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The 8th Annual Gathering and Returning Adoptees Pow wow

Greetings friends and relatives,

It is that time of year again to celebrate the strength of our families.

The 8th Annual Gathering and Returning Adoptees Pow wow is a time to recognize our foster adoptive families who care for our Indian children in need of families. It is also a time to welcome our relatives back to the Circle with a song and ceremony.

Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals, birth relatives, foster parents, foster youth, adoptive parents and your children – this pow wow is for you…………come and celebrate and let us celebrate with you!

1. Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center. There we will meet and talk with other adoptees. We will meet at 11:00 a.m. – 2 hours before the 1:00 grand entry.

2. The ceremony for adoptees/fostered individuals and others who wish to be part of the ceremony, will be sometime in the afternoon session around 3:00.

3. The meeting room will be open again after the ceremony so we can process and talk about the ceremony or what ever else may be on your mind.

4. After all that you can go get your dance on at the pow wow.

5. Sometime after the evening grand entry there will be an honor song for all foster/adoptive parents, their children and families.

8th Annual
Gathering For Our Children & Returning Adoptees
Pow wow
November 5, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER
1530 EAST FRANKLIN AVENUE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
(http://www.maicnet.org/ for directions to pow wow)
Emcee: Jerry Dearly
Arena Director: Windy Downwind
Host Drum: Oyate Teca
Co-host Drum: Healing Spirit
Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association – Oneida Chapter
1:00 p.m. Grand Entry
The Wablenica Song will be sung for those returning adoptees and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage.
5:30 p.m.  Feast
7:00 p.m. Grand Entry
Special Honor song and recognition of Foster Children and Foster and Adoptive Families
Vendors contact Jacque Wilson: 612-9401627
Free and open to the public
This pow wow is a celebration our community’s strengths. As we continue to gather and acknowledge the strengths of our families, we heal from the intergenerational trauma within our extended family systems. As our families and communities heal we are better able to adopt and foster our Native children.
Sponsored by:
Hennepin County, First Nations Repatriation Institute , Division of Indian Works, Indigenous Women’s Life Net, Hennepin County,
CONTACTS:
Sandra White Hawk, First Nations Orphan Association, 651-442-4872, sadoptee@yahoo.com
Tina Knafla, Hennepin Co. Children’s’ Mental Health, 612-348-9662, tina.knafla@co.hennepin.mn.us
Sandy White Hawk
www.wearecominghome.com
651-442-4872

A & A Grants, Mendota needs a grant writer. If you know of someone please call the office.

HHS
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Children and Families – ANA
Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance
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HHS
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Children and Families – ANA
Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Esther Martinez Initiative
Modification 7
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=63153

Coldwater Site to be Closed during Construction.


Beginning November 1, 2011 the Coldwater Unit (former Bureau of Mines) will be closed to public access. The general contractor, USA Environmental Management, Inc., will begin preparations for demolition of the buildings and restoration of the site.  The construction is expected to be completed by late August – early September 2012.

The public is invited to National Park Service ranger led tours of the site on the following Saturdays from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

November 12, November 19, December 3, December 17, January 7, January 21, February 4, February 18, March 3, March 17 and March 31. Additional dates during the spring and summer of 2012 will be announced in March.

After a brief 10-15 minute overview presentation, the public will be escorted to the spring and reservoir area. The remainder of the hour will be unstructured with the Ranger available to answer individual questions and for the public to quietly visit the site during this time.

Open construction sites can be dangerous places for the general public. The National Park Service places the highest priority on assuring that sites are safe for visitors.  Closing the site assures the maximum level of safety and security while allowing construction to occur in the most efficient manner, saving time and money.