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Group established by OLPD grad student recieves Rochester Heritage Preservation Award for Education and Advocacy

Dawn Littleton, Ph.D. student-WCFE in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), along with two individuals of Dakota descent, established the Celebrate Dakota! Mayo Employee Resource Group in 2011. Celebrate Dakota! was honored for community education and advocacy during the Fourth Annual Rochester Heritage Preservation Awards in May. The group received the Rochester Heritage Preservation Award for Education and Advocacy from the city's mayor.

This purpose of Celebrate Dakota! is to help members further educate themselves and others about the Dakota heritage and lifestyle, and that of other Native American groups. The group now has about 40 members, and meets monthly at Mayo and in the surrounding community.

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