. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ======================================= State of March 2003 Newsletter - Part 1 ======================================= Greetings, I hope all is well with you. Based on a question from a previous newsletter, I thought I would remind you of something. Anything above the line above which says "Start of March 2003 Newsletter" is an ad from the company which runs the website through which I distribute this newsletter. The newsletter comes out for free, so they get to put their ads there (also at the bottom). I do not necessarily support or condone the products being advertized there. This newsletter will also come in two parts. I have been a bit busy at work, and the American Indian Studies class I am taking online. The class in proving to be very interesting. We are looking at many subjects which I have covered in some way or another in the newsletter. The class is on contemporary issues in American Indian society. The text is "Native American Voices." It is a collection of articles by a variety of people. It makes for interesting reading. I also took a week off this month. I went to Utah to visit a good friend, Haylee Nez. I really love the amazing landscapes of Utah. Haylee was kind enough to loan me her couch. She also too me around to many different places centered around her home south of Provo. She lives at the base of Mt. Nebo. It is an great looking mountain which rises almost 7,000 feet from the valley floor to an elevation of almost 12,000 feet. We also went to Fremont State Park. This is an area with lots of pictographs made by the "Fremont People." I really like rock art, and this was a great place. I'll post some pictures in a few days. I will probably be on Washington, D.C. radio station WPFW again tonight (Sunday) at 8pm Eastern Time. You can listen online through their website (or so they say). http://www.wpfw.org/ Some time back, I told you about a website where you could add your name to a spacecraft going to Mars. I thought I would post this update. The final count is 3,551,645 names. If you did add your name, you can see it through this page: http://spacekids.hq.nasa.gov/2003/ ======================================== ======================================== Every so often, I like the feature the work of an individual. This month's "Link of the Month" is by Patrick Minges. Patrick appears to keep quite busy. His work "I am Keetoowah's Son!" is an extremely detailed, and well annotated look at one aspect of Cherokee culture and history. Even if the Cherokee are not your favorite subject, Patrick's work is well worth visiting. You can find it at: http://users.rcn.com/wovoka/ Hal and Cheryl Carson passed this site along to me. Thanks! ======================================== ======================================== This months Treaty of the Month is TREATY WITH THE WYANDOT, Mar. 17, 1842 | 11 Stat., 581. It covers such subjects as: Cession of lands to the United States, Grant by the United States to the Wyandotts, Annuity, School, Value of improvements to be paid the Wyandot, Who may share the annuity, Heirs of Horonu, and Reservations. You can read the details here: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol2/treaties/wya0534.htm ======================================== ======================================== Need to find out if there is a federal grant program that might help your American Indian based group? Try the following link: http://www.cfda.gov/query/query.idq?CiMaxRecordsPerPage=10&CiScope=%2F&CiRestriction=indian&TemplateName=query&CiSort=rank%5Bd%5D&HTMLQueryForm=query.htm ======================================== ======================================== Postings from other people: I received this e-mail from several people during the last month. More great logic provided by American folk lore. Wolves One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that was going on inside himself. He said, " My son, it is between 2 wolves. One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith..." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, " Which wolf wins? " The old Cherokee simply replied, " The one I feed." --------------------------------------- Joe RedCloud sends me lots of interesting material. Here is an article (from 1998) he passed along to me. While you may not agree with the logic of the article, it does pass along an interesting persective: Robert Jensen, Department of Journalism University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 work: (512) 471-1990 firstname.lastname@example.org copyright Robert William Jensen 1998 first appeared in the Baltimore Sun, July 19, 1998 by Robert Jensen Here's what white privilege sounds like: I am sitting in my University of Texas office, talking to a very bright and very conservative white student about affirmative action in college admissions, which he opposes and I support. The student says he wants a level playing field with no unearned advantages for anyone. I ask him whether he thinks that in the United States being white has advantages. Have either of us, I ask, ever benefited from being white in a world run mostly by white people? Yes, he concedes, there is something real and tangible we could call white privilege. So, if we live in a world of white privilege--unearned white privilege--how does that affect your notion of a level playing field? I ask. He paused for a moment and said, "That really doesn't matter." That statement, I suggested to him, reveals the ultimate white privilege: the privilege to acknowledge you have unearned privilege but ignore what it means. That exchange led me to rethink the way I talk about race and racism with students. It drove home to me the importance of confronting the dirty secret that we white people carry around with us everyday: In a world of white privilege, some of what we have is unearned. I think much of both the fear and anger that comes up around discussions of affirmative action has its roots in that secret. So these days, my goal is to talk openly and honestly about white supremacy and white privilege. White privilege, like any social phenomenon, is complex. In a white supremacist culture, all white people have privilege, whether or not they are overtly racist themselves. There are general patterns, but such privilege plays out differently depending on context and other aspects of one's identity (in my case, being male gives me other kinds of privilege). Rather than try to tell others how white privilege has played out in their lives, I talk about how it has affected me. I am as white as white gets in this country. I am of northern European heritage and I was raised in North Dakota, one of the whitest states in the country. I grew up in a virtually all-white world surrounded by racism, both personal and institutional. Because I didn't live near a reservation, I didn't even have exposure to the state's only numerically significant non-white population, American Indians. I have struggled to resist that racist training and the ongoing racism of my culture. I like to think I have changed, even though I routinely trip over the lingering effects of that internalized racism and the institutional racism around me. But no matter how much I "fix" myself, one thing never changes--I walk through the world with white privilege. What does that mean? Perhaps most importantly, when I seek admission to a university, apply for a job, or hunt for an apartment, I don't look threatening. Almost all of the people evaluating me for those things look like me-they are white. They see in me a reflection of themselves, and in a racist world that is an advantage. I smile. I am white. I am one of them. I am not dangerous. Even when I voice critical opinions, I am cut some slack. After all, I'm white. My flaws also are more easily forgiven because I am white. Some complain that affirmative action has meant the university is saddled with mediocre minority professors. I have no doubt there are minority faculty who are mediocre, though I don't know very many. As Henry Louis Gates Jr. once pointed out, if affirmative action policies were in place for the next hundred years, it's possible that at the end of that time the university could have as many mediocre minority professors as it has mediocre white professors. That isn't meant as an insult to anyone, but is a simple observation that white privilege has meant that scores of second-rate white professors have slid through the system because their flaws were overlooked out of solidarity based on race, as well as on gender, class and ideology. Some people resist the assertions that the United States is still a bitterly racist society and that the racism has real effects on real people. But white folks have long cut other white folks a break. I know, because I am one of them. I am not a genius--as I like to say, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I have been teaching full-time for six years, and I've published a reasonable amount of scholarship. Some of it is the unexceptional stuff one churns out to get tenure, and some of it, I would argue, actually is worth reading. I work hard, and I like to think that I'm a fairly decent teacher. Every once in awhile, I leave my office at the end of the day feeling like I really accomplished something. When I cash my paycheck, I don't feel guilty. But, all that said, I know I did not get where I am by merit alone. I benefited from, among other things, white privilege. That doesn't mean that I don't deserve my job, or that if I weren't white I would never have gotten the job. It means simply that all through my life, I have soaked up benefits for being white. I grew up in fertile farm country taken by force from non-white indigenous people. I was educated in a well-funded, virtually all-white public school system in which I learned that white people like me made this country great. There I also was taught a variety of skills, including how to take standardized tests written by and for white people. All my life I have been hired for jobs by white people. I was accepted for graduate school by white people. And I was hired for a teaching position at the predominantly white University of Texas, which had a white president, in a college headed by a white dean and in a department with a white chairman that at the time had one non-white tenured professor. There certainly is individual variation in experience. Some white people have had it easier than me, probably because they came from wealthy families that gave them even more privilege. Some white people have had it tougher than me because they came from poorer families. White women face discrimination I will never know. But, in the end, white people all have drawn on white privilege somewhere in their lives. Like anyone, I have overcome certain hardships in my life. I have worked hard to get where I am, and I work hard to stay there. But to feel good about myself and my work, I do not have to believe that "merit," as defined by white people in a white country, alone got me here. I can acknowledge that in addition to all that hard work, I got a significant boost from white privilege, which continues to protect me every day of my life from certain hardships. At one time in my life, I would not have been able to say that, because I needed to believe that my success in life was due solely to my individual talent and effort. I saw myself as the heroic American, the rugged individualist. I was so deeply seduced by the culture's mythology that I couldn't see the fear that was binding me to those myths. Like all white Americans, I was living with the fear that maybe I didn't really deserve my success, that maybe luck and privilege had more to do with it than brains and hard work. I was afraid I wasn't heroic or rugged, that I wasn't special. I let go of some of that fear when I realized that, indeed, I wasn't special, but that I was still me. What I do well, I still can take pride in, even when I know that the rules under which I work in are stacked in my benefit. I believe that until we let go of the fiction that people have complete control over their fate--that we can will ourselves to be anything we choose--then we will live with that fear. Yes, we should all dream big and pursue our dreams and not let anyone or anything stop us. But we all are the product both of what we will ourselves to be and what the society in which we live lets us be. White privilege is not something I get to decide whether or not I want to keep. Every time I walk into a store at the same time as a black man and the security guard follows him and leaves me alone to shop, I am benefiting from white privilege. There is not space here to list all the ways in which white privilege plays out in our daily lives, but it is clear that I will carry this privilege with me until the day white supremacy is erased from this society. Frankly, I don't think I will live to see that day; I am realistic about the scope of the task. However, I continue to have hope, to believe in the creative power of human beings to engage the world honestly and act morally. A first step for white people, I think, is to not be afraid to admit that we have benefited from white privilege. It doesn't mean we are frauds who have no claim to our success. It means we face a choice about what we do with our success. Jensen is a professor in the Department of Journalism in the University of Texas at Austin. He can be reached at email@example.com. ----------------------------------------------- Roth Torres sent this along: Oneida, NY Editor/Special Effects 1-29-2003 Editor/Special Effects Four Directions Entertainment, an American Indian owned production company with ingenuity and forward looking technology, is seeking a qualified Editor with title graphic and special effects experience.Our successful candidate will work well as an integral member of a production team and be open to performing a variety of tasks as needed. Edit and oversee post production for a range of programming, both broadcast and non-broadcast, including: documentary, reality, commercial, studio and drama. Bachelor's Degree in related combined with 2-3 years related experience desired, combination of education and experience will be considered. Demonstrates superior aesthetic and editorial judgment,knowledge of videographic techniques, equipment and lighting is a plus. Hands on experience with the following is desired: AvidHD, Avid After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Media 100, DVD Authoring, Pro Tools, and Premier. Exceptional communication skills and organizational skills are essential. Four Directions Entertainment, an enterprise of the Oneida Indian Nation, provides an enjoyable working environment and atmosphere as well as a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit, a Demo Reel, brief cover letter, resume and list of references to: Human Resources, 223 Genesee Street, Oneida, NY 13421, fax to (315) 829-8938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Four Directions Entertainment is an equal opportunity employer. ----------------------------------------- Haylee sent this a bit of information for those of you who have noticed the rise in fuel prices: You Think A Gallon Of Gas Is Expensive? Makes one think, and puts things in perspective. Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ...... $ 9.52 per gallon Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ........ $10.32 per gallon Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ....... $10.00 per gallon Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 ............. $10.17 per gallon Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ............... $25.42 per gallon Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 .......... $33.60 per gallon Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 ................ $84.48 per gallon Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 .........$123.20 per gallon Vick's Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 ......... $178.13 per gallon this is the REAL KICKER...... Evian water 9 oz for $1.49 ........ $21.19 per gallon. $21.19 FOR WATER! ....and the buyers don't even know the source. But then again Evian spelled backwards is naÔve. So, the next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on water, Scope, or Whiteout, or heaven forbid, PEPTO BISMOL or NYQUIL!!!! Just a little humor to help ease the pain of your next trip to the pump... ======================================== ======================================== Here are some websites or newstories which might interest you.... Events mark 30th anniversary of Wounded Knee http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/26/wk http://www.montanaforum.com/rednews/2003/02/28/build/tribal/woundedknee.php?nnn=4 The Lewis and Clark Bicentenary: Trailing a fallacy http://thenavajotimes.com/opinion.html THE NAVAJO RESPONSE TO CRIME by The Honorable Robert Yazzie Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation http://www.american.edu/spa/justice/publications/navajo3.htm THE HEALING AND COMMUNITY JUSTICE POLICY of the JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE NAVAJO NATION http://www.american.edu/spa/justice/publications/navajosp.htm Tribes and states stress cooperation not conflict http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/28/paiute Pechanga disenrollment campaign to continue http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/25/pechanga Indian leader asks Bush aid on health, poverty http://www.montanaforum.com/rednews/2003/02/03/build/tribal/us-indianaid.php?nnn=4 The colonial freedom of federal Indian law http://indiancountry.com/?1046256088 Youngblood wins Native music award at Grammys http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/24/grammy The Third Quinnipiac Treaty http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=7199643&BRD=1632&PAG=461&dept_id=8229&rfi=6 Choctaw tribal cultural director among award recipients http://www.sunherald.com/mld/thesunherald/5277392.htm Ancient Ways meets modern technology http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2003/02/16/news/business/44a99a0d7652dec8e7bf736e5cbda828.txt Calif. tribe subject to state election laws http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/28/agua News from the North: A digest of First Nations news from Canada http://indiancountry.com/?1045581691 Fight continues to save Kaho'olawe (Hawaii) http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Feb/09/op/op14a.html Indian lawmakers say Martz out of touch with tribes http://www.montanaforum.com/rednews/2003/02/10/build/tribal/martz.php?nnn=4 Cherokee board upholds chief's residency http://www.newsok.com/cgi-bin/show_article?ID=992673 Juneau resident receives Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II http://indiancountry.com/?1045059020 Editorial: Oklahoma tribes should share with state http://www.newsok.com/cgi-bin/show_article?ID=990041 Traditional Cheyenne leaders fix modern problem http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?display=rednews/2003/02/21/build/local/45-cheyenne-dispute.inc The Red Copy http://www.theredcopy.com/ Sacred words: Tribes race against time to preserve native languages http://www.jsonline.com/lifestyle/people/feb03/121878.asp Seminole Tribe moves to oust Billie for good http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/28/seminole Opinion: Approve recognition of Lumbee Tribe http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/27/lumbee Dodd, Lieberman Say Bill Would Not Preclude Tribal Recognition http://www.theday.com/eng/web/mktplace/re.aspx?reIDx=df30bc0a-1dc7-49b2-9ff4-b4b6317e1a7a Terms of Potawatomi compact defended http://www.dailyreporter.com/news/2_241/construction/7836-1.html Local governments want voice in tribal-state casino talks http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5270663.htm First Nations President and ICT Columnist Rebecca Adamson honored in womenís history month http://indiancountry.com/?1046359965 You can succeed, aboriginal youth told http://www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=7470ec05-c93f-441c-b595-8b159538b7c2 FBI report responds to claims of unsolved Indian deaths. http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2003/02/27/news/local/news02.txt Oregon mayor meets with tribe on stadium deal http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/28/grandronde The Mexico Solidarity Network indigenous rights program http://www.mexicosolidarity.org/indigenous_rights.html Indian termination by Connecticut (with help by anti-Indian media) http://indiancountry.com/?1044633100 Lenape Clan Plans Cultural Center http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/blairsvilledispatch/s_121010.html Crownpoint opens MADD chapter in battle against drunk driving http://thenavajotimes.com/nation.html Firedancers return from shuttle search http://www.okit.com/news/2003/mar/firedancer.html Indian Gambling Rejected http://www.montanaforum.com/rednews/2002/12/18/build/tribal/highstakes.php?nnn=4 Objections delay Bush's trust fund pick http://www.indianz.com/News/show.asp?ID=2003/02/27/swimmer Name Shame http://www.reznetnews.org/news/030217_mascot/ New anti-mascot bill introduced in California legislature http://indiancountry.com/?1046446546 Bill would ban 'squaw' names http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0224squaw24.html Don't balance state budget on backs of sovereign Nations http://www.shobannews.com/opinion.html#anchorop4 'Red Ink' erases Native American stereotypes http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0225redink25.html Meet The Magpie http://www.reznetnews.org/news/030224_magpie/ ======================================== ======================================== The second part of this 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