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NIEA convention to be held in Minnesota

The 2019 National Indian Education Association’s convention will be held from Oct. 8-12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The convention’s theme, “Celebrating 50 Years of Building Education Nations: Strengthening and Advancing Native Control of Native Education,” recognizes the role educators and communities play in shaping the future

Immokalee’s backpack giveaway a big hit

IMMOKALEE — Immokalee students started the school year with new backpacks and school supplies thanks to Tribal Council, the Board and other Tribal departments. Students and parents came to the field office Aug. 12 to choose from 200 colorful backpacks and an abundance of notebooks, pencils, notebook paper, markers and

This ‘direct correlation’ to dying Native languages often unexamined

BRIGHTON — There’s a long list of reasons that Native languages have deteriorated and entered an endangered status. The reasons that Native languages have deteriorated and entered an endangered status. The reasons go back hundreds of years, and there are more modern day ones. They include distractions that younger generations face every

Grants awarded to 24 tribes in 11 states

WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Mac Lean Sweeney announced July 30 that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) has awarded $5,382,606 in energy and mineral development grants to 24 federally recognized tribes in 11 states across the U.S. The grants will fund tribal efforts to

An evening for Hollywood grads

HOLLYWOOD — A dinner was held June 18 to honor the Seminole Tribe’s 2019 high school graduates from the Hollywood Reservation and elsewhere in Broward County. Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola hosted the event at Seminole Estates. After the meal, the graduates heard inspirational stories from two recent Hollywood graduates who have gone

NIEA names new executive director

WASHINGTON — The National Indian Education Association’s Board of Directors announced July 1 the appointment of Diana Cournoyer (Oglala Sioux Tribe) as the organization’s new executive director. After a nationwide search, the Board overwhelmingly supported Cournoyer, who has been serving as the interim executive director for the past six months. Cournoyer first

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