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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 051, August 2015

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Article Index

Parlaiment of the World's Religions 2015
Anishinaabe Water Walkers
Five Ways Pope Francis Can Overcome...
Historic treaty signed in Banff
Renaissance on the bayou
Tribes preparing for climate change
Tribal Conservationists
Pit River Tribe Wins Appeal
Intergenerational grief on Cheyenne River Indian Reservation

  

The American Indian Institute, in collaboration with Pull Together Now and with the help of numerous volunteers, is assisting an intercontinental Indigenous delegation to attend the Parliament of the World's Religions this October in Salt Lake City. Many of the Indigenous leaders whom you've met at Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts Forums will play crucial roles at the Parliament. This will be a gathering unlike any other in the 122-year history of the Parliament. Indigenous spiritual leaders will help open and close the Parliament. Oren Lyons will talk about the Doctrine Of Discovery. The entire delegation will participate in The First Inaugural Women's Assembly and Program Initiative for Global Advancement. At least 10,000 participants from 80 countries and 50 faith traditions are expected to attend.

If you would like to attend this Parliament, Click Here to go to the registration page. If you would like to help pay the travel, food and houseing expenses for our Indigenous delegates, Click Here.

To download a list of the delegates we will be taking to the Parliament Click Here.

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ANISHINAABE WATER WALKERS SET TO JOURNEY FROM EAGLE LAKE TO SHOAL LAKE, TREATY 3

WINNIPEG, MB - "On August 3, Anishinaabe walkers and their allies will begin walking on the eastern edge of Treaty 3 territory at Eagle Lake First Nation and proceeding along Transcanada's proposed Energy East pipeline to Shoal Lake, Ontario.

TransCanada Inc. is proposing to push 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen (tarsands oil) from Hardisty, Alberta to St. John, New Brunswick, adding up to 32 million tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere per year. Converting a 40 year-old natural gas pipeline in Manitoba and northwestern Ontario, Energy East presents inevitable risk of breaks, leaks, and explosions. The 5-day walk is planned by the Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence (GIWD) to draw attention to the threat this project poses to the water and mobilize people in surrounding Anishinaabe communities...." Read the entire article.

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Five Ways Pope Francis Can Overcome
the Irony that Threatens Laudato Si'

"With his U.S. visit approaching, Pope Francis must be praying for guidance on how to respond to the growing demand for official withdrawal of three papal bulls-legal instructions from 15th century popes-that migrated into U.S. law after the American Revolution. Known as the Doctrine of Discovery, these instructions authorized European 'discoverers' to seize the lands and subjugate the peoples found in the Americas and use their labor to extract riches for the wealthy. It set up the very problems that Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si' aims to solve. Here are my five suggestions for him, with a little background first...." Read the entire article.

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Historic treaty signed among 10 First Nations and tribes in Banff

"Since the founding of Canada, the common practice is for treaties to be signed between First Nations and the federal government, but that wasn't always the case.

"On Thursday, First Nations from both sides of the Canada-U.S. border gathered in Banff to welcome the Stoney Nakoda and the Samson Cree as signatories to a treaty that harkens back to a time when these kinds of agreements were more common...." Read the entire article.

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Renaissance on the bayou: the revival of a lost language

"In the summer of 1930, at the dawn of the Great Depression, a 21-year-old linguist named Morris Swadesh set out for Louisiana to record the area's Native American languages, which were disappearing rapidly.

"Morris and his peers were in a race against time to document them, and in the small town of Charenton on the Bayou Teche, he encountered Benjamin Paul and Delphine Ducloux, members of a small tribe called Chitimacha - and the last two speakers of their language.

"But today, if you visited the Chitimacha reservation, you'd never know that their language went unspoken for half a century...." Read the entire article.

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Tribes preparing for climate change impact on First Foods

By GEORGE PLAVEN
The Associated Press

"ELGIN, Ore. (AP) - Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change.

"The tribes have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to study climate change in the Pacific Northwest and come up with an action plan to protect the reservation's natural resources, including traditional First Foods...." Read the entire article.

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"Although millions are being spent by conservation organizations every day, the environment is in deepening crisis. Current conservation practices often decrease biodiversity, encourage destructive development projects, and result in mounting human rights abuses. It's time to wake up and realize that there is another, better way...." Read the entire article.

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PIT RIVER TRIBE WINS APPEAL AGAINST CALPINE OVER MEDICINE LAKE

"SACRAMENTO- For approximately 10,000 years members of the Pit River Tribe have used Medicine Lake and surrounding highlands for religious activities such as vision quests, prayers, life cycle ceremonies, traditional shamanic practices, collection of traditional foods and medicine, and spiritual renewal. These practices were all included in a lawsuit in which four other tribal groups challenged the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) continuation of 26 geothermal leases for up to 40 years. On July 20, a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed the earlier decision by District Judge John A. Mendez in Sacramento, blocking an appeal process, and sent the case back to him with directions to proceed with the litigation by the tribe...." Read the entire article.

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Intergenerational grief on Cheyenne River Indian Reservation

"EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. Candace Ducheneaux, a Lakota Indian with gray-streaked hair and a blunt, feisty spirit, sat down to a metal picnic table at a playground in this dusty, rundown town, one of America's poorest - the tribal headquarters of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

'I was born down under the water there, under the Missouri River Bridge,' said the 66-year-old Ducheneaux.

'A little after, in 1958, was when they flooded our land'..." Read the entire article.

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