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GO RUN trains Native women to run for public office
Friday, December 16 2011
 
Written by By LeAnn Littlewolf,
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go_run_trains_native_women1.jpgAmerican Indian women are ready to lead in their communities, whether it's on tribal land or on local, county and statewide levels. Over the weekend of November 18-20th a group of twenty-eight American Indian women, representing over 12 tribal nations from across the Midwest region, drove down the snow-covered gravel road winding into the Deep Portage Learning Center near Hackensack, Minnesota, to gather, strategize and develop their personal strengths for leadership.
Nevada Littlewolf (Leech Lake Ojibwe), the Rural Field Organizer for The White House Project (a national non-partisan non-profit organization), envisioned the first-ever Go Run for American Indian Women as the beginning of a movement where American Indian women lead the dialogue, provide the expertise, and build real support to be effective leaders. The training supports American Indian women in running for public office, working on campaigns, and advancing their leadership in the public sector.
Report tells stories of Native victims of prostitution sex trafficking
Friday, December 16 2011
 
Written by by Sheila Regan TC Daily Planet,
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report_tells_stories_of_native_victims.pngOn October 27, the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) and Prostitution Research & Education (PRE) released a new report called Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota. It's the first-of-its-kind, based on interviews and surveys with more than 105 Native women aged 18-60 in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Bemidji. The report was written by Melissa Farley, Nicole Matthews, Sarah Deer, Guadalupe Lopez, Christine Stark, and Eileen Hudon.
The study found that of the 105 women, about half had been victims of sex trafficking, 92 percent had been raped, 84 percent had been physically abused during prostitution, 72 percent had suffered traumatic brain injuries from prostitution, 98 percent were currently or previously homeless, and 39 percent entered prostitution before age 18. The study found that 62 percent of the women saw a connection between prostitution and colonization.
The research for the report was conducted on women involved with both prostitution and sex trafficking in part because of the "multiple legal definitions at the federal, state, and tribal levels and the varying degrees of understanding among those working on social justice issues and the general population" of sex trafficking, according to the report.
Organizations and community members fight for healthier homes
Friday, December 16 2011
 
Written by By Jacob Croonenberghs,
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organizations_community_fight_for_heither_homes.jpgIn the Twin Cities metropolitan area, a disproportionate number of Native families live in low income housing. In particular, the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis is home to a group of Native mothers, fathers, and concerned individuals who have linked substandard rental and housing situations to health problems within the community. Problems such as mold, lead paint, and even arsenic continue to plague the residents of the neighborhood, even decades after the banning of lead paint for commercial use and the identification of arsenic as a cancer-causing agent.
Healthy Homes Healthy Kids is a program created to fight against housing disparity. Funded by The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota, the program encourages community members to come together to address the issue and find reasonable solutions to the problems they face.
Lynn Braveheart is the Community Organizer and Outreach Coordinator for the program. For the past three years, she has worked closely with community leaders, parents, city officials and even state representatives to make the case for improved housing for Native children.
Whats new in the community:
Friday, December 16 2011
 
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whats_new_in_commuity_aicdc_breaks_ground.jpgAICDC breaks ground on Elder's housing
On November 14 the American Indian Community Development Corp had a ground breaking ceremony for its new Native elder's building Bii Di Gain Dash Anwebi (Come In And Rest). It was attended by State Senator Karen Clark, City Council Members Gary Schiff and Robert Liligren, and officials from HUD and ComondBond.  The two housing units will hold 47 1-bedroom apartments designed for elders 62 and over. It will be located at Bloomington Avenue and 24th St. in Minneapolis.
The Best Gift for Our Students
Thursday, December 15 2011
 
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As we enter the holiday season and the season of giving, I wanted to reach out to our families and friends in Minneapolis. The best gift that a child can receive is your support in his or her pursuit of a high-quality education experience.
There is nothing more important than preparing students to be successful. I see the future leaders of Minneapolis and our world in the bright eyes and intelligence of our students.
December 2011-January2012
Thursday, December 15 2011
 
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Dec. 5, 12, 19
Foster Care Info Meetings

Volunteers of America is looking for skilled parents to provide care for troubled youth in one of their three foster care programs. They will be holding information meetings to talk about what foster care is, the 3 different VOA foster care programs, and requirements. Meetings give potential foster parents time to ask questions. There are many native foster children that want to stay/grow up in a native home (ICWA - Indian Child Welfare Act). We are specifically recruiting for native foster parents. Provide training, 24-hour support, and monthly stipend. 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Event takes place at: 7625 Metro Blvd. Edina, MN. For more info, contact Heather Thornton at 952-945-4064 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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