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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 054, November 2015

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Article Index

Witness to Spirit Now Available
STOP THE PLAN TO FLOOD WINNEMEM WINTU SACRED LANDS
'False Solutions' Won't Save Mother Earth
AIMING TO REVITALIZE ITS LANGUAGE AND CULTURE...
Why Should We Keep Tribal Languages Alive?
TURN: Reclaiming American Indian Health
Anishinabe-Kwe in the House
Drilling proposed in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine
PM Trudeau tasks Bennett...

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Pre-Release Orders Now Accepted

The American Indian Institute founder Robert Staffanson's memoir, Witness to Spirit: My Life Among Cowboys, Mozart and Indians is now available.

The book is, "Exquisitely designed with over 50 of Bob's photographs; a foreword by Oren Lyons -- Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation and a Chief of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy -- Staffanson, co-founder of the Traditional Circle of Elders and Youth; and an introduction by Todd Wilkinson, co-author with Ted Turner of Last Stand, Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet."

To oder Witness to Spirit  from the American Indian Institute, Click Here.

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STOP THE PLAN TO FLOOD WINNEMEM WINTU SACRED LANDS

"Raising the height of Shasta Dam would drown most of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe's last remaining sacred sites and traditional homelands, decimate endangered salmon and violate the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by flooding the McCloud River. It is a criminal waste of taxpayer money, especially since cheaper, faster, state-of-the-art alternatives exist to ensure the state's long-term water supply. Reject the California Emergency Drought Relief Act and any other legislation that could authorize raising Shasta Dam...." Read the entire petition.

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'False Solutions' Won't Save Mother Earth: Tom Goldtooth on COP21

"In a lead-up to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) to be held in Paris-Le Bourget from November 30 through December 11, the Committee in Solidarity With the Indigenous People of the Americas (CSIA) organized a solidarity day, “Native People, Defenders of Mother Earth, the Environment and the Climate,” in Paris on October 10. Panelists included Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) director Tom Goldtooth; Heather Milton Lightening, Dennis Banks, Frank Waln, Nataanii Means and many others. Afterward Goldtooth shared his vision with Indian Country Today Media Network and discussed the most pressing issues, as well as future planned events. On October 30, Goldtooth received the Native activist Tom Goldtooth received the Gandhi Peace Award for his outstanding contributions to world peace...." Read the entire article.

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AIMING TO REVITALIZE ITS LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, THE CHICKASAW NATION ENLISTS ROSETTA STONE TO CREATE NEW LANGUAGE PROGRAM FOR ITS CITIZENS

By GlobeNewswire, November 05, 2015

"Groundbreaking Custom Solution Will Introduce More Than 60,000 Tribal Citizens to Their Native Language

"ARLINGTON, VA (November 5, 2015) - The Chickasaw Nation, the 12th largest federally recognized Indian tribe in the United States and headquartered in Ada, Oklahoma, has enlisted Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) to create a new customized program that will revitalize the Chickasaw language. This new educational tool is being developed exclusively for The Chickasaw Nation and will feature custom content enabling its more than 60,000 global citizens to be introduced to their heritage language. A total of 80 lessons will be jointly created by language leader Rosetta Stone and leaders from The Nation over the next two years, with the first 40 to be delivered in the fall of 2016..." Read the entire article.

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Why Should We Keep Tribal Languages Alive?

Sonny Skyhawk | 4/6/12

"I can't stress enough the importance of retaining our tribal languages, when it comes to the core relevance or existence of our people. Our languages can teach us many things through daily use. Language can teach us respect, for ourselves and each other, our elders, women and most importantly, the things that allowed us to exist. Our children deserve nothing less than to have inherited their own language. You could argue that when a tribe loses its language, it loses a piece of its inner-most being, a part of its soul or spirit. That is how important and meaningful our languages are to us as the original inhabitants of this hemisphere...." Read the entire article.

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TURN: Reclaiming American Indian Health

Disturbed by their community's declining health, Native American women reclaim ancient traditions leading toward better foodways and spiritual awakening. Click Here to watch the trailer.

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Anishinabe-Kwe in the House

Mary Annette Pember | 11/3/15

"Karen Diver, Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota, has just announced that she is stepping down from her long time position as tribal chairwoman and has accepted an appointment to serve at the White House as special assistant to President Barack Obama on Native American affairs...." Read the entire article.

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Drilling proposed in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine
Tribes and former federal officials fight to cancel energy leases on sacred land.

Jodi Peterson | Oct. 30, 2015 | Web Exclusive

"On the east side of Glacier National Park stands a 160,000-acre expanse of wild mountains, wetlands and meadows. Adjoining the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the Badger-Two Medicine area is central to the tribe's creation story and their Sun Dance, and home to grizzlies, wolves, wolverines and mountain goats.

"Thirty years ago, Solonex LLC leased 6,200 acres in this part of the Lewis and Clark National Forest - and now the Louisiana-based company is pushing to start oil and gas exploration..." Read the entire article.

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PM Trudeau tasks Bennett with leading renewal of relationship between Canada, Indigenous peoples

"APTN National News
"OTTAWA-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directed Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to lead the renewal of 'the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples,' according to a mandate letter released publicly Friday..." Read the entire article.  To download the Prime Minister's mandate letter Click Here.

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