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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 061, June 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.

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Hoop Dancer and Healer Jones Benally Has Seen it All

Lee Allen | 4/15/15

"Age is only a concept to Dine hoop dancer Jones Benally, born in an octagonal home on the Navajo reservation in the dirt floor/no water/no electricity days before birth certificates, and still going strong today.

"Two years ago, when he became the recipient of the first-ever 'Hoop Dance Legacy Award' from Heard Museum, the press release noted that Benally was in his 90s and had been a hoop dancer for more than 75 years 'traveling the world as a cultural ambassador sharing culture and song.'..." Read the Entire Article.

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'Jarrett' archaeological dig proves 7,500 year old Indian culture in Montana

Evidence from the Jarrett Dig of early native peoples in Boulder Valley. Photo by XXXXXX[sic]

"McLEOD, Mont. -- People from all over the world come to the Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch located near the Gallatin National Forest along the banks of the Upper Boulder River about thirty miles, as the Crow flies, from Yellowstone Park. The main lodge overlooks a peaceful meadow at the base of Hawley Mountain which towers above. Human visitation to this pristine mountain spot is nothing new - archaeological evidence tells that Native people first began using this very same spot more than 7,500 years ago...." Read the Entire Article.

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"In 100 years, many of the world's 7,000 languages could be extinct. Hundreds of years of oral storytelling will disappear in the space of a couple of generations.

"The knowledge and beauty locked up in these languages is irreplaceable. It goes beyond useful dot points about seasons and cultivation and local medicines to untranslatable words and to an entire cosmology. Every language is a multi-generational creative act...." Read the Entire Article.

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Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders

"'The New World.' This romanticized term inspired legions of Europeans to race to the places we live in search of freedoms from oppressive regimes or treasures that would be claimed in the name of some European nation.

"Those who arrived in the Native American Garden of Eden had never seen a land so uncorrupted. The Europeans saw new geography, new plants, new animals, but the most perplexing curiosity to these people were the Original Peoples and our ways of life. Of all of the foreign life ways Indians held, one of the first the Europeans targeted for elimination was the Two Spirit tradition among Native American cultures. At the point of contact, all Native American societies acknowledged three to five gender roles: Female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and transgendered. LGBT Native Americans wanting to be identified within their respective tribes and not grouped with other races officially adopted the term "Two Spirit" from the Ojibwe language in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1989...." Read the Entire Article.

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Muhammad Ali memorial: Chief Sidney Hill and Chief Oren Lyons

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MEDIA IGNORES MASS KILLINGS OF AMERICAN INDIANS IN ITS REPORTING

Big Foot left frozen at Wounded Knee in 1890.

Published June 13, 2016

"ORLANDO - The tragic mass shooting at the popular Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning resulted in at least 50 dead, including the shooter, and 53 others injured.

"The national media were quick to label it the 'deadliest mass shooting' in American history.

"American Indians were responded on social media that the media failed to consider Wounded Knee where some 300 men, women and children were killed a few days after Christmas in 1890. Also, not mentioned was the Sand Creek massecre in 1864 where between 70 - 180 Cheyenne and Arapaho were massacred. It is estimated that two-thirds of the slain were women and children....." Read the Entire Article.

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Breaking: Scotus Overturns Ninth Circuit, Upholds Tribal Court Convictions

Suzette Brewer | 6/13/16

"In a historic victory for tribal jurisprudence, the United States Supreme Court today ruled that prior uncounseled tribal court convictions used in subsequent criminal cases does not violate the Constitution when the proceedings were in compliance with the Indian Civil Rights Act. The unanimous decision in U.S. v. Bryant, which was delivered by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, reversed a Ninth Circuit Court decision which held that using uncounseled tribal court convictions was 'unconstitutionally impermissible.'..." Read the Entire Article.

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At the close of the ceremony, a 21-arrow salute was given by an archery team of students from Nebraska Indian Community College.

A 21-Arrow Salute: 'Come See the Crazy Indians'

David Rooks | 6/14/16

"The Hiawatha Golf Club just east of Canton, South Dakota has an anomaly. Between the fourth and fifth fairways lies a cemetery. Enclosed by a weathered split-rail fence, the cemetery, roughly square at about 120 feet a side, is said to contain the remains of 121 inmates from the long since defunct Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum. A ground radar survey by a team from the Choctaw Nation last year puts the figure closer to 130.

"Sunday morning, June 5, this hallowed ground was fairly warm by 10 a.m. Standing by the lone granite marker, whose bronze plaque carries the names of 120 of those buried somewhere close beneath it, I heard a soft rustle behind me. Ten feet west of the split rails stood a young man with a golf club who appeared to be waiting, more or less patiently. Lying in front of him was a golf ball...." Read the Entire Article.

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How Hawaiian Came Back From the Dead

A legacy of colonialism nearly wiped out the language and its culture. These immersion schools weren't having it.

By Alexandria Neason

 Student presentations at Ke Kula'o'Ehunuikaimalino School.

"HILO, Hawai'i-When Herring Kekaulike Kalua was a child growing up on Hawai'i's Big Island, his parents spoke mostly in their native language, 'õlelo Hawai'i. English had long been the official language of government in the islands, mandated in schools and other public spaces. But Kalua's family favored the soft vowels of Hawaiian, rejecting the harder consonants of English while they fished, hunted, and grew taro, customs their ancestors had passed down for generations.

"That ended about 60 years ago when Kalua's father Samuel declared that Hawaiian was kapu-forbidden-in the family. Samuel, who had only a middle school education, panicked when his son started skipping class because his teachers insisted he use English. Samuel worried his son would fall behind and forfeit his future. Quickly and quietly, Hawaiian disappeared from Kalua's childhood...." Read the Entire Article.

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First Nations communities suffering 'more intense' impact of climate change, secret briefings say

Marie-Danielle Smith | June 2, 2016 7:23 PM ET

"OTTAWA - Secret briefings to Canada's indigenous affairs minister warn that natural disasters are increasing in number and severity, disproportionately affecting remote reserve communities.

"In the aftermath of the Fort McMurray wildfires, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn't say were exacerbated by climate change, First Nations assert they are first and worst affected by a rapidly-shifting environment...." Read the Entire Article.

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