Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America

December 16, 2000 - Issue 25


Da go Te' (Dag-TaY)

means “Hello!”





Big Winter Moon

Muscokee (CReek)

"Every step you take should be a prayer. And if every step you take is a prayer, then you will always be walking in a sacred manner."

Oglala Lakota Holyman

We Salute
Senator Enoch Kelly Haney

OKLAHOMA CITY – As a professional artist, state Senator Enoch Kelly Haney has sketched, painted and sculpted most of his life. He's shown his work on three continents. A full-blood Seminole-Creek, he even carries the title Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes.


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Irene Bedard

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Actress Irene Bedard urged American Indians to tell their own stories as she fielded questions about her career and the challenges she encountered as an Inupiat Eskimo and French-Canadian Cree in the entertainment business Monday night.


Got Kun-nuh-Chee?

It's not milk, but the holiday season brings about recipes such as this Cherokee traditional delicacy.



Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell Lends an Artistic Helping Hand

United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) has lent an artistic helping hand to the American Indian College Fund by designing the newest limited edition blanket in the College Fund's Spirit Series. The Cheyenne Eagle Blanket was generously donated by Senator Campbell (Northern Cheyenne) and depicts a Northern Cheyenne tribal legend.


The Scapel and the Silver Bear
Book Review

For many years, Lori Alvord knew that she had to tell two stories. The first story is about how a girl from a remote town in Dinétah was able to travel across cultural, class and educational borders and become a surgeon in a medical world whose doors have been closed to minority people for most of its existence. The second story is about how ancient tribal ways and philosophies can help a floundering medical system find its way back to its original mission: healing.



Native Languages Slowly Dying

WELDON, CA — Once a week, Robert Gomez gets behind the wheel of his Ford pickup and follows the Kern River northeastward until he reaches this tiny mountain hamlet near the river's south fork — a location known by earlier inhabitants as Kudzbitcwanap Palap, or "place at the little water."


Keeping Cultures, and Communities, Strong

The Village of Mishongnovi knows that cultural preservation is inextricably tied with language, with youth and with economic development. In a groundbreaking effort, the village has initiated a program to teach tradition, teach language and provide economic development in one fell swoop.



University of Alberta Gift to Recruit More Native Students

A $500,000 endowment to attract aboriginal students to the University of Alberta will be unveiled today by Canative Housing Corporation, an innovative non-profit company that provides housing for native residents in Edmonton.


Kansas State University: Benson Honored for Service 'Above and Beyond' Duty to Minority Students



Paulatuk Drummers and Dancers in Expo 2000

Members of the Paulatuk Drummers and Dancers went on the trip of a lifetime when they were invited to participate in Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany.


Navajo Students Visit Notre Dame High School (PA)

When six Notre Dame High School seniors and three teachers visited a school on a Navajo reservation in October, they were amazed by the enthusiasm with which they were welcomed.



American Indians Get a High-tech Link to Heritage

FORT WORTH -- A program dedicated to preserving American Indian culture received a new tool Saturday -- a computer lab with Internet access to research tribal history, languages and other issues, as well as tutor students and train adults.


Smoke Signals Come to the Web

PABLO, Mont. - Don't have time for college, or the school's too far away from home? Then the distance education program at Salish Kootenai College might be the ticket for you.

"We're aiming for tribal members who don't have a tribal college or community college within their driving range."



Native Children Learn to Ski, Join Red Road to the Olympics

FORT HALL, Idaho - The Utes and the Navajo call her Snow Woman and rightly so. Captain of the U.S. Women's Olympic ski team at Grenoble in 1968 and three-time world champion freestyle skier, Suzy Chaffee's element is snow and the mountains are her heart's kingdom.


Newest Yakama Warrior

First-grader's feet, spirit dance his pride for Yakama ancestors.

The newest Yakama Warrior, 6 years old, represents his tribe through traditional dancing at powwows around the country.



Keeping A Legacy Alive

LOVELAND, Colo. -- Lewis Trujillo embodied the American Indian tradition of sharing what you have with others, even if you don't have much to share.

Two years after his death, his brothers and sisters continue his work through the organization he founded, Night Walker Enterprises, which provides low-income people living on 32 different Indian reservations with clothing, furniture, school supplies, household goods and other things they need.


"There's a Saying Navajos Have"

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 29, 2000 -- Joseph Tafoya had been figuring he'd done just about all he could in civilian schools when he saw "an interesting possibility" in a DoD Education Activity ad in "Education Week" magazine.

"I was at that point looking to do something different, have one last adventure," he said. "My wife and I thought this would be an opportunity to do something different and still contribute to education."



Uprising - The Cost of Arrogance

If we ever wonder what the cost for being arrogant can be, all we need to do is look into the Santee Sioux Uprising of 1862.


Reconciliation - Healing and Remembering

All around Dakota country, perhaps all around "Indian Country," December 26th is remembered.



Oomaka Tokatakiya

In mid-December, the Oomaka Tokatakiya (Future Generations) will begin a three hundred mile journey across the bitterly cold South Dakota terrain. This will be the seventh winter they have traveled on horseback in memory of Chief Big Foot and his people.


In Respect and Honor

With respect, I would like to share these two poems that were written in honor and respect to those who died at Wounded Knee and also for the Riders, the Oomaka Tokatakiya, who make the trek each year on horseback to Wounded Knee



About This Issue's Greeting - "Da go Te"


The Apaches, a tribe of Athapascan stock, have thier home in New Mexico and Arizona. They're related to Navajos and speak a similar tongue. The name "Apache" is a Yuma Indian word meaning "fighting men", and was probably given to the Apaches by neighboring tribes of Yuman stock.

This Date In History


Recipe: Cookies


Story: How Raven Fooled Crow


What is this: Ravens and Crows


Project:Let It Snow


This Issue's Web sites


"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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