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Native News Update August 31, 2018

This week's stories: 16th-century Native American fort discovered; Albion College returns artifact back to the Zuni nation; Fund established to solarized Native American communities; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates to endowment for Native American student scholarships; Karyl Frankiewicz crowned Miss Native American USA.

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Native News Update August 24, 2018

This week's stories: Conference focuses on violence against Native American women; Basketball star, Kyrie Irving receives his Lakota name; Black Elk may become the Catholic Church’s second Native American saint; Twelve tribal colleges receive Edward Curtis’ artisanal Republication of The North American Indian; Native American elder Eleanor Spears Dove to receive lifetime achievement award.

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Gwich’in Nation calls for permanent protection of Arctic Refuge

TSIIGEHTCHIC, - Northwest Territories -

During late June on the second day of the 2018 Gwich’in Gathering, delegates of the Gwich’in Nation unanimously reaffirmed a resolution to protect the birthplace and nursery grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd. The resolution calls for the United States Congress to recognize the human rights of the Gwich’in people by permanently protecting the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Elder Joe Rose, “ceremony is winning environmental battles”

By IndianCountryTV Staff
 - Odanah, Wisconsin (NFIC) -

Paul DeMain: Boozhoo Joe, tell us who you are and where you’re from.

Joe Rose: Okay. Boozhoo Ikwewug, inninwug gia, Mokangizis, Mashkizibi indonjiba, ninmide innini indow. To translate, my Anishinaabe name is The Rising Sun. I’m Eagle Clan of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. A member of the Grand Medicine Society called the Midewiwin.

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Horses, Hemp and Solar Panels

By Winona LaDuke 
 - For News From Indian Country - 

Sometimes, let’s be honest; it’s hard not to hang your head with the challenges of these times. To counter this, I just pick my head up, and look around and find beauty.

Honor the Earth’s “Water is Life Concert” at Bayfront Park in Duluth featured the Indigo Girls, Corey Medina, Lyz Jakkola, Annie Humphrey and Chastity Brown, playing to a large crowd supporting the front lines of Water Protectors.

“We are tremendously grateful to these musicians,” Paul DeMain, Board Co-Chair of Honor the Earth told reporters.  “Honor the Earth celebrates music and art at the core of our mission, and this was a great gift for our work.”

At a federal level, in late July, the Senate approved the legalization of the hemp, ending a seventy-year ban on the plant which devastated a number of farms, and sent the US textile industry into a domination by petrochemicals present in rayon, polyester, and other “synthetic blends”

The renaissance opens the door for more tribal hemp farms, and hopefully a re-establishment of a viable hemp industry in North America.  

Elsewhere, Ireland not only banned fracking but decided to divest its nest egg from fossil fuels - joining $5 trillion in divestment worldwide. None too soon, as the Arctic faces a heat wave and forest fires. And fires rage from California to Washington. 

 

One of Many Irish Wind Farms

In the face of rising liabilities of climate change-related disasters, many investors are moving towards renewable energy and a commitment to a green economy. Some tribes want to move that way as well, both in practice and in investment.    

Red Lake Nation is moving ahead decisively with solar. The first phase of solar was installed on tribal buildings in late May, with two new expansion phases planned. The tribe estimates that savings will be nearly $2 million annually.  

Meanwhile, on the ground, twenty youth riders and a couple of stalwart horsewomen continue on a 200-mile ride along the proposed Enbridge Line 3 route in Minnesota. This is the sixth year of the spiritual ride against the current of the oil sponsored by Honor the Earth.

Beginning at Rice Lake Refuge, the riders rode on the formerly proposed  “Enbridge Preferred Route” which would have impacted Sandy Lake dramatically.  The most recent PUC rulings have eliminated this route, but a more northern route is not yet clarified.

Horse Riders also rode over Line 61 in the 2017 Love Water Not Oil Tour

The riders intend to ride and pray on the newly proposed route, reaffirming a commitment to water as sacred. This year, the riders have also helped out local farmers, providing some much needed Water Protector labor to gardens and some other small projects

 Many of the riders are from Crow Creek, Standing Rock, and Rosebud.  They came into their name Sungwatogok or Fearless Horse Society at Standing Rock, the name bestowed by the renowned horse teacher John Eagle.

The youth, ranging from l6 to 30 have ridden on numerous spiritual rides (Big Foot, Dakota 38, Fort Laramie Treaty Ride and others), including last year’s Honor the Earth ride.  This year, youth from Pine Point and East Lake take a more prominent place on the ride, learning from older riders about Dakota horse songs, culture and a way of life with horses. Horse songs are similar to jingle dress songs and are also offered for healing and praise. The ride will include visits to Rice Lake and more ceremonial teachings on horses in the upcoming weeks.

Over the longer term, more tribes are looking to move away from fossil fuels and to the next economy. Red Lake plans to provide 10 to 20 megawatts of electricity to be sold to the grid. “The development of these projects are designed to address our basic needs and understandings,” Red Lake Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr., said. “They include the preservation and conservation of our environment, providing an energy source which is compatible with our beliefs of living in harmony with nature, the diversification of our economy and investments, improving the quality of life, training for our labor force, and employment; jobs for our people.”

Horses, hemp, and solar panels provide an insight into that beautiful world, and to be sure, there are many who are ready for these changes.

 

 

 

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Sundance brings Native Cinema to Florida

By Sandra Hale Schulman 
 - News From Indian Country - 

Sundance brought some native films and filmmaking knowledge to South Florida this summer, with two screenings of short films and a seminar on filmmaking in conjunction with Native Reel Cinema Fest. Two of the filmmakers, Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr and Shaandiin Tome attended to take part in a Q&A with Bird Runningwater of Sundance.  

One public screening was held at O Cinema in Miami, with the second event at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, hosted by Everett Osceola and April Kirk of Native Reel Cinema Fest.

The films shown were all shorts that had previously been screened at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah during their prestigious annual film festival that tens of thousands of major movers and shakers in the industry attend.

The films screened were:

ALTER-NATIVE: 17 ½ min

Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)

Alter-NATIVE follows a year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail as she develops her latest collection inspired by her art, activism, and indigenous women. Founded in December 2014 and based in Los Angeles, B.YELLOWTAIL is a clothing line created by designer Bethany Yellowtail, whose vision and brand values reflect her Apsaalooke (Crow) & Tsetsehestahese & So’taeo’o (Northern Cheyenne) tribal heritage. A celebration of ancestral tradition, beauty, and culture, B.YELLOWTAIL embraces an authentic voice of contemporary Native America through design and wearable art. She is shown designing her collection, producing fashion shoots and a runway show. Fans Taboo and Martin Sensmeier – who is tapped to play athlete Jim Thorpe in an upcoming film – are part of Bethany’s fashion world. The film has spawned a series on YouTube Channel Indie Lens Storycast.

Presented by Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program and made possible with generous support from the Knight Foundation, the event included a reception and a Q&A  where the filmmakers discussed the challenges and rewards of making their first films.

Native Reel Cinema Fest is run by Everett Osceola of the Seminoles who received a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation last year. He produces a festival weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood every January, bringing in top native films and actors including Wes Studi, Graham Greene, and Irene Bedard.

The Seminar At ArtServe

The Violence Of A Civilization Without Secrets: 10 min

Adam Khalil (Ojibway)

Zach Khalil (Ojibway)

Jackson Polys (Tlingit)
An urgent reflection on indigenous sovereignty, the undead violence of museum archives, and postmortem justice through the case of the “Kennewick Man,” a prehistoric Paleo-American man whose remains were found in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996. The film raises important issues of lineage and who was in America first.

MUD (HASHTŁ’ISHNII): 10 min

Shaandiin Tome (Diné)

On her last day, Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family, and culture. A searing portrait of a woman on a downward spiral who has visions of the mud that will eventually be her deathbed.

SHINAAB: 8 min

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians)

An Anishinaabe man is restless and isolated in the city of Minneapolis, haunted by an ominous sense that he doesn’t belong. He sits in diners, walks the streets, and come across a teepee in a field that may or may not be a vision.  Shinaab eerily portrays Indigenous people’s dislocation and alienation on their own land as sinister and enigmatic forces.

NUUCA: 13 min

Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin)

The oil boom in North Dakota has brought tens of thousands of new people to the region, and with that has come an influx of drugs, crime, and sex trafficking. Over the last decade, an oil boom in North Dakota has seen the state’s population double with primarily male workers flocking to the region. With this dramatic increase has come an influx of drugs, crime and sexual violence. On the Fort Berthold Indian reservation alone, rates of sexual violence have increased 168%, with Indigenous women most affected. Juxtaposing the ravaged yet starkly beautiful landscape with personal testimony from young Indigenous women living on the reservation, Nuuca is an evocative meditation revealing the connections between the rape of the earth and the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls.

JÁAJI APPROX.: 8 min

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga)

Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song.

 

 

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Native News Update August 17, 2018

This week's stories:  New Native American farm fund created as a result of the Keepseagle settlement; Office of Indian Energy funds 15 tribal energy infrastructure deployment projects; Cherokee Nation hosts attorneys from across the country; Myaamia Center receives grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for revitalizing Indigenous languages; Navajo midwife has a vision to open a reproductive wellness and birth center.

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Honor The Earth presents - Winona's Annual Birthday Party

Join IndianCountryTV.com and Honor The Earth for a LIVE Broadcast from Tom's Burned Down Cafe, downtown LaPointe, on Madeline Island in Lake Superior on Friday, August 16, 2018.  7pm CST Indian Time. Winona LaDuke, and live Music with Corey Medina and guests.

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I am planting a Victory Garden

By Winona LaDuke 
- For News From Indian Country - 
 
 I am planting a Victory Garden. Well a couple of them.  It is full of heritage varieties of corn, beans, squash, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, tobacco, and hemp.

Then, there’s a hefty tomato, basil, cucumbers, eggplants and other produce section of the gardens, and more to come.   

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Walking on as listed in the August 2018 NFIC

Arizona, Lukachukai – Funeral services for Albert James, 45 of Tsaile, AZ., were held July 7, 2018 at the  St. Isabelle Church in Lukachukai.  Burial followed at the Lukachukai cemetery.  Albert was born Mar. 26, 1973 in Ganado, AZ., into the Tseikeehee (Two Rocks-Sit Clan).  Albert passed away June 30, 2018 in Tsaile.
Albert is survived by his wife, Bernaldine Bennett; son, Zachariah Albert James; parents, Alfred and Mary Ann James; brother, Irvin James Sr.; and sister, Irvena Marcella James. (Navajo Times, July 5, 2018)

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Who Decides Who is Mohawk?

 By Doug George-Kanentiio
 - News From Indian Country -

One of the basic rights of any people is to decided who, and who is not, a member. This determination is done among families, religious groups, fellowship lodges, motorcycle clubs and nations.  It is one of the most important elements in defining true sovereignty along with culture, jurisdiction, land and history.

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Oral Navajo History, Culture preserved on reel-to-reel tape

By VIDA VOLKERT
 - GALLUP, N.M. (AP/ Gallup Independent) -

About five decades have passed since Etsitty Bedonie talked about the “Beginning of the Enemies.” His account about the enemies of the Navajo, as he heard it from his grandfather, was recorded with a reel-to-reel magnetic tape recorder, most likely, at Bedonie’s home in the Crownpoint area around 1969.

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Native News Update August 10, 2018

This week's stories:  Google celebrates Native American engineer; Canadian courts approve settlement on certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop; Seminole Tribe eliminates plastic straws at its casinos; Cherokee Nation make first conservation area on tribal land for an endangered beetle species; ShoShona Kish to receive 2018’s Womex Professional Excellence Award.

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A young woman selling watermelons

By Arne Vainio, M.D.
News From Indian Country

My wife Ivy and I traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona in late July to attend the 47th annual conference of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP). It was 116 degrees when we arrived. We picked up the rental car and drove through the desert to the hotel and I could see the outlines of the mountains and the cacti against the starry night.

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It ain’t easy being Indian… (Aug. 2018)

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

My Unk Koon came by the other day. He walked up to my door, came in and slapped an uncovered fish filet into my left hand. He turned to leave only saying, “It’s lake trout”.

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Native News Update August 3, 2018

This week's stories:  Lumber launches first Native American program to aid disabled veterans; 14 tribes receive grants from the Bueau of Reclamation; Cherokee Nation System Solutions supporting USDA data project; New scholarship aimed at brining more Native Americans into the medical field; Disney’s Epcot opens new Native American exhibit.

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Native News Update July 27, 2018

This week's stories:  Bipartisan legislation introduced to help Native American veterans; Gary and Carmen Davis launch ‘Native Business’; AIGCS/Gates Millennium Solars alumna receives Fulbright to study in Denmark; Oneida elder honored for her military service; Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway celebration.

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Monarchs follows Artistic and Human Migration

By Sandra Hale Schulman
- News From Indian Country -

A newly opened group exhibition “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” at The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) uses the borderless migration pattern of the majestic Monarch to alight on artists from Canada to Mexico. The works of 37 artists who are native to the Americas are separated into conceptual categories including indigenous, immigrant and assimilated, but the show as whole is a gorgeous, earthy ode to all things bright and beautiful, heavy and serious.

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Removal Bike Ride commemorates 180th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears

By Albert Bender
- Nashville, Tennessee (NFIC) -

From Murfreesboro, Tennessee to their next stop in Guthrie, Kentucky the intrepid young cycling Cherokees made their way non-stop through Nashville on a June day.

Tennessee’s capital city has numerous Trail of Tears road signs indicating the calamitous route trodden by beleaguered Cherokees 180 years ago.

Beginning in Tahlequah, Oklahoma the capital of the Cherokee Nation on May 29 were ten Cherokee cyclists that met eight cyclists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) for the commemorative passage that begins in New Echota, Georgia on June 3.

This was the 180th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears.

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