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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 048, April 2015


September Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts Forum Postponed Until Next Spring

The Forum was originally scheduled for September 25-27, 2015 at the Six Nations Polytechnic. The World Indoor Box Lacrosse Championship is being hosted by the Onondaga Nation September 17-27. The demands of that event seem to have overtaken many involved in planning the Fourm. The hosts originally thought that September would work, but now everyone involved feels postponing is the most appropriate direction to take.

There will be 14 countries from around the world in attendance at the games (yes, the United States is invited). This is obviously a big event for Onondaga as a host nation, but also for the entire Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Please take a moment to visit the tournament website (http://wilc2015.com) and to watch the 3 minute video to learn about what's coming to Onondaga.

The upside of finding new dates for the Forum probably sometime next spring is that we will have the focus and energy of all the people from the Confederacy, including Oren Lyons, for whom the Ancient Voices Forum is a high priority and a personal project. He will be there front and center.

The theme of this Forum is too important not to be done correctly and at the right time. The Institute staff asks for your understanding.

We apologize if this action causes you any inconvenience. Please contact Eric eric@twocircles.org or 406-587-1002 if you have any questions or concerns.


In the Midst of New Dimensions: Native Wisdom in Dialogue

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In the Midst of New Dimensions: Native Wisdom in Dialogue is the eighth in a series of a ten-year commitment on the part of Ghost Ranch to Earth-Honoring Faith: A Song of Songs. The goal of the series is to construct justice-centered, Earth-Honoring Christianities that promote interfaith efforts on common earth issues. Click here for more information on the Ghost Ranch website. Click here to register on line.


Standing on Sacred Ground

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The PBS World Channel will nationally broadcast
each episode Sundays at 9 pm ET beginning May 17.
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On Wednesday, Arpil 8, 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed a gathering at the White House focused on creating opportunity for Native American youth. The full speech posted by the White House can be read by clicking here. The following is excerpted from the First Lady's remarks:

"You see, we need to be very clear about where the challenges in this community first started.

"Folks in Indian Country didn't just wake up one day with addiction problems. Poverty and violence didn't just randomly happen to this community. These issues are the result of a long history of systematic discrimination and abuse.

"Let me offer just a few examples from our past, starting with how, back in 1830, we passed a law removing Native Americans from their homes and forcibly re-locating them to barren lands out west. The Trail of Tears was part of this process. Then we began separating children from their families and sending them to boarding schools designed to strip them of all traces of their culture, language and history. And then our government started issuing what were known as 'Civilization Regulations' - regulations that outlawed Indian religions, ceremonies and practices - so we literally made their culture illegal.

"And these are just a few examples. I could continue on like this for hours.

"So given this history, we shouldn't be surprised at the challenges that kids in Indian Country are facing today. And we should never forget that we played a role in this. Make no mistake about it - we own this.

"And we can't just invest a million here and a million there, or come up with some five year or ten-year plan and think we're going to make a real impact. This is truly about nation-building, and it will require fresh thinking and a massive infusion of resources over generations. That's right, not just years, but generations."


Alaska Native storytelling event embraces technology as 'new tool'
Jerzy Shedlock
April 11, 2015

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"While the speakers at an annual Alaska Native storytelling event on Saturday stuck with traditional forms of oration, the added category of 'new media' offered glimpses of change in their cultural expression.

"'I think every village, city and town has a few elders... If you don't find too many elders, learn what you can, listen deeply and become the elder that your community needs,' said keynote speaker Ishmael Angaluuk Hope..." Click Here to read the entire article.


In Praise of the Mighty Native Woman
Ruth Hopkins | 3/22/15

"Native women, with their indomitable spirits and ability to create miracles through sheer force of will, are absolutely the reason why the indigenous people of the Western hemisphere managed to survive genocide, against all odds. It is we who birth and nourish all Red Nations.

"March is Women's History Month. While everyone is singing the praises of Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, or Eleanor Roosevelt (and rightfully so), I lament over the lack of information available to the public about remarkable Native women. Google it. You'll be hard pressed to find a list of one hundred famous Native women. In reality, there are scores more worthy of mention, throughout history and living today..."Read the entire article.


March 31, 2015
Three Women, Three Artists, Three Paths toward One Goal: To Keep Their Culture Alive

"To celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day, March 8, the National Museum of the American Indian hosted the public program Native Women Artists: Creativity & Continuity. Visitors had the opportunity to meet three unique Native women artists and hear their stories.Delores Elizabeth Churchill (Haida), Pat Courtney Gold (Warm Springs Wasco), and Ronni-Leigh Goeman (Onondaga) discussed their explorations and journeys as indigenous artists, while also demonstrating their artistry. The more everyone talked, the more I realized how much I have to learn about Native culture. From Alaska to New York, weaving is not just a talent, but it is also a way of passing culture and history to generations to come. " Click Here to read the entire article.


Heiltsuk Nation's traditional herring harvest makes sustainable sense
VANCOUVER - The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Apr. 05 2015, 11:01 PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Apr. 06 2015, 7:44 AM EDT

"When the Supreme Court of Canada looked at a case involving two Heiltsuk First Nation men who were charged with illegally trying to sell herring eggs, the documents examined included an entry in Alexander Mackenzie's journal.

"'The Indians who had caused us so much alarm, we now discovered to be inhabitants of the islands, and traders in various articles, such as cedar-bark, prepared to be wove into mats, fish-spawn, copper, iron and beads, the latter which they get on their coast,' he wrote in 1793, shortly after reaching the Pacific on his epic overland trek across Canada." Click here to read the entire article.



"BROWNING, MONTANA - On Wednesday, the Blackfeet Nation and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) will announce a national campaign to cancel remaining oil and gas leases within the Badger-Two Medicine-165,588 acres of almost entirely unroaded expanse of mountains, ridges, river valleys and wetlands along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front." Read the entire article.


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