Wednesday, April 24 2013
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Maria Bird collaborates with AICF to raise funds for Cancer
American Indian Cancer Foundation (aicaf.org) is partnering with artist Maria Bird (Navajo/Hopi/Santa Clara Pueblo), of Mea B’flly Designs, to create the first limited edition Powwow For Hope benefit earring. The benefit earring, entitled Braver, launched for viewing at the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas, NV  in March, and is now available for purchase online at the Mea B’fly Designs Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/MeaBfly). Profit from the limited edition earring supports American Indian Cancer Foundation efforts to increase cancer education, outreach, and supportive services for American Indian and Alaska Native people.
The $30 earrings feature a range of colors, floral designs, and an image of a male traditional dancer.  
“We are excited to be working with Mea B’fly Designs because our partnership provides a unique opportunity to expand the way we bring attention to and tell the story about the cancer experience Indian country,” said Kris Rhodes, executive director of American Indian Cancer Foundation.
The American Indian Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Minneapolis, MN. Powwow For Hope is the largest community event and fundraiser of the American Indian Cancer Foundation. In 2012, there were over 2,000 participants. All donations from this event support cancer education and services for American Indian and Alaska Native people. For more info, or to be a volunteer or fundraiser for the upcoming Powwow For Hope, call Lannesse Baker at 206-495-3499 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

NHCC?Celebrates Earth Week 2013 - Building Sustainable Communities

North Hennepin Community College holds its annual Earth Week from April 20-27, with events and speakers that will educate the campus and wider community about Building Sustainable Communities.  
Guest speakers and performers include Dr. Joy DeGruy, Duniya Drum and Dance Group, Allison Warden, Kevin Winge, Asad Aliweyd, Ladonna Redmond, Song Lo, the Roe Family Singers, Dennis Banks and Hoka Hey Drum Group.
Featured Native Events of Earth Week 2013: Calling All Polar Bears with Allison Warden, Cultural Program with Dennis Banks, Osseo’s 18th Annual Indian Education Day & Wacipi. All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete list of the week’s events see: www.nhcc.edu/earthweek.
 This program is supported by NHCC’s Earth Week team, Community Organizing Honors Students, the Communication Department, the Black Men’s Leadership Movement, The American Indian Advisory Council to the President, African & African American Student Association, Women on Wednesday, the Diversity Council, the Office of Diversity and Equity, a Hennepin County Green Partners Grand and a MNSCU Diversity Award. Our program opens and closes with community collaborations with Brooklyn Center’s EarthFest and the Osseo Public School District’s American Indian Education Program

Juanita Espinosa selected for Media Skills Fellows program at Twin Cities Media Alliance
 (By the TCDailyPlanet) ­– Ten people, diverse in race, gender, age, ethnicity, geography and life experience have been selected for a ten-week media skills fellowship program. The Twin Cities Media Alliance chose the participants from 75 people who indicated interest in the program, which is funded by the Bush Foundation.
Juanita Espinosa was selected as one of the ten media skills fellows. Espinosa said the fellowship will help her in “crossing the digital divide in a time of ever evolving uses of the written word and technology while telling the stories that need to be heard.”
Participants will learn and share a variety of media skills, including basic reporting, use of social media and basic photo and video skills. Their work will be based in and used for better communication in/about/on behalf of their diverse communities.  
The group of Media Skills Fellows will work as a small community that models and practices good storytelling and communication skills, with fellows contributing their insights and skills. TC Daily Planet editor Mary Turck and community engagement editor Lolla Mohammed Nur will facilitate the sessions, sharing resources and information and teaching specific media skills.
A second group of media skills fellows will be selected for a fall session. For further information, contact Mary Turck at:? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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