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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 036, March 2014


The hard lives - and high suicide rate -
of Native American children on reservations

By Sari Horwitz
"SACATON, ARIZ. The tamarisk tree down the dirt road from Tyler Owens's house is the one where the teenage girl who lived across the road hanged herself. Don't climb it, don't touch it, admonished Owens's grandmother when Tyler, now 18, was younger.

"There are other taboo markers around the Gila River Indian reservation - eight young people committed suicide here over the course of a single year.

"'We're not really open to conversation about suicide,' Owens said. 'It's kind of like a private matter, a sensitive topic...." Read the entire article.


Caught in the Crossfire: U.S.-Mexico Border
Militarization Threatens Way of Life for Native Tribe

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F.O.C.U.S. Announces 2014 Wisdom Keeper

F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse Announces Oren Lyons as the 2014 Wisdom Keeper Recipient

"F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, Inc. is honored to announce the 2014 F.O.C.U.S. Wisdom Keeper Award will be presented to Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs-Haudenosaunee. Throughout his 83 years, Lyons has committed a lifetime to leaving a better world for future generations; sharing the values and teachings he has received from his elders and the Earth." Read the entire article.


Lakota vow: 'dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline'

by Camila Ibanez
"On February 27, Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists joined in a four-directions walk to commemorate Liberation Day, an event to mark the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. As they do each year, four groups gather to the north, south, east and west and then walk eight miles until converging on top of Wounded Knee, where they honor the fallen warriors and the tribe's rich history of resistance." Read the entire article


U.S.-Mexico experiment aims to resurrect the Colorado River delta

By Cindy Carcamo
"LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - The mighty Colorado River, which over millenniums has carved the Grand Canyon, does an unusual thing when it gets south of the Arizona-Mexico border. It dies.

"The Morelos Dam - sitting on the international boundary - serves as its headstone..." Read the entire article..



by Dan Bacher
"Hundreds of Indigenous Peoples from the state and throughout the country gathered with a crowd of over 4000 people at the State Capitol in Sacramento on March 15 to send a clear message to Governor Brown: ban fracking, an environmentally destructive oil extraction practice that pollutes groundwater, rivers and the oceans." Read the enitre article.


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