Archive for April, 2009


Honor the Bears

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Last year, I joined a great group of people for a bear honoring at Greenough Park here in Missoula. The group is meeting again this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See details for three-day schedule below. A bear food buffet, powwow and Glacier Park tour and more is scheduled! Come and check it out.

Jodi Rave

Great Bear Foundation’s

10th Annual International Multicultural Bear Honoring

May 1-3, 2009

 Dear Friends of the Bear,

 It’s time to Honor the Bears! GBF is holding our 10th Annual Multicultural Bear Honoring, and all are welcome to participate. This is a celebration of the bears and springtime, reminiscent of traditional Native American and First Nations spring ceremonies. The bears’ return to the sun after a long winter’s sleep coincides with the return of warm weather, new plant and animal life, ease and prosperity. We honor the bears for their many reminders to us, their mysterious and powerful presence in our lives, and their will to persevere in this modern, industrialized world. Native Americans have valued the bears’ roles in springtime, and so should we.
Friday, May 1 – Greenough Park, Missoula, Montana

4:00-5:30 P.M. Bear Walk- Join Dr. Jonkel on A walk through Greenough Park where we will look for bear signs and denning sites while learning interesting facts along the way.

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Seven reservations in Montana will receive almost $17 million in stimulus funds, according to a press release just sent out within the last hour from the office of Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester. Here’s the breakdown for each tribe:

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – All seven of Montana’s Indian reservations will receive nearly $17 million to create jobs thanks to the recently passed stimulus bill, Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced today.

Both Baucus and Tester helped write, supported and voted for the stimulus plan earlier this year. The funding announced today is in addition to the approximately $1 billion Montana has received so far to create jobs by investing in infrastructure such as roads, schools, water systems, energy efficiency and education.The stimulus bill also cuts more than $500 million in taxes for Montanans.Baucus and Tester today said Montana tribes will receive the following funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs:


· Road maintenance: $1,786,521


· Housing: $1,380,000 (to build 15 energy efficient homes)

· Road maintenance: $2,109,963

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Native art contest deadline and women’s health

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Here’s an email I’ll share with readers because the organizers are helping women take care of their health.

Dear Jodi,

I am the outreach worker for the Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program. I am excited to announce that we are hosting the first annual T-shirt design contest funded by the AVON Foundation Breastcare Fund! We would like anyone interested to create a design incorporating Native American art with an emphasis on women’s health. The winning design will be featured on a t-shirt that will be given out to Native American women who receive FREE cancer screenings through our program. When the women wear the t-shirts they will inspire their loved ones to get screened and be healthy as well.

We welcome people of all ages from around the state to enter their artwork. The winning artist will be honored at a celebration and receive a framed poster of their artwork! The deadline is May 1st, 2009 so encourage everyone you know to work on their design and submit it to Alta Pruyn at the Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program, 323 West Alder Street, Missoula MT, 59802. If you have any questions call Alta at 258-4168. Attached is a poster for the event and the guidelines along with an entry form.

Thank you so much for your help!

Sincerely, Alta Pruyn

Alta Pruyn Community Health Assistant Montana Breast and Cervical Program Partnership Health Center 323 W. Alder St. Missoula, MT 59802 (406)258-4168

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Law caucus organizing benefit for YWCA silent auction

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The YWCA of Missoula will benefit from a silent auction April 24 being organized by the women’s law caucus. Check out the next page for more details.

Jod Rave

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$40 million in stim funds for childcare in Indian Country

   Posted by: buffalo_post    in Children

In a White House press release today: Child Care Programs in Indian Country to Receive $40 Million Under Recovery Act

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden today announced that 260 tribal grantees representing approximately 500 Indian tribes will receive an additional $40 million in Recovery Act funding to support child care for working families. The funding will be distributed to tribal grantees through the Child Care and Development Fund.

 “Parents are worried about finding a job or keeping the job they have and they shouldn’t have to worry about affording quality child care,” said Vice President Biden. “Safe, affordable, high-quality child care gives working parents the peace of mind they need to be stable, dependable employees.”

Nationwide, $2 billion in Recovery Act funds for the Child Care and Development Fund will allow states and tribes across the country to support child care services for more families whose children require care while they are working, seeking employment or receiving job training or education. States, territories and tribes may use the funds to provide vouchers to families for child care or to provide access to care through contracts with child care centers. Recovery Act dollars will support a wide range of child care providers, including child care centers and home-based programs.

Funds also can be used to improve the quality of child care services. For example, tribes may provide training for child care providers, assist providers in meeting health and safety requirements, provide grants to providers to achieve higher quality and invest in other quality initiatives.

 The new funds supplement the existing $5 billion child care subsidy program, the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Here’s a list of Recovery Act funding awarded to tribal grantees for child care programs.

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