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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 052, September 2015

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Article Index

Parlaiment of the World's Religions 2015
Doctrin of Discovery Six Part Series
6 More Landmarks That Should Have Their Indigenous Names Restored
Ojibwe Harvest Wild Rice
America Will Never Call Native American Extermination 'Genocide'
Climate Change Could Put Tribes' Electric Systems at Risk
First Nations lead protest...
Alaska lawsuit over Native language voting rights settled

  

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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A six-part series of articles on the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery

Click the title to read the article.

Part 1 - Intergenerational grief on Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
Part 2 - Boarding schools: A black hole of Native American history
Part 3 - Limited housing, poor economy plagues reservation
Part 4 - 'Reeling from the impact' of historical trauma
Part 5 - Disastrous doctrine had papal roots
Part 6 - Doctrine of Discovery: A scandal in plain sight

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6 More Landmarks That Should Have Their Indigenous Names Restored
Admittedly, some of them might be a bit harder to pronounce than "Denali."

"President Barack Obama restored the Athabascan name, Denali, to the highest peak in North America on Sunday. The name, which means 'High One' or 'Great One,' replaces that of former President William McKinley, who never even saw the place.

"But what if the president used his executive power to restore the indigenous names of other monuments, parks and places?

"Here are six places across the country ready to get the Denali treatment...." Read the entire article.

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Ojibwe Harvest Wild Rice on Ceded Land to Exert 1855 Treaty Rights

"AUGUST 27, 2015

"Unicorn Riot went to Hole In The Day Lake in Minnesota to talk to Anishinaabe-Ojibwe natives who were exerting their Treaty Rights and gathering wild rice off reservation...." Read the entire article.

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"Over the weekend, an article floating around on Facebook caught my eye.

"It appeared in Indian Country Today Media Network: A professor at Cal State Sacramento University allegedly told his class that he didn't like the term 'genocide' to describe what happened to Native Americans in the United States.

"A Native student stood up and disagreed. Then, according to the story, the professor dismissed class and disenrolled the Native woman from the course...." Read the entire article.

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Climate Change Could Put Tribes' Electric Systems at Risk

By Bobby Magill
"Heat waves, extreme storms, wildfire and other effects of climate change pose major threats to the electric power systems in Native American communities across the country, most significantly in the West and Southwest, according to a new U.S. Department of Energy report.

"'Tribes are among the communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,' Chris Deschene, director of the Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, said in a statement. 'Tribal lands, which are home to more than 1 million people, have a relatively high proportion of low-income residents, and tribes have limited resources to respond to climate-related impacts.'

Read the entire article.
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First Nations lead protest against pollution in Ontario's Chemical Valley

Click to download this poster

"Hundreds of climate activists marched in a 'Toxic Tour' through a bleak industrial landscape on the edge of Ontario that is a frontline in Canada's climate wars.

"They were gathered to support the tiny Aamjiwnaang First Nation, whose traditional territory lies near an area known as 'Chemical Valley' -- a 15 square-mile area in Sarnia, where over 40 per cent of Canada's chemical industry is based. Nearly 60 oil refineries and factories are crammed into an industrial strip overlooking the St. Clair River.

"Storage tanks and oil terminals just a stone's throw from Aamjiwnaang lands, and the skyline dominated by familiar company logos: Enbridge, TransAlta, Cabot, Suncor Energy Inc., Imperial Oil, among others...." Read the entire article.

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Alaska lawsuit over Native language voting rights settled
Official election pamphlet to include information in Gwich'in and up to six Yup'ik dialects

President Barack Obama recently changed the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, its traditional Alaska Native name. A settlement has been reached between the state of Alaska and plaintiffs who sued over the translation of voting materials into Gwich'in and Yup'ik dialects for voters with limited English proficiency. (Becky Bohrer/The Associated Press)

"A settlement has been reached between the state of Alaska and plaintiffs who sued over the translation of voting materials into Native languages for voters with limited English proficiency.

"The proposed settlement filed Tuesday calls for the Alaska lieutenant governor's office to hire a full-time employee to administer language assistance. Another significant provision in the agreement calls for the official state election pamphlet to include translations, plaintiffs' attorney Natalie Landreth with the Native American Rights Funds said Thursday...." Read the entire article.

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