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Cherokee leader's legacy lives on in Nashville

INDIANZ.COM - October 14, 2019 - 1:07am
An audience at the Tennessee State Museum was reminded that the Cherokee war chief, the redoubtable Dragging Canoe, fought battles on the very ground they were standing on.

Election Commission hones reform wish list

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s elected leaders have narrowed a list of reform suggestions for consideration by the Tribal Council, which will also offer its own suggestions.

According to the Election Commission, three “major” revisions to Legislative Act 12-16, which governs tribal elections, focus on a dropbox, early voting and challenged ballots cast by citizens who assert they are eligible to vote in a particular district but do not appear on a precinct list.

Currently, challenged votes are counted or deemed invalid following a post-election probe of each case.

“As everybody knows, the challenged ballots are always a problem in that it takes a lot of time to go through them,” EC attorney Harvey Chaffin said.

The recommendation is to hold and not count challenged ballots “if there’s not enough of them to change the outcome of the election or a runoff,” he said.

“Because if you counted all of them for one candidate, you still wouldn’t change the results,” Chaffin added. “That’s something the Council may or may not be interested in. But it’s a suggestion that a lot of commissioners have made over the years, and a lot of the states do it that way now.”

The EC also wants to nix large, last-minute drop-box submissions from “ballot harvesters.”

“Even in this last election, candidates that were so adamant against ballot harvesting, or spoke out openly in their campaigns, came in and dropped a couple hundred or more at a time,” Commissioner Carolyn Allen said.

Chaffin said an influx of ballots on election night “slows down the process because if the commission gets several hundred drops at 7 o’clock, it takes several hours to process those.”

“So the change that has been recommended is that they do not have a dropbox,” he said. “Everybody would be required to go prior to 12 o’clock on Saturday to the post office and drop them in the post office box. We’d pick up the ones that are dropped at the post office before 2 o’clock on Saturday. That gives all afternoon to work on processing those ballots.”

After the drop-box deadline, citizens have other voting options, Allen said.

“From that point on, the voter still has another way to vote by going to the precinct,” she added. “So we have not taken their right away to vote.”

Commissioners also hope to replace the term “in-person” absentee voting with “early walk-in” voting.

“People get confused about in-person absentee voting,” Chaffin said. “The state and about everybody else calls it early voting or early walk-in voting. So everywhere that we were talking about what you call in-person absentee in the old law, we’ve changed that too early walk-in absentee. We think that will eliminate some confusion.”

Issues addressed by the EC’s recommendations “are basically on things that have come up during the election cycle that created a problem there wasn’t a good answer to,” Chaffin said, adding that revisions require approval from the Tribal Council. “The Council is the one that makes the decision. We just give recommendations to them.”

Councilors and the CN attorney general’s office will also make their recommendations for change.

“It’s a priority in our office,” Deputy Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo said. “We understand that there need to be election code revisions, specifically our office because we were involved in so many of the issues that come up. The area of campaign finance, dealing with PACs and dark money and those types of things that we have had to deal with are complicated. Our code has kind of failed to keep up with other state and federal areas. So trying to write a law to address those things takes a lot of time.”

Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd said many of his peers have requested election-related revisions.

“What usually takes place every two years is you have an election, then you have the Council members come on board with those codes and policies, and it’s OK then,” Byrd said. “But six months to a year down the road, we go ‘wait a minute now, we have issues here.’”

Councilors have expressed interest in forming either an eight-person election reform workgroup or a larger sub-committee. Commissioners, councilors, attorneys and others are expected to address revisions during the Oct. 31 Rules Committee meeting.


Chickasaw Princesses Crowned at Annual Pageant

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

ADA, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby crowned three young ladies Chickasaw Royalty during the 2019-2020 Chickasaw Nation Princess Pageant, held in conjunction with the 2019 Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival.

“We believe these exceptional young ladies will be outstanding goodwill ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “It is inspiring to see them take such great pride in our culture. We hope their time representing the Chickasaw Nation at events across the country will provide memorable learning experiences that will enrich their lives.”

Eighteen-year-old Stonewall, Oklahoma, native Markita Rose McCarty was crowned Chickasaw Princess. She is the daughter of Mark and Rose McCarty and graduated from Stonewall High School in May. She is a freshman at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, working toward a bachelor’s degree in social work. She received a certificate of completion at Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada, before venturing to Tulsa. She hopes to complete her education at the University of Oklahoma.

Brenlee Underwood, a 12-year-old Byng Elementary sixth grade student and daughter of Brandon White Eagle, Ada, and Jerilene Underwood, Stratford, Oklahoma, was crowned Chickasaw Junior Princess. Brenlee has placed in the Native American Youth Language Fair for three years and is a member of the Chickasaw Language Club. She also is a member of Chikasha Bak Bak, a Chickasaw youth stickball team.

Nine-year-old Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Elementary student Kensey Carter was crowned Little Miss Chickasaw. A fourth-grade student, Kensey is active in the Chickasaw Running Club, cross-country, Chickasaw Nation Honor Club, youth stomp dance participant and is Tishomingo Lions Club’s “Little Indian Cheer.” She also is a member of the Chickasaw Youth Club Players in Progress (PIP) Team.

“I am hungry to learn about my culture and to teach others about it,” the new Chickasaw Princess said. “Preparing for the pageant is a moment I will always cherish and remember because, without my Chickasaw heritage, I would only be a small-town girl.”

For her talent, Markita performed an original gospel song composed entirely in the Chickasaw language. The music was arranged by Phillip Berryhill, Chickasaw Nation choir conductor. Brenlee sang Choctaw Hymn 11 and Kensey told a traditional story of “Little Loksi.” Loksi means turtle in the Chickasaw language.

Participants of the pageant were judged on talent, poise, traditional Chickasaw dress, traditional greetings and responses to random questions.

During their one-year reign, Chickasaw Nation Princesses will take courses on language, culture, and history of the Chickasaw people. In addition to serving as young ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation, the 2019-2020 princesses will see many places, serve as role models and represent the Chickasaw people at formal functions nationally.

Winners received a crown, sash, trophy, and gifts to prepare them for the upcoming year.

Chickasaw citizen and former 2017 Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne-Hearrell served as mistress of ceremonies for the pageant held at the Ada High School Activities Center. Browne-Hearrell is currently 2019 Miss Oklahoma USA.

The reign of a Chickasaw Princess has been a Chickasaw Nation tradition since 1963 when Ranell (James) Harry was appointed the first Chickasaw Princess.

2018-2019 Chickasaw Nation Princesses, Little Miss Chickasaw Jadyce Burns, Chickasaw Junior Princess LaKala Orphan, and Chickasaw Princess Mikayla Hook, ended their reigns with fond memories each shared with pageant attendees. All were honored for their year of service to the Chickasaw Nation.

To watch a replay of the pageant, visit annualmeeting.chickasaw.net.


Navajo Nation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a proclamation on Wednesday, proclaiming the month of October as Navajo Nation Breast Cancer Awareness Month. President Nez was joined by Council Delegate Otto Tso, Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin Parrish, breast cancer survivors, and over 250 others for the signing of the proclamation prior to the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Fun Walk hosted by the Special Diabetes Program in Tuba City, Ariz.

“Many of us have a loved one, a relative, or a friend who is battling breast cancer. This proclamation is to raise awareness among our people – for the ones we’ve lost to breast cancer, for the many who continue to battle, and for the many who have survived breast cancer. What better place to issue this proclamation than the community of Tuba City, the site of the very first cancer treatment facility in all of Indian Country,” said President Nez.

Council Delegate Otto Tso, who represents the Tuba City community as a member of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, recognized and thanked Tuba City Regional Health Care Center for working together with other health advocates to establish the cancer treatment center to help many Navajo people with nearby treatment and resources.

The proclamation acknowledges that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Navajo women and further states that risk factors that may increase a person’s chance of developing breast cancer include family history, age, alcohol consumption, and genetic history.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a reminder to us all, men and women, that cancer can affect any of us and that’s why it’s important to get regular check-ups and to take preventative measures like eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. We all want to live a long and healthy life for our loved ones,” added Vice President Myron Lizer.

Mammography screening funding is available for Native American women from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Navajo Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program, which educates and provides cancer screening to low income, uninsured, or underinsured age-eligible women across the Navajo Nation, while engaging the community and its partners to increase screening rates.

“According to the National Cancer Institute, one in every eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime – one in eight! Today, as our President Jonathan Nez signs a proclamation recognizing the urgency of breast cancer awareness, I would like to encourage our Navajo women to take the time to visit our local health centers or mobile clinics to take breast cancer precautions. We need to set aside some time in our day or in our week to be screened because breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. Please take care of one another,” said Miss Navajo Nation Shaadiin Parrish.

“We can be a stronger and healthier Nation if we all come together and support one another with encouraging and motivating words. T’áá hwó’ ajít’éego, or self-reliance and self-determination, is the teaching that we are striving to re-instill in our people. Years ago, our Navajo people didn’t have health issues like cancer, heart disease, or others. Today, these issues are prevalent among our people, but we can overcome and persevere to be stronger and healthier Navajo people,” said President Nez.

The Navajo Nation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the month of October, in accordance with the proclamation signed by President Nez and Vice President Lizer. The Nez-Lizer Administration thanks to the Navajo Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program and the Special Diabetes Program for hosting Wednesday’s Fun Walk.


National Native American Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony on Nov. 2

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

Sponsorships are still available for the event

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — The National Native American Hall of Fame will hold its second annual Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 2 starting at 6 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sponsorships are still available for the event.

Twelve individuals will be inducted this year for their accomplishments and what they have meant to Indigenous peoples across the globe. The 2019 inductees are: Lucy Covington (d. 1982), Colville; Ada Deer, Menominee; Louise Erdrich, Turtle Mountain Chippewa; Billy Frank Jr. (d. 2014), Nisqually; Forrest Gerard (d. 2013), Blackfeet; Hattie Kauffman, Nez Perce; Oren Lyons, Onondaga; Richard Oakes (d. 1972), Mohawk; Elizabeth Peratrovich (d. 1958), Tlingit; Pascal Poolaw (d. 1967), Kiowa; Mary Golda Ross (d. 2008), Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; and Wes Studi, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

“The 12 Native Americans who will be enshrined on November 2 are stellar examples of the individuals and level of accomplishment that our organization will honor now and into the future,” said James Parker Shield, Little Shell Chippewa, chief executive officer and founder of the National Native American Hall of Fame. “This will be an evening to remember.”

The National Native American Hall of Fame is an Indigenous 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Its mission is “to recognize and honor the inspirational achievements of Native Americans in contemporary history.” The all-Native Board of Directors includes members from the Blackfeet/Wichita, Comanche, Ojibwe, Northern Cheyenne, Sac and Fox, and Seneca nations. Future plans for the Hall of Fame include a traveling exhibit and an educational curriculum for youth focusing on the vast array of accomplishments by Native Americans in modern times.

Sponsorships for the November 2 Induction Ceremony are still available. Contact Chief Development Officer T.J. Hansell, Turtle Mountain Chippewa at tj@nativehalloffame.org or (602) 885-4454. For more information and updates, visit https://www.nativehalloffame.org/ and @nativehof on Facebook.


Navajo Gaming Spurs Enthusiasm with Navajo 4H Youth at the Shiprock Fair

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

Gaming Provides continued support of Northern Navajo Nation Fair and 4H Livestock Show 


SHIPROCK, N.M. — Navajo Gaming sponsored the barbecue that kicked off the Northern Navajo Nation Fair last week, providing meals to more than 3,500 locals and fair visitors. The following day, Navajo Gaming Interim CEO Brian Parrish and the Navajo Gaming team had their bid cards ready for the 4H Livestock Show and Auction. The purchase of the livestock from Navajo youth serves two purposes – providing an educational experience on raising livestock, plus proceeds are donated to Senior Centers on the Navajo Nation, feeding numerous elders.

Navajo Gaming Interim CEO Brian Parrish, a livestock owner himself, knows the value of raising livestock from birth to table. At the show, livestock is assessed, judges speak to the livestock owners as they drive hard sales pitches enticing potential buyers by talking about who they are: including the Navajo clan information, where they are from, the 4H organization they belong to as well as additional value should you purchase their livestock.

Parrish stated that this is one of the best events at each of the Navajo Nation Fairs. “We enjoy supporting the teaching of Navajo youth. Doing this at an early age, caring for livestock from birth to showmanship, is remarkable. We purchase the livestock and it is processed, then donations are made to Navajo Nation Chapter houses and Elder Centers throughout the Navajo Nation.”

4H is a nonprofit national organization with more than six million participants, with 2.6 million children taking part in rural settings like the Navajo Nation. It is an organization that teaches hand-on projects like health, science, agriculture, and civic engagement. The organization believes in the power of young people. They see that every child has valuable strengths and can be taught valuable skills to last a lifetime. The Navajo Nation has approximately 35 4H clubs, according to the Indian Country Extensions, 4H Youth Programs publication.

Tyann Layton of Sanders, Ariz., a 4H member of Heritage Stock & Roots Club for six years, was asked what being a member of 4H has taught her.

“It brings out the best in me, shows me respect and how to care for others not just yourself. When it comes to tight situations you just have to show you are strongest because the world will chew you up and spit you out,” she said.

Tyann proudly showed her award-winning sheep at the Shiprock Livestock show and auction.

Tyann’s mother, Kimberly Yazzie is the Heritage Stock & Roots Club organizer which is a very young organization – just three years old with 11 members. “It has been very rewarding to see these children grow in knowledge, showmanship and even basic entrepreneurship skills at a young age. Plus, working with the youth has certainly enhanced my skills as a beef marketing specialist with Navajo Beef, Labatt Meat Company, LLC,” said Yazzie.

Other Navajo Nation 4H clubs at the show were Oakridge 4H Club, Dreamweavers 4H Club from San Juan County and many more.


Red Lake Tribal Council Passes New Resolution to Change Blood Degree of Members

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

Every Tribal Member on 1958 base roll will have a full-blood designation

RED LAKE, Minn. — On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the Red Lake Tribal Council passed a resolution that would modify the blood degree of each and every person of Red Lake Chippewa Indian blood who was duly enrolled in the Red Lake Band on November 10, 1958, will now be considered a full-blood, or 4/4 blood degree. The resolution was brought forth and mentioned by Tribal Secretary Sam Strong, as a means to strengthen enrollment. The motion was seconded by Redby Representative Al Pemberton and was approved with a 7-3 vote by the 11 elected Tribal Council members as Chairman Seki only votes in the case of a tie.

The 1958 base roll was selected because it is the most recent base roll. The 1958 enrollment list was developed by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, which listed the blood quantum of members at the time. As it stands today, the blood quantum standard requires members to have at least 1/4 Red Lake ancestry to enroll in the tribe.

“Our decision at the Council Meeting to start moving away from blood quantum is the first step in creating a solution that will allow our people to carry on our ways forever,” Secretary Strong said. “Although it is a great first step, it is important to recognize that it is the first step and we need to continue to visit this enrollment issue until we can come to a consensus to end our current practice of mathematical genocide and move forward with a solution that will allow us to protect our nation forever.”

Completed applications for enrollment under this new amendment will be taken immediately and are due no later than January 15, 2020, for a special enrollment meeting scheduled for January 29, 2020. All applications must supply supporting documentation. More information about enrollment and downloadable applications are available at the Government Center Enrollment Department, and on the Red Lake Tribal Website at http://www.redlakenation.org.

Questions may be directed to the Red Lake Tribal Council at 218-679-3341. More information will be released as available.


Another Mine Spills into Animas River

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

WINDOW ROCK — Another mine has released wastewater into the Animas River.

Both the New Mexico Environment Department and the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management reported today that they were notified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a wastewater spill from the Silver Wing Mine in the area of Eureka Gulch, north of Silverton, Colorado, which occurred Wednesday afternoon.

According to the San Juan OEM, the spill was the result of a “burp” from the mine and is unrelated to either the Gold King Mine or the Bonita Peak Superfund site.

The source is 10 miles from the Animas River and the spill was expected to dilute by the time it reached Silverton. The spill was moving slowly and was expected to reach the San Juan River.

So far, “Data do not currently indicate any evidence of water quality impacts that could affect human health and the environment,” stated NMED in a press release, adding that the department will continue to monitor the situation.

Although the EPA has not issued a notice to close municipal drinking water supplies, the cities of Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico and the Lower Valley Water Users Association have shut off water intakes to municipal drinking water supplies “out of an abundance of caution.”

Neither the volume of the spill nor the contents of the water were known as of 4 p.m. Thursday. EPA officials were conducting tests to learn more.

Yolanda Barney, program manager for the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency’s Public Water Supply Program, said Thursday NNEPA is aware of the spill and is still gathering information.

Sources in Durango, Colorado, reported Thursday the river appears normal.

In 2015, a breach in the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton released three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas, causing the river to run orange and closing irrigation canals on the Navajo Nation.


Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the opening of the “Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists.

In the nineteenth century, American bison (commonly called the buffalo) thundered across the Great Plains of the American West in the millions. They symbolized the abundance of the land, and for centuries played a vital role in the lives of Native Americans, providing sustenance and spiritual nourishment. Wild and majestic, revered and hunted, buffalo have long captured the popular imagination, and their iconic images figure prominently in America’s art.
“Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists” considers the representation of the American buffalo from two perspectives: a selection of paintings by George Catlin (1796–1872) and works by modern Native artists Woody Crumbo, Paul Goodbear, Allan Houser, Julián Martínez, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Fritz Scholder, Awa Tsireh, Thomas Vigil and Beatien Yazz. In the 1830s, Catlin journeyed west five times to record, as he called it, the “manners and customs” of Native cultures, painting scenes and portraits from life. His ambitious project was largely fueled by the fear that American Indians, the great buffalo herds and a way of life would one day vanish.
The 20th-century sculpture and works on paper included in this installation advance a narrative reassuringly different from Catlin’s: one of vibrancy and continuity. With innovative use of line, form, and color, each work affirms both tribal presence and the enduring importance of the buffalo to American Indian cultures. All 45 works on view are from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The exhibition is on view Oct. 11 to April 12, 2020.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.
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Website: americanart.si.edu.

Native-owned Eighth Generation Launches New Wool Blanket Honoring “Jim Thorpe”

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

SEATTLE — On Indigenous People’s Day 2019, Seattle based Eighth Generation will launch a special edition wool blanket honoring Native American sports hero, Jim Thorpe. Last year, Eighth Generation officially licensed the Jim Thorpe name and likeness.

“What better way to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day than highlighting one of the greatest examples of Native excellence?” Said Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation. The blanket is aptly named “All-Around Excellence.”

Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox) is an American icon famous for winning Olympic gold in the decathlon and pentathlon, before going on to excel in professional baseball and football. Jim Thorpe also became the NFL’s first president and is widely considered one of the best athletes to ever live. The “All Around Excellence” Special Edition Wool Blanket was designed by Eighth Generation in collaboration with Sac and Fox traditional ribbon artist, Ruth Garvin.

In 2015, Eighth Generation revitalized the wool blanket market by becoming the first Native-owned company to offer wool blankets, with 100% of its products designed in partnership with Native artists.  Since then, the Native-owned and operated company has collaborated with nearly 50 Native artists, drawing a stark contrast with the pattern of cultural appropriation established by legacy companies in the wool blanket industry.

In addition to the wool blanket, Eighth Generation previously released a Special Edition Jim Thorpe Phone Case. All the phone cases are made in their Seattle studio headquarters, available in various iPhone and Samsung models. The stunning case is made with real cedar wood, maple and ash inlays, which are cut and laser etched with multiple layers of protective coating.


Canoes Paddle San Francisco Bay to Honor 50th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation

NATIVE KNOT - October 14, 2019 - 1:00am

SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of American Indians and allies will gather next week in the San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation. Traditional tribal canoes will circle Alcatraz Island starting at dawn on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, to commemorate and carry forward the legacy of the Alcatraz Occupation in an era of the climate crisis.

Monday, October 14, 2019
6 AM – 1 PM
San Francisco Aquatic Park

San Francisco, CA – On Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Monday, October 14), canoes representing tribes from up and down the West Coast and beyond will take to the waters of San Francisco Bay and circle Alcatraz Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 occupation.

As part of this commemoration, Alcatraz Canoe Journey is also co-presenting Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation with California Historical Society, Exploratorium, Natural History Museum, the Presidio Trust, the San Francisco Museum of Art and SF Public Library; the series includes Alcatraz Is Not an Island, a special issue of SFMOMA’s Open Space magazine.

“Canoe Journey is Indian Country’s fastest-growing tradition,” said Eloy Martinez, an activist who was an early participant in the 1969 Occupation and one of the organizers of this year’s event. “We expect hand-carved dugout canoes, tule canoes all kinds of traditional canoes. The canoes will leave from Aquatic Park, navigate the often-dangerous water around Alcatraz, and return to shore for a day full of songs, stories, and dances by participating canoe families and other Native communities.”

The Alcatraz Occupation help launch the current era of Indigenous rights and remains a guiding light for resistance, resilience and a more just relationship between people and the planet in an era of peril.

Alcatraz Canoe Journey is a grassroots project of Indigenous organizers and allies based in the Bay Area and led by elder Eloy Martinez. Inspired by the annual Tribal Canoe Journey in the Pacific Northwest and the resurgence of canoe traditions in Indigenous communities across the continent and beyond, Alcatraz Canoe Journey will be the first event of its kind in the Bay Area. Alcatraz Canoe Journey hopes to inspire a new generation of youth leaders, empower local and
urban Indigenous communities and educate the public about the Alcatraz Occupation and the enduring importance of First Peoples in the context of global environmental crisis.

“With all the problems we are facing today, whether that be climate change or the return of hate and racism, the message of the Alcatraz Occupation is as important today as it was 50 years ago,” said Martinez. “The original Occupiers had vision and courage, and both of those are more important now than ever. The planet is in trouble, and we’ve got leaders who think making money is what life is all about. We want to inspire the next generation. That’s what this canoe journey can do.”

Ed Archie NoiseCat, a noted artist and member of the organizing committee who first laid out the vision for Alcatraz Canoe Journey, credits tribes in the Pacific Northwest for inspiring him and others.

“From Alcatraz Island to the Salish Sea and beyond, Native people are rising through art, activism and more,” said NoiseCat. “As a father and now almost an elder, I hope this journey encourages our Bay Area youth the same way Alcatraz did for my generation and the same way the annual Tribal Canoe Journey does for Native nations in the Northwest every year.”

Indigenous families and communities are traveling with their canoes in tow from as far north as British Columbia and as far West as Hawaii. Canoes will be welcomed onto these lands and waters by Ohlone elder Ruth Orta. Orta will speak on behalf of the original inhabitants of
the Bay Area who were decimated by genocide but are now reclaiming their identity and traditions.

“We survived genocide and we are still right here. This is where we came from. My mother and grandmother were here their entire lives.” said Orta. “It hurts to know that people don’t even know that we are here. The people of the world need to know we are here. I am so honored to welcome these canoes from far and wide.”

After the canoes paddle around Alcatraz, Indigenous communities from far and wide as well as right here in the Bay Area will share songs, stories, and dances. The cultural protocol will be interwoven with the story of the Alcatraz Occupation. Festivities will conclude at 1:00 in the

“It’s important for people to understand the long and enduring history of injustice that led young people to rise up and take Alcatraz Island back in 1969,” said Julian Brave NoiseCat, a writer and committee member. “The Occupation was a landmark moment for Indigenous peoples. As
Indigenous peoples and all peoples face new challenges the climate crisis chief among them it is essential to honor this history so that we can carry forward the occupiers’ legacy for the next 50 years. ”

Alcatraz Canoe Journey is scheduled to launch at 6 a.m. from Aquatic Park in San Francisco. The cultural protocol will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. This event is free, open to the public and inclusive. All are welcome to attend.

In addition to the first-ever paddle around Alcatraz, the Alcatraz Canoe Journey will co-host the Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation speaker series and Alcatraz is Not an Island, a special issue of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (SFMOMA’s) Open Space magazine focused on the 50th anniversary of the occupation. The speaker series, co-hosted by California Historical Society, Exploratorium, Natural History Museum, the Presidio Trust, SFMOMA and SF Public Library, will be moderated by Julian Brave NoiseCat. Alongside occupation veteran Dr. LaNada War
Jack, NoiseCat will also guest edit Alcatraz is Not an Island.

https://openspace.sfmoma.org/issue/alcatraz-is-notan-island /


Why Columbus Day Should Become Indigenous Peoples’ Day

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 14, 2019 - 12:03am
Abolish ColumbusCommentary

What’s in a Name? . . . Why Did Saul Become Paul?

Published October 14, 2019

Editor’s Note: This commentary was first published in Native News Online on October 12, 2015. 

What’s in a name?

Ask any Christian who recalls the transformation of Saul, a highly educated Pharisee and a murderer of early Christians, into the Apostle Paul, who became the second most influential man in Christianity, behind only Jesus Christ.

The Acts of the Apostles recounts Saul’s transformation on the road to Damascus where he was stricken by a blinding light that led him to seek help from his murderous and evil deeds.

After his transformation, there was an immediate shift in name usage: Saul became Paul. Scholars argue, he had the right to use both names. Among Jewish people, the name Saul was much more common. Among Romans, Paul was more familiar. As a Christian, Paul reached out to the Gentiles, therefore, used the more commonly accepted name among the non-Jewish people in his missionary journeys and writings.

What’s in a name?

Christopher Columbus, the man who “sailed the ocean blue in 1492,” did not discover America. This is a constructed hoax that is perpetuated from one generation of Americans to the next.

Rethinking Columbus Flyer 2015Columbus actually never made it to the land now known as the United States. He never made it to the country that today celebrates Columbus Day as a federal holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the only other person with a federal named in his honor.

History records Columbus had many indigenous people killed. So, he was a murderer. It is argued Columbus set the stage for the largest genocide in the history of the world. Millions on top of millions of indigenous people died as the result of Christopher Columbus.

So, it is understandable that each year there is a gnawing pang every time a Columbus Day commercial makes it to my television screen. I saw Columbus Day sale touting a local furniture store on Sunday morning that announced this year’s Columbus Day sale was the largest in history. Apparently, the advertising agency saw the play on words and went with it. I immediately translated the commercial’s message into Columbus had the most people murdered in history of the world and I found the commercial disgusting. The notion of a federal holiday named for Columbus sickened me even more. Sadly, I had to witness the commercial as I ate my breakfast.

What’s in a name?

Levi Rickert

A whole lot goes into a name. Just as Saul became Paul, it is time for Columbus Day to transform into Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Saul had enough sense to change his name usage as a way to heal the wrongs of his past. When will America realize it is time to heal the wrongs of its past?

There is no honor in honoring a mass murderer. It’s time to honor the indigenous peoples of this land.

Levi Rickert, Potawatomi, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online. 

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Author Argues Columbus’ Cannibalism Extends to Modern Times

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 14, 2019 - 12:02am
Columbus and other cannibalsBook Review

Columbus and Other Cannibals
The Wétiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism,
And Terrorism
Jack D. Forbes – Seven Stories Press
234 pp – $14.95

“I will argue that we can compare the commemoration of Columbus with the doings of the neo-Nazis organizations in Europe and the Americas, groups which commemorate the great dates of Hitler’s regime. The difference is that the neo-Nazis are a minority and their commemorations usually do not receive much attention. The followers of Columbus, on the other hand, occupy seats of power throughout much of the Americas. Their holidays are national ones, often imposed on their respective societies.”

— Jack D. Forbes

Christopher Columbus is an enigma in America. For many Americans, Columbus is viewed with romanticism of a heroic explorer who “sailed the ocean blue.” He is part of the American construction by an educational system that creates heroes of legendary proportion that are perpetrated from generation to generation.

Not all groups romanticize Columbus. To American Indians, Columbus is likened to a criminal who came to shores of the Western Hemisphere to pilfer and commit hideous crimes against indigenous women.

“Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wétiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism and Terrorism” is a powerful book that dethrones the enigmatic Columbus and puts into perspective colonization of the Americas. Written by Jack D. Forbes, the former chair of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis, the book pushes the envelope way beyond what American students are traditionally taught about Columbus in school.

According to Forbes, cannibalism is a disease. He refers it as the “wétiko”, cannibal, psychosis.  He writes of this form of cannibalism on the Americas brought by Columbus and crew:  “Brutality knows no boundaries, Greed knows no limits. Perversion knows no borders. Arrogance knows no frontiers. Deceit knows no edges.”

Jack Forbes

Jack Forbes

Forbes, Powhatan-Renápe and Delaware-Lanápe descent, passed away in February 2011. Forbes authored twelve books, including “Apache, Navaho and Spaniard,” that has been in print for over thirty-two years.

In “Columbus and Other Cannibals,” Forbes will challenge those who have been brought up in an American society that has chosen to whitewash, no pun intended, all of the atrocities done to the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

What is fascinating is Forbes does so without the tone of anger that is typical in those who seek to provoke thought to a different level. Forbes seeks to provoke thought, but  writes as a philosopher who understands the context of who he is.

First published in 1978, “Columbus and Other Cannibals” was revised and rereleased in 2008. The latest edition provides interesting perspective that include contemporary worldviews that are inclusive of George W. Bush’s war on terror. And, on the word terrorism, which Forbes argues was part of Indian Removal from their lands during the 1800s. So, while Forbes writes about Columbus, he argues the premise of Columbus’ cannibalism has extended to future, and including this, generation of Americans.

“Columbus and Other Cannibals” should be read by those who want to better understand America and why it behaves as it does today.

American Indian students will benefit from this book as they prepare to educate future generations of American Indians the “why” behind what happened to our ancestors.

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Time to Get Rid of Columbus Day Forever!

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 14, 2019 - 12:02am
Dr. LaNada War Jack on Alcatraz Island

Dr. LaNada War Jack on Alcatraz Island

Guest Commentary

Published October 14, 2019

The United States federal government still honors the genocidal maniac that brought the wrath of evil to the Americas. It is time to get rid of Columbus Day forever!

It had been prophesied that the White Brother would come to our continents and he would have a symbol of the sacred circle of life representing everything good or he would bring the symbol of the broken circle, which will bring evil, death and destruction. Christopher Columbus’s ships all had the symbol of the broken circle and their priests carried the cross. As Indigenous people of the Americas, we have endured the past five hundred years of death and destruction all around us, and it has continued in many forms to the present day. Our plants and animals, birds, water, air and all life have suffered from this wrath.

It is time to make a choice to support this wicked path or change to the path of light and life. The government must get rid of their evil champion Christopher Columbus, who symbolizes their wicked deeds.

Columbus Day needs to be abolished and Indigenous people of the Americas honored. This sign of good intent in the right direction can happen if we want this change! There are many other things that can change to restore goodness and harmony in order to become a reality for all people and not just an illusion.

Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day is far over due. As Native Indigenous people, we applaud the City of Seattle and the other cities who have set the new standard for change. This makes it visible and embarrassing for the US Government to maintain their colonial and genocidal federal holiday, which many American people ignorantly support and represent. We need all Americans who believe in truth and justice to wake up as we only have one percent of the Native population left after the holocaust we came through and we need to unite and make everyone aware.

We need understanding and the truth about what Columbus Day represents. We need to speak up and stop the lies of honoring barbarism and murder resulting in the near destruction and death of our people and culture. We are worth it and so are our children and future generations as we pray for peace and justice not only for ourselves but world-wide. The perpetuation of recognizing Columbus Day needs to stop now! We need to be persistent in demanding truth and respect for our people, culture and for our “mother earth”. Decolonize and Indigenize!

Let’s make this happen in every way and get rid of Columbus Day forever!

Dr. LaNada War Jack is a tribal citizen of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes. She resides on the Fort Hall Reservation, Idaho. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971. In 1969, together with Indian students throughout California, she was a leader of the Alcatraz Island Takeover in protest of the federal government’s ill treatment of Native people and broken treaties. Dr. War Jack was on the founding board and executive board of the Native American Rights Fund. She served as an elected councilwoman for her tribes and served on many local and national boards. Dr. War Jack completed her graduate work at Idaho State University with a Masters in Public Administration and a Doctorate of Arts Degree in Political Science.

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was first published on October 10, 2016.

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Learn Why Opt for Broadband Deals Combined with Phone

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 14, 2019

Who doesn’t want to make a saving? One of the easiest ways to save money around is to find a great package deal for broadband. It could mean you freeing yourself completely from at least one utility bill. However, it can always be tricky to find available deals for broadband and phone, unless you decide to use some popular, unbiased comparison sites. It can take some time to find the right one, but your research will go a long way in helping you find the best deal.

Broadband and Landline Deals

Broadband deals combined with landline on the whole turn out to be the best deals both in terms of cost-effectiveness and quality of service.

Some of the benefits of combo broadband and landline deals are:

Great Saving

When you sign in to multiple services by the same provider like broadband, landline, and smart TV, you tend to get a good price for all the services together. Sometimes you even get a free subscription to one service after opting for the other two which is definitely a great saving.

Additional Incentives

Signing up for both broadband and landline with the same service provider increases your chances of additional incentives and freebies.

Lesser Hassle

Opting for broadband and landline combo deals also reduces hassle. You pay one bill and have to track only one account. Additionally, a single support center is available for both your landline and broadband issues. The downside is that a single technical issue could lose you access to multiple services.

Pairing Broadband with Mobile Phones

Broadband and mobile phone deals are quite rare but do exist. There is a service called ‘Quad-Play’ which includes all four services, landline, broadband, mobile phone and TV. Quad play is a real convenience when it comes to billing and support but it has not gained popularity because of higher rates. Taking each service separately works out cheaper.

Comparing Different Tariffs

Comparing tariffs is not an easy task especially when you are looking for combo deals. Some companies offer good landline tariffs but higher broadband rates. Similarly, some service providers offer great broadband charges but their landline tariff equals all the discount. It is really difficult to find the best deal with multiple services manually. Luckily we have online apps and sites that help you compare various tariffs offered by many different providers to help make an informed choice easier. These comparison sites are no doubt the best way to find the most favorable broadband deals.


Many factors make one deal better for you over another. With so much choice around, all it takes is finding the right for you. There’s no point in any deal if you are not the one who comes away with an advantage, whether that’s a lower bill or a better service. Therefore, do not feel pressured into making your choice. Big companies can afford advertising campaigns that may leave you thinking they are the only provider in your area. They won’t be, Shop around and include smaller companies in your search. They may not be putting their cash into fancy adverts. They could be using it to lower the costs of their services.

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Addressing Food Insecurity in Northeast Oklahoma

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Guest Commentary

Published October 14, 2019

Many of us are lucky enough that we do not have to worry about where our next meal will come from. Unfortunately, not everyone is so blessed. That is why Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma food banks and other organizations across the state are building partnerships to address this problem.

October marks the beginning of the annual Feeding Oklahoma Drive, a month-long campaign to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Businesses is a lead sponsor of this campaign.

Across Oklahoma, about one in six families are food insecure, which means they do not have consistent access to affordable, healthy food. Families with young children are the most likely to be affected by food insecurity. Sadly, we have not yet become a place where everyone has enough to eat on a regular basis.

Parts of the Cherokee Nation see even higher rates of food insecurity than the state average. In some of the counties within Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction here in northeast Oklahoma, food insecurity affects as many as one in five households. Many Cherokee families, including children and elders, are simply not getting the nutrition they need.

When Oklahomans anywhere struggle to be food secure, it affects all of us. When kids do not get enough healthy food, it’s harder to concentrate at school. When adults are worried about how to feed their families, it’s harder to plan and work for a better future. When elders are struggling with hunger and isolation, it’s harder to pass on their wisdom to the next generations. We miss out on the talents and contributions of hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans when they can’t easily meet these most basic needs.

The Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank launched a quarterly mobile food pantry at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center. The pantry provides important relief for Cherokee veterans and their families, whose food budget is too often stretched beyond their means by the end of the month.

Chuck Hoskins. Jr.

In just the past year, Cherokee Nation distributed food to more than 60,000 households and provided tens of thousands of meals at nutrition sites or delivered to elders in their homes. Cherokee Nation is also an essential partner for the Boys and Girls Club to provide meals and snacks to kids before and after school, as well as during the summer. We also work with Cherokee community organizations, supporting their local efforts to address food insecurity.

Many people within Cherokee Nation rely on local food banks when times are tough. During this year’s Feeding Oklahoma Drive, it’s our goal to become a state where no child must go to bed hungry, and for Cherokee Nation to become a place where we all have the healthy foods necessary to live full lives and fulfill our dreams.

Every dollar donated to the Feeding Oklahoma Drive provides the equivalent of four meals. Visit https://www.regionalfoodbank.org/events/feeding-oklahoma-drive to learn how you can donate. Please help us spread the word. Let’s reduce food insecurity in our state.

Chuck Hoskin, Jr. is principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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Tips To Create an Invoice for Contractors

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 13, 2019

As an independent working professional, it is crucial that you an eye on how many hours you are working and the monetary compensation for the same. To make a strong impression in front of the clients, you have to take care that the invoice you provide matches the standards in terms of accuracy. Your work and the kind of invoice created reflect your professionalism and here we give you tips to create an invoice for contractors.

Establish a Policy for Billing

First and foremost you have to figure out how you want the billing process to be completed. In your billing policy, you need to include rates, billing method, frequency of invoicing, time of payment, payment method preferred and any late fees imposed. You need to ensure that these billing policies are conveyed to the clients in advance so that they do not raise issues later.

Make the Invoice Client-Friendly

An invoice before getting processed passes through several levels. If you use tough technical jargon, it is unlikely that the clients are going to understand. Make your invoice simple and easy to understand. This small step is enough to ensure that your payments would be processed on time.

Time tracking

Whatever type of billing you are doing, it is necessary that you keep a count of the hours you are working for that client. Make sure you record the time as soon as you complete the task. Time tracking can be done through excel, paper or even using apps created only for that purpose.

Including Appropriate Information

While your invoice would be highly dependent on the client you are sending it to, there are some items that remain as a constant. Do include the following pointers in your list.

  • A clear name like invoice or bill
  • Name and contact information
  • Date of the invoice
  • Billing period
  • Invoice number
  • Client reference numbers like the purchase order number, or account number
  • Full name and address of the client in question
  • A proper breakdown of the services you have provided to the client
  • Rates or the fees you are charging
  • The total amount that is due.

Developing a Billing Process 

Lastly, you need to develop a proper billing process to ensure things keep happening smoothly for you. When it comes to creating an invoice, you can adopt the easiest method and that is through Microsoft word or excel. Apart from that, you can also take help from billing and accounting software as they automate the entire process. Time entry and invoicing are a matter of accuracy and the better you are able to do so, the easier it becomes for you to handle tasks.


Handling invoices for a contractor can be tough unless he knows how to manage them. The above tips are guiding factors in deciding which pointers need to be given importance while creating one. 

In most cases, adherence to one format would be effective in slowly streamlining the entire process for you. Having a clear format for invoice in place also increases the chance of clients to process your payments before the due date.

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Photographs of Berkeley Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day Powwow

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 13, 2019 - 9:08pm

Published October 13, 2019

BERKELEY, Calif. — The San Francisco Bay American Indian community celebrated the 27th Annual Berkeley Indigenous Peoples’ Day Powwow at the Martin Luther King Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Berkeley, California was the first city in the United States to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 1992. Indigenous groups and allies took their argument to the Berkeley City Council to establish the holiday in place of Columbus Day.

While Columbus Day remains a national holiday, some 120 cities across America have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Phtographer Christopher Burquez captured the excitement of the day in the following photographs:

Native News Online photos by Christopher Burquez

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'It's a symbol of our strength': Heiltsuk open first Big House in 120 years

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 13, 2019 - 8:38pm
Big House 20191013

Chief Coun. Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation says it's hard to put into words the excitement and emotion she feels at Sunday's opening of the first ceremonial Big House in the territory in modern history.

Categories: CANADA

Reconciliation, Indigenous engagement in question ahead of election

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 13, 2019 - 12:37pm
Trudeau Memorandum Signing 20170612

Weeks after Justin Trudeau was elected in 2015, many Indigenous peoples found hope in his pledge of "sunny ways" and a new "nation-to-nation" relationship with Indigenous communities. But progress has been slow and some are wondering what the future of reconciliation could look like under the next government.

Categories: CANADA


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