take home. Materials provided. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Puzzlemania! For kids entering kindergarten and up. Enjoy a variety of educational and fun puzzles and games! Thursday, Aug. 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Teens Talk: For teens entering grade 7 and up. Take time to enjoy old friends and make new ones at the Teen Center with something simple: talking. Discuss any topic or current event, play word games, or simply answer “Would you rather…?” questions. Thursdays, Aug. 6 & 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
Deb Foster is new Executive Director at Ain Dah Yung
Thursday, August 13 2009
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Deb Foster has been hired as Ain Dah Yung’s new Executive Director starting August 24. Foster comes to Ain Dah Yung from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women in St. Paul, MN, where she is the Director of Development and Communications. Foster has provided leadership on the agency’s initiatives in resource development and public relations as well as their teen and women of color and Native women’s leadership projects.

Foster was also the Executive Director of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association and prior to that, she was the Facility Manager and Marketing Director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis, Blaisdell/Hiawatha Branches. Foster is a member of the St. Croix tribe in Wisconsin. She received her Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“We are very excited that Deb will be joining Ain Dah Yung. Her vision and creative approach to working with American Indian youth and families will build upon the foundational leadership that has made Ain Dah Yung a vital part of the community for over 25 years.” said Cecilia Martinez, chair of Ain Dah Yung’s Board of Directors. “Deb is joining ADY at a time of transition and growth. With her leadership, and with the support of the Native community and our allies, we are poised to build upon our distinguished role in the nonprofit sector and the homeless youth arena.”  

Ain Dah Yung was one of the first culturally specific programs to focus on American Indian youth and families in the Twin Cities and continues to operate as a culturally- and community-based organization.

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Tuesday, May 05 2009
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Sharon Romano New Director of the DIW
Sharon Romano has been selected as the new director of the Department of Indian Work (DIW), a program of Saint Paul Area Council of Churches. Romano has worked within the Twin Cities and American Indian communities since 1972. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a commitment to education as a way for students to overcome poverty and become self-reliant in pursuit of their goals.

Before coming to the Department of Indian Work as DIW’s interim director in January, Romano served as the interim Director for the American Indian Family Center in Saint Paul for one year. Before that Romano was Admissions Counselor  for Enrollment and Student Services and American Indian Liaison at Metropolitan State University.

Before Romano, Jennie Lightfoot served as interim director shortly after the passing of Sheila WhiteEagle last June. Romano, who holds degrees from Metropolitan State University and Augsburg College, is an enrolled member of the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota and a member of the Mississippi Band.

New Red Lake Urban Committee
The Red Lake Urban  Committe elected new officers on Feb. 9. The new officers are (left to right) Gerald Auginash, CoChair; John Hanson, Chair; Bette Bailey, Secretary; and Murphy (Joe) Parkhurst, tresaurer. Past officers were Mike Loud, Ron Head, Murphy (Joe) Parkhurst, and Amber Parkhurst.

IT Laddu launches beta
Friday, May 01 2009
Average user rating    (0 vote) enables local search in 12 major cities of India including Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi/NCR, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and its nearby places.

Exhibit showcases paintings, drawings of Lake Superior Ojibwe
Wednesday, March 11 2009
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The Minnesota Historical Society, in association with the St. Louis County Historical Society, has an exhibit runing through May 10 called, “Eastman Johnson: Paintings and Drawings of the Lake Superior Ojibwe” at the Minnesota History Center. Eastman Johnson was one of America’s finest portrait, figure and genre scene painters. Between1856-57, Johnson created numerous drawings and paintings of Superior and Grand Portage’s Ojibwe residents, preserving the faces and homes of the Lake Superior region’s Native people.

The cost of seeing the exhibit is included in the museum admission fee of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, and $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. For more info, call 651-259-3000 or see: The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd W. in St. Paul.

Sacred Hoop travels to Indian boarding schools

The Sacred Hoop of 100 Eagle Feathers will make its fifth journey across the United States in 2009, this time to promote awareness of and healing from the historical trauma believed to underlie persistent problems of substance abuse and suicides among Native people.

The Wellbriety Journey for Forgivenessis is being spearheaded by White Bison, a Native American non-profit organization that provides culturally-relevant training to Native communities in support of wellness and recovery initiatives.

The focal point of the Journey is a 40-day, 6,800-mile cross-country journey to 23 present and former Indian school sites that begins May 16 at the present-day Chemewa Indian School in Salem, OR. It ends at the site of first Indian school at Carlisle, Penn. established in 1879, before going on to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. for closing ceremonies the last week of June. For more information, visit or call 719-548-1000.

Flandreau Indian School, others receive SMSC funding

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is donating $132,000 to several Indian schools and programs. An $80,000 donation will go to the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota to support Indian education. The donation will cover a behavior incentive program, senior class activities including a Commencement Powwow, and extracurricular activities including rodeo club, culture club, basketball, volleyball, golf, and cross-country.

And a $20,000 donation to the Minneapolis Public School Indian Education Program helped purchase school supplies, pay activity fees, and support family involvement activities and an awards ceremony. It also sponsored a student to the UNITY Journalists of Color conference and to purchase supplies for students participating in the AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) science fair.

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