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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 034, January 2014


Alaska Native Love Is

A poignant video in which Sarah James plays a role. Sarah was a keynote at the 2010 Canyon de Chelly Forum, you will remember. The video is one in a Native Love series produced by Buffalo Nickel Creative for the Indian Law Resource Center in Helena, MT and the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) In Lame Deer, MT


Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America

A KickStarter project to collect photographic stories from citizens of every Tribe in the U.S., resulting in books, exhibitions and curricula.

To participant by investing in Project 562 Click Here and choose any level of investment from as little as $10 to as much as $2,500 or more.

The rewards offered investors are extensive as are the expected benefits of the completed project.


Crying Earth Rise Up Trailer

The documentary Crying Earth Rise Up! is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water. It tells a timely story of protecting land, water and a way of life.

Like Project 562 above the Crying Earth Rise Up! documentary was a KickStarter funded project. It successfully raised $27,536 as of November 7 of last year.


Indigenous People and Environmental Justice: the Impact of Climate Change

An interesting 2007 scholarly exploration of Indigenous Peoples rights in the face of global climate change.

The author, Rebecca Tsosie, received the highest faculty honor at Arizona State University, as a 2012 Regents' Professor. She is a professor of law and the Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar at the university's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and is the former executive director of the Indian Legal Program.

A part of the conclusions reads: "The international dialogue on climate change is currently focused on a strategy of adaptation to climate change that includes the projected removal of entire communities, if necessary. Such a strategy will prove genocidal for many groups of indigenous peoples."

Click Here to download the entire article.


Land Grab Cheats
North Dakota Tribes Out of
$1 Billion, Suits Allege

"Native Americans on an oil-rich North Dakota reservation have been cheated out of more than $1 billion by schemes to buy drilling rights for lowball prices, a flurry of recent lawsuits assert. And, the suits claim, the federal government facilitated the alleged swindle by failing in its legal obligation to ensure the tribes got a fair deal." Read the entire article.

National Sorry Day in Australia

Unlike the U.S., Australia expressed a sincere apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples. In the House of Representatives on 13 February 2008 by former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, apologized for past laws, policies and practices that have impacted on Australia's First Nations Peoples, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. The motion was supported by the Opposition and passed through both houses of Parliament, Brendan Nelson (former Leader of the Opposition) gave a formal response. Many members of the Stolen Generations were present in the Chamber to hear the Apology and thousands more filled the Great Hall of Parliament House and flowed out onto the lawns to watch it on big screens. The apology was broadcast across Australia. Since that apology, February 13 is celebrated as National Sorry Day.

By contrast the U.S. apology to the indigenous peoples of North America came in the form as a small unrelated section of the Defense Appropriations Act of 2010 (H.R. 3326).


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