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Mino-ayaawigamig ~ Wellness Center

Wellness Center Director, Dawn Plumer

Dawn Plumer, Wellness Center Director

(218) 335-4254
dawn.plumer@lltc.edu

Boozhoo! Welcome to Mino-ayaawigaming (The Wellness Center):

The mission of the Mino-ayaawigaming is to improve the health of our students and their families while providing students with a safe, confidential environment where they can seek advice and ask questions. Balance is important to maintain well-being, and we will support our students in areas of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health while providing a place for students to feel safe, healthy and valued. We offer a private lactation room, counseling space, donated clothing, personal hygiene items, referrals and resources to tribal and local services. We work with the other departments of the college to offer assistance with, and education about, issues concerning health, family, and stress management.  We have an open door for students to drop in anytime to ask question about local resources, use of our lactation room, private counseling room, quiet study room, personal hygiene items, diapers, infant snacks, and clothing.
The Leech Lake Tribal College campus will become Commercial Tobacco Free starting Fall Semester 2014. At the Leech lake Tribal College, the commitment to students and community members extends beyond the classroom; it also encompasses education to promote wellness in all areas of life. This policy will not in any way prohibit the use of traditional/ceremonial/sacred use of tobacco on campus grounds, or infringe in any manner on tobacco cultivation or harvesting for spiritual or ceremonial use. We hope that this initiative will be an important step in helping students not only achieve their educational goals, but also help them have both immediate and long term health benefits.

Sincerely,

Dawn Plumer
Mino-ayaawigaming Director


Come see us anytime!

We have an open door for students to drop in anytime to ask question about local resources, use of our private rooms, including a private lactation (breastfeeding) room counseling room, quiet study room. We also offer free personal hygiene items, diapers, infant snacks, and clothing. Come in and say hi. We're happy to help.

Wellness Programming

Lunch and Learn

Mino-ayaawigaming hosts a series of Lunch and Learns throughout the school year. Come get a free healthy lunch and listen to a variety of guest speakers. Topics range from: student-led presentations, chemical dependency, elders teaching about traditional tobacco uses, healthy relationships, AIDS/HIV rapid testing, tobacco facts bingo, financial aid, academic advising, and indigenous foods.

Traditional Tobacco Education

Mino-ayaawigaming is committed to promoting and focusing on the traditional Anishinaabeg use of Asemaa on campus. Mino-ayaawigaming has sponsored elder speakers to come on campus and talk about the respect and care that is to be given to aseema. We have also offered fun events such as tobacco facts bingo, we are running ads on KOJB 90.1 The Eagle, we are also planning a traditional garden. In addition we are a sponsor of the Anwebiwin Niimi’iding (Spring Pow-Wow), and are running an exciting Quit and Win challenge.

Talking Circles

Mino-ayaawigaming sponsors a weekly Talking Circle led by Leech Lake elder Nancy Kingbird. Students and Community members are encouraged to come share a meal and then talk in a safe, confident environment about school, parenting, grief, addictions, or anything you need guidance on.

Parent Study Group

Mino-ayaawigaming hosts Parent Study Group night. LLTC students are encouraged to bring their children and structured child care is provided lead by LLTC Early Child Hood students. A free meal is provided and students can go and study on campus. Get your studies done while getting to know the other parents on campus.

Parenting Classes

Mino-ayaawigaming presents Toddler Time parenting classes: Do you have a toddler? Come to a fun and supportive parenting class that will assist you in answering those tough questions, help you keep your cool, and enjoy life. The class focuses on the needs and development of toddlers.

Snow Shoeing

Mino-ayaawigaming sponsors Snow Shoeing on Thursdays November thru March. Come at noon and learn to snow shoe around the LLTC campus with Annette Drews. Snow Shoes are provided.

Commercial Tobacco Free Compaign

The Leech Lake Tribal College campus will become Commercial Tobacco Free starting Fall Semester 2014. At the Leech lake Tribal College, the commitment to students and community members extends beyond the classroom; it also encompasses education to promote wellness in all areas of life. This policy will not in any way prohibit the use of traditional/ceremonial/sacred use of tobacco on campus grounds, or infringe in any manner on tobacco cultivation or harvesting for spiritual or ceremonial use. We hope that this initiative will be an important step in helping students not only achieve their educational goals, but also help them have both immediate and long term health benefits.

Programs Sponsored by

Grant Number 1 SP1AH000022-01-00 from the Department of Health and Human Services, with support from the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

Resource Guide

Health

    Insurance

    Suicide Prevention

    Counseling Crisis Line-Beltrami, Hubbard, Red Lake counties: (800) 422-0045
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255
    MN Crisis Hotline: (866) 379-6363

    Cass Lake

    Leech Lake Behavioral Health: (218) 335-3050
    Lake Crisis Center for domestic violence: (877) 754-9683
    IHS Clinic Emergency Room: (218) 335-3200

    Bemidji

    Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center: (218) 751-3280

Additional Resources



Wellness Center News

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Join us for Talking Circle every Wednesday at 12pm.
 
A presentation of the tobacco survey taken in December by Linda Bosma.
 
Join us for "Healthy Relationships" on February 11th at noon.