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Chief Bemidji Statue Project raising funds for new statue
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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The Chief Bemidji Statue Project committee has established a fund at Northwest Minnesota Foundation for the purpose of accepting tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Project funds will be used to commission an artist to create a new, realistic sculpture of Chief Bemidji that will be made of stone or bronze. The new statue will be located in Library Park, and will depict Chief Bemidji in a dignified and respectful way. Living descendants of Chief Bemidji from the Leech Lake area are actively involved with the committee's work and provide guidance throughout the process.
The Chief Bemidji Statue Project committee hopes to raise $116,500 through grants and donations. The George W. Neilson Foundation recently awarded the project a $25,000 grant, with a requirement of equal matching funds.
To make a tax-deductible contribution, make checks payable to "Chief Bemidji Statue Project Fund" and mail to: Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 4225 Technology Drive NW, Bemidji, MN 56601. For telephone assistance call the Foundation at 218-759-2057

Cobenais selected Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by By Michelle Graves, Edited By Michael Meuers,
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Cobenais headshotClub staff unanimously selected Darion Cobenais as Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year 2010.  Chosen from among eleven other  youth, Cobenais will compete against other Boys & Girls club members for the Minnesota State Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. 
"Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive", said Michelle Graves, Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club Program Director.  Cobenais is a sophomore attending the Red Lake High School, ISD District #38, and has been a member of the Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club for three years.  He worked as a Junior Program Assistant the past two summers and volunteered over 50 hours at Club. Darion lives with his grandparents, Nickel and Missy Cook. 
If Cobenais wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of the Northwest Regional Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September to compete for the title of BGCA'S National Youth of the Year.
Local Early Childhood Program Awarded NECPA Accreditation
Tuesday, April 12 2011
 
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Cherish the Children Learning Center, located in the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center in Minneapolis, has been awarded the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). This nationally recognized accreditation follows a rigorous process of self-study, surveys of parents and staff, verification by early childhood education/child care professionals, and a final review by the NECPA Board of Commissioners. The accreditation is valid for three years, after which the program must complete the process again in order to maintain its accredited status.
NECPA Accreditation is reserved for exceptional early childhood programs that substantially exceed minimum state licensing requirements. Parents seeking care and education for their young children can use national accreditation as a means of locating the highest quality programs. Cherish the Children is located at the MIWRC at 2300 15th Ave. South, Minneapolis. For more information call Heather Reynolds at 612-728-2013.


Red Lake Tribe Receives YouthBuild Grant
Tuesday, April 12 2011
 
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The Red Lake Ojibwe Tribe has received a YouthBuild Grant of  $1,008,000. The project will assist participants to attain their high school diploma or GED and gain construction and work readiness skills. The occupational training is provided through the Northwest Technical College Construction Program. Under this program, each course is a "stackable credential" that conveys a certificate of completion to the learner as well as college credits that apply toward academic certificates, diplomas and degrees. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) will be one of the certifications completed during this training. Participants will build two new low-income housing units through the Red Lake Housing Authority in addition to rehabilitating two substandard dwellings owned by low-income households

State grant helps preserve Native American cosmology
The Minnesota Planetarium Society (Society) will partner with Jim Rock (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) and Roxanne Gould (Odawa/Ojibwe) to create an interactive program that will cover all state education standards of astronomy and Native American cosmology; the program (funded through the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund) will consist of culturally relevant Native American star knowledge and cosmology and will be made for flexible use in respect to tribal traditions. It will be designed for planetarium and flat screen use and will include traditional music, instruments, and other artifacts.
Rock, an astronomer at Wayzata High School and Gould, a consultant for Indian Education Programs for Minneapolis Public Schools, will work with the Society to provide the Dakota oral cosmological knowledge and Ojibwe Native American lore. Once completed in summer 2011 the program will be available to schools and audiences through some of Minnesota' s nine planetarium facilities and the ExploraDome.
Standing named Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion
Tuesday, April 12 2011
 
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Pamela Standing (Cherokee) has been named the Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award is presented annually in each state to individuals who assist small businesses through outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of minority-owned small businesses.  
In 2007, Standing started the Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA) as a volunteer with no compensation and is co-chair. Prior to starting the MNIBA, she was the Executive Director the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce where she promoted American Indian businesses.
The Minnesota Indian Business Alliance is a statewide all-volunteer organizational collaborative working to promote an economic environment that supports the development of American Indian businesses. Since 2007, Standing has recruited over 130 organizational partners statewide. She is an entrepreneur herself creating gourmet baked goods. For more info about MNIBA, see: http://www.mniba.org
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