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Navigating MNSure and Indian Health Services
Wednesday, December 04 2013
 
Written by By Sommer Dey Rosette-Poolaw, Indian Health Board of Minneapolis,
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The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) is a federal law that provides health insurance coverage options that are more accessible and affordable. Minnesota, like all states, was given three options to deliver insurance to its citizens. Minnesota chose a state-based exchange where the state runs its own Healthcare Marketplace, now called MNsure.

Open enrollment for MNsure began on Oct. 1 for most Minnesotans. American Indians of Minnesota, tribally-enrolled or documented lineage, have no closing date to enroll in a healthcare plan; more information will be provided in regards to proof of enrollment and lineage. We are also exempt from the federal mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance that includes tax penalties.

VIDEO: Change The Name Protest
Friday, November 08 2013
 
Written by Alfred Walking Bull,
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Mayoral Candidates Speak on the Step-Up program for youth
Monday, October 07 2013
 
Written by Brianna Skildum,
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Step-Up is a local summer program that introduces teens to temporary employment and prepares them for future careers. It runs 9 weeks, not including the courses that must be attended before hand. The students are educated about resumes, dress codes, attitudes, bills, pay rates, credit cards, banking, checking, necessary job skills, among other skills. At the start of the summer, students pick out a job and are on the road to cultivating life skills and a stipend of at least $1,000.
New Native SMSC scholarship recipients graduate, plan to give back
Friday, August 02 2013
 
Written by By Brandon Largent, The Minnesota Daily,
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new_native_smsc_scholarship_recipients_graduate_jason_champagne.jpgAlthough Jason Champagne didn’t grow up on a Native American reservation, he visited relatives on them growing up and saw nutrition was a major issue. Now, the 37-year-old University of Minnesota graduate student wants to change that. Like many Native American students in Minnesota, Champagne relied on tribal-funded scholarships to help pay for his college degree.
 
The fall of 2009 marked the first year University students were awarded the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship, which aims to increase Native American students at the University and is offered in part on students’ intent to serve native societies when they graduate.
 
Now, many University students, like Champagne, are graduating and plan on improving their communities.
 
After working as a chef for several years, Champagne decided to use his knowledge of traditional Native American dishes to improve the health of tribal communities. As a result of increasing rates of diabetes, heart disease and other diet-related complications, he said, one of his biggest fears is that Native American communities will cease to exist.
Tribute to Dr. Charles S. Anderson, Augsburg President Emeritus
Friday, August 02 2013
 
Written by Bonnie Wallace,
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tribute_to_dr_charles_anderson.jpgI attended Dr. Charles S. Anderson’s funeral a couple of weeks ago and was flooded with memories of our special relationship while I served as Augsburg’s American Indian Student Support Program Director from 1978 to 1996.  We served on an “Advisory Board” in 1977 when he was the Dean of the College and I was employed by the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe’s Talent Search Program.

Our primary goal was to create a stronger American Indian presence on the campus which is located within blocks of the 3rd largest urban Native community in the country (The Phillips Neighborhood).
 
The committee was a product of the Honeywell Foundation and Augsburg College, and while he and I disagreed on many philosophical, political and educational issues he made it clear that he wanted to address the poor college admission, retention and graduation rates of American Indian students.  
 
With a huge thank you to Dr. Andre Lewis, President of the Honeywell Foundation at that time, we were approved for a 3 year grant. A job description was created and posted for a Director,  several candidates were interviewed and the position was offered to a local Native MSW who was involved with the National Indian Lutheran Board. The Advisory Committee and Dr. Anderson were pleased with the selection and he began immediately.
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