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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 068, January 2017



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Published January 24, 2017

"WASHINGTON - On Saturday, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) joined the national Women's March on Washington as part of the Indigenous Women Rise collective. The collective is comprised of: Advance Native Political Leadership, NAP, Native Voice Network, Native Voices Rising, National Indian Women's Resource Center, UltraViolet, The Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas, North American Region, Indigenous Environmental Network, and other key organizations working to advance Indigenous Peoples issues and rights...." Read the Entire Article.



Washoe Language Program

Children In the Washoe Tribe's Head Start program pick pine nuts to make pine nut soup for the Pine Nut Celebration.

10 Ways to Boost Tribal Language Programs

Methods to encourage learning and cultural revival with minimal funding

Christina Rose - January 20, 2017
"The traditional arts of building canoes and fishing traps, making rabbit fur blankets, and pine nut picking are celebrated in the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California's Language Program.

"Through these activities, the tribe's youngest children are not only learning their language, they are becoming cultural leaders in their communities...." Read the Entire Article



- In Response to Fairbanks Daily
Newsminer article on Alaska Land Into Trust
issue: "Alaska Native lands
ruling stirs deep concern"

BY AQUKKASUK | JANUARY 21, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Federally recognized tribes should brace for possible termination policy under Trump

"Whether we like it or not, SaglutupiaÄĦataq ('the compulsive liar' in Iñupiatun) is now president of the United States and Republicans control Congress. Federally recognized Alaska Native and American Indian tribes should brace for the worst, including the possibility that Congress may move to terminate federally recognized tribes.

"The termination era of 1953 to 1968 involved Congress stripping tribes of their lands and criminal jurisdiction. The policy was thinly disguised as an attempt to lift American Indians and Alaska Natives out of poverty by assimilating them into mainstream society. However the real goal was to privatize and ransack American Indian and Alaska Native lands...." Read the Entire Article.



Gulf Islands seeing return of traditional First Nations clam gardens

Project coordinator says clam gardens 'just one of many types of food mariculture'
By Liam Britten, CBC News Posted: Jan 24, 2017 9:24 AM PT | Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017 10:42 AM PT

Part of the impetus for the Clam Garden Project was to spread the traditional knowledge of clam gardens to First Nations youth. However, non-First Nations youths also participate in the activity through school outings. (Iain Robert Reid/Parks Canada)

"A Parks Canada project is reviving the traditional practice of clam gardening in the Gulf Islands.

"Clam Garden Project coordinator Skye Augustine explained how First Nations along the B.C. coast altered beaches over centuries for aquaculture.

"'You create a rock wall at the low-tide line and it flattens the beach and moves the beach into the ideal tidal height for clams to grow,' she told All Points West guest host Kelly Nakatsuka...." Read the Entire Article.



Wisconsin tribe votes against renewing Enbridge pipeline agreements

By Nia Williams | CALGARY, ALBERTA

"A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted against renewing agreements allowing Enbridge Inc to use their land for a major crude oil pipeline, the latest sign of increasing opposition to North American energy infrastructure.

"The Bad River Band decided not to renew easements on Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline last week because of concerns about the risk of oil spills, and called for the 64-year-old pipeline to be decommissioned and removed.

"The move against Line 5 underlines how environmental and aboriginal resistance to energy infrastructure is evolving. Opponents are trying to block existing pipelines and expansions on brownfield sites like Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain project, as well as protesting new facilities...." Read the Entire Article.




by Courtney Parker
January 5, 2017

Sacred Water Camp; Photo credit: Stephanie Garcia

"The sometimes infamous, always interesting, U.S. 'rebel south' has embraced a new and worthy cause, and joined the Indigenous activated intersectional movement of oil pipeline resistance.

"The Sabal Trail Pipeline will cut a winding, roughly 515-mile path through biodiverse, ecologically vulnerable, and otherwise controversial regions of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. One of at least a dozen pipelines currently moving forward in the U.S., the Sabal Trail would also impact as many as nine separate indigenous territories...."
Read the Entire Article.



Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock'

The Two Rivers camp, protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline, is the latest sign that the Standing Rock movement is inspiring indigenous-led activism across the US

Two Rivers camp in Texas. Photograph: Courtesy of the Society of Native Nations

"Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock 'water protector' movement is inspiring Native American-led environmental protests across the US.

"The Two Rivers camp, located south of Marfa near the border, has attracted dozens of demonstrators in its first week to protest the Trans-Pecos pipeline, a 148-mile project on track to transport fracked natural gas through the Big Bend region to Mexico...." Read the Entire Article.



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