. . . . . ============================================================ Start of Phil Konstantins February 2006 Newsletter - Part 1 ============================================================ Greetings, Here is Part 1 of this month's newsletter. I have lots of articles on American Indian subjects in this newsletter. There are also some links to some interesting newspaper stories, too. Again, I would appreciate your help in spreading the word about my student essay contest. I have already had a couple of entries. I hope to get lots more. If you know anyone who teaches American Indian kids, or works at a Tribal school, please pass this along. You can also send it directly to any American Indian students. You can find all of the appropriate info here. http://americanindian.net/contest.html I have lost a little over 70 pounds since early November on my liquid diet. This has been a pretty big change. The medical staff says my BP, heart and other vitals are looking great. I have about another month before I start eating real food again. You can see a before & after photo on part of my website: http://americanindian.net/weight.html For those of you who are new to the newsletter (or get it forwarded to you by a friend), I have a part-time job as a traffic conditions reporter on TV in San Diego. I work at KUSI (cable 9, broadcast 51). We have a pretty good morning crew. We have a good time & have lots of interesting guests. I keep a sort-of visual blog on a special website. I take lots of photos and mention some of the things our guests say. I get the change to meet some very interesting (and occassionally, famous) people. Last week I had a chance to talk with Dr. Sally Ride. She was the first American woman in space. She teaches physics at the University of California here in San Diego. One of her pet projects is one of my favorites. She promotes science for girls. I have always felt there were far too few women in science. You can see Sally's photos and links to her websites on my KUSI website, too. Having worked at NASA on the Apollo & Skylab missions, I am always excited to meet astronauts. http://americanindian.net/kusi.html I hope you enjoy the newsletter. I will probably have more for you later in the week. Phil ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= The "Link of the Month" for February 2006 is the Wea Indian Tribe website. It has lots of information about this group. Some of the material covered includes: WEA TRIBAL INFORMATION: Membership Information, Events Coming In 2006, Library Reference Collection, Recognized Indian Tribes, Educational Material, PAST Editions Of: "The Wea Primer". WEA HISTORY: Wea Indians & Fort Ouiatenon, Ft Ouiatenon & Wabash Valley, Wea Land!, Wea Chiefs: Times & Locations, Treaties Of The Wea, LaPotherier: Part 1-3, Dodge's Diary 1650, Illini Indian History, Chautauqua History, Egypt Of Indiana WEA GENEALOGY: Surnames & Ancestor's Photos, Wea Genealogy Service WEA EVENTS & MUCH MORE: Photos Of Events, Kids Korner Konnection, Graduations & Poems, The Spirits Approve, Why My Soul Screams, Killing Mother Earth, Eskimos & Polar Ice, Environmental Issues, Quotes~Prayers~ Meditations I recommend that you spend some time at their website: http://www.wea-indian-tribe.com/ ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= This months "Treaty Of The Month" is the TREATY WITH THE ARAPAHO AND CHEYENNE, 1861. Feb. 15, 1861. | 12 Stat., 1163. | Ratified. Aug. 6, 1861. | Proclaimed Dec. 5, 1861. It covers such issues as: Cession of lands. Boundaries. Reservation to be surveyed and divided. Assignment in severalty of lands to members of tribe. Name of reservation. Annuities may be discontinued. Mills and mechanic shops. Roads, etc., to have right of way...And more You can read a transcript of the treaty here: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol2/treaties/ara0807.htm ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= My cousin Michael Walkingstick wrote this note about one of our common relatives. When I asked him if I could use it here, he reminded me it was just his notes and wasn't polished for publication. I thought you might find it interesting. I don't know about you, but I like Michael's writings. ----- Had this ancestor, Tarcheechee, very interesting guy. He lived down near a village called Amacoula, down in Georgia, not far from Dahlonagah. I was reading his testimony regarding a week he spent in the Georgia jails, under military guard, for digging gold on his own land. They brought in a friend of his, "badly abused and beaten." They stayed there until released by order of the court, and then simply unchained and sent on their way. This led me to another account of a man who was coming home from a local creek, where he had gathered up some gold... No doubt it enable him to trade with the store up at Scudder's, a local merchant, for perhaps some calico, or gingham, or perhaps to enable him to purchase a long requested spinning-wheel, for the love of his life, thereby giving her a great gift, and allow her to make nice things for him and his kids..... A 'posse' of local Georgia militia came across him, and he, knowing of the recently passed legislation forbidding Cherokee to gather such minerals, in Cherokee Territory, on their own land, he took off running. The posse gave chase, and fired on him, finally sending a 'ball through his thigh' and bringing him down. They recovered the gold, and he, bleeding badly, was gathered up and taken up to the trader's store, where he soon died. The Cherokee suffered many such affronts prior to their removal, especially after the legislation passed in 1830-31, designed to limit their ability to farm their land, increase commerce, raise their own children, to live....... Tarcheechee came over the trail of tears, made a new home in Indian Territory, rebuilt his life, and was beginning to finally move on with raising his family. The California Gold Rush saw many Cherokee move on to the area of Cherokee California, Tuolumne, etc. The Cherokee Trail, from the south thru Colorado, and on to the valleys of California, was blazed by these folks. Tarcheechee's cousin, Wilse, was found mining gold. He was 'ordered' to move on, that this was not for a 'dirty injun" to have, he was physically accosted by a few indignant white prospectors. Wilse's response? He shot and killed one of them and then spent the rest of his life running from this event. He disappears into the oblivion of unwritten history, no account of him is ever mentioned again, we have no idea what happened to him. My cousin grew up without much, but now, she has a job at the local casino, right there along the interstate, the main thoroughfare between Georgia and California. She has a new car, her kids are able to clothe themselves and not be shunned by the non-Indian kids for their non-designer label clothes. She has a modest home, but it has heat, and electricity, and running water, security, shelter... The money the casino brings in enables her to have these 'luxuries'. The profits from the casino not only make this possible for her, but a certain percentage of the profits go to ALL schools, not just the Indian schools, here in Oklahoma, to raise up our children and provide them transportation, books, the very best of an education. Every day, folks walk in that casino with their gold, and every day, leave it with those 'dirty injuns', every day, someone is able to buy clothing, loomed from thread in a far away place, with that gold, and today, there is a 'dirty injun' standing guard for our Armed Forces, in harm's way, hoping that a ball doesn't 'tear through their thigh' and cripple them or worse yet, end their own life. But they do it anyway, for the gold that the Armed Forces pay them to do so, and also, because of their own dedication to and in honor of, their land........ Cherokee land. It all started with the gold, the greed for the gold and the land, and a modest desire to trade gold for gingham. I wonder what Tarcheechee and Wilse would think of these things, if they were alive today to see it? ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Interesting Articles: --------------------- Campaign finance system, not tribes, to blame for scandal by John McCarthy Those of us who live in the real world frequently marvel that many of your guest columnists seem to live in another galaxy. Today's column by Jan Golab [''Indian gaming woes,'' Jan. 22] is a stellar example. Golab, a former Playboy editor, has published numerous other attacks on tribes and sovereignty, which he says is ''a festering problem.'' This column, like his other work, is crammed with outright factual errors, incorrect conclusions and undisguised racial hatred. It is surprising and disappointing that the Los Angeles Daily News chose to publish it. First, the factual errors. Golab is wrong about tribal sovereignty and [the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act]. Tribal sovereignty was not ''codified'' by [IGRA]. It was established as a fundamental principle under the U.S. Constitution, which recognizes tribes in the same way it recognizes the states. More than a century of legal precedents from the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts has confirmed that tribes are, indeed, self-governing nations within the United States. They exist in this fashion because their existence as governments pre-dates the establishment of the U.S. government itself. When tribes ceded lands to the United States, they did so in exchange for a promise that they would have the right to govern themselves in perpetuity. Even Mr. Golab presumably understands that ''in perpetuity'' means forever, not just until it becomes inconvenient for others. Golab was also 100 percent wrong in his review of IGRA's origin and impact. The passage of IGRA in 1988 followed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the 1987 California v. Cabazon [Band of Mission Indians] case. That decision did not give tribes the right to gamble in ''states that do not otherwise allow gambling.'' In fact, it held the opposite - that sovereign Indian tribes could conduct gaming operations on tribal lands without state interference as long as gaming was otherwise legal in the state. Many states had authorized lotteries, pari-mutuel wagering, and/or some forms of casino gambling for charity purposes. The court held that tribes could not be denied the right to gamble on tribal lands if others in the state were allowed to gamble under existing state law. Then came IGRA. Congress was not, as Golab claims, ''eager to show 'simpatico''' (that's so Hollywood) with Indian tribes. In fact, IGRA was the result of pressure on Congress from state governors and attorneys general who, concerned about the Supreme Court decision, demanded that Congress give them some measure of control over tribal gaming activities. So Congress passed IGRA, which actually limited tribal sovereignty by requiring that tribes negotiate agreements with states in order to conduct Class III casino-style gaming. Many tribes opposed IGRA because they believed it gave states too much power over them. Golab's fourth egregious error was in characterizing Indian gaming as ''our nation's largest special-interest group.'' Tribal contributions to congressional campaigns are small compared with those from other groups. In 2004, tribal contributions to congressional campaigns comprised one-third of one percent of the total contributions made, about $7.2 million out of a total $2.05 billion. During the same 2004 election cycle, the defense industry spent $15.6 million, the commercial banking industry $31 million, the health care industry $73.9 million, and the retirement industry $184 million. Where is the outcry about these big spenders? Back to the factual errors. Golab declares that ''reservation shopping'' has resulted in ''many new gambling resorts'' and is ''truly scandalous.'' Again, he is wrong. For the record, only three off-reservation land-into-trust transactions have been approved since IGRA was passed in 1988. Only 15 tribes have received federal recognition since 1978, and only one of those tribes has gaming. Most of those recognition claims had been pending for years, having been initiated long before Indian gaming was a glimmer in anyone's eye. Sixteen petitions for recognition have been denied since 1978. These facts can be verified by the National Indian Gaming Association, which keeps such records. If one examines today's headlines, it becomes clear that there is not so much ''reservation shopping'' as ''Indian shopping.'' Many of the high-profile proposals for off-reservation gaming expansion have been initiated not by tribes but by non-Indian communities, state governments or private companies that would partner with tribes to solve their own economic problems. The ''litany of woes'' attributed to tribal gaming is stunningly off the mark, and again presented without a shred of evidence. The actual facts show that where tribal gaming operates, property values have substantially increased, business start-ups have increased, average wages have improved, the tax base has expanded, and welfare costs have dropped. Since most casino workers make substantially more than the minimum wage, they are a positive economic force in their local communities. Especially disturbing is Golab's comment about ''flooding local schools with the children of low-income casino workers.'' The racist overtones of such a statement cannot be ignored. Does he object to the schools serving the children of other low-income workers? Or is it just that some of these children might be Indian? Since the federal government pays school districts to serve Indian children, not a nickel of their education comes out of the pocket of local taxpayers. In most cases, school districts receive more in federal Indian education aids than they actually spend on the children. Only about six of the 224 gaming tribes in the United States dealt with [Jack] Abramoff. The tribes that hired him committed no crime, other than trusting someone who shouldn't have been trusted. No court has suggested that the tribes are in any way culpable for Abramoff's appallingly unethical conduct. By ordering Abramoff to pay restitution to his tribal clients, the courts have recognized these governments as the victims, not the villains. Even so, because of the Abramoff scandal, Indian tribes have become the scapegoats in a cynical game of political spin. Congress did create a mess, but not by passing IGRA. It made a mess by creating a campaign finance system that promotes the kind of large-scale abuse we're seeing now. Indians didn't create the rules, they just play by them. It isn't Indian gaming that's at fault here, nor is it individual Indian tribes. It's the failed campaign finance system. To fault Indian tribes for that failure is nothing but racist demagoguery. But that is apparently Mr. Golab's specialty. Shame on the Los Angeles Daily News for giving him a forum to air his ignorance and bigotry. John McCarthy is executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, which represents nine of the 11 gaming tribes in Minnesota. ----------------- 'What a difference a year makes' by: Harry Reid What a difference a year makes'' is a saying we have all probably used in reference to our lives at one time or another, and it is a phrase I find myself using about American Indians and the attitudes of some politicians in Washington today. Last winter, I remember standing in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol at the dedication ceremony of a new statue depicting Sarah Winnemucca, a member of the Northern Paiute tribe who was immortalized in the Capitol for the work she did on behalf of American Indians more than 125 years ago. At that ceremony, leaders from both sides of the aisle stood side by side, paying tribute to this great woman and declaring that we all need to rededicate ourselves to the causes of equality and fairness that Sarah championed for her people. This winter, American Indians are again a hot topic under the Capitol dome. Only this year, we do not hear bipartisan pledges and commitments to work together. Instead, we see a disgusting attempt by some Republicans to drag Indians into a political scandal in which they are nothing but victims. By this time, the story of disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is well-known among the American Indian community. As a lobbyist for numerous tribes, Abramoff bilked Natives for millions of dollars in bloated lobbying fees. However, defrauding tribes is not his only crime. Abramoff also is connected to attempts at bribery, skirting campaign finance rules and paying off representatives with golf trips to Scotland. His actions make him a poster boy for corruption in Republican-run Washington, and they have sent leaders of his party running for cover. In their attempt to protect themselves, some Republican leaders have tried to pin wrongdoing on the tribes that hired Abramoff. Republicans have suggested that by participating in our political process, these tribes are guilty and that any political contributions from them are tainted. Nothing could be further from the truth. These tribes are Abramoff's victims, and it is disingenuous to suggest anything less. Like every group of Americans, tribes have a right to participate in our political process. These tribes have done nothing but exercise their democratic rights; and instead of persecuting them, everyone in Washington should be coming to their defense. Unfortunately, exploitation of American Indians by Republicans does not end there. In addition to trying to drag tribes into their scandal, Republicans have begun calling into question every deed Democrats have ever done on behalf of Native people. It is politics at its worst. Democrats are proud of the work we have done for American Indians, and we will never back down. I believe that, as leaders in Washington, we should do all we can to improve American Indian communities across this country. In particular, I'm proud of the work I've done to increase access to health care for Natives in Nevada and to increase economic development for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe in particular. Similarly, it was with great satisfaction that just this year, I worked to protect the livelihood of the Walker River Paiute Tribe by securing funding to save Walker Lake. When it comes to gaming, I've had a simple motto: Nevada comes first. Gaming is Nevada's No.1 industry, and I have always - and will always - do everything in my power to protect it. That is why I have worked so hard to ensure compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This has not always made me a friend of the American Indian gaming industry, but my record is consistent and clear. I am for greater regulation and against anything that threatens the economy of my state. My work to protect Nevada gaming and to promote the interests of Native people has nothing to do with political contributions, and everything to do with what is right. The Paiute, Shoshone, Washoe and all of Nevada's Native peoples have made unique contributions to our state, and as their Senator, I will continue to do what is best for them. In 2006, that means fighting to restore honest leadership in Washington, D.C. It is a sign of just how corrupt Washington has become that leaders are trying to drag American Indians into a scandal, instead of working together to help them get ahead. I believe that together, America can do better, and it starts with leaders who put people - not their own self-interests - first. Democrats believe it is time lawmakers stopped hiding behind Natives and started working for them and the rest of the American people. In the days ahead, my Democratic lawmakers and I will be introducing measures that will make sure lawmakers always put progress before politics. These new regulations will reform a system that gave rise to lobbyists like Jack Abramoff, and they will require tough new rules of members of Congress. Honest leadership is not a partisan goal. It is the only way we can make progress for all Americans. When leaders are free from scandal and undue influence, there is no limit to how far America can go. Born in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nev., Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid was first elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Nevada in 1986 and became Democratic Leader last year. ----------------- Joining Together for Change by Patricia R. Powers When Native peoples are discussed by others, it is rarely in human terms and the one-dimensional portrait is hurtful. The viewpoints of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are nearly always missing in media. We at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) believe it is time for concerned citizens to take stock, examine the various elements of the mass communication system, bring together a cross-section of influential people (not just allies), and figure out ways for Native and non-native leaders to jointly monitor and influence media, public opinion, and elected officials. Working under the guidance of Native leaders, allies must put time and effort into meeting with media decision-makers to insist on changes. One goal is to encourage public education and another is to increase the visibility of ordinary and extraordinary Native Americans. As a lobbying organization, we believe the ultimate goal is to create a broader and stronger Native caucus on Capitol Hill that has support from the electorate. Invisibility. In his analysis, ?In Punditland, a Little Imagination Could Yield Needed Diversity,? journalist Terry Neal criticizes the limited roster of players used on programs such as Meet the Press and on editorial pages. Bookers, editors, and producers claim they ?can?t find women and minorities who are qualified to offer their opinions on news of the day.? We at FCNL believe viewers and readers benefit when commentators from many backgrounds analyze issues and happenings. Moreover, as Neal says, these exclusions curtail leadership development because Sunday talk shows confer ?power and authority upon those chosen? as speakers, national experts, and repeat guests (washingtonpost.com, 4/4/05). Native experts rarely are utilized on network and cable news shows. Celebrities of Native origin seldom appear on daytime and late-night talk shows or in prime-time entertainment. Native issues are missing in news coverage and legislative progress reports. Non-natives also are harmed by this neglect and by misinformation. Overly Simplistic. In many cases, the mainstream media ignores the principles (and legal tangle) of tribal sovereignty, depicts diverse language and cultural groups as homogeneous, overlooks families living in cities, and embraces subtle stereotypes. Here is its latest caricature, which is being heightened by the daily coverage of the Abramoff scandal: most tribes are rolling in dough. This caricature is destructive and untrue, yet the average person does not have the knowledge to challenge it and the media does not provide such information or any legal or historical context. Too little news about the everyday issues of native families gets reported. The ?Reading Red Report? analyzed mainstream news coverage by nine newspapers with large circulations. The researcher found more articles about Native Americans than expected: from a low of 43 in the Wall Street Journal to a high of 519 in the New York Times during a three-year period (1999-2002). However, many of the articles were about the same subjects--tribal casinos (145) and mascots (116). Although coverage of reservations (225 articles) is appropriate, the report notes: ?So many stories were datelined Pine Ridge that a reader might not have realized that New York City?s 87,241 Native American residents make up the largest urban Indian community in the nation.? Listening. Much needs to be aired. Much needs to be heard. We invite Native opinion leaders to attend ?Who Wants to Hear OUR Story,? a symposium to be held March 2-3, 2006 at the Wyndham hotel in Washington, DC. Communication experts in messaging and influencing will lead participants in a constructive, realistic examination of public versus indigenous perceptions and basic facts. See http//www.fcnl.org/nativeam/media_symp.htm>http://www.fcnl.org/nativeam/media_symp.htm Sponsors. The new American Indian Policy and Media Initiative at Buffalo State College is coordinating closely with us. Other key planners include staff from the Native American Journalists Association, National Indian Child Welfare Association, and National Congress of American Indians, as well as individuals experienced in indigenous rights and programs. To date, 19 national organizations are co-sponsoring; some are issue-oriented (National Indian Council on Aging and National Indian Health Board). Native-directed organizational sponsors include large, established organizations (NCAI; Native American Rights Fund; First Nations Development Fund)and comparatively small, newer organizations (National Native American Families Together; National Urban Family Coalition). Ally groups (HONOR; American Friends Service Committee; FCNL) already in partnership with Indian Country are co-sponsoring and faith-based organizations (Call to Renewal; Interfaith Alliance) are supporting this educational endeavor. The National American Indian Housing Council and the National Council of Churches, which has a huge reach, are committed to publicizing it. Among many others, organizations such as Americans for Indian Opportunity and the Institute for Tribal Government are providing speakers and moderators. Members of the public and media can register for the media symposium on Thursday and Friday morning (March 2-3). An invitation-only session on follow-up action will take place Friday afternoon. At that time, monitoring and intervention activities will be organized. These may include high level meetings with mainstream media owners, managers, booking agents, and others in the communications field. Pat Powers is a lobbyist for Friends Committee on National Legislation and director of the Native American Advocacy Program. ----------------- Mantle of Shame Awards for 2005 Suzan Shown Harjo I've given Mantle of Shame Awards to the deserving, mostly for the holiday yuks of family and Capitol Hill friends, for 25 years. This started with the worst ''Indian'' stereotypes, references and statements in politics, sports and pop culture generally, which I once kept on the mantel of a fireplace. The constant reminders of deliberate and unthinking offenses against Native people in American society were so unpleasant that I stopped the practice of displaying them. Following the custom in some cultures to throw away all trash at year's end so it isn't carried into the New Year, I got rid of the junk on the mantel. But some junk is worth noting, from a safe distance, before it's entirely trashed. So, here, in the spirit of bundling trash and hoping against hope it won't return in 2006, are my picks for toxic activities for this year. And the winners of the 2005 Mantle of Shame Awards are: Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon, Ralph Reed and other lobbyists for taking Native nations' money, greasing the palms of cronies and intentionally or coincidentally harming the tribes that were paying them top dollar for their help. Scanlon is singing like a canary and Abramoff is poised to join him on the perch. All of this is causing Nixonesque flop sweat for Scanlon's former boss, Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, who appears regularly before a judge in his home state on campaign finance matters; Reed, who's running for the second-highest office in Georgia on an anti-gambling platform and who's running away from his record of receiving Indian gaming clients' money to oppose an anti-gaming bill; and a lot of people who want to hang on to the cushy offices they have. Tribal leaders and employees yet to be named for hiring all the above and their ilk as attack dogs against other Indian tribes and people; for giving campaign contributions to their lobbyists' favorite office-seeker; and/or for thinking that paying mega bucks to white men gets the best job done for Native peoples. Some of these tribal people and workers are being used for investigative purposes as ''Abramoff's Indian victims'' and may totally escape retribution for their part in his excesses and their own. They likely will escape indictments, but have been and will be mentioned in other court documents and as footnotes in at least one tell-all book. Indian rainmakers also must share the Abramoff et al award for being part of his private food chain and for making deals (or being on the verge of making deals) with tribal monies for his services. Most of these deals were cut over drinks and dinners at his Washington restaurant (which I never saw the inside of, I am happy to report). Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, once again, for demanding in his best strong-arm style California's ''fair share'' of Indian casino monies - how exactly does a state get a share at all, fair or unfair? - and for being, well, himself. Also sharing in the Schwarzenegger and Abramoff et al awards are all those elected officials and their staffers who have their hands out (and not in friendship) and won't even meet with Native people unless the meeting comes with the promise of money. Congress and Senate President Dick Cheney for the Dec. 21 passage of the money-cutting bill that will be the nail in the coffin for many of the programs serving the people who have the least money, the worst health and the fewest years to live, and for setting the stage for next year's tax cut for rich, comfortable and healthy folks. Sen. Ted Stevens for trying to muscle through drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by holding up defense funding in a time of war and relief monies for desperate people in hurricane-devastated states. He has tried to open ANWR in his home state of Alaska for nearly 25 of his 37 years in the Senate, often by trying to suspend regular rules of order. Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico foreshadowed next year's maneuver: tacking ANWR drilling onto a budget reconciliation bill that's easier to pass than an appropriations bill, because it takes nine fewer votes to stop a filibuster on the former than it does on the latter. Stevens threatened other senators with personal campaign trips to their states for their part in the debate that kept the Senate in Washington during most of the week before Christmas. And talk about drilling - he was captured by C-SPAN not once but twice sitting in his Senate seat with his finger up his nose while he was thumbing it at the Senate rules. Interior Special Trustee Ross O. Swimmer, a former Cherokee principal chief, for his advice on the way to carry out the federal trust obligations to Native peoples, and to those in Interior and Justice who follow it, which has led to Indian court victories, most recently the Dec. 19 district court decision to award $7 million in attorney fees to the lawyers representing Indian account holders in the multi-billion-dollar trust funds case against Interior and Treasury. Some scientists and other politicians on the federal dole for spending another year of taxpayers' (and that means most Native people, too) money arming the adversaries of Native nations' attempts to repatriate dead relatives, funerary items, sacred objects and/or cultural patrimony; for opposing and stalling the technical clarifying amendment to the Native American repatriation law that seeks to restore the policy's intended balance; and for trying to keep unidentified Native remains from being reburied or buried. Washington's National Football League franchise for fighting tooth and nail to stop the filing of a friend of the court brief against their team's dreadful name - by the Native American Rights Fund on behalf of the National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Education Association, National Indian Youth Council and the Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism - because it explodes the myth that Indians think that name and other ''Indian'' sports references are swell. Russell Means, who is Oglala Lakota, for challenging the Navajo Nation's sovereignty, treaty, jurisdiction and ability to defend Navajo people by disputing its tribal court's conviction of him in connection with allegations that he beat his wife and her father, a disabled World War II veteran with one arm. Means tried to get the federal district court to overturn the tribal court's decision, but lost his case, appealed that decision and lost again, on Dec. 13, in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ward Churchill, who is not claimed by any of the three Native nations he has claimed over his public career as an ''Indian'' activist and ''Indian'' professor at the University of Colorado, for attacking those who exposed him as a pseudo-Indian. This award must be shared with the knee-jerk conservatives who jumped on him because of his lefty statements and with the knee-jerk liberals who jumped to his defense because of his lefty statements. The University of Colorado for standing behind their "self-declaration'' policy - which enabled Churchill to market himself as an ''Indian'' academician and as an ''Indian'' writer (after he abandoned marketing himself as an ''Indian'' artist, in order to not run afoul of the federal law that bows to tribal citizenship laws for determining who is an Indian) - and for substituting its judgment for Indian nations' legal decisions about who is and is not an Indian. This award must be shared with Means, who supports Churchill because he has an ''Indian heart.'' Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, is president of the Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C. and a columnist for Indian Country Today. ----------------- THE VALUE OF INDIAN CULTURE by MARGE ANDERSON - Chief Executive, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Aaniin. Thank you for inviting me here today. When I was asked to speak to you, I was told you are interested in hearing about the improvements we are making on the Mille Lacs Reservation, and about our investment of casino dollars back into our community through schools, health care facilities, and other services. And I do want to talk to you about these things, because they are tremendously important, and I am very proud of them. But before I do, I want to take a few minutes to talk to you about something else, something I'm not asked about very often. I want to talk to you about what it means to be Indian. About how my people experience the world. About the fundamental way in which our culture differs from yours. And about why you should care about all this. The differences between Indians and non-Indians have created a lot of controversy lately. Casinos, treaty rights, tribal sovereignty - these issues have stirred such anger and bitterness. I believe the accusations against us are made out of ignorance. The vast majority of non-Indians do not understand how my people view the world, what we value, what motivates us. They do not know these things for one simple reason: they've never heard us talk about them. For many years, the only stories that non-Indians heard about my people came from other non-Indians. As a result, the picture you got of us was fanciful, or distorted, or so shadowy, it hardly existed at all. It's time for Indian voices to tell Indian stories. Now, I'm sure at least a few of you are wondering, "Why do I need to hear these stories? Why should I care about what Indian people think, and feel, and believe?" I think the most eloquent answer I can give you comes from the namesake of this university, St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Thomas wrote that dialogue is the struggle to learn from each other. This struggle, he said, is like Jacob wrestling the angel - it leaves one wounded and blessed at the same time. Indian people know this struggle very well. The wounds we've suffered in our dialogue with non-Indians are well-documented; I don't need to give you a laundry list of complaints. We also know some of the blessings of this struggle. As American Indians, we live in two worlds - ours, and yours. In the 500 years since you first came to our lands, we have struggled to learn how to take the best of what your culture has to offer in arts, science, technology and more, and then weave them into the fabric of our traditional ways. But for non-Indians, the struggle is new. Now that our people have begun to achieve success, now that we are in business and in the headlines, you are starting to wrestle with understanding us. Your wounds from this struggle are fresh, and the pain might make it hard for you to see beyond them. But if you try, you'll begin to see the blessings as well - the blessings of what a deepened knowledge of Indian culture can bring to you. I'd like to share a few of those blessings with you today. Earlier I mentioned that there is a fundamental difference between the way Indians and non-Indians experience the world. This difference goes all the way back to the bible, and Genesis. In Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, God creates man in his own image. Then God says, "be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of the heaven, and all living animals on the earth." Masters. Conquer. Nothing, nothing could be further from the way Indian people view the world and our place in it. Here are the words of the great nineteenth century Chief Seattle: "You are a part of the earth, and the earth is a part of you. You did not weave the web of life, you are merely a strand in it. Whatever you do to the web, you do to yourself." In our tradition, there is no mastery. There is no conquering. Instead, there is kinship among all creation-humans, animals, birds, plants, even rocks. We are all part of the sacred hoop of the world, and we must all live in harmony with each other if that hoop is to remain unbroken. When you begin to see the world this way - through Indian eyes - you will begin to understand our view of land, and treaties, very differently. You will begin to understand that when we speak of Father Sun and Mother Earth, these are not new-age catchwords - they are very real terms of respect for very real beings. And when you understand this, then you will understand that our fight for treaty rights is not just about hunting deer or catching fish. It is about teaching our children to honor Mother Earth and Father Sun. It is about teaching them to respectfully receive the gifts these loving parents offer us in return for the care we give them. And it is about teaching this generation and the generations yet to come about their place in the web of life. Our culture and the fish, our values and the deer, the lessons we learn and the rice we harvest- everything is tied together. You can no more separate one from the other than you can divide a person's spirit from his body. When you understand how we view the world and our place in it, it's easier to appreciate why our casinos are so important to us. The reason we defend our businesses so fiercely isn't because we want to have something that others don't. The reason is because these businesses allow us to give back to others - to our People, our communities, and the Creator. I'd like to take a minute and mention just a few of the ways we've already given back: We've opened new schools, new health care facilities, and new community centers where our children get a better education, where our elders get better medical care, and where our families can gather to socialize and keep our traditions alive. We've built new ceremonial buildings, and new powwow and celebration grounds. We've renovated an elderly center, and plan to build three culturally sensitive assisted living facilities for our elders. We've created programs to teach and preserve our language and cultural traditions. We've created a Small Business Development Program to help band members start their own businesses. We've created more than twenty-eight hundred jobs for band members, people from other tribes, and non-Indians. We've spurred the development of more than one thousand jobs in other local businesses. We've generated more than fifty million dollars in federal taxes, and more than fifteen million dollars in state taxes through wages paid to employees. And we've given back more than two million dollars in charitable donations. The list goes on and on. But rather than flood you with more numbers, I'll tell you a story that sums up how my people view business through the lens of our traditional values. Last year, the Woodlands National Bank, which is owned and operated by the Mille Lacs Band, was approached by the city of Onamia and asked to forgive a mortgage on a building in the downtown area. The building had been abandoned and was an eyesore on Main Street. The city planned to renovate and sell the building, and return it to the tax rolls. Although the band would lose money by forgiving the mortgage, our business leaders could see the wisdom in improving the community. The opportunity to help our neighbors was an opportunity to strengthen the web of life. So we forgave the mortgage. Now, I know this is not a decision everyone would agree with. Some people feel that in business, you have to look out for number one. But my people feel that in business - and in life - you have to look out for every one. And this, I believe, is one of the blessings that Indian culture has to offer you and other non-Indians. We have a different perspective on so many things, from caring for the environment, to healing the body, mind and soul. But if our culture disappears, if the Indian ways are swallowed up by the dominant American culture, no one will be able to learn from them. Not Indian children. Not your children. No one. All that knowledge, all that wisdom, will be lost forever. The struggle of dialogue will be over. Yes, there will be no more wounds. But there will also be no more blessings. There is still so much we have to learn from each other, and we have already wasted so much time. Our world grows smaller every day. And every day, more of our unsettling, surprising, wonderful differences vanish. And when that happens, part of each of us vanishes, too. I'd like to end with one of my favorite stories. It's a funny little story about Indians and non-Indians, but its message is serious: you can see something differently if you are willing to learn from those around you. This is the story: Years ago, white settlers came to this area and built the first European-style homes. When Indian People walked by these homes and saw see-through things in the walls, they looked through them to see what the strangers inside were doing. The settlers were shocked, but it makes sense when you think about it: windows are made to be looked through from both sides. Since then, my people have spent many years looking at the world through your window. I hope today I've given you a reason to look at it through ours. Mii gwetch. ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Newspaper & online stories: --------------------------- Growth of Indian gaming sends ripples of change off county's reservations http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060130/news_1n30casinos.html Artifacts home again - COCOPAH RESERVATION http://sun.yumasun.com/artman/publish/articles/story_21976.php Indian burial site unearthed; The discovery occurred during construction in Huntington Beach. http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=3632 Guest Opinion: A long overdue honor for Montana Indian culture http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2006/02/03/opinion/guest/40-guest-op.txt INDEPTH: EAGLE SLAUGHTER - The honoured eagles http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/eagleslaughter/ What was ancient is brought back to life / Morongos' Rez Readers series celebrates rebirth of tribal language http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060203/NEWS01/602030325/1006 The Future of American Indian Peoples http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412378 Teeth could tell fossil's tale / UW researcher seeks secrets of Kennewick Man http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/feb06/389315.asp Tribe challenges development plan's protection of artifacts / SAN JACINTO: Luiseño Indians issue a release saying The Cove is not protecting artifacts. http://www.pe.com/digitalextra/metro/tribes/vt_stories/PE_News_Local_P_soboba02.18574c6c.html Historian's investigation of 1884 lynching made into film http://www.cbc.ca/sask/story/louis-sam060202.html Bone discovery points to Indian graves (NORTH CAROLINA) http://www.wwaytv3.com/Global/story.asp?S=4448814&nav=menu70_2 Panel approves controversial coin / Design shows explorer with Virginia Indian leader http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=7527 Getting in touch with native culture (CALIFORNIA) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/02/02/SPGRFH1I071.DTL&hw=tribe&sn=002&sc=249 Idaho tribe to hunt bison from Yellowstone under treaty http://www.helenair.com/articles/2006/01/31/montana_top/000bison.txt Indian trade clues culled in cornfield (NEW MEXICO) http://www.abqtrib.com/albq/nw_science/article/0,2668,ALBQ_21236_4426846,00.html Tribes: Court went too far (NEW YORK) http://www.auburnpub.com/articles/2006/02/04/news/local_news/news03.txt COLUMN: Defamation of Indians on Trial (WASHINGTON, DC) http://magic-city-news.com/article_5283.shtml Passamaquoddy Tribe to Legislature: Pass gaming parlor or gamble at polls (MAINE) http://waldo.villagesoup.com/government/story.cfm?storyID=67247 Yukon First Nations hope to head off land deal (YUKON) http://www.cbc.ca/north/story/taan-land-030232006.html My View: Commissioner is distorting truth to block tribe's land trust request (MINNESOTA) http://www.startribune.com/332/story/212827.html Miramar gets thumbs-up from Inuit for mine (CANADA) http://www.cbc.ca/north/story/miramar-dorisnorth-01022006.html Nez Perce Tribe opposes Idaho's plan to kill wolves to help elk http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420AP_ID_Wolf_Plan.html Indian leader seeks federal aid (WASHINGTON, DC) -- American Indian tribes are not getting enough federal help to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. http://www.abqtrib.com/albq/nw_national/article/0,2564,ALBQ_19860_4439016,00.html Garcia turns to Four Directions to guide Indian Country (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Joe Garcia, the new president of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the State of Indian Nations address. http://188.8.131.52/News/2006/012354.asp As Tribal Leaders, Women Still Fight Old Views (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/04/national/04tribe.html?hp&ex=1139115600&en=9abb633e522f038d&ei=5094&partner=homepage Cherokee public relations is welcome news for all Oklahomans http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=7515 Bush punishes BIA budget to pay for Cobell (WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Bush administration has made an across-the-board cut to the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget, blaming the reduction on the Cobell trust fund lawsuit. http://184.108.40.206/News/2006/012331.asp JODI RAVE: Let's settle Cobell,' Native leader says (MONTANA) http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2006/02/03/jodirave/rave53.txt Judge: Jailers erred when they denied Cherokee man prayer feather (ARKANSAS) http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=7519 New World from a Native perspective / Movie review (MANITOBA) -- Dramatic histrionics aptly describes The New World, a new feature film written and directed by Terrence Malick that opened recently. http://nativetimes.com/index.asp?action=displayarticle&article_id=7528 Louisiana's Coastal Tribes Appeal For Help (LOUISIANA) http://220.127.116.11/press_release/LOUISIANA%92S%20COASTAL%20TRIBES%20APPEAL%20FOR%20HELP.htm Citizens fear herbicide proposal - 02/03/2006 - CALIFORNIA http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=3636 Federal judge defers to ancient Hawaiian tradition to settle dispute http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20060201-1046-hawaiianartifacts.html Native American stories of the stars http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/top/index.php?ntid=71139&ntpid=1 Muscatine Community College drops Indian mascot http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060130/NEWS/60130015/1001 Heritage, writings split Indian activists - If you think Ward Churchill is controversial in his academic setting, you should see how divisive a force he is in the Indian world. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3542697,00.html Hayward man fights for Native Americans - Organization seeks historical status, change in immigration policy http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_3446949 ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Here is the website which shows the locations where some of the subscribers to this newsletter live. You can add your location, too, if you have not already done so. http://www.frappr.com/philkonstantinsamericanindiannewsletter/ ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Movie Reviews: -------------- A few days ago, I watched the PBS special "The Journey of Sacagawea." It was made in 2003. It features many different speakers who discuss Sacagawea, including Rose Ann Abrahamson (Lemhi Shoshone & relative of Sacagawea), Amy Mossett (Mandan/Hidatsa) and many others. The DVD covers many topics including how her name was pronounced, spelled and what it really meant. It featured reinactments which cover much of the actual locations. It discusses her heritage, tribal practices, historical events, and some of the myths surrounding Sacagawea. With many conflicting stories about the woman who helped to guide the Lewis & Clark expedition, this DVD does a good job of trying to cover what is really known about her. I recommend seeing it, if her story interests you. While it is not available in many video stores, you can get it through Netflix, and the link below. You can read more about the DVD on this website: http://idahoptv.org/lc/sacagawea/index.html You can order a copy of this DVD here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009R2XHM/onthisdateinn-20/002-4415173-7059250?%5Fencoding=UTF8&camp=1789&link%5Fcode=xm2 ----------------- Several people have asked me about "The New World." Since I have not seen it yet, I thought I would post this review for you. I'll give you my opionion as soon as it comes out on DVD. "New World" from a Native perspective by Steve Cowley Dramatic histrionics aptly describes "The New World," a new feature film written and directed by Terrence Malick that opened recently. Talk about a miscast and a movie that should never have been made. Malick should have passed on this one. Instead what he wrote is work better suited as a simple contemporary dance piece rather than a major motion picture. It would have had a better chance and made more creative sense. The New World is a disjointed heap full of cliches and caricatures that appear to meander forever. And forever. The opening fifteen minutes is one of the most excruciating moments put to celluloid ever directed by anyone whose name isn't Michael Cimino. Its direction was amateurish and the cinematic tone was self-effacing - but not in a way Malick most likely intended it to be. It was probably a fluke. James Horner's usually exquisite music direction in the opening is simply wasted as the film opens with the 'discovery' of a new world. Credit Malick for not going on and hiring the Highty Tighties Virginia Tech marching band for the opening. An adventurous interpretation of controversial subject material already covered most recently by Disney and Malick was simply not up to it. A blaring omission that obviously comes to mind is for over two hours Pocahontas' name is not mentioned once. Love her or hate her, at the least Malick should have given the character her due. In Malick's film everyone calls her 'Rebecca' played by newcomer Q'orianka Kilcher. So when Malick provides a little homage to Irene Bedard, the actress who played the Disney animated version, Bedard's scene is almost a flash. It didn't make sense. In this version Bedard plays Kilcher's mother. So leave the small ones at home or you will be explaining why for months. Malick doesn't even try to be coy with his interpretation of Pocahontas' affair with Captain John Smith played by Colin Farrell. Pocahontas opens her heart to Smith and Jamestown and she literally saves them from starvation in a thanksgiving scene straight out of drama 101 class. Hallmark could sue Malick for license infringement on that one scene alone. A saving grace for this cinematic wannabe is the beautiful cinematography by two-time Oscar Academy winner Emmanuel Lubezki. Magnificently capturing the sweeping vistas of the Virginian landscape, the vegetation, animal life and the marshlands, Lubezki expertly photographed scenes that made it appear fresh to the eyes. Almost like a new world. American Indian actor, activist, entertainer, Wes Studi, is used as scenery in his role as Opechancanough. He is never defined and the dialogue he delivers is wooden. Studi recently stated in an interview with an American Indian news publication that he was concerned and disappointed at the final cut of the film. Was Wes more ticked about the cutting of his scenes or in Malick's direction? In his interview his comments were unclear. Historically, the characters, including Kilcher's first lines, are spoken in the Algonquin Cree dialect. Nipi in Cree means water, and that is exactly what Kilcher interprets for Smith in their early scenes together. Canadian-born theatrical stage actor Billy Merasty playing Kiskiak seemingly knew the intent of Malick and simply delivered most of his lines in his native Cree language. Good for the noted and respected actor. From an American Indian standpoint, that is the only good thing about the film. Some credit must be given to the dedication and hard work of casting director Rene Haynes. American Indians are working and acting so this fact should not be lost on the American Indian community. At the least American Indians are being hired to play American Indian roles. In Malick's film this altruism is too bad and too sad. About the author: Steve Cowley, Cree from Manitoba, began his career as journalist in the early 90's in Canada. As a New Yorker since 1993, fresh out of the New York Film Academy, he worked at the American Indian Community House as the assistant to the Director of the Performing Arts Department and is currently the Employment Counselor in the WIA (Work Employment Act) Dept. He is the CEO of Tapwe Production Projects in NY and continues to write for the American Indian Community House's newsletter, the Flying Eagle Woman Fund's website and for the Tapwe web site. Read more about Steve and Tapwe Production Projects at www.tapwe.com. Steve be contacted at email@example.com ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Announcements: -------------- (Note: As with other posting, I do not vouch for the authenticity of these events. I am posting them for your perusal. Please use your best judgement.) Call for Presentations: 7th Biennial Language is Life; Conference for California Indian Languages Marin Headlands Institute, Sausalito, CA March 24-26, 2006 You are invited to join with other California Indians trying to learn or re-learn, teach, document, research, or otherwise invigorate their Native languages. Members of Language Programs are urged to come and talk about your projects, share your successes and problems, and gather with other Native people who believe that language renewal is the cornerstone to cultural survival. PRESENTATION APPLICATION Due March 1, 2006 and can found at www.aicls.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ------------------- 1st Annual Morongo Tribal Nation College Fair Date: Saturday, February 25, 2006 (11am-4pm) Location: Morongo Indian Reservation - Banning, CA Contact: Joely De La Torre, Ph.D. (Luiseño) Phone: 951-816-3301 Email: email@example.com Website: www.naqcom.com The Morongo College Fair will aid students in fulfilling their educational aspirations. This is a half-day program open to the Morongo public and neighboring southern California tribal nations. This fair will allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions to discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general and other information pertinent to the college selection, preparedness and achievement process. This will be an exciting chance for potential students talk to the people "in the know." ------------------- CNN DONATES $50,000 TO NAJA'S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM VERMILLION, SD--Jan. 20, 2006--CNN has pledged $50,000 to NAJA's scholarship program for broadcast students as both organizations continue to work together to boost the number of Native people involved in broadcast journalism. "This is good news," NAJA President Mike Kellogg (Navajo) said. "NAJA awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships last year and each year we see more requests from students. We're delighted that in the coming years we'll be able to help more of our future broadcasters." This most recent gift continues CNN's generous support for Native journalism and journalists of color. "In today's world, it is imperative that a news organization such as CNN employ a diversity of journalists that reflect the diversity of the world they cover," said Jim Walton, CNN Worldwide president. "To that end, this donation helps ensure that CNN and other news organizations encourage more minority students to consider journalism as a career." CNN also says it will work with NAJA to get more Native students involved in broadcast journalism through internships, as well as train broadcast journalists during the 2006 convention. The network is planning a seminar at NAJA's 2006 convention in Tulsa, Okla., to share its vast experience covering natural disasters-- from wildfires to floods to the recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. In addition to a seminar, CNN has pledged support for the 2006 and 2007 conventions in Tulsa and Denver. The network was also a major sponsor of the 2005 annual convention in Lincoln, Neb. NAJA Executive Director Kim Baca (Navajo/Santa Clara Pueblo) says working with CNN will help NAJA accomplish NAJA's mission of enriching journalism and increasing diversity. "Native Americans continue to be the most underrepresented group in TV. Receiving this gift is a positive step in rectifying this situation. NAJA is addressing the lack of Native Americans in the broadcast field by creating programs to attract Native students where career interests start," Baca said, adding that NAJA is working with the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation for a weeklong summer high school radio program in 2007. "With CNN's and other broadcasters' help, we can aid in creating new avenues for Native students and radio and television professionals," she said. ------------------- 2006 Warrior Spirit Conference on April 27 & 28th, 2006 in Albuquerque, NM. The conference will take place at the NATIVO LODGE (www.nativolodge.com) in Albuquerque. We have scheduled esteemed native speakers who will share a wealth of information that exemplify the Warrior Spirit. Respectfully, Kalvin White ------------------- Proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day on March 12th 2006 From Tonatierra - Tupac Enrique Acosta - SGF boardmember, Arizona Good greetings once again! As you know we are moving into our fourth year of Tlahtokan Aztlan -Nican Tlacah Ilhuitl, Proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day on March 12th 2006. It falls on a Sunday this year. Thursday the 9th PM is traditional reception and community symposium at the Nahuacalli. We are projecting a REPORT BACK regarding the Indigenous Summit of Mar de Plata to Native Nation leaders of the territory on Friday the 11th. It would be good to get a report on elements of strategy concerning the Declaration and the doings in Geneva. For this reason it would be good to confirm ASAP the participation by AILA, as Tonya mentioned in Albuquerque she would like to come. We would like to have Willie Littlechild as well representing the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Saturday the 11th is youth day, workshops and music. Nican Tlacah Ilhuitl Sunday, March 12 - Tlahtokan Aztlan - Continental Confederation of the Eagle and Condor - Treaty of Teotihuacan I met with President Joni Ramos of SRPMIC yesterday, and relayed our request to present before the Inter Tribal council of Arizona a personal invitation to participate in the events: our GOAL is to have the Indigenous Nations leadership issue the Proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day, with the City, State, County, etc., following in reciprocity. Cindy Naha, Hopi, who works with ITCA will be at the Thursday meeting - she has worked with us extensively over the past years. Gustavo will be calling John Lewis, director of ITCA as well and we have made a call to Dale Phillips of the Cocopah Nation who has participated in years past even to sending a delegation of Cocopah to Mexico with the Peace and Dignity Journeys. From the South: Dr. Eualalio Frites Quechua Aymara Nation of the host organization of the Continental Indigenous Summit in Argentina is invited: to be confirmed. From Panama: Gusto recommends we bring our allies from the Kuna Nation: Kuala. From Mexico: Margarita Gutierrez, Otomi Nation working out of Chiapas, representing the Continental Network of Indigenous Women: Confirmed. From the North: Invitations Western Shoshone Defense Project (SGF Affiliate and ally) Arthur Manuel of the Shuswap Nation who went with us to the Summit in Mar de Plata, Argentina (and SGF Affiliate through INET) Seventh Generation Fund - All other SGF Affiliates throughout Americas American Indian Law alliance, NGO of the United Nations working in Geneva and New York on the Draft Declaration of Indigenous Rights Sarah James of Gwichin Nation - Arctic Village Alaska Jeannette Armstrong of the Okanagan Nation in BC Canada who went with us to Chiapas in 1994. All Seventh Generation Fund Ally organizations / Circle of SGF Families and Community Projects whether or not you are an Affiliate project are welcome and encouraged to participate We are proposing that as was done for the Peace and Dignity Journeys of 2004, a request for overnight access to South Mountain Saturday March 11th be granted by the City of Phoenix for a core group of O'Odham Nation Peoples to caretake the staffs that will come down from South Mountain to start the run on Sunday AM. See you soon. Tupac Enrique Acosta Cell: (602) 466-8367 see: Tlahtokan Aztlan at: www.tonatierra.org see: www.indigenouspeoplesday.org ------------------- American Indian Education Event on Feb 24th - San Diego County From: "Brandie Taylor"
; Date: Tue, January 24, 2006 1:47 pm Greetings Tribal Community educators/leaders and campus educators/leaders: You are cordially invited to attend the second annual North County Higher Education Alliance event that focuses on American Indian studentrecruitment and retention. (NCHEA= a consortium of Cal State San Marcos, Palomar College, and Mira Costa College). We are looking forward to convening a group of tribal community educators/leaders and campus educators/leaders for this event: American Indian Education Issues: Strategizing for Success in North County. This year's event will take place at Cal State San Marcos on Friday, February 24th Clarke Field House-Grand Salon -- 9:30 a.m. to 1:30. p.m. Agenda 9:30 - 10:00-- blessing, welcome by President Karen S. Haynes, coffee, brief intros 10:00 - 10:45 -- Dr. Joely De La Torre (Cal State San Bernardino) -- "Indigenous Knowledge: Generating Hope and Change Through Education" Brief break 11:00 - 11:30 -- "College In Context: A Framework For Discussing American Indian Students in Higher Education" Presenters: Cal State San Marcos: Elena Hood-Early Outreach Coordinator Palomar College: Calvin One Deer Gavin-Director, Grant Funded Student Programs Mira Costa: Edward Pohlert- Director, Retention Services 11:30 - 12:00 -- begin discussions, to continue through lunch, on how best to work as a tri-campus consortium, in partnership with local tribes, to better address the needs of our local Indian students 12:00 - 1:00 - lunch (continued discussion) 1:00 - 1:30 - formalize action plan In order to ensure adequate food for lunch, RSVPs must be received by return email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, February 17th. Off campus attendees will have a parking permit reserved once you RSVP. Look forward to seeing you on February 24th! Bonnie Biggs Professor Emeritus Tribal Liaison Cal State San Marcos 333 So. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096 Phone: 760-542-5150 Fax: 760-434-2668 email: email@example.com Tribal Libraries Census & Needs Assessment website: http://www.csusm.edu/bbiggs/loc/ ------------------- Subject: WOCN InfoLink:Native Leadership Scholarship Dear colleagues, We are writing to you to inform you and your organization about a funding opportunity for women pursuing non-doctoral level graduate education. The Native Leaders! hip Scholarship (NLS) program creates educational opportunities for women around the world who are grassroots leaders, organizers and activists demonstrating financial need. NLS invests in women's leadership and leadership development by supporting non- doctoral graduate education in human rights, sustainable development, and public health. 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NLS is a secular program and does not support programs of study that promote specific religious beliefs. SCHOLARSHIPS The NLS awards four to six scholarships per year, up to US$25,000 per academic year for a maximum of two years. The awards help the recipients meet the costs of tuition, fees, books, educational supplies, housing, maintenance, and travel to and from the home country and the educational institution. NLS awards are paid directly to the institution in a student's account. For women intending to study at U.S. universities, NLS funding for expenses other than tuition and books is subject to a 14% U.S. tax. LOCATION! OF STUDY Candidates may use NLS funding for non-doctoral graduate study at accredited institutions worldwide. The NLS is committed to promoting the strengthening of research and of institutions of higher learning in the Global South. The NLS encourages students to study in their home country or region provided that the educational institution is accredited for higher education. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS An eligible candidate is a woman leader who... 1. Is committed to grassroots organizing and the needs of her community or indigenous group; 2. Has proof of a bachelor's or a higher degree; 3. Has at least three years of work experience dealing with critical human rights concerns, and other social, educational, environmental, health or economic conditions that threaten life or social stability, that discriminate, or that destroy or deplete her country's or community's resources; 4. Is accepted into a non-doctoral graduate program at an accredited university for full-time study/research related to her work experience; 5. Can show evidence of financial need for educational support; 6. Intends to return to her home country to work, utilizing training and research acquired in the study program. PRE-APPLICATIONS All applicants are invited to fill out pre-applications (which will be available Jan. 1 through March 25, 2006) on our website or by request from firstname.lastname@example.org. DEADLINES NLS pre-applications for the 2006-2007 academic year will be available Jan. 1 through March 25, 2006 on our website or by request from email@example.com. After the pre-application period ends, all candidates will be notified about their application status. Incomplete pre-applications will not be considered for review. Unsolicited additional documents provided by the pre-applicant will ! not be reviewed. Only a small group of candidates will be invited to complete a full application. Aline Carton, Program Manager, Native Leadership Scholarship Channel Foundation 603 Stewart St., Suite 415 Seattle, WA 98101 USA tel: (00)1-206-621-5447 fax: (00)1-206-621-2664 ------------------- NINHLE 2006 Annual Institute (National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education) Title: NINHLE 2006 Annual Institute Date: July 23-27, 2006 at the Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT Contact: National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education - Louise Chavez, Program Coordinator/PI Office of the Provost & Exec Vice President for Academic Affairs NINLHE Department, MSC02 1580, Hokona Hall, Room 320 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 Phone: 505.277.2614 Fax: 505.277.6085 Website: http://ninlhe.unm.edu The Annual Institute provides college, university and tribal education professionals with opportunities for professional empowerment, networking and personal and spiritual renewal. In an atmosphere of collaboration, friendship, and fun, participants are involved in small, hands-on training sessions in skills areas vital to Native student success. Training topics have included leadership development, academic and financial aid advisement, alcohol abuse prevention and intervention, program planning and evaluation, fundraising, and cultivating foundation and corporate relations. Download an application on the website. ------------------- INDN's List Celebrates a First Birthday! Just one year ago, INDN's List set out to change the color and face of power in America by electing our First Americans to office. Today, thanks to you, we are well on our way to making the INDN dream a reality. To help us celebrate, we invite you to the INDN's List Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Wyndham Hotel, Monticello Room, 1400 M Street NW, in Washington, DC. We hope you will consider hosting this Party! Your contribution of $250 will give our candidates the resources they need to run winning campaigns this year, and you will be recognized as a host on our program at the party. On our First Birthday, INDN's List has much to celebrate: a.. We have recruited and trained Native Americans across the country to join their American democracy by running for office. b.. We have hosted an INDN Campaign Camp that gave Indians the tools they need to win. c.. DNC Chairman Howard Dean, Al Franken, and three members of Congress, Representatives Honda, Herseth and Oberstar all spoke at INDN Campaign Camp. d.. We have candidates running for office in Alaska, Arizona, California, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Most important to our work this first year, though, has been our relationship with you. Supporters across the country recognize the important work of electing our First Americans to office. INDN's List enjoys the support from 23 tribes, 8 unions, and 57 Warriors nationwide, and because of you our Circle continues to grow! You can help us make this election year the Year of the INDN, by making a contribution to INDN's List now at www.indnslist.org/contribute to ensure that our INDN Candidates win in 2006! We look forward to celebrating with you on our First Birthday and anticipate your continued support in the coming year. Please join us at our celebration and more in making sure the First Americans aren't the Last Americans to be represented. Warmest Regards, Kalyn, Dave, Lindsay, Tammy, and Micah P.S.: Just a year ago we asked you to open your minds to the possibility of electing Indians all across the country, to open your address books to help us build a network of those who share our dream, and to open your wallets to make it all possible. Now that you've seen what your support can do in just a year, we ask you to keep spreading the news to your family, friends, tribes, unions, and to all supporters of the Progressive Cause and believers in the power of Native Americans to build our democracy. Paid for by INDN's List - 406 S Boulder, Mezzanine Ste 200, Tulsa, OK 74103 Contributions to INDN's List are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. ------------------- Speaker: Dr. Kevin Gover (Pawnee), Professor of Law and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. Dr. Gover has also worked as a specialist for the American Indian Policy Review Commission, a research group chartered by Congress to study a wide range of issues important to Native Americans. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs under Interior Secretary and former Arizona Governor, Bruce Babbitt, from 1996-2001. As Assistant Secretary he concentrated on upgrading Indian law enforcement, rebuilding decrepit Indian schools, reforming trust services and overhauling the Bureau of Indian Affairs management system. He lecture will provide an historical perspective on American Indian Self-Determination and Sovereignty. FEDERAL INDIAN POLICY IN THE 20TH CENTURRY Monday, February 6 6:00-8:00 PM The Backdoor in Aztec Center San Diego State University Sponsored by the SDSU Department of American Indian Studies, Cross Cultural Studies Department at Grossmont College, SDSU Cross Cultural Center, SDSU Honors Council, and SDSU Associated Students/CASE. Information: 619-594-6991 a lecture by Dr. Kevin Gover ------------------- 29th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education April 13-15, 2006 Full Circle: Embracing Our Traditions and Values in Education General Registration: $185 per person (by 2/16/06) $205 per person (by 3/31/06) Students and Elders: $110 per person (by 2/16/06) $130 per person (by 3/31/06) Radisson Hotel and Conference Center 2233 Ventura Street Fresno, CA 93721 559-268-1000; www.radisson.com/fresnoca Hotel Rate: $109 single; $114 double (by 3/22/06); $5 per additional person "Full Circle: Embracing Our Traditions and Values in Education" On behalf of the Osa Center for Indian Education, it is an honor to invite you to attend the 29th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education, to be held April 13-15, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Fresno, California. The conference theme this year is "Full Circle: Embracing Our Traditions and Values in Education" and will honor the \ knowledge that Indian traditions are once again being made a priority in Indian communities. The conference will also showcase 30 years of the success and growth of American Indian education, and acknowledge the impact education has made from a cultural standpoint on American Indian communities in California. The conference begins on Thursday evening with an open handgame competition. Adult and youth teams are welcome to come and share in traditional gambling exchanges. We realize more youth are learning their languages, songs, and traditions and welcome them to attend to participate in this age-old tradition. All others are welcome to watch and learn. In addition, there will be hands-on workshops offered Thursday evening to learn basketry skills and other traditional arts of Indian people throughout California. Youth participants are invited to a 2-hour session Thursday from afternoon on proper protocol and respect while attending functions such as the conference, where we honor Elders and educational leaders. Youth will learn how to gain the best educational experience and benefit from opportunities such as Indian and other leadership conferences. The conference will end on Saturday night with a 'Big Time,' a celebration of California Indian culture and dance and serves as an example of the rich culture and traditions in California that are reawakening our knowledge as Indian people. Finally, we offer this conference in memory of one of our great leaders in the Central Valley, Phil Hunter, Tule River Tribal Council Member, who passed on earlier this year. He represented California with distinction on a statewide and national level and always made education and the needs of Indian youth a priority. Please join us this year in Fresno. We will be proud to show you our beautiful city and guarantee a great time for all who attend! Wah do, Virginia Holloway CCAIE 2006 Conference Chairperson Conference registration questions can be directed to 559-252-8659 559-252-3824 fax firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------- Subject: Womenheart Fundraiser Luncheon Feb 19th @ Pechanga From: "Brandie Taylor" ; Date: Thu, January 19, 2006 2:01 pm WOMENHEART National Coalition for Women Living with Heart Disease Our Hearts, Our Lives Fundraiser Luncheon & Women's Free Health Fair FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2006 PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO BALLROOM A HEALTH FAIR: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm LUNCH: NOON TO 2.00 pm. Cost of lunch: $35.00 per person DOOR PRIZES, RAFFLES 10 @ table $350.00 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Daniel Calac - Medical Director of Indian Health Council Dr. Sharonne Hayes - Scientific Advisory Board Chairwoman of the Mayo Clinic Two Womenheart Sisters and their personal stories VISIT OUR WEB-SITE @ www.womenheart.org PAYMENT: by check make out to & MAIL TO; WOMENHEART C/O W L COOK 39660 CLOS DU VAL MURRIETA CA 92563-4845 RSVP by February 10th to email@example.com or (951) 461-4464 HEART DISEASE IS THE NUMBER 1 KILLER OF WOMEN OF ALL RACES. WOMEN WILL SPEAK ON CHANGING THEIR LIFE STYLES AND HOW THEY BECAME A SISTERHOOD IN THE FIGHT FOR MORE RESEARCH NEEDED TO HELP EDUCATE AND TEACH A BETTER WAY OF LIFE. PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT WOMENHEART. ------------------- Attention Board Members of the American Indian Community Foundation Save the date: March 17th, 2006 at 8:30am at The Country Club of Soboba Springs RE: 1st Annual Scholarship Golf Tornament to benefit the American Indian Alumni Association of UCR Scholarship Fund The American Indian Alumni Association of UCR Scholarship Fund is a fund administered through a relationship with the American Indian Community Foundation. The Scholarship Fund assists needy students in search for a higher education at the University of California, Riverside and will enable these Native American students to reach their educational goals. Ted Haberfield Second Vice President - Wealth Management Financial Advisor Smith Barney 7777 Fay Ave. #300 La Jolla, CA 92037 Direct (858)456-4921 Cell (858)204-5055 Toll Free (800)423-8258 Fax (858)459-3164 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------- Open Meeting - California Native American Heritage Commission On Wednesday, February 15th 2006, TLCEE will host an open meeting of the California Native American Heritage Commission (CNAHC). This meeting will be held at the UCLA School of Law, Room 1420 beginning at 6:00pm. The CNAHC mission is to provide protection to Native American burials from vandalism and inadvertent destruction, provide a procedure for the notification of most likely descendants regarding the discovery of Native American human remains and associated grave goods, bring legal action to prevent severe and irreparable damage to sacred shrines, ceremonial sites, sanctified cemeteries and places of worship on public property, and maintain an inventory of sacred places. The meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please check the TLCEE News & Events page for updates. DeAnna M. Rivera Director, Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange Dept: UCLA School of Law Office: 1609 Hershey Hall Mail: Box 951476 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476 Phone: (310) 794-5216 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.tlcee.ucla.edu ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Notes from subscribers: (I do not necessarily vouch for the claims made here. I am just passing them along. Please use your best judgement) ------------------ Hi Phil, I receive your news letter thru Carrolle so I'm familiar with your historical work. I'm also active on some of the national political blogs -- using the pseudonym "Philosophe Forum". The subject of Andrew Jackson came up on MyDD. I'm not a fan & refuse to minimize some of the more negative aspects of his adminstration -- especially when it relates to Indian Country. I used some of the chronology from your site & other resources. My argument is one of indian policy intent (which changed drastically as a direct result) due to his conscious inaction prior to the Trail of Tears & Rule of Law. Naturally that leads to a genocide definition, a Hitler analogy, & a G W Bush comparison. Whether the discussion is done or not, I thought you'd like the URL to the message thread. Note that most people attribute Jackson with the quote regarding Justice Marshall. Some people (including the Jackson fan) feels this is erroneous. Anyway, whoever has followed the discussion during this week has seen the links to your site & your book. Maybe it'll trigger some interest in continuing education regarding Native people. ALISON, MPA http://philosopheforum.blogspot.com/ "Responsible Leadership Serving the Public Trust" ------------------ Hi I receive your Newsletter and thought you might like to know.......A new webpage I've just put up. Saving Bear Butte: Check it out on my site at http://www.nikita_wiz.homestead.com/sacredgathering2006.html Sandra Martini ------------------ From my friend Julia: This is probably old news to you, but new to me. I work for the government and a little while ago we were sent an email about some historical murals, asking for opinions about preserving them or removing them. I understand that it is good to preserve historical works of art, but I find these murals very disturbing, derogatory and biased. And of all things, they SHOULDN'T be in a Federal building. The phrases that describe the murals about American Indians are biased too - notice each action verb. The murals depicting only Europeans use positive or constructive words, but the Indian ones? Well - DANGERS of the Mail TORTURE by the Stake ATTACKING Station at Night Covered Wagon ATTACKED by Indians STEALING Horses from a Station The Red Man TAKES the Mochilla Also, there is one scene where it looks like Indigenous folks are raping white women? It's just such a one-sided view of history, and the native side of the story is completely ignored: if someone invaded your land, committed genocide, tried to rip your heritage and means of survival from you, wouldn't you fight too? Anyone would fight to protect their family, heritage and land. Anyway, I'm mixed blood, raised in that twilight world of somewhere between the red and white cultures - and no one would probably guess my heritage, but I find these disturbing. What do you think? http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentType=GSA_OVERVIEW&contentId=18893&noc=T ------------------ From Maria TwoHeart: (Note from Phil: You might want to read the Pasadena Police Department's note about this e-mail at: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/police/media/MediaReleases/HotelCardKeyUpdate.asp They say while this might have been an issue some years ago, most hotel no longer use this system) HOTEL KEY CARDS - Good Information to know. You know how, when you check out of a hotel that uses the credit card-type room key, the clerk often will ask if you have your key(s) to turn in ... or there is a box or slot on the Reception counter in which to put them? It's good for the hotel because they save money by re-using those cards. But, it's not good for you, as revealed below:. From the California Bureau of Investigation: "Southern California law enforcement professionals assigned to detect new threats to personal security issues, recently discovered what type of information is embedded in the credit card type hotel room keys used throughout the industry. Although room keys differ from hotel to hotel, a key obtained from a well known hotel chain that was being used for a regional Identity Theft Presentation was found to contain the following the information: a. Customers (your) name b. Customers partial home address c. Hotel room number d. Check in date and check out date e. Customer's (your) credit card number and expiration date! When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full of cards home,and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense. Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee re-issues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically "overwritten" on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process. But until the card is rewritten for the next guest , it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!!!! The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room astebasket, and NEVER turn them in to the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader. For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip! Information courtesy of: Pasadena Police Department ------------------ From my neice Marsha: Think about them one at a time BEFORE going on to the next one. IT DOES MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, especially the thought at the end. 1. Falling in love. 2. Laughing so hard your face hurts. 3. A hot shower 4. No lines at the supermarket. 5. A special glance. 6. Getting mail. 7. Taking a drive on a pretty road. 8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio. 9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside. 10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer. 11. Chocolate milkshake (or vanilla or strawberry!). 12. A bubble bath. 13. Giggling. 14. A good conversation. 15. The beach. 16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter. 17. Laughing at yourself. 18. Holding a newborn baby. 19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours. 20. Running through sprinklers. 21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all. 22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful. 23. Laughing at an inside joke. 24. Friends. 25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you. 26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep. 27. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner). 28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones. 29. Playing with a new puppy. 30. Having someone play with your hair. 31. Sweet dreams. 32. Hot chocolate. 33. Road trips with friends. 34. Swinging on swings. 35. Making eye contact with a cute stranger. 36 Making chocolate chip cookies. 37. Having your friends send you homemade cookies. 38. Holding hands with someone you care about. 39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change. 40. Watching the _expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you. 41. Watching the sunrise. 42. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day. 43. Knowing that somebody misses you. 44. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply. 45. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think. ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Bits of humor: -------------- (Some Indian-related, others are not) From my friend Alan in Louisiana: Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. The winners are: Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men. The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners: Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.) Karmageddon (n): It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you. Glibido (v): All talk and no action. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating. ------------------ From Joseph RedCloud: DEMOCRATIC You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. Barbara Streisand sings for you. REPUBLICAN You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So? SOCIALIST You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow. COMMUNIST You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour. CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows. BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE You have two cows. Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk the other, and then pours the milk down the drain. AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one. You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses. Your stock goes up. FRENCH CORPORATION You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows. You go to lunch and drink wine. Life is good. JAPANESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains. Most are at the top of their class at cow school. GERMAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour. Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year. ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows but you don't know where they are. While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman. You break for lunch. Life is good. RUSSIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You have some vodka. You count them and learn you have five cows. You have some more vodka. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have. TALIBAN CORPORATION You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which are two. You don't milk them because you cannot touch any creature's private parts. You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find alternatives to milk production but use the money to buy weapons. IRAQI CORPORATION You have two cows. They go into hiding. They send audiotapes of their mooing. POLISH CORPORATION You have two bulls. Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them. BELGIAN CORPORATION You have one cow. The cow is schizophrenic. Sometimes the cow thinks he's French, other times he's Flemish. The Flemish cow won't share with the French cow. The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow's milk. The cow asks permission to be cut in half. The cow dies happy. FLORIDA CORPORATION You have a black cow and a brown cow. Everyone votes for the best looking one. Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally vote for the black one. Some people vote for both. Some people vote for neither. Some people can't figure out how to vote at all. Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which one you think is the best-looking cow. CALIFORNIA CORPORATION You have millions of cows. They make real California cheese. Only five speak English. Most are illegal. Arnold likes the ones with the big udders Delete Reply Forward ------------------ Frm my friend Ed Clark (he's a bit older than me :-) ) 1975: Long hair 2005: Longing for hair 1975: KEG 2005: EKG 1975: Acid rock 2005: Acid reflux 1975: Moving to California because it's cool 2005: Moving to Arizona because it's warm 1975: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor 2005: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor 1975: Seeds and stems 2005: Roughage 1975: Hoping for a BMW 2005: Hoping for a BM 1975: Going to a new, hip joint 2005: Receiving a new hip joint 1975: Rolling Stones 2005: Kidney Stones 1975: Being called into the principal's office 2005: Calling the principal's office 1975: Screw the system 2005: Upgrade the system 1975: Disco 2005: Costco (Note from Phil: or in my case: discectomy) 1975: Passing the drivers' test 2005: Passing the vision test 1975: Whatever 2005: Depends Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things? The people who are started college this fall across the nation were born in 1987. They are too young to remember the first space shuttle blowing up on liftoff. Their lifetime has always included AIDS. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic. The CD was introduced the year they were born. They have always had an answering machine. They have always had cable. They cannot fathom not having a remote control. Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave. They never took a swim and thought about Jaws. They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are. They don't know who Mork was or where he was from. They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or "de plane, Boss, de plane". They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is. McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers. They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter. ------------------ You Maybe a Techno-Indian if: You have several CPU's up on blocks in your living room. There is a satellite dish for high speed wireless on your Hud House (insert Hogan, trailer, apt, etc) Your wife doesn't want to hear that lame old "my server was down" excuse anymore. That 'hope my system doesn't crash' song is always in your head You think a floppy disk slot crammed with tobacco and flat cedar will somehow increase your connection speed. At least 2 giga-bytes of pow-wow, flute, Joy Harjo, hand game, traditional, Indigenous, Ulali music, etc are in your mp3 files You send aaaayyyyyymail. Three Words: pirated native Jpegs Your mail address is DancesWifirstname.lastname@example.org. AOl will no longer cash your per-cap checks. Googling Fry Bread Recipes or Tribes is a usual event Before you attend a powwow, you need to check its website first. Your mouse is coated with frybread grease. Had a petition to get your council to install wireless nodes around the rez You ask chicks for their email address at gatherings. If you are on dial and up use the connect time to braid your hair every morning Your password is something about your tribe or something in your language Trying to create a laser pointer to use with your power point that you control with your lips (or chin depending on where you are from) You have a beaded zip drive. Bookmarks include ICT, Tribal Website, or an online bead store Head to mapquest before the next tournament You know what .nsn means You know a hard drive isn't just the road home from the 49! SPAM list includes annoying pseudo-Indian 'trading post's' Knowing that smudging your disk drive may help Any of the following dangling from or resting on your monitor: Feather, beads, pictures of brown people, url for a site that can help you find a native date, fetish, special token, dried meat or fish. ------------------ Fry Bread Funny Ordering NDN Tacos in 2020 Operator: Thank you for calling Fry Bread Hut. May I have your Tribal enrollment number and national ID number? Customer: Hi, I'd like to place an order. Operator: I must have your CIB and NIDN numbers first, sir. Customer: My CIB number, yeah, hold on....it's 3487 and my National ID Number, eh, it's 6102049998-45-54610. Operator: Thank you, Mr. Smith. I see you live at Coppermine Road Drive, with a home phone number of 494-2366 and a cell number of 266-2566. Currently you are employed by Farmer's Insurance and can be reached via your work number at 745-2302. Your email address is email@example.com . Which number are you calling from sir? Customer: Huh? I'm at home. Where'd you get all this information? Operator: We're wired into the SSA, sir. Customer: The SSA, what is that? Operator: We're wired into the Social Security Administration, sir. This will add only 15 seconds to your ordering time. Customer: (sighs) Oh well, I'd like to order a couple of your All-Meat Special Navajo Tacos. Operator: I don't think that's a good idea, sir. Customer: Whaddya mean? Operator: Sir, your medical records at IHS and commode sensors indicate that you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure and extremely high cholesterol. Your National Health Care provider won't allow such an unhealthy choice. Customer: What?!?! What do you recommend, then? Operator: You might try our low-fat Soybean Navajo Taco. I'm sure you'll like it. Customer: What makes you think I'd like something like that? Operator: Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made the suggestion. Customer: All right, all right. Give me two family-sized ones, then.... Operator: That should be plenty for you, your wife and your four kids. Your total is $49.99. Customer: Hang on, let me give you my credit card number. Operator: I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid you'll have to pay in cash. Your credit card balance is over its limit. Customer: I'll run over to the ATM and get some cash before your driver gets here. Operator: That won't work either, sir. Your checking account is overdrawn also. Customer: Never mind! Just send the Navajo Tacos. I'll have the cash ready. How long will it take? Operator: We're running a little behind, sir. It'll be about 45 minutes. If you're in a hurry you might want to pick them up while you're out getting the cash, but then again, carrying tacos on a motorcycle can be a little awkward. Customer: Wait! How do you know I ride a motorcycle? Operator: It says here you fell behind on your car payments, so your car was repossessed. But your Harley's paid for and you just filled the tank yesterday. Customer: Well, I'll be #%#&$%!!! Operator: I'd advise watching your language, sir. You've already been issued a citation for cursing a Navajo PD officer. The citation is dated July 4, 2019. You were issued another citation for cursing a tribal judge during your hearing and subsequently sentenced. Your records indicate that you've just been released from a 90 day sentence in the State Correctional Facility. Is this your first Navajo taco since your return to society? Customer: (speechless) Operator: Will there be anything else, sir? Customer: Yes, I have a coupon for a free 2 liter of Coke. Operator: I'm sorry sir, but if you read the fine print, you will find that our company is prohibited from redeeming free soda coupons for borderline diabetics. Thank you for calling Fry Bread Hut. ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Here are some random historical events: February 1, 1876: The Secretary of the Interior advises the Secretary of War that any Indians who have not returned to their reservations, now are under his jurisdiction. The army can use any means to deal with the "hostiles. This primarily involves the plains Indians. February 2, 1848: The Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty is signed. It is the policy of the United States, in keeping with treaty (9 SAT. 929) understanding and long established custom, to provide certain necessary services and facilities to Native American Indians. February 3, 456: Maya King of Tikal (Guatemala) Siyaj Chan K'awill II (Stormy Sky) dies according to Maya stele carvings You can see photos of Tikal on my website at: http://americanindian.net/mexico20.html February 4, 1829: Mississippis House of Representatives passes a law to extend legal process into that part of the state now occupied by the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes of Indians. February 5, 1847: The rebel Pueblo Indians, and Mexicans, of Taos surrender to General Sterling Price. They hand over rebel leader Pablo Montoya. He is tried, and shot on February 7, 1847. February 6, 1682: Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, and a force of twenty-two French and thirty-one Indians reach the juncture of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. La Salle then sails down the Mississippi to see if it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The expedition contacts many Indian tribes along the way. Based on this expedition, La Salle claims the Mississippi Valley, and Louisiana, for the French. La Salle reaches the Gulf of Mexico on April 9, 1682. February 7, 1778: According to some sources, Daniel Boone is captured by Shawnee warriors under Chief Blackfish near the Blue Licks in Kentucky while making salt. February 8, 1975: An election for amendments to the Constitution of the Papago (Tohono Oodham) is held. Of the 3,251 eligible voters, 1521 for the amendments, 690 vote against. February 9, 1870: Louis Riel (fil) is elected President of the Metis. February 10, 1676: The Narragansetts attack Lancaster, Massachusetts. This battle in King Philip's War kills fifty settlers. Twenty-four whites are taken prisoner. One of the prisoners, Mary Rowlandson, escapes. She writes a bestseller about her ordeal. Mary Rowlandson's "narrative" is the first in a series of "true-life" stories published by Indian captives. Participating in the raid is Chief Quinnapin. February 11, 1828: John Tipton, representing the United States, and members of the Eel River Band of the Miami Indians sign a treaty (7 stat. 309). Called the "Treaty of Wyandot Village, the Indians move to a reservation and give up lands along Sugartree Creek. They receive $10,000 in supplies. February 12, 1848: As a part of the efforts to fight the Cayuse who attacked the Whitman Mission in Oregon Country, soldiers and militia have been reporting to The Dalles. By today, 537 men have arrived. February 13, 1684: According to some sources, an agreement is reached by representatives of the Cusabu Indians for the South Carolina colonies to acquire some land. February 14, 1756: Several Delaware attack settlers in Berks County, Pennsylvania. A dozen settlers, including six children, are killed. Two of the settlers killed are young women, sisters, who had a premonition of evil tidings the previous day. One of the sisters dies in her father's arms when he finds her in his burned farm. February 15, 1805: A Mandan Chief is snowblinded according to Lewis and Clark. February 16, 1922: President Warren Harding issues an Executive Order which will "withdraw from settlement, entry, sale or other disposition" approximately 386.85 acres of Zia Pueblo Indian lands in New Mexico, until March 5, 1924. This order replaces Order Number 3351 issued on November 6, 1920. February 17, 1792: An addenda is made to the Holston River Treaty. Payment for ceded land go from $1000 to $1500, annually. The new treaty is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by six Cherokees, including Bloody Fellow. As a part of the ceremony. President Washington gives Bloody Fellow the new name of Iskagua (Clear Sky). February 18, 1861: The Arapaho and Cheyenne sign a treaty (12 stat. 1163) at Fort Wise in southeastern Colorado. The United States is represented by Albert Boone and F.B. Culver. It establishes a reservation bounded by Sand Creek and the Arkansas River. The Indians think it allows them the right to hunt freely outside of the reservation, but the treaty contains no such clause. Only six of the forty-four Cheyenne Chiefs are present to sign, Black Kettle being one. Other than the Indians who sign on this date, no others ever sign it. The validity of the treaty is contested for a long time. The fort is renamed Fort Lyon. February 19, 1889: Gabriel Dumont is a Metis Chief. He actively participates in the Riel Rebellion. He receives a government pardon for those actions. February 20, 1863: Cherokee Chief John Ross has been arrested by Union forces and taken to Washington, D.C. In the interim, Stand Watie has been elected tribal chief at the First Confederate Cherokee Conference. At Cow Skin Prairie, Cherokees loyal to John Ross, revoked the treaty with the South and pledged loyalty to the Union. They remove Confederates from office, emancipate February 21, 1861: The rich members of the Navajo tribe (called the "Rico" leaders) meet with Colonel Edward Canby at the new Fort Fauntleroy, in western New Mexico. The meeting included such leaders as Manuelito, Delgadito, Armijo, Barboncito, and Herrero Grande. During the meeting, , the Navajos choose Herrero Grande as the Head Chief of the Navajos. The parley leads to a "treaty" where the Navajos promised to live in peace with their non-Indian neighbors. The fort later is renamed Fort Lyon, and then Fort Wingate. February 22, 1637: Lieutenant Lion Gardiner is commander of some of the forces at Fort Saybrook, Connecticut. He leads some men out to get rid of the undergrowth which might hide approaching Indians. They are attacked by Pequots. Two of the settlers are killed in the fighting. February 23, 1832: Chickasaw Chief Levi Colbert tells President Jackson the Chickasaw are agreed to the removal to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). He informs the President they cannot reach an agreement with the Choctaws on sharing lands, so the provisional treaty of September 1, 1830 is void. February 24, 1831: The Choctaw Dancing Rabbit Creek treaty (11 Stat., 537) is ratified by the U.S. Senate. The Choctaws leave Mississippi for Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). While many Choctaws are opposed to the treaty, they lack organization. It is publicly proclaimed on May 26, 1831. February 25, 1643: For the last two years there have been several incidents sparked by both Indians and settlers which have led to bloodshed in the area around modern New York City. Presently, the only Indians in the area are some peaceful Indians seeking refuge from the Mohawks. Through tomorrow, New Amsterdam citizens, with the approval of Dutch Director Kieft, and led by Maryn Adriaensen, attack a peaceful Wecquaesgeek village at Corlaer's Hook near the Pavonia settlements (near modern Jersey City). The Dutch soldiers kill not only the warriors, but all of the eighty Indians in the camp, including women and children. This fight becomes known as the "Pavonia Massacre," and it incites numerous reprisals. Adriaensen is exiled to Holland for three years as punishment for leading the attack when the population learns of the fight. He will return, and receive a land grant from Director Kieft, three years later. Some accounts say only thirty Indians are killed. February 26, 1881: According to Army records, 325 Sioux, believed to be primarily from Sitting Bull's camp, surrender to Major David Brotherton, Seventh infantry, at Fort Buford, near the North Dakota-Montana line. 150 horses, and forty guns are turned in by the Indians. You can see pictures of Ft. Buford on my website at: http://americanindian.net/2003u.html February 27, 1754: In a letter to Pennsylvania Governor James Hamilton, the Pennsylvania Assembly assails the European traders cheating the local Indians. The traders are equated with the worst of European criminals. February 28, 1704: Today, through tomorrow, in what is the first American battle in "Queen Anne's War, Deerfield, in central Massachusetts, is attacked by Indians and French under Major Hertel de Rouville. Of the almost 300 inhabitants, different historical accounts show between forty-seven and fifty-six are killed, and as many as 180 people taken prisoner. ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= That's it for now. Have a great month. Phil Konstantin http://americanindian.net ==================================================================== End of Phil Konstantin's February 2006 Newsletter - Part 1 ==================================================================== . . . .. . . ============================================================ Start of Phil Konstantin's February 2006 Newsletter - Part 2 ============================================================ Greetings, Here is Part 2 of this month's newsletter. We have had some unusual weather here in San Diego. Several times recently we have set record high temperatures. Then it will get cold again. It is raining right now. San Diego does not get much rain. That & the warmer temperatures is some of what makes the climate here so desirable. Then again, the local mountains get snow and ice every year. It makes for an interesting mix. My youngest daughter, Sarah, has had arthritis for many years. She is only 24. We will both be participating in the "San Diego 2006 Walk For Arthritis" to raise money money for the Arthritis Foundation. The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research. Sarah is trying to raise $500. Literally, if each of you were to donate only $1, she could raise twice that. If you can afford to donate $1 (or more), please visit the website below. You donation is tax-deductable. https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=156795&lis=1&kntae156795=502A8EC3FF5040C196756BAFC874AB46&supId=116002317 (You may have to copy & then paste the address into your browser) Thanks! Phil ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Interesting websites: --------------------- Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival http://www.aicls.org/ California Peoples Message Board http://groups.msn.com/BayAreaIndianCalendar/capeoples.msnw?action=get_threads Joseph RedCloud sent this interesting link for a wake for a native warrior http://multimedia.rockymountainnews.com/slideshow/slideshow.cfm?type=DEFAULT&ID=012006lundstrom&NUM=1 Birthday Calculator: http://www.paulsadowski.com/birthday.asp ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Here are some recent news articles: ----------------------------------- Her Life Belongs to the Land http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/columnone/la-na-whitesinger4feb04,0,2570151.story?coll=la-headlines-columnone South Carolina recognizes tribes http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412408 Urban health program funding euthanized http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412479 Early California was Native American killing field http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=3673 State audit finds little oversight of Indian Education Centers http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20060208-0019-ca-indianeducationaudit.html Students break bread with history - *Newport fourth-graders go native in food-based project to study colonial life on California's early 19th century missions. http://www.dailypilot.com/education/story/37974p-56318c.html Sundance features Native filmmakers http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412419 Healing the wounds: Can schools win back the trust of Native Americans? http://www.cta.org/CaliforniaEducator/v10i4/Feature_1.htm Tying worlds together with a loincloth http://www.kumeyaay.com/news/news_detail.html?id=3661 New film shows Lewis and Clark's impact on Nez Perce http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412413 The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Impedes Scientific Progress http://i-newswire.com/pr56727.html Native Cooking http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412412 Acoma Unbounded Workshop Series Starts Feb 28 http://www.gallupindependent.com/2006/feb/021406wrshpsrs.html 'The New World' offered casting challenges http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412409 The Arizona Site Steward Program's Efforts to Preserve Sites in the San Tan Mountains http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/0214gr-parkvolunteerZ12.html Running down through the centuries: The Hopi way http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412461 Tribal youth program is helping students boost grades http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com/article/20060215/News/102150010/-1/NEWS Celebrating Tohono O'odham life at the Wapkial Ha:Tas http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412458 Connections to the Grand Canyon http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412456 Tohono O'odham face a complex struggle http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412454 Native Group Takes Land Dispute to UN http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31919 Nez Perce Tribe opposes Idaho's plan to kill wolves to help elk http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412444 Alert â Re:Brooke âMedicine Eagleâ Edwards - Abuse and Exploitation of American Indian Sacred Traditions http://www.sonomacountyfreepress.com/features/brooke-edwards.html Navajo take a sovereign stand against latest uranium scramble http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412444 Fake Indian arts, crafts prompt New Mexico plan to certify authentic work http://www.kobtv.com/index.cfm?viewer=storyviewer&id=24243&cat=CONSUMER Indian-specific reductions draw criticism http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412481 The Sociolinguistics of the 'S- Word': 'Squaw' in American Placenames http://mytwobeadsworth.com/S-word106.html Interior ordered to pay Cobell lawyers http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412433 Arizona Health Officials Urge Caution About Hantavirus http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/news/local/021306a10_hantavirus Mixed-blood Utes lose termination lawsuit http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412397 Former Colorado Deputy Investigated for Archaeological Vandalism http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1314732 Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl speaks about Native issues http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412452 Fight against terror is a latter day edition of Indian wars http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/02/05/ING9QH1AJT1.DTL Corn, Beans and Squash, an Enduring Trinity: http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412457 Problem coyotes a touchy subject at Indian Colony http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060205/NEWS10/602050350/1016/NEWS ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Articles: ---------- Fakers and phonies and frauds, egad: There ought to be a law by: Suzan Shown Harjo Another Indian impersonator is unmasked: Nasdijj, who masqueraded as a Navajo and made a pile of money from best-selling books about his life as a poor reservation kid with an alcoholic mother. It turns out that Nasdijj is a very white man with some very dark secrets. He really is Tim Barrus of North Carolina. He did not grow up on or near any Indian territory. Neither parent is Navajo or Indian of any nation. His mother was not a drunken Navajo. At the very least, Barrus and his promoters owe all Navajo people, especially the women, an apology. Nasdijj's true identity was exposed by Matthew Fleischer in an extensive article in LA Weekly's Jan. 25 issue, ''Navahoax,'' which asked the question: ''Did a struggling white writer of gay erotica become one of multicultural literature's most celebrated memoirists - by passing himself off as Native American?'' The Nasdijj expose hit the stands the day before Oprah Winfrey's grilling of author James Frey about misrepresentations in his memoir. In less than one week, Random House's Ballantine imprint announced it would cease shipping Nasdijj's ''Geronimo's Bones'' and ''The Boy and the Dog are Sleeping.'' Nasdijj was the darling of publishing for a hot minute. He won a prestigious award intended for Native writers. Critics heaped praise on his writing; one called it ''achingly honest.'' Native people who read Nasdijj's work did not believe he was a Native writer because there was nothing familiar about the content. Non-Natives embraced his work because of its familiarity - it ''derives its special power from his ability to capture the universal emotions that we all share,'' as one book cover put it. It is this very familiarity that allows pseudo-Indians to rise so far so fast in circles controlled by non-Indians. They write with what non-Indian reviewers like to call ''universal appeal,'' meaning that they appeal to other non-Indians because they are non-Indian. Once these pseudo-Indians are revealed as the non-Indians they actually are, many of their enablers continue to support them, even chiding those who have brought the hoax to light as mean-spirited, small-minded or jealous. And what happens to the posers? Like actors who've deep-ended in their roles, they either hold on to their fictionalized personae until the laughing dies down and then adopt a ''so what'' attitude - so what if I'm not actually an Indian? I'm now an Indian expert by virtue of having portrayed an Indian - or they shift into another shape to please a new audience. And what happens to all the damage they caused and the money they made and the accolades they garnered under false pretenses? They abscond with the money and goods and leave the mess for the people they pretended to be. The pseudo-Indians should not be held harmless. They should be made to pay. There ought to be a law, you say? I couldn't agree more. During the hearings in the 1980s on amendments to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, I testified on behalf of the National Congress of American Indians that Congress should establish a new law that would authorize a tribe to bring a federal action against those who profit from false claims that they are people of that tribe. And what about people who don't profit from their false Indian identities? This is not the norm. In the vast majority of these cases, the non-Indians are pretending to be Indians for profit of some kind - for tenure, a job, a book contract, a record deal, a movie role. Look into the eyes of a pseudo-Indian and you see gold. A new cause of action for Native nations should be more than a cease and desist order. Budding pseudo-Indians should know that there are potential consequences for identity theft. There should be a law for Navajo Nation to sue Barrus for the profits he made while committing the crime of stealing tribal identity. There already are ways for Native writers, who were finalists for the Native writing award that the Poets, Essayists and Novelists organization bestowed on Barrus, to seek redress. Both Barrus and PEN should hope that the snubbed writers don't use those laws to recover damages. Some Native nations might not want to engage these fakers. Some may not consider this offense against Native people to be offensive; perhaps the same ones who think that the mascoting of their tribal identities and heroes is not a problem. So, they wouldn't sue the pseudos. Other tribes could exact some of the profits the pseudos made off their good names and reputations, and could provide time in the slammer for the offenders to reflect on their next career moves. Here are four ways Congress could legislate to address this problem. First, enact a statutory cause of action for Native nations to pursue impostors across state lines, try them in tribal courts and impose triple damages against those found to be guilty. These are offenses against a particular people, who should have the authority to do something about them. This authority does not exist under current law. Second, amend the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to include all artists, including but not limited to writers, dancers, singers, actors and curators. The law now covers only visual artists. When its penalties were increased more than 15 years ago, many pseudo-Indians traded their visual art careers for writing and curating careers, and continue to vex Native peoples. Third, amend the Federal Trade Commission's Indian arts and crafts statute to include all arts marketed to the public. The FTC pursues these cases as consumer fraud and encourages arts and crafts outlets to clearly mark products as Native-made and non-Native made. Bookstores do not differentiate between books written by Native people and those whose authors are not Native. Anyone can write about anything they want, but the public should be informed about which books are in a Native person's voice and experience, and which are not. Fourth, enact an updated version of the pseudo-Indian act, which was first introduced in 1933, as part of the Indian Reorganization Act package. The bill would have made it a ''crime to represent one's self to be an Indian, and providing punishment therefore.'' Its language was simple and direct: ''It shall be unlawful for any person other than an Indian to represent himself to be an Indian for the purpose of obtaining employment or any contract for the rendition of services, or of obtaining pecuniary or other assistances, or of securing to himself or to any other person any of the privileges or benefits conferred by law upon Indians. Any person violating the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned for not longer than one year, or both.'' Congress needs to enact new authorities and to remove present restrictions against tribes acting on their own in these areas. Congress also needs to exercise its oversight responsibilities and let the federal agencies know that this is a priority, and to provide monies to enforce existing laws. Congressional members and staffers know what to do to properly address the Barruses who perpetuate a fraud on Native and non-Native people. The question is: Why don't they do it? Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, is president of the Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C., and a columnist for Indian Country Today. ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Notices & E-mail from subscribers, et. al (Again, I do not vouch for the matters below. I am just passing them along. Use your best judgement before you participate in anything.) ------------------------------- School Groups Wanted for Newspaper Career Workshop VERMILLION, S.D.âOrganizers of the Native American Journalism Career Conference are accepting applications from Native American high school or college groups for the 7th annual workshop at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. Teachers and advisers interested in organizing student groups to attend the conference April 18-20, 2006, must register by April 1. Native students will be introduced to the basics of journalism by more than 20 experienced NAJA members and other Native and non-Native journalists from around the country. Lodging, meals and conference participation are free to students and their teachers and advisers. More than 600 high school and college students have attended the conference, sponsored by NAJA, the Freedom Forum, the South Dakota Newspaper Association, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, and the journalism departments of South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota. Al Neuharth, South Dakota native and founder of USA Today and the Freedom Forum, will speak on April 18. âNative Americans are the most underrepresented group in newspaper newsrooms. We are working to change that by inviting Native students to consider journalism careers,â said Jack Marsh, executive director of the Freedom Forumâs Al Neuharth Media Center, one of the conference sponsors. âImproving employment diversity is a priority of the Freedom Forum. News coverage will be fairer and richer with the addition of these new voices.â For more information, contact Janine Harris at the Freedom Forum at 605-677-5424 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be seen at www.crazyhorse.org. ----------------- This comes from Mary Rose. if you know the answer, please contact her directly. Mr. Konstantin: I am interested in locating the specific wording on the sign dedicated to the memory of Chief Crazy Horse at the intersection of the Big Foot Trail and US 18 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In my research, I came across your website which included photos of the memorial. I would greatly appreciate any help you could provide as to where I should direct my search. Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at (email@example.com). Sincerely, Mary Rose --------------- From: "Black Mesa Indigenous Support" firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wed, February 15, 2006 11:23 STOP FORCED RELOCATION ON BIG MOUNTAIN, BLACK MESA, AZ. TARGETED NAVAJO COMMUNITIES SAY THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION! Please take a moment to read and FAX this letter today. Dear Friends of the Indigenous Peoples of Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ, Something critical is about to happen concerning the traditional communities on Big Mountain and surrounding areas on Black Mesa. Today, more than 30 years after the passage of Public Law 93 - 531, the original Navajo-Hopi Relocation bill, a new bill is before Congress that sets a new timetable for the forced relocation of a number of Navajo families on Black Mesa. Senate bill S. 1003 "The Navajo Hopi Land Settlement Act Amendments of 2005" is now on the Senate Calendar and may be passed at anytime without debate or serious consideration unless the public acts now. The last major relocation bill was approved by the Senate within a month after being placed on the Senate Calendar and stayed in the House of Representatives less than a week before becoming law. It's difficult to convey the serious nature of these new developments. The passage of this bill would effectively devastate these traditional communities of Navajo, or Dineh, stripping them of their identity and way of life which is tied into the land itself. Native people's lives and livelihoods are on the line! This bill will permanently displace the indigenous families of Big Mountain and surrounding communities on Black Mesa from their ancestral lands and will relieve the federal government of any further responsibility for the relocated people. S. 1003, sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), comes as Peabody Coal, the world's largest coal company, is planning to expand its strip mining of American Indian lands, drawing down a high-quality residential aquifer in the process. Only one thing stands in Peabody's way: indigenous people live on the land below which lies billions of tons of low-sulfur coal. As with their ancestors, the land is the basis for the Black Mesa people's traditions, spirituality, and livelihoods. There is still time to act! S 1003 may pass the Senate and the House of Representatives within the next few weeks. Senate Bill 1003 may become law anytime now once again starting the machine of forced relocation. But fortunately, a small window of opportunity exists to stop it. It must first pass the Senate so the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and your Senator must hear your voices today. The indigenous families from the Big Mountain and Black Mesa communities have not been represented in this process. It's up to us the public and the international community to demand that Congress educate themselves before they vote. After passing the earlier relocation act, PL 93-531, in 1974, several Senators expressed misgivings about the law, but it was too late. We cannot allow this to happen again. The people of Big Mountain are asking us to jump in and shake up the political landscape. Our outcry may be their only hope. We must tell those who would once again sell out the people and the land that there will be a political price to pay. It's easy to make decisions from afar if you never risk meeting the people who will be affected. Demand that Congress listen to the people. Maybe it is possible to reach their hearts. In an era of transnational corporate dominance, the methods of separating indigenous peoples from their land and natural resources have outstripped the ability of any agency or nongovernmental organization to monitor or regulate. The importance of building alliances cannot be stressed enough. The elders of Big Mountain such as Roberta Blackgoat have shown us the way to the survival of our planet and the danger to us all if sacred lands are destroyed, warning us of what is now happening long before global warming and gaia became common words. The people of Big Mountain can not win this fight alone and need the support of all people who love justice, human rights, and the earth. Please join us, and ask your friends and family to do the same. Click on the following link: http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/blackmesais/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2552 Thank you and Peace, Black Mesa Indigenous Support --------------- Wounded Knee memorial planned http://www.koh-teh.com/woundedknee/ --------------- The Department of Energy's Student Diversity Partnership Program is offering summer internships to students attending minority educational institutions, including Tribal Colleges and Universities. Students must be currently and must have accumulated at least 24 semester hours by summer of 2006. The Department is interested in sponsoring students from all majors; however, we have a high demand for the physical and social sciences, and business majors. To be considered for the 2006 summer program, applications must be postmarked by February 17, 2006. For eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit http://www.sdpp.org/ to download an application or contact Annie Whatley (202) 586-0281 or Annie. Whatley @ hq. doe. gov --------------- Celebrate the Power of Giving - Celebrate the Strength of Health San Diego American Indian Health Center is hosting a Banquet and Silent Auction @ Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino Creek Ballroom 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road Lakeside CA 92040 Saturday, March 4, 2006 - 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Music and Dancing featuring The Orbitz Tickets $35 per person Table of Eight $280 RSVP by February 20, 2006 (619) 234-2158 ext 123 Email Karen.-@sdaihc.com SPONSORED BY BARONA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS --------------- Darlene Lee sent this: TRUDELL OPENS IN THEATERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY!! This is a movie about a great person......his life story, trials and tragedies throughout his life. He is very wise, talented and loyal to his people. If you can, see it with an open mind and compassion. Be aware that this is not about American history.........it is the simple truth. 2/24/06 Quad Cinemas - New York NY (JOHN TRUDELL & HEATHER RAE PRESENT FOR OPENING WEEKEND) 2/26/06 - 2/27/06 Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago IL 3/3/06 Starz Fim Center - Denver CO 3/9/06 - 3/12/06 Oklahoma City MFA - Oklahoma City OK 3/10/06 Coolidge Corner Theatre - Boston MA 3/10/06 Laemmle Theatres - Los Angeles CA - (JOHN TRUDELL & HEATHER RAE PRESENT FOR OPENING WEEKEND) 3/17/06 Guild Cinema - Albuquerque NM 3/24/06 Loft Cinema - Tuscon AZ (JOHN TRUDELL & HEATHER RAE PRESENT FOR OPENING WEEKEND) 3/25/06 Native American Film Fest Keene NH 3/31/06 Fountain Theatre - Las Cruces NM 4/02/06 Alamo Downtown ï¿½ Austin TX 4/6/06 - 4/11/06 Ashland Film Festival Ashland OR STILL PENDING... 3/10/06 Hollywood Theatre - Portland OR 3/24/06 Pickford Cinema - Bellingham WA 3/24/06 Central Cinema - Seattle WA 3/31/06 Bell Auditorium - Minneapolis MN ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= My cousin, Sally Gill, saw the movie "End Of The Spear" and was impressed. I saw the original documentary "Beyond the Gates of Splendor." It is about the death of some Christian missionaries at the hands of some indigenous people (Waodani) in Equador in the 1956. Here are two reviews. End of the Spear' shoots ... and misses http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096412411 End of the spear by Cal Thomas http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/calthomas/2006/01/18/182755.html ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= In the last newsletter, I mentioned an online blog by Alison. Here is the direct link to that website: http://www.mydd.com/comments/2006/2/1/17268/65933/23#23 ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= Some humor & interesting stories: --------------------------------- My good friend Haylee sent this: Some people say this was written by Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes. Others say it is a spoof. Either way, it is interesting... As I grow in age, I value women who are over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why........ A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it's usually something more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk or if you are acting like one! You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of 40+, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year-old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free". Here's an update for you: Nowadays, 80% of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage. -------------- My friend Alan sent me this story: (I love these kinds of stories & wish more of life & people was this way. I know the story has a special meaning for Alan.) At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question. "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?" The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. "I believe, that when a child like Shay comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child." Then he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?" Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging. Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and, getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning." In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However , as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and turned and threw the ball on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" By the time Shay rounded first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions and intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases toward home. Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay, run home!" Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team. "That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world." -------------- My mother sent me this..... North vs. South The North has coffee houses, The South has Waffle Houses The North has dating services, The South has family reunions. The North has switchblade knives, The South has Lee Press-on Nails The North has double last names, The South has double first names. The North has Indy car races, The South has stock car races. The North has Cream of Wheat, The South has grits. The North has green salads, The South has collard greens. The North has lobsters, The South has crawfish. The North has the rust belt, The South has the Bible Belt. FOR NORTHERNERS MOVING SOUTH . . . In the South: If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow chain will be along shortly. Don't try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for. Don't be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store....do not buy food at this store. Remember, "y'all" is singular, "all y'all" is plural, and "all y'all's" is plural possessive. Get used to hearing "You ain't from round here, are ya?". Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later on how to use it. Don't be worried at not understanding what people are saying. They can't understand you either. The first Southern statement to creep into a transplanted Northerner's vocabulary is the adjective "big'ol," truck or big'ol" boy. Most Northerners begin their Southern-influenced dialect this way. All of them are in denial about it. The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper. Be advised that "He needed killin" is a valid defense here. If you hear a Southerner exclaim, "Hey, y'all, watch this," you should stay out of the way. These are likely to be the last words he'll ever say. If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery store. It doesn't matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go there. Do not be surprised to find that 10-year olds own their own shotguns, they are proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught them how to aim In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to pour gravel on it and call it a driveway. AND REMEMBER: If you do settle in the South and bear children, don't think we will accept them as Southerners. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, we wouldn't call 'em biscuits. Send this to four people that ain't related to you, and I reckon your life will turn into a country music song 'fore you know it. Your kin would get a kick out of it too !. -------------- My friend Joanna sent this: How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb? 1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb? 2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code. 3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp! 4. Rottweiler: Make me. 5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark. 6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please! 7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation. 8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture. 9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb! 10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark. 11. Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or, "We don't need no stinking light bulb." 12. Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares? 13. Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle... 14. Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry. How many cats does it take to change a light bulb? Cats do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is: "How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?" ALL OF WHICH PROVES, ONCE AGAIN, THAT WHILE DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS HAVE STAFF! ======================= X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================= That's it for now. Have a great month. Phil Konstantin http://americanindian.net ============================================================ End of Phil Konstantin's February 2006 Newsletter - Part 2 ============================================================ . . . . . . . .
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