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(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 1, 2010 - Volume 8 Number 4
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The Diné (Navajo) Greeting - pronounced Ya'`a't`e'e'h!.
"Hello.", "Hi.", "How are you?", "How are things?"

Flathead Lake, Montana

The Month (Moon) of the Frog
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"A Warrior is challenged to assume responsibility, practice humility, and display the power of giving, and then center his or her life around a core of spirituality. I challenge today's youth to live like a warrior."
~Billy Mills~
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We Salute
Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald didn't plan on staying at Salish Kootenai College for 32 years. That's just the way it happened. .

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Our Featured Artist: Honoring Students
Tribal Member Renovates Workshops For Community

Plenty of room to work, good lighting, the right tools, and sound, safety practices are some of what makes a creative environment more appealing.

Ben Hinmon was pleased to make public the two recently redesigned workshops at the Seventh Generation Program/ Elijah Elk Cultural Center last week.

Student Success Doesn't Come Easy

Recently, Lee Sakiestewa of Tuba City - salutatorian of his graduating class of 2009 - sat down to talk about his struggles and successes during his journey through college.

Many students face obstacles and challenges while juggling family, work and school, and Sakiestewa was no different. Some students overcome even bigger obstacles such as difficulties with transportation, family tragedies, and economic hardships.

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Our Featured Story: Northwestern Wisconsin First Person History:
StoryMakers Building Better Lives Through Books
Conclusive research has concluded that developing early learning habits help children develop long-term success in school and life.

For every $1 invested in a child's education, Hopa Mountain's StoryMakers Program said $8 to $17 will be made in long term public return in "increased earnings and tax revenue, and less public money required for remedial education, health problems and criminal behavior."

The Indian Priest
Father Philip B. Gordon
Chapter 15 - More Indian Problems
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Education News Education News
Pueblo High Students Pick A New Mascot

If you see a wolf on the Pueblo Magnet High School (of Tucson, AZ) campus, don't panic, it's just the new mascot.

The student body has submitted its votes and the wolf beat out both the dragon and the puma, which were also vying for the coveted spot.

Acoma Pueblo Hosts Native Training Camp

More than 70 participants from around the United States and Canada participated in a three-day National Indian Youth Leadership Project at the All Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Participants were introduced to Project Venture, a model program developed in the 1980s that targets regional middle schools with large Native at-risk student populations with alternatives to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.

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Aboriginal Students Take A Bite Out Of Food Science With Unique Internship

Wearing white lab coats, and inquisitive expressions, a group of teens in Toronto huddled around a scientist as he explained the delicate process of transforming cocoa beans into chocolate.

First Nations, Metis and Inuit students were trading in a week of freedom for a taste of university life, and taking a small bite out of the unique field known as food science.

Sundance New Mexico Takes Next Step


Actor/Director Robert Redford and Gov. Bill Richardson said Friday the next step for the Sundance New Mexico initiative is establishing training programs.

Called "Milagro at Los Luceros," the initiative is a nod to "The Milagro Beanfield War," which Redford directed and shot in Truchas in 1988. Los Luceros is in Alcalde and is a 148-acre ranch complex that will house the programs. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs operates the property.


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Living Traditions Honoring Students
'Every Paddle Is A Prayer'

Over the years, canoe journeys have become an integral part of many coastal tribes' way of life and tradition. But it was not always like that. For more than a century, cultural practices, language and spiritual expression were suffocated in Native American culture.

"Canoe Way," a new documentary by Puyallup tribal member Robert Satiacum and filmmaker Mark Celletti, showcases the significance of the cultural revival in Northwest Indian culture, and the growing tradition of annual canoe journeys throughout the Puget Sound and beyond.

Holding Heritage In A Basket

There weren't any wild car chases, eye-popping explosions, or bodacious babes flickering on two screens Tuesday night at the Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids to an overflow crowd of nearly 800 people.

Just quiet conversation and interesting visuals that show how an area family makes, of all things, baskets.

And the audience was enraptured.

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Art News Education News
'The Aztec Pantheon And The Art Of Empire'

"The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire" is a show of modest size but outsize impact. Not only is the subject unexpected and intriguing, but the loans that have been secured are phenomenal. It's the most impressive show the Getty Villa has organized since reopening four years ago.

The first gallery introduces Spain's conquest of Mexico. A second gallery charts an array of Aztec deities. The third room considers imperial power. In each section, a few European objects are also included.

American Indian Photos By Edward S. Curtis And Zig Jackson Make A Provocative Mix

The Cleveland Museum of Art's big new exhibition on the art of American Indians, which opens Sunday, focuses on extraordinary objects from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries.

A companion show, already on view, carries the story of American Indian life forward to the present, through the medium of photography, with two dramatically different messages.

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Living Traditions Living Traditions
(The Way We Genuinely Live):
Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival"

The Yup'ik people have no word for science yet their tools were so well designed that they allowed the Yupiit to live in a land no one else would inhabit. The exhibition "Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival" presents remarkable 19th and early 20th century tools, containers, weapons, watercraft and clothing in an exploration of the scientific principles and processes that have allowed the Yup'ik people to survive in the sub-arctic tundra of the Bering Sea coast.

Pueblo Returns To Traditional Name

Late last year, Santo Domingo Pueblo's tribal council quietly, and unanimously, decided to change the pueblo's name.

The traditional community, about halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, is now known as Kewa Pueblo.

The name change was disclosed at a meeting of the All Indian Pueblo Council in January, according to the Alvin Warren, secretary of the state Department of Indian Affairs.

The name change became more widely known when operators of the Rail Runner Express announced last week that a new train stop opening March 22 will be called Kewa Pueblo Station.

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Preserving Language Living Traditions
New Push Begins To Save Salish Language

In an effort to revitalize the Salish language, members of the Salish Tribe are holding monthly meetings to discuss reorganization of language teaching and initiatives to encourage use of the native language. During the fifth meeting, held March 3 at the Salish-Pend d'Oreille culture committee building, a plan of action was submitted for elder approval.

Linda Ferris, who is training to be a Salish language teacher with the Native American Language Teacher Training Institute at the Salish Kootenai College, said the meetings are a way to coordinate a variety of efforts to teach the Salish language.

Fry Bread Queens:
Two Sisters Make Winning Tacos

Her victory cry shot out over the crowd like a well-aimed bottle rocket launched from an ornery older brother’s hand.

Ramona ‘Monie’ Horsechief dashed to the stage, skipping and dancing the entire way, to join her sister Lisa Pahsetopah behind the microphone.The sisters had just been announced the winners of the 2009 World Champion Indian Taco Contest in Pawhuska, Okla. Monie took the prize for best traditional taco and Lisa won for best dessert taco.

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Preserving Tradition   Preserving Tradition
Earth Lodge At Archway Builds Bond

When the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma returns to Kearney for a powwow in June, its members will be getting building lessons from their long lost cousins, the Arikara of North Dakota.

Plans are rapidly coming together to build an authentic earth lodge near the Great Platte River Road Archway.

Decades ago, some American Indian tribes of Nebraska occupied earth lodges built of saplings, earth and sod stacked over frames of heavy timbers.

Benjamin Franklin: Respect In Political Discourse Is Good Native Value

Calm, deliberate discussion that respects a speaker and disallows interruption is a longstanding American value. Benjamin Franklin noted it early among American Indians and wondered if it constituted a better system than the mocking, catcall style of the British House of Commons.

This 1783 observation by the "sage of Philadelphia" is worth recalling at a moment when some pundits are suggesting going to the British parliamentary approach for the next phase of American political discourse – arguably to apply an interruptive, point-counter-point talk show format to the congressional and national dialogue.

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About This Issue's Greeting - "Yá'át'ééh"
Navaho is an American Indian language spoken by between one hundred twenty and one hundred forty thousand people in the Southwestern United States.

Navaho is a member of the Athabaskan family of the Na-Dené group of languages. It is considered to be closely related to Apache.
Nature's Beauty: Giant Swallowtail
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"OPPORTUNITIES" is gathered 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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