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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 049, May 2015


10-Year-Old Gets Mission Song Stricken from California School District Curriculum
Alysa Landry | 5/20/15

"A 10-year-old Wukchumni boy is changing the way one California school district teaches Native history.

"Alex Fierro, a fourth-grader in the Visalia Unified School District, was uncomfortable with a song he was learning in the music program. The song, called 'Twenty-One Missions,' references a difficult chapter in the history of California's coast...." Read the Entire Article.


Why Native Moms Will Rule the World: Happy Mother's Day
Gyasi Ross

"It seemed as if the spiritual and social tapestry they had created for centuries was unraveling. Everything lost that sacred balance. And ever since, we have been striving to return to the harmony we once had. It has been a difficult task. The odds against us have been formidable. But despite everything that has happened to us, we have never given up and will never give up."

Wilma Mankiller

Mankiller: A Chief and Her People

Native mothers simply don't give up. They can't give up; not in their DNA.
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by Rucha Chitnis
May 15, 2015

"'You've been trying to instruct Indians to be capitalists ever since you got here. But we don't value what you value.' This quote of Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, a respected Native American elder, in the film series Standing on Sacred Ground, sums up an indigenous worldview in sharp contrast with the modern paradigm of profiting from the Earth.

"Standing on Sacred Ground is a four-part film series, debuting on The PBS World Channel on May 17, which maps the courage, heartbreaking pain, and philosophies of eight indigenous cultures in seven countries beset with the development ideologies of an industrial world, where mines and fossil fuel extraction are destructive to traditional spirituality and way of life. The films illustrate how a sacred connection to land kindles a deep reverence for the natural world-springs, rivers, mountains, totemic animals and forests, and where this relationship with nature weaves a rich and complex tapestry of culture that is predicated on its health and abundance. Destruction of nature can lead to cultural annihilation -- a fact that's often hard to digest for an urbanized and industrialized mind..." Read the Entire Article.


Lakota Sioux Tribe Invokes 'Bad Men' Treaty Clause Over Keystone Pipeline - Demands Feds Remove TransCanada

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(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) -- Lower Brule, Lower Brule Indian Reservation, South Dakota -- "The Oceti Sakowin, or Great Sioux Nation as it known in English, pressed on in its fight against the Keystone Pipeline this week. In a press release dated April 29, 2015, the Lower Brule Lakota Sioux Tribe of South Dakota invoked a clause from the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 wherein the U.S. Government agreed to 'proceed at once to cause the offender to be arrested and punished according to the laws of the United States.' The accused 'offender' in this case: foreign tar sands pipeline company TransCanada..." Read the Entire Article.


A Feast Worth Fighting For: Inuit Appeal Approval of Seismic Testing at Federal Court

Kristin Butler | 4/20/15

"At lunchtime on April 20, as a symbol of their sustenance that's at stake and as a show of Inuit values of sharing and community, Clyde River Mayor Jerry Natanine will pass around whale and seal meat and Arctic Char to protesters rallying on the steps of Canada's Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto..." Read the Entire Article.


Nunavut elder protests fishing derbies as against Inuit values
Jackie Iguptak says it is not Inuit tradition to harvest animals to compete for prize money
CBC News Posted: May 21, 2015 4:58 AM CT Last Updated: May 21, 2015 4:58 AM CT

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Jackie Iguptak held a sign reading 'Fishing derby is not Inuit game sport. Shame on Nunavut' where people were lining up to have their fish measured in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. (Facebook)

"An elder in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, held a one-man protest against fishing derbies in the territory on Tuesday, saying they are contrary to traditional Inuit values.

"Jackie Iguptak held a sign reading "Fishing derby is not Inuit game sport. Shame on Nunavut" where people were lining up to have their fish measured..." Read the Entire Article.

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VIDEO: MTV Releases New Episode of 'Rebel Music: Native America,' Highlighting Native Lives Matter, #MMIW
Simon Moya-Smith | 5/7/15

"MTV released a second episode of "Rebel Music: Native America" on Thursday, narrowing in on the Native Lives Matter movement as well as the campaign to raise awareness of the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

"Creator Nusrat Durrani referred to the episode as the 'true, awe-inspiring story of Frank Waln, Inez Jasper, Mike Cliff, Nataani Means and other indigenous youth.' He added that the 30-minute-long show demonstrates how Native Americans today are 'throwing off the shackles of the past and fighting to reinvent their future.

"He says it is not Inuit tradition to harvest animals for prize money..." Read the Entire Article.


Indigenous Women Still Discriminated Against by Their Governments

"Indigenous women demand that their countries reduce the inequality gaps and improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples.

"Racism and gender discrimination are intertwined in our societies. That is why Indigenous women represent the population that face some of the biggest hardships. This was pointed out by female leaders who are members of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA), Tuesday the 13th, at the 59th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, which ended on March 20 in New York..." Read the Entire Article.



left to right - Dr. William C. Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs; Erin Bailey, executive director of CNAY; Allison Binney, CNAY Board Member; Ryan Ward, senior program associate at CNAY; and Vance Home Gun, a 2013 Champion for Change for CNAY.

"The nation's largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care recognized the Aspen Institute's Center for Native American Youth."

WASHINGTON- "The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) has received the 2015 Casey Excellence for Children Award from Casey Family Programs. The award was presented last week on May 13, 2015 by Dr. William C. Bell, President and CEO of Casey Family Programs, at the foundation's Making Hope a Reality for Children and Families event. The event brought together over 100 leaders in child welfare and wellbeing across a number of sectors..." Read the Entire Article.


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