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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 051, July 2015

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Article Index

Tribal Canoe Journey 2015
Sioux chief explains why tribes want Devils Tower name change
DNA Confirms Kennewick Man's Genetic Ties To Native Americans
The PEN Ten with Joy Harjo
Black Hills Sacred Peak Could Keep Murderer's Name
A Thousand Voices
Kenji Kawano: 40 Years with the Navajo
Not Your Mascot
Can DNA determine who is American Indian?

  

Tribal Canoe Journey 2015

"Canoes will fill the shores at Powell River on July 17-19 as Sliammon First Nation hosts paddlers from around the Salish Sea coast.

"With the theme Honouring Our Youth-Our Chu'-Chuy, the Sliammon event will include songs, dancing, feasts, and traditional ceremonies that honour Coast Salish ancestors and the children of our future...." Read the entire article.

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Sioux chief explains why tribes want Devils Tower name change

July 12, 2015 7:00 am - By Laura Hancock For the Gazette
"DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT - Chief Arvol Looking Horse travels here, to this formation of igneous rock that juts nearly 900 feet into the sky, to pray.

"He prays for peace and harmony. He prays for people to reverse their mistreatment against Mother Earth. He prays for future generations.

"But before the spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Great Sioux Nation can focus on prayer, he must first pass through the national monument's entrance gate, where park rangers welcome him to Devils Tower. They offer him a map of Devils Tower. In the car, he glances at signs pointing to Devils Tower...." Read the entire article.

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DNA Confirms Kennewick Man's Genetic Ties To Native Americans

"New genetic evidence suggests that Kennewick Man, an 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Washington state, is related to members of a nearby Native American tribe.

"The DNA may help resolve a long-running scientific mystery, while at the same time reigniting a debate over who should have custody of the remains..." Read the entire article.

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The PEN Ten with Joy Harjo

By: Natalie Diaz
Published on July 14, 2015

"The PEN Ten is PEN America's weekly interview series. This week, guest editor Natalie Diaz talks to poet and musician Joy Harjo. A member of the Mvskoke Creek Nation, Harjo lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has published seven books of poetry, including How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and the memoir Crazy



Brave, a recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. Her newest collection of poetry, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, will be published by W.W. Norton in Fall 2015, and she is working on her next memoir. Harjo's writing awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She performs with her saxophone solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics, and tours her one-woman show. Currently, she has a commission from The Public Theater of New York to write her musical play, We Were There When Jazz Was Invented, a musical that will restore southeastern natives to the American story of blues and jazz...." Read the entire article.

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Black Hills Sacred Peak Could Keep Murderer's Name

ICTMN Staff | 7/14/15

"The Board on Geographic Names had before recommended that Harney Peak, located in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota, be changed to Hinhan Kaga, what the Lakota Sioux have always called it, but the board is now recommending the name stay the same.

"Hinhan Kaga, means 'Making of Owls,' but those opposed to the name change say it is difficult to pronounce, and may be confusing to tourists, according to KDLT News. Among them were Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Helper and Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen, who both submitted letters to the state board opposing the Lakota Sioux name...." Read the entire article.

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A Thousand Voices

Click the image above to view a trailer for the documentary "A Thousand Voices: Native Women Correct History, Reclaim Their Power". To read an article about the documentary in Indian Country Click Here.

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Kenji Kawano: 40 Years with the Navajo

By Monica Almeida Jun. 25, 2015

"Kenji Kawano is perhaps best known for his photographs of the Navajo code talkers recruited by the Marines to communicate military orders in their own language in World War II, baffling the Japanese. Around 400 young men, who had never been away from the reservation, served in some of the bloodiest battles in the South Pacific and are credited with helping win the battle of Iwo Jima...." Read the article and view the photographs.

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Not Your Mascot

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Can DNA determine who is American Indian?

"There is talk in Indian country about how DNA can decide tribal enrollment and prove American Indian ancestry. Some of this is coming from DNA testing companies anxious to sell costly services to tribes. Self-determined tribes struggling to control identities and resources must make decisions about the risks and benefits of DNA testing. Some tribal decision-makers display healthy skepticism as they talk about the complicated nature of identity, family, and community. Biological connection is not the sole important factor in determining who belongs. Cultural knowledge and connection to a land base are also valued. Many Indian people are also concerned about loss of privacy and control if outsiders hold biological samples. Other tribal decision-makers have expressed interest in DNA testing and still others need more information.

DO NOT RELY ON DNA TESTING COMPANIES FOR INFORMATION..." Read the entire article.

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