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Native Voices

By Fran E. Kovach MLIS AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL

Mark LaRoque
California Indian Manpower Consortium Inc.
Workforce Development Coordinator
Chicago Based Operations
Chicago, IL
native manOn June 1-3, 2012, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library participated in the 7th Annual Taylorville Black Horse Pow Wow in Taylorville, Illinois, at the Christian County Fairgrounds. This is the fourth year that we participated at this event.  New this year was the National Library of Medicine release of the free iPad app, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness which we shared on an iPad 3. The stories of traditions, healers, and the journey of the totem pole across the United States captivated and delighted the audience. Visitors to our booth left with enthusiasm to hear more of the traditional stories. For more information on this app, please see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/native_voices_app.html 

Special guest this year, Mark LaRoque of CIMC California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. (CIMC), stopped by our booth. Mark is Native American and is the Workforce Development Coordinator for the CIMC training program based in Chicago whose mission is to create positive change for Native communities in Illinois.

CIMC is based in Sacramento and operates a grant from the Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act. The Chicago service area is the State of Illinois and three counties in Iowa: Scott, Clinton and Muscatine.

Mark reports, “We are invested in trying to locate American Indians or their descendants to provide employment services. The important thing to note is as a federal grantee we need documented proof of tribal enrollment from the individual or lineage as a descendant of the tribally enrolled individual.”

CIMC Chicago is a mobile office that travels to those in need of services. They help in the areas of job readiness training, job search assistance and provision of supportive services such as transportation to look for work. Once employment is obtained, CIMC can continue to provide case management and other on-going services. Also provided are career counseling and vocational counseling, and appropriate referrals to social services.

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