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Minority business presidents to help at-risk students
Saturday, March 12 2011
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 Numerous mentoring programs around the country regularly match businesses with kids. The varied programs are critically important and often show positive results. But few, if any, of these initiatives involve the head of the company in a year-long effort to broaden the horizons of at-risk students through the world of business.
In an ambitious effort to prepare vulnerable children for rewarding careers in the future, Risen Christ School (RCS), a 325-student, K-8 grade school located in the Powderhorn Park area of Minneapolis, has created an innovative program, Imagine the Possibilities.
More than 90 percent of RCS's students come from families who are living either at or below the poverty line.  Many of these students will become first-generation high school graduates. Because these students have limited contact with the world of business, the school believes they would benefit from personal interactions with business leaders.

minority business story dave bice mugImagine the Possibilities program will pair the top executives from over a dozen companies with up to six students in grades 6-8. The business leaders/mentors would design a project related to their field to be presented over the course of the school year to their group of six students.
Michael McHugh, president of Midwest Construction Group and Dave Bice, president of Bald Eagle Erectors are teaming up to create a program to introduce the students to a variety of careers in construction beyond manual labor.
"We are going to build our program around a construction project that the students can follow from beginning to end so they can understand each phase," said McHugh, who attended RCS, formerly Holy Name School.

Native health care advocate smooths patient/hospital communication
Saturday, March 12 2011
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 American Indians are six times more likely to die from tuberculosis and twice as likely as other Americans to die from diabetes. Doctors and others familiar with the disparities between American Indians and the rest of the population say using specially designated advocates can improve care for Indian patients while they're in the hospital. It also can improve health outcomes once patients return home.
That's what Aida Strom does every day. It's her job to make sure American Indian patients at Hennepin County Medical Center have everything they need.
Strom visits patients to ask how they're feeling and relays their concerns to social workers and medical staff. She resolves complaints, arranges for spiritual leaders and clarifies medical information for families.
"My role is, for lack of a better term, like an interpreter's role," she said. "There are some real strong cultural identity issues that Indian people come with in the hospital."

N.D House says UND must keep Fighting Sioux name
Saturday, March 12 2011
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Setting up a potential clash with the NCAA, the North Dakota House approved a bill that requires the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux athletics nickname. The university has been preparing to drop the nickname and its American Indian head logo this summer as part of a negotiated lawsuit settlement with the NCAA, which considers both to be hostile and abusive to American Indians.
House members voted 65-28 to approve legislation that requires UND to keep the nickname and logo, and directs Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to consider an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA if any penalties result.
Water Legacy Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Scheduled for March 24
Saturday, March 12 2011
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WaterLegacy, a grassroots environmental organization based in Minnesota, has been granted the right to intervene as a party in a lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce (MCC) to prevent application to its mining industry members of the water quality standard protecting wild rice from sulfate pollution.
On December 17, 2010, the MCC filed a lawsuit to block the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) application of the water quality standard protecting wild rice by limiting sulfate pollution in wild rice waters. WaterLegacy served a notice of intervention/motion to intervene as a party to the lawsuit and a motion to dismiss the MCC's complaint on Jan. 6, 2011.
New Native Theater looking for people interested in theater
Saturday, March 12 2011
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New Native Theater is looking for people in the Twin Cities' Native American community who are interested in acting and performing to be part of a new NNT performing ensemble. They are also looking for folks who want to direct, stage manage, build sets, design sets, and design costumes.
They are looking for 6 to 10 individuals, 18 years and older, with any and all, or no conventional acting experience. The only criteria is that you are interested in being on stage and learning the craft of theatre. This group will have first preference for casting in NNT readings and productions. Those interested should send an email with the subject line "ActingEnsemble" to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

First annual Native Art Festival to be held on Franklin Ave. in June
Saturday, March 12 2011
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The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) will be holding the first annual Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival June 11-12 on Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis. The event will bring together Indigenous artists, performers, and musicians from across Minnesota in celebration of American Indian cultural arts.
During the two days, attendees will interact with American Indian contemporary fine artists, dancers, singers and exhibitors in the outdoor All My Relations Arts Plaza. For more info, see:?

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