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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 046, January 2015


Announcing the seventh in the series of
Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts Forums

Place: Six Nations Grand River Territory, Ontario, Canada
Dates: September 25-27, 2015
Theme: Re-Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain:
             Building Relationships for the good of the Earth

The 400-year-old Treaty of Friendship between the
Haudenosaunee and the Colonists

A major theme for this Forum is Reaching Consensus on Commitments to Action. During the previous six Forums we have talked about problems and needs. Now, we will create plans to act. Participants will implement Six Nations-like protocols for consensus-based decision-making to create action plans to foment change.... change in ourselves, our families, our communities, national change, global change, and change in the way the Earth is treated.

To read more about Re-Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain, click here to download a description. To reserve a place at this forum, Click Here to register or call 406-587-1002 or email Eric Noyes, eric@twocircles.org. This Forum is limited to 60 participants so if you're planning to attend, please act now.


Trickster Gallery to Open "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness" Exhibition

Blessing from the Medicine Man, Howard Terpning®, 2011
© Howard Terpning Courtesy of The Greenwich Workshop, Inc.

Exhibition Opens - January 25, 2015

SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS- "The long awaited traveling exhibit designed and curated by the National Library of Medicine 'Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness' will be at the Trickster Art Gallery the only Native owned and operated art institution in Illinois on January 25th at 1 pm to 4 pm.

"Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Visitors will discover how Native concepts of health and illness are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land..." Read the entire article.


11 Ways Indigenous Rights Won in 2014

by John Ahni Schertow
January 1, 2015

"The story of Indigenous Rights is often a tale of tragedy and loss. Even with the exponential growth of the Indigenous Peoples movement over the past ten years, Nation States around the world are carrying out legislative and judicial offenses like never before. Corporations, meanwhile, continue to receive the right of way to Indigenous lands causing dozens if not hundreds of social, political, cultural, economic and environmental catastrophes that won't be soon forgotten. Fortunately, despite the many losses to Indigenous Peoples, lands and rights that we witnessed in 2014, there were a lot of great victories and successes too."

"In January 2014, the Dongria Kondh Peoples of India's Odisha State celebrated a huge victory after India's authorities cancelled Vedanta Resources' proposed bauxite mine. Thanks to the steadfast Dongria Kondh, who were joined by an impressive amount of international support, India's Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the Kondh had the power to decide the fate of the project. After strongly rejecting what Vedanta was selling--in what is often referred to as the country's first 'environmental referendum'--India made good on its word by tossing Vedanta's proposed mine in the trash bin..." Read the entire article.

Click to watch the interview

American Indians Confront "Savage Anxieties"

BillMoyers.com PRO Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM Earlier this month, as part of the $585 billion defense bill for 2015, Congress passed a measure that would give lands sacred to American Indians in Arizona to a foreign company. This week, Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr., a professor specializing in American Indian law, about how such deals are a part of American Indian's tragic history of dispossession. Click the image to watch the interview.


Cherokee Nation to Disperse Rare, Traditional Seeds
by Native News Online Staff

Traditional corn seed

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA- "The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing seeds on February 1 from its limited supply of heirloom seed bank inventory to tribal citizens interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops and plants..." Read the entire article


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