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This big world can be a lonely place

October 18, 2018 - 5:01pm

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

“Has it really been sixteen years?”

“It has.” She answered. “I still think about him every day.”

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Canada Moves Towards Legalization: Medicinal Cannabis and Inherent Rights

October 16, 2018 - 9:00pm

Brian Wright-McLeod, 2018
- News From Indian Country -
 
As legalization of cannabis becomes a reality in Canada, first nations entrepreneurs are poised to rake in the benefits. As some move to industrialize operations on their home reserves, another aspect of the issue emerges.

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Canada Moves Towards Legalization: Medicinal Cannabis and Inherent Rights

October 16, 2018 - 9:00pm

Brian Wright-McLeod, 2018
- News From Indian Country -
 
As legalization of cannabis becomes a reality in Canada, first nations entrepreneurs are poised to rake in the benefits. As some move to industrialize operations on their home reserves, another aspect of the issue emerges.

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#NativeVote18 roundup: Sharice Davids gets a boost of sorts... from the Republicans

October 16, 2018 - 6:21pm

By Mark Trahant
- ICT/NFIC -

Sharice Davids gets a boost of sorts … from Republicans. The National Republicans Congressional Committee cancelled $1.2 million worth of campaign advertising that would have supported the incumbent, Rep. Kevin Yoder in Kansas.

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Native News Update October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018 - 11:48pm

This week's stories:  New Native American voting rights act legislation introduced; Native Helpline receives its 1000th call; Twelve to be inducted into the Native American Hall of Fame; Gabriel Ayala to receive the Man of the Year award; Michael Greyeyes to receive the Augie award.

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Women and Water Silent Auction October 13th, 2018

October 5, 2018 - 11:07am

On October 13th from 10AM to 5PM a silent auction will be live streamed to help fundraise for the 2019 Women And Water Symposium.

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

October 2, 2018 - 6:53pm

By David Dallago
- News From Indian Country (NFIC) -

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

October 1, 2018 - 7:15pm

By JOSHUA VISSERS
- PELKIE, Mich. (AP/ The Daily Mining Gazette) -

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

October 1, 2018 - 6:42pm

by Sandra Hale Schulman
- News From Indian Country (NFIC) -

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

September 28, 2018 - 9:28pm

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

September 27, 2018 - 6:15pm

By Winona LaDuke
- News From Indian Country (NFIC) -

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

September 25, 2018 - 8:11pm

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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Film Festivals, Native Fashion Shows and World Class Art at Indian Market Week

September 25, 2018 - 7:40pm

By Sandra Hale Schulman
- News From Indian Country(NFIC) -

The warm dry air of a Santa Fe summer welcomed hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world during the Santa Fe Indian Market Week. This year was filled with Film Festivals, actor appearances, concerts and more art and jewelry than could possibly be seen.

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Native News Update September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018 - 12:34pm

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

September 20, 2018 - 9:30pm

By Mark Trahant
- ICT/NFIC -

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

September 20, 2018 - 7:10pm

By Winona LaDuke
- News From Indian Country(NFIC) -

“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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Pori

September 19, 2018 - 6:48pm

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

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)

September 19, 2018 - 6:41pm

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

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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Madeline Island Giant Jingle Dress set for Treaty Day

September 18, 2018 - 6:22pm

The Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer will debut on September 30th on Madeline Island with other activities planned throughout the day. All Jingle Dress dancers are invited to come and dance.

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Native News Update September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018 - 9:17pm

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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