What's New In The Community: March 2014
Monday, March 10 2014
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Rachel Limon wins 2013 Minnesota Consular Corps Award

limon_wins_2013_minnesota_consular_corps_award.jpgRachel Limon, International Trade Representative of the State of Minnesota’s Minnesota Trade Office, has been awarded the Minnesota Consular Corps prestigious Business Leadership Award 2013. The Minnesota Consular Corps recognizes individuals, community groups, non-profit organizations, and business establishments located in the states of jurisdiction that have demonstrated sustained commitment and outstanding achievements

in the pursuit of cultural diversity through human rights advocacy and protection, outstanding community service and excellence in business leadership.

Limon is the State of Minnesota’s Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) International Trade Representative for Latin America & the Caribbean. She assists Minnesota companies identify and develop export strategies and opportunities in the international marketplace. She has created a successful program called the Latin America Seminar Series, which has served to assist Minnesota companies to increase their exports to Latin America. Through her work with the Consulate of Ecuador, they jointly created the very successful Annual South America Trade Forum.

Limon graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Master’s Degree in International Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Psychology. She speaks fluent Spanish. She is nationally recognized award winning Artist, a tour guide of the Native Americas Galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Art Instructor at the White Bear Lake Center for the Arts.

IHB Mpls receives funding from Notah Begay III Foundation 

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis was recently selected to receive a Native Strong: Health Kids, Healthy Futures Capacity Building Grant from the Notah Begay III Foundation in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. The $20,000 award supports an initiative to partner with Native American youth and youth program staff in Minneapolis to develop community-specific strategies for preventing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Native American communities have the inherent knowledge, assets and values to address health issues within their communities but may need some additional resources and support. In recognition of this, NB3F awarded funding to 10 projects that demonstrated strong community engagement and readiness to develop key strategies for preventing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The funds, which total nearly $190,000, will be used to assist Native American tribes and organizations in determining the needs within their individual communities and next steps for the creation of community-driven action plans to address childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Information on the Notah Begay III Foundation will be updated at www.nb3foundation.org. Additional information on the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis initiative can also be found at indianhealthboard.com .

SMSC gives 870,000 in propane grants

In the wake of widespread propane shortages and excessive costs this winter, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announced on Feb. 7 three grants to the Standing Rock, Yankton and Santee Sioux Tribes to help them purchase propane for tribal citizens. The price of propane rose dramatically since last year, leaving many tribal families struggling to pay for their heat during this extra-cold winter.

Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault, II recently declared a state of emergency. “The current propane shortage and the resultant increase in propane prices – as well as the extreme winter weather – threaten our members’ ability to keep their homes warm and their families safe,” he wrote.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border, received $500,000 for propane. The tribe has 8,500 citizens living on the sixth-largest reservation in the United States, at 2.3 million acres.

The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota received $300,000 for propane. The Yankton Sioux Tribe has lands along the Missouri River in Charles Mix County, just across the river from central Nebraska. Of the 12,246 tribal members, about a third of them live on the 43,000-acre reservation.

The Santee Sioux Nation of Niobrara, Nebraska, received $70,000 for propane. The Santee Sioux Reservation encompasses 110,080 acres and is home to about one-third of the tribal population of 2,662.


Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands

The Hennepin County Wetland Health Evaluation Program announced on Feb. 26 that it will offer community members the opportunity to explore and monitor wetlands through a unique volunteer opportunity.

Partnering cities use the data that are collected to determine the health of water resources and assist with natural resource management.

Adult volunteers do not need a science background or previous experience – just an interest in wetlands, insects and/or plants. Hennepin County will provide training, equipment and leadership. Teams will be formed in Minneapolis, Maple Grove, Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka. Community members in these cities and neighboring communities are welcome to join a team.

The total time commitment is 15 hours a month from May to September 2014. Volunteer applications will be accepted through June 15. For more information or to become a volunteer, call Mary Karius at 612-596-9129 or visit www.hennepin.us/volunteer.

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