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EAGAN, MINNESOTA The Native American Somali Peacemakers is one of three finalists in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation's Connect for Health Challenge.
The Native American Somali Peacemakers is a very unique endeavor taking place now in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
It came together in reaction to the great influx of Somali refugees who moved into the neighborhood during the 1990s where American Indians have long lived in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The two distinctively different cultures were at odds with each other.
The Native American Somali Peacemakers was formed when Wade Keezer, an Ojibwe leader and organizer, called the American Indian and Somali communities to begin a cross cultural dialogue to promote greater understanding and peaceful community building, and address the growing tension.
Now, this organization needs your help.
The finalist with the most votes will receive a grant of up to $100,000 to build social connections for a healthier community.
Peacemakers Amina Saleh and Wade Keezer
Vote for the Native American Somali Peacemakers by texting 'Peace' to 83224 or online at www.InCommons.org/ConnectforHealth You can also vote by calling 612.547.6145 or emailing ConnectforHealth@bluecrossmn.com.
Through the Connect for Health Challenge, up to 20 grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded, and one grant of up to $100,000 will be determined by Minnesotans in a statewide vote. Voting is open July 9 - 20.
posted July 10, 2012 7:59 am edt
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