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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 059, April 2016

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Spirit Game - Pride Of A Nation

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This feature-length documentary tells the remarkable story of the Iroquois Peoples and follows the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on their historic journey to the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. For the first time ever, the World Championship Games were hosted by a native nation, on native soil - in Onondaga, the Capitol of the Iroquois Confederacy, in upstate New York. Please Click Here, watch the trailer and help by investing in the the production of this important documentary.

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HOPI RAINCATCHERS, WORKING FOR EARTH

"Laurence de Bure is one of those rare people who can blindly and passionately follow their calling in life. Now she is helping the Hopi people with her life-time experience to restore their water springs.

"Traditional tribal water knowledge carried by the Elders was lost when the youth were broken out of their communities by the boarding schools. But is now put into practice again by a small group of Hopi young men. They brought seven springs alive in this arid, drought ridden land...." Read the Entire Article.

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Ancient DNA shows European wipe-out of early Americans

Date:  April 1, 2016

Source:  University of Adelaide

Summary:  The first large-scale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating
                 impact of European colonization on the Indigenous American populations of the time.

Human remains in the burial site of the Lima culture (500-700 AD) uncovered at the Huaca Pucllana great adobe pyramid, in the city of Lima, Peru.

Credit: Huaca Pucllana research, conservation and valorisation project

"The first largescale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European colonisation on the Indigenous American populations of the time.

"Led by the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), the researchers have reconstructed a genetic history of Indigenous American populations by looking directly into the DNA of 92 pre-Columbian mummies and skeletons, between 500 and 8600 years old...." Read the Entire Article.

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Blackfeet kids thrive in immersion program

"BROWNING - The kindergartners in Carolyn Zuback's Blackfoot language immersion program spill through the classroom door, buzzing off each other's contagious energy in a morning mob of childhood excitement.

"Zuback collects the students in a corner of the room, directing them to sit on a colorful carpet...." Read the Entire Article.

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Catholic church in Canada repudiates 'Doctrine of Discovery' and 'terra nullius'

by Nahnda Garlow

"OTTAWA - As part of a national response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 48 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and to questions on the legal concepts known as 'Doctrine of Discovery' and terra nullius, Catholic leaders, representing Bishops, religious communities, Indigenous People and laity, have issued two documents. Both texts are signed by representatives of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Religious Conference, the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace...." Read the Entire Article.

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Hero: Obama Blocks Sale Of Sacred Apache Land To Foreign Mining Firm

"Arizona Tea Partiers are furious with the government after their heinous plot to sell off Native American sacred land to be plundered for corporate profits was foiled by President Obama. Rep. Paul Gosar, along with his accomplices Ann Kirkpatrick, John McCain, and Jeff Flake, managed to throw a last minute amendment into last year's must-pass military spending bill that hands over the land at Oak Flats - or Chi'chil Bildagoteel to the Apache - to an Australian mining company in an unprecedented show of disrespect to America's native tribes. And they would've gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for that meddling President!..." Read the Entire Article.

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PRESERVING NATIVE LANGUAGE KEY TO OVERCOMING NATIVE SUICIDE EPIDEMIC

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An indigenous youth from Kwalikum First Nation sings. Photo: VIUDeepBay @flickr. Some Rights Reserved.

"The spiraling rate of suicide among Canada's First Nations became a state of crisis in Attawapiskat this week after 11 people in the northern Ontario community attempted to take their own lives in one night.

"The First Nation was so completely overwhelmed by the spike in suicide attempts that leaders declared a state of emergency. Crisis teams were soon deployed by various agencies to help the community cope with the horror. Meanwhile, as news coverage of the shocking situation spread, activists occupied the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs to demand the federal government provide immediate and long-term support to properly address the situation in Attawapiskat...." Read the Entire Article.

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2016 World Indigenous Law Conference

Rights, Responsibilities, and Resilience: An International Discourse on Indigenous Peoples' Jurisprudence

"The World Indigenous Law Conference is held every two years and will be hosted in October, 2016 in North America for the first time. This Conference is an international forum aimed at gathering Indigenous lawyers, practitioners, academics and those interested in furthering their understanding of issues facing Indigenous Peoples. Key elements of this conference include an international discourse on Indigenous Peoples' Jurisprudence: examining legal frameworks and strategies for self-determined futures..." Read the Entire Article.

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Seizure of Navajo livestock prompts grassroots call to public for help

Law enforcement personnel guarded cattle impounded following an April 5 roundup and seizure of the animals in the southeastern portion of the Big Mountain area. COURTESY/Vangie Pedwaydon

"DINEH BIKEYAH (BIG MOUNTAIN), AZ. -- Grassroots supporters of traditional Navajo resisters to relocation from disputed territory here called April 6 for members of the public to immediately contact authorities to stop the confiscation of impounded livestock.

"At the time, law enforcement personnel were guarding at least 40 head of cattle impounded at a Hopi Indian police stockade following an April 5 roundup and seizure of the animals in the southeastern portion of the Big Mountain area, according to a report from Black Mesa Indigenous Support and Direct On-Land Supporters to Big Mountain Dineh Resisters to Public Law 93-531...." Read the Entire Article.

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Traditional First Nations culture may help reduce teen suicides

"Suicide is something that has had an impact on nearly every member of the Seabird Island Band in British Columbia's Fraser Valley. When someone in the tight-knit community takes their life, it hits close to home for everyone.

"Summer Kelly, 15, lost her older brother to suicide in Feb. 2015. He was 17 years old. Kelly said it was devastating, and a total surprise. She said things might have worked out differently had she and the family known what her brother was going through...." Read the Entire Article.

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Rare Cree beaded hood finally returns home

Dinah Simard, far left, and Trifona Simard, fourth from left, admire the beaded hood with a group at the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute. The hood is believed to have originally belonged to Jane Gunner, Dinah's grandmother and Trifona's great-grandmother. (Celina Wapachee/CBC)

"A rare and fragile beaded hood that is more than 166 years old made its way back home Monday, finally reunited with the descendants of its original owner in Quebec's James Bay region.

"'I am so emotional,' said Dinah Simard, the granddaughter of Jane Gunner, believed to be the original owner of the hood.

"Jane was the wife of Joseph Gunner, then the chief of Mistassini (now Mistissini)...." Read the Entire Article.

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Updating mining law would protect tribes' water, health

TERACITA KEYANNA

"RAPID CITY -- Tribes, local governing bodies and private groups at every level should declare support for proposed regulations and two new federal companion bills that lead to reform of the 1872 Mining Law, Montana environmental policy advocate Bonnie Gestring told an audience observing World Water Day at the Dahl Arts Center here.

"'These bills to modernize the 1872 Mining Law would require the mining industry, for the first time, to pay a royalty to the federal government for the minerals they extract from public lands,' said Gestring, Northwest circuit rider for the nonprofit Earthworks.

"'The revenue stream would generate funds that can be used to clean up the legacy of abandoned mines that plague so many communities with highly polluted water,' she said....." Read the Entire Article.

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