Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 30, 2001 - Issue 39







"Greetings (Exclamation)"


photo - Blackberries




Blackberry Month





"Where Ever We Go, What Ever We Do, Help Us To Remember That Which Needs To Be Done By Us"
Anishinaabe Saying



We Salute
David Iou

IQALUIT — David Iou is an award-winning student, gifted soccer player, community volunteer and respected youth. Now he’s added winning the Ben Ell scholarship to his list of accomplishments.


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:


We've added maps to our articles, so that you can see where the many paths of our People are. Additionally, we've provided these two maps of North America and a coloring book picture for you to print. We hope that this new feature is helpful.


Corey Allison
by Brenda Norrell Indian Country Today Staff

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Navajo singer and songwriter Corey Allison grew up and went to school with the same non-Navajos charged with the beatings and murders of Navajos in this bordertown.

One of his classmates from Spanish class released a shopping cart from a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed and killed a Navajo. Baseball bat-wielding white teen-agers attack Native teen-agers. A Navajo woman was bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer by two men on the outskirts of town.


Unity Riders trace historic trail
by Barb Harvey,
Granite Falls-Clarkfield Advocate-Tribune

Over 125 years after the Dakota left Minnesota, pursued by the U.S. Army following the Dakota Conflict, a band of Dakota riders on horseback returned to the birthplace of their ancestors near the Upper Sioux Reservation in southwestern Minnesota last Wednesday afternoon, riding over a thousand miles over three weeks' time.

"We live in Canada, but this is our home," one rider explained. "This is where our families came from and lived until they were forced to leave."



3 Tribes Gather for Historic
Journey to Honor Ancestors
 by JAMES HAGENGRUBER of The Billings Gazette Staff

LAME DEER, MT – The last time young men from the three tribes stared at the sacred carvings on the Deer Medicine Rocks, they held rifles, coup sticks and warrior’s shields.

On Monday – 125 years later – they wore Nikes.


Elder Brings Pride to Kickapoo
 by Al Swanson UPI News

LE ROY, IL, June 14 (UPI) -- When Marguerite Salazar was a girl she heard stories about her tribe's life in central Illinois and the forced relocation of the Kickapoo in the 1800s from her grandparents and parents.

"They walked from here to Mexico," said Salazar, who at 108 is one of the oldest living American Indians. "There were some horses, but they walked."



Fulfilling a Need and a Dream
 by Brenda Gazzar Appeal-Democrat

According to the well-known Native American legend, good dreams can be caught in the air and passed on to the sleeper by hanging a webbed dream catcher on the wall.

Dr. Gladys Wyles of Oroville, a Native American of Cherokee descent, has caught her dream and is fulfilling it.


Helping to Break the Ceiling
by John Stromnes of the Missoulian

PABLO, MT - Alice Chumrau says that "glass ceiling" metaphor is a pretty tired one. Nevertheless, she's devoted years to helping women advance in jobs that were not so long ago held almost exclusively by men.

Glass or not, there is some kind of social barrier there that women must overcome, she said.



S.D. Schools Try for Indian Perspective
 by Brenda Wade Schmidt The Argus Leader

When Emmett Martin's history students learn about Sitting Bull, they hear more than stories of Indian conflicts. They learn about a medicine man who loved children and had a beautiful singing voice.

Martin also weaves together oral histories from the Rosebud tribal elders and other American Indians in the Todd County School District to make the stories from the 1870s personal to his students, most of whom are Indian.


Inuktitut: The Future of the Language 
by CBC North

The students at Joamie Elementary School in Iqaluit start every day in the same way. As the sun rises over Frobisher Bay, they step in from the frigid weather, take their coats and boots off, and head to the gymnasium to sing Oh Canada.

But here, the national anthem begins like a traditional Inuit song, and it's sung in Inuktitut. Many of these children are taught exclusively in Inuktitut until grade four.



Navajo Ways
Corsica Ways
 by Ollie Reed Jr. The Albuquerque Tribune

RIVENTOSA, Corsica -- Lena Benally, a Navajo shepherd and weaver, has her back to a corral filled with sheep -- some white, some black, some tan, some gray, everyone of them bleating, blaring, noisy.

But Benally isn't listening to the sheep. She's listening to the wool.

"It's saying: 'I'm OK. I am healthy,'" Benally interprets as she tugs on the fleece she's holding near her ear. "It sounds strong."


Brokaw Speaks to OLC Grads
by Heidi Bell Gease, Rapid City Journal Staff Writer

NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw urged Oglala Lakota College graduates Sunday to follow in their ancestors' footsteps and rise to the challenges of this generation.

The greatest days of the Oglala Sioux lie ahead, he said, "and you shall lead us in that direction."

Sunday's roster of 140 graduates was the largest in OLC's 30-year history. Hundreds gathered under shelters at the powwow grounds on the Piya Wiconi campus near Kyle to watch family and friends receive their degrees.



Council, Chief Honor Cherokee Cadet

TAHLEQUAH-- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council and Principal Chief Chad Smith honored Michael Stopp, the only Cherokee at the United States Military Academy, during the regular council meeting Monday night.


Values Promoted by Community Spirit
 by Lori Lea Pourier Special to Indian Country Today

It's been exactly one year since Jason and LaDonna Denny joined the First People's Fund circle of artists and started down a path that would change their perspective about the aesthetic and economic value of their beadwork.



Living and Relearning at School: An Indian Tale
by Larry Fisk Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

PHOENIX - Like thousands of elementary-school-age Indian girls and boys before and after her, Maxine K. Rogers was more than a little frightened when she arrived at what would be her new home for all of her school years, the Sequoyah School in Tahlequah, Okla., in the 1920s.

Far from home, at least she had company - her sister, also elementary-school age, was with her. Together, they became part of what many older Indians say was the formative experience for members of nearly every tribe of the late 19th and 20th centuries: the Indian boarding school.


Early Childhood Program Helping Youngsters Prepare for School
 by Nathan J. Tohtsoni The Navajo Times

ST. MICHAELS, AZ - On a recent afternoon, Laurinda Moore of Fort Defiance signed up her two-year-old son, Latreyal Moore, for an early childhood program because she believes in its importance.

The Early Bird program, located at the St. Michael Indian School, is designed to prepare a child not only for school, but for life. It helps newborns to four-year-old children to do well academically before they enter kindergarten.



Heritage Weekend Teaches the Cherokee Way of Life
by Jon Ostendorff Asheville Citizen Staff Writer

SWANNANOA, NC — As Bo Taylor hammered out an ancient beat on a deer-skin drum, Angel Dahlgren did her best imitation of a quail and followed the other 12 dancers in a circle around a classroom at Warren Wilson College.

Dahlgren traveled from Birmingham, Ala., to attend the Cherokee Heritage Weekend at the college.


Camp Celebrates Heritage
 by Vincent Brydon The Capital-Journal

Topeka, KS - Drumming, singing and dancing, historical reports, and plenty of food were on the agenda Friday for the last day of the Indian Education Summer Camp at Meadows Elementary School.

"It's the only time that native kids in 501 schools get to learn about their history, culture and tribe," Indian Education Program director JoAnne Kaner said.



Who Really Sported the First Mohawk?
 by Mitchel Raphael
National Post

The first time Western Europeans set eyes on and recorded a mohawk haircut may have been in Canada in the early 1600s -- and it wasn't even on a member of the Mohawk tribe.


The King of Welcomes
By Karl Schweizer Herald Writer

TULALIP -- More than 500 people came together in a fire-lit Tulalip Tribes longhouse Saturday to dance, pray and wait for Big Chief King Salmon.

They weren't disappointed.



KSUT Radio Celebrates 25 Years of Musical Diversity, Goes Global
by Matt Joyce Durango Herald Staff Writer

Having grown from a small signal serving only Ignacio and Bayfield, public radio station KSUT-FM will go worldwide over the Internet on Thursday in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

"One of my wishes is to be able to be heard off the tip of South America, and now it goes beyond that," said Eddie Box Jr., a member of the station’s board of directors since its first year. The new Webcast will be accessible at the station’s Web site, .


Indigenous Environmental Network
12th Annual
Protecting Mother Earth Conference
from Indigenous Environmental Network

This is the first Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) conference to be held in Canada. The outdoor camping conference will be held on traditional lands of the Okanagan Nation of the Penticton Band of First Nations.



Speaker, Drawing from Oral Histories, tells of Salish-Lewis and Clark Meeting
 by Jennifer Perez Great Falls Tribune Staff Writer

When the Salish Indians first encountered the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, it wasn't the two famous leaders who drew their attention.


Program Preserves Historic Sacred Objects
 by Agnes Diggs North County Times Staff Writer

TEMECULA, CA - In the hills near Clinton Keith Road, a dozen or more giant earth-moving machines are cutting foot-deep swaths to prepare the land for civilization. In their wake, on foot, Pechanga tribe members search for sacred objects that may have lain in the earth for thousands of years.



About This Issue's Greeting - "Aquay"


The Mohegan Tribe's language is an Algonquian dialect, which is currently undergoing restoration and revival.


This Date In History


Recipe: Summer Fruit Salads


Story: The Beaver & the Flea


What is this: Beaver


Project: Hairpipes - Part 1


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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