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Public walk and rally “Water is Life” to be held in Duluth
Tuesday, August 25 2009
 
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“Water is Life,” a free public walk and rally, will focus attention on the barrels of toxic military waste that were dumped into Lake Superior near Duluth between 1957 and 1962. Of 1,457 drums that were dumped only 9 have ever been recovered, and all of them were found to contain as many as 17 toxic chemical  and heavy metals from Honeywell company’s Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant.

The event is scheduled for Lake Superior Day, Sunday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Duluth. Starting at the tug boat at the Marine Museum in Canal Park at 11:00 a.m., the 2.2-mile walk will proceed over the foot bridge, pass the Aquarium, over the 5th Ave. E. viaduct, pass the Depot, then move east along Superior Street to the Lakewalk bridge at lst Ave. E. and end with a rally at Endion Beach starting at 12:30 p.m.  

Speaking at the rally will be former chair of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Jean Buffalo; poet and former Chief of the Rainy River First Nation in northwest Ontario Al Hunter; Duluth poet Allie Schoenfeld; and singer-songwriters Rachael Kilgour and Robi Meyerson.

For more info, contact John LaForge at Nukewatch at 715-472- 4185 or 715-491-3813; or Jan Conley at 715-392-5782.

First Nations Composer Initiative Recipients
Tuesday, August 25 2009
 
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Six grants ranging from $1,350 to $5,000 have been awarded to American Indian/Indigenous musical artists in the fifth round of grant making of the First Nations Composer Initiative (FNCI), a program of the American Composers Forum.

The winners are: Dawn Avery (Mohawk descendent) for a North American Indian Cello CD project; Brent Michael Davids (Mohican) to compose a 15 minute concert work for Chanticleer, a 30 year old a cappella male vocal ensemble; Michael Begay (Dine) to attend the Grand Canyon Music Festival; Anita Poleahla (Hopi) for production of a new CD entitled Puwvitstawi: Hopi Lullabies and Game Songs; Trevor Reed (Hopi) to return a valuable set of 130 recordings of traditional Hopi music to the tribe and with the community, and to work towards reaching a long term career goal of writing artistically and culturally meaningful instrumental music through onsite dialog with tribal elders and traditional performers; and Jennifer Stevens (Oneida/Lakota) for “The Lesson”, a documentary on Jennifer Stevens, an aspiring Lyric Soprano’s experience training in classical singing.

Community News
Monday, August 17 2009
 
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Shakopee Community details $40M in donations

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community of Minnesota donated more than $40 million to tribes, Indian organizations, educational institutions and charities last year. The tribe’s annual report detailed $16.8 million in grants to 19 tribes. Five tribes in Minnesota each received $1 million donations. Seven other tribes in Nebraska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Kansas each received $1 million donations. A Wisconsin tribe received a grant for $966,000.
The tribe donated another $2.1 million to Indian organizations and charities. Recipients included the Tribal Embassy for the National Congress of American Indians, women’s shelters, mental health and chemical dependency programs and medical research. In education, the tribe donated $13.3 million, the bulk of which went to the University of Minnesota for the creation of a tribal plaza at a new stadium and for an Indian scholarship fund.

The College of St. Scholastica gets grant for Ojibwe language and culture program

The College of St. Scholastica was recently given a $1.28 million four-year grant for its Ojibwe Language and Culture Education program.
From the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education, the grant will support 12 American Indian students interested in teaching and working in American Indian communities. Students in the program major in elementary or secondary education and in Ojibwe language and culture education.
Eligible students are enrolled in a tribe or are descendants of an enrolled member. As a condition of their participation in the program, students must work in areas with high American Indian populations after graduation.
The new grant complements a 2007 five-year grant from the department’s Office of English Language Acquisition that supports a similar project at the school. Only 11 of the grants were given this year.
The program pays for tuition and books and offers a living stipend.

SMSC Donates More than $65,000 to Support Chemical Dependency Prevention Efforts

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community supported a number of programs which help prevent chemical dependency and addiction. The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Washington, D.C., received an SMSC donation of $25,000. A $10,000 donation went to Petan Wakan Tipi of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Kateri Residence received $10,000. A $5,000 grant went to Rebuild Resources. Minnesota Teen Challenge received $5,000. Ain Dah Ing, Inc. received $5,000, and Project Turnabout of Granite Falls recieved $5,000. Smaller grants were also made to the DARE Bike-a-thon, Sacred Hoop Run 2009, and The City’s Oshki Bug program.

Community Calender
Friday, August 14 2009
 
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Thru Aug.
Hennepin County Library - Franklin Events
All events take place at Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. For more info, call 612-630-6800.
P.E.N. Time: For teens entering grade 6 and up. Options for Play and Enrichment Now Time. Come downstairs to the Teen Center and choose from computers, magazines, board games, video games, brain teasers, conversation with friends and more! Saturday, Aug. 1, noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 4 & 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.Wednesdays, Aug. 5-26, 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 6-27, noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, noon-2 p.m. &  4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18,  4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 12:30-5 p.m.
Down Time: For teens entering grade 6 and up. Looking for a quiet and comfortable space? Take advantage of the “down time” at  Franklin Teen Center! Work on the topic of the week or use our computers, board games and other self-directed activities. Tuesdays, Aug. 4-25, noon-2 p.m. And Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7-8 p.m.
Game On! Gaming Tuesdays: For teens entering grade 6 and up. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours! Tuesdays, Aug. 4-25,  2-4:30 p.m.  
Movies for Teens: For teens entering grade 6 and up. Movie titles are chosen by teens to ensure your viewing pleasure! Join us on our comfy  Teen Center couches and get the big-screen cinema feeling from our projector equipment. Tuesdays, Aug. 4 & 11, 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Storytime: For children ages 4 to 6. Help your preschooler get ready to read. Enjoy stories together and build language skills. Wednesdays, Aug. 5-19, 10:30-11 a.m.
Characters to Go: Make a book character/action figure from a favorite story with pipe cleaners, felt, paper, yarn and marking tools. Put into a take-out container to take home. Materials provided. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Puzzlemania! For kids entering kindergarten and up. Enjoy a variety of educational and fun puzzles and games! Thursday, Aug. 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Teens Talk: For teens entering grade 7 and up. Take time to enjoy old friends and make new ones at the Teen Center with something simple: talking. Discuss any topic or current event, play word games, or simply answer “Would you rather…?” questions. Thursdays, Aug. 6 & 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
Deb Foster is new Executive Director at Ain Dah Yung
Thursday, August 13 2009
 
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Deb Foster has been hired as Ain Dah Yung’s new Executive Director starting August 24. Foster comes to Ain Dah Yung from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women in St. Paul, MN, where she is the Director of Development and Communications. Foster has provided leadership on the agency’s initiatives in resource development and public relations as well as their teen and women of color and Native women’s leadership projects.

Foster was also the Executive Director of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association and prior to that, she was the Facility Manager and Marketing Director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis, Blaisdell/Hiawatha Branches. Foster is a member of the St. Croix tribe in Wisconsin. She received her Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“We are very excited that Deb will be joining Ain Dah Yung. Her vision and creative approach to working with American Indian youth and families will build upon the foundational leadership that has made Ain Dah Yung a vital part of the community for over 25 years.” said Cecilia Martinez, chair of Ain Dah Yung’s Board of Directors. “Deb is joining ADY at a time of transition and growth. With her leadership, and with the support of the Native community and our allies, we are poised to build upon our distinguished role in the nonprofit sector and the homeless youth arena.”  

Ain Dah Yung was one of the first culturally specific programs to focus on American Indian youth and families in the Twin Cities and continues to operate as a culturally- and community-based organization.


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