Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
march 11, 2000 - Issue 05


the moon (Month) of the FLOWERS


"Crisis changes people and turns ordinary people into wiser and more responsible ones.

Wilma P. Mankiller - Cherokee chief,1987 "

We salute- Kevin Shores

In May, one veteran is going to ride over 200 miles in his wheelchair, from Moorhead to the capital of Minnesota, St. Paul, to demand answers about Gulf War Illness. Currently there are 186 thousand vets registered with symptoms of the Gulf War illness and thousands have died. Since the Gulf War information has been obtained that proves that there are many unanswered questions and the government is withholding the answers. click here

Artist: Joe Geshick

Joe began painting at age 19. In the late 70ís, he studied at the Art Students League in New York. While attending school, he worked at the Museum of the American Indian, where he made pen and ink drawings of the museum artifacts. After completing his studies in New York, Joe moved to the Lac La Croix reserve in Ontario, Canada, where he taught art in an elementary school. click here

By Jim Northrup

Yup, we made maple syrup again. The cycle of seasons continues and we were able to gather our share of the annual gift. I told my grandson, Aaron, the Creator must like us: we were given syrup again. click here


Builder Trains Navajo Apprentices

A commercial builder has entered into an agreement with the Navajo Nation to include Navajo young people in the company's carpentry apprenticeship program. Commercial Enterprises Inc. agreed to sign on as many as twenty-five apprentices because the company expects to do several projects on the reservation. click here


After the Whale, Makah Making Points

As a small town, like any other, that measures its pride through the achievements of its youth, Neah Bay in the months since the hunt has made its mark in state sports with teams proudly called the Red Devils. The Red Devil boys and girls basketball teams made it to the state Class B final tournament here. click here

Journey of the Sacred Hoop

From April 2, until July 10 of 2000, a Hoop of 100 Eagle Feathers will be carried from Los Angeles, California to Washington, DC on a Walk dedicated to bring healing from drug and alcohol abuse and an ending to domestic violence in American Indian and Alaska Native communities everywhere. click here


150 Youths Join Efforts to Stop Racism

Tina Sawchuk admits she has never seen any blatant racism reflected in the windows of her mostly white, middle-class Edmonton neighbourhood. But the 16-year-old high school student knew that wasn't the case throughout her city, province and country. That prompted her to join about 150 youths criss-crossing Canada in small groups this week in an effort to stop racism. click here

New Dawn Dancers Also Learn About Nature

In their labor of love called New Dawn Native Dancers, youngsters learn the importance of proper etiquette in and out of the pow wow arena. But, the couple doesn't stop there. They try to open up new vistas to children who are far from reservations. click here



Native Americans were the first to discover 'sinzibuckwud', the Algonquin word for maple syrup, meaning literally 'drawn from wood'. click here

Cherokee Festivals
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Save the Rain Forest
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Indian Education Timeline
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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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OKIT Site Wins First Place and Best of Show in Internet Competitions click here

Learn to say hello in different languages


this issue---Cree


hello is "ta'n(i)si ", which is pronounced tahn-si.


"Hello.", "Hi.", "How are you?", "How are things?"
Literally: "How?"


Algonquian Language family
The Cree language is spoken in many communities across north-central Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and in northern Ontario and Quebec, and they form a majority in the population of much of the area.

The Cree language is one of the most widely used North American Native languages.

In Every Issue ...

This Date click here


Recipe: Maple Syrup Treats click here

Story: Spring Defeats Winter
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What is this: The River Otter
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Bonus Story: Manabozho and the Maple Trees click here

this issue's Web sites click here

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