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Sunday, February 19 2012
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Allen first Native woman elected to MN legislature
whats_news_susan_allen_swearing_in.jpgSt. Paul, Mn (AP) - State Rep. Susan Allen has been sworn in as the newest member of the House of Representatives and the Legislature's first Native (Dakota) woman member.
Allen took the oath on Jan. 19 to the beat of a drum circle in the House chamber. House Minority Leader Paul Thissen said it was a historic day that will better reflect Minnesota diversity in the lawmaking process.
Allen represents a diverse south Minneapolis district with a high poverty rate. Allen says she is eager to begin work and plans to make job creation a top priority. She says she also plans to focus on environmental protection.
Allen fills the House seat of newly elected Sen. Jeff Hayden. He recently won a special election to replace longtime Sen. Linda Berglin.
whats_new_red_lake_site_plan.jpgRed Lake Nation College/Government Center on Drawing Board
(By Michael Meuers) Over the past several months, meetings and retreats have been conducted to discuss plans to build a new Tribal College Campus and Government Center near the existing powwow grounds at Red Lake.  
According to Red Lake Nation College President Dan King, the complex may include a new library, cafeteria, Tribal Council offices, powwow grounds, and college campus. "The new Red Lake powwow grounds will act like an eagle's nest with the Tribal College and Government Center Facilities symbolizing two eagles soaring on the shores of Red Lake," said King.
During January and February, prior to proceeding with the next step of the rinitial Master Plan for the new Tribal Government Center and Tribal College Campus, the Tribal Council  is meeting with tribal members to provide information on the plans and seek community input and suggestions. The project is scheduled for groundbreaking in April 2013 and fully completed in May 2014.
Upcoming meetings are scheduled for (times include feast and meeting):
o Feb. 1: Ponemah Center, 6 to 7:30 pm.
o Feb. 8: Little Rock Center, 6 to 7:30 pm.
o Feb. 15: Minneapolis, All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd St, 6 to 7:30 pm.
o Feb. 22: Duluth Urban Office, 211 East 2nd Street, 6 to 7:30 pm.

Dream of Wild Health opens urban office
Dream of Wild Health, an organic farm specializing in traditional American Indian agriculture, youth programs, and improving health in the urban Native community is opening a winter office location in Minneapolis, Minn. The new office gives Board and staff a central meeting place, as well as a place to provide educational programs in the heart of the Minneapolis Native community. The new office opened in November, using the quiet holiday months to setup, and is now fully operational.
Diane Wilson, Executive Director of Dream of Wild Health, made the decision as a way to continue to grow and develop relationships with partners in and outside of the Native community. Wilson says, "Yes, we still have the farm in Hugo, Minn. and we will continue to operate all of our summer programs at the farm. We opened the office in Minneapolis to provide a meeting space, a home for staff, and a place to keep working after the harvest season ended. It is my hope that the Minneapolis office location will provide a year-round administrative center for Dream of Wild Health."
Staff at the new winter office space are currently busy with the year-round Youth Leader Health Advocacy project, as well as an Indigenous Food System planning project. Within the next few months, staff will be preparing for the upcoming youth garden programs at the farm, including Garden Warriors and Cora's Kids.
The address of the new winter office is 1308 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404. The phone number is 612-874-4200 and the fax number is 612-871-9367. All of the email addresses remain the same. Staff will be back to the farm when it reopens in the spring to prepare for the planting season and 2012 Summer Youth Programs.

Bois Forte Band to Receive $1 Million SMSC Grant
A $1 million grant to the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa of northern Minnesota will fund a new medical and dental clinic on the Lake Vermilion portion of their reservation.
"Our health services currently operate out of an undersized and inefficient facility at Vermilion, and replacing this with a larger and more efficient clinic is the highest priority in our reservation strategic plan," said Bois Forte Chairman Kevin Leecy. "With the new clinic we will be able to provide lab services on-site; hire another medical provider and increase health care services in the clinic from the current three days per week to five days per week. Diabetes education and the WIC clinic will now have room to meet with patients rather than require patients to travel to another location."
Preliminary plans call for a new medical and dental clinic of approximately 9,500 square feet adjacent to the Vermilion Community Center and the existing clinic. Indian Health Services staff are involved in the Planning Committee for the new clinic.
The existing clinic space of 1,200 square feet attached to the Community Center will be converted to offices for the tribal Human Services Department. The estimated cost of the project is $4 million, including construction, furniture, fixtures, and equipment. IHS funding will pay for about half of the project.   

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