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Aug 28th

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Garden of Truth: The prostitution and trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota

Garden of Truth: The prostitution and trafficking of Native Women in MinnesotaThe Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition and Prostitution Research & Education have released the landmark report, Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota, the first study to detail the personal experiences of Native women who have been prostituted and trafficked in the state, as well as the specific resources and support they need to escape prostitution and trafficking. The report follows on earlier studies by Amnesty International and the US Justice Department which found that Native women experience the highest rates of sexual assault in the US.
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Coping with the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching.  I mean really, we just finished Halloween and I am already seeing Christmas decorations.  Somewhere in between there are a turkey, dressing, and some pumpkin pie just waiting to be recognized as a Thanksgiving dinner! 

As we approach the holiday season, many of us face difficulties.  Some of the problems that arise around holidays are experiencing losses of loved ones and special memories from the past.  The holidays bring up times of reminiscing special moments and traditions.  For those of us who are isolated and alone, they also bring up even more pronounced experiences of loneliness and loss.  Consequently, the holiday season is one of the most critical ones in terms of experiencing symptoms of depression.  It is said that perhaps up to 10% of the population suffers from holiday depression to some degree or another.  Additionally, people who suffer from stress related disorders prior to the holidays seem to see an increase in their symptoms.  According to the American Institute of Stress, more than 110 million Americans take medication for stress related causes each week.  When the holidays come along, people already predisposed to stress can find themselves feeling blue and more stressed out than usual.

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Coping with the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching.  I mean really, we just finished Halloween and I am already seeing Christmas decorations.  Somewhere in between there are a turkey, dressing, and some pumpkin pie just waiting to be recognized as a Thanksgiving dinner! 
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Community Meetings Healthcare Choices Presented by Medica

Medica will be hosting a series of community meetings throughout Hennepin County to inform the community about the upcoming changes to Medicaid managed care in 2012. The purpose of the meetings is to explain the coverage changes and for participants to learn their options to make the best choice individually and/or for their families. Listed is the current schedule for the meetings.
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Growing Up Without a Father: The Impact on Girls and Women

In his book, Life Without Father, David Popenoe, wrote: “Growing up without a father may be a root cause of many social ills—from crime to academic failure.”  In a sense, it is easy to assume that fathers play powerful roles in the lives of their sons and daughters.  When I think of my father, words like “tall, funny, strong, handsome, religious, available, patient, protective, wise, respected, tender-hearted, safe, responsible, and loving” come to mind.  He was twenty-two years older than my mother was and was sick most of my life (with coronary disease).  He had six heart attacks by the time I was six years old. 
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Spooky, scary situations: Helping kids cope with fear

When I was a little girl, I had a HUGE imagination.  There was always a monster under my bed, a boogey-man in the closet or something at my window.  At night, I would hear every creaky sound in the house -- even the stuffed animals and clothes (which were supposed to be hung up) would move!  I had fears about bugs, spiders, dogs, snakes, zombies and vampires—especially vampires.  I would wear my cross to bed and even put a clove of garlic under my pillow for good measure.  My dad would fuss at me and say:  “It’s not the dead—but the living you need to worry about.”  My mother would simply get annoyed because she needed her garlic in the kitchen and my bedroom smelled like “goat sweat.” 
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The psychology of racism and the right to be stupid (Part III)

In last week’s article, I began the discussion of how racism is created and destructively maintained. This final segment of the article will conclude with the discussion of factors around racism and its maintenance, but more importantly, this segment will provide the reader with concrete strategies to overcome racism in our personal, professional and political lives.
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