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Northup receives 2012 George Morrison Artist Award

Award-winning Anishinaabe author Jim Northrup has received the 2012 George Morrison Artist Award from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council in Duluth, Minnesota. Northrup will receive his award at a public presentation and reception on May 18 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, Minnesota.

Northrup is an award-winning author, poet, journalist and playwright. He is the author of three books: Walking the Rez Road (Voyageur Press, 1993), Rez Road Follies, Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birchbark Baskets (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) and Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View from the Rez (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011). Walking the Rez Road won the Minnesota Book Award and Northeast Minnesota Book Award. In 2012, Anishinaabe Syndicated was a finalist for both of these awards. Northrup’s new book, titled Rez Salute, will be published by Fulcrum Publishing this fall.

Northrup’s monthly column, Fond du Lac Follies, is syndicated in several American Indian newspapers, including The Circle, The Native American Press, and News From Indian Country.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s mission is to facilitate and encourage local arts development. The Council’s mission statement grows from a conviction that the arts improve the quality of life in the region.

LLTC Student Awarded Named 2012 Udall Scholar

On April 2, the Udall Foundation announced Leech Lake Tribal College student, Lucas Bratvold, as one of 80 students selected – from a total of 585 candidates nominated by 274 colleges and universities – as a 2012 Udall Scholar. The 2012 Udall Scholars will assemble August 8-12 in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance. Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year.

Prior to enrolling at LLTC, Bratvold, an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, served six years in the U.S. Air Force. He is an honor student and one of only two U.S. tribal college students selected for the award.

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers.

American Indian Family Center Needs Your Votes

The American Indian Family Center is in the final ten for the Rebuilding Together, who has partnered with Maxwell House to select ten community houses across the country to compete for a $50,000 makeover. The three community houses that receive the most votes between now and June 8th will win. The American Indian Family Center is asking the Native community to vote for them and vote often at: www.maxwellhousecoffee.com/drops-of-good/all-centers/


The AIFC’s programming supports more than 800 families a year, providing community members with counseling, employment, family, and youth services. The $50,000 makeover would upgrade the facilities to include a Teaching Kitchen, which will hold classes such as cooking diabetes meals, etc.

 The American Indian Family Center is asking for the community to vote for them every day until June 8th and to friends, families and co-workers to help them get the word out about this incredible opportunity. To learn more about the American Indian Family Center, see: www.aifc.net.

White Shield Appointed National Expert For CAPT

Rosemary White Shield Ph.D. (Anishinabe/Choctaw), director of evaluation for the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity, has been appointed a national expert in evaluation by the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), a training and technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. White Shield received one of five CAPT nationwide appointments for the Native American Service to Science Initiative. She is an expert in culturally responsive research and evaluation, indigenous paradigms and methodologies, as well as a published author.