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Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
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Three Natives Win Minnesota Book Awards
whats_new_in_community_-_erdrich_wins_book_award.jpgLouise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) has become the first writer to win five Minnesota Book Awards. On April 13 Erdrich won her fifth award in the fiction category for “The Round House,” a novel about a teenage boy on a North Dakota reservation who tries to solve the mystery of his mother’s brutal rape. The Round House is also a National Book Award winner. She has previously been awarded the Minnesota Book Award for “The Plague of Doves,” “The Painted Drum,” “The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse” and “Tales of Burning Love.”
David  Treuer (Leech Lake Ojibwe) has won the Minnesota Book Award for a second time. Treuer’s book, “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life”, is his first major work of nonfiction. He won in the General Nonfiction category. Centered on Ojibwe reservation communities of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, “Rez Life” is written by an insider about what Indian reservations are, why they exist, and where they are going. He also won the 1996 Minnesota Book Award for “Little.”
Gwen Westerman (Dakota) and Bruce White were the Award for Minnesota winners, with their book “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota”. “Mni Sota Makoce” tells a detailed history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for hundreds of years prior to exile. Westerman is professor of English and Humanities at Minnesota State University in Mankato. White is author of “We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People.”
256 books were nominated for the Minnesota Book Awards, a project of the Friends of St. Paul Public Library in consortium with the library and the City of St. Paul.

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Wednesday, April 24 2013
 
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Maria Bird collaborates with AICF to raise funds for Cancer
American Indian Cancer Foundation (aicaf.org) is partnering with artist Maria Bird (Navajo/Hopi/Santa Clara Pueblo), of Mea B’flly Designs, to create the first limited edition Powwow For Hope benefit earring. The benefit earring, entitled Braver, launched for viewing at the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas, NV  in March, and is now available for purchase online at the Mea B’fly Designs Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/MeaBfly). Profit from the limited edition earring supports American Indian Cancer Foundation efforts to increase cancer education, outreach, and supportive services for American Indian and Alaska Native people.

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Tuesday, March 12 2013
 
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whats_new_woman_finds_mom_supermodel.jpgNative Woman Finds Her Birth Mother, Who Turned Out To Be Native Super-Model
Susan Fedorko found her birth mother when she was 40 years old. Her biological mother was from the Grand Portage Indian Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota and her father was from the White Earth Ojibwe Nation also in Minnesota.  
Fedorko discovered that just a few years after her birth, her birth mother - Cathee Dahmen - had become an immensely popular supermodel, probably the first Native American woman to attain that status.
She also learns she is also related to the famous Ojbwe artist George Morrison, whom took her mother under his wing after Dahmen's mother adopted her out without her knowing about it.
Her book Cricket: Secret Child of a Sixties Supermodel, published by Outskirts Press in November 2012, chronicles her journey from Native American adoptee-turned "white" mother and wife, to a person reunited with her extended family.
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Thursday, January 31 2013
 
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David W. Anderson inducted into Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
The Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame has inducted David Anderson (Choctaw/ Ojibwe), of Famous Dave's, into their 2012 Hall of Fame. The event will be held on December 1st at The Estate in Atlanta, GA. Anderson is an author, speaker, civic leader, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the founder and former CEO of Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que family of restaurants.
Before launching Famous Dave's, Anderson enjoyed a successful sales career with Fortune 500 companies and founded a gaming management/investment firm. He helped found three publicly traded companies, and in 1986, he earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.
In 1994 he opened Famous Dave's BBQ Shack in Hayward, Wisconsin. Soon, the restaurant was serving up to 8,000 customers a week, and was voted the "hottest restaurant concept in America." The company grew quickly, adding locations throughout the Midwest and beyond, and in 1996, Famous Dave's went public (NASDAQ). Two years later, Anderson began franchising Famous Dave's of America. Today, the company has 53 locations and 133 franchises in 33 states and one Canadian province, and continues to grow, with earnings of almost $40 million.
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Sunday, December 16 2012
 
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whats_new_-_u_of_mn_honors_native_women.jpg U of MN?Honors Native Women
The University of Minnesota's American Indian Student Cultural Center and the Native American Heritage Month Committe held a luncheon to honor three Native American women who have impacted the Native community in a postive way. The three women honored at the event held on November 8, were Ida Downwind, Mary Smith-Lyons, and Pamela Standing. According to the event brochure:
Downwind (Leech Lake Ojibwe) "utilizes her gifts as an Indigenous grandmother to improve the educational experience of all American Indian students. She is an advocate for community wellness, cultural teachings, and contemporary usage of ancient knowledge."
Smith-Lyons (Leech Lake Ojibwe)?"has dedicated herself to the welfare of displaced families in areas of foster care, adoption, disabled... and working with women of sobriety."
Standing co-founded "the Minnesota Indian Business Alliance, a statewide all-volunteer organizational collaborative dedicated to the development of American Indian businesses both on and off the eleven tribal communities in Minnesota."
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