NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY
The Oceti Sakowin camp has been cleared by heavily militarized police but what happened there this past year is forever. WE THE PEOPLE showed up in the thousands to protect our water and support the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in their fight against big oil. I am so very proud and grateful to all whom contributed in any way to resist the hateful and greedy monsters behind the pipeline including #45 who received $100,000 in campaign donations from the DAPL conglomerate.
By John Karhiio Kane
As the sun set on 2016, the world trembled in anticipation of what the Trump era of U.S. national politics would bring. Meanwhile at the New York State level, Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be riding a surge of popularity in spite of on-going corruption allegations and a lack of long-promised ethics reform, perhaps due in large part to the backlashes to Trump's run up to his inauguration and his first two months in office.
Richard was a First Nations author from British Columbia and when I first thought about writing over ten years ago I came across a passage in his book One Native Life. He was traveling through Canada and jumped a freight train. Writing is a gift and a craft and it needs to be honed and sharpened and the only way to do that is by writing.
Brian Martin a Mohawk from Tyendinaga told me to call this elder who was a doctor working up north with people from Attawapiskat and gave me her card, which was the best news I had all last summer while I was researching the events at Attawapiskat that have been unfolding for several years now.
So when I called Dr A.A. Dunlop who was both positive and friendly I asked her if she knew any Natives in Attawapiskat who were using traditional native culture to heal and were there any people who she thought I could connect with after telling her my back ground with Native Child and Family Services, 6 Saint Josephs and Queen West Health Center.
Keshena, WI – (ICC)
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin received notification from the University of Michigan Office of Research, confirming the Tribe’s cultural affiliation claim with remains from the Backlund Mound and Village Site in Menominee County, Michigan.
(Featured Picture is of a Maple Sugar making trough)
Hopkins, Michigan (ICC)
The Gun Lake Pottawatomi Tribe announced that it is in final preparation to host the 2017 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit in conjunction with the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC). This is the second year the tribe will host this event, which also features a concurrent youth summit.
News From Indian Country
On February 14 Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba made a historic ruling by holding Canada responsible for the pain and suffering endured by over 16,000 Native children taken from their communities and placed in foster homes across the province and into the United States.
“Maple syrup needs sunny days and cold nights. I always look forward to this time of year and I sit out all night long with my fire when I’m boiling syrup. My wife used to come out here with me when we were first married and after a few years she lost interest. She died about ten years ago and now I sit by the fire with my dog.”
Sean L. Fahrlander, age 49, of Hayward, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his home.