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What's New In the Community: January 2014
Thursday, January 09 2014
 
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Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Honors State Officials

 

On Dec. 11 the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Tribal Executive Committee honored State Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Rep. Susan Allen (DFL-Minneapolis) with the Legislator of the Year award, for their dedication and outstanding work during the 2013 Minnesota state legislative session.

Hayden and Allen were the chief authors of two Minnesota Chippewa Tribe bills, both of which were introduced and passed during the 2013 legislative session. Senate File 250/House File 252, provided a legislative fix to clarify and strengthen the current Indian Child Welfare language in state statute. The second bill, SF 136/HF 174, was a property tax exemption for a building that is owned by the MCT. In 2009, it acquired the building at 1308 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis to further their mission and serve their urban population. The location provides access to resources for the purpose for economic development, housing and financial services to community members.

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is comprised of the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe and is a federally-recognized tribal government that, through unified leadership, promotes and protects the member bands while providing quality services and technical assistance to the reservation governments and tribal people.

What's New In the Community: December 2013
Thursday, December 05 2013
 
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Anpetu Was'te Cultural Arts Market Set to open next summer

By Rebekah Peterson

TC Daily Planet

Next summer, a new marketplace will open on Franklin Avenue and will bring art, food, and music to a very unlikely location – the median between Cedar Avenue and South 17th Avenue.

The project is the result of a $435,000 ArtPlace grant and the work of the Native American Community Development Institute. NACDI Vice President Andy Hestness explained at a recent project unveiling that the Anpetu Was'te Cultural Arts Market is designed to bring the Ventura Village and Seward neighborhoods together and create a pedestrian-friendly roadway, something that the presence of a light rail station has not been able to do on its own. “People originally thought that plopping the light rail here would create a new paradigm. We've been waiting for years for this to happen, and it never did. We finally decided that we were going to do it ourselves, since no one was going to do it for us.”


What's New In the Community: November 2013
Monday, November 04 2013
 
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SMSC Announces Endowed Scholarship Recipients

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announced 41 new recipients of the SMSC Endowed Scholarship at the University of Minnesota for the 2013-2014 academic year. This scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need.

Since the program began in 2009, 151 students have received SMSC Endowed Scholarships. Based on grades and financial need, 72 of the previous 110 recipients have qualified for continuation of their scholarships in 2013-2014. Seventeen students have graduated thus far.

The SMSC Endowed Scholarship was established through a $2.5 million gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The University of Minnesota matches the interest earned on this endowment fund with proceeds dedicated to providing scholarships for qualified American Indian students. The University's Office for Equity and Diversity administers the scholarship.


What's New In the Community: October 2013
Monday, October 07 2013
 
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Denman-Wilke Named DIW Director

kathy denman-wilke-diw-director.jpg.jpg ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kathy Denman-Wilke, joined the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, as the Department of Indian Work Director, on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Council Executive Director, Patricia Lull said she is delighted, noting “In recent years Kathy has worked with us as part of a collaborative effort to address diabetes. It is exciting to welcome her now to our staff.”


WHAT'S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY
Friday, August 02 2013
 
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Flanagan Named Executive Director for Children’s Defense Fund
whats_new_peggy_flanagan_named_executive_director.jpgPeggy Flanagan, an experienced community organizer, advocate, teacher and trainer, has joined the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota (CDF-MN) as its executive director.
CDF-MN is a nonpartisan, nonprofit child advocacy organization that seeks to ensure a level playing field for all children by championing policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a solid foundation for success.
 
“I am thrilled to join such a well-respected organization like Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota,” said Flanagan. “I am passionate about ensuring that all of our children have what they need to be happy, healthy and successful young people. I can’t wait to get to work on behalf of all kids in Minnesota.”
 
Flanagan joins CDF-MN after eight years with Wellstone Action, first as director and founder of the Native American Leadership Program, and most recently as director of External Affairs. She also serves as adjunct faculty for George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program.
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