Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 21, 2001 - Issue 34



"Kwe kwe"

The Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) Greeting - pronounced - Gway Gway

Loose Translation-Hello "Hi."

"She:kon Sewakwe:kon, Skennenko:wa ken?"

More formal,

"I extend a greetings to all of you and hope that there is a great peace about you"


Sticky Ground; Wheat Sowing Time

Acoma/Laguna Pueblo

"We recognize our relationship to the past and to our future because they are the same thing." Winona LaDuke Anishinabe


Special Report

President Bush’s FY2002 BIA Education Budget
Seeks to Replace Aging Schools

The information here will include items of interest for and about Native American schools. If you have news to share, please let us know! I can be reached by emailing:


Childrens Illustrators

WINDOW ROCK- It was a celebration for the youth.

The Navajo Nation Museum unveiled an exhibit showcasing Arizona's best-known illustrators of children's books, and followed that with its first annual music festival.

Navajo artists Redwing T. Nez, Shonto Begay and Baje Whitethorne were among the 12 artists - many of whom concentrated on the Navajo people or the Southwest - featured in the "Arizona Storybook Art" exhibition.


Head Start Returns to Red Shirt
 by Donna Ennis

Along the slow moving Cheyenne River, in the northwestern part of the Pine Ridge Reservation lies the close-knit community of Red Shirt, often forgotten due to the remoteness of this community. What has not been forgotten in this community are the children and their needs. The need to develop and enhance social and intellectual skills. The need for a Head Start Program to assist in developing these skills. There has not been a program such as this for the children in 30 years or more, in this community.



Youth Told They Are All Pre-judge-ists

RAPID CITY — More than 575 students from a handful of states spent the weekend at the Indian Youth 2001 Conference, studying issues they will face as future leaders.

"Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow" is the theme for this year's conference.


Americorps: Program Provides Community Services, Aids Students

MANY FARMS, Ariz. (April 5, 2001) - For AmeriCorps volunteers like Ramos W. Benally of Tsaile, Ariz., a ditch canal repair project in Many Farms was a welcome challenge.



Lemhi Shoshoni Creates Shoshoni Dictionary

The Shoshoni show love by gestures and acts, says Drusilla Gould, a Lemhi Shoshoni from the Fort Hall Indian Reservation near Pocatello.

The Shoshoni are more apt to say, "I care for you." Gould is the Noah Webster of the Shoshoni people.


Class Preserves Luiseno Culture

Julie Schneider Ljubenkov has been learning the culture of the Luiseno Indians while teaching art and nature classes at the Rincon Reservation.

She has learned Luiseno stories told by Roberta Osuna, her teaching partner, and she's even learned some of the language.



Stop the Pop

People living in rural Alaska communities are increasingly becoming obese and diabetic or they've got a mouthful of rotten teeth.

Health officials say soda is to blame and the only way to curb the health problems is to "Stop the Pop."


New Food Guide Tailored to Inuit

Inuit are being told that their traditional foods should continue to be an important part of their diet. That's why Nunavut's new Food Guide includes things you won't find in southern guides such as bone marrow for calcium, and fat for vitamin A and other nutrients.



Udall Bill Would Remember the Long Walk

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced legislation Tuesday that would officially recognize and commemorate the Navajo Long Walk.

The bill would designate the Long Walk as a national historic trail.

"The Long Walk remains one of the most tragic events in our nation's history," Udall said.


Students Honor Tribes That Lived on Site

Many tears were shed by American Indians who lost land to the white man.

But deceased members of the Seminole and Creek tribes who once occupied territory near the Peace River in Fort Meade may be smiling down on a group of students at Fort Meade Middle Senior High School who are honoring the tribes' memory with a memorial they designed.



Making Dreams Come True

When William Thorne was in third grade, some school officials gave him a battery of tests and then informed him that he'd never go to college and should consider himself lucky if he completed high school and got a good job.

Fortunately for Thorne, his strong-willed and education-minded mother told him otherwise, and Thorne did go on — not only to college but to Stanford Law School, several judgeships and he now sits on the Utah Court of Appeals. Thorne is the first American Indian appointed to the appeals court.


Leadership School

1,000 American Indian teens encounter traditional, modern cultures at conference

One moment Tamara Curtis is singing a traditional Indian song. The next she's greeting two Indian guys by lifting two fingers and booming "Peace!"

Curtis, a Puyallup/Navaho who lives on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation is among 1,000 American Indian teens in Spokane this week for the 26th annual Northwest Indian Youth Conference -- a gathering where traditional and modern cultures bump together.



Rice Lake is Priceless to the Chippewa

Thousands of years ago the Sokaogon Chippewa settled in the Mole Lake area, following their elders prophecy that their final home would be where food grows on the water.

On Rice Lake, the Sokaogon found their food - wild rice.


Native Youths Tell Ancient Tale

The campfire pulsed with indigo flashes. An eagle hissed. Light from a sacred star poked through a cardboard box.

The homemade props ready, a group of St. Labre Indian Elementary School students began practicing their interpretation of a 122-year-old Northern Cheyenne saga.



Oneida Nation's History Uncovered

Dig by Colgate students and teens from the nation turns up 17th century artifacts.

Presented alone, each item found in a Stockbridge forest is a tiny piece of evidence to ponder. A glass bead. A clay pipe. A Dutch coin. A corn kernel. A Jesuit ring.

Laid out on the same table, the artifacts tell the story of an Oneida Indian village 350 years ago.


Witherill to Try for Indy 500

CAZADERO, Calif. - Cory Witherill is about to become part of racing history. Witherill, a full-blooded Navajo, is poised and ready to test to enter the biggest race of them all, the Indianapolis 500. What makes this an historic event is that Witherill will be the first Native American to compete in the celebrated race in almost 60 years, following Cherokee Joie Chitwood, who raced at the famed Brickyard in the 1940s and 1950s.



Manomin, Moosemeat and Maple

Traditional Foods and Medicines for good health
Aboriginal peoples’ Diabetes Prevention and Management
A Public Symposium and Workshop


The United States Commission on Civil Rights Commission Statement on the Use of Native American Images and Nicknames as Sports Symbols

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights calls for an end to the use of Native American images and team names by non-Native schools.



Student Mine Summit

April 27-29, 2001

Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Reservation


About This Issue's Greeting - "Kwe Kwe"


The people, many of us call Mohawk, call themselves Kanien'keha:ka which means "the People of the Flint." The Kanien'keha:ka are one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy ... Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. The "Five Nations" became the "Six Nations" when the Tuscarora joined the Confederacy.

The ancestral territory is in the Northeast part of the United States and Southeast Canada. More specifically, the area of Northern New York State, Southeastern Ontario and Southwestern Quebec. The Mohawk Nation are also known as the "Keepers of the Eastern Door" since they hold the territory in the easternmost part of the Confederacy.

This Date In History


Recipe: Fruit Drinks


Story: How Rabbit Got His Cotton Tail


What is this: Cottontail


Project: Beading Part Four


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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