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Tuesday, May 05 2009
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Sharon Romano New Director of the DIW
Sharon Romano has been selected as the new director of the Department of Indian Work (DIW), a program of Saint Paul Area Council of Churches. Romano has worked within the Twin Cities and American Indian communities since 1972. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a commitment to education as a way for students to overcome poverty and become self-reliant in pursuit of their goals.

Before coming to the Department of Indian Work as DIW’s interim director in January, Romano served as the interim Director for the American Indian Family Center in Saint Paul for one year. Before that Romano was Admissions Counselor  for Enrollment and Student Services and American Indian Liaison at Metropolitan State University.

Before Romano, Jennie Lightfoot served as interim director shortly after the passing of Sheila WhiteEagle last June. Romano, who holds degrees from Metropolitan State University and Augsburg College, is an enrolled member of the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota and a member of the Mississippi Band.

New Red Lake Urban Committee
The Red Lake Urban  Committe elected new officers on Feb. 9. The new officers are (left to right) Gerald Auginash, CoChair; John Hanson, Chair; Bette Bailey, Secretary; and Murphy (Joe) Parkhurst, tresaurer. Past officers were Mike Loud, Ron Head, Murphy (Joe) Parkhurst, and Amber Parkhurst.

IT Laddu launches beta
Friday, May 01 2009
Average user rating    (0 vote) enables local search in 12 major cities of India including Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi/NCR, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and its nearby places.

Exhibit showcases paintings, drawings of Lake Superior Ojibwe
Wednesday, March 11 2009
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The Minnesota Historical Society, in association with the St. Louis County Historical Society, has an exhibit runing through May 10 called, “Eastman Johnson: Paintings and Drawings of the Lake Superior Ojibwe” at the Minnesota History Center. Eastman Johnson was one of America’s finest portrait, figure and genre scene painters. Between1856-57, Johnson created numerous drawings and paintings of Superior and Grand Portage’s Ojibwe residents, preserving the faces and homes of the Lake Superior region’s Native people.

The cost of seeing the exhibit is included in the museum admission fee of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, and $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. For more info, call 651-259-3000 or see: The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd W. in St. Paul.

Sacred Hoop travels to Indian boarding schools

The Sacred Hoop of 100 Eagle Feathers will make its fifth journey across the United States in 2009, this time to promote awareness of and healing from the historical trauma believed to underlie persistent problems of substance abuse and suicides among Native people.

The Wellbriety Journey for Forgivenessis is being spearheaded by White Bison, a Native American non-profit organization that provides culturally-relevant training to Native communities in support of wellness and recovery initiatives.

The focal point of the Journey is a 40-day, 6,800-mile cross-country journey to 23 present and former Indian school sites that begins May 16 at the present-day Chemewa Indian School in Salem, OR. It ends at the site of first Indian school at Carlisle, Penn. established in 1879, before going on to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. for closing ceremonies the last week of June. For more information, visit or call 719-548-1000.

Flandreau Indian School, others receive SMSC funding

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is donating $132,000 to several Indian schools and programs. An $80,000 donation will go to the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota to support Indian education. The donation will cover a behavior incentive program, senior class activities including a Commencement Powwow, and extracurricular activities including rodeo club, culture club, basketball, volleyball, golf, and cross-country.

And a $20,000 donation to the Minneapolis Public School Indian Education Program helped purchase school supplies, pay activity fees, and support family involvement activities and an awards ceremony. It also sponsored a student to the UNITY Journalists of Color conference and to purchase supplies for students participating in the AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) science fair.

Monday, February 09 2009
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Two Native youth attend Obama inauguration


Two youth leaders from the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe attended the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20 in Washington, D.C. Twelve-year-old Felicia Mason and 13-year-old Corey Strong Jr., members of the Junior Presidential Youth group, joined selected middle school students from across the country to attend the inauguration. Mason and Strong are both 7th graders at Orr High School in Orr, MN.


At the inauguration they learned about democracy, the electoral process, and traditions surrounding the inauguration. They were special guests on the National Mall as Obama was sworn in as president and also attended a gala inaugural ball in the evening. Felicia is the daughter of Billie Mason (Bois Forte Band member) and Tony Mason. Corey is the son of Teresa and Corey Strong (both are Bois Forte Band members).


Responses to Statehood provides venue for Native perspectives
Thursday, December 25 2008
Written by Aimee Loiselle,
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responsestotatehoodstory.jpgWaziyatawin (Angela Wilson), Ph.D., a Dakota scholar and activist, and the Minnesota Humanities Center in Saint Paul have collaborated to create Responses to Statehood, an online video project that showcases Dakota and Ojibwe perspectives on Minnesota statehood and the sesquicentennial. The project began airing in November when the Humanities Center began luanching new videos weekly. 

New videos will be uploaded through December. Waziyatawin (Wahpetunwan Dakota) hosts each chapter, providing video commentary on such topics as: the forced removal, ethnic cleansing and
genocide, boarding schools, allotment, and the seizure of Native lands. All videos and support material can be found under "Special Projects" on the center's main website. Several introductory videos
guide viewers into the larger presentation. The first video explains the connection between the Humanities Center and Minnesota statehood.

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