What's New In the Community: August 2014
Thursday, August 07 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS Dr. Patrick Rock, Indian Health Board of Minneapolis CEO, was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to a 18-member committee that will recommend ways to enhance the University of Minnesota's Medical School, in an effort to ensure the state’s preeminent medical school is a national leader in medical training, research and innovation.

The Blue Ribbon Committee will come up with ideas for strategies and investments in the medical school, and prepare recommendations for the 2015 Legislature.

"The future health of Minnesotans depends on what we do now to train the next generation of medical professionals in our state. Today’s medical students will become the doctors who will care for our families, and the research professionals who will develop life-saving innovations in medical technology in the years to come," Dayton said.

The committee's goals include: National Prominence, ensuring the Medical School’s national preeminence by retaining and attracting world class faculty, staff, students and residents. Nation-Leading Research and Innovation, sustaining the university’s national leadership in health research, care innovation and health-care delivery, capitalizing on the state’s investments in biomedical research and ground-breaking discoveries; Excellence in Clinical Services, expanding the university’s clinical services to strengthen its ability to serve as a statewide health-care resource for providers and patients, as a training site for health professional students and residents, as a site for cutting-edge clinical research, and as a source of critical funding for the Medical School and health sciences; and Meeting the Health Care Needs of a Changing Minnesota, addressing the state’s health workforce needs so as to serve Minnesota’s broad continuum of health care needs, including primary care, a growing aging population, and increased chronic health needs.



WINNEBAGO, Neb. – Lance Morgan, president and CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., received the Advocate of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency in late July.

Morgan was honored during a special ceremony at the 2014 National Minority Enterprise Development Week, July 31 and Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C.

The award is given annually to an organization or individual who has shown leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community. It pays tribute to minority entrepreneurs who have demonstrated economic impact in a global economy.

Morgan was nominated by Trisha Luna, the Federal Acquisition Advisor of the Federal Procurement Center, for his direction of Ho-Chunk, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's economic development corporation. Launched in 1994 with a single employee, it has grown to a staff of more than 1,000 with operations in 16 states and eight foreign countries. Ho-Chunk operates 35 subsidiaries and has revenues in excess of $260 million.

The Ho-Chunk, Inc. portfolio includes companies with SBA 8(a) certification that have been recipients of a wide variety of federal government contracts across 32 agencies.

As a minority-owned corporation, Ho-Chunk has actively sought out qualified individuals of other minority races and ethnicities in addition to Native Americans.

As a result, the company has been successful in its minority recruiting efforts and today its employee base includes 35.1 percent minorities. In the state of Nebraska, where the company is headquartered, the minority population as of the 2010 Census was 19 percent. Additionally, corporate executive management is 100 percent Native American.

Under Morgan’s leadership, Ho-Chunk has created a new community on the Winnebago Reservation named the Ho-Chunk Village. The Village is a 40-acre development that includes private homes, multi-family housing, commercial and industrial businesses. The company also maintains a scholarship and internship program for Tribal youth as a means to educate and train future Ho-Chunk, Inc. employees.

Morgan is a frequent speaker across the country on topics such as Indian law and Tribal economic development issues. He has consulted with hundreds of tribal governments on economic development and taxation initiatives.

In addition to the MBDA Award, Morgan was selected as a “Champion of Change” by the White House, one of only 18 people across the U.S. In 2012, he was awarded the Nebraska Builder Award by Harvey Perlman, Chancellor at the University of Nebraska, and was also appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2013.


KESHENA, Wis. – On July 27 the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin welcomed home the athletes of Team Wisconsin who returned from the North American Indigenous Games that took place in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Team Wisconsin was composed of some of the finest Native American athletes from all tribes in the state. The athletes trained rigorously over the past year to prepare themselves to take on the challenge to represent their families, tribes and state on Team Wisconsin. Team Wisconsin competed in a variety of individual and team sports during the week-long competition, bringing home a total of 38 medals; 9 Gold; 14 Silver; and 15 Bronze.

“On behalf of the Menominee Indian Tribe and Tribal Legislature, I would like to congratulate each and every athlete of Team Wisconsin. The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) is the equivalent of the Olympics in Indian Country. NAIG brings together the best of the best in all 500-plus Indian Nations. We at Menominee are fortunate to have so many talented youth and young adult athletes that succeed in the rigorous selection process for this competition.” Menominee Tribal Chairwoman Laurie Boivin said. “I would like to thank our Menominee Athletes for your dedication, commitment and for bringing honor to your people. You have been judged the best of the best in Native American Athletics. Pass those lessons onto the young ones who will model after you.”

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