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2013 Native American Lax-4-Life Camp

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 12

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

"The Minnesota National Guard will sponsor the week long lacrosse camp for Native American youth from July 22-26 on the Fond du Lac Reservation," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Josh D Wiemann, Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion

"Diversity is a source of strength and the Native American Lax-4-Life partnership helps empower today's youth with opportunity, tools and the support necessary for personal development and growth This partnership develops culturally astute soldiers and civilians improving our organization and the communities in which we serve," said Army Lt. Col. Stephen M Burggraff, commander of Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion "Lax-4-Life supports the Minnesota National Guard priority of diversity of the force which fosters an environment that truly represents the demographics of the communities in which we serve and those soldiers whom we lead," said Burggraff Army Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, Minnesota National Guard's Adjutant General, is scheduled to visit the Fond du Lac Reservation, July 25, to observe camp activities

The Minnesota Army National Guard will facilitate a live stream of the camp's final scrimmage, the "Creator's Game," July 25, at http://wwwdvidshubnet/webcast/3199

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND the Native American Lax-4-Life Camp on Thursday, July 25, at 8200 Belich Road, Cloquet, Minn 55720

For media escort information and access onto the reservation, media are asked to RSVP by contacting Army Staff Sgt Patrick Loch, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at 651-280-6182 or patrickglochmil@mail.mil

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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