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Cobell settlement paperwork underway
Friday, February 11 2011
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The Court-ordered process of notifying individual Indians  of their right to participate in the historic $3.4 billion class action Settlement, Cobell v. Salazar, is underway.  Class Members all over the country are receiving detailed information about their legal rights and  options via U.S. Mail.  Current estimates project that most Class Members will receive about $1,800, with some Class Members receiving much more.
Students get a chance to learn Ojibwe in schools in Michigan
Friday, February 11 2011
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Learning a second language is not always about learning foreign language. It can also be about preserving what's been right here for generations, language at risk of being lost.
In addition to offerings, such as French or Spanish, more northern Michigan public schools and colleges are offering students the chance to learn Anishinaabemowin, or Ojibwe.
Suttons Bay Public Schools is a regional leader in offering native languages for second-language credit. The program is now three years old. In tough budget times, Suttons Bay had held tight to its native language offerings.
New treatment-centered approach to healing from the trauma and abuses
Friday, February 11 2011
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It was the vision of two Native women, Lillian Rice and Chris Wallen, which lead to the creation of Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center's new treatment program Nokomis Endaad-Shki Bimaadzi Mikaana (Grandmother's House-road To New Life).
Nokomis Endaad is an intensive outpatient treatment program that is culturally intrinsic and seeks to help Native women to heal from sexual trauma, addictions, mental health issues and cultural co-occurring disorders such as loss of culture, language, grief, and shame through traditional Native teachings and medicine, alongside western models of treatment programs.
Over eighteen years ago, Rice and Wallin endured hardships when they moved from their homes on the reservations to the urban community and eventually found support and healing through their traditional practices and sacred medicines. Through their journey they developed a desire to help other women going through similar obstacles and challenges.

Franken's staff meets with elders on issues facing seniors
Friday, February 11 2011
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franken staff meet with eldersIn January the staff from Senator Al Franken's (D-MN) office came to the Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) to ask Native American elders about the problems they face in their senior years and gather information that will be used in the Senate this upcoming year to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, an act passed in 1965 in response to a lack of community-based social services for older Americans.
Senator Franken serves on the Senate Special Committee on Aging as well as the Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging in Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
The Older Americans Act has funded community services for the elderly such as Aging and Disability Resource Centers, the Aging Services Network and the Native American Caregiver Support Program.
What's New In The Community
Sunday, January 16 2011
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Steven Wassaykeesic Receives Eric Stonechild Award
On December 16th at the First Nations Recovery Center Christmas party Steven Wassaykeesic, an Ojibwe from the Mishkeegogamangwhats new community stonechild award First Nation Reserve in Ontario, was honored for his accomplishments with the Eric Stonechild Award. Growing up in an alcoholic family Wassaykeesic at an early age started sniffing inhalants, became addicted to alcohol and drugs. His life spiraled downward with binges, incarceration, gang life and violence.
In 2009 Wassaykeesic came to Minneapolis and attended the Metro Hope Recovery program and now resides at the On Eagles Wings Apartments owned and operated by Overcomers Outreach Ministries Inc. Wassaykeesic continues his sobriety and soon will attend the Minneapolis Community and Technical College while pursuing his degree in addiction counseling.
In honor of the late Eric Stonechild, The First Nations Recovery Center presents the annual $500 special achievement award to individuals who overcame their addictions and homelessness to better serve their community.

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