Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 24, 2001 - Issue 30




Means “Welcome!”



"Kohmagi mashath"

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


"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and give thanks for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself."
Taken from "
The Gospel of the REDMAN" Chapter 4; The Teachings of Wabasha

We Salute
Dr. Brad Cobb

TAHLEQUAH -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council honored U.S. Paralympic Bronze Medal winning bicyclist and Cherokee tribal member Brad Cobb during their monthly council meeting on Monday night.

Cobb, who lives in Bartlesville, said that his Cherokee heritage was a major factor in his recovery from a 1997 car accident that claimed his left leg and nearly took his life.


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And the Winner Was........

Native Americans took home their first Grammy Award on Wednesday after a 10-year struggle to get their music recognized as a recording art form.

Lakota Thunder

No leap into the spotlight may have been greater than the one for this young group from the Standing Rock Reservation, straddling the North and South Dakota line. It plays mainly at Sun Dances and naming ceremonies in Lakota country. Courtney Yellow Fat, lead singer with his brother, Dana, says the group doesn't hit the pow wow circuit much. "Pow wows are getting too commercialized. There's too much money involved."


Native American Woman Awarded Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Diane Way (Lakota/Cheyenne) has been awarded the Literary Fellowship - Playwriting for 2001-02 from the Arts Council of Silicon Valley.

Diane is the first Native American woman to win this fellowship from the Arts Council.



StarBand Does it Again

McLean, Va., February 20, 2001 - StarBand Communications Inc. today introduced distance learning via its satellite-delivered, high-speed Internet service to the Fort Mojave and Colorado River Indian Tribes, located along the banks of the Colorado River in southeastern Arizona. The installation of the StarBand systems will enable tribal students to enroll and earn professional certificates at Northern Arizona University's School of Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM) without ever leaving their reservations.


Stop the Insanity
by Richie Plass

In the fall of 1968, I was a senior at Shawano Senior High School in Shawano, Wisconsin. I was also senior class president. Our school's student population was about 1500, with the ratio of about 6 non-Indians to each Indian student. I was approached by the athletic director about becoming the school mascot and leading out the basketball team at home games. The school's nickname was "Indians."



Career Fair Shows Off-Reservation Choices

CROW AGENCY, MT. – On the verge of graduation, high school student Reuben Plainbull is beginning to get the jitters.

Should he go into forestry? What will it be like at school off the Crow Reservation? There’s a high demand for nurses, would this be a good career? What about his lifelong dream of being a mechanic?


Guidance Counsellor Hopes Career Fair Will Benefit Native Students

DALHOUSIE, N.B. - A career fair in Dalhousie is trying to encourage native students to continue on with their education.

"There's very few kids from the native community that go on to the NB community college for one reason or another" Patrick Barbour, a guidance councillor at Dalhousie High School, says he wants more native students to go on to post-secondary education.



Soaring with the Eagles

PICKSTOWN -- On the north side of Fort Randall Dam the Missouri River is frozen in blue and white swirling patterns, a big lake congealed by cold. Nothing moves.

This is eagle country.


Bear Found During Fire Season to be Released

HELENA – Hidden from public eye, Montana’s most famous bear cub slumbers away the days of February in a straw-filled box at the state’s wildlife shelter in Helena.



A Perfect Fit

Michelle Hall embraces her Colville Indian roots while doing promotions for Native American filmmakers and musicians.

Michelle Hall jumped at the chance to promote the documentary, "Alcatraz Is Not an Island," at the Sundance Film Festival.


LaDuke Leads Lesson in Culture

The black velvet vest that Winona LaDuke is making by hand for her partner is going to take a long time to complete, she said.



Rising to Language Challenge

Aboriginal TV's Finding Our Talk series strives to save native tongues

Dorothy Lazore has never walked a girder and she has yet to drive in a rivet, but she's carrying on an oral tradition kept alive by the famous skywalkers of Kahnawake.


Madera Students Take on
1851 Mariposa Indian War

MADERA -- History students who ride covered wagons next month in the Madera County mountains will have to decide whose rights were trampled in the 1851 Mariposa Indian War.



Play Celebrates Woman's Role as Native Rights Activist

The protagonist of Diane E. Benson's play that debuts at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on Sunday is Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit woman who tipped the scales toward passage of a 1945 anti-discrimination law protecting Native rights.


Native Tongue Speaks to Oneidas' Heritage

When Robert Doxtator speaks, Oneida Indian adults and children gather close and listen.

"Robert niyukyats," he tells them. "My name is Robert."



A Ray of Hope Cheers Indian School

Macy, Neb. - Classes have been out for almost two hours at Omaha Nation Public School on the Omaha Indian reservation, but the halls are still alive with learning.

In one room, two fourth-graders work on cursive writing, carefully crafting "S" after "S."

Down the hall, a half-dozen students read stories and then rewrite them, coming up with creative endings of their own.

About This Issue's Greeting - "Yeeh-Seeh"


There are many relationships with other peoples, both in the area, and afar, that can be traced by the language. The Hopi language is of the Uto-Aztecan family, which is closely related to the Northern Paiute and the Aztecs of Mexico, and the Hopi dialect is Shoshone.

Many Pueblo people along the Rio Grande speak the Tanoan languages, which are of the second branch of the Azteco-Tanoan group. This is also the language of the Kiowa. Others in the same area speak Keresan languages, which belong to the Hokan-Siouan group. The Hopi recognize a distant relationship with all the peoples along the Rio Grande as well as with the Pima and Papago. The Kiowa-Apache share a language group with the Hopi, which leads full circle to the Navajo.

This Date In History


Recipe: Scratch Cakes


Story: The Origin Of Fire


What is this: Red Fox


Project: Loom Beading


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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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