Monday, February 09 2009
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Two Native youth attend Obama inauguration


Two youth leaders from the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe attended the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20 in Washington, D.C. Twelve-year-old Felicia Mason and 13-year-old Corey Strong Jr., members of the Junior Presidential Youth group, joined selected middle school students from across the country to attend the inauguration. Mason and Strong are both 7th graders at Orr High School in Orr, MN.


At the inauguration they learned about democracy, the electoral process, and traditions surrounding the inauguration. They were special guests on the National Mall as Obama was sworn in as president and also attended a gala inaugural ball in the evening. Felicia is the daughter of Billie Mason (Bois Forte Band member) and Tony Mason. Corey is the son of Teresa and Corey Strong (both are Bois Forte Band members).


Mixed Blook Theater receives ILTF grant for play


The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) has awarded $5,000 to the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis to support the production and performance of Red Ink – a play-within-a-Powwow. Red Ink is a drama by seven Native American authors with an all-Native cast representing nine North American tribes. The production explores topics including sovereignty, gaming and land.

Two of the 11 segments will specifically relate to Indian land tenure issues. One daytime student matinee performance is scheduled to target Indian students in the Twin Cities metro area. In addition to the production, resource materials about the issues covered will be available to audience members. The play will be performed in spring 2009.


Bois Forte opens urban office in Minneapolis

Bois Forte Reservation has opened an urban office in Minneapolis, located at 1404 East Franklin Avenue. The new Urban Office Coordinator is Jacque Wilson, who  can be reached at 612-871-6618 or via email, at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 to 4:30 pm. An Open House is being planned soon.


Little Earth of United Tribes receive $75,000 grant

A Youth Development Center at the Little Earth of United Tribes in Minneapolis will be funded by $50,000 of a $75,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The remaining $25,000 will help with general operating costs. The Youth Development Center is a holistic educational center for students available in off-school hours. The center offers academic tutoring as well as cultural, recreational, and social activities in a safe environment. The center provides access to computer technology, mentoring services, financial literacy programs, and educational programs for residents. The aim is to improve educational outcomes while promoting cultural and linguistic development.

Located in the East Phillips neighborhood, Little Earth spans a multi-block area with 212 housing units home to more than 900 residents,  almost half of which are under the age of twelve.


MN Humanities Commission to adapt Indian land curriculum

ILTF has awarded a grant of $42,370 to the Minnesota Humanities Commission of St. Paul, to adapt the Lessons of Our Land curriculum to state standards, incorporating Minnesota Dakota and Ojibwe history and culture, and to provide training to more than 120 educators in the effective implementation of the curriculum.


Through the teacher trainings, the curriculum will be introduced into 380 classes across the state, educating approximately 11,200 students about Indian land issues. The efforts of the Humanities. Commission will help increase the engagement of students throughout Minnesota in Indian land tenure

history and issues.

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