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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 047, February 2015


at 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.


Note: Phillip Deere, Muskogee-Creek, attended the first gathering of the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth in 1977 at the headwaters of the Missouri River in Montana and was a guiding force in the developmentof that Circle and the American Indian Institute.

'Majority Can Be Wrong,' A Conversation with Phillip Deere, Muskogee-Creek Elder

"I don't believe in majority. Majority can be mistaken."

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

"In this rare interview, Muskogee-Creek elder Phillip Deere describes the return to ancestral ways and traditional spiritual ways. Deere describes how tribal councils often result in disagreements, while the ancestral government has the true teachings. He said the tribal councils were created by white men, the white government.

"Deere, spiritual adviser to the American Indian Movement, describes the contentment when one turns to the ancient spiritual ways. Deere, born in 1929, passed to the Spirit World in 1985. He was among those in the delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland..." Read the entire article. View the interview on YouTube.


Is This Drawing a Self-Portrait of Crazy Horse?

Henry Adams  1/19/15

"More than a century after he died, the Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, who famously fought Lieutenant Colonel Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn, is thought of as transcendent force -- attuned to the universe in a special way -- though he's often commemorated in ways that are somewhat odd. He's the subject, for example, of a gargantuan (and controversial) mountain-top sculpture in South Dakota which -- if ever finished -- will be bigger than Mount Rushmore. And his name is the inspiration for a strip joint in Montmartre that has billed itself as 'the most sophisticated cabaret in Paris.'..." Read the entire article.


Heights school to be named after Crow historian, veteran

Click to watch the interview

January 20, 2015 8:20 pm ­ By Derek Brouwer

"The new middle school to be constructed in the Billings Heights will be named in honor of the Crow war chief Joseph Medicine Crow.

"Medicine Crow Middle School was selected from four options by the School District 2 Board of Trustees on Tuesday after hearing contentious public testimony from Heights residents...." Read the entire article.


OPG, Moose Cree First Nation mark milestone at new hydro project
OPG redevelops old generating stations north of Kapuskasing in partnership with Moose Cree First Nation
CBC News Posted: Jan 20, 2015 4:17 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015 3:53 PM ET

The $2.6 billion Lower Mattagami Project involved redeveloping four of OPG's existing hydro stations on the Mattagami River. (OPG/Supplied)

"A major hydro project hailed as a new way to do business with First Nations is now at full production.

"The Lower Mattagami project is the largest hydro build in the north in more than 50 years -- and it's a partnership with the Moose Cree First Nation.

"The $2.6 billion project is a redevelopment of a series of old generating stations about 70 kilometres north of Kapuskasing...." Read the entire article


Recovered and Restored: 'Ramona,' Silent Movie by Chickasaw Filmmaker

Angela Aleiss ¦ 3/27/14

"The recently restored 1928 version of Ramona had its world premiere on March 29 in Los Angeles. Based on a weepy, once-popular novel by Helen Hunt Jackson, Ramona tells the story of a mixed-race (Scottish and American Indian) girl who is raised by a Mexican family and suffers racial discrimination. The 1928 film version features internationally acclaimed Mexican actress Dolores Del Rio in the title role and non-Native actor Warner Baxter as her ill-fated Indian husband Alessandro..." Read the entire article.


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