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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


November 2011


Happy Birthday Bob Staffanson!

Bob Staffanson, founder and President of the American Indian Institute, celebrated his 90th birthday on the 11th day of the 11th month of this year, 2011.

Bob and his wife Ann devoted the past 40 years nurturing the Institute through every imaginable barrier all to help preserve the indigenous cultures and spirituality native to the North American continent.

Anyone wishing to send Happy Birthday greetings to Bob can do so via email to: twocirclesrobert1@gmail.com


Continue the Conversation

A new Google Listserv has been set up to give Ancient Voices participants and others interested in the issues addressed during the forums the opportunity to continue the conversation.

You should have received an invitation to join in that conversation. If you didn't receive that invitation or missed it, you still can join in. Go to http://groups.google.com/group/ancient-voices and click on "Subscribe to this group" in the upper right on the Ancient Voices page. Or, send an email to galen@twocircles.org and ask for an invitation.

Click for to visit CREDO web site

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is on the verge of approving a massive 3,500 acre coal mine right next to Bryce Canyon National Park.

The web site CREDO action provides information about this effort and provides an opportunity to send a comment to the BLM.

Please take a moment to visit the site at http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/protect_bryce_ canyon/?r=231881&id=30230-533835-4uhU9Lx and submit your comment.


Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community Ancient Voices Forum a Notable Success

Approximately 50 participants gathered at the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, on the Mohawk River in Upstate New York for the fifth Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts forum, October 8-10, 2011.

Topics discussed by keynote speakers and discussion groups ranged from the damage being done to Mother Earth to the atrocities mainstream societies have rained down on indigenous peoples to each person's need for healing before going out to help heal modern society and protect Mother Earth.


Recall to Basic Consciousness

In 1977, a group of traditional elders from indigenous nations around the world issued a "Basic Call to Consciousness" to the Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2011 this "Recall to Basic Consciousness" comes from a Navajo Mountain, Four Corners Elders Gathering in Southwestern U.S. Click here to download text.


Ideas Please
Do you have ideas for articles to appear in this newsletter? If so, please submit them to Galen@TwoCircles.org. Of course, the American Indian Institute has last say as to what goes in but all ideas are welcome.

Obama Admin stops Keystone XL in its tracks.
The president sent the pipeline back to the State Department for a thorough re-review. The president explicitly noted climate change, along with the pipeline route, as one of the factors that a new review would need to assess.

At the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community Ancient Voices forum keynote Oren Lyons called on participants to email the president. Many did and thereby helped block the project. But we can't stop now. The president didn't outright reject the pipeline permit. We must remain vigilant.


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