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The ANA Messenger: The Economic Development Issue

Winter 2012

Published: March 8, 2013
Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), All

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Communities in the News

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Campaign to save Native American languages

This article by David Olsen in the Press-Enterprise, CA, highlights what Tribes are doing with Tribal and federal resources to maintain and revitalize native languages. Several Tribes, regional and national language advocacy groups, and ANA grantees are featured.

President Obama honors Billy Mills with Presidential Citizens medal.

The White House has announced Olympic champion, role model and humanitarian, Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), is going to receive the Presidential Citizens Medal. Mills is the National Spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a non-profit organization with the mission of strengthening American Indian communities by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem, particularly for native youth.

Thunder Valley CDC Receives Special Recognition

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC) receives special recognition at White House Tribal Nations Conference for their efforts for economic development on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Thunder Valley CDC is based in the Porcupine District of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Guided by a vision to ‘courageously build healthy, prosperous communities with wisdom, kindness, generosity, and respect for all life, land, water and air,’ the Oglala-led, non-profit organization Thunder Valley CDC consortium members are wrapping up a two year journey which started with funding by a Sustainable Communities Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities.

Read more about Thunder Valley CDC’s recent work on the USDA Blog: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/01/16/on-the-pine-ridge-indian-reservation...

Funding for Language

Request for Proposals let by the Endangered Language Fund for small grants ($2000-$4000) for language maintenance and linguistic field work. This is a wonderful opportunity to support many of the Native languages that are struggling. Deadline date for proposals is April 22, 2013. Learn more at http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/request.php

Celebrating Native Youth

The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, has released Volume 2 of Voices of Native Youth Report. This report provides up to date information on what youth are saying in Native American Country. They have also named their “Champions for Change” and will bring them to Washington DC during the National Congress of American Indians Winter Executive Session.

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