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White Earth Nation supports the Native American tradition of giving back to the community through donations to local events and organizations. Shooting Star is proudly owned and successfully operated by the White Earth Nation.
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Shooting Star Scholarship 2017-2018

In an effort to support higher education within the White Earth Nation, Shooting Star has founded the Shooting Star Scholarship, to raise money for scholarships to be awarded to White Earth members and descendants seeking post-secondary education. Download an application form here.

A limited number of $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. To be eligible, each student must meet the following criteria:

(Reprinted from Bemidji Pioneer - October 9, 2011)

Minnesota’s three largest tribal nations, Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake, co-sponsored the fourth Economic Development Summit at the Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen Sept. 14 and 15.

Minnesota’s three largest tribal nations, Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake, co-sponsored the fourth Economic Development Summit at the Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen Sept. 14 and 15.

“Building Business Through Partnerships” was the focus of the 2011 summit, which was billed as the 2011 Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summit and Trade Show.

“The goal of the summit was to enhance business opportunities and encourage business development in promoting healthy, self-sufficient and sustainable communities throughout the region,” said Red Lake Economic Development Director Sam Strong. “By creating partnerships and working together we can build a better quality of life for our families.”

On Wednesday, after an invocation by Terrance Tibbitts a drum ceremony by Eagle Spirit and Flag Ceremony by an honor guard from all three tribes, a welcoming was presented by the tribal chairs.

First to speak was Erma Vizenor of the host nation, White Earth. Vizenor was followed by Floyd Jourdain, Jr. of Red Lake Nation. Arthur “Archie” LaRose of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was predisposed and was unable to participate. A video played welcome messages from U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn., 7th District), and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.).

Wednesday’s events were followed by a trade show reception, dinner and entertainment by comedians Williams and Ree, often billed as “The Indian and the White Guy.” A closing ceremony was held Thursday.

The trade show was held throughout the two-day gathering. Many organizations and businesses provided information to Summit attendees about arts and crafts, job opportunities, census data interpretation, schools, food service, and much information on tribal, state and federal programs.

Summit events

The 2011 summit was emceed by David Glass, president of the American Indian Economic Development Fund.

Wednesday morning’s keynote address was by Gabriel S. Galanda, attorney with Galanda Broadman PLLC. Galanda’s practice focuses on complex multi-party litigation and crisis management. He is skilled in representing tribes and Indian owned enterprises from legal attacks by local, state and federal governments.

A second keynote address followed during noon lunch by Lance Morgan, president and CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., an award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Ho-Chunk employs 1,400 people in 10 states and four countries outside the United States. The company operates 24 subsidiaries and has revenues in excess of $193 million. After lunch, breakout sessions were conducted on “Economic Development Resources” and “Doing Business with Government.” A second session followed on “Marketing the Census,” as well as a panel presentation on “Financial Strength Building.”

A tribal leader session was held on the first day. Council attendance was highly encouraged so decisions to move forward on proposed business opportunities could be made.

Thursday’s keynote speeches focused directly on economic development from federal and state representatives. The early address was by Jack R. Stevens of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary of Indian Affairs, Chief Division of Economic Development. The luncheon keynote address was by Mark Phillips, Commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Energy and Economic Development.

A Youth Track workshop was titled “Building the Next Generation of Leaders.” Youth workshops were new to the Economic Summit. Thirty 11th- and 12th-grade American Indian Students participated in two sessions.

Margueritte Secola of Red Lake Economic Development and Planning said students who participated are academically inclined and interested in higher education. “We want to develop a youth division and expose students to professionals and give them ‘hands on’ experience,” Secola said. Secola played a major role in organizing and conducting the workshops, along with instructor Sharon James of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce and Linda Sapp of the American Indian Economic Development Fund.

The first workshop in the morning was entitled “The Buzz about Biz,” an introduction to business where students learned what it means to be a business owner and how to go about starting one.

“Steps to decide what business to start and where, business plan development, how to obtain financing, and points in setting up a business were discussed,” said Secola. “The five functions of management (were) also covered, i.e. planning organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. It was pointed out that each of these functions involves creative problem solving.”

The second session for youth in the afternoon was titled “The Art of Marketing.” Youth learned about the “4 P’s” of marketing (Product, Place (marketability e.g. easy access), Price (what to take into consideration when pricing a product or service), and Promotion). Strategies on how to accomplish each were discussed.

Students then did a “hands-on” exercise learning about marketing by critiquing vendors and developing their own marketing ideas.

Federal elected official representatives joined tribal elected officials and economic development staff from all three reservations, for a tribal leader work session at the end of the summit. The session, moderated by Glass, concentrated on action items for opportunity.

The first item discussed could make a profit of $300,000 the first year for the Commission. After a recent presentation by Money Centers of America, the Tribal Economic Development Commission agreed to proceed with investigation of cash access companies serving the gaming industry including ATM, check cashing and cash advance services to determine the cost-effective and revenue creating alternatives.

“The second opportunity is with Tribal Investment Group of America,” said Red Lake Gaming CEO Ray Brenny. “This is a purchasing cooperative that can potentially save us millions and has the potential for revenues if we decide to purchase shares in this company. These shares could either be purchased from the commission or from our tribe. Potential savings could include partnering when purchasing insurance, machines, etc.”

The TED Commission intends to increase the number of jobs on and off the Reservations for American Indians that are sustainable and consistent with community values, create more young skilled workers and entrepreneurs, improve community vitality and create prosperity through successful investments on and off reservations.

 

6th Annual Shooting Star Scholarship Golf Tournament
Friday, June 2, 2017

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