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(Munising, Michigan) - Northern Michigan faithful help fight American Indian teen suicide and family violence during third annual free Christmas concert to benefit the world's oldest domestic violence shelter for women of color.<br />

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The non-profit Turtle Island Project (TIP) in Munising organized the third annual "Cowboys and Angels" concert that was held to benefit the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) in Mission, South Dakota, the first Native American domestic violence shelter in the world.<br />

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The WBCWS battles domestic violence, !%@#ual assault and an alarming increase in teen suicides on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, the home of the Sicangu Lakota people.<br />

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Poverty, depression, a lack of jobs, drugs, alcohol and other social problems are among the reasons behind Rosebud suicides and family violence.<br />

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Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard performed original songs and seasonal music during the concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore in Munising, Michigan.<br />

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The WBCWS was founded 30 years ago by a group of courageous Native American women including current executive director Tillie Black Bear.<br />

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"The White Buffalo Calf Woman's Society and its domestic violence shelter are vital to address social issues like teen suicide and domestic violence on the Rosebud reservation," said Dr. Hubbard, pastor of the Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church in Munising, MI. "Women and children are treated with dignity."<br />

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"The Rosebud Reservation has been described as a Third World Country in America's heartland," Hubbard said. "Social problems on the Rosebud can sometimes seem overwhelming but the answer starts with a person donating money or volunteering the

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