Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
February 26, 2000 - Issue 04

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the moon (Month) of the Raccoon


"If today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the... present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child's feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian!"

"We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit."

Tom Brown, Jr., The Tracker

We salute- Students of Color Coalition

A great frustration has challenged my spirit for the past fifteen days. It is the same frustration that has confronted Native people here for 98 years. Imbedded in disrespect it is combined with ignorance, ambivalence, racism, and elitism and is rooted in the soils of colonialism and conquest. It is fed by centuries of dishonesty and lies, and is strengthened with institutional ties and policies, sprouting ferociously in the landscape of American culture. This frustration transcends the small space in which it has repeatedly surfaced: a rectangular “wigwam” high above the rest of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus.
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Artist: Paul Goble
Paul Goble is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books. Goble, a native of England, studied at the Central School of Art in London and later worked in that city as a furniture designer, industrial consultant and art instructor. He has lived in the United States since 1977 and became a citizen in 1984. Lincoln, Nebraska had been the artist's residence until he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota in 1998. click here
  Brainfood: Teaching safety
When I think about the youth of today, I thank Creator that I am not facing what they face. I come from a time, when the lines of right and wrong and good and evil were clearly marked. A time when staying outside on a summer night to catch fire flies or play hide-go-seek carried no danger. A time when trust in my teacher was assumed. A time when it was no big deal to walk to the neighborhood store to spend my allowance.
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Tribe Gathers Historical Clam Harvest

Once again, Native American treaty rights have been honored. Last week, the Suquamish Indian Tribe was allowed to dig for clams on private non-Indian land for the first time since 1994. click here


Navajo Man A Natural For Physics

Fred Begay was only 6 when his mother and father, both Navajo healers, began teaching him the songs of the Blessingway ceremony.
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Cherokee Scholarships

Two legislative acts approved by Cherokee Nation councilors, in Tahlequah, during their regular meeting on Feb. 14 will reserve additional money for college scholarships. click here


Wisdom of the Elders

Rose High Bear lost 20 years before she was able to embrace her Native American heritage because her grandmother had been forbidden from teaching her the Alaskan Athabaskan ways. click here

Project Links Science Tribal Traditions

Native American tribes in Washington are being invited to participate in a new project to teach science and math, possibly by linking learning to daily activities in Indian communities.
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Meteorite Dispute Greets Opening of Planetarium

Over the last few years, as the American Museum of Natural History put up its sleek new planetarium on the Upper West Side, its enormous sphere and glass walls were erected around one of the museum's oldest treasures, a great 15-ton meteorite that fell to Earth 10,000 years ago.
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Educational Stats

There's good news and bad news in the February 9, 2000 17th Annual Education Status Report.
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University Troupe Passes on Traditions

A dancing coyote and other animals taught children life lessons such as the importance of patience Saturday.
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A Short Tale-Activities
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Cherokee Festivals
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Meaghan's Pictograph

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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.
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tribal census issues

I come to you today as a member of the Census Bureau's American Indian and Alaska Native Advisory Committee with a unique perspective on the incredible process known as Census 2000. click here

Learn to say hello in different languages


this issue---Chickasaw


hello is "Halito", which is pronounced ha-lee-toe.

Hear the greeting


The Chickasaw are of the Muskogean linguistic family and are one of the Five Civilized Tribes. Their native written language is nearly the same as that of the Choctaw Nation; their speech is also very similar. At one time, the Chickasaw language served as a medium of commercial and tribal intercourse for all the tribes along the lower Mississippi River, which was virtually controlled by the powerful and warlike Chickasaw Nation during the 18th century.

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Recipe: Kanuchi & Pemmican click here

Story: Raccoon and the Crawfish
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What is this: Raccoons
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