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Native youth play Lacrosse on the White House lawn
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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The White House hosted its first-ever lacrosse clinic on July 11 on the South Lawn featuring some of the nation's best lacrosse players and showcasing the health benefits of the nation's fastest growing sport to 100 youth as part of the First Lady's Let's Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) initiative.
The  clinic, organized by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of the Interior, brought players from the Iroquois Nationals Team, Major League Lacrosse, the National Lacrosse League, MetroLacrosse and representatives from New Balance to introduce local and Native American youth to the sport and its cultural traditions.  The event also kicked off national commitments made between LMIC and major lacrosse leagues and equipment firms to expand Native youths' access to, and participation in the sport.
Claim forms due in Sept. for Cobell fund settlement
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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Judge Thomas Hogan issued an order on July 27 granting final approval to the $3.4 billion
       settlement for the Cobell trust fund lawsuit.
The order follows the decision he issued from the bench at the June 20 fairness hearing. He awarded $99 million in attorneys fees and approved incentive payments for Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and three other named plaintiffs.
Every beneficiary will automatically receive a $1,000 payment as part of the Historical Accounting Class. The order does not indicate when the money will be disbursed but it will likely occur after the appeal period for Hogan's order ends on September 26.
The order sets out another important deadline for the settlement. Beneficiaries who want a payment from the Trust Administration Class must file a claim form by September 16.
SEC?warns that scams may target $3.4B Indian settlement
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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he Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in July warned Native Americans against scammers who may be coming after their share of a $3.4 billion settlement with the U.S. government.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan on July 27 gave final approval to the settlement, 15 years in the making and meant to compensate for more than a century of government mismanagement of Native American land royalties.
The first payments are expected to go out to between 300,000 and 550,000 plaintiffs after a 60-day appeals period due to end Sept. 26.
The SEC issued an alert to warn those plaintiffs to watch out for investment scams. Affinity fraud - scams that target particular ethnic or religious groups - usually involves somebody pretending to be part of that ethnic group, or enlists somebody from the ethnic group to help dupe the victim, according to the SEC.
Ojibwe Language Immersion Camp fun for the whole family
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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language camp flute making.jpgThe 3rd Annual Nagaajiwanaang Ambe, Ojibwemodaa Immersion Camp was held June 23 - June 26 at the Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, MN. Over 500 people participated in the free, four-day language and cultural immersion camp.
Native people fluent in Ojibwemodaa (Ojibwe) volunteered their time and skills for the 4 day langauge camp. Fluent speakers included: Gordon "Gordy" Jourdain, Rick Gresczyk, Helen Roy, Howard Kimewon, Alphonse Pitawanakwat, Margaret Noori, and Sonny Greensky. They  led some of the traditional activities, teaching in Ojibwemowin  throughout the events.
NACC Weight Loss Challenge participants lose 610 lbs.
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
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nacc weight loss winner.jpgThis past April over 200 participants of all ages entered a 12 week weight loss challenge at the Native American Community Clinic (NACC) in Minneapolis. The person who lost the most weight would win a grand prize of $500.00, provided by Ucare. Enrollment only cost $1.00 (all of which went towards the second place prize) and anyone was able to participate whether you were a patient at NACC or not. Participants kept food journals, counted calories, exercised regularly and weighed in weekly.
Shannon Fahey, a registered dietician at NACC, worked one on one each week with participants on goal-setting, exercise routines, and nutrition information - after evaluating their food journals at the weigh-ins.
Although the weigh-ins were held weekly, Fahey and staff were available anytime participants needed, thereby creating a highly individualized program.
A collective total of 610 pounds were lost at the end of the program, which ended in June 29. Kasa Hohenstein was the first place winner, having lost 16% of her body weight. James Seals came in second place, having lost 13% of his body weight. Participants lost between 8-15 pounds, making an average loss of 5.7% of body weight in total.
Gibbs House Teaches Dakota Language
Friday, July 08 2011
 
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gibbs_house_teachers_dakota.jpghe Gibbs Museum hosted a their first Dakota Language camp for youth grades 1st through 4th this summer from June 27th to July 1st. During the week-long camp students enjoyed seasonal themes as they learned about the life of the Dakota people who walked the trails of the museum's grounds, and were introduced to a language that is not usually taught at elementary school levels.
The Gibbs Museum was opened in 1954 under the Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS). Listed in 1974 under the National Register of Historic Places, the museum has worked closely with the University of Minnesota's Dakota language program.
Located next to the University's soccer fields, The Gibbs Museum is a picture of 19th century life. There are traditional Dakota bark lodges and tipis at the site, as well as the excavated sod house, or 'soddy' that Jane and Heman Gibbs lived in. The area is covered by prairie grasses, and native crops such as corn, squash, and beans dot the fields.
"This museum focuses on place history," said Terry Swanson, a historian who has worked with the Gibbs Museum for five years. "When Priscilla Farnham (RCHS Executive Director) came to this site, we weren't really telling the story of Jane Gibbs. After studying the history of this place, she thought we needed to focus on how important the people and the history of this land they lived on really were. I think that's at the heart of what we do here."
The story of the Gibbs museum began in 1835, when Jane DeBow (eventually Jane Gibbs) moved west with a missionary and his wife. They settled near Lake Calhoun, where there was a band of Dakota living on the shores of the lake. The settlement she grew up in was Cloud Man's village.
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