. . . . . . . Mid October 2002 Newsletter update =============== START OF UPDATE =============== Greetings, I thought I would pass along a couple of news releases and some information on my book... For those of you who have ordered copies of my book through Buy.com or Amazon.com (Thank you!), they are being shipped now. The book is also starting to appear in several of the major book stores (Barnes & Nobel, B.Dalton, Waldens & Borders, that I know of for sure). So far, most of the bookstores seem to be selling it at full retail price ($35). The better prices still seem to be on the internet ($22.05 US and up). This is still expensive for a book, so you may want to go by a bookstore to look at it to see if you want it enough to order it online, or through a bookstore. I will be happy to autograph anyone's copy. If you had one shipped directly to me to be signed, please make sure you have mailed me the proper amount to ship it to you, after I have signed it. Please contact whatever company you want to ship it, (FedEx, UPS, US Post Office, etc.) to find out how much it will cost to ship it to you from San Diego. You can mail me a check for the shipping costs to Phil Konstantin or Phil Konstantin P.O.Box 17515 7183 Opportunity Rd. San Diego, CA San Diego, CA 92177-7515 92123 Oddly enough, I still do not have a copy of my own, yet. The publisher is supposed to give me a few free copies. They are handling the paying customers first. The number of people (family and close friends) I would like to give copies to far exceeds the number the publisher is sending me. Oh, well... Thanks again to everyone who has ordered a copy through my website. http://americanindian.net/store.html ================= PRESS RELEASE Calvert’s Divestment From Liz Claiborne Praised By Indigenous Leaders Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - The American Indian Coalition on Institutional Accountability (AICIA) applauds the Calvert Social Investment Fund's (CSIF) divestment of Liz Claiborne. American Indian leaders and representatives of the Estate of Crazy Horse have been in a long-standing struggle with Liz Claiborne and J.C. Penney over their misuse of the "Crazy Horse name. Claiborne has refused to desist using the name on labels for sportswear and J.C. Penney; a retail store that sells the product for Liz Claiborne refuses to talk to representatives of the Estate of Crazy Horse. "Crazy Horse" a revered spiritual and political leader should not be used in such a manner. It is a desecration of a historic leader and his legacy," states Chris Peters, Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Fund. Sammy Toineeta, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe adds, "the Crazy Horse name is so sacred to the Lakota, that we don't even give his name to our children.Liz Claiborne has offered only cosmetic changes such as pluralizing horse to horses, or putting crazy horse in lower case letters. Claiborne agrees doing this with other cultural and spiritual icons like: Gandhi or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., would not disguise their identity, yet this is what the Company proposed to the Crazy Horse family as a compromise. The Company told the American Indian leaders that there was never a relationship with their "Crazy Horse" product and "the Lakota Sioux leader." "We found this statement insulting and disrespectful to the American Indian leaders in the room," says Dr. Charlene Teters, a member of the Spokane Tribe. The Estate of Crazy Horse is presently suing the owners of Arizona's Ice Tea, who also make "Crazy Horse Malt Liquor" in federal court in South Dakota. Just recently British Petroleum became the third major corporation to discontinue using the Crazy Horse family name. The giant oil company renamed its project, the largest oil reserve in the Gulf of Mexico, to Thunder Horse when the company heard about the family's objections. Each of the three companies who have stopped using the name, Stroh's Brewing Company, A & P Grocery Stores, and British Petroleum, have resolved their issue with the family in a traditional settlement. A traditional settlement has consisted of compensating the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Estate of Crazy Horse with a few braids of sweet grass and tobacco. "This is clearly not about money," according to Gary Brouse, Director of Equality and Indigenous Issues at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, "the family is looking for something more than monetary compensation. It is looking for good corporate ethnical behavior and respect for American Indian culture, tradition and spirituality." For more information use the American Indian Coalition on Institutional Accountability’s “Press Contact list.” American Indian Coalition on Institutional Accountability Gary Brouse 212-870-2316 Cyngfirstname.lastname@example.org Pohlik-lah & Karuk Chris Peters Executive Director Seventh Generation Fund Arcata, California 707-825-7640 Cpetemail@example.com SPOKANE Charlene Teters Vice President National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media Santa Fe, New Mexico 505-820-7874 Cteters@org CHEROKEE Rebecca Adamson Executive Director First Nations Development Institute Fredericksburg, Virginia 540-371-5615 Radafirstname.lastname@example.org LAKOTA Sammy Toineeta Acting Minister for American Indian Relations United Church of Christ Cleveland, OH 216-736-2194 216-736-2103 fax email@example.com Shinnecock Marguerite Smith Msma-@aol..com 518-789-8026 Estate of Crazy Horse Bob Gough, attorney Rosebud, South Dakota Rpwgfirstname.lastname@example.org Crazy Horse Defense Fund Phyllis Frederick Minnespolis, Mn. 612-879-9165 Phyllisfemail@example.com Dr. Tink Tinker Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions, Iliff School of Theology (303-! 765-3182) Annisbae Obijway Vernon Bellecourt (612-721-3914) ( HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com) The Morning Star Institute Suzan Harjo Washington, DC 202-547-5531 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Calvert Social Investment Fund Calvert’s Press Secretary Elizabeth Laurienzo 301.657.7047 -------------------------- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mark LeBeau September 30, 2002 (202) 225-4671 PALLONE INTRODUCES BILL TO ELIMINATE THE USE OF NAMES AND SYMBOLS OF SCHOOLS THAT ARE OFFENSIVE TO NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), a senior member of the House Resources Committee and a member of the Congressional Native American Caucus, introduces the Native Act to Transform Imagery in Various Environments (NATIVE) in the House of Representatives and submits corresponding opening statement into the Congressional Record. "Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. Introducing the Native Act to Transform Imagery in Various Environments (NATIVE) Act September 26, 2002 "I rise today as a member of the Native American Caucus to introduce the Native Act to Transform Imagery in Various Environments (NATIVE) Act. This bill would provide funding for the establishment of an incentive program for schools to eliminate the use of names and symbols that are offensive to Native American people. "Many elementary and secondary schools across the country use words and symbols representing their schools that are demeaning to Native Americans. Nationally, more than 1,200 schools inappropriately use such offensive names or nicknames, often these become mascots. In addition, these names or symbols are used at athletic games for mascot characters, chants and other antics. "While I believe the intentions of these school communities is not to disrespect or harm Native Americans, that is the end result of allowing these offensive terms to continue in these educational institutions. "Once this bill is signed into law, the Secretary of Education would be authorized to make grants to eligible schools to assist such schools to discontinue use of a derogatory or discriminatory name or depiction as a team name, mascot, or nickname. Funding would be provided to schools to change their names and symbols on all equipment and apparel throughout the institution, including on team jerseys, signs, stationary, walls, fields and gymnasium floors. Schools participating in the program may also qualify for construction or renovation funds. "Given that the president's No Child Left Behind education plan does not include construction and renovation funding (with the exception of immediate danger areas), this would be a major incentive for schools to replace their offensive names and logos. Because of the federal government's trust responsibility and obligations to tribal governments, tribally-controlled schools would be eligible for construction or renovation funds, regardless of whether or not they alter their names and symbols. Page 2 / Opening Statement "The legislation would also provide for the establishment of a Committee of American Indian Relations to conduct cultural proficiency trainings at schools participating in the program to further assist the school communities with understanding and changing their behavior. The Committee would also assist the Secretary with reviewing proposals submitted by schools for eligibility determination and funding of grant purposes. The Committee would be headed by a Director, selected by the Secretary in consultation with tribal governments. "This program would receive federal funding for five years. During the first two years of the program, some funding would be devoted to establishing the Committee, identifying schools interested in participating and then working with those schools to actually change the offensive names and symbols. Over the remaining three years, funding would be devoted to any necessary construction and renovation required at the school sites. "I have developed this legislation in consultation with representatives from the National Indian Education Association, the Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program, the Capital Area Indian Resource Center and the California Rural Indian Health Board and would like to thank these tribal organizations and their staff for their commitment to bringing this bill to fruition. "The idea for this legislation came from a similar bill proposed in the California state legislature. The California bill would have mandated that all schools in the state with offensive Native American names and symbols change their identifying features in order to continue receiving state funding. This bill failed to receive the votes necessary to become state law. "I believe that forcing educational institutions to adhere to a new procedure without preparing them for such a change can have negative consequences. Educating the school community about why such change is important, and gradually gaining their support can make the transition easier and oftentimes leads to positive results. "This is why I am introducing this bill that would not mandate schools change, but instead provide incentives and activities building awareness in school communities as to why these names and symbols are not appropriate in educational environments. "I urge my colleagues to support and vote in favor of the Native Act to Transform Imagery in Various Environments (NATIVE)." ------------------------ FYI, there are now over 1400 people who are getting this newsleter. WOW! That's it for now, Phil email@example.com ; or firstname.lastname@example.org ============= END OF UPDATE ============= . . . . . . . .
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