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Friday, April 13 2012
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whats_new_in_community_lyle_iron_moccasin.jpgLyle H. Iron Moccasin honored at the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity Lyle H. Iron Moccasin was one of four champions of workplace diversity that were honored during the 24th annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, a conference on diversity and inclusion, which took place March 20-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Lyle H. Iron Moccasin was given the Friend of the Forum Award. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Lakota of South Dakota. After growing up in Minnesota and New York City, serving in the U.S. Navy and the New York City police force, he returned to Minneapolis to work for the American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center. During his employment at AIOIC, he has worked in juvenile justice, ex-offender, employment and education programs addressing the issues the American Indian community faces. Since 2003, Iron Moccasin has been the Multicultural Forum's guide for addressing the issues of displaced communities, the Native community and youth education and employment. The forum, presented by the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, is designed for professionals who manage a diverse workforce, are responsible for diversity within their organization, or work with a multicultural clientele. The diversity awards are given to individuals or organizations that show exemplary effort in addressing workplace diversity issues.
Friday, March 09 2012
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Kaylee Reynolds Wins Youth of the Year
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whats_new_in_the_community_red_lake_youth_named.jpgKaylee Reynolds will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Minnesota Youth of the Year title, and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for the Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club (BGCA), 15 year old Reynolds is recognized for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Reynolds is a sophomore attending Red Lake High School, where she is a "B" Honor Roll Student. Reynolds enjoys math and writing and has begun looking at college programs that will suit her needs but will not make a formal decision until her senior year.
Were Reynolds to win the state competition, she will compete for the title of Midwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware, the recognition program's national sponsor.  
Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2012, to compete for the title of BGCA's National Youth of the Year.  The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation, and will have the opportunity to meet with the President Obama at the White House.
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Sunday, February 19 2012
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Allen first Native woman elected to MN legislature
whats_news_susan_allen_swearing_in.jpgSt. Paul, Mn (AP) - State Rep. Susan Allen has been sworn in as the newest member of the House of Representatives and the Legislature's first Native (Dakota) woman member.
Allen took the oath on Jan. 19 to the beat of a drum circle in the House chamber. House Minority Leader Paul Thissen said it was a historic day that will better reflect Minnesota diversity in the lawmaking process.
Allen represents a diverse south Minneapolis district with a high poverty rate. Allen says she is eager to begin work and plans to make job creation a top priority. She says she also plans to focus on environmental protection.
Allen fills the House seat of newly elected Sen. Jeff Hayden. He recently won a special election to replace longtime Sen. Linda Berglin.
Monday, January 09 2012
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MAICC honors community members at 25th Anniversary dinner
The Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce (MAICC) celebrated 25 years of service at their Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet December 8, 2011 at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Shakopee, MN. Highlights of the event included awards to American Indian organizations for outstanding contributions to their communities and a scholarship presentation to a American Indian student.
The annual awards dinner recognized the achievements of five American Indian businesses and community organizations. The honors included:
The Spirit of the People Award: Andy Arlotta, Co-Owner and Vice President of the Minnesota Swarm. For a variety of lacrosse programs that not only introduce youth to this traditional American Indian sport but also emphasize healthy life skills and the importance of education. 
The Turtle Award: Theresa Foster (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) Foster Mayers Associates, LLC. Foster was recognized for her volunteer time, energy and service work to support and promote the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce and its efforts to promote American Indian business. She is the owner of a Land Surveying and Wetlands Delineation firm in Minnesota.
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Friday, December 16 2011
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whats_new_in_commuity_aicdc_breaks_ground.jpgAICDC breaks ground on Elder's housing
On November 14 the American Indian Community Development Corp had a ground breaking ceremony for its new Native elder's building Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi (Come In And Rest). It was attended by State Senator Karen Clark, City Council Members Gary Schiff and Robert Liligren, and officials from HUD and ComondBond.  The two housing units will hold 47 1-bedroom apartments designed for elders 62 and over. It will be located at Bloomington Avenue and 24th St. in Minneapolis.
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