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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.
What's New In The Community
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
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whats_new_-_walfred_walking_bull.jpgWalking Bull joins The Circle staff
The Circle has hired a new Managing Editor. Alfred Walking Bull will start work July 1st and undergo a two month training period while he learns all aspects of running the monthly newspaper. Walking Bull comes from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota where he was the editor of the tribal newspaper, the Sicangu Eyapaha. Before that he was the Communications Consultant for the Native Youth Leadership Alliance, and a Field Organizer for the South Dakota Democratic Party. He also worked for the Argus Leader and for the Aberdeen American News. He attended the University of South Dakota. Walking Bull takes over the newspaper operations from long-time editor Cat Whipple who is stepping down after 13 years. Her last day will be August 31st.

Red Lake Nation College and Leech Lake Tribal College Launch Basketball Programs
Wednesday, July 24 2013
 
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Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) and Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) are launching new basketball teams and have selected coaches. Gerald Kingbird will be coaching the Migizi-The Eagles of Red Lake Nation College, and Brady Fairbanks will be coaching for the Leech Lake Tribal College, who are still deciding on a mascot. Fairbanks and Kingbird are both former high school basketball legends of their communities.

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