New Mexico hospital battles addiction issues with high tech prescriptions to reach Navajo Reservation and communities

By David Dallago
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New Mexican organizations are combining new behavioral health with high tech and low-tech strategies to fight addiction across the Navajo reservation in Northern New Mexico.

In addressing some of the root causes of these issues, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation introduced the Pathway’s Project, a four-year program that began this year to identify and address many of the underlying causes of these conditions.

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Michigan camp teaching about importance wild rice

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About 30 people gathered on a recent Saturday at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) Arts and Agricultural Center in Pelkie, formerly the Pelkie School, to learn about the culture, ecology and processing of manoomin, or wild rice.

“It was forgotten, much like the language,” Roger LaBine said.

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“Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” new exhibit at The American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot

by Sandra Hale Schulman
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Orlando, Florida is well known for Disney World and Superhero movie themed rides but there is culture among the cartoons. American Indian history and culture come to life in a new art exhibition at Walt Disney World Resort that debuted July 27th. “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” at Epcot Center displays the work of contemporary Native artists alongside artifacts from past centuries, linking how ancestral craftsmanship influences modern generations.

The exhibition opened at the American Heritage Gallery inside The American Adventure pavilion. The 89 pieces on display represent 40 different American Indian tribes from seven geographic regions across the United States including Florida’s Seminole Tribe.

“At Epcot, guests are invited to celebrate the limitless possibilities of human imagination and innovation.” said Melissa Valiquette, vice president of Epcot. “By showcasing artwork from so many diverse American Indian tribes, ‘Creating Tradition’ is a wonderful way to share a vital part of the United States’ culture with all those who visit The American Adventure.”

Items in the show include:

*  Fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo) used the patterns on a jar made in the 1900s by an Acoma Pueblo potter as inspiration for his “Ancient Resonance” dress.

*A Pokagon Potawatomi black ash hamper basket, made in the early 1900s, is paired with modern baskets, exemplifying how this technique is maintained over centuries. On display is “Mother’s Womb,” a basket made by Cherish Nebeshanze Parrish. (Potawatomi/Odawa) in 2011.

*A Chilkat blanket from Alaska dating to the 1890s complements “Raven and the Box of Daylight,” a 2017 glass sculpture by Preston Singletary (Tlingit). This piece shows how Singletary experiments with designs from his Tlingit heritage in mediums beyond traditional Native materials.

“Creating Tradition” also offers three interactive video exhibits where artists share perspectives on their work and culture. When guests wave their hands in front of a display resembling a campfire, the “flames” transform into a video presentation. Native Music playing in the gallery supports the objects and regions represented throughout the exhibition.

The new art exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Leaders from both cultural institutions were on hand for the gallery opening.

“I am delighted to recognize this association with Disney as their leadership shares the vision and creativity of contemporary American Indian artists with international visitors,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “We hope Epcot visitors will see the American experience begins with the American Indians who have always been here.”

“We are honored to collaborate with Walt Disney Imagineering and the Smithsonian in developing this exhibition,” said Della Warrior (Otoe-Missouria), director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. “Hopefully, it will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the various tribes located in almost every state in this nation, and people seeing these artifacts will be inspired and strive to learn more about American Indians.”

The Seminole were well represented at the dedication ceremony for “Creating Tradition” performing a blessing for Florida Rep. Bobby Henry and a stomp dance performance by Seminole members including Everett Osceola, Cultural Ambassador for the tribe who brought his two daughters to the show.

Over the next five years, the exhibition will feature new artifacts and refreshed displays, incorporating pieces from more of the 573 tribes.

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Native News Update September 28, 2018

This week's stories:  The Yellowstone grizzly bear to be re-listed as threatened; Celebrating Orange Shirt Day across Canada and the U.S.; Cherokee Nation Healthcare Service to support military health system; Jesse Ed Davis to be inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame; Black Eyed Peas to perform at Indigenous Peoples Day in LA.

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Black Snake Chronicles: Police, Courts and Victories

By Winona LaDuke
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August was marked by three new landmarks in Native resistance to pipelines, in Canada, Minnesota, and North Dakota.  On August 29, 26 people were cited in downtown Bemidji after stopping traffic for four hours.  Ojibwe women from Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth, including Dawn Goodwin, Mary Jourdain, and others, were joined with the Board Chair of the Sierra Club, Lauron Blackford, Nellis Kennedy (Sierra Club’s Equity and Inclusion Director) and a number of Church leaders from Lutheran and other congregations in the state.

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Walking On as listed in the September 2018 NFIC

Arizona, Indian Wells – Funeral services for Charles T. Singer, 89 were held Aug. 3, 2018 at the Broken Arrow Chapel in Indian Wells. Burial followed at the Bain family plot.  Charles was born Nov. 6, 1928 in Castle Butte, AZ., into the Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan).  Charles passed away July 26, 2018 in Flagstaff.

Charles is survived by his wife, Lena M. Singer; son, Clifton Singer; daughter, Helen Nez; brothers, William and Jackie Singer; sister, Arlene Yazzie; and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by Tsinijinnie Singer, Mary T. Singer, Roy Tsinajinnie, Dent Tsoso, Joe Tsinajinnie, Thomas T. Singer Sr., Nellie Dodge, Ella Tsinijinnie, and Coralee Tsinajinnie.

Charles worked for the Santa Fe Railroad Company and then his wife and he became entrepreneurs in the arts and craft field of silversmithing for 60 years. (Navajo Times, August 2, 2018)

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Native News Update September 21, 2018

This week's stories:  Feds doubling funding to help combat violence against Native American women; Mayo Clinic apologizes for founders desecration of Chief Cut Nose; Fond du Lac Band files petition with the FCC to bring high-speed services to reservation; Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs signs memorandum of understanding U.S. Department of Commerce and the AIANTA; Honor the Earth announces new grantees.

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John McCain: The ‘imperfect’ servant who (mostly) championed tribal sovereignty

By Mark Trahant

How do we measure legacy? One act? Two? Can we assess the complete life or is our memory caught by the last thing we remember?

John Sidney McCain III has a legacy that defies answers to those questions. He is remembered as a patriot and a hero by many in Indian Country. Indeed, the list of his legislative accomplishments is long. Others say “no,” he forfeited being a hero when he inserted language into a defense bill to give sacred Apache land to a mining company.

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The Meaning of Consent:The Fond du Lac Ojibwe and Enbridge

By Winona LaDuke
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“Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is one of the most important principles that Indigenous Peoples believe can protect their right to participation. It is embedded in the right to self-determination. The duty of States to obtain Indigenous Peoples’ FPIC entitles Indigenous people to effectively determine the outcome of decision-making that affects them, not merely a right to be involved.” --UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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By Arne Vainio, M.D.
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She was thin and frail and ninety-four years old. She lay in the hospital bed and she only took a breath once in a while. I sat by her bedside and I timed my breaths with hers and I always had to take a breath before she did. I was twenty-one and this is the first time I saw someone go through the process of dying.

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It ain’t easy being Indian… (September 2018)

By Ricey Wild
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Does anyone remember the movie “Tank Girl?” How Water & Power controlled everything and there were just a few holdouts protecting the last well of water left? Yes it’s a science fiction comic but I feel as though that very scenario is not far away. Water wars are already happening on every continent of this little blue planet where it was once abundant enough to give life and pure of contaminations.

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Native News Update September 14, 2018

This week's stories:  Oklahoma approves American Indian charter school; Tribal members see traditional house designs come to life; 2018 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” announced; NBA’s Thunder to wear Native American themed uniforms; Chickasaw Outpost opens online storefront.

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There is an encampment in Minneapolis populated by Indigenous people and it is growing

By Dr. Joe Hobot, Ed.D 
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People who have gathered there are the displaced, the unemployed, the addicted, the battered, and the sexually exploited. They have come home. They have come home to the community that they are now counting on for help, and they have come home to rest their weary bodies directly upon the lands of the Dakota to whom it belongs.

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Native News Update September 7, 2018

This week's stories: The National Park Service awards Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grants; The Cherokee Nation receives grant to purchase eco-friendly electric buses; The Mississippi Band of Choctaw became the first tribe to offer sports betting outside of Nevada; The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe recognized as a Purple Heart reservation; Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino to host the 18th Annual Native American Music Awards.

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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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