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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 28, 2001 - Issue 41


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"In the native ancestral Chumash language, "Haku" means Welcome"










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"The native concept of power is how much you can empower people around
you. "You bring them up to your level, you make them
feel good, you make them feel strong, you make them feel confident, whereas
the non-native concept of power is how many people you can control."
---Waneek Horn-Miller, Mohawk (Pan Am Gold Medalist)


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We Salute
Darrel "J.R." Brushbreaker Jr.

RAPID CITY — When crowds gather outside New York City's Lincoln Center in August to watch the American Indian Dance Theatre perform, they'll see a former Rapid City man swaying and stepping through the moves of the grass dance.

But they might not realize they're witnessing a miracle of sorts.

Anyone who knew Darrel "J.R." Brushbreaker Jr. as a teen-ager expected he would be somewhere else now.

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News Flash

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.

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Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of contemporary Native American novelists. Born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota, she grew up mostly in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents taught at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage: German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother. She worked at various jobs, such as hoeing sugar  beets, farm work, waitressing, short order cooking, lifeguarding, and construction work, before becoming a writer.


Native Schools Grow in Many Directions
by Doreen Yellow Bird Grand Forks Herald

The school, as it is built and adorned, is a strong symbolic reminder for the children of the culture.

The Tate Topa (Four Winds) tribal elementary and Ft. Totten High School sit on a slow rise in the southern part of the Spirit Lake Reservation. The school has grown a wing. The wing will unfold in the fall to house middle school students, who have outgrown the main body of the building.

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The Migration Project

On June 25, 2000, a group of individuals gathered together and formed a network of communities in order to bring awareness of the state of the environment around the Great Lakes. This courageous group embarked on and completed a 1,200-mile journey around Lake Superior. The journey arrived on August 28, 2000 where it began, at the southern shores of Lake Superior on the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation in Wisconsin. A WALK TO REMEMBER- A SACRED JOURNEY FOR SEVEN GENERATIONS was lived as a spiritual journey around Lake Superior to bring forth community visions to protect the air, land and water for the Seven Generations yet to come. Reaches for the Stars
 by Suzanne Westerly, Photographer / Writer will 'tell-a-vision' and broaden programming possibilities entering your home.

On June 17th a partnership between the Oneida Nation in New York, and longtime American Indian Los Angeles-based producers Dan C. Jones  (Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma) and Sonny Skyhawk (Sicangu Lakota Tribe of South Dakota) to create a television production company was announced. The project is believed to be the first television production company owned, operated and funded entirely by Native Americans.

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Lost Totem is Back with Tlingit Indians

KETCHIKAN, Alaska -- Two hundred painted Tlingit Indian dancers, draped with traditional robes adorned with likenesses of killer whales, eagles, ravens and bears, gave a rousing welcome home here Monday to a dozen museum artifacts taken from their ancestors 102 years ago.

The male and female dancers, ranging from 3-year-olds to a grandmotherly woman shuffling determinedly on crutches, chanted and snaked joyously through Ketchikan's civic auditorium past 200-year-old carved totem poles, house posts, grave markers and the front of a clan chief's house.


Return of Drums Reunites Ojibwe
  by Roberta Avery Indian Country Today correspondent-July 11, 2001

OWEN SOUND, Ontario - After 150 years of silence, the drums have returned to the site of a former Ojibwe village on the shores of Owen Sound Bay, Lake Huron.

At an emotional ceremony in June, the Return of the Drums traditional pow wow held, at the site of the original village, reunited the Ojibwe people now called the Chippewas of Nawash with the home of their ancestors for the first time since they were relocated in the 1850s.

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Idaho Reservation School Preserves Tribal Language
 by EMILY JONES Idaho State Journal

FORT HALL, Idaho - When Alta Browning asks a group of squirming first-graders to say the Shoshoni words they know, everyone can come up with at least a few.

"One boy got the numbers from one to five," Browning said. "He was so proud."

Classes at Fort Hall Elementary received Shoshoni alphabet books from an Idaho State University language arts education class.


A Passion for Translation
  by Miriam Hill Nunatsiaq News-July 20, 2001

KANGIRSUK — Martha Kauki says she sometimes gets so wrapped up in her job, she doesn’t realize what she’s doing.

"If the speaker puts up his hand," she says, gesturing in her Kangirsuk kitchen, "I put up my hand. If he bangs the table, I bang the table. If he starts bawling, I’ll start bawling."

Kauki, 48, is a self-employed interpreter-translator and has a real passion for her work, even though she finds simultaneous interpreting the most difficult.

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The Summer Comes Alive for Junior Rangers
  by Miriam Hill Nunatsiaq News-July 13, 2001

KANGIRSUK - Sunday begins no differently than any other day at the 10-day Junior Canadian Rangers training camp in Nunavik.

About three kilometres from Kangirsuk at the edge of Ungava Bay, sleepy heads roll off pillows at about 6 a.m.


A 'Positive Place for Kids'
 by Sasheen Hollow Horn The Navajo Times-July 12, 2001

WINDOW ROCK - "The positive place for kids" is on its way.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Navajo Nation will be hosting a grand-opening ceremony at the Nageezi Multi-purpose facility today for the second of 11 new centers planned to be completed by 2002.

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Breaking More than Basketball Stereotypes
  by C. Jemal Horton Indy Star-July 17, 2001

In a matter of years, she has become the anti-stereotype. And not just because she's a great girls high school basketball player and an American Indian.

Believe it or not, Kayla Lambert will tell you, there have been plenty of good female ballplayers on the Fort Peck (Mont.) Indian Reservation, where she lives.

Lambert merely is the only one to make it to the Nike girls basketball camp at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.


Tribe Salutes 'Rising Star'
 by Larry Di Giovanni Gallup Independent Staff Writer-July 18, 2001

WINDOW ROCK — Folks who are as proud of U.S. Army Maj. Tracey Clyde as his own family are Navajo Nation Council delegates. They spent about a half-hour during Tuesday's council session congratulating Clyde and saluting his military accomplishments.

"He (Tracey) is only three ranks away from becoming a general in the U.S. Army," said proud brother Victor Clyde, a tribal prosecutor from Chinle. About a dozen of Tracey Clyde's family members came to tribal Council Chambers to see the council pass a resolution praising his promotions.

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Pamunkey Tribe Invited to Tell its Story
  by Lawrence Latane III-Richmond Times Dispatch-July 19, 2001

KING WILLIAM - Virginia's Pamunkey Indian Tribe will introduce itself to the world in 2004 when the National Museum of the American Indian opens in Washington on the National Mall.

The tribe is among nine from the United States, Canada and South America invited to tell their stories in special exhibits highlighting contemporary Indian culture.


Colorful Festivity Draws Huge Crowd
By Jennifer Perez Great Falls Tribune Staff Writer-July 15, 2001

BROWNING, MT -- This year's North American Indian Days is the largest ever in its 50 year history.

The celebration, which brings thousands of people together to share in the song and dance of the powwow, the drama of the rodeo and the fun of the parade, will wrap up late tonight as the powwow winds down.

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Tulalips Home Again
 by Theresa Goffredo Everett Herald Writer- July 19, 2001

TULALIP -- Growing up in New Mexico, Dana Krsnadas often found herself trying to explain to friends and others about her Tulalip background. But people didn't really seem to get it. They'd mispronounce Tulalip. And they didn't know about the traditions, the treaties, the family histories.

For the most part, neither did she.

"I was one of those people without an identity," Krsnadas said.


San Manuel Leader Balances Family, Duty, Commute, School
 by Darrell R. Santschi-The Inland Empire Online-July 16, 2001

San Manuel Reservation - Even as Deron Marquez led visitors through a maze of stairs and hallways en route to his second-floor office, he warned that there would be interruptions.

He told his secretary to hold his calls, but before she could return to her desk and Marquez could ease into his brown leather chair, the phone was ringing.

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Culture Camp
Youth, parents explore traditional
activities at symposium

 by Nathan J. Tohtsoni -
The Navajo Times-July 5, 2001

LAKE ASAAYI, N.M. - Like a proud grandfather sharing knowledge gained over a lifetime, Mike Mitchell of Tsaile, Ariz., forged a path in the woods as about 50 adults and children followed him.

He pointed out the significance in Navajo culture of the many shrubs and herbs found along the base of the Chuska Mountains.


Getting American Indian Culture into the Classroom
 by Tony Spilde Bismark Tribune-July 14, 2001

Bismark, ND - Fifty teachers from across the Dakotas gathered in Bismarck this week to learn how to better teach American Indian students.

For five days, United Tribes Technical College hosted the third annual Summer Teacher Institute. Coordinators of the program sought to inspire educators to teach students about Indian culture.

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Baskets Past, Present
 by Pat Murkland The Inland Empire Online-July 15, 2001

Early tribal people living in Inland valleys and mountains believed that before the Moon Maiden went up into the sky, she gave them a gift: She taught them how to weave baskets.

Baskets helped keep Indian cultures and traditions woven together for centuries. All began unraveling in the 1800s when settlers arrived and began overtaking Southern California lands.


Justices Visit Tribal Court
 by Jim Camden Spokesman-Review Staff Writer-July 19, 2001

WELLPINIT, Wash. _ Two of the nation's most powerful judges Wednesday stepped out of the world of black robes and formal procedures and into the world of Strong Heart Court, Talking Circles and eagle feathers.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer made a historic visit to the Spokane Indian Reservation for a look at innovative tribal courts.

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Which is Really the Real Thing??

We all know that water is important, but, did you know this?????


Book Review: The Hollyhocks Trail

Editor's Note: Summertime is reading time. I recently had the pleasure of reading three books by Dr. Bruce Stapleton. In the next few issues, I will share a review with you. The second, is The Hollyhocks Trail.

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About This Issue's Greeting - "Haku"


The Chumash people have eight distinct languages, with an approximated population of about 5,000 spread throughout the territories.


This Date In History


Recipe: Get the Blues!!!

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Story: Children of the Sun


What is this: Elk

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Project: Hairpipes - Part 3


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