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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 056, January 2016

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Contents

Witness to Spirit Now Available
Our 7 Ojibway Teachings
New Oji-Cree phrasebook launching in Thunder Bay
Yurok Tribe Adopts Ordinance Banning Frankenfish and GMOs
Doctrine of Discovery Video
'Red line' formed by indigenous activists
US tribes oppose massive pipeline expansion in Canada
What do you think about the proposed CAFO?
Psychiatrist says La Loche healing must come from within
North Dakota Approves Massive Oil Pipeline

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Bozeman Public Library Book Signing Drew 200

The Friends of the Bozeman Public Library hosted a book event with Robert Staffanson on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. The evening began with a book signing in the Bozeman Public Library Community Room. Some 200 participants heard the author read passages from his book, Witness to Spirit: My Life with Cowboys, Mozart and Indians and answer audience questions. Staffanson was joined by José Lucero of the White Corn and Winter Clan Family at Santa Clara Pueblo who gave the opening prayer and fellow author Todd Wilkinson, who penned the introduction to Witness to spirit.

The event was free and open to the public. Copies of Witness to Spirit were available for purchase with the proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Bozeman Public Library. Light refreshments were served.

Staffanson also provided information and answered questions about the American Indian Institute, his life and his book in a book signing and open house on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the American Indian Institute Headquarters, 502 W. Mendenhall St. in Bozeman.

For more information and to order your copy of Witness to Spirit  Click Here.

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Our 7 Ojibway Teachings

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Manitoba First Nation Elder Dave Courchene explains the origins and lessons of the First Nation Seven Teachings.

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New Oji-Cree phrasebook launching in Thunder Bay

'Pocket Oji-Cree' is a book to help anyone learn his traditional language, but he especially hopes it will encourage youth, said broadcaster and translator Jerry Sawanas. (Amy Hadley)

"First Nations people hoping to hold onto the traditional language of Oji-Cree will have a new tool to help them.

"Pocket Oji-Cree is a phrase book being launched in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Saturday, Dec. 19.

"The book is full of handy phrases one might use when visiting an Oji-Cree community, said translator Jerry Sawanas, and it will serve a vital purpose in helping to keep the language alive - especially among younger generations ..." Read the Entire Article.

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Yurok Tribe Adopts Ordinance Banning Frankenfish and GMOs

Sunday, 03 January 2016 00:00
By Dan Bacher, Bay Area Independent Media Center | Report

In this photo, the Yurok Tribe wraps up commercial fishing for 2014. The tribe has banned genetically engineered salmon on their reservation on the Klamath River. (Photo: Beau Finley / Flickr)

"The Yurok Tribe, the largest Indigenous Tribe in California with over 6,000 members, has banned genetically engineered salmon and all Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEOs) on their reservation on the Klamath River in the state's northwest region.

"The Yurok ban comes in the wake of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision on November 19 to approve genetically engineered salmon, dubbed "Frankenfish," as being fit for human consumption, in spite of massive public opposition to the decision by fishermen, Tribes, environmental organizations and public interest organizations...." Read the Entire Article.

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Doctrine of Discovery

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"Doctrine of Discovery - in the name of Christ. European descendants benefit from a violent history of land grabbing and genocide that was justified by patriotism and religion. This same theology formed an international legal structure that continues to dispossess Indigenous Peoples of their land. What does it mean to be a peacemaker today in a world where the present is defined by the violence of the past?...." Click the image to watch the video.

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'Red line' formed by indigenous activists

By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Correspondent
Health & Environment Editor

During a climate justice action at the close
of Paris U.N. negotiations, Casey Camp-
Horinek of the Ponca Nation, carried a
traditional cradleboard she said represents
future generations. Photo by Allan
Lissner, courtesy IEN

"PARIS - Indigenous activists were among the most critical of the U.N. accord reached at the Paris Climate Summit on Dec. 12, although the official framers of the agreement gave them and other grassroots stakeholders credit for pressure resulting in a treaty binding on 190 nations.

"Demonstrators from various native nations joined hands to form a 'red line' at the Arc de Triomphe "on the eve of concluding treaty negotiations, condemning the leadership of nations for excluding indigenous rights and human rights from the operational text of the Paris agreement .

"Kandi Mossett, a Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara tribal member who spoke at the action, charged negotiators with “proposing false solutions to the climate crisis. They are proposing a commodification of the sacred,” she said...." Read the Entire Article.

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US tribes oppose massive pipeline expansion in Canada

By PHUONG LE Jan. 23, 2016

"SEATTLE (AP) - A proposed pipeline-expansion project in Canada will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. tribes at risk, a lawyer representing several Washington state tribes told Canadian energy regulators

"Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain project would nearly triple pipeline capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of crude oil a day. It would carry oil from Alberta's oil sands to the Vancouver area to be loaded on to barges and tankers for Asian and U.S. markets. The project would dramatically increase the number of oil tankers that ply Washington state waters...." Read the Entire Article.

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MIKE WIGGINS, Bad River Band, Lake Superior Ojibwe -- What do you think about the proposed CAFO?

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Published on Jan 23, 2016
"Mike Wiggins, Jr., former chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Tribe, is a life-long resident of northern Wisconsin. He speaks eloquently about the importance of protecting and conserving our environment so it will continue to provide for future generations." Click the above image to watch the video.

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Psychiatrist says La Loche healing must come from within

Members of the community come out to watch Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speak in La Loche, Sask., on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. A shooting Friday left four people dead. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press )

"An indigenous mental health expert at the University of Saskatchewan says it is vital that people from La Loche, Sask. help drive the community's healing process.

"'The last thing we want is for people to flood into this community and try to tell the community what they should do next,' said psychiatry professor Caroline Tait..." Read the Entire Article.

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North Dakota Approves Massive Oil Pipeline: Poses Threat to Historic Cultural and Burial Sites

"North Dakota regulators approved the siting permit for a massive crude oil pipeline. The multibillion dollar pipeline that would transport thousands of barrels of Bakken crude is now one step closure to construction.

"The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,168-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline, backed by Texas based Energy Transfer Partners. If built the pipeline would begin in western North Dakota near Stanley and would end near Patoka, Ill...." Read the Entire Article.

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