BCU prepares for March for Lost Children; Iowa will receive $5.7 million for broadband expansion

Briar Cliff University held workshops in Sioux City today (Tuesday) to reflect on native communities’ struggles with the child welfare system.

The educational offerings are part of the 20th Annual Memorial March for Lost Children.

The march began as a protest against the disproportionate number of Native American children being placed in the Woodbury County foster care system. Now the annual event also integrates workshops focused on the physical, mental and spiritual healing of Aboriginal families.

Terry Medina is a Native American attorney. He says the workshops aim to help people understand and heal from the past.

The historical trauma is very, very alive. For me I’m trying, my message is, you know, we can’t change the past, but we can learn from the past.

The workshops cover topics such as mental health, addiction and recovery. The college also offered courses in understanding racial prejudice and power structures.

About eight in 10 nursing home residents receiving Medicare have been on psychiatric drugs in the past decade, according to a US Department of Health and Human Services surveillance report requested by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.

Grassley told Radio Iowa he was “very disturbed” by the report. He added that he didn’t think this was justified and that the drugs were being overused in nursing homes.

The report covered the years between 2011 and 2019. Grassley says care home residents deserve to be “treated with dignity” and their loved ones should be able to trust care homes to prescribe medication appropriately. According to Grassley, the report makes it clear that more needs to be done to protect care home residents.

Iowans elected first Arab-American citizen to legislature. Democrat Sami Scheetz will represent House District 78, which covers portions of Cedar Rapids. Scheetz is the son of a Palestinian-Syrian mother who emigrated from Damascus and put down roots in Cedar Rapids.

He says his history in politics began with the re-election of former President Barack Obama in 2012. He says he’s seen firsthand the impact of political decisions on industrial cities.

Manufacturing, if you go anywhere in the eastern part of the state – Lee County, Des Moines County, Dubuque County – you will see the devastation of many of these small towns as a result of these decisions. … And that has influenced a lot of how I think about politics and organization since then.

Scheetz is 26, making him one of the youngest to ever serve in a legislature. He argues that Iowa Democrats need to mobilize young Iowans like him if they aim to control either house.

The Biden administration is sending nearly $6 million to Iowa to improve high-speed internet, part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act’s $65 billion plan to expand affordable high-speed digital access across the country.

The US Department of Commerce said Monday that Iowa’s $5.7 million grant is its first Internet for All award, which aims to promote high-speed Internet networks and develop digital skills training programs.

Of the total grant amount, $5 million will go to the state to identify barriers to high-speed access and approximately $700,000 to ensure all families and communities, regardless of income, location or other factors, receive the benefits which offers broadband.

Last week, the Department of Commerce announced that the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi River in Iowa — or the Meskwaki Nation — would receive a nearly $425,000 grant, among other initiatives, to upgrade equipment to connect tribal homes to existing fiber optic Internet can be connected.

Educator Fenecia Homan has been named the first dean of the Governor’s Cyber ​​Academy at Dakota State University, which will start in 2023.

The Academy is a dual-credit program that allows South Dakota High School students to earn 30 credits during their school years. It’s part of the cyber research initiative that DSU announced earlier this year, and is an extension of the DSU Cyber ​​Academy that it has begun offering in several school districts in recent years.

Among the top three finishers of the Northwest Iowa Big Challenge competition is a Sioux City first place finisher.

On Monday, Dustin Rhoades was awarded first place with Ability Tech and a prize of five thousand dollars. Dustin says the company was started because he wanted to help his son, Kayden, who loves baseball but is unable to swing a bat or hold a ball unaided due to his limitations. Kayden was born with a rare brain condition that limits the movement of his body.

In 2019, the company developed the Switch Hitter. This unique piece of adaptive technology allowed Kayden to play his favorite sport with the simple flick of a switch and all by himself for the first time.