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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 038, May 2014

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Time to end the 'constant inequity' practiced against Native Americans (You letters)

Onondaga Nation Chief Sidney Hill, left, and Faithkeeper Oren Lyons hold up the historic wampum belt commissioned by George Washington to mark the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua. The two were at the Friends Meeting House in Washington, D.C., where the Onondaga Nation held a news conference on Tuesday, April 15 to discuss the filing of a petition with an international panel, claiming the U.S. violated the Onondaga Nation's human rights by taking its land and refusing to honor the treaty commemorated by the wampum belt. The peace treaty guaranteed the Six Nations of the Iroquois the free use and enjoyment of their land. (Mark Weiner | mweiner@syracuse.com) Read the letter to the editor and comments.

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The fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day was held on April 22, 2014. The Dialogue discussed key characteristics of a new, non-anthropocentric paradigm and further identified strategies on how the society subsequently would need to function consistent with this paradigm.

Click here to read the presentation to the Assembly by Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Onondaga Snipe Clan, founder of the American Indian Law Alliance.

When Cowboys and Indians unite - Inside the unlikely alliance that is remaking the climate movement


Tribal leaders gather at Reject and Protect in Washington, D.C., last week. (WNV / Kristin Moe)

By Kristin Moe May 2, 2014

"It began with a dream and a memory.

"Faith Spotted Eagle slept. In her sleep, she saw her grandmother lying on a table, wrapped in a blanket with her white braids on her chest.

"Her sister appeared. 'What's going on?' Spotted Eagle asked.

"'I don't know. They told us to come.'

"A door opened; a room full of people, ancestors, stared silently. She felt in their stares a sadness, but also a strength. Another door opened to another room with the same scene. She knew that if she were to keep opening doors, all the rooms in the house would be filled with those watchful, silent ancestors...." Read the entire article.

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Chippewa and Haudenosaunee Concerned about Enbridge Pipeline Reversal

by Elliot Setzer on April 23, 2014

"Earlier this month, the Chippewas of the Thames filed for leave in order to appeal the National Energy Board's (NEB) approval of Enbridge's controversial Line 9 pipeline project in southern Ontario and Quebec.

"The NEB decision came just one month after the Crown accepted Enbridge's proposal to reverse and increase flow on Line 9 between Sarnia, Ontario and Montreal.... " Read the entire article.

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Banning alcohol in Alaska villages doesn't reduce suicide, but more jobs might

By KYLE HOPKINS

"Banning alcohol in Alaska's most isolated and cash-poor villages has failed to reduce suicide rates among the young Alaska Native men who live there, new research says.

"A study to be published in the American Journal of Public Health concludes that Alaska

Natives are statistically less likely to kill themselves if they live in villages with prominent traditional elders, a high number of married couples and access to jobs...." Read the entire article.

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