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,
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).
Waziyatawin (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.
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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Today, our Mother Earth is ill. From the beginning of the 21st century we have lived the hottest years of the last thousand years. Global warming is generating abrupt changes in the weather: the retreat of
glaciers and the decrease of the polar ice caps; the increase of the sea level and the flooding of coastal areas, where approximately 60% of the world population live; the increase in the processes of desertification and the decrease of fresh water sources; a higher frequency in natural disasters that the communities of the earth suffer; the extinction of animal and vegetal species; and the spread
of diseases in areas that before were free from those diseases. One of the most tragic consequences of the climate change is that some nations and territories are condemned to disappear by the increase of
the sea level.
Kola Program given three months notice from Hennepin County that its entire funding will be cut.
The American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC) in Minneapolis recently received a letter from Hennepin County announcing that it planned to cut all funding for the Kola Program, which
provides medical services to homeless people with a focus on Native people struggling with alcoholism. Kola, which means "friend" in Lakota, serves 30-60 clients a day and over the years has helped
thousands of homeless men and women.
The letter stated that Hennepin County would zero out its funds for Kola in three months, due to the county's overall budget deficit. It invited AICDC to request a hearing if the agency wanted to appeal.
Michael Goze (Ho-Chunk), President of AICDC, said he participated in hearings on November 3 and 17 to protest the $164,000 cut. That amount represents 80% of the Kola Program budget."I understand the process and the deficit piece," said Goze. "We're all for saving money, but that's not what this cut would do. In addition, this population is vulnerable and services are often a challenge."Goze argues the cut won't save money for Hennepin County, because Kola clients often have medical conditions that are ignored or do not receive treatment in other clinics due to inebriation. When these conditions are allowed to worsen, clients use county emergency rooms, which are more expensive.
Indian Health Board Chief Executive Officer Dr. Patrick Rock was voted President Elect of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) at their 2008 Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 10. Rock (Leech Lake), has been employed as a physician with the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Inc. for 11 years. He became Medical Director in 2002 and was named CEO of the organization in April of 2007. Rock is a graduate of the University of North Dakota Medical School, served his family practice residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, and has done graduate work at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
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