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December 16, 2014

Friend of the American Indian Institute

Dear Friend:

Warmest greetings. I hope that you are well.

The year 2014 has been a year of significant accomplishments for the American Indian Institute. Much of the credit goes to you and the many other Institute friends and benefactors who helped make the Institute's work possible. The staff and I are pleased to provide a brief narrative and photographic update of the accomplishments for this year, and we take this opportunity to ask for your generous year-end support.

The Institute helps ensure the revitalization and continued survival of the ancient wisdom indigenous to this hemisphere - wisdom that defines Indian people, and that holds keys to our common survival. By sharing their worldviews with the larger society, the Elders promote much needed harmony and balance between all people and our Mother, the Earth. It is in this light that we include for your review the attached statement, "Beyond Climate Change to Survival on Sacred Mother Earth", endorsed by Traditional Circle leadership.

The images on this page are from several of our gatherings and projects from 2014 beginning with the 37th annual International Elders & Youth Council hosted in August by the Kaniekehaka Mohawk Nation, Akwesasne, New York.

Also depicted is the 3rd annual Weaving Webs of Women's Wisdom gathering. Powerful Indigenous women from the Four Directions met for four days in ceremony and council at an encampment at the center of the Diné (Navajo) Nation near the sacred home of Spider Woman.

The Institute's Traditional Youth Leadership Initiative continued this year with traditional rights of passage ceremonies and traditional hunting camps. Your support also helped insure that several Traditional Circle representatives could participate in the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in New York.

Please take a moment to make your contribution to the American Indian Institute and help us keep our commitments to the Elders of the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders & Youth. You can easily and securly donate on-line at www.twocircles.org/donate. For more information about the Institute and its programs, please visit www.twocircles.org. Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the American Indian Institute.

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