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The Minnesota Historical Society, in association with the St. Louis County Historical Society, has an exhibit runing through May 10 called, “Eastman Johnson: Paintings and Drawings of the Lake Superior Ojibwe” at the Minnesota History Center. Eastman Johnson was one of America’s finest portrait, figure and genre scene painters. Between1856-57, Johnson created numerous drawings and paintings of Superior and Grand Portage’s Ojibwe residents, preserving the faces and homes of the Lake Superior region’s Native people.
The cost of seeing the exhibit is included in the museum admission fee of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, and $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. For more info, call 651-259-3000 or see: www.mnhs.org. The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd W. in St. Paul.
Sacred Hoop travels to Indian boarding schools
The Sacred Hoop of 100 Eagle Feathers will make its fifth journey across the United States in 2009, this time to promote awareness of and healing from the historical trauma believed to underlie persistent problems of substance abuse and suicides among Native people.
The Wellbriety Journey for Forgivenessis is being spearheaded by White Bison, a Native American non-profit organization that provides culturally-relevant training to Native communities in support of wellness and recovery initiatives.
The focal point of the Journey is a 40-day, 6,800-mile cross-country journey to 23 present and former Indian school sites that begins May 16 at the present-day Chemewa Indian School in Salem, OR. It ends at the site of first Indian school at Carlisle, Penn. established in 1879, before going on to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. for closing ceremonies the last week of June. For more information, visit www.wellbrietyjourney.org or call 719-548-1000.
Flandreau Indian School, others receive SMSC funding
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is donating $132,000 to several Indian schools and programs. An $80,000 donation will go to the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota to support Indian education. The donation will cover a behavior incentive program, senior class activities including a Commencement Powwow, and extracurricular activities including rodeo club, culture club, basketball, volleyball, golf, and cross-country.
And a $20,000 donation to the Minneapolis Public School Indian Education Program helped purchase school supplies, pay activity fees, and support family involvement activities and an awards ceremony. It also sponsored a student to the UNITY Journalists of Color conference and to purchase supplies for students participating in the AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) science fair.