CIMC NEWS:

Native Youth completed 7th Generation Coders Boot Camp (July 15, 2021)

CIMC awarded COVID-19 Community Health Project Grant (May 27, 2021)

CIMC awarded Together Toward Health Grant (March 23, 2021)

Illinois Governor appointed CIMC Staff Member to State Native Advisory Council (December 8, 2020)

CIMC hosted 42nd Annual Membership Meeting (November 12, 2020)

CIMC Executive Director received Honorary Doctorate Degree (November 12, 2020)

CIMC co-hosted Tribal Census Town Hall (September 17, 2020)

CIMC represented at California Workforce Association Annual Conference (September 10, 2020)

CIMC Youth Council Members participated in Census 2020 Virtual Youth Gathering (August 13, 2020)

CIMC Elders Program provided Van to San Pasqual Elders Organization (June 4, 2020)

CIMC CCDBG Program is supplying Technology Equipment to Participating Tribal Children (May 12, 2020)

In Memory of Eric K. Cooper (April 30, 2020)

CIMC Executive Director to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree (March 17, 2020)

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Native Youth completed CIMC 7th Generation Coders Boot Camp

The CIMC 7th Generation Coders Project delivered training in website development to 18 Native youth. The 5-day online Coders Boot Camp was held June 15-21, 2021 with seven hours each day. These youth, ages 16-24, received this opportunity as part of CIMC's effort to provide youth with a career path in computer science and technology. Funding for this project is provided by the USDHHS/ACF/Administration for Native Americans.

- posted July 15, 2021

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CIMC awarded COVID-19 Community Health Project Grant

CIMC received a California COVID-19 Community Health Project grant award from the The Center at Sierra Health Foundation in the amount of $112,119.00. Through this five-month project, CIMC plans to increase the dissemination of culturally-relevant COVID-19 information to Native American communities in California in hopes of reducing the rampant cases and the disparate mortality rate in Indian Country.

- posted May 27, 2021

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CIMC awarded Together Toward Health Grant

CIMC received a Together Toward Health grant award from the Public Health Institute in the amount of $500,000.00, through funding from a group of philanthropic organizations.. Project activities will include completing an educational and outreach campaign with 50 tribes, setting up a centralized testing hub at the CIMC Central Office, organizing and implementing a “train the trainer” program to increase COVID-19 testing within Native American communities, and organizing events to administer COVID-19 tests to tribes and partners.

 

- posted March 29, 2021

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Illinois Governor appointed CIMC Staff Member to State Native Advisory Council

Ms. Susan Stanley, CIMC Workforce Development Coordinator III at the CIMC Chicago Based Operations office, was recently appointed by Governor JB Pritzker of the State of Illinois to be a member of the Native American Employment Plan Advisory Council.  

Ms. Stanley, Ojibwe from the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, has been a member of the CIMC Team of Caring Professionals for nearly 20 years. CIMC is confident that her input will have a significant impact on the Native American community throughout the CIMC Chicago Based Operations service area in Illinois. The Advisory Council will definitely benefit from Ms. Stanley's knowledge and years of experience in Native American employment.

- posted December 8, 2020

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CIMC hosted 42nd Annual Membership Meeting

CIMC held the 42nd Annual Membership Meeting on November 6-7, 2020 at the Pala Casino Spa Resort in Pala, California with the theme #StillHere. This meeting was a time for members and other attendees to receive information and celebrate CIMC's accomplishments during the past program year.

The proceedings included the introduction of the CIMC 7th Generation Coders Youth Council by Gabrielle Mills, CIMC ANA Project Coordinator, and a presentation by representatives of Tribal Solutions Medical LLC. The Hooding Ceremony of CIMC Executive Director Lorenda T. Sanchez as she received her Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree was shared by video. In addtion, a Emergency & Disaster Preparedness workshop was presented on Friday afternoon by Susan Morla, CIMC CCDBG Program Specialist.

Board Member Robert H. Smith was recogonized for 20 years of service and was selected as the Outstanding Board Member for Program Year 2019. A number of staff members were recognized for various years of service. Althea L. Boyd was recognized for 40 years of service. Member tribes and organizations received recognition for their years of CIMC membership. The Eastern Sierra Geographic Service Area (GSA) was selected as the Outstanding GSA for Program Year 2019 and 51 members were named Outstanding Members for Program Year 2019.

All sessions were available for virtual attendance and strict a in-person social distancing protocol was followed.

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- posted November 12, 2020

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CIMC Executive Director received Honorary Doctorate Degree

Hooding Ceremony

A Hooding Ceremony, originally planned to be held in May 2020, took place on November 2, 2020 in Sacramento, CA to confer the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to CIMC Executive Director Lorenda T. Sanchez. She is one of two 2020 recipients honored by the Trustees of the California State University. The ceremony took place at California State University, Sacramento and the hooding was performed by President Robert S. Nelson.

Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in areas that benefit humanity, CSU campuses, the state, nation and/or world. Dr. Sanchez received this degree for her exemplary contributions during her 45+ years of service to Indian and Native American communities.

- posted November 12, 2020

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CIMC co-hosted Tribal Census Town Hall

Along with California Native Vote Project and California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, CIMC co-hosted a Virtual Census Town Hall Meeting on September 17, 2020. This event was part of the Native Voice Network Week of Action. Community leaders and members were invited to discuss the devastating impacts that COVID-19 has had on the historically low count of Indian Country in the Census, as well as the impacts of the decision to reduce the Census 2020 reponse period by one month.

- posted September 17, 2020

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CIMC represented at California Workforce Association Annual Conference

CIMC Escondido Field Office participant Destiny Castellano, a member of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians, represented the CIMC Workforce Development Program at a virtual listening session on September 9, 2020. The session, Youth Voice: the Crisis in Youth Employment was hosted by California Secretary of Labor Julie A. Sue at the California Workforce Association Meeting of the Minds Conference - Critical Impact, held September 8-10, 2020. In addition, CIMC ANA Project Coordinator Gabrielle Mills represented CIMC as part of the Youth and the Road to Recovery virtual listening session during this conference.

- posted September 10, 2020

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CIMC Youth Council Members participated in Census 2020 Virtual Youth Gathering

CIMC 7th Generation Coders Youth Council members participated in the Census 2020 Virtual Youth Gathering in July 2020 hosted by Native People Count California. They each learned about the importance of participating in the dicennial 2020 Census while strengthening their voice to inspire California Natives to be counted. Youth Council members attending included Catalina Hernandez (Pascua Yaqui), Joseph Karr (Hoopa Valley), and Jeremy Hogue (Wintu). Other youth representing CIMC were Kellie Hogue (Wintu), and Syana Mills (Mono) along with CIMC ANA Project Coordinator Gabrielle Mills.

- Posted August, 13, 2020

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CIMC Elders Program provided Van to San Pasqual Elders Organization

The CIMC Elders Program recently presented a vehicle to the San Pasqual Elder’s Pride Committee to be used exclusively to transport and support the program goals of the CIMC Elders Program at the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. With the inability to provide congregate nutritional services due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the CIMC Elders Program has allowed all participating tribes to continue services by delivering meals to ensure the health and safety of their elders. The Elders Program staff understands the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has among Native American elder populations and we are dedicated to providing services in preventing, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19. Pictured from left to right: Al Cope, Stephen Cope (Chairman), Mark Schultz (CEO), Anthony Mota (CIMC Elders Program), Theodore Dingle, and Roberta Cameron

- Posted June 4, 2020

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CIMC CCDBG Program is supplying Technology Equipment to Participating Tribal Children

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the CIMC Child Care and Development Block Grant Program (CCDBG) recently began distributing electronic tablets and Chromebooks CCDBG participating tribes for distribution to their school-aged children. With the schools now offering distance learning through online services, this is a perfect opportunity for the children to have the required tools to help them continue their learning. The CIMC CCDBG Program also plans to distribute appropriate level tablets for children who are 0 to 4 years old. The CCDBG Program staff understand that talking, reading, and singing to babies early has a positive impact on brain development and when parents can incorporate technology effectively and responsibly, children who have early access will benefit tremendously in reading, speech, etc.

- Posted May 12, 2020

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In Memory of Eric K. Cooper

It is with deepest sorrow that CIMC announces the sudden and untimely passing of Mr. Eric Kyle Cooper on April 9, 2020. Eric recently completed 32 years of employment with CIMC and most recently served as the Field Operations Supervisor for the CIMC Workforce Development Program. Mr. Cooper, a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, will be remembered for his valued contributions to CIMC starting in Ukiah and then in Sacramento and Chicago. His commitment to creating positive change for Native communities has had a great impact on the lives of the people CIMC serves. CIMC send sincere condolences to his family.

- Posted April 30, 2020

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CIMC Executive Director to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree

CIMC proudly announces that Executive Director Lorenda T. Sanchez is one of the two 2020 recipients of an honorary Doctorate degree from the California State University, Sacramento. Her honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree will be conferred during Sacramento State’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies commencement ceremony in May 2020. The California State University awards honorary degrees to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in areas that benefit humanity, CSU campuses, the state, nation and/or world.

Ms. Sanchez is being recognized and honored for her exemplary contributions during her 45+ years of service to Indian and Native American communities.

- posted March 16, 2020

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