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UMD's Master of Tribal Administration and Governance is first of its kind
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Eric Sharp,
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More than two years in planning mode, the first-of-its-kind Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) degree program at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is ready for its inauguration next fall.
American Indian leaders from tribes across the country will have the opportunity to pursue coursework in various classes that include tribal sovereignty, tribal accounting and finance, federal Indian law, leadership and ethics. In addition, tribal language and cultural elements will also be weaved into coursework throughout the program.
"UMD was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the country to recognize that American Indian studies was a unique discipline," said Tadd Johnson, chair of the American Indian Studies Department and MGAG program director at UMD. "Since 1972, UMD has taught generations of students the importance of the history, language and culture of Native Americans. Now, we are taking another bold step."
Johnson, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Ojibwe Tribe - Bois Forte Band, is a 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He has served as a tribal administrator, a tribal attorney, a tribal court judge and has taught numerous courses on Federal Indian Law and American Indian History. From 1990-1995, he served as counsel and staff director to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in the Office of Indian Affairs and the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs.
DNR confiscates nets, fish from Dakota activists on Cedar Lake
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by By Rupa Shenoy and Laura Yuen Minnesota Public Radio News,
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Conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seized a gill net and several dozen fish on May 13 from a small group of Dakota Indian activists at Cedar Lake in Minneapolis.
The group was fishing on Cedar Lake one day before the walleye opener to draw attention to an 1805 U.S. treaty that they say gives them the right to fish in Twin Cities lakes regardless of state law. The activists are hoping to push the case into court. No arrests were made, but DNR conservation officers took the names of at least six people and will forward them to the Hennepin County attorney's office for possible charges. Dozens of Dakota Indians and their allies gathered on the beach of the urban lake. They cast a gill net and caught nearly 60 fish in all - including sunfish, crappies and walleye.
Capt. Greg Salo manages enforcement of the Twin Cities metro area for the DNR and said the fish will probably be frozen as evidence. Salo said the DNR will forward a report, including the names of the six individuals who were tending the gill net, to the the Hennepin County Attorney's office for possible charges.
"But I think this is probably going to go on for a while," Salo said. "Anytime you deal with treaty rights, it's not black and white, cut and dried."
In 1805, young army officer Zebulon Pike negotiated a deal that allowed the United States to set up a military post in what is now the Twin Cities. In return Pike gave the Dakota presents and whiskey and promised them free use of the land.
First Lady launches Let's Move! In Indian Country Initiative
Friday, June 10 2011
 
Written by Associated Press,
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First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let's Move! In Indian Country (LMIC) Initiative at the Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin on May 25.  The initiative will support and advance the work that tribal leaders and community members are already doing to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native children.
LMIC will bring together federal agencies, communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes with the goal of ending childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation.
First lady Michelle Obama sent top federal officials to the Menominee Indian reservation in Keshena to launch a specially targeted "Let's Move! in Indian Country" initiative to help Native children who statistically are twice as likely to be overweight as the general population.
SPPS Students In Top 10%
Thursday, May 12 2011
 
Written by by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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SPPS_studentsThree of the six high schools in St. Paul have a Native student in the top 10 percentile.

The American Indian Education Program for the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has three Native students that are in the top 10% of academic achievement at their high schools.
The students who made the honor roll are: Virginia Godfrey, from Como Senior High School (ranked number 15 out of 373 students); Brook LaFloe, a Johnson High Senior (ranked 13 out of 359 students); and Kyle Reiter, a senior at Harding High School (ranked 3 out of 541 students). The students will all be graduating this year and have plans for post-secondary education. LaFloe (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) has just been awarded a Gates Scholarship, and Reiter (Michigan Ojibwe) has recieved the Horatio Alger scholarship.
TGIFriday will hold first poetry reading since inception
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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TGIfriday will hold first poetry reading storyThe Loft-sponsored open writing group, TGIFrybread, will be presenting Minwaajimo (She/He is Telling a Good Story), a public reading at The Loft Literary Center on May 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
An event over three years in the making, Minwaajimo will be the culmination of efforts by local Native writers to create an event that celebrates the creativity of Native poems, stories, and other works.
Ardie Medina (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) an Associate Development Director at The Loft, hosts the open writing group once a month. TGIFrybread, first formed in 2008, stemmed from an event at The Moonlit Bridge gala. The Loft was sponsoring a table for INROADS scholarship opportunities when a number of prominent writers from the area, including poet and essayist Heid Erdrich, met together at the table and began discussing ways in which writers could begin collaboration on their efforts.
"We thought, 'we have to start getting together on a more regular basis,'" Medina said. "Writers writing together. That is what eventually would become TGIFrybread."
TGIFrybread would grow over the years, bringing in talented Native artists and helping them to foster their writing skills, their presentation, and ultimately helping participants to take their own work seriously.
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