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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 5 ER Seavmces iiiiiiiiiiil)ji!)!)i))i)!)i) ........... ii:: ::iiiiiiiiiii ii:..,i:: ::: ............................................ :..'.-):::::::: ::::i:: ::: :::::::::::::::::::::::: :::):  i  i i!  ':'i  i::::i:::. :::: ::::::: :ii::::i:: :::::ij i:::i:::::: ::::i:::ii ,ii  iii iiliiii  ii iiiiiiiiii iiiiiiii) ! /:::! ii::iii!!!:' ii i!i!iiiiiii!ilil !!}ii iiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiil ii:iL iiiiiiii A /--XU F FC31 Chn,c I!!!!!! Bagley & Clearbrook Bonnie Eck, RN, CNP Patty Lokken, RN, CNP Mark Peterson, MD Esther Potti, MD Andre Spence, MD Matthew Viscito, MD Michael Yard, DO CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY! Bagley Clinic (218) 694-2384 or 877-697-4548 Clearbrook Clinic (218) 776-3124 llc DFL hopefuls/Continued from purge 1 views about Indian issues and for the the participants to ask questions. At the end of about 10 minutes, the gubernatorial candidates moved on to another discussion circle. At the end of all of the discussion circles, summaries were given to all of the audience. Irene Auginaush, Bagley, of the White Earth Tribal Council explained to me what some of the tribal issues were. The forum provided a place where the candidates could be asked about their views on these issues. Here are the issues of concern to the tribal leaders: (1) protecting tribal sovereignty, (2) curbing sexual and domestic violence on the reservations (where the incident rate is higher than any other population); (3) education -- the Minnesota Office of Indian Education has been realigned by Gov. Pawlenty so that the one office in Bemidji has been closed and the one in St. Paul is being considered for closing and put under the Higher Education division.; (4) Keep up respecting of the Gaming compact -- do tot build or expand outside arbling; that is not the way to fix Miinnesota's deficit; and (5) support the learning of the Ojibwe language in schools and elsewhere. It was impossible to sit in on all the discussions, but here are some of the comments from the candidates concerning these Native American concerns. Steve Kelley explained, "I will echo what has been said so far. I will continue meeting with elders of the Native American tribes in Minnesota. We also believe in continuing the learning of the Ojibwe language." Kelley is currently teaching at the Humphrey Institute in Minneapolis. Gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton said to one group, "I will work with tribal leaders on behalf of Native issues. We need to bring people together." Tom Rukavina of Virginia talked about the issues and added, "You're welcome to come up to my cabin any time to discuss these important issues. I think the Native language is important, too." In written statements sent to the forum for its background material, each of the gubernatorial candidates had submitted written statements for the forum's media package. Here are some of the written statements from some of the other candidates. Margaret Anderson Kelliher explained, "I have a history of working with the tribal governments, and honor the relationships we have with tribes across the state. As governor, I will respect tribal sovereignty." Tom Bakk wrote, "As a state senator from the Arrowhead region of the state, I have a long history of working with tribal governments and believe that a look at my record demonstrates a legislator with a real commitment to working with and honoring the government- to-govermnent relationships with tribes." Matt Entenza wrote, "First, I understand that the starting point for all of our discussions s sovereignty. I respect that tribal governments are sovereign and equal partners and must be treated with the respect that comes with their sovereign status." John Marty explained, "As senator, I have respected the sovereignty of tribal governments and have honored the compacts between the State of Minnesota and Minnesota's Indian tribes. As governor, i will continue to do so, and look forward to working with tribal governments to address the many needs of Minnesotans." Mayor Rybak wrote, "This is not new work for me. As Mayor of the city with the largest urban Indian population in America, I have worked in partnership with Indian tribal governments and communities on complex issues such as public safety, youth development, housing and job creation." Paul Thissen responded, "I will honor the government- to-government relationship with the tribes and will respect and honor the sovereignty of Minnesota's 11 tribal nations." As to the sponsors of this first-ever forum, they felt that it was successful and well attended. The Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota was first incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. It has been generously supported by most of the tribes in Minnesota. In 2008 the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe provided fiscal management services to it. On election day in 2008, according to their statistics, the White Earth Nation hosted a get-out-the-vote party and provided rides to the polls. Mahnomen County saw the highest increase in new voter registrations within the Mahnomen precinct where the White Earth canvassers concentrated on the large Native American community. According to their records, canvassers knocked on 495 doors, and actually registered 125 voters. At the polls, 1,212 of the eligible 1,216 voters turned out. Of these, the estimated Native American voter turnout was 851. At Red Lake, there were 8,158 registered voters with 6,748 turning out to vote. Of these, 4,565 were estimated Native American voters. The results of the other tribes were listed, too, but I chose to report on just the two tribes that are situated partly in Clearwater County. There were some questions as to how tribal governments spend their gaming proceeds. Here is some data from the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association. "Under federal law, Indian tribes must use their gaming proceeds to meet community needs. In 2007, here's how tribal governments spent their gaming dollars: 28 percent went to health care, 22 percent to governmental operations, 20 percent went to education, 13 percent went to housing/economic development, 10 percent went to htmaan services, and seven percent went to infrastructure. "According to their priorities, health care, just as it is for the rest of the country, is an urgent priority on Minnesota reservations. American Indians have much higher disease and mortality rates than the general U.S. population. While federal programs exist to provide health care, these programs have been woefully inadequate and underfunded for decades. As a result, gaming proceeds must be used to fill in the gap. Also the data explains that there is a common misperception Pam Staehnke McCrory of Bemidji (formerly of Bagley) with Gubernatorial candidate Steve Kelley of Hopkins. Kelley is Pam's favorite gubernatorial candidate. that all the problems in Indian country have been solved since tribal gaming began. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite considerable progress, Minnesota tribes still struggle to address the unmet needs that remain after two centuries of poverty, isolation, despair, and neglect." Some of the goals of the Native Vote Alliance are to (1) develop a network to increase Native American youth with civic activities; (2) collaborate via TakeAction Minnesota's Voting Rights Coalition to identify a strategy to assure all Native Americans who are away from their home due to unknown medical reasons may access their right to vote; (3) collaborate via Beltrami County Auditor's Oftice to assure precincts in Beltrami County with a high populace of Native Americans maintain a proportionate number of Native American election judges; and (4) canvass Native American commtmities within tribal reservations where tribal enrolhnent listings lack Minnesota voter file Strandbergs Continued from page 1 learned and that leaders grow into positions of leadership, motivated by a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities. The Emerging Leadership Program is a program of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. Major financial contributions for the program are made available through the Red River Valley Development Association and the West Central Initiative. Additional support for the program comes from ag producer groups, electric cooperatives, and community businesses and individuals in counties throughout northwest and west central Minnesota who contribute financially to the program each year. Family and friends of Mark and Jenell, and program alumni, are invited to attend the March 27 banquet in Crookston. Tickets can be ordered from the Extension Regional Office, Roseau, by calling 218-463-0291 or, toll ee at 1-888-241-4546. Feedlot meeting Continued from page 1 "background feedlot," whereby young cattle are brought in and fed until about one year of age and then shipped to other feedlots for the next step in their growth. (A public notice regarding the meeting is inside this issue.) Read The Classifieds and save now! enhancement to identify Native American voters, voting blocks, and . maximize technology available with future "Get out the Native Vote" campaigns. Since this forum at Bemidji was quite successful, plans will probably be made for future ones dealing with Native American voting issues for the 2010 election. More funding for USDA home loans Bemidji - USDA Rural Development will have about $42 million available through its direct home loan program targeted at low-income residents of northwestern Minnesota in 2010. Qualified first-time and repeat home buyers may also be eligible for tax credits made possible by the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009. Qualified first-time home buyers may be eligible for up to an $8,000 tax credit. This program is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2010. Rural Development's direct home loan program is intended lo help very low and low income residents living in rural areas achieve home ownership. 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