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American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 069, Feburary 2017



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Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute students learned traditional Lakota arts with local artist Ray Dupris at the Cheyenne River Youth Project.

Cheyenne River Youth Project Supporting Traditional Lakota Arts

Seeking Lakota artists and youth mentors for Lakota Arts Institute at Cheyenne River Youth Project

ICMN Staff - February 13, 2017
"While still searching for a full-time artistic director, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is moving ahead with its innovative new Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Arts Institute. They have already begun hosting art classes focused on traditional Lakota crafts and are laying the groundwork for additional classes and camps...." Read the Entire Article.



Pope Francis: Indigenous People Should Have Final Say About Their Land

Julia Travers
"Pope Francis defended the rights of indigenous tribes at the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome Wednesday. As part of a UN International Fund for Agricultural Development meeting, he spoke in Spanish with 40 representatives of the 300 largest indigenous groups in the world...." Read the Entire Article




Photo by Ray Landry

Billed as the most remote community in the contiguous United States, Supai, Arizona, is located inside the Grand Canyon. Journalists were invited to the village to talk to Havasupai children and families who are suing the BIE.

Landmark Civil Rights Lawsuit Pits Havasupai Children Against the BIE

Havasupai Children, Families, and Tribe Invite Journalists to Experience Life in the Grand Canyon

Alysa Landry - February 23, 2017
"The village of Supai, Arizona, is a place of contradiction. Located inside the Grand Canyon, the capital of the Havasupai Tribe is the most remote community in the contiguous United States. The nearest paved road is eight difficult miles away, and Supai is accessible only by helicopter, horseback or foot.

"The village is the only place in the country where the U.S. Postal Service still delivers mail by mule, yet its 200 residents are far from alone. Supai's central feature is a pair of concrete pads where, on busy days, helicopters land every 15 minutes to deliver sightseers and supplies to the isolated community-and serve as a lifeline to the outside world...." Read the Entire Article.





Flags enter William S. White building on University of Michigan - Flint campus
after water ceremony. Photo by Levi Rickert

Published February 26, 2017

Focus on Raising Funds for Clean Water

"FLINT, MICHIGAN - Several national organizations including the Indigenous Environmental Network, Black Lives Matter, the Hip Hop Caucus, and the New McCree Theater have partnered with Hip Hop 4 Flint and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to launch the inaugural Water is Life Expo on March 24 - March 26, 2017 at the New McCree Theatre, 2040 W. Carpenter Rd, Flint, Michigan 48505...." Read the Entire Article.



Senate panel passes protest bill over tribes' objections

By JAMES NORD Associated Press Feb 22, 2017 Updated Feb 22, 2017

James Nord
Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier speaks after a hearing on a public safety bill anticipating potential oil pipeline protests in South Dakota at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Frazier said he would look at suing the state if the bill becomes law. (AP Photo/James Nord)

"PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's bill to make it clear that the governor's emergency response powers apply to potentially destructive protests passed its first legislative test Wednesday over the objections of Democratic lawmakers and tribal officials.

"A Senate panel voted 6-3 to advance the public safety bill, which the administration says is based on lessons North Dakota officials learned from large demonstrations over the Dakota Access pipeline. The bill would create new trespassing penalties and make it a crime to obstruct highways...." Read the Entire Article.



Moms Rule! Excavation at Chaco Canyon Reveals Maternal Lineage

By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | February 21, 2017 03:33pm ET

Pueblo Bonito, as seen from the northern rim of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.
Credit: Douglas Kennett/Penn State University

"Hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus landed in the New World, a complex society in what is now New Mexico passed down power through its maternal line, a new study finds.

"The finding is a remarkable one, as the ancestral Puebloan society at Chaco Canyon didn't leave a written record of its way of life. Rather, scientists made the discovery by analyzing the genomes of nine individuals who were buried in elaborate graves. The researchers found that all were related through a maternal line, according to the study...." Read the Entire Article.





Filmmaker Michelle Latimer and Sarain Fox. Two indigenous female role models of 'RISE.'

VICELAND RISE Series: A Conversation With The Indigenous Women Hosts

Hosted by Michelle Latimer and Sarain Fox, 9-episode series premiered January 27th

Vincent Schilling - February 1, 2017

"The high-energy alternative media cable network VICELAND recently premiered a documentary-style series titled RISE. In the VICELAND RISE series, filmmaker Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) and host Sarain Fox (Anishinabe) jump straight into the heart of Native resistance in nine episodes.

"In addition to the premiere on the VICELAND cable network, RISE was also an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, and premiered earlier this month to rave reviews and standing ovations...." Read the Entire Article.



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