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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.
National George Morrison exhibit opens
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by By Jamie Keith,
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The exhibition “Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison” began the first leg of its multi-year national tour this month at Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota. The exhibit contains eighty pieces of the prolific Ojibwe artist’s work, from paintings and drawings to multimedia sculptures and collages. “Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison” marks the first time a comprehensive collection of Morrison’s art has toured the United States.

The goals of the exhibition are to educate people across the country about Morrison’s work and contributions to the field of modern art as an Indigenous artist and teacher.

What's New in Birth Control: A Message from the IHB Minneapolis
Wednesday, July 24 2013
 
Written by By Angela Erdrich, MD.,
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Working as a Pediatrician in Native American communities since 1997, I have used photography and writing to share health  success stories in health promotion materials featuring Native American health role models.  So I was very excited when a 2012 McKnight Filmmaking Fellow, Norah Shapiro, offered to collaborate with me on a brief film about the Indian Health Board featuring women from our clinic who volunteered in the interest of public health.  

“I’m Not Your Indian Anymore”?AIM Exhibit to open in May
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by by Laura Waterman Wittstock,
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Work has been underway to select photographs of the American Indian Movement (AIM), along with documents and objects, for a special first exhibit to open May 10th at the All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis, at 1414 East Franklin Avenue, just a stone’s throw from AIM’s original offices.
The challenge was to winnow thousands of pieces down to a tiny fraction of what is being archived by AIM’s Interpretive Center, on Franklin Avenue, also near the site of the original offices.

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