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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.
Friday, November 11 2011
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cover_story_tobacco_youth1.jpgAmerican Indian youth are challenging their community to take a stand against commercial tobacco. The students, ages thirteen to seventeen, are working hard to educate Native businesses and agencies in the Twin Cities about eliminating commercial tobacco from their workplaces.
The students are part of the Mashkiki Ogichidaag program, which is supported by the Division of Indian Work. The program seeks to educate students about the adverse effects of commercial tobacco abuse, as well as teach Native youth about tobacco's traditional uses in Native American culture.
"The program is named Mashkiki Ogichidaag, which translates into 'Medicine Warriors'," said Leya Hale, the program coordinator of Mashkiki Ogichidaag. Hale stepped into the role of coordinator in March 2011. "This program has been around for about three years. The Division of Indian Work hires grant writers to apply for the funding that makes programs such as these possible," said Hale.
The Division of Indian Work, founded in 1952, is the oldest organization directly serving American Indians in the Twin Cities area. Located at 1001 East Lake Street, the Medicine Warriors hold their meetings in a room upstairs next to the kitchen. There is macaroni and cheese with a make-it-yourself-chili dog table for the youth. Hale says she always tries to provide for students who are taking time out of their day to listen to her words. Sitting in their chairs, arranged in a circle, the students talk about the traditional uses of tobacco.
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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 or
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