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Utne Reader Names Arlee’s Julie Cajune a “Visionary”National Magazine Selects the American Indian Educational Advocate Among 50 People who are Changing the World

ARLEE, Mont. (Oct. 14, 2009) — Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, names Julie Cajune as a visionary who is making a difference in the world. She is among the 50 visionaries the magazine is featuring in its November-December issue, on newsstands Oct. 20. 

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Cajune has dedicated her life to increasing cultural awareness by educating Montana students about American Indian histories. With funding from Montana’s Indian Education for All provision, which mandated the teaching of American Indian history in the state’s public schools, Cajune has gathered stories from her community and other reservations. She then developed a 60-page narrative and a curriculum to be used statewide by teachers.

“Each of the inventors, environmentalists, media activists and community organizers we chose to celebrate this year are fueled by an inexhaustible desire to serve the greater good. Labors of peace, love and justice are rarely celebrated these days, and given the many challenges facing our world, it was exciting to give readers 50 reasons to believe in a brighter future,” says David Schimke, Utne Reader’s editor in chief.

Cajune says American Indians grow up with a generational responsibility to make a contribution to their community, and that they strive to do so always with the thought of their grandchildren and grandchildren in mind. 

"In this way, I believe Indian people were raised to be visionaries," she says. "We understand that we are building on the efforts and dreams of our relatives and ancestors.” 

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