. . . ======================================= Start of Phil Konstantin’s July 2005 Newsletter – Part 1 ======================================= Greetings, My newsletter for this month will be a bit delayed. Yesterday, I had what is called an "open" surgery on my left hand for carpal tunnel syndrome. I am wearing a big bandage which looks something like what a boxer wears before they put on their gloves. During the operation, the local painkillers were not enough, so I had to get a general anesthetic. That was a first for me. The doctor said the operation went well, and he expects a good recovery. The operation was considered a 'minor procedure.' This morning, the numbness has finally started to leave my arm. Now it will start to hurt a bit. So, when all of my fingers start to work again, I'll get around to putting out this month's newsletter. That’s all for now. Stay safe, Phil ====================================== End of Phil Konstantin’s July 2005 Newsletter – Part 1 ====================================== . . . .. . . ======================================================== Start of Phil Konstantin’s July 2005 Newsletter – Part 2 ======================================================== Greetings, My left hand is starting to feel better. I had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) on July 1st. The scar is about the size of a dime. The bruise is bigger than a dollar bill. I still have to be careful what I do with that hand. While the doctor told me the operation went well, and my hand appears to be healing properly, it might be as long as a full year before all remnents of the operation have cleared up. Some of the more obvious problems related to my CTS have gone. So, overall, things appear to be positive. Thank you to all of you who sent me get well notes. I truly appreciated them. As most of you have probably figured out, I am a bit of a trivia fan. From time to time I visit a website called Sploofus. Starting in the next couple of days, I will be sending you an invitation to check it out. There is no obligation, of course. The site has some really fun quizzes. They are still just getting going. They have started giving out some prizes to contest winners. As time goes by, and they get more members and sponsors, they hope to increase the number and sizes of the prizes. You might want to check it out when you get the e-mail. If you are not interested, just delete the e-mail. Phil ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== The “Link of the Month” for July 2005 is “David Pego's Corner.“ According to this page, “David Pego has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. The first American Indian winner of the McCormick Tribune Fellowship, he has been an influential figure in native journalism and education since being selected by the first President Bush as delegate to the historic White House Conference on Indian Education in 1991." But David was much more than that. David passed on in June. I recommend visiting his website to learn more about him, his thoughts, and his life. You can visit this website here: http://davidpego.com/ You can read one of his many obituaries here: http://www.imdiversity.com/villages/asian/david_pego_obituary0605.asp ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== Treaty of the Month: TREATY WITH THE CHEROKEE, 1791. July 2, 1791. | 7 Stat., 39. | Proclamation, Feb. 7, 1792 Some of the matters covered by this treaty are: Peace and friendship perpetual; Indians acknowledge protection of United States; Prisoners to be restored; Boundaries; Stipulation for a road; United States to regulate trade; No citizen to settle on Indian lands, nor hunt on the same; Indians to deliver up criminals; Citizens of United States committing crimes in Indian territory to be punished; Retaliation restrained; Cherokees to give notice of designs against United States; United States to make presents; Animosities to cease; Increase of annual payment to Indians. You can see a transcription of the treaty here: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol2/treaties/che0029.htm ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== News: One Nation leader may be kicked out of tribe http://onenationoklies.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=242& "Sequoyah," The state that almost was http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/articles/2005/07/08/news/top_stories/asequoyah.txt Scientists study mystery of Kennewick Man http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2005/07/09/news/regional/1ec041d302b7b2f487257037006e954a.txt Essays from Native American youth on the Point Arena Manchester reservation http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=90e6229c4e4f03c7222250197ffc3337 Legislation seeks full story on Trail of Tears http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3250180 In the Desert, a Soul's Journey vs. Water Risk - A tribe aims to remove a treatment plant from the Topock Maze area, which it views as sacred. http://www.nathpo.org/News/Sacred_Sites/News-Sacred_Sites113.htm Lieutenant Governor speaks out on aboriginal inequities http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2005/21/c4492.html Tribal leaders work to address social problems, regain treaty rights http://www.heraldandnews.com/articles/2005/06/22/news/top_stories/toptribe.prt Revitalization of Native American Economies a Priorityfor U. S. Department of Commerce http://www.mbda.gov/?section_id=1&bucket_id=7&content_id=3272 Did ancient Polynesians visit California? Maybe so. Scholars revive idea using linguistic ties, Indian headdress http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/06/20/MNG9GDBBLG1.DTL Board of Education Reconsiders Mascot http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14829719&BRD=1380&PAG=461&dept_id=157533&rfi=6 Indiana prison takes FBI agents’ killer http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/local/12074524.htm Titla launches Native Youth magazine http://www.silverbelt.com/articles/2005/07/06/apache_moccasin/apache04.txt JAT sets hearing for gay marriage case http://www.cherokee.org/Phoenix/2005/PhoenixPage.asp?ID=1650 Federal officials struggle with problem of Indian suicides http://www.wstm.com/Global/story.asp?S=3568912 Salmon Ruins undergo emergency renovation http://www.daily-times.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=151&num=19327 American Indian groups plan to seek state recognition http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3568896&nav=0RaPbtjq Utes had pivotal water role http://www.cortezjournal.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/05/news050707_7.htm Family provides legacy of leaders http://www.cortezjournal.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/05/news050707_2.htm Redskins, Braves will get new IDs http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=pro&story_id=070605c1_along.wed Indian nicknames face NCAA scrutiny http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/other/2005-06-23-indian-nicknames_x.htm NCAA: Keep your eye on the ball http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096410987&print=yes Separating the chiefs from the Indians - The Air Force’s top chief wants to break with a tradition that some call less-than-sacred http://www.rlnn.com/ArtJune05/SeparatingChiefsIndians.html O’Connor’s tenure filled with key Indian law cases http://www.rlnn.com/ArtJuly05/OConnorFilledIndianLawCases.html Educators learn to teach history with an Indian perspective http://www.montana.edu/commserv/csnews/nwview.php?article=427 Gervais completes walking journey. http://www.goldentrianglenews.com/articles/2005/07/07/glacier_reporter/news/news5.txt Maryland boy wearing bolo tie denied diploma - Teen sought to honor Cherokee background http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/06/11/maryland_boy_wearing_bolo_tie_denied_diploma/ Concerns raised about on-reserve fire-fighting gear - Canada http://sask.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=reserve-firefighting American Indian Youths Preserve the Past, One Word at a Time http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=36c877df78051f0526db4e11862e9386 Students urged to tell story of American Indians http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/11901479.htm Barona Indians allow landowners to use tribal road http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20050709-9999-7m9barona.html Northeast crossings present problems http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096411202 UKB decries change to Living Treasure nominations http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/articles/2005/07/08/news/top_stories/aaaaaukb.txt Former UKB councilor appeals court's decision on his successor's candidacy http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/articles/2005/07/08/news/top_stories/aaaukb.txt Unwanted patrols add to uncertainty in Southwest http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?feature=yes&id=1096411204 Meskwaki mother frustrated by laws that let tribe block adoption http://www.whotv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3558051 Tribe wants island's name changed (Squaw Island) http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8B5GES00.html Assembly of First Nations gets down to business http://north.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=afn-assembly-start05072005 Out of the Cupboard and up with the Smoke Signals: Cinematic Representations of American Indians in the Nineties http://pcasacas.org/SPC/spcissues/24.1/stromberg.htm Batttle of Pechuwe to be re-enacted http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/07/10/sns0710reenactors1A.html State, tribes discuss options for Cama Beach - The Tulalip Tribes may ask the state to set aside land where ancient remains could be reburied. http://heraldnet.com/stories/05/07/09/100loc_cama001.cfm Graves may tell story of terrible epidemic http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/nation/11787188.htm ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== E-mails from subscribers and visitors to my websites: ------------------- Sameer Bhardwaj
; wrote: Hello, Do you any native Amercian voiceover who has experience for "spots" recording ? (male/female) Pls ask them to contact at firstname.lastname@example.org rgds, Sameer +919820150867 ------------------- From Ruth Garby Torres (Schaghticoke): Tribe May Get Another Chance If Judge Approves, Schaghticokes Can Submit More Data By RICK GREEN Courant Staff Writer July 7 2005 A final decision on whether there will be another federally recognized Indian tribe in Connecticut - and, potentially, a third gambling casino - could hang on a handful of forgotten marriages from the mid-19th century. In a surprising turnaround, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs now says it will allow the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation to submit new evidence that might demonstrate a higher rate of Indian-to-Indian marriages from that era. The marriages are considered crucial because if there were enough of them, it could prove that the Schaghticokes lived as a tribe during a period for which there remains scant evidence of their survival. On Wednesday, lawyers for the Schaghticokes were reluctant to comment on the BIA's change of heart because it still must be approved by U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey. The BIA made its proposal late last week, in the form of court documents filed by the U.S. attorney's office in New Haven. "It's an alternative they have proposed and we are happy to work with it," said Guy S. Michael, a lawyer for the Schaghticokes. "We've always been hopeful." Lately, the tribe's prospects have looked bleak, ever since an administrative appeals panel at the federal Interior Department overturned the BIA's recognition of the Schaghticokes on May 12 and sent the matter back for reconsideration. Days later, the BIA informed the tribe that it would not accept any new evidence as it began a final review of the Schaghticokes, who have sought federal recognition since 1981. The Schaghticokes have been opposed by an aggressive and outspoken coalition, including Gov. M. Jodi Rell, the state's congressional delegation and influential residents of Kent, a town of about 3,000 in rural Litchfield County. Reversing a stance it took in May, the BIA is now offering the Schaghticokes a chance to submit "historical documents or historical evidence concerning marriages of Schaghticoke members." The BIA is also proposing that a final decision on the Schaghticokes be pushed back 30 days to Oct. 12. Whether anything happens at all is up to Dorsey, who is overseeing the Schaghticoke recognition due to pending federal lawsuits involving the tribal reservation in Kent. One is a dispute over the Appalachian Trail, which runs through a portion of the reservation, and the others involve claims made by the tribe for reservation land it says was illegally sold. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said the state would file an objection in court today because federal regulations do not allow new evidence to be submitted. "They have been afforded abundant opportunity to submit every piece of evidence on marriage rates that they have," Blumenthal said. "We assumed the record was closed," added Jeffrey B. Sienkiewicz, a lawyer for the town of Kent. The Schaghticokes "had 20 years to figure out who was married to who. Why didn't they turn it in?" Tribal leaders and Kent First Selectwoman Dolores Schiesel did not return messages requesting comment. The tribe's 19th-century marriage rates and Connecticut's long history of formal relations with the tribe figured prominently in the BIA's decision in January 2004 to grant recognition to the Schaghticokes. In May, responding to an appeal by the state and the town of Kent, an Interior panel tossed out the recognition, saying the BIA could not rely on state recognition to compensate for periods for which additional evidence was lacking. Under Interior Department regulations, marriage rates among tribal members may be used as evidence to prove the Indians were living as a distinct community with political influence over its members. Rates of marriage exceeding 50 percent are considered sufficient proof. Last December, the Interior Department revealed that it had made a "material mathematical error in the [marriage rate] calculations for 1841-1850, which when corrected lowers the calculation to less than 50 percent." The Kent-based Schaghticokes have had a state reservation since the mid-1700s. Members of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation say they would like to build a casino in Bridgeport and housing on the Kent reservation. --- State of Connecticut and Town of Kent File Motion Objecting to Surprise Move by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Allow New Evidence in the Petition by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation to Seek Federal Recognition By David Parker The state of Connecticut and the town of Kent Thursday filed an objection to a surprise move by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow new evidence in its reconsideration of federal recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. The objection was filed by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal with U.S. District Court Judge Peter Dorsey in response to a court filing filed Tuesday by the BIA in which it said it now will accept additional evidence from the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation on tribal marriage rates in the 19th century. The BIA also proposed to extend the deadline for reconsideration of the federal recognition issue from Sept. 12 until Oct. 12. “The state parties do not agree to, and oppose, the BIA’s proposal…to modify the scheduling order,” said a motion filed by Blumenthal on behalf of the state, the town of Kent, the Connecticut Light & Power Corporation and the Kent School. The Blumenthal motion continued: “It should be noted that in …its July 5 counterproposal, the plaintiff seeks a sweeping modification permitting the STN to submit evidence supporting ‘criterion during the nineteen century’ – in effect asking to reopen the evidentiary record for a century concerning (political authority). This is improper and goes well beyond the scope of the plaintiff’s own original motion and the BIA’s alternative proposal…. This should be rejected out of hand. The time for finality in the submission of evidence has long since passed…the plaintiff’s motive should be denied and the plaintiff’s proposals and the BIA’s alternative proposal should be rejected.” Judge Dorsey has before him long-standing land claims by the tribe. He had issued the original scheduling order for the BIA's recognition process. Whether the tribe gets federal recognition may heavily influence its standing in those land claim cases, and hence their outcome. Kent is home to the state's 450-acre Schaghticoke Indian reservation. At stake for the town is not only potential creation of a near-autonomous entity within its borders but the outcome of the land claim cases. The town, which maintains a dirt road past the reservation, is one defendant. The STN also claims nearly 2,000 additional acres held by defendants including Kent School and the Connecticut Light and Power Co. Residents in town meetings over several years have committed $300,000 to Kent's share of costs for defending the land claims and for challenging the STN recognition efforts. Kent First Selectman Lorry Schiesel said Thursday she was surprised to learn of the BIA's latest move. "The STN has had plenty of time - years - to make its case with regards to the marriage rates and to seek technical assistance from the BIA," said Schiesel Both the town and the state recently filed their opposition with Dorsey to a recent petition by the STN that he allow the tribe to file additional evidence on the issue of marriage rates. Dorsey has yet to rule on the STN motion. An Interior Department internal review this spring vacated the BIA's recognition of the Schaghticokes, citing as a principal defect the bureau's reliance on a faulty reading of those marriage rates. The Interior Department review board ordered the BIA review of its recognition decision. "I see this latest move as an attempt to get more evidence in after the deadline," Schiesel said. Town Attorney Jeffrey Sienkiewicz said Thursday that the BIA "probably does have authority to solicit new briefs if it wants to. But it seems to me quite improper for the evidentiary record to be opened up again at this stage" when the BIA six weeks ago said it had been closed. "Clearly it prejudices the town of Kent," Sienkiewicz said. "This was a surprise. We have been operating under the assumption that the record was closed." ---- Fight for tribal recognition divides small town This link will take you to WNPR's page where you can listen to an interview with Courant reporter Rick Green. In the right-hand side of the page there are several other links to other related radio programs. http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wnpr/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=787754 --- Hartford Courant feature on Schaghticoke-Part 1 This link will hopefully take you to the story. On that page you will also find links to photos and video. Stay tuned for the continuing series of stories. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-kent1.artjun26,0,3741324.story?coll=hc-big-headlines-breaking ------------------- From: Rob Kruszynski For a Tribe in Texas, an Era of Prosperity Undone by Politics By FOX BUTTERFIELD EL PASO - There are no customers at the Speaking Rock Casino now. Inside the adobe building, built by the Tigua Indians to look like a large pueblo-style home, it is eerily silent and dark, no clinking coins, no 24-hour-a-day bright lights. The 1,500 slot machines that attracted 100,000 visitors a month to the casino, earning the small Tigua tribe $60 million a year, are gone, taken away after the State of Texas won a federal lawsuit three years ago declaring that the tribe did not have the right to run a casino here on their ancestral land, the oldest settlement in Texas. The Tiguas' efforts to get their casino reopened and their dealings with Washington insiders promising access and influence got them caught up in the spreading investigations involving the lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Republican political figures, including the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, and Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition who is running for lieutenant governor in Georgia. But here on the dusty east side of El Paso, where the casino overlooks the Rio Grande and Juárez, Mexico, this is less a story about machinations in Washington than about how a tribe lifted itself out of centuries of poverty into sudden prosperity, complete with good wages, health insurance and college scholarships for its 1,300 members, only to see its fortunes plummet. "In two or three years it will be back to the way it was before we had gaming," said Arturo Senclair, the tribal governor. "Then we'll be dependent on whatever federal money we can get, after we tried so hard to be self-sufficient." All but 82 of the 1,000 casino employees have been laid off. Those remaining have had their wages cut and have lost their free medical insurance, 401(k) retirement plans and paid vacations. Also gone are the $15,000 annual distributions to each member of the tribe from casino profits, almost equal to the median per capita income in El Paso of $17,000. How the Tiguas got their casino, lost it and have tried to get it back is a complex tale of gambling and politics involving newcomers to the political arena with money to burn and Washington lobbyists seeking profit. It took several steps and several years for the Tiguas to open their casino. In 1987 they won federal recognition as a tribe with their own reservation, as long as they followed the law of Texas. The next year, Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which authorizes tribes to open casinos on their reservations if their state permits gambling. In 1991, by constitutional referendum, Texas voters approved several forms of gambling, including a state lottery and horse and dog racing. The Tiguas seized on the referendum as the legal rationale for opening their casino. In 1993 they tried to sign a gaming compact with Gov. Ann W. Richards making clear their legal authority to run the casino. When she declined, they won a ruling by a federal district judge ordering Texas to negotiate the compact, and went into business. The casino had been open five years when Gov. George W. Bush campaigned for re-election in 1998. One of his main themes was his opposition to gambling and, in particular, to the Tigua casino, which by then was one of the biggest businesses in El Paso. "There ought not to be casino gambling in the state of Texas, any shape or form of it," Governor Bush said then, taking a stance that put him in line with Christian conservatives and that he repeated in his presidential campaign. Mr. Bush said the casino violated the law, since Texas did not permit casinos. To the Tiguas, the 1988 law allowing Indians to open casinos and the 1991 referendum permitting gambling gave them legal authority. Profits from the casino made the Tiguas political players, giving them money to make contributions. In 1998 they gave $100,000 to Mr. Bush's Democratic opponent, Gary Mauro. It was the logical choice, since El Paso was the last Democratic stronghold in Texas, and the Tiguas enjoyed a close relationship with President Bill Clinton, said Tom Diamond, the tribe's lawyer. After his re-election as governor, Mr. Bush got the Legislature to appropriate $100,000 for the state's attorney general, John Cornyn, now a Republican senator, to take legal action against the tribe. Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman, said there was no connection between the Tiguas' campaign contribution and Mr. Bush's stance. "The president long supported closing the casino because it was operating illegally," Ms. Perino said. "While the voters of Texas had approved a state lottery, they had not approved casino gambling." Mr. Cornyn sued in federal court in 1999 and ultimately won in 2002. By 1999, Mr. Abramoff, the lobbyist, had hired Mr. Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, on behalf of the Coushatta tribe of Louisiana, which had a casino in Louisiana near the Texas border and wanted to block competition in Texas. Mr. Reed was to drum up support among conservative Christians for Mr. Cornyn's legal attack on the Tigua casino. Mr. Senclair has a file folder with 250 e-mail messages from Mr. Abramoff; his partner, Michael Scanlon; Mr. Reed; and others that he says outlines tactics for closing the Tigua casino and, after it was closed, for getting money from the Tiguas to win its reopening. The messages were provided by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, which has been investigating whether Mr. Abramoff and others defrauded Indian tribes. The committee plans to hold hearings this month on its findings, said Andrea Jones, a spokeswoman for the committee chairman, Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. In one message dated Feb. 11, 2002, the day of the court ruling against the Tiguas, Mr. Abramoff wrote to Mr. Scanlon: "I wish those moronic Tiguas were smarter in their political contributions. I'd love us to get our mitts on that moolah!! Oh well, stupid folks get wiped out." Four days later, the Tigua leaders say, Mr. Abramoff arrived in El Paso with a plan to reopen the casino by getting a powerful Republican congressman to insert an amendment in an unrelated bill. The cost was $4.2 million paid to Mr. Scanlon, $2 million of which he sent to Mr. Abramoff, according to the Senate investigation. The Tiguas were also told to make $300,000 in political contributions to Republicans in Washington or to their political action committees, which they did, Mr. Senclair said. To Mr. Diamond, the tribe's lawyer, the Tiguas were not naïve. Everything Mr. Abramoff promised to do he had done for other tribes, and his plan was the same as one their previous advisers had proposed. But, Mr. Senclair said, "We were betrayed." Earlier this year the Tiguas got back about half the $4.2 million in a settlement with Mr. Abramoff's former law firm over his role in working to close and then reopen the casino. Andrew Blum, a spokesman for Mr. Abramoff's lawyer, said it was a lie to suggest that Mr. Abramoff had a conflict of interest. Mr. Abramoff was not trying to get the Tigua casino closed, Mr. Blum said. Instead, he was taking aim at another Indian casino near Houston, and when the Tigua casino closed, "Mr. Abramoff then sought to help the Tiguas where he could," Mr. Blum said in an e-mail message. But the slot machines are still gone, replaced by "entertainment machines" that dispense only credits for consumer goods. And the years of prosperity are slipping away. Lori Rivera, 40, once the supervisor in the casino's cashier's office, is in many ways the embodiment of the tale. She grew up in a one-room mud shack without running water or electricity. She got a job in the casino, and as the profits rolled in, she became eligible for a new house on a reservation of 300 acres of former pecan orchards that the Tiguas had bought. The new reservation looks like an upscale subdivision of two-story homes. At its entrance is a large fitness center with a weight room, a basketball court and an Olympic-size swimming pool. But on a recent afternoon, the pool was empty. Too many people have had to leave El Paso to find work, said Carlos Hisa, the tribal lieutenant governor. Ms. Rivera is worried about what will happen to her two grandchildren, as the tribal leaders have begun cutting stipends for school. "Before the casino, most Tigua kids didn't stay in school because they were so poor they couldn't afford shoes, and they were embarrassed," Ms. Rivera said. "Everything was going really well. Now we're going backwards." ------------------- From Veronica Vasquez: The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is hosting their Second Annual National Training Conference, August 15th - 18th, 2005, in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Strengthening the Circle: Mind, Body, Spirit, and Community.” SAIGE is a national non-profit organization that serves the needs of American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) government employees. We provide a national forum on the issues, opportunities, and challenges that confront American Indian Tribes, and the federal work community. SAIGE is the first and only national organization representing AI/AN federal employees. It is SAIGE’s mission to promote the recruitment, hiring, retention, development, advancement and equitable treatment of AI/AN employees in the federal workforce. Attendance at the SAIGE training conference will benefit not only attendees, but also the respective agencies for which they work and the communities they serve. T will have the opportunity to participate in sessions focusing on professional and personal development topics, as well as learn of federal initiatives affecting American Indian Tribes and how they can contribute to their effective implementation. The conference is also a great opportunity for networking with peers, federal and private sector leadership. The Youth Track provides American Indians/ Alaskan Native students participation and development. Conference Highlights: Nationally Recognized Speakers: Roger Willie (Actor & motivation speaker). Networking session, Youth Track, Fitness Walk, Keynote Luncheons, Cultural presentation, Smithsonian Museum of the Amer. Indian, Overview: Leadership in Government; EEO; Education, Interior, Agriculture updates; view from the Whitehouse. In addition, this year’s conference will host a walk from the conference site to the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI), led by Olympian Hopeful, sisters Becki and Cami Wells, (Blackfeet). Becki is the only Native American woman ever to win an NCAA Division I track and field championship twice, who ran for Florida State. Cami is the only Native American NCAA Div. I coach (XC-Men and Women) in the Country. Cami is a former Track and Field Cross Country athlete who attended Drake University. Conference attendees will have a special tour of the NMAI. Registration Cost: $350 Early Bird special, $400 after July 15th. Register early; space is limited. For additional conference and registration information visit our website at: http://www.saige.org/ ------------------- Subject: American Indian Benefit Concert From: Christy Hong Hello, The American Indian Legal Assistance Program (AILAP) is a non-profit organization in California that offers a comprehensive set of services to promote, foster and defend the cultural preservation, social well-being, health and economic self-sufficiency of American Indians by utilizing a unique approach which combines comprehensive fundraising, project research and management, legal and mentoring services. In order to expand these services to support more American Indians in LA County, AILAP is organizing a silent auction and benefit concert for August 26th at the Santa Monica Pier, featuring the musical talents of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Brown. I would like to know if you would be interested, or could recommend us Native American Indian artists that would be interested, in doing craft demonstrations, hands-on kids activities, or simply displaying/selling their art as vendors at this event. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hope to hear from you soon! Best, Christy Hong AILAP 8757 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 ------------------- From: Lee A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?" "This is Heaven, sir," the man answered. "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked. "Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open. "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked. "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets." The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book. "Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?" "Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there! , come on in." "How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog. "There should be a bowl by the pump." They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree. "What do you call this place?" the traveler asked. "This is Heaven," he answered. "Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too." "Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's Hell." "Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?" "No, we're just happy that they screen out them folks who would leave their best friends behind." ------------------- For immediate release Contact: Terri Jean email@example.com June 14th, 2005 Who is the Greatest NATIVE American? Have you seen the list of the Top 100 Greatest Americans? The Discovery Channel is hosting a seven hour series with the first show premiering last Sunday at 8pm. More than half a million online nominations were tallied, and the list is supposed to represent "the pulse of the nation," revealing "the qualities we most admire." At the end of the premiere episode, Matt Lauer announced the top 25 Greatest American nominees (based on nominations held earlier in the year) and how viewers can cast their votes via a toll-free number. The project is supposed to "highlight Americans of importance and the incredible contributions they made to our society" and perhaps as many as 89 million households might tune in. Absent from this list is one single Native person. Martha Stewart, Brett Fayre and Mel Gibson were listed, but America could not collectively vote on one indigenous person worthy to be called a Great American. The Red Roots Educational Project/The Native Truth is conducting a poll of our own. We want to know who you think is the Greatest NATIVE American. Nominations will be accepted until July 16th, 2005. We would appreciate a 100 word (or less) bio of your nomination(s) or an explanation as to why you believe this person is a Great Native American. The entire list of nominations will be available on July 23rd. It will be posted to my website at www.terrijean.com,, sent to The Native Truth subscribers, and sent to those who emailed their nominations. You will be able to vote via email for who you think is the Greatest Native American until August 6th. The top 100 will our 100 Greatest Native Americans. (They will be listed by number of votes, so the person who receives the most votes will be #1.) The list will be available on my website, www.terrijean.com, sent to The Native Truth column subscribers, and will be emailed to those who sent in nominations. If you would like to add your name to our contact list send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "100 List" in the subject line. Again, we would appreciate 100 word bio's and if you have it, links that direct us to more information to your nominated individual. We will have to include short biographies for each individual, and it would help tremendously if you could help us out. This is YOUR opportunity to pay homage to the individual you believe is the best of the best. Nominate the man or woman who inspires you most, who made the biggest difference for his/her people, who acted bravely in a time or trouble, or who accomplished something wonderful. Submit as many names as you like, but please, once we vote for our favorite - PLEASE only vote once for each person. Please pass this around to everyone you know. Email submissions to email@example.com by July 16th (the previous due date was July 4th but it has been extended in the hope that more people will participate.) I look forward to reading your nominations. Cheers! Terri Jean Director of the Red Roots Educational Project Columnist for The Native Truth www.terrijean.com The 100 Greatest Americans (Discovery Channel/AOL poll) Abraham Lincoln Albert Einstein Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Hamilton Amelia Earhart Andrew Carnegie Arnold Schwarzenegger Audie Murphy Babe Ruth Barack Obama Barbara Bush Benjamin Franklin Bill Clinton Bill Cosby (William Henry Cosby, Jr.) Bill Gates Billy Graham Bob Hope Brett Favre Carl Sagan Cesar Chavez Charles Lindbergh Christopher Reeve Chuck Yeager Clint Eastwood Colin Powell Condoleezza Rice Donald Trump Dwight D. Eisenhower Eleanor Roosevelt (Anna Eleanor Roosevelt) Ellen DeGeneres Elvis Presley Frank Sinatra Franklin D. Roosevelt Frederick Douglass George H. W. Bush George W. Bush George Lucas George Patton George Washington George Washington Carver Harriet Ross Tubman Harry Truman Helen Keller Henry Ford Hillary Rodham Clinton Howard Hughes Hugh Hefner Jackie Robinson (Jack Roosevelt Robinson) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Jesse Owens Jimmy Carter Jimmy Stewart John Edwards John Glenn John F. Kennedy John Wayne Johnny Carson (John William Carson) Jonas Edward Salk Joseph Smith Jr. Katharine Hepburn Lance Armstrong Laura Bush Lucille Ball Lyndon B. Johnson Madonna (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone) Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) Marilyn Monroe Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) Martha Stewart Martin Luther King Jr. Maya Angelou Mel Gibson Michael Jackson Michael Jordan Michael Moore Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) Neil Alden Armstrong Nikola Tesla Oprah Winfrey Pat Tillman Dr. Phil McGraw Ray Charles Richard Nixon Robert Kennedy Ronald Reagan Rosa Parks Rudolph W. Giuliani Rush Limbaugh Sam Walton Steve Jobs Steven Spielberg Susan B. Anthony Theodore Roosevelt Thomas Edison Thomas Jefferson Tiger Woods Tom Cruise Tom Hanks Walt Disney Wrights Brothers (Orville & Wilbur Wright) ------------------- On behalf of Sue Masten and the Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) founders, you are cordially invited to the First Annual WEWIN Conference “Exercising & Protecting Tribal Sovereignty through Effective Leadership.” Please be sure to forward this invitation to anyone you think would be interested in attending. Thanks, http://www.wewin04.org/ Brandie Zambito Executive Assistant to President/CEO Native American Management Services, Inc. 6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 302 McLean, VA 22101 703.821.2226 x246 ofc ------------------- I cannot vouch for, or against, this request: From: Crystal Roberts Subject: Intertribal Friendshid House of Oakland Needs HELP !!!! Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 22:31:22 -0700 (PDT) Ya'at'eeh' Everyone, This e-mail is to ask for your assistance in keeping the doors of the Intertribal Friendship House (IFH) of Oakland open. IFH is a Native American cultural center for indigenous residents, of all nations, residing in the greater the Bay area. The center provides after school programs, clothing donation programs, traditional Native American dance lessons, traditional bead work classes, substance abuse meetings, and houses an extensive oral history and photographic history of Native Americans in the Bay area. IFH also serves as a general meeting place for community members to voice concerns, promote civic functions, and gather resources regarding Native American culture. Founded 50 years ago as a sanctuary and meeting place for Natives During relocation, the house has stayed true to its values and and purpose to remain a true grassroots community center. As a newer member to the Bay Area as of October 2003, I have seen IFH provide a space for our youth to take pride in being Native. Every Tuesday evening the doors open and community members come out from around the Bay Are and donate their time to teach other community members the art of beading. Every Thursday evening community members fill the room as youth and adults are taught different styles of pow-wow dancing and Northern style singing, with the goal for the night being fun, fitness, and friendship. I appreciate the establishment of such a center regardless of where it is located and see the positive effects it has on our youth by providing a safe place in such a rough city. Due to unpaid back taxes and a lack of state funding funding for Social services the financial situation at IFH is grim. A huge deficit is needing to be made up in order to keep the House out of foreclosure. I, as a member of the native community of Oakland and of Indian Country are asking for your financial assistance. I donate my time and money into the center as an investment into the future of our people, and at this critical time I ask you to do the same. If you are not able to give a monetary gift the least you can do is forward this message to everyone you know in hopes that they might be able to spare a few dollars to this cause. In Solidarity and in Spirit, Manny Lieras - Diné/Chicano ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== Here is some humorous or interesting material (or, at least, it is intended to be humorous or interesting): ------------------- MANY WORDS of WISDOM by WILL ROGERS Will Rogers (Cherokee), who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in 1935, was probably the greatest political sage this country has ever known. Enjoy the following: 1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco. 2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. 3. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman ... either one works. 4. Never miss a good chance to shut up. 5. Always drink upstream from the herd. 6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. 7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket. 8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves. 9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. 10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there. 11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back. 12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut. ABOUT GROWING OLDER... First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved. Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra. Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top. Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable. Tenth ~ Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf. And finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old. ------------------- Factual Things about Your Birthdate http://www.paulsadowski.com/birthday.asp ------------------- AFI picks the 100 best movie quotes of all-time http://videoeta.com/news/1909 ------------------- (Note from Phil: I received this from someone in Texas. I grew up in Texas. I have been through a couple of hurricanes on land, and one while on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. So, I can appreciate this humorous essay. Subject: Hurricane Season We're about to enter hurricane season. Any day now, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Atlantic Ocean and making two basic meteorological points. (1) There is no need to panic. (2) We could all be killed. Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Texas. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." Based on our insurance industry experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan: STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days. STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car. STEP 3: Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween. Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Texas. We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items: HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements: (1) It is reasonably well-built, and (2) It is located in Wisconsin Unfortunately, if your home is located in Texas, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss. SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors, There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages: Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap. Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December. Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have to sell your house to pay for them. Hurricane-proof windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection: They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He lives in Nebraska. Hurricane Proofing your property: As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc... You should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles. EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says "Texas," you live in a low-lying area). The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely. HURRICANE SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now! Texas tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM. In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies: 23 flashlights. At least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the power goes off, to be the wrong size for the flashlights. Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!) A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.) $35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth. Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean. Good luck, and remember: Its great living in Texas! ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== Here are some random historical events.... July 1, 1833: According to an army report, by this date, the army estimates they have captured all of the "hostile" Creek Indians, except for the warriors from Hitchiti, and Yuchi, led by Jim Henry. July 2, 1791: The treaty (7 stat.39) with the Cherokee Nation is concluded on the Holston River at White's Fort, modern Knoxville Tennessee. The Cherokee acknowledge the sovereignty of the United States. Prisoners are restored on both sides. Boundary lines are officially established. American citizens are allowed to use a road from the Washington District, to the Mero District on the Tennessee River without molestation. The United States will have the sole right to regulate trade with the Cherokee. No whites can live, or hunt on Cherokee lands, without Cherokee approval. Annual payments increase from $1000, to $1500 on February 17, 1792. The treaty is signed by thirty-nine Chiefs, 1200 other Cherokees attend the meeting. This is known as the "Holston River Treaty." The Americans are represented by Governor William Blount. July 3, 1754: Surrounded by 500 French and 400 Indian forces under Sieur Coulon de Villiers, George Washington has only 400 soldiers at his Fort Necessity, near modern Farmington, in southwestern Pennsylvania. After his artillery is put out of action, and with half of his men as casualties, Washington accepts de Villiers offer of surrender. Washington leads his troops back to Virginia. De Villiers is the brother of Jumonville de Villiers, Washington's counterpart in the battle not far from here on May 28th. Jumonville is killed in that battle. July 4, 1874: Captain A.E. Bates, and Troop B, Second Cavalry, and 160 "friendly" Shoshones, are en route from Camp Brown, in west central Wyoming, looking for a reported gathering of hostile Northern Cheyenne and Arapahos, when they discover a large group of "hostiles" on the Bad Water Branch of the Wind River, in Wyoming. During the battle, twenty-six "hostiles," and four soldiers are killed. Twenty Indians, and six soldiers, including Lieutenant R.H. Young, are wounded. 230 horses are captured. After this fight, many "hostile" Northern Cheyenne and Arapahos are convinced to return to their agencies to avoid further battles. July 5, 1873: A tract of land is set aside as a reserve for "Gross Ventre, Piegan, Blood, Blackfeet, River Crow and other Indians" in Montana by Executive Order. July 6, 465: Palenque Maya Lord Chaacal I is born according to the museum at Palenque. (See my website at http://americanindian.net/mexico14.html or http://americanindian.net/mayae.html for photos of my trips to Palenque in 2000 & 2001.) July 7, 1666: Robert Sanford has been exploring the coast of South Carolina for a colony site. He has found some friendly Indians at Port Royal. Today he sets sail for Barbados with the nephew of the local Chief. The Chief wants his nephew to learn the white man's ways and language. Dr. Henry Woodward stays with the Indians and learn their ways, thus making him the first European settler in South Carolina. Woodward eventually becomes the preeminent Indian agent in South Carolina. July 8, 1724: French peace envoy Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont has come from Fort Orleans to visit the Indians of modern Kansas. At the mouth of the Missouri River, he encounters the "Canza." Many of them accompany de Bourgmont on his trip to the "Padoucas." July 9, 1969: Members of the Passamaquoddy Nation block road that goes through their reservation in Maine. July 10, 1843: In 1842, the Wyandot signed a treaty (11 Stat., 581.) giving up their lands in Ohio for land west of the Mississippi River. Today, 674 men, women and children start their trip from Ohio to Kansas. July 11, 1598: Juan de Oñate’s expedition reaches the San Juan Pueblo in modern New Mexico. July 12, 1784: Even though he has signed a peace treaty with the Spanish, Tonkawa Chief El Mocho is planning to join the Texas Indians together under his leadership and then attack the Spanish. The Spanish hear of El Mocho's plans. In the Presidio of la Bahia, El Mocho is shot down in the plaza by Spanish soldiers. July 13, 1973: New Mexico is told no State Income Taxes can be levied against reservation Indians. July 14, 1684: Naumkeag Indian, and son of fomrer Sachem Wenepoykin, James Quannapowit petitions the English of Marblehead Massachusetts. He complains they are givng out lands which rightfully belong to him. On September 16, 1684, a deed is finally signed by all parties in order for the English to hold "rightful title" to the land. July 15, 1877: In the Weippe Prairie, east of Weippe, Idaho, the Nez Perce hold a council to decide their movements. The army is still trying to force them to move to a reservation. They wish to stay free. Looking Glass says they should go east into Montana and join the crow. Chief Joseph (Hein-mot Too-ya-la kekt) suggests they wait for the army here and fight it out in their own lands. Toohoolhoolzote joins Looking Glass in suggesting they move east into Montana. The tribe decides to move. (See my website at: http://americanindian.net/2003b.html to see my photos of the Weippe area.) July 16, 1862: Yesterday, as a small group of mounted soldiers attempt to leave the Apache Pass watering hole, Mangas, and some warriors, attack. During the fight, Mangas is shot in the chest. The Indians abandon the fight, with the loss of their leader. Eventually, Cochise takes his father-in-law to Mexico, where he holds a town hostage until a Mexican doctor heals Mangas. This battle leads to the construction of Fort Bowie on July 28, 1862 according to the official National Park Service brochure. This is in modern New Mexico. July 17, 1853: A dispute between a settler ad some Paiutes near Springville, Utah leads to the death of one of the Paiutes. This will lead to what is sometimes called the "Walker War." July 18, 1694: Abenaki Chief Abomazine, almost 300 Penobscot warriors, and few French attack the settlement along the south side of the Oyster River, at modern Durham, New Hampshire. The Indians are trying to sneak into the village when their presence in discovered. Some settlers escape, others retreat to fortified homes. 104 settlers are killed, and twenty-seven are taken hostage before the Indians withdraw. Four months later, Abomazine approaches the fort at Pemaquid, under a white flag. He is seized by the garrison for his part in the attack. July 19, 1856: By this date, all of the remaining Rogue River Indians are en route to the Grande Ronde Reservation in Oregon. They number 1225. July 20, 1863: General James Carleton, called "Star Chief" by the Navajos, has ordered the Navajos to leave their homeland and to report to the Bosque Redondo Reservation in New Mexico. All Navajos found off the reservation, after this date, are considered "hostiles," and will be treated accordingly. No Navajos turn themselves in, leading to the Canyon de Chelly Campaign, and the "Long Walk." July 21, 1855: John W. Quinney, Stockbridge Chief, dies in Stockbridge, New York. Through his efforts, his tribe creates a constitutional system for the election of its here-to-fore hereditary leaders. He is instrumental in the cessation of the sell of tribal lands to Europeans. He leads the efforts to have 460 acres of their former lands returned by the State of New York. He is elected Chief of the tribe in 1852. July 22, 1863: As a followup to the "Owens Valley War" in California, over 900 Paiutes are led to the San Sebastian Reservation at Fort Tejon (north of Los Angeles). July 23, 1733: José de Urrutia is appointed Captain of San Antonio de Béxar Presidio. The Spanish acknowledged him as one of their experts on Indians. July 24, 1863: The Santee Sioux have engaged in an uprising in Minnesota. Some have fled the area and made their way into the Dakotas. General Henry Sibley and troops from Fort Ridgley in Minnesota have pursued them. According to reports Sibley has received, the Santee have joined up with the Teton Sioux. Today the soldiers find an Indian village in what is now North Dakota. According to the army’s report, while some scouts are talking with a couple of hundred Indians who come out to meet then, someone shoots and kills Surgeon Josiah Weiser. The scouts shoot at the Indian who shot the doctor, but he gets away. More Indians arrive and start shooting. Then more soldiers arrive and open fire. A full scale fight takes place and some fighting lasts through early tomorrow. It is called the "Battle of Big Mound." July 25, 1863: As part of the Canyon de Chelly Campaign, Kit Carson decides to force the Navajos to surrender by destroying their food supply. He orders Major Joseph Cummings to proceed along the Bonito River, and to seize all livestock and crops. Anything he cannot haul way, is burned. July 26, 1865: Following the massacre at Sand Creek, many Indians begin attacking military outposts, and people crossing their territory. A group of Cheyenne, led by Roman Nose, want revenge for lost relatives. They approached a bridge across the North Platte in what is now Casper, Wyoming. The bridge is also the site of a telegraph station and a military outpost. After trying for two days to get the soldiers out of the fort, a column of troops cross the bridge. The Indians attack and kill many soldiers, including Lieutenant Casper Collins. Another column of troops comes to the rescue, and cannonfire from the fort helps them escape. The soldiers left the fort to provide an escort for an approaching wagon train. Another band of Indians attacks the wagon train. During the fighting, Roman Nose's brother is killed. Roman Nose lead a charge against the wagon train and all of the soldiers guarding it are killed. Their anger quickly dissipates, and the Indians quit the fight, and leave the area. July 27, 1777: Jane McCrea is killed. A painting is made showing her about to be scalped. It becomes a famous piece of American art. (Visit this website http://www.americanrevolution.com/JaneMcCrea.htm to see the painting). July 28, 1756: Delaware Chief Teedyuscung, and fourteen other chiefs, meet with Pennsylvania Governor Robert Morris, and other Pennsylvania leaders at Easton, Pennsylvania to discuss the Delaware uprising. Teedyuscung agrees to visit the warring members of the tribe, and to try to end the fighting. July 29, 1868: After years of conflict over the Bozeman Trail along the Powder River, the War Department finally gives in to Indian's, and particularly Red Cloud's, demands and starts abandoning its forts. Fort C.F. Smith’s garrison packs-up and leaves. The fort is located near present day Yellowtail and Big Horn Lake, in southern Montana. July 30, 1829: In internal documents, the United States War Department formalizes a new Indian policy. Secretary of War John Eaton believes Indians will not be able to survive if the live in lands surrounded by white settlers. July 31, 1684: According to some sources, a six day conference starts between representatives of the New York colonies and the Mohawks, Oniedas, Onondagas and Cayugas. Some lands are ceded and allegiances are pledged. ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== That’s all for now. Stay safe, Phil ====================================================== End of Phil Konstantin’s July 2005 Newsletter – Part 2 ====================================================== . . . . . ======================================================== Start of Phil Konstantin’s July 2005 Newsletter – Part 3 ======================================================== Greetings, I thought I would put together a few items for you. Many of you have e-mailed me to say how much you have enjoyed the Sploofus trivia website. I have really enjoyed playing the games myself. I have created three puzzles myself. You might enjoy them. If you do, please give it a high rating. Most Popular Names For Baby Boys In 2004 In The USA by Philkon http://www.sploofus.com/triviaquiz/most_popular_names_for_baby_boys_in_2004_in_the_usa.html The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles In 2004 In The USA by Philkon http://www.sploofus.com/triviaquiz/the_10_most_stolen_vehicles_in_2004_in_the_usa.html Cop Phrases, Slang & Acronyms Primarily Used In California by Philkon http://www.sploofus.com/triviaquiz/cop_phrases_slang__acronyms_primarily_used_in_california.html There are some hints at the very bottom of this newsletter. Skip that section if you do not want any hints!) Phil ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== Notices: From: Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond ; Date: June 30, 2005 10:47:49 AM PDT Subject: California Indian Conference Hello: Hope you are all having a wonderful summer. Here at Humboldt State Univeristy we are planning for the 20th Annual California Indian Conference, which we will be hosting on October 7-9, 2005. If you or anyone you know might be interested in presenting a paper or workshop please refer them to our website. They can contact either Lyn Risling or myself and we will forward their proposal to the Reading Committee. Also, we are looking for keynote speakers in the following fields: Natural Resources, Health, Culture, & Education. If you know of a dynamic speaker, we are interested. Thank you. Website: www.humboldt.edu/~cic Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond Lyn Risling Co-Chair CIC Planning Committee Co-Chair CIC Humboldt State University Arcata, CA 95521 (707)826-4791 firstname.lastname@example.org (707)839-4962 email@example.com ----------- Title: Call for Papers: Native/Indigenous Studies Area Deadline: November 15, 2005 Website: http://www.swtexaspca.org Contact: Sara C. Sutler-Cohen 1817 SE Umatilla Street Portland, OR 97202 Phone: (503)231.1719 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The 2006 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association (SW/TX PCA/ACA) Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque from February 8-11, 2006. Join us this year, as a returning or first-time participant, as we celebrate the 27th year of this regional popular culture conference. Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Native/Indigenous Studies Area. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are welcome and encouraged. . Indigenous Methodologies . Indians in Higher Education . Teaching Popular Culture in Native American Studies Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to Sara Sutler-Cohen via email. Further details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, hotel, registration, tours, etc.) can be found at http://www.swtexaspca.org. -------------- Title: The White House Internship Program Deadline: October 15, 2005 (for 2006 spring internship- January 10 to May 5, 2006) Contact: Ann Gray, White House Intern Coordinator Phone: (202)456-2502 Email: agra-@WHO.eop.gov. The White House Internship Program offers an excellent opportunity to serve our President and explore public service. We are seeking exceptional candidates to apply for this highly competitive program. In addition to normal office duties, interns attend weekly lectures, tours, and complete an intern service project. Interns may serve a term in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. All candidates must be 18 years of age, hold United States citizenship, and be enrolled in a college or university. To apply please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/wh-intern.html and complete the White House Intern Application. --------------- Subject: Do Something Invites 2006 Brick Award Applications From Do Something Invites 2006 Brick Award Applications From Youth Community Leaders Deadline: November 1, 2005 Each year, through its Do Something Brick Awards, Do Something ( http://www.dosomething.org/ ), a national not-for-profit organization that inspires young people to believe that change is possible, honors six outstanding leaders age 18 and under and three outstanding leaders between the ages of 19 and 25 who use their talents to take action that measurably strengthens their communities in the areas of community building, health, or the environment. Each of the 18 and under winners is awarded a $5,000 higher education scholarship and a $5,000 community grant, to be directed by the award winner to the not-for-profit organization of his or her choice. Winners in the 19 to 25 category each receive a $10,000 community grant. All winners receive pro bono services, and all winners attend the annual Brick Awards Gala event in New York City, where their accomplishments will be celebrated. In addition, Do Something works closely with Brick winners to generate local and national media coverage of their work, and to spotlight what young people can achieve. Do Something will only accept online applications for the program, and will not accept nomination applications (applicants must apply on their own behalves). For complete program information and application procedures, see the Do Something Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/2626/brick For additional RFPs in Children and Youth, visit: http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_children.jhtml ---------------- --- Hawaii Nation Info ; wrote: To: email@example.com From: Hawaii Nation Info ; Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 17:56:35 -1000 Subject: [hawaii-nation] NY Times: Bill Giving Native Hawaiians Sovereignty Is Too Much for Some, Too Little for Other Bill Giving Native Hawaiians Sovereignty Is Too Much for Some, Too Little for Others By DEAN E. MURPHY HONOLULU, July 15 - Hawaii is once again awash with mainlanders, as summer vacationers delight in its beaches and make themselves feel at home even on distant tropical islands. Breakfast at Starbucks, lunch at Subway, dinner at Red Lobster and a restful night at the Marriott or Hilton. But most visitors soon discover something profoundly different about the 50th state that the requisite luaus and hula dances only hint at. The 250,000 indigenous people of Polynesian ancestry who are among Hawaii's 1.2 million residents make the state like no other, sustaining a native Hawaiian cultural and linguistic imprint that preceded the arrival of Capt. James Cook by a millennium. Now, 112 years after United States troops helped overthrow the independent Kingdom of Hawaii and 12 years after Congress apologized for it, that Hawaiian distinctiveness appears close to being formally recognized by the United States government. A bill that for the first time would extend sovereignty to the native Hawaiian people is poised for a vote - and likely approval - in the United States Senate despite opposition from many Republicans who denounce the measure as unworkable and as promoting racial Balkanization. The bill, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, is considered the most significant development for native Hawaiians since statehood in 1959. The measure would give them equivalent legal standing to American Indians and native Alaskans and lead to the creation of a governing body that would make decisions on behalf of the estimated 400,000 native Hawaiians in the United States. The governing body would also have the power to negotiate with federal and state authorities over the disposition of vast amounts of land and resources taken by the United States when the islands were annexed in 1898, including about 300 square miles of land long ago set aside for use as native homelands and an additional 2,500 square miles scattered throughout the islands being held in trusts. Haunani Apoliona, a musician who is chairwoman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a state agency that would be superseded by the new governing body, said the bill was a long overdue acknowledgment that Hawaiian history did not begin with the arrival of Cook and the British Navy in 1778. "We were here before Columbus," Ms. Apoliona said. "We were in Hawaii before the Pilgrims." The House of Representatives has passed earlier versions of the bill and would take up the current one if the Senate passes it, perhaps as early as next week. The Bush administration has remained largely neutral on the measure, though the Justice Department on Wednesday cast some doubt on the constitutionality of the proposed law, namely whether Congress has the authority to treat native Hawaiians as it does Indian tribes. Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella said in a letter to Congress that the proposed law also must be amended to include protections for United States military operations in Hawaii and stronger language precluding casino gambling. The bill's supporters in Hawaii say that they do not intend to have casinos and that the Justice Department's other concerns can be addressed. But they acknowledge there are basic questions that will take years of negotiations to answer, like how native Hawaiians would go about governing themselves, whether native Hawaiians in and outside the state would live under different laws from other citizens, and who would qualify as a native, given the large degree of assimilation through marriage and the many Hawaiians living on the mainland. As for the measure's constitutionality, most everyone believes that will ultimately be determined by the United States Supreme Court. The measure, which took more than five years to reach the Senate floor, arises from conflicting crosscurrents in Hawaiian society, as native Hawaiians grow impatient for the United States to right the wrongs of more than a century ago, while many nonnative residents and interest groups seek to scale back entitlement programs already available to native Hawaiians. Backed by Hawaii's two senators, Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye, both Democrats, the legislation grew in part out of a desire to inoculate the entitlement programs, which cover things like education and housing, from race-based legal challenges. One such challenge was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2000, when the court ruled that native-Hawaiian-only voting in statewide elections for the board Ms. Apoliona leads at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs violated the 15th Amendment. The bill is opposed by conservatives on the islands and in the Senate who see it as a step back. They say it would create a race-based government, provide a new vehicle for Hawaiian secessionist groups and spawn endless litigation by people seeking redress against the federal government. In a report by the Senate Republican Policy Committee, which provides analysis on behalf of Republican Party positions, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona said that the bill amounted to a "rejection of the American melting pot ideal." The report said that the legislation ran counter to a "broad consensus in Congress and in the nation" at the time of Hawaiian statehood that the native Hawaiian people would not be treated separately. In Hawaii, the bill is being criticized by some as not radical enough. Kekuni Blaisdell, a retired professor of medicine who coordinates a network of indigenous Hawaiian groups that favor independence, said native Hawaiians like Ms. Apoliona were misguided in their acceptance of "continued foreign domination" by the American government. Every Thursday night, in his home in the well-to-do hills above downtown Honolulu, Mr. Blaisdell and a dozen or so other activists meet to discuss ways to promote independence for Kanaka Maoli, the Hawaiian term for the islands' indigenous people and the only descriptor Mr. Blaisdell, who is 80, accepts. Another group of activists, led by Dennis Kanahele, live on a compound of leased state land elsewhere on Oahu where they fly the Hawaiian flag upside down as a symbol of distress. "The bill keeps us under the heel of the United States and assures our subservient status as Native Americans, which we are not," said Mr. Blaisdell, who keeps a photograph on the wall of his grandmother, an orphan who was cared for by the royal family. "We were illegally invaded and occupied by the United States, and we were and still are a separate people and nation." Opponents in the Senate are drafting amendments that would undo some of the bill's central provisions and require a referendum in Hawaii, which could put the proposal at the mercy of the roughly 80 percent of Hawaiians who are not native as well as independence groups like Mr. Blaisdell's. A survey conducted on behalf of the State Office of Hawaiian Affairs showed strong public support for the bill, while a poll released by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a nonprofit group critical of the bill, showed that two out of three residents were against it. Hawaii's governor, Linda Lingle, who has staked much of her political reputation on passage of the legislation, said in an interview that she had spoken with six Republican senators who were committed to join the Senate's 44 Democrats and one independent in voting for the bill. Ms. Lingle's support may very well make the difference. As the state's first Republican governor since 1962, she has a good relationship with the Bush administration, which is eager to see her succeed. The Justice Department's letter, sent Wednesday to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, identified four "serious policy concerns" raised by the bill, but said the administration was willing to work with Congress to address them. Aside from the matters of gambling and military operations, the letter also called for limiting potential claims against the federal government and clarifying jurisdiction over criminal matters on native Hawaiian lands. Ms. Lingle, who is not a native Hawaiian, said the issues could be dealt with without altering the essence of the bill. She rejected criticism that the bill was about race, saying it was an effort to recognize a "distinct people" in the same way Congress has recognized American Indians and native Alaskans. "The only possible issue of discrimination is if this bill does not pass," the governor said. "It would continue the discrimination against native Hawaiians by treating them differently. They would be the only one of the indigenous people not recognized in this fashion." ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== Notice for voice actors (I do not know this person & cannot vouch for them)... hello, Do you any native Amercian voiceover who has experience for "spots" recording ? (male/female) Pls ask them to contact at firstname.lastname@example.org rgds, Sameer +919820150867 ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== Baby Names: there is a certain trend in the names which might help you. You can also visit the website listed on the quiz page to see the correct answers. Stolen Vehicles: The Accura Integra is a VERY popular vehicle with thieves. You can visit this site to see the top 25 vehicles: http://www.cccis.com/ContentAction.do?topicId=1701 ======================== X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X+X ======================== That’s all for now. Stay safe, Phil ====================================================== End of Phil Konstantin’s July 2005 Newsletter – Part 3 ====================================================== . . . . .
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