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Standing named Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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Pamela Standing (Cherokee) has been named the Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award is presented annually in each state to individuals who assist small businesses through outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of minority-owned small businesses.  
In 2007, Standing started the Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA) as a volunteer with no compensation and is co-chair. Prior to starting the MNIBA, she was the Executive Director the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce where she promoted American Indian businesses.
The Minnesota Indian Business Alliance is a statewide all-volunteer organizational collaborative working to promote an economic environment that supports the development of American Indian businesses. Since 2007, Standing has recruited over 130 organizational partners statewide. She is an entrepreneur herself creating gourmet baked goods. For more info about MNIBA, see:
Waterman Wittstock to receive Farr Award
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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 Laura Waterman Wittstock will receive the prestigious Farr Award for her contributions to public affairs when the Frank Premack Journalism Awards are handed out on April 18 in the UofM's McNamara Center. Waterman Wittstock, of Wittstock and Associates, is also the former president of Migizi Communications, a non-profit organization that delivers quality programming to the Indian community. Wittstock is the author of several publications and served as the fourth Louis W. Hill Jr. Fellow in Philanthropy at the UofM's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The Awards Board confers the Farr Award to a member of the community who has made an exceptional contribution to public affairs journalism. 
New Native Theater looking for people interested in theater
Saturday, March 12 2011
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New Native Theater is looking for people in the Twin Cities' Native American community who are interested in acting and performing to be part of a new NNT performing ensemble. They are also looking for folks who want to direct, stage manage, build sets, design sets, and design costumes.
They are looking for 6 to 10 individuals, 18 years and older, with any and all, or no conventional acting experience. The only criteria is that you are interested in being on stage and learning the craft of theatre. This group will have first preference for casting in NNT readings and productions. Those interested should send an email with the subject line "ActingEnsemble" to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

First annual Native Art Festival to be held on Franklin Ave. in June
Saturday, March 12 2011
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The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) will be holding the first annual Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival June 11-12 on Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis. The event will bring together Indigenous artists, performers, and musicians from across Minnesota in celebration of American Indian cultural arts.
During the two days, attendees will interact with American Indian contemporary fine artists, dancers, singers and exhibitors in the outdoor All My Relations Arts Plaza. For more info, see:?

FNCI to Host KFAI Radio Show
Saturday, March 12 2011
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Jewell Arcoren and Lisa Yankton of First Nations Composure Initiative (FNCI) will host the "Winyan Downapi" radio show March 8th from 3:00  - 4:00 pm which will feature 10-14 American Indian Women from across the nation. The program will showcase the breadth and depth of genre, composition and singing from Native women. First Nations Composer initiative is a program of American Composers Forum. For a listing of March 8 shows, go to:

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