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Minnesota National Guard
Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp Partnership

July 20

ST PAUL, Minn - The Minnesota National Guard, Minnesota Swarm Professional Lacrosse Team and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have partnered together to bring lacrosse back to tribal communities through the Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp

"The Minnesota National Guard will co-partner the Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp at the Fond du Lac Reservation Monday through Thursday next week," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Craig L Wahlberg, Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion

The partnership aims to preserve the heritage of the Native American ancestral game and help restore the tradition of lacrosse to tribal communities, said Wahlberg This partnership will also offer healthy alternatives to problems that currently affect Native American communities such as gangs, drugs, violence, suicide and diabetes Members of the Minnesota Army National Guard will be on hand to help mentor camp participants and will be hosting classroom sessions on Resiliency, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention (R3SP)

"The Minnesota National Guard is a strong supporter of diversity and we believe that capitalizing on the best each person has to offer starts with empowering today's youth with opportunity, tools and support necessary for personal development and growth We are very excited about the Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp partnership," said Army Lt. Col. Stephen M Burggraff, Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander

This partnership supports one of the Minnesota Adjutant General's priorities of diversifying our force, promoting an environment that truly represents the demographics of the communities in which we serve and those soldiers whom we lead, said Burggraff It is also provides an opportunity to share our holistic training strategy of Resiliency, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention with the attending youth

the Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp on Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26, 8200 Belich Road, Cloquet, Minn 55720 For media escort information and access onto the reservation, media are asked to RSVP by calling Capt John Hobot with the Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at 651-282-4440

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org or follow us on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard

Capt John Hobot with the Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at johnhobot@usarmymil or call 651-282-4440

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