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First masters degree for "Helping One Another" Tribal Spec. Ed.
Thursday, December 15 2011
 
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Aquila Tapio (Oglala Lakota)   will be the first student to recieve her master's degree from Augsburg College's new Naadamaadiwin, "Helping One Another" Tribal Special Education program.   
Tapio began her studies after moving to the Twin Cities when she was 18. Her initial two-year degree led to a four-year degree from the University of Minnesota, then a paralegal certificate from Hamline University and finally a teaching certificate and a forthcoming master's degree from Augsburg College. Tapio is currently enrolled in her final course. 
All non-Native Pocahontas opera funded by Legacy Funds
Friday, November 11 2011
 
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pocahontas_opera.jpgIn October, Pocahontas-Woman of Two Worlds, a new opera composed by Minnesotan Linda Tutas Haugen, was performed at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. After the show, over 100 community members - many of them protestors from the Native American community - shared their views during a sometimes heated discussion. While emotions expressed that evening have cooled, questions about the funding of the production linger.
Despite efforts by the opera's composer Linda Tutas Haugen and librettist Joan Vail Thorne to avoid the Disney pitfall of turning Pocahontas into what noted Native American historian Helen Rountree called  "a buckskin-clad Barbie" they walked right into the heart of the problem: whether it is opera or animation, the story of Pocahontas is still a story of oppression of Native Americans.
Forcia Honored With Fundraiser Feast
Friday, October 07 2011
 
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forcia_honored_cover1.jpgforcia_honored_cover2.jpgA benefit and feast was held on September 22nd in the Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) in Minneapolis to honor Mike Forcia for his tireless efforts in helping feed the homeless. The event brought together over 100 members of the Native American community. Young and old alike could be seen sitting together enjoying fried walleye, wild rice, hot-dish and fry-bread, all courtesy of the cooks and community members who wanted to show Forcia their appreciation.
Forcia (Bad River Ojibwe) has always placed an emphasis on public service. Starting with a fatherly interest in his children's educational welfare, Mike has worked with the Minneapolis Public Schools to help raise awareness of Native student's special needs.
This interest in the welfare of those around him translated into an ability to identify some of the special needs of the Native community at large.
Looking out the window of his own cafe on Franklin Avenue, Forcia saw an opportunity to help the homeless using the resources of his very own diner, The Wolves Den.
"Back in 2005, Wade Keezer and I decided we wanted to find a way to help feed the homeless. Along with our friend Kevin Oberdain, we began to feed the homeless using the resources of my Cafe. We called the breakfasts Oyate Oshkabaywis. This is essentially two words from the Dakota and Anishinaabe languages that we put together into one name, meaning 'helper' in both languages," Forcia said.
The Wolves Den is one of the only places in the city to grab a piece of real, Indian-made frybread. Described as the home of lone wolves and pack eaters alike, Forcia has enjoyed running his own business for many years on Franklin Avenue.
The Berenstain Bears speak Lakota in special 20-episode series
Friday, October 07 2011
 
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berenstein_bears_cover_1.jpgThe Dakotas and Minnesota are at the front of a new wave in children's education, as beloved furry faces begin to speak in an ancient tribal language.  
For 50 years, the adventures of the Berenstain Bears have been translated into Spanish, French, and other European languages. This year, for the first time they are speaking a Native American language - Lakota - in the hopes that the language will take hold again with Lakota children and families.
A 20-episode Lakota-language series, Mat?? Wa???ila Thiw?he, or "The Compassionate Bear Family," premiered on Sunday morning, September 11, and will broadcast through November 2011 on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Create channel, and Prairie Public television's Lifelong Learning channel in North Dakota and Minnesota.
The premiere coincided with the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck, an annual event that draw thousands of Natives and non-Natives from all over the North American continent.  During the Powwow's events September 7-10, the Bears seemed to be everywhere: live costumed characters were honored as "dignitaries" in the Powwow's spectacular Grand Entry and met a mob of children at Youth Day.  
The voice actors, all fluent Lakota speakers from several reservations, joined the costumed characters on a float during the powwow's parade through downtown Bismarck, and met the children on Youth Day.  A special screening was presented at the Tribal Leaders' Summit meeting, and a big display booth kept the premiere episodes running on a continuous loop.
Running Wolf Fitness Center to reopen at Phillips Community Center
Friday, October 07 2011
 
Written by By Andrea Cornelius,
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running_wolf_fitness_story.jpgThe Native American Community Clinic (NACC) and the Indian Health Board (IHB) have teamed up to reopen the Running Wolf Fitness Center in a new location at the Phillips Community Center, located at 2323 11th Avenue South in Minneapolis. Both organizations received grants from Ucare and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe to re-open the community gym.
There will be a grand re-opening event in October at Running Wolf complete with tours and demonstrations of equipment. The first six months of membership are free after receiving a fitness exam at either NACC or IHB and a monthly charge will begin thereafter.
The fitness exam allows for personal attention because it will determine each individual's level of fitness and thereby allow the staff to give personal attention to each member, which will better yield results for everyone no matter their goals.
There will be a personal trainer available as well as staff from NACC and IHB working at Running Wolf during its hours of operation which are Monday through Thursday from 10am to 7pm, and Friday through Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
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