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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 060, May 2016

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Don't miss this special three-day forum with the theme: Polishing the Silver Covenant
Chain: Building Relationships for the good of the Earth.
September 13, 14 and 15
at the Six Nations Grand River Reserve, Ontario, Canada.

A subtheme to this Forum is Reaching Consensus on Commitments to Action. During the
previous six Forums we have talked about problems and needs. Now, we will create
plans to act. Participants will implement Six Nations-like protocols for consensus-based
decision-making to create action plans to foment change.... change in our
families, change in our communities, change in the U.S., and change
in the way the Earth is treated.

To reserve a place register by Clicking Here
or call 406-587-1002 or email Lisa Sutton,
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60 participants so if you're planning to attend, act now.

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Keeping The Navajo Language Relevant

Native American members of the Navajo Code Talkers listen as US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, December 16, 2010. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

"As the largest tribe in the country, more Navajos speak their mother tongue than any other indigenous language in the U.S. But the Navajo language is still considered endangered. Each year, fewer Navajo children speak it. Laurel Morales from Here & Now contributor KJZZ reports that there's a new effort to not only preserve the language, but to revive it.

"Listen to more of KJZZ's coverage of the Navajo language here.

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UN forum on indigenous issues opens 2016 session with focus on conflict, peace and resolution

Participants and the 2016 session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

"9 May 2016 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a plan to realize the full rights of indigenous peoples who are increasingly being drawn into conflicts over their lands and resources.

"'I am pleased to send greetings to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,' Mr. Ban said via video message at the opening of the forum's 15th session, held in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York. 'I welcome your focus on conflict, peace and resolution.'..." Read the Entire Article.

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Pulling a Threatened Language Back from the Brink

More than cultural pride at stake: knowing their own language can save young indigenous lives.

By Megan Devlin, 14 May 2016, TheTyee.ca

"Every Tuesday and Thursday on Vancouver's North Shore, Victor Guerin and his team of four language interns lead band office staff at the Tsleil-Waututh Nation through classes in, the indigenous language historically spoken near the mouth of the Fraser River.

"But the classes aren't like any French classes you took in school...." Read the Entire Article.

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"ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, La. - Each morning at 3:30, when Joann Bourg leaves the mildewed and rusted house that her parents built on her grandfather's property, she worries that the bridge connecting this spit of waterlogged land to Louisiana's terra firma will again be flooded and she will miss another day's work.

"Ms. Bourg, a custodian at a sporting goods store on the mainland, lives with her two sisters, 82-year-old mother, son and niece on land where her ancestors, members of the Native American tribes of southeastern Louisiana, have lived for generations. That earth is now dying, drowning in salt and sinking into the sea, and she is ready to leave...." Read the Entire Article.

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Neither Wolf Nor Dog - Native American Movie Trailer

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'[Gov. Daugaard] told us we should focus on our problems [on the reservation], like we don''’t already do that.'

David Rooks | 5/2/16

"'They see us unite, and it makes them afraid … see what can happen when we work together?' - Oglala Lakota Tribal member

"South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard traveled to the Rosebud Reservation last week to address the Sicangu Nation's tribal council on the state's formal opposition to the tribe's cooperative plan to convert 2,100 acres in the He Sapa, the Black Hills, into federal trust land...." Read the Entire Article.

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Looking for True History of Native Peoples?
5 Indigenous Women Who Get It Right

Tanya H. Lee | 5/4/16
"ICTMN featured American Indian women history professors teaching in U.S. universities for Women's History Month in March. Here are some of their Canadian counterparts...." Read the Entire Article.

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Canada's Inuit Fight To Save Their Endangered Languages

ANDY CLARK / REUTERS
A weathered stop sign in both English and the Inuit language Inuktitut is shown in Iqaluit, Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. Inuit languages are rapidly declining in Alaska, Russia and parts of Canada.

"One way to save the endangered Inuit languages is to create a standard writing system and introduce it in schools. But organizations pushing for the shift are facing resistance from those wary of change.

"At an Inuit language conference in Iqaluit, capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, this past February, Jeela Palluq-Cloutier prefaced her presentation by asking the audience of Inuktut interpreters and translators for a show of hands. Were they in favor of adopting a new standardized writing system, yes or no?...." Read the Entire Article.

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Indigenous communities take in Fort McMurray fire evacuees, scramble to find members

Fort McKay First Nation shelters 3,000 evacuees, while Métis group loses headquarters to wildfire

CEO George Arcand welcomes evacuees to the Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta.

"Indigenous communities and groups are scrambling to ensure their people are safe, and taking in evacuees, as tens of thousands flee the massive wildfire raging through the northern Alberta city of Fort McMurray.

"Chief Jim Boucher said many members of Fort McKay First Nation, which is about 50 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, owned houses or lived in the city...." Read the Entire Article.

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Army Corps Finally Agrees The Ancient One Is Native American, Will Return Home

Richard Walker | 5/2/16
"For years, the Colville, Nez Perce, Umatilla, Wanapum and Yakama peoples told the world who the Ancient One is: an ancestor.

"Let him return home, they said, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned his remains over to the Burke Museum for storage. Let his relatives honor him and reinter him, they said, as courts allowed him to be handled and subjected to study. He is one of us, they said, even as a federal judge and scientists questioned his origin...." Read the Entire Article.

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