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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 076, September 2017


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Kinsale Hueston has been named one of the five National Student Poets for 2017.

Navajo Student Wins Highest National Honor for Young Poets

Kinsale Hueston, a senior Navajo student in California, has been recognized for her poetry

Tanya H. Lee · August 26, 2017

"To say Navajo student Kinsale Hueston, 17, is an aspiring writer would be to miss the point. The senior at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in California is by any definition an accomplished poet who has just been named one of five National Student Poets for 2017, the nation's highest honor for young poets...." Read the Entire Article.



Genocide by Other Means: U.S. Army Slaughtered Buffalo in Plains Indian Wars

"The Buffalo and the Indians have always had a symbiotic relationship with honor and blessings"
Adrian Jawort · September 24, 2017

"As long as the North American buffalo roamed free and bountiful, the Plains Indians were able to remain sovereign. Buffalo were their lifeline-the Indians had a symbiotic relationship with them, and always honored the mighty beasts for the many blessings they provided. 'The creation stories of where buffalo came from put them in a very spiritual place among many tribes,' said University of Montana anthropology and Native American studies professor S. Neyooxet Greymorning. 'The buffalo crossed many different areas and functions, and it was utilized in many ways. It was used in ceremonies, as well as to make tipi covers that provided homes for people, utensils, shields, weapons and parts were used for sewing with the sinew.'..." Read the Entire Article




September 2017

The following is an excerpt of Indigenous Rights Radio interviews conducted with Indigenous leaders about their reflections on the accomplishments and challenges of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"Mililani Trask (Kanaka Maoli), Attorney and Indigenous community advisor to Innovations Development Group

"My expectation was that we would have first moved to integrate the Declaration into the work of the United Nations agencies and bodies, and that that would move faster than trying to get it integrated into some of the work with the UN and the States such as the Climate Change Convention. We've made some inroads there, but the Indigenous voice has been completely overlooked in the renegotiations of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty..." Read the Entire Article.



2,500-Year-Old Bison-Kill Site Offers New Clues Into Ancient Culture of Northern Plains



"A massive and rather cunning bison kill carried out some 2,500 years ago among the sand dunes of southern Alberta left behind a wealth of artifacts that are offering new insights into a poorly-understood culture of the ancient Northern Plains.

"In addition to the scattered remains of at least 65 bison, archaeologists have found more than a hundred stone points, most of them fashioned from a type of rock found only in North Dakota, a thousand kilometers away...." Read the Entire Article.



Why culture is key to Indigenous mental health

Carol Hopkins of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation on the role cultural practices should play in supporting Indigenous communities

Published on Sep 26, 2017 by Daniel Kitts

Carol Hopkins says it's important to remember the inherent strengths of Indigenous communities. (Ontario Brain Institute)

"Carol Hopkins firmly believes there are promising paths forward for Indigenous communities confronting mental health and addiction issues. A member of the Delaware First Nation of Moraviantown, Ontario, Hopkins - also known as Nozhem of the Wolf Clan - is executive director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, which works with First Nations and Inuit communities to address substance abuse and addiction. While Hopkins is hopeful, though, she says too few mental health services are grounded in the historical and cultural contexts that are crucial for Indigenous healing.

"Hopkins will be appearing at an Ontario Brain Institute event devoted to a discussion of mental wellness in Indigenous communities. TVO will be streaming the talk, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26..." Read the Entire Article.



3 Historical Native American Women You Might Not Know, But Should

None of these Native American women are named Pocahontas or Sacajawea

Dina Gilio-Whitaker · September 26, 2017
"A wildfire high in the alpine forests of northwestern Wyoming has revealed a vast, centuries-old Shoshone campsite, replete with cooking hearths, ceramics, and stone tools and flakes numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

"There are, of course, many more Native American women who have made great contributions to indigenous history but who have been eclipsed in mainstream histories. Here we highlight three of those Native American women, all from very different regions and with very different histories...." Read the Entire Article.



   South Dakota: wild beasts and Badlands make the silver
   screen come to life

    Pick from decades of movies set in South Dakota and you'll find legendary
    towns, incredible wildlife and tumultuous history, all within easy driving

Sunset over Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Photograph: Lisa McNulty

"The good news about Mount Rushmore is that despite being a cliche of Americana, it's genuinely breathtaking. Spectacular, actually, especially against a bright blue sky with clouds as fluffy as George Washington's hair.

"The bad news is that you can't clamber all over the giant sculpture, getting up Teddy Roosevelt's nose or hiding in Abraham Lincoln's beard as if you're in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 thriller North by Northwest. They just don't let tourists get that close...." Read the Entire Article.



The Importance of Training Teachers to Better Understand Their Native Students

Native students have the highest dropout rates, but a college program for educators aims to change that.

Bailey Williams posted Sep 15, 2017

"Native American students make up 1.4 percent of the students in Washington state public schools. And they have the lowest graduation rate of any ethnic group, with just 56.4 percent earning a high school diploma in four years.

"'I was that young person, I dropped out of school. I was one of those statistics of Native women dropouts,' says Dawn Hardison-Stevens, who is a member of the Steilacoom Tribal Council...." Read the Entire Article.



The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians land-into-trust site, also known as Camp 4, in Santa Barbara County, California.
Photo: Chumash Facts

Chumash Tribe reaches tentative agreement in long-running land-into-trust fight

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is close to a deal that would end a long-running dispute over its land-into-trust application in California.

"Chairman Kenneth Kahn unveiled the tentative agreement at a Santa Barbara County meeting on Monday night. The deal includes provisions to address sovereign immunity, development of a 1,400-acre site known as Camp 4 and mitigation payments....." Read the Entire Article.



AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom

In this June 9, 2014 photo Kezwin Brave Bull, 17, right, and Sabastian Ell, 4, walk to their house on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D. President Barack Obama visited the Dakotas as a candidate and returned as president to speak on the reservation, one of many plagued by economic and social challenges.

Living or Surviving on Native American Reservations

Many tribal members find reservation life economically and politically challenging

Duane Champagne · September 27, 2017
"A concerned Northwestern tribal member sent me an e-mail some months ago. She suggested that people in her community were mostly trying to survive, but were not living as individuals or as a community. She asked how is it possible to move beyond survival mode and create communities where people are living or flourishing. By living, she probably meant having the time and energy to realize the central values of culture, community, and individual life. Immediately it is possible to think of many reasons why tribal members are often focused on economic survival...." Read the Entire Article.



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