Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
February 12, 2000 - Issue 03

Pima (Kohmagi mashath)

the gray month (when trees are bare and vegetation is scarce)

"We are a spirit, we are a natural part of the earth, and all of our ancestors, all of our relations who have gone to the spirit world, they are here with us. That's power. They will help us. They will help us to see if we are willing to look. We are not separated from them because there's no place to go -- we stay here. This is our place: the earth. This is our mother: we will not go away from our mother.

"And no matter what they ever do to us, no matter how they ever strike at us, we must never become reactionary. The one thing that has always bothered me about revolution, every time I have seen the revolutionary, is they have reacted out of hatred for the oppressor. We must do this for the love of our people. No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense." - John Trudell

We salute- Katherine Silva Saubel

More than an ocean separates Katherine Silva Saubel on the Morongo Reservation at the foot of the arid, wind-swept San Gorgonio Pass near Banning from the language renaissance underway in Hawaii.

The silence suffocating many languages is almost tangible in her darkened, cinder-block living room. There, in a worn beige recliner flanked by a fax machine, a treadmill and a personal computer, Saubel, a 79-year-old Cahuilla Indian activist and scholar, marshals her resistance to time and the inroads of English. click here

Artist: Urshel Taylor
Urshel Taylor, who lives in Tucson, was one of three Native American artists named as an Arizona Indian Living Treasure for 1998.
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  Brainfood: Beginnings
Well, the holidays are behind us. Its a new year, new century, and a chance for a new beginning for many of us.
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I would like to share a particular history involving Cornplanter and the Seneca people. This is a rather lengthy history, but I hope it is worth reading. There were several accounts and so I have put them together to hopefully create a brief history. click here


Thorpe Honored as Athlete Of Century

Two daughters of Oklahoma native Jim Thorpe said they are thrilled he was named Athlete of the Century by ABC's Wide World of Sports. The winner was announced before the Super Bowl on January 30. click here

Mt. Graham

The Mount Graham Observatory project, home of the largest Binocular Telescope lens, may end after years of strong opposition from many different organizations. click here


Mi'kmaq to Produce Children's Books

Mi'kmaq elders are teaming up with parents and children to turn storytelling into children's books. click here

Native American Sports Council

The Native American Sports Council, an organization that is dedicated to promoting athletic excellence in Native American communities, is the winner of the U.S. Olympic Committee Rings of Gold Award for 2000.
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  Navajo Student had Good Seat for state of the union Speech
Little did Christina Jones suspect when she was tutoring fourth-graders and improving housing in her Navajo Reservation hometown that she would be hobnobbing with Hillary Rodham Clinton three years later.
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I am Little Jumper and I use the owl in my regalia. Sometimes there are those who cast questioning eyes upon that regalia, but in my case of the owls, they came to me in good times and I dealt with them with honor and respect. And they were good medicine. Now here is a story of the Owl from a good Lakota friend of mine. click here

Prairie Dog Protection
The U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service has said that the black-tailed prairie dog deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act but that there are other plants and animals in greater need of the agency's resources. The agency is adding the prairie dog to its list of candidates for threatened status and will review it annually. click here

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A Native American Code of Ethics
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"OPPORTUNITIES" is from sources distributed nationally and includes scholarships, grants, internships, fellowships, and career opportunities as well as announcements for conferences, workshops and symposia. click here


Learn to say hello in different languages

this issue---Mohican

hello is aquai, which is pronounced ahk-why. The
people known as the Mohican are members of the Algonquin language family,
and their tribal name loosely translated is mahengan, or wolf.

In Every Issue ...

This Date click here


Recipe: Soups & Stews click here

Story: The theft of fire
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What is this: Prairie Dogs
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this issue's Web sites click here

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