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whats new frank bigbearThree Native Artists recieve Bush Awards

The Bush Foundation announced this year’s grant recipients. Frank Big Bear (top left photo) received a $100,000 Bush Foundation Enduring Vision Artist Award. Big Bear’s works have been seen at the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Heard Museum in Phoenix, and Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe. His drawings are in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the British Museum in London and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum, among others. In September the Tweed Museum in Duluth will show a retrospective of Big Bear’s work. Elizabeth Day (Ojibwe) and Jim Denomie (Ojibwe) each received a $50,000 Bush Artists Fellowship.

whats new don dayDay named Director of American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State U

Donald Day, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, has been named director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Day previously served as president of the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. His last day there was June 30. Day also served as director of the American Indian Center at St. Cloud State University, as an assistant professor at University of Minnesota-Duluth and as director of Indian Student Services at Bemidji State, his alma mater.

whats new Hannah LussierU of M Student Selected for Udall Congressional Internship

Hannah Lussier (Red Lake Ojibwe), an Honor Program student in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, has been awarded a 2008 Udall Native American Congressional Internship by the Morris K. Udall Foundation. She is one of 12 students nationwide chosen to receive the highly competitive Washington, D.C. summer internship. Lussier is a junior majoring in political science and minoring in American Indian studies. She plans to attend law school following her undergraduate studies.  The Udall interns will complete a 10-week internship, working full-time in congressional offices or federal agencies and observe the federal legislative process first-hand.

NACC and Elders Walk for Health

The Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis started its new Summer Walking Program (geared specifically for Elders) on June 25. NACC staff say that walking can reduce the risk of many diseases – from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma. It can help those with depression as well. And walking requires no prescription, the risk of side effects is very low, and the benefits are numerous.

“The NACC Community Health Council, made up of community Elders, was instrumental in getting the walking program off the ground,” said Dr. Lydia Caros, Executive Director of the clinic. “By sponsoring fitness programs, NACC hopes to make exercise the norm in the Minneapolis Indian community.”

The walking program is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to noon and starts at the Safety Center, 1201-B East Franklin Avenue, next door to clinic. Walks will be held Wednesdays through September 10.  Elders can choose from short, medium and long walks and the NACC Community Health staff will monitor the walks.

For information, call Diane at the clinic at 612-872-8086 ext. 118.

Grand Auto & RV Care center opens in Hinckley

The doors are now open and ready for business at the Grand Auto & RV Care center in Hinckley, which is owned and operated by the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians. Grand Auto & RV Care center is a full-service facility, specializing in everything from car washes to oil changes to transmission services for cars, trucks and recreational vehicles (RVs).  The new service is located at 651 Lady Luck Drive, down the road from Grand Casino Hinckley’s RV Park.    

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