Maadaadizi Program Weekly Update

Week of March 18, 2016

Prairie Island Field Trip

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Seventeen students visited Prairie Island Indian Community on March 11th. The field trip highlighted careers needed to sustain Native communities, including caring for the buffalo. Afterwards, the students went bowling and ate pizza.
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Students listening to the police chief on law enforcement careers.
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Bronson posing with Ulysses, the oldest bull at Prairie Island.
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Students observing the yearlings.
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Students went to Treasure Island's Xtreme Bowl to bowl and eat pizza.

Congratulations Makayla!

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Makayla Van Nett, a sophomore at Como Park and Indian Education student, is a member of the Como Park Girls Basketball team. Her team recently participated in the state tournament. For a recap of the team's year, please click here.

Surveys May Be Coming Your Way

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Four Indian Education staff members will be surveying various 6th - 12th graders over the next few weeks. The surveys are completely anonymous and are needed as a District requirement for licensed teachers. Please be on the look out in your school emails for a survey link. We appreciate your input and assistance with this survey:)

Garden Warrior Summer Program is Now Taking Applications

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Dream of Wild Health is now taking summer applications for their Garden Warriors Program. In the program Native Youth ages 13-18 will spend four weeks working and learning at the Dream of Wild Health farm in Hugo MN. Participants receive a stipend of up to $50 a week with a potential bonus. Check out what this experience has to offer:

  • Native Youth will be empowered in their own individual cultural identities. Dream of Wild Health is an intertribal organization that serves many different tribes every summer. Language and culture are the key!
  • Native Youth will be taught to respect the earth, water, pollinators, elders, each other and themselves. Bringing back the traditional ways of being good relatives.
  • Native Youth will learn about traditional foods, seed saving, and the agricultural & foraging practices of our ancestors.
  • Native Youth will learn that food is medicine that nourishes our mind, body and spirit. They will be taught food sovereignty, and food justice.
  • Native Youth will learn how to grow, harvest and cook traditional foods to prevent diabetes and other preventable illnesses. Learn about sacred tobacco and other traditional medicines.
  • Native Youth will learn job skills, build their confidence and leadership skills by running farmers markets, participating in a berry camp and travel to conferences to speak.
  • Native Youth will do physical activities like archery, b-ball, v-ball, gardening, swimming & yoga.
  • Native Youth will learn life survival skills that they will carry back to their communities and advocate for healthy changes.

For an application or to contact Dream of Wild Health, please click here. Applications are due by May 19.

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Kerrie's Schedule for March 21-25

  • Monday- Indian Education Office
  • Tuesday-Harding High School
  • Wednesday-Central High School
  • Thursday- Johnson High School
  • Friday -No School

School Counselor Visits to High Schools

Kerrie will regularly be visiting Central, Como Park, Harding, Highland, and Johnson High Schools this school year. If you do not attend one of these high schools, you still can receive Indian Education counseling services. Please email Kerrie ( if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet.

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  • Conversation Corps: Minnesota’s afterschool program, Youth Outdoors, connects urban teens to the natural environment through hands-on conservation and neighborhood beautification projects. It empowers young people to become active, engaged citizens and leaders. Conversation Corps is currently taking applications for Spring 2016.
  • Urban Boatbuilders Apprentice Program: May 13, 2016 Deadline Program offers an opportunity for youth to develop academic and workplace readiness skills through the building and use of wooden boats. Apprentices work alongside an Urban Boatbuilders instructor learning advanced boat building skills while earning a stipend. Once the boats are finished, apprentices get to enjoy their hard work by launching and paddling them in nearby lakes. In August they go on a five-day trip to the Boundary Waters with homemade boats and paddles in tow. The Apprenticeship Program hires youth who qualify as low-income and/or have employment barriers. In addition to gaining woodworking skills, apprentices attend field trips to different work environments and participate in skill-building workshops such as resume writing, job interviewing and goal setting. It’s a comprehensive program that seeks to empower youth through hands-on learning projects while working to expand the possibilities and paths they envision for their futures.
  • American Indian/Native American Restoring Relations Youth Corps: May 15, 2016 Deadline: Restoring Relations crew members (ages 15-18) add value to their communities, the environment and themselves through their dedicated service. Crew members participate in a rigorous program of work, education and training and complete environmental restoration projects within the Twin Cities area. Projects may include trail construction and maintenance, foot bridge building, landscaping, campsite development and invasive plant removal. Training includes indigenous culture and values, proper use of hand tools, safety, camping skills, Leave No Trace and team building. All work projects are completed outside, even during hot or cold weather and in rain (except in unsafe conditions such as lightning).
  • Dream of Wild Health's Garden Warrior Summer Program: May 19, 2016 Deadline Four-week sessions covering gardening, nutrition, physical activity, and Native culture and language for teens ages 13-18. Participants are paid a stipend for their work experience.
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  • No Deadline: The Ninijanisag (Our Children) Program teaches youth ages 10-21 problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills in a community and cultural context. Traditional American Indian cultural activities are offered weekly and include drum and dance, sweat lodge, traditional crafts, talking circles, traditional storytelling, and intergenerational language tables. Leadership opportunities include public speaking, mentoring, and planning community cultural events. The long-term impact of Ninijanisag is to provide American Indian young people with cultural and community connections to sustain them and deter them from substance abuse, crime, violent behavior, suicide, and other destructive behaviors. Click here for more information and an application.
  • No Deadline: The Urban Native Teen Support Group has started at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. The group meets weekly on Mondays at 7:00pm and discusses issues such as suicide prevention, health & wellness, post-secondary education, and drug & alcohol prevention. Tutoring and peer counseling is also available. For more information, please contact Taylor Brooks at or Cheryl Secola at 612-879-1783.

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Upcoming Events

Ojibwe Beading Workshop: Two Rivers Gallery is pleased to announce that we are a 2016 recipient for the Arts Learning Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Through this grant we willbe incorporating beading workshops into our gallery programming starting in March,2016. Students will work with an instructor and assistant teacher to learn different beadworking skills and techniques during a series of 10 sessions. Once these sessions are completed, there will be a final exhibition of the projects created during the workshops inthe Two Rivers Gallery space. The class will also include field trips to the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

We are currently seeking 30 committed participants, ages 16+ to be involved in this

project who will be available for these following Mondays from 6-8pm:

March 28 | April 11 & 25 | May 9 & 23 | June 13 & 27 | July 18 | August 1 & 15

If you are unable to make it to a class or two due to travel or illness, please just notify us

but still sign up to participate!

Please register by emailing Maggie Thompson at: or call 612-879-1780. Registration deadline: March 25, 2016.

The final exhibition of work will be held August 26, 2016 - October 7, 2016. There will

be an opening reception held on August 26, 2016 from 6-8pm, where the artists will

have the opportunity to share what they learned during the workshops with the


Ain Dah Yung Center’s 18th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Pow Wow: March 19 to 20, 2016, 11:00 am at Central High School: 275 Lexington Ave., St. Paul, MN. For more information, click here.

Why Treaties Matter:

Reception and Program Friday, March 18, 2016 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at MN Judical Center in St. Paul.

Traveling exhibit will be on displayat the Minnesota State law Library March 15-31.

Powwow Calendar Search: Search upcoming Powwows locally and nationally. Click here.

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American Indian Scholarship Updates

For a comprehensive listing of scholarships and financial aid opportunities and information for American Indian students, please click here.

For specific Tribal scholarship programs, click here and scroll to page 12.

Deadlines for Scholarship Opportunties:

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Mayo Clinic's Career Immersion Program: July 11-15, 2016

Join other diverse Minnesota high school students (sophomores and juniors in the 2015-2016 school year) who are interested in health professions for the weeklong Career Immersion Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. For more information, please click here.

Summer Health Science Academy at University of Minnesota, Duluth: more details to come, but students can click this link for more information.

The American Indian Affairs, Recruitment & Retention Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato will be hosting a FREE summer camp for American Indian students: The camp runs June 12th - 16th with housing, meals, and materials provided. Activities include Dakota language classes, adventure education program, college and ACT prep, swimming, movies, bowling and billards. Students who are interested can communicate with the director, Megan Heutmaker, at or 1-507- 3889-5230.

Wind Step Program (UM-Morris): The Wind-STEP program is a two-week (FREE) summer experience. The program will introduce Native American high school students to careers in science, GIS (Geographical Information Science) and wind energy. If you are a rising junior or senior and have done well in Intermediate Algebra and Sophomore English and have an interest in science, this program is for you. Note: Some exceptions will be made for students younger than 10th grade. Program dates are Monday June 13 through Friday June 24, 2016. For more information and an application, please click here.

May 2, 2016 Deadline: Dunwoody YCAP: Targeted to current juniors and seniors, this summer program is designed to help students find a career that matches their interest and talents, and then prepare them to succeed in that profession. During the six-week summer program, students gain exposure to 46 programs at Dunwoody and build life skills. Students who graduate from high school and this program are eligible to receive a $20,000 scholarship to attend Dunwoody. For more information and to apply, click here.

Star Tribune's 2016 Summer Camp Guide:

Kids can learn how to program robots, play chess, speak Chinese or dance hip-hop style, among other enrichment options. Click here for link to the guide.

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Test Preparation Options

PrepFactory: This free test prep is in its Beta phase (testing to work out any bugs); however, any one can use the site to prepare for either the ACT or SAT. Sign up for a free account to save your progress.

Naviance Test Prep: This free program is available within each SPPS student's Naviance account. Students can prepare for either the ACT or SAT.

ACCUPLACER: The CollegeBoard has created a free testing preparation program. Use the link to "Add to Cart" and follow the directions to download the program to your iPad or computer.

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Volunteering & Leadership Opportunities

  • Student Tribal Council will be starting next school year at Harding High School. Students who are interested in assisting Jack with the council can speak with him now.
  • Tradition Not Addiction through Indigenous People's Task Force is currently recruiting youth ages 12-18 for their program. Youth receive $120 gift card for participating. For more information, an application, and schedule of days, please email or call 612-722-6248 and ask for Suzanne.
  • AISES' 2016 Leadership Summit will be held in Rochester, MN April 14-16. Students interested in attending should click here to register.
  • Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a five-day camp which strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges. There is an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students and volunteer counselors and presenters. To learn more and to apply, click here. Scholarships are available to cover costs of attending! Deadline to apply is March 15.
  • United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Conference - The Ain Dah Yung Center will be taking 10 SPPS students to the National UNITY leadership conference in April. The conference will be held in St. Paul. Interested (Harding) students should contact Jack (Harding Cultural Liaison) by March 11. NOTE: Ain Dah Yung list for UNITY sign up is full.
  • Local Opportunities for all students - Click here to view a listing of volunteer opportunities for all students (thank you to Amy Samelian at Harding for collecting the information and sharing).

Contact Kerrie

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