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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.

Native community buys/builds art gallery in 11 months
Thursday, January 13 2011
Written by Sheila Regan,
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All My Relations Arts (AMR) opens the doors of its new gallery space on January 21 after a fast-paced 11 months of the American Indian communitynew american indian art gallery minneapolis 1 pulling together to make it happen. The opening exhibition, called Frank Big Bear Paintings: From the Rez to the Hood, marks the start for ARM after it left Ancient Traders Gallery (run by Great Neighbors) in 2009.
The new gallery, which will feature contemporary fine art by American Indian artists, is located at the former Open Arms space at 1416 Franklin Avene East in Minneapolis.
The one story brick building will house the gallery as well as a coffee shop owned by Robert Rice (White Earth Ojibwe) who also co-owns the 42nd Street Station in North Minneapolis. The coffee shop will contain a community wall, for youth and community art projects, as well as an electronic flat screen monitor, which will provide an interactive catalogue of information about Dakota Lands facilitated by the Indian Land Tenure Foundation.
In addition, the building will house the offices of the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) and the offices of the American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC) – who jointly own the building).  The building will also have a community meeting space.
Last February, AMR became an official initiative of NACDI, an organization focused on community development as part of NACDI’s goal to develop The American Indian Cultural Corridor, which runs along Franklin Avenue between Cedar and 11th Avenue, building alliances among American Indian businesses and organizations to improve the economic and cultural vitality of neighborhood.
According to Heid Erdrich (former curator of ARM), there has been incredible support from the arts community and the American Indian community to make the gallery happen. Last spring, volunteers gave their time to make phone calls raising money for the Friend Raiser for the Arts, which raised $8,600 in about a month from 70 individual donors. In addition, The McKnight Foundation donated $75,000 toward securing the space plus an additional $150,000 toward building out office space for NACDI, as well as the gallery. The Minneapolis Foundation contributed another $10,000 toward the project.
Suicide prevention "isten-ins"will culminate in national conference
Thursday, January 13 2011
Written by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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Suicide is a tragedy that strikes Native American communities disproportionately compared to other ethnic groups, and has been a top suicide prevention american indianpriority on the agendas of many tribal governments. The suicide rate among Natives is the highest of all ethnic groups in the U.S., and new efforts are being raised to bring attention to the problem.
The Indian Health Service (IHS), in association with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) are currently undergoing a fact-finding effort to better understand the problem of suicide. Representatives are conducting Suicide Prevention Listen-Ins across the nation to ask what can be done about this issue that affects Native communities so deeply. By talking to the tribal members and leaders who have first-hand knowledge of what they are dealing with, it is hoped that communities can improve upon current efforts and work toward better prevention in the future.
This past November the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Listening Session took place at Prior Lake, MN. Kevin Bearquiver, Deputy Director of the BIA said, “the primary purpose of this listen-in is to gather information for a national conference for the tribes.”

Domestic Abuse Program sewing circle builds skills and friendships
Thursday, January 13 2011
Written by Jennifer Fairbanks,
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Once a week, every Tuesday evening in Minneapolis, a group of women come together to participate in a constructive task of edgingamerican indian sewing circle minneapolis together a cultural symbol. The Domestic Abuse Project’s (DAP) sewing circle at Little Earth, made possible by a grant from Verizon Wireless, allows for a small group of women to take a few hours of intermission from daily life to focus on making star quilts. The sewing circle is a voluntary activity started by DAP Advocate Cindy Lyons. The group is a revamp and continuation of an earlier circle that had ended a few years ago.
Meeting in the Neighborhood Early Learning Center (NELC) Advocacy Office, the participants that are involved with the latest sewing circle are mostly from Lyons’ own clientele. Lyons, who’s been working for the DAP since June of 2000, leads the group with a volunteer named Cheri.
The sewing circle focuses mainly on teaching how to sew and construct star quilts. Star quilts have a challenging pattern and are traditionally given away within Native American cultures on special occasions like weddings and graduations.

Bemidji State launches website with Ojibwe language resources
Thursday, January 13 2011
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As part of its ongoing efforts to support the efforts of the Shared Vision Bemidji community-building initiative, Bemidji State University has unveiled a printable poster and a number of video Ojibwe language resources on its website.
The resources, a joint effort between the University’s American Indian Resource Center, Office of Communications and Marketing and eLearning Support, offer an easily-accessible primer for translations of nearly 100 English phrases common to Northern Minnesota into Ojibwe.

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