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The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award hosts event in Mpls
Monday, September 17 2012
 
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The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award 2012 event will honor Native artists from Minnesota and throughout Indian country, and will share performances and stories from the Anishinaabe, Blackfeet, Oneida, Seneca and Tsimshian tribes.
The event takes place in Minneapolis on September 27 and will feature performances by comedian Charlie Hill, Jennifer Kreisberg, Git-Hoan (People of the Salmon), and Oshkii Giizhik Singers with Elizabeth Jaakola. A pre-show reception and art auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. (premium tickets required). The show and awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m.
During the event, six Native artists will receive the Community Spirit Award, including:
o Charlie Hill (Oneida Tribes of Wisconsin) - Hill honed his skills at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles before going on to do theater, television and film. According to fellow entertainer Jennifer Kreisberg who nominated him, "Charlie has opened a door and paved a road for Native performers all over Indian Country. He is strengthening our community in his own unique ways - first and foremost is his use of humor as medicine."
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Friday, August 24 2012
 
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whats_new_leech_lake_tribal_college_don_day.jpgLeech Lake Tribal College Names Dr. Donald Day President
The Board of Trustees of Leech Lake Tribal College has announced that Dr. Donald Day, Director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University, has been selected as the next President of the College, effective August 13. He will succeed Dr. Ginny Carney, who is retiring in August after more than a decade of service at LLTC.
In announcing the appointment of Day, Rose Robinson, Chair of the Leech Lake Tribal College Board of Trustees, said, "On behalf of the LLTC Board of Trustees, I extend a warm welcome to Dr. Day. We are all looking forward to working with Don as he steps into this leadership role at an entity that is so important to our community."
Day's career in education spans more than 35 years, and has covered a wide range of roles including academic counseling, teaching, research, student services, curriculum development, and administration, including a successful stint as president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.  Day mentioned that one of his proudest accomplishments was gaining approval from the Higher Learning Commission for FDLTCC to offer its first ever four-year degree program - a big leap forward for any community college.
"Leech Lake Tribal College is an awesome institution with strong academic programs that are grounded in Anishinaabeg values" Day said. "I look forward to working for my people again and expanding the already impressive services and outreach efforts in which the college faculty and staff are now engaged."
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Monday, July 30 2012
 
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whats_new_adam_beach_at_powwow.jpgMeeting Actor Adam Beach
(By Rachel Peirce) In June actor Adam Beach (Aboriginal Saulteaux tribe of Canada) made an impromptu appearance at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's 21st Annual Hinckley Competition Powwow. The contest powwow was held from June 15 through June 17 at the Grand Casino Hinckley powwow grounds.
On Friday evening people excitely gathered around the arrival of Beach, who has appeared in Smoke Signals, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Ladies began to scream and the audience cheered loudly until Beach borrowed the microphone from the M.C. to tell his fans that regrettably he was not single and had brought his girlfriend with him (actress Leah Gibson).
I was lucky to get a moment of Beach's time. I had my almost two-year old baby, daughter in my arms. I was honored that Beach made a cameo appearance at Hinckley, and hundreds of other American Indian women that day were too.
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Sunday, June 10 2012
 
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Leech Lake Member Receives Her Doctor of Pharmacy
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whats_new_in_community_-_lisa_sherman_get_doctor_pharmacy.jpgLisa Renee Sherman (Ogimaakwe) received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy on May 4, 2012.  Lisa is the daughter of Frank Sherman of Winnie Dam, and Evelyn Howard of Cass Lake. Lisa grew up with her parents and two other siblings at Winnie Dam and is a 1999 Cass Lake-Bena High School graduate.  Lisa accepted a position as a pharmacist for the Bad River Ojibwe Tribe of Wisconsin and will start her position the end of May 2012.
Her advanced pharmacy practice experience led her to a learning experience in Acute Care at Community Memorial Hospital Pharmacy in Cloquet, MN, St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, MN and at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, Grand Rapids, MN.  She also participated in a wonderful learning environment in Patient Care at the Deer River Hospital Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care at Cass Lake Indian Health Service.  Her two-year Research Project in Pharm.D.IV focuses on Native American patients and their pharmacists in an Indian Health Service Pharmacy with the final analysis as a documented data collection of the utilization of a holistic relationship to pharmacy.
Lisa was the first cohort to receive an undergraduate scholarship award from the Gates Foundation as a Gates Millennium Scholar. Lisa also received a scholarship award from the Indian Health Service Scholarship Program. 
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Thursday, May 17 2012
 
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Northup receives 2012 George Morrison Artist Award
Award-winning Anishinaabe author Jim Northrup has received the 2012 George Morrison Artist Award from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council in Duluth, Minnesota. Northrup will receive his award at a public presentation and reception on May 18 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, Minnesota.
Northrup is an award-winning author, poet, journalist and playwright. He is the author of three books: Walking the Rez Road (Voyageur Press, 1993), Rez Road Follies, Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birchbark Baskets (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) and Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View from the Rez (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011). Walking the Rez Road won the Minnesota Book Award and Northeast Minnesota Book Award. In 2012, Anishinaabe Syndicated was a finalist for both of these awards. Northrup's new book, titled Rez Salute, will be published by Fulcrum Publishing this fall.
Northrup's monthly column, Fond du Lac Follies, is syndicated in several American Indian newspapers, including The Circle, The Native American Press, and News From Indian Country.
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council's mission is to facilitate and encourage local arts development. The Council's mission statement grows from a conviction that the arts improve the quality of life in the region.
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