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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Chief of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe, was named a recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Boudreaux will be among nine artists receiving the honor at a ceremony and concert in Washington, D.C. in September along with a $25,000 award.

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The American School Counselor Association donated 1,000 backpacks to eight New Orleans schools during the association's July conference via nonprofit group NetWork Volunteers.

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Kip Holden, Baton Rouge mayor, refused to meet with protesters or join black leaders at rallies in the wake of Alton Sterling's death at the hands of Baton Rouge cops, saying, "Why should I put my hand in a hornet's nest?" Holden also has not talked to Sterling's family and says he doesn't "want to set off a reverse firestorm by bashing police officers just because we had an incident with two."

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