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By Michael Barrett

Tribal Leader Recognition Day for National Service held in Red Lake - P4


RED LAKE - On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the Red Lake Tribal Chairman honored and recognized Red Lake AmeriCorp members at a dinner held at the Red Lake Casino Event Center, and proclaimed this day as National Service Recognition Day, and encourage others to recognize the positive impact of national service; to thank those who serve; and to find ways to give back to their communities.

Eleven AmeriCorps members, their Director and Assistant Director, were recognized by Red Lake Tribal Treasurer Annette Johnson, who was there on Chairman Seki's behalf because of a schedule conflict, read the proclamation, along with a message from the Chairman, followed by an honor song and certificates.

Red Lake AmeriCorps members currently serve at the Red Lake Head Start, in the classrooms assisting teachers and other duties as assigned.

"I am proud to be working with Red Lake as we continue to strengthen communities through national service," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. " Tribal leaders get things done. They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling local problems. I commend Chairman Seki for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service."

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 50,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters.

Across the nation, tribal leaders are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtables, issuing proclamations, and communicating about national service through social media. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.

According to the Nation and Community Service website, every day, in tribal communities across America, national service is tackling tough problems and strengthening communities. On April 5, 2016, tribal leaders across the country thanked those who serve and recognize their impact on the Tribal Leader Recognition Day for National Service.

Tribal governments are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact, making communities better places to live.

National Service: A Local Resource

As the federal agency for national service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 sites across the country. Through AmeriCorps (including VISTA and NCCC), Senior Corps (including Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP), the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, CNCS leverages federal and private funds to support organizations that achieve measurable results where the need is greatest. Whether supporting food banks and homeless shelters, restoring parks, providing health services, strengthening public safety and juvenile justice services, tutoring and mentoring students, and managing community volunteers, national service members help tribal leaders tackle tough problems.

Why a Tribal Recognition Day?

Tribal governments have a broad range of responsibilities to their residents, which matches CNCS's mission to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement. A coordinated recognition day presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in helping communities solve problems. Participating in the day will highlight the impact of citizen service, show support for nonprofit and national service groups, and inspire more residents to serve in their communities.

What Happened Last Year?

Over the last three years, mayors, county officials, and tribal leaders across the country joined together to spotlight the impact of national service and honor those who serve. Altogether, 2,786 officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico officially recognized the work that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are doing to make cities better and stronger. Together, these officials represent more than 150 million citizens, or nearly half of the population.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs. For more information, visit .


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