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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 044, November 2014


Alaska's indigenous game Never Alone teaches co-operation through stories

Never Alone is the first game developed with an indigenous community, using traditional native stories in a beautiful and compelling educational game.

"Kids these days, eh? They're lazy and devoid of imagination. They take no interest in learning, have short attention spans and maintain zero respect for their elders. All they do is play video games which encourage aggression, antisocial behaviour and obesity." Read the entire article.


Last of the Crow war chiefs turns 101 in Montana

Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow was trained in the old warrior traditions, which he took with him into WWII.
October 27, 2014 5:00AM ET
by Mary Hudetz @marymhudetz

"CROW AGENCY, Mont. - The last Crow war chief entered the log-cabin trading post at the edge of the Little Bighorn Battlefield just after noon on a Sunday, supported by his son on his left and a cane held firmly in his right hand.

"Often, at tribal events such as powwows, he'll swing his cane overhead in celebration. But on this October afternoon, with wind sweeping across the stretch of southern Montana that's home to the Crows, the cane simply supported the centenarian - Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow in English or High Bird, his traditional name, in Crow." Read the entire article.


A New Frontier for Fracking:
Drilling Near the Arctic Circle

Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments.
by Ed Struzik

"Among the dozens of rivers that flow unfettered through the Canadian North, the Natla and the Keele may be the most picturesque and culturally important. They are especially significant to the Dene people of the Sahtu region, which straddles the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories. Both of the rivers flow crystal clear out of the Mackenzie Mountains along the Yukon/Northwest Territories border before coming together in their final course to the Mackenzie River." Read the entire article.


For First Nations, salmon is life

After oil pipeline executives questioned how much First Nations depend on salmon, leaders decided to show them

Sarah Petrescu / Times Colonist
October 26, 2014 05:24 AM

"When interim B.C. Green Party Leader Adam Olsen saw a pipeline company asking the Kwantlen First Nation about how much B.C. aboriginals catch and use local fish, he decided to take action.

"'First, I sent them a picture of my brother smoking fish outside,' said Olsen, who is from the Tsartlip First Nation. He will make a presentation at the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project hearings as an intervener in November, speaking about aboriginal territories.

"Kinder Morgan, which operates the pipeline, wants to twin its 1,150-kilometre line from Alberta to Burnaby, increasing oil capacity to 890,000 barrels per day from 300,000. This could increase the number of tankers moving through the Strait of Georgia, Juan de Fuca Strait and Salish Sea to 34 ships a month from five." Read the entire article.


Imperial Metals Injunction Against Klabona Keepers Red Chris Blockade Fails in Court

OCTOBER 8, 2014--Today was a historic day for Indigenous Nations and Peoples connected by the water, the salmon, the moose and by inherent right, responsibility and jurisdiction in their territories and homelands. Imperial Metals, on short leave, applied for an interlocutory injunction and enforcement order against the Klabona Keepers Red Chris mine blockade and sacred fire lit on September 29th 2014. In a historic move, Justice Grauer did not grant the interlocutory injunction or the enforcement order. Read the entire article.


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: An Indigenous Peoples''
History of the United States (2/3)


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