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Friday, November 11 2011
 
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LaDuke will speak in Minneapolis on "the Green Path"
Internationally known Native American activist and author Winona LaDuke will speak at Plymouth Congregational Church on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Her topic, "The Green Path: Land-base Economies and Future Generations," will address economic choices in food and energy systems. LaDuke (White Earth Ojibwe) is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. She is also Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to raise public support and funding for frontline native environmental groups.
She is the author of six books, including "Recovering the Sacred," "All our Relations," and a novel, "Last Standing Woman."  She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program and a board member of the Christensen Fund.  Plymouth is located at 1900 Nicollet Ave. (at Franklin) in Minneapolis. A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, see www.plymouth.org or www.ewestminster.org.
Lac Courte Oreilles Band opens urban office in Minneapolis
Friday, October 07 2011
 
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The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwa Indians approved the opening of an urban office in Minneapolis. With over 640 members residing in the Metro and surrounding counties the tribe determined the need to not only extend services to its membership but also access and network business, philanthropic and economic development opportunities.
Tribal Chairman Gordon Thayer said, " Across the nation the economy faces a major challenge and this compels our tribe to become more creative and proactive in building a stronger healthy community to our members on and off the Reservation, the urban office will also become a great resource to our newly created Lac Courte Oreilles Business Corporation."
15th Annual Elders Community Picnic honors Norbie Blake
Friday, October 07 2011
 
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By Mikanuk "Larry Adams" - On September 22 the 15th Annual Elders Community Picnic was held at the Minnehaha Park in South Minneapolis.  Over 300 elders attended the event that included raffles and prizes. An official proclamation honoring Norby Blake was also made. Blake was the former director of the Inter-Tribal Elders Services (ITES). She recieved the award from Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak.    
The Elders Community Picnic included several health-related booths, as well as some crafts stands. The event kicked off with an Elders "Wisdom Steps" Walk around Minnehaha Park, with many elders stretching their limbs during the walk. The "Johnny Smith and Friends" band performed some of their Country and Western repertoire for the elders as well.
Mashkiki Ogichidaag "Medicine Warriors" Challenge Community
Saturday, September 10 2011
 
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The youth of Mashkiki Ogichidaag "Medicine Warriors" are challenging all American Indian agencies in the Twin Cities to adopt commercial tobacco-free policies at their worksites. The program says it will help support the agencys' transition in several ways: youth can provide an educational presentation to encourage the policy change. They can provide assistance drafting new policy language to fit individual agency's cultures. And they can supply signage once the new policy is in place. They plan to have an event in September for American Indian agencies to tell them about the challenge.
Mashkiki Ogichidaag teaches American Indian youth about the adverse health affects of commercial tobacco abuse and promotes traditional uses of Native tobacco for prayers, gift-giving, blessings and medicinal purposes. For more information contact Program Coordinator Leya Hale at 612-722-8722, ext. 317, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Anton Treuer named to MN State Arts Board
Saturday, September 10 2011
 
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Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, to a four-year term on the Minnesota State Arts Board. The board's eleven citizen-members are appointed by the governor with the advice and approval of the Minnesota Senate. The board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. Its $60 million biennial budget is appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature; funds are used to provide financial assistance and other programs and services designed to make the arts more available to all Minnesotans.
In addition to his teaching duties, Treuer is editor of the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language and author of eight books. Treuer has championed Minnesota' traditional indigenous art forms and worked to expand the definition of arts to include oral narrative and story performance, especially as they intersect with the Ojibwe language. Treuer earned a PhD and a MA from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from Princeton University.
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