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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


October 6, 2001 - Issue 46


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"Hello how are you?"




"Tasnaheja-hagikta "


Striped Gopher looks Back Moon




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"The longest journey you make in your lifetime is 18 inches, from your head to your heart, the centre of your being. That's where spirituality lies."
Fernie Marty


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We Salute
Clara Maryboy

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Clara Maryboy was a really nice mother, but she had these rules, her son Kenneth Maryboy said, remembering his childhood with the woman recently honored by the state of Utah and Navajo Nation for her traditional ways.

“She was a very nice woman and I could always rely on her,” said Kenneth, who like brother Mark Maryboy, serves as a Navajo Nation councilman representing Aneth, Mexico Water and Red Mesa, Utah.

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Robert Mirabal

Robert Mirabal wants to do more than merely entertain in concert; he strives toward creating a modern-day ceremony.

The singer, songwriter and flutist from Taos Pueblo, N.M., has assembled a large company of musicians, singers and dancers for his fall tour, which appears at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday. Through music, dance and storytelling, Mirabal aims to fill the voids in people's souls.


Legends of the Fall

The change of seasons has become something to look forward to, or perhaps something to dread. Regardless, the changes have been a subject of study since the birth of humanity.

Countless stories and legends have been passed down throught the centuries of what causes the temperatures to ebb and flow and the changes the earth experiences each year.

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Why Rethink Columbus?

"Why rethink Columbus? Because the Columbus myth is basic to children's beliefs about society. For many youngsters, the tale of Columbus introduces them to a history of this country, even to history itself. The 'discovery of America' is children's first curricular exposure to the encounter between two cultures and two races. As such, the study of Columbus is really a study about us -- how we think about each other, our country, and our relations with people all over the world.


Speaker Shares Life Story with Students
 by John Booth Warren Tribune Chronicle

LORDSTOWN-OH - When Don Bartlette was born, his mother later told him, a doctor took one look at the Native American boy's severe cleft palate and facial deformity and whispered to the woman, ''You must not let him live.''

For the fourth time, Bartlette, 61, shared his story about a childhood of abuse, neglect and poverty with students at Lordstown High School.

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Center Allows Children, Elders of the Oneida Nation to Meet, Learn, Share
 by Glenn Coin Post-Standard

At one end of the building, Sarah Stout swirls the dark mauve paint on her canvas during an art class for senior citizens.

At the other end, dozens of pre-school children ride scooters and read books and even learn simple math skills by stacking up blocks.

It's a typical day at the Ray Elm Children and Elders Center, built by the Oneida Indian Nation.


Bringing it all Together
 by Max Nichols Special Correspondent-News OK

When Enoch Kelly Haney was about 5 or 6 years old in Seminole, he made a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln out of the red clay and gravel on the road in front of his house.

"I must have heard something about him," said Haney, a longtime state senator with decades of experience in sculpture and painting. "I must have said to myself: 'I can make this.' I learned about art from my grandmother, Winey Haney, who often worked with arts and crafts, and my grandfather, Willie Haney, a 1940s Seminole chief who made animals out of dried cornstalks."

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Powwow Promotes Cultures and Tolerance
  by Cindy Gonzalez Omaha World-Herald

Howard Wolf, an elder in the Omaha tribe, sat near his family's tepee at an intertribal powwow Saturday and reflected on the event's start 10 years ago.

Two drums, some 20 dancers and a smattering of exhibition booths greeted visitors then.

Saturday's cultural display was on a much grander scale: more than 100 dancers, eight pulsating drums, dozens of booths, hundreds of new faces.

"We had sort of pitiful beginnings," said Wolf, 76, who was on the original planning committee.


Inland Pupils Meet, Learn from Indians
 by Darrell R. Santschi The Press Enterprise

AN BERNARDINO - A field trip Friday to Cal State San Bernardino was an awakening for 25 third-graders from Mariposa Elementary School in Ontario.

"They were very surprised to learn that Indians really exist," said Gloria Rennison, a fourth-grade teacher who chaperoned them. "They expected to see Indians the way they used to see them before; the way they see them in pictures."

What they saw were Indians from tribes throughout the Inland Empire in T-shirts, business clothes and sports shirts, some of them with cell phones and pagers and all of them talking about their history, culture and customs.

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Old Songs of the Hopi Kept Alive
 by Judy Nichols
The Arizona Republic

The sounds sift into the recesses of Leland Dennis' brain, searching for a foothold of recognition.

It is there, somewhere. If only he can concentrate hard enough.

Then it comes to him.

It's a Hopi lullaby his grandmother used to sing, a story about the hohoyo'u, or stink bug, how it helped its brother stink bug, carrying it around on its back.


First American Indian Rides to Orbit in August
 by Steven Siceloff Florida Today

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - John Herrington will become the first American Indian in space when shuttle Endeavour begins a mission in August.

An eagle feather will ride with him representing the first Americans, the New World natives from whom he descended. "It represents strength, it's an amazing symbol," Herrington said from Johnson Space Center, where he and his new crewmates have begun training for the space station construction mission.

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Teens Form Lifesaving Squad with Life-Changing Effects
   by Danielle Wolffe The Tundra Drums

Aniak -- Last month three teenage girls hopped out of their fire truck and extinguished a blazing smokehouse fire before any adult volunteers arrived on the scene.

The experience was fun, but not exceptional. The girls are members of the Dragon Slayers, a team of 13- to 20-year-old female firefighters and paramedics who function as part of the Aniak Volunteer Fire Department.


HHS Awards Native American Elders Caregiver Grants

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced today the award of nearly $5 million in grants to 119 tribal organizations to implement the new Native American Caregiver Support Program.

"This new program will make real and lasting differences improving the quality of life for some of America’s most vulnerable citizens, our Native American elders and their caregivers," said Secretary Thompson.

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The Institute of American Indian Arts

"SANTA FE: The Institute of American Indian Arts expects to award its first bachelor's degree this spring after less than a year of four-year accreditation."

The Native Eyes Project will implement new approaches to college teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences, incorporating social, cultural and intellectual contributions of Native Americans. The teaching materials will be innovative in both content and format. While the new four year major entitled "Native American Perspectives on Knowledge and Culture" will pay special attention to needs and interests of the broader Native American community, it will also have a major outreach to people of all races and cultures. In other words, the initiative aims to expand the academic scope, as well as the range of teaching methodologies, in both American Indian Studies and mainstream Humanities programs. It is hoped that the full major will soon be available for study by distance students online, utilizing interactive learning techniques developed especially for the program.


Charter School Opens on Reservation
 by Michael Buchanan Staff Writer North County Times

RINCON INDIAN RESERVATION ---- Justin Blackowl sat with his classmates inside a dark room Wednesday at the new All Tribes American Indian Charter School. The classroom was dark because the school had no electricity.

School officials had hoped to have electricity by later that day, but at the end of the school week they were waiting for the power to be installed. But the lack of lights has not stopped Blackowl and his classmates from learning, the students said.

Organizers set up the school with a limited budget. The campus on Valley Center Road consists of five trailers on a 4-acre parcel that the school leases from a private owner.

Blackowl is one of roughly 22 students enrolled at the campus, which opened on the Rincon reservation on Sept. 10. The school is open to all students but is designed to help curb drop-out rates among American Indians.

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Healing Teachings From a Tepee
 by Peter Johnson Great Falls Tribune

Great Falls, MT - Indian Education Coordinator Billie Maddox's teachings for a tepee erected at Sacajawea Elementary spoke of respect for people of different cultures.

Maddox and Sacajawea Principal Susan Ballantyne later said they were good lessons for children and adults in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 suicide bombings that threatened to turn Americans of different cultural and religious backgrounds against each other.

"That terrorism was tragic, but it's sad to see animosity between Americans," Maddox said.


White Bison Conference Opens with Prayer For Tragedy
   by Richard Simonelli

Over 450 participants came to the Strengthening Our Families Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota despite uncertain flight schedules and national grief.

Old friends working in Native American community healing, and people who would be new friends by the end of the conference, carried glad expectations for the three days of workshops, learning experiences, teaching circles, ceremonies and feasting to come. But like the rest of America, and the world, they also carried a heaviness in their hearts over the American tragedy.

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Heritage Celebrated
 by Ryan Reynolds-Evansville Courier and Press

Consider Rick Lampson a nature-loving kind of guy.

When he’s away from his Vine Grove, Ky., home for work, he’s putting in eight hours a day as a ranger for the National Parks Service.

The free time — the moments he cherishes most — are spent expressing his affection for the outdoors as part of his Native American heritage.


Students Celebrate Heritage
 by Susan Olp of the Billings Gazette Staff

Girls in elk-tooth dresses and boys in full headdress perched on cars and trucks during a parade in Pryor on Friday to celebrate Native American Week.

The parade capped the week designated by the Montana Legislature as a time to appreciate the state’s Native American culture.

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Cheyenne-Eagle Butte girls win Lakota Nation Invitational
by Laura M. Dellinger / Today Correspondent / Indian Country Today

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The partisan crowd didn’t fill the arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, but their cheers did as the 19th annual Lakota Nation Invitational Girls Basketball tournament narrowed to four teams on its last day.

The championship saw the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Lady Braves defeat the Red Cloud Lady Crusaders, 67-40, while the Crow Creek team took third place beating McLaughlin in the consolation game, 67-61.

This tournament saw four days of spirited competition between 16 teams from high schools – Pine Ridge, Red Cloud, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, Todd County, and Little Wound, Tiospa Zina, Takini, Douglas, Marty, Crazy Horse, St. Francis, Standing Rock, McLaughlin and Custer.


Hunter Says Elders' Wisdom Kept Him Alive
 by CBC North-September 27, 2001

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut - A Cambridge Bay hunter credits the inspiration of elders for helping keep him alive for four days on the tundra.

James Panioyak was lost about 130 kilometres northeast of the community. He says he managed to survive by using traditional knowledge and his hunter's instinct.

Panioyak says he knew the area where he was hunting last Friday. After catching three caribou, he headed back to camp.

While driving, he was surprised by two large muskox. He swerved on his all-terrain vehicle to avoid hitting them, and was thrown off. The accident left him shaken up and disoriented.

Panioyak didn't have a global positioning system, and started heading in the wrong direction.

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Native America's Journal Wins 9 Media Awards for Journalism Excellence

ITHACA, N.Y. - Building upon success, Native Americas Journal, the hemispheric publication of Akwe:kon Press at Cornell University's American Indian Program, won nine national journalism awards at the 17th Annual Native American Journalist Association convention. Held in Buffalo, New York, in June, Native Americas received top honors for its insight into the realities of the indigenous world.


Store Starts Program to Help Protect Children
 by Shana Hawk Shawnee News Star

Shawnee, OK - Firelake Discount Foods has implemented a program to help protect children who wander away from busily-shopping parents.

The grocery store on South Gordon Cooper Drive, owned by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is believed to be the first Native American enterprise, and the only business in the Shawnee area, to adopt the Code Adam Alert program designed to help recover missing children in retail stores.

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Red Woman with Backward Eyes and Other Stories

In her new book, Red Woman With Backward Eyes and Other Stories, Cherokee author MariJo Moore has successfully woven the metaphors of traditional storytelling with the harsh sometimes grim realities of present day Indian society. Her finely crafted, double weave writing has as its strength multidimensional characters with hopeful yet pragmatic understandings of the challenges facing today's Indigenous peoples.

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About This Issue's Greeting - "chikmaa"


Alabamu is one of the Muskogean languages. In the Muskogean language family, there were nine major languages and several important dialects. Seven of these languages are still spoken today to some extent. Most speakers are in Oklahoma which is Muskogean word from the Choctaw language. In addition to Oklahoma, there are also various Muskogean language speakers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida. And, thanks to migration, California is home to many transplanted speakers as well.


This Date In History


Recipe: Honey Do's!!!

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Story: Raccoon and the Bee-Tree


What is this: Honeybee

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Project: Quillwork - Part One


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