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  Mid-March 2002 Newsletter
  Phil Konstantin  
  Mar 13, 2002 20:40 PST   

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Hello again,

As usual, I found several items which I failed to add to the newsletter. 
Since I just heard of an event which will take place on the 14th, I 
thought I would add them here.


Kangi has passed along a newspaper article about a special program on a 
PBS station in Duluth. If you live in that area, you might want to see 
this series of programs on the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe (Chippewa) which begin 
on the 14th.


As far as I know, it is only playing in that immediate area. That is a 
shame, because it sounds very interesting.


Here is some info from Raven about a special fellowship for American 
Indian journalists:

"IPA Announces New Round of Fellowships for Journalists of Color" 

The Independent Press Association announces the 2002 application cycle 
of the George Washington Williams Fellowship, created to encourage 
journalists of color to pursue important social issues in the public 

The fellowship funds stories written by journalists of color about 
issues such as the environment, global trade policy, healthcare, race, 
and education. 

Fellows receive access to some research support, consultants, advanced 
professional training, and a large network of journalists working in the 
public interest sector. In addition, program staff work closely with 
fellows to publish their stories in major publications. 

Individuals may apply for financial and institutional support to write a 
single story, or they may seek an investigative or depth reporting 
fellowship of between three and twelve months to research a specific 
social issue. If accepted, the George Washington Williams Fellowship 
will pay national commercial rates for individual stories or $1500 per 
month plus expenses for depth reporting fellowships. 

Any journalist of color with at least three years of solid professional 
reporting and writing experience may apply for the fellowship. 
Individuals with backgrounds in investigative or enterprise reporting 
are preferred. 

Previous reporting or other experience in the chosen subject area is 
desirable. The fellowship is open only to U.S. citizens or to foreign 
journalists who have established relationships with U.S. publications. 
College journalism or internship experience do not qualify as 
professional experience. 

The spring application deadline is April 30, 2002. 

The George Washington Williams Fellowship is named after the late 19th 
century African American journalist who wrote the first history of 
African Americans from their own point of view. Williams was also the 
first reporter to document the upheaval in the Belgian Congo at that 

For more information and to download an application, visit our website 
http://www.indypress.org/programs/nvip.html . You may also call 
415.643.4401 to contact Carly Earnshaw at x116 or Linda Jue at x107. 

The Independent Press Association is a nonprofit, national magazine 
trade association representing more than 350 independent and public 
interest periodicals. In addition to the G.W. Williams Fellowship, the 
IPA offers a variety of services to its members. These include a 
revolving loan fund, a paper-buying cooperative, on-line publishing 
advice, newsstand distribution services, and publishing conferences. 


Ruth runs the Schaghticoke Circle. She sent along this article about 
events at Brown University (RI) this week:

Native American History and Culture Week 2002 (For more information, 
call the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America, Brown 
University, at 401-863-3080)

March 11-15th
Star Quilt Exhibit International Institute of Rhode Island Downstairs 
Gallery 645 Elmgrove Avenue Cosponsored by the Haffenreffer Museumand 
the International Institute of Rhode Island 

Monday, March 11th
"Alcatrez is Not an Island"
Film Screening and Discussion with James Fortier, filmmaker
6-9 PM, Wilson 102
Cosponsored by the Center for Race and Ethnicity

Tue./Wed. March 12th, 13th
"Ladies Night" Short Film Workshop
With Columbia University Film Students Nanobah Becker, Navajo, and Dir. 
Kyzza; Times & Location TBA

Wednesday, March 13th
Multiraciality in the Native World Student Forum
6-8 PM, Wilson 101
Cosponsored by NAB and BOMBS

Thursday, March 14th
Tipi Raising on the Main Green
Cosponsored by the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Thursday, March 14th
Freshman Speaker: Derrickson Begay; Senior Speaker: April Gale 
Laktonen; Alumnae Speaker: Alexandra Terry; Keynote Speaker: TBA
7 PM-9 PM, Solomon 101; Reception following at The Third World Center

Friday, March 15th
Native American Wellness Symposium
10 AM-5 PM, Location TBA

Friday, March 15th
Pow Wows and "Pan-Indianism"
A discussion about Pow Wow culture and mainstream perceptions.
Moderator: Barbara Hail, Haffenreffer Museum, with panelists: Sharon 
and Tahnee Harjo, Kiowa, Nitana Hicks, Mashpee Wampanoag, Liz Hoover, 
Mohawk/Mi'kmaq, Jonathan Perry, Aquinah Wampanoag   6-8 PM, Smith-Bunano 
106 Cosponsored by the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Friday, March 15th
Tawaiciya Benefit Fashion Show
Location, Time TBA
see http://www.tawaicyia.org
Cosponsored by Blume Botique

Saturday, March 16th
1st Annual Spring Thaw Intertribal Contest .POW WOW.
With dance competitions, drum groups, and vendors from throughout 
Indian Country
11AM-5PM at Alumnae Hall, Pembroke Campus
Host Drum: Mystic River
Head Man Dancer: Tobias Vanderhoop, Aquinnah Wampanoag
Arena Director: Clif Drake, Lumbee
Admission $2 (children, students & elders FREE) for questions: 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Museum
Kids Discovery Hour at Mount Hope
A new activity program for preschool children ages 4 - 6. The program,
instructed by local Wampanoag-Nottoway artist and educator Strong Woman 
(Julia Jennings) and Navajo educator Hasi-kii (Ron King), allows 
children to experience life as Woodland Indian children once lived. 
Children will create crafts, explore artifacts, play Native American 
games, learn about traditional clothing, dance and sing to traditional 
music, and play an authentic powwow drum. Program fees, which include 
admission to the Museum, are $10 for museum members and $12 for 
non-members. Discovery Day is limited to 25 children. Pre-registration 
and pre-payment are required. Parent participation is recommended. 
Please call (401) 253-8388 for information and


Gina sent me this article:

Argus Leader - Local News
Monday, March 11, 2002

Students put twist on mascots; Colorado intramural team names itself
'Fighting Whities'

By Staff & Wire Reports

Indian students in Colorado have turned the tables in a debate on 
racism by naming their intramural basketball team "The Fighting 

The students, at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, chose a 
white man as a mascot after failing to persuade nearby Eaton High School 
to drop a nickname they say offends them.

"The message is, let's do something that will let people see the other 
side of what it's like to be a mascot," said Solomon Little Owl, 
director of Native American Student Services at UNC.

The intramural team includes Native Americans, Hispanics and Anglos. 
They wear jerseys that say, "Every thang's going to be all white."

"It's not meant to be vicious; it is meant to be humorous," said Ray 
White, a Mohawk team member. "It puts people in our shoes, and then we 
can say, 'Now you know how it is, and now you can make a judgment.' "

The Eaton school uses an Indian caricature on its logo and calls its 
teams the Reds. Superintendent John Nuspl said the logo is not 
derogatory. "Their interpretations are an insult to our patrons and 
blatantly inaccurate," he said. "There's no mockery of Native Americans 
with this."

In South Dakota, the issue has simmered for years. Harold Salway, 
former Oglala Sioux chairman in Pine Ridge, said some believe the names 
are meant to honor Indians. "Others look at it as a gross denegration. I 
fall into the second camp," Salway said. "We, as Native Americans, have 
too much reverence for ourselves to parlay our likenesses into the 
sports arena."

Of the Colorado team, Salway said, "Maybe it's their way of fighting 
fire with fire."

Perry Ford, men's basketball coach at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, 
said, "I don't think any group should use any nickname that other people 
find offensive."

Charles Cuny, a member of the team in Greeley, went to a high school 
called the Red Cloud Crusaders, named for a Lakota leader. "We live in a 
politically correct society, and sometimes Indians get overlooked," he 
said. "There are so few Indians who have clout that there are a lot of 
things that go unsettled."

 Copyright 2002 Argus Leader.


I received this article on the 11th:

Handling racism with grace

By Richard Williams

Wednesday, March 06, 2002 - Chuck Archambault is used to people staring 
at him in public. He's used to comments about his long ponytail. He's 
become patient in answering the same questions about his heritage over 
and over from non-natives. As a talented athlete and a role model in the 
Indian community, he understands that people are curious, ignorant and 
sometimes racist.

But several weeks ago, the college student's patience for ignorance was 
sorely tested while playing in a basketball game against Lipscomb
University in Nashville, Tenn. During the game, the junior guard for
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi became the target of racism by the Lipscomb
fans, who berated and taunted Archambault for no other reason than he 
is Native American.

"Go back to the reservation!" they screamed between war whoops and
tomahawk chops. "Hey, Sitting Bull, where's your teepee?"

His teammates were shocked and angry, but as a young Indian man from 
the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, Archambault is no
stranger to comments from the stands - it comes with the territory.

But on that night, in a major Southern city, at a tony private
university that is affiliated with the Church of Christ, it became too 
personal. Not only were these behaviors intended to break his spirit and 
get him off his game, they were also a putdown that went to the very 
core of who he is as a human being.

But as Indian people, we often are not viewed as human beings in this
country. Through mascots like Chief Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians and
the Washington Redskins, we are objectified and treated with a double
standard on the issue of racism in sports.

We know, for example, that no sports crowd in America would ever yell 
at another basketball player for his African-American, Hispanic or 
Jewish ancestry - references to race are simply not tolerated, as Denver 
Nuggets head coach Dan Issel recently found out. Sports announcer Howard 
Cosell's ill-considered use of the words "that little monkey" in 
describing Alvin Garrett while announcing an NFL game on ABC in the 
1980s almost cost him his career. Within hours, the comment ignited a 
racially charged firestorm that put the country on notice by the black 
community: We will not tolerate this kind of language, even in jest.

That Garrett was playing for the Redskins, whose name and mascot are
reviled by Indian people, is a bitter irony overshadowed by the greater 
realization that we remain at the tail end of the civil rights movement 
in a country that believes it's OK to openly insult and humiliate Indian 

But it is not OK.

In spite of a recent Sports Illustrated article to the contrary, we do
not like to be called "Chief" or "Tonto" or "Pocahontas" or "Geronimo." 
We do not like the "war whoop" or the idiotic "tomahawk chop." Do not 
greet us with the word "how." We do not like team names that insult our 
people and we do not like stereotypical sports mascots. And when we 
compete, we want to be treated with respect and sportsmanship, without 
comments on
our hair, our "red" skin or our culture.

Archambault is one of fewer than half a dozen American-Indian 
basketball players in Division I of the NCAA, an unfortunate statistic 
that is made all the more poignant by the fact that he has comported 
himself with dignity in the face of grinding racism in a sport he loves 
so much.

With 19 points in the game, he was the leading scorer of the night, but 
it was a career high spoiled by a crowd that chose to focus on his race 
and culture rather than the fact that he was simply an opponent. Texas 
A&M-Corpus Christi still lost by two points that night, but Chuck 
Archambault won. By staying on his game and not giving in to the crowd's 
ignorance, he has taught us all that true grace comes from the inside.

Richard Williams is the executive director of the American Indian
College Fund, a historian, educator and the founder of the Upward Bound 
Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Compass is designed to 
provide a platform for members of communities that are often 
under-represented in The Post's opinion pages. Members of the Compass 
panel are selected each spring.


Here is an article about Sherman Alexie:



Here is a joke I received. It is related to my other job:

A couple of nuns who were nursing sisters had gone out to the country to 
minister to an outpatient. On the way back they were a few miles from 
home when they ran out of gas. They were standing beside their car on 
the shoulder when a truck approached.

Seeing ladies of the cloth in distress, the driver stopped to offer his 
help. The nuns explained they needed some gas. The driver of the truck 
said he would gladly drain some from his tank, but he didn't have a 
bucket or can.

One of the nuns dug out a clean bedpan and asked the driver if he could 
use it. He said yes, and proceeded to drain a couple of quarts of gas 
into the pan. He waved good-bye to the nuns and left.

The nuns were carefully pouring the precious fluid into their gas tank
when the highway patrol came by.

The trooper stopped and watched for a minute, then he said:
"Sisters, I don't think it will work, but I sure do admire your faith!"


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That's it for now.

Best wishes,


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