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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 050, June 2015


Message to President Obama from Lakota youth

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The residential schools are history. The backlash is just getting started.

By Andrew Mitrovica | Jun 5, 2015 4:29 pm |
"Lots of Canadians still don't want to accept the ugly truth about the residential schools -- that this country kidnapped thousands of aboriginal kids from their homes and families, dressed them up like dolls and stuffed them into 'schools' where an alien way of life was violently forced upon them. The process destroyed countless children emotionally, spiritually and physically -- children we claimed to be 'helping'..." Read the entire Article.


Idaho Statesman: Salmon swim in the Owyhee River after 87 years, and the Shoshone Paiute relearn traditions

June 4, 2015

"Salmon are swimming in the Owyhee River for the first time since 1928, and Shoshone Paiute tribal fishermen are catching them in Nevada.

"The historic event, engineered in part by Buster Gibson, the vice chairman of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes Business Council, restores for now the spring chinook salmon that migrated into Nevada for centuries before dams cut them off from the Pacific. Working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and federal fisheries officials, the tribe placed 199 salmon collected in a trap below Hells Canyon Dam and held temporarily at the Rapid River Hatchery near Riggins..." Read the entire article.


An Inclusive Summer Reading 2015 List for Kids and Young Adults

"Early in 2015, Edith Campbell invited a handful of colleagues who share a passion for children, literacy, and diversity to work with her on a Summer Reading list. She invited us to suggest titles we had read and wanted to recommend. As conversations took place, the focus of the list became clear.

"Books we recommend are ones written or illustrated by Native Americans or writers/illustrators of color. We want readers to become familiar with the names on the list and their creative work. As you'll see, not all the books are stories about Native Americans or People of Color, and some are ones in which characters are LGBTQIA or disabled..." Read the entire article.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Victory with Mohawk land claim in Canada
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015

Tsikaristisere/Dundee Return a Victory for all of Akwesasne
by Doug George-Kanentiio

"I recall my uncle, the late Angus George-Sohahiio, talking about the lost area of Dundee and how he believed the Mohawk people had that area of Akwesasne stolen from them but the actual proof demanded by the Canadian government was hard to find..." Read the entire article.


On the Inka Road: Conserving an Incensario

This ceramic (NMAI 20/6313) is one of approximately 150 objects within the exhibition The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, opening at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington on Friday, June 26. This object, called an incensario, is from the Tiwanaku culture in the Katari Valley of Bolivia and dates to AD 600 to 900.

"Incensarios are incense burners or lamps, often associated with mortuary practices. Tiwanaku incensarios are characterized by their hyperboloid shape; scalloped rim; zoomorphic head and tail depicting a feline, condor, or llama; and elaborate design motifs, which portray geometric designs, feline faces, condors, and other beings of symbolic significance..."

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by Agnes Portalewska
May 26, 2015

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"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.

"The Indigenous Caucus of the Americas at the Organization of American States (OAS) has withdrawn from negotiations on the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a process that has been going on for over 17 years. The most recent negotiations took place May 13 to 15, 2015 in Washington, DC at the eighteenth meeting of the Working Group to Prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples...." Read the entire Article.


HAWAII Mauna Kea Warriors Resisting Renewed Construction Threat to Sacred Mountain


Media Contacts:
Kamahana Kealoha

"Aloha mai kākou,
"Sacred Mauna Kea Hui would like to respond to the TMT's press release sent to local news media earlier tonight, June 20th 2015: 'SMKH reaffirms strongly, proudly and with all aloha our commitment to reinforce the blockade and continue to pursue legal routes while being forced to protect the Mauna with our bodies..." Read the entire Article.


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