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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 062, July 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,
Lisa@twocircles.org. This Forum is limited to
60 participants so if you're planning to attend, act now.




By D P

"Each of these incredibly rare and beautiful Native American portraits are of women and girls between the last 1800s and the early 1900s. The images have been well preserved and it gives us a tiny window into the past where we can admire these women, their unique style, and show respect for their lives.

"Although Native American women often had different roles than the men they were greatly respected. They often had the same sorts of rights at the men in their tribe which is incredible for the time period.

"In some groups, women were the ones who owned the home and property inside. While it was typical for a chief to be male there were some tribes that would have the women select who he would be...." Read the Entire Article.



Bolivia's Law of Mother Earth
--by Ryan Hewlett, syndicated from wearesalt.org, Jul 15, 2016

"Bolivia's Law of Mother Earth ('Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra') holds the land as sacred and holds it as a living system with rights to be protected from exploitation.

"The law, which was passed by Bolivia's Plurinational Legislative Assembly in November 2010 is part of a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal system following a change of constitution in 2009...." Read the Entire ARticle.




"As survivors of genocide, my people know this pain and the generational trauma
that accompanies it." - Sherri Mitchell

"The courage to feel pain is something that most of us are never taught. Instead, we learn to distract ourselves from it, to insulate, and hide. The irony is that when we avoid our pain it hunts us down, becoming increasingly stealth in its machinations. It hides behind one mask after another, surfacing and resurfacing, endlessly. It disrupts our lives, torments our minds, and destroys our relationships. It chases us continuously, pushing us further away from ourselves and one another, until we can no longer see each other's faces. When we look at one another all we see are a series of cleverly devised masks, which drives our fear, anger, and hatred and causes us to keep running, though we're exhausted and can't breathe. Our inability to feel our pain keeps us from being able to truly connect with one another and with the individual moments of our lives. The trigger of pain may shock us initially; it may cause us to react in the moment, but then we submit to our training and slide into a state of passivity or heightened defense. Sometimes we become spectators to the real depths of pain that are being experienced around us; the kind of pain that you can't escape...." Read the Entire Article.



Decolonizing My Brown Body
Terese Mailhot | 2/27/16

"My auntie says there's a direct connection between violence against the earth and violence against Indigenous women. I think of my own brown body when she says this, and how it was damaged in childhood and adolescence. My memories feel stolen like the land, stripped like the languages, and entrapped like the bones of our ancestors in government storage...." Read the Entire Article.



Nearly 20 Years in the Making, Dictionary Awakens Mutsun Language

posted on Sun, 07/17/2016 - 08:19am by Frank Perez, reporting for BenitoLink

Spearheaded by Amah Mutsun tribal member, Quirina Geary, and University of Arizona Professor of Linguistics, Natasha Warner, new Mutsun dictionary is born through an effort at language revitalization

A portion of the Mutsun dictionary. Courtesy of Natasha Warner, Lynnika Butler and Quirina Geary. 2016. Mutsun-English English-Mutsun Dictionary: mutsun-inkiS inkiS-mutsun riica pappel. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 11. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. 672 pages.

"As often the case with transformative moments, Quirina Geary conjures up the incident with ease: She had just put the finishing touches on her California Missions project-an assignment routinely completed by fourth-graders enrolled in California public schools-when a classmate, who knew of Geary's California Indian heritage, challenged her and said, 'Why don't you speak Indian?' Always aware and proud of her Mutsun identity, the young Geary sat silent, unable to utter one word in her ancestors' native tongue. Thus began Geary's quest to become a fluent, Mutsun speaker-a journey that has resulted in the creation of the most comprehensive Mutsun-English, English-Mutsun dictionary to date...." Read the Entire Article.



National Park Service via Wikipedia
The great kiva of Chetro Ketl at Chaco Canyon. Fracking is creeping ever closer to the sacred site.

Fracking Versus Ancient Astronomy in Chaco Canyon

Frances Madeson | 7/13/16

"In what could be a win for consultation, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed an oil and gas lease sale on land near Chaco Canyon so as to consult with the nearly two dozen tribes that hold the region sacred...." Read the Entire Article.



Hopi Raincatchers

Hopi Raincatchers won the only selected project in The U.S.A. Local solutions for Climate Change!

Laurence de Bure
Earthizen - Earth Healer & Founder WATEROCKL3C

Waterock, L3C and its Hopi Raincatchers Team have been selected for the 100 projects world wide that will make the difference on Climate Change.http://www.100projetspourleclimat.gouv.fr/en/projects/4-the-hopi-raincatchers

Great Job for the Hopi Raincatchers and thank you for your support for voting and believing in us! We won and now we will commit ourselves to train more people on land restoration. Thanks again for your help

Social media links for waterock,L3C and Hopi Raincatchers

Twitter @savenativewater http://twitter.com/savenativewater Instagram @rainwaterock http://www.instagram.com/rainwaterock/

Facebook/LaurenceDeBure http://www.facebook.com/laurence.debure

Facebook/HopiRaincatchers http://www.facebook.com/HopiRaincatchers/?fref=ts



In this undated handout photo Douglas Bender (left) and Sarah Parcak look for evidence of a Viking presence in Point Rosee, Newfoundland.

Iron in Newfoundland Puts Another Nail in the Coffin of the Columbus Myth

Steve Russell | 4/2/16

"A 'space archaeologist' thinks she has discovered more evidence at Point Rosee, Newfoundland of European settlement in North America over 500 years before the man who gets credit for that feat in popular history. Christopher Columbus even has a holiday named after him on the false pretense of being first.

"Many Indians who are not Arawaks or Caribs or even near salt water do not respect the slave mongering, thieving, murdering Christopher Columbus. The one good thing about 'Columbus Day' is the yearly reminder that the man was a villain and the 'accomplishments' claimed for him are illusory...." Read the Entire Article.



AUDIO | Ojibwe immersion camp reconnects students to their language

CBC News Posted: Jul 19, 2016 6:11 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016 9:24 AM ET

 Learning a new language can be challenging, but attending an immersion camp can be helpful. An Ojibwe immersion camp is taking place near Espanola. Mskwaankwad Rice is one of the people to help run it. (CBC)

"Forget Rosetta Stone: an Ojibwe immersion camp happening near Espanola, Ont., this week aims to provide time and space to gain confidence in speaking a language that many Ojibwe people do not speak themselves - and perhaps, to tap into culture and tradition.

"Mskwaankwad Rice, who is helping to run the camp, said it will provide Anishinaabemowin immersion and grammar instruction for adult learners to preserve their language now - and for future generations of Anishinaabeg...." Read the Entire Article.



Tribal elder sees through dream of memorializing Northern Cheyenne ancestors

By JOHN WARNER For The Gazette Jul 19, 2016

JOHN WARNER/For The Gazette

Northern Cheyennes walk up the just-completed road leading to the new monument dedicated to ancestors who broke out of barracks at Fort Robinson, Neb., on Jan. 9, 1879, in freezing winter cold trying to return to their homeland.

"Descendants of Northern Cheyenne tribal members who fled Fort Robinson, Nebraska, in 1879, returned on Thursday and Friday to dedicate a memorial that's been 15 years in the making.

"More than 200 members of the tribe gathered around the four-sided pyramid-shaped monument inlaid with precisely cut slabs of red pipestone. A brass plaque on each side is inscribed with historic words of the Northern Cheyenne. The 15-foot-high, 22-ton monument is 20-feet tall including the two-dimensional stainless steel Morning Star designed to appear straight on from all angles...." Read the Entire Article.



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