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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 077, November 2017


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A Sweet Day for Literacy in Cree: Rosanna Deerchild, Calling Down the Sky

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Arden Ogg

"The launch of Rosanna Deerchild's Cree-language edition of Calling Down the Sky on Sunday, 29 November 2017 at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg was poignant and sweet. The photos here - most from Rosanna's Facebook Feed - capture the best of the event, where a small group of Cree speakers assembled to demonstrate their hard-won command of the Cree language despite a century of colonial interference...." Read the Entire Article.



Dancers from the Oneida Nation. Photo; Oneida Indian Nation.

Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory

Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017

"After delaying action for more than two months, the U.S. Supreme Court has finally delivered victory to the Oneida Nation in a long-running land case.

"But the denial of the petition in Upstate Citizens for Equality v. U.S. on Monday isn't coming without some drama. In a rare dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas blasted his colleagues for turning down a chance to consider the legality of the land-into-trust process...." Read the Entire Article



Haida goes Hollywood: Making a film - and trying to save a language

The Edge of the Knife is the 1st feature-length film made using Haida dialects

By Briar Stewart, CBC News Posted: Nov 02, 2017 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 02, 2017 8:56 AM PT

The $1.8 million film was shot during the summer on Haida Gwaii after local actors went through intensive language training. (Glen Kugelstadt/CBC)

"As he stood in the middle of the lush rainforest of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, Brandon Kallio stared straight ahead, repeating words over and over again.

"Among those he practised was the word "Gaagiid," which means Wildman in the Haida language...." Read the Entire Article.



Last Living Akwesasne Mohawk Code Talker Honored in Front of a Crowd of 6,000

By Sandra E. Yeager - November 8, 2017

"Pro Lacrosse Knighthawks honor 92 Year-Old Native American Silver Star Recipient Levi Oaks

"The Rochester Knighthawks professional lacrosse team honored the last surviving Akwesasne World War II code talker, Louis Levi Oakes, 92, Kanien'keha:ka (Mohawk) in front of a crowd of 6,000 Saturday night at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY...." Read the Entire Article.



A Native Community Preserves its Food Traditions

Members of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation are keeping traditional foodways alive in the
face of climate change and human impact.

BY ALLIE HOSTLER | Agroecology, Climate, Food Justice, Food Policy

"As the sun falls and rain clouds linger, Jaytuk Steinruck drives an ATV up a northwest corner of California's shore to gather duuma (sea anemone) from tide pools near Setlhxat (Prince Island) for a feast made from traditional Tolowa tribal foods.

"About halfway up, Steinruck points to his family's fish camp. They are one of only two Tolowa families that continue to sun-dry lhvmsr (smelt) on sand or beds of grass as their ancestors had done. This beach at the tip of the redwood forest is also where met'loe (razor clams), a food also long part of the coastal diet, had been plentiful until the 1970s when the Tolowa began to see the disappearance of the elongated shellfish marked by a tongue-like body..." Read the Entire Article.



Jeff Grubbe, the chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, speaks at the 1st annual Kewet Native American Learning Day and Market at Palm Springs High School in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. Photo: City of Palm Springs

Agua Caliente Band clears big hurdle in battle to protect groundwater in California

Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017

"In a big win for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the nation's highest court has rejected a challenge to the tribe's historic water rights ruling.

"Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied petitions in Coachella Valley Water District v. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Desert Water Agency v. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The action, which was announced in an order list, solidifies the tribe's right to tap into groundwater on its reservation in southern California...." Read the Entire Article.



Emit Vine King: "I wouldn't be here." He thanks the Native American Beginning Farmer Rancher Program for preventing his suicide. Photo by Talli Nauman

Native Sun News Today: Food sovereignty in action on South Dakota reservations

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017

Food sovereignty at Kyle

Re-engaging the Pejuta Haka Community
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Today
Health & Environment Editor

"SPEARFISH -- When the garden at Kyle community housing development on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation lost its grant funding, the managers also lost track of the volunteer gardeners. Then they found out that one had committed suicide.

"'Because the garden project wasn't there, we had lost contact with the youth, and so we didn't know he was having a hard time until it was too late,' lamented the director, Jason Schoch..." Read the Entire Article.



    No 'lost tribes' or aliens: what ancient
    DNA reveals about American prehistory

     New genetics research settles questions about the peoples of Newfoundland
    and Labrador - and helps highlight what genetics can't tell us

Swimming Bear Middle Dorset (Paleo-Eskimo) Culture Alamek Site,Igtiutik Region, Canada. Phtograph: Delberta, Jean-Pierre

"Genetics research has transformed our understanding of human history, particularly in the Americas. The focus of the majority of high profile ancient DNA papers in recent years has been on addressing early events in the initial peopling of the Americas. This research has provided details of this early history that we couldn't access though the archeological record.

"Collectively, genetics studies have shown us that the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas are descended from a group that diverged from its Siberian ancestors beginning sometime around 23,000 years before present and remained isolated in Beringia (the region of land that once connected Siberia and North America) for an extended period of time. When the glaciers covering North America melted enough to make the Pacific coast navigable, southward travel became possible, and patterned genetic diversity across North and South America reflects these early movements...." Read the Entire Article.



People work together to harvest a buffalo during the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation's event in Porcupine, South Dakota, on November 11, 2017. Photo by Kimberly Greager

Native Sun News Today: Promoting food sovereignty with Tatanka Harvest on Pine Ridge Reservation

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 04 OCT 2017

Tatanka Harvest at Thunder Valley

By Kimberly Greager
Native Sun News Today Correspondent

"PORCUPINE - Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. hosted a Tatanka Harvest on Saturday, November 11, as part of their Food Sovereignty Initiative. The community was invited to watch and learn or participate in the butchering, and anyone who helped was able to take something home.

"The goal of the TVCDC's Food Sovereignty Initiative is to create a healthier community through a local food system to increase access to healthy foods and increase economic opportunities through agriculture. Four areas they are focused on are: improving food access on Pine Ridge, increasing food system sovereignty, improving nutrition and public health and decreasing burdens on low-income families while increasing economic opportunities...." Read the Entire Article.



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