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7 may 2012 001St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - Honored for its outstanding service and achievements in preserving Tibetan culture, the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM) received one of the 2012 Asian Pacific Leadership Awards.

Presented by the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM), TAFM's positive contributions to the well-being of the Tibetan populace through a variety of social and educational programs helped earn them the award.

In his acceptance speech, TAFM's President Namgyal Dorjee thanked the Council and Minnesotans for the kindness and hospitality they've shown the Tibetan community.

"We recognize the value of working together for the benefit of the community and Minnesota," Dorjee added in remarks aimed at drumming up support for TAFM and its programs.

He added that the award serves as recognition for years of hard work by TAFM since its inception in 1992 and the service of Minnesota's entire Tibetan community, currently estimated at nearly 3,000 people in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and St. Paul.

A state agency that advises lawmakers, CAPM advocates for Minnesota's Asia Pacific community.

Four individuals and just one other organization earned 2012 Leadership awards, handed out at the group's annual Heritage Dinner.