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Native youth film festival will showcase videos on health issues
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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Native youth film festival On May 21 the Native CHAT Film Festival will screen films created by Native youth (ages 11 - 20) from around Minnesota. In the films, youth share their perspective on HIV/AIDS, culture and health, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other issues that affect the communities where they live.  
 The film festival sent out a call for films made by youth and offered prizes for films in different categories. A filmmaking workshop led by Migizi Communications was also held at the Upper Sioux community to help the local youth create films that could be submitted to the Native CHAT Film Festival.  
During the festival films will be judged by a panel of judges, with awards given to the top 3 films in each of the 3 categories. Films will also be judged by the viewers present at the festival.

Casino workers rally at state capitol to protests state-owned casinos
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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casino employees rallyOver 3,000 workers gathered on the lawn of the Capitol in St. Paul on April 26 to protest legislation that would expand gambling within the state of Minnesota.
"We need to look for solutions to move Minnesota's economy forward, and this isn't one of them," Former House Representative Frank Moe said to protesters who had travelled from across the state for the event. Protesters stood in the rain holding up signs that read "Don't Gamble With My Job!"
The legislation in question proposes allowing racing tracks to carry slot machines, known as racinos, into the state. With a gambling economy that is already considered saturated, rural casinos are worried such tracks would take business away from the small-town communities across the state that rely on jobs local casinos provide.
Minnesota tribes return $1.7M in stimulus grant money
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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When's the last time the recipients of a $1.7 million federal stimulus grant had second thoughts and sent funding back to Washington? That's what happened recently with a high-tech project in northern Minnesota in which a government giveaway turned into a rare government giveback. In fact, it's one of only three out of 233 broadband stimulus awards valued at $3.94 billion to turn down the federal funding, according to the U.S.  House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
In July 2010, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) selected a stimulus project proposal from the Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe to create seven new public computer centers and to renovate ten existing facilities in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs on their northern Minnesota reservations.
Wiconi Wakan Raffle Drawing Results
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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The Wiconi Wakan-Sacred Life Project of Minneapolis held a raffle drawing in April and raised almost $500 for their 501(c)3 certificate. Held on April 15 at the Indian Health Board, the winners were: Pam Vogt, the star quilt: Reva D'Nova, the women's traditional dress: Frank Rice, the king size Indian blanket: and Patty Fleury, beadwork.
The board members of the Wiconi Wakan-Sacred Life Project of Minneapolis will start applying for grants once they get the 501(c)3 certificate. They plan to offer services in the area of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment, with Native American cultural services for children, youth and families by Native American, traditional practitioners, psychologists, social workers, substance abuse counselors.
For more info, contact Richard Wright at 612-721-9868 or Dr. Darlene Wilcox, Oglala Lakota, Licensed Psychologist at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Harvard Foundation Award presented to LaDuke
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
Written by The Circle StaffThe Harvard Foundation has presented a prestigious medal recognizing Winona LaDuke's,
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The Harvard Foundation has presented a prestigious medal recognizing Winona LaDuke's commitment to both Harvard University and the larger society. Dr. Allen Counter, Director of the Harvard Foundation, bestowed the medal, signed by Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, on LaDuke in an award ceremony in early April.  
"Ms. LaDuke was the first student to work at the Harvard Foundation in l978, and has been a role model for many of the students who followed her footsteps. We are extremely proud of her work, and her history at Harvard University,"  said Faust.
LaDuke attended Harvard from l976 till l981, when she returned to the White Earth reservation to direct the Circle of Life School. She returned to Cambridge in l983 for one year of study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before her masters degree in Rural Development from Antioch University.  During LaDuke's time at Harvard, campus activism and the creation of more programs promoting multi-cultural education were underway.  LaDuke was involved in many of these activities, while she completed her concentration in economics.
Chief Bemidji Statue Project raising funds for new statue
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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The Chief Bemidji Statue Project committee has established a fund at Northwest Minnesota Foundation for the purpose of accepting tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Project funds will be used to commission an artist to create a new, realistic sculpture of Chief Bemidji that will be made of stone or bronze. The new statue will be located in Library Park, and will depict Chief Bemidji in a dignified and respectful way. Living descendants of Chief Bemidji from the Leech Lake area are actively involved with the committee's work and provide guidance throughout the process.
The Chief Bemidji Statue Project committee hopes to raise $116,500 through grants and donations. The George W. Neilson Foundation recently awarded the project a $25,000 grant, with a requirement of equal matching funds.
To make a tax-deductible contribution, make checks payable to "Chief Bemidji Statue Project Fund" and mail to: Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 4225 Technology Drive NW, Bemidji, MN 56601. For telephone assistance call the Foundation at 218-759-2057

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