What's New In the Community: October 2013

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Denman-Wilke Named DIW Director

kathy denman-wilke-diw-director.jpg.jpg ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kathy

Denman-Wilke, joined the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, as the

Department of Indian Work Director, on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Council Executive Director, Patricia

Lull said she is delighted, noting “In recent years Kathy has

worked with us as part of a collaborative effort to address diabetes.

It is exciting to welcome her now to our staff.”

From the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Mt.

Pleasant, Mich., Denman-Wilke has led the Indian Education Programs

at Saint Paul Public Schools for 13 years. She is a graduate of

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she earned a master’s

degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, and Iowa State

University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Family and

Consumer Sciences and American Indian Studies.

Prior to her position with the Saint

Paul Public Schools Denman-Wilke worked in the field of Early

Childhood Family Education for 14 years in Minneapolis Public

Schools. “She has a long-standing commitment to early childhood

education and is eager to help us expand the Council’s work with

families and young children,” added Lull.

“I am a person that likes to help

the community,” said Denman-Wilke. “I am passionate about working

for our American Indian families and thrilled to continue to do so at

the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches.”

Saint Paul Area Council of Churches

was established in 1906 when local congregations came together across

differences to serve their community, particularly youth. Major

programs include the Department of Indian Work, Project SPIRIT

after-school program and Freedom School summer program for African

American children, and Project Home, the emergency shelter for

families in Ramsey County. Through the Department of Indian Work the

Council sponsors a food shelf, programs in diabetes prevention and

wellness, and enrichment activities for American Indian children and

youth during the school year and summer.

Red Lake Establishes Treaty Holiday

RED LAKE, Minn. – The Red Lake

Ojibwe tribal council of northern Minnesota voted on Sept. 12

unanimously to establish a Red Lake Nation tribal holiday “Old

Crossing Treaty Day” to commemorate the only treaty between the

United States and Red Lake Nation.

One hundred fifty years ago on Oct. 2,

1863, the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe signed a treaty with

the United States contributing 11 million acres of agriculture land

to the United States. The holiday will not only recognize the

contributions of the Red Lake Nation to the United States but will

also promote awareness to the history of the Red Lake Nation.

A ceremony along with a feast will be

held at the Red Lake Humanities Center beginning at 11 a.m. on Oct.

2. Prof. Brenda Child, University of Minnesota, will present a

history of the treaty and the Red Lake Nation. At 4 p.m., tribal

officials will travel to Huot at Old Crossing Treaty Memorial Park

near Red Lake Falls, where the commemoration will continue at the

treaty signing site. Chairman Jourdain will give an address and a

ceremonial drum will be present for the event.

MIGIZI Awards Its First IDA Match

Minneapolis – Last year, MIGIZI

Communications began a new program – Seventh Generation Wealth

Creation – funded by the Northwest Area Foundation of St. Paul. The

goal of the program is to empower 40 American Indian high school

students to build wealth for themselves.

Students accomplish this by doing

social entrepreneurship ventures such as a media production company,

through which they earn an hourly wage. Part of that wage is steered

toward an Individual Development Account, where the savings

accumulates and is ultimately matched three-to-one, through

contributions by MIGIZI and community partner, BiiGIiWiin Community

Development Loan Fund.

The first student to benefit from this

new program is Alena Henry, White Earth Ojibwe. She graduated from

South High School in June and was accepted into the Aveda Institute

to begin study in the Cosmetology Program. She was able to reduce her

student loan needs through the addition of the $2,000 contributed

from her IDA account. She graduates from the program in May 2014 and

is hoping to start working in the Twin Cities area after graduation.

Twelve other students saved money in

their IDA accounts so far and MIGIZI will enroll another round of 20

students this year. MIGIZI thanks to its partners in this new

endeavor, Woodlands National Bank, BiiGiiWiin Community Development

Loan Fund and the Northwest Area Foundation.