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April 2013 - Volume 11 Number 4
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The Umatilla Greeting.

Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

"Hotehimini kiishthwa"
Strawberry Moon
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"As a child I understood how to give; I have forgotten this grace since I became civilized."
~Ohiyesa aka Charles Alexander Eastman ~
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We Salute
Marcella LeBeau

Marcella Ryan LeBeau is a member of the Two Kettle Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and lives in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Her Lakota name is Wigmuke Waste Win (Pretty Rainbow Woman) Her great-grandfather, Chief Joseph Four Bear (Mato Topa), signed the Fort Laramie Treaty in 1868. Her grandmother, Louise Bear Face, was related to Rain In The Face who took part in the Battle of the Little Horn.

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Our Featured Artist: Honoring Students
Chris Pappan

Chris Pappan, Kaw, agreed to an interview with Native News Network regarding his show entitled "Outside the Lines" that is being shown this weekend at the 55th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market in Phoenix.

Upon graduating high school, with a couple of art awards, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Program Caters to Ketchikan Native Students

Ketchikan's Native students have a new option for high school through Ketchikan Indian Community's Tribal Scholars program.

Tribal Scholars was set up as a facet of the Ketchikan School District, KIC Tribal Education Director Camille Booth said.

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Our Featured Story: Northwestern Wisconsin First Person History:
From Beginning to End:

Eight days into a 1,200-mile trek along one of the longest rivers in the United States—the iconic Mississippi—Sharon Day was looking to hit mile 125 by day’s end.


Starved Rock

STREATOR, ILLINOIS October 3, 1882 - Your correspondent has within the last few days had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful 'Starved Rock,' on the Illinois River, and gathered some notes in regards to its history, which are herewith present through the columns of The Chicago Tribune.

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Education News Education News
Hopitutuqaiki School Serves Up Stellar Art Success

With over 24 scheduled classes offered this summer and 81 students ranging from preschool to retirement age, the Hopitutuqaiki Art School is now in its eighth extremely successful year of operation.

The 2012 course offerings proved to be in such high demand, many of the classes had long waiting lists of potential art students wanting to be a part of both the "traditional" and the "contemporary" art course work. The curriculum is on par with off-reservation graduate level art school classroom work.

Meet Richard Black Elk: Lakota Warrior, Proud Teacher for Little Wound School on Pine Ridge

Richard Black Elk's career path has been a marathon. But the former All-American long-distance runner maintained a steady course to a rewarding job teaching students at the Little Wound School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Located in South Dakota, Pine Ridge is America's eighth-largest Indian reservation, spanning more than a million acres.

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Sport News Education News
Native Lacrosse Players Among Early Contenders for 2013 Tewaaraton Award

The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2013 Tewaaraton Award men's and women's watch lists. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award.

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players.

Hopi High Music Students 'Superior' at Solo and Ensemble Music Festival

Seven Hopi High music students combined to win five awards at the Arizona Music Educators Association Northeast Region Solo and Ensemble Festival at Snowflake High School Jan. 26.

The Hopi High music students who won awards received certificates.

Jared Robertson, director of the music program at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, said he was extremely proud of the music students' awards because the students had never been to the festival previously.

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Living Traditions Education News
Louie Gong's Mockups: It's Not a Shoe, it's a Canvas

Raised by grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community in a shack with no running water, Louie Gong (Nooksack, Squamish, Chinese, French and Scottish) has overcome considerable odds to become one of today’s most successful shoe artists.

In the past several years, Gong has been an exhibitor at the Indigenous Fashion Show at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, has spoken nationally and overseas, and was the subject of the documentary Unreserved. He has amassed nearly 60,000 fans on Facebook, and has hand-drawn almost 200 different custom shoes.

NSU to Host Indian Symposium in April

Northeastern State University and its Center for Tribal Studies are inviting people to the 41st annual Symposium on the American Indian on April 10-13 at its Tahlequah campus.

This year’s theme is “Technology Future, Technology Past: A Woven Link.”

“Indigenous societies have endured as technological innovations have effected massive cultural change. The spiritual paths taken are interwoven as living links between the past and the future,” the event’s website states.

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Living Traditions Education/Sports News
Native Hip Hop Artists Come Together for 'Thru Tha Southwest'

Kevin Carrillo, a Hopi/Comanche hip-hop artist, knew his life had to change after he was nearly killed in a drunken knife attack last year. But in an ironic twist, the very vehicle that he rode to such depths – his music – is helping him, and potentially others, to forge a healthier path.

Carrillo, who goes by the stage name "Krook" or Krooked Mindz, got the idea during his recovery that he could invite regional hip-hop artists to contribute tracks to a compilation. He brainstormed the title Thru Tha Southwest, and he decided it would provide a shot in the arm to a genre that has struggled lately due to a lack of local exposure.

Winslow Survives Scare From Valley, Wins Ninth State Title

Like always, Winslow coach Jerron Jordan gives credit where it's due.

This time he really meant it as his Lady Bulldogs survived a frantic night against the Valley Lady Pirates to eke out a 45-40 win in the championship game of the Arizona Division III girls state basketball tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23.

"First and foremost, I give Valley credit," Jordan said. "It takes a lot to get here and they have a great ballclub. They played us tough every time, but we had a goal of winning a state championship.

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Education/Sport News Preserving Language
Ward Only Native Lacrosse Coach For Major College

Marty Ward, head coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Florida Southern College, is a Cherokee Nation, Iroquois citizen and the only Native American head lacrosse coach at a major university in the country.

Ward enters his third season as head coach for FSC in Lakeland with an 18-12 overall record in his first two seasons.

Brewer Demands Action from White House

Oglala Sioux Tribal President and longtime educator Bryan Brewer has called upon the Obama administration to fulfill its campaign promise to support Native American education and language revitalization.

In a letter to Jodi Gillete (Lakota) senior policy advisor for Native American affairs to President Obama, President Brewer implored the White House to take action.

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Preserving Language Living Traditions
New App Helps You Learn Miami Tribal Language

Miami University is expanding its commitment to preserving Miami tribal culture. The Myaamia Project (pronounced: me-AHM-me-uh) is now a full center.

Director Daryl Baldwin says becoming a center further enhances the project's language and culture preservation goals.

"I think the big thing that the Center will offer is a more formal connection to the University on the academic side," he says. "It will also allow us to organize ourselves internally to respond to more growth. So it means a greater degree of support from both the Tribe and the University so we can expand the effort".

Anishinaabe Family Language & Culture Camp Seeks Presenters

Organizers of the 20th Annual Anishinaabe Family Language & Culture Camp are looking for presenters for this highly successful American Indian language. The previous camps have been successful because of the good presenters that have participated. Organizers attend one another's presentations and socialize with the guests; they support one another and love of the Anishinaabemowin language.

This year's camp will be held on July 26, 27, 28. If you are interested in being a presenter, you need to submit a presentation outline and a biography.

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Education News   Recipe
Riverside Indian School Cultural Empowerment Day Exceeds Expectations

The morning began with a prayer and honor songs by the student's Riverside Ramblers drum group, lead by staff sponsors Terry Ware and Ronald Harris. The Riverside Honor Color Guard and their sponsor James Nells flew the colors for all to see. The Indian sign language presentation showed the grace and poise of the Riverside girls with the assistance of club sponsor and elementary school counselor Sharon Sadongie. Following the welcoming, the anticipation began to build as students listened for their free raffle numbers to be called out in hopes of winning original artwork from Kiowa/Choctaw artist and filmmaker Steven Judd, autographed OU footballs, shirts, and posters, and Pendleton products. After the first few rounds of giveaways, hands-on tribal language games were undertaken by the large crowd as they "competed" against one another and shared a ton of laughs.

Gluten Free Banana Bread

As more and more of us are going gluten-free, I thought that I'd share this easy, yet delicious recipe with you. Enjoy!!

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About This Issue's Greeting - "Nich-che-coogh!"
The three tribes (Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla) are part of a much larger culture group called the Plateau Culture. The Plateau Culture includes the Nez Perce bands of Idaho and Washington, the Yakama bands of Central Washington and the Wasco and Warm Springs bands of North Central Oregon on the lower Columbia River. There were many other smaller bands and groups such as the Palouse and Wanapum.

This large body of people belonged to the Sahaptin Language group and each tribe spoke a distinct and separate dialect of Sahaptin. The Umatilla and Walla Walla each spoke their own separate dialect, while the Cayuse in later years spoke a dialect of the Nez Perce with whom they associated a great deal. The original Cayuse language, which is extinct today but for a few words spoken by a few individuals on the Umatilla Reservation, is closely related to the Mollala Indian language of the Oregon Cascade Mountains.
Nature's Beauty: Cardinal
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How the Red Bird Got His Color
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