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April 2014 - Volume 12 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?"

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

"nvda atsilusgi"
Flower Moon

(when plants come to life and bloom again and the Earth is renewed)
Eastern Cherokee
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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
Preston Wynne

Wynne shoots lights out in tournament play, as he leads Vanguard University to first Men’s Basketball Championship.

Working construction on the Spokane Reservation of Washington, Preston Wynne knew he wanted more out of life. Wanting to focus on his education he decided to give college a try by enrolling at the Spokane Community tribal college. Two years later he would leave the university as the all-time leading scorer, putting up 1228 points in only two years of play

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Our Featured Artist: Honoring Students

Hot Ticket:
A Tribe Called Red

When they first began pairing propulsive electronic beats with powerful powwow singing and drums, the three members of A Tribe Called Red had no idea their unlikely mix was about to catapult them into the international spotlight.

Their first full-length recording, A Tribe Called Red, was long-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize; their second, Nation II Nation, garnered two Juno nominations, landed on myriad year-end lists – including that of the Washington Post – and made the Polaris shortlist. Now, younger aboriginal artists from around the globe are handing them samples of their electronic mixes."It's been pretty mind-blowing.
All Girls Prep School Coming to Pine Ridge

By September of this year the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota may have a new all-girls college preparatory school. The school will combine college level classes, traditional culture and language in a safe, stable environment. This proven model is currently in the planning stages.

In California, the Archer School For Girls was founded in 1995 with 30 students and has grown to almost 500 students. One of the founders, Victoria Shorr-Perkins said she had heard so much about people founding schools for girls overseas. "It occurred to me after reading about Pine Ridge, maybe we could found a girls school there," she said.
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Our Featured Story: Northwestern Wisconsin First Person History:
Gray Whales Are Arriving And You See Them On Trips From Everett

An estimated 22,000 gray whales will swim past Washington’s coastline during the next few weeks as they migrate thousands of miles to rich feeding grounds near Alaska.

Autobiography of
Black Hawk

Part 8
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Education News Artistic News
NASA Announces 2014 Tribal College and University Awards

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements to three tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

These new agreements provide opportunities for TCU students, faculty and staff to engage in NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.

Kachina Carver Overcomes Obstacles, Passes On Tradition To Son

Stetson Honyumptewa overcame difficulties with alcohol and a lack of career opportunities both in Arizona and New Mexico to become the signature artist at the 56th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market March 1-2, 2014.

Honyumptewa lived in Moenkopi until he was about 17 years old. He attended the Indian school in Phoenix for four years - nine months out of the year.

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Artistic News Education News
Navajo Author Explores Culture Shock In New Novel

Michael Woestehoff's book "Shades of Aye," written for kids age seven and older, explores the challenges that Native American students face as they leave the familiarity of the reservation for college, the resulting feelings of isolation and the difficulty in discovering who they are and what is important to them in a new and different world.

2015 Native American $1 Coin Design Candidates

Design candidates for the 2015 Native American $1 Coins have been released by the United States Mint. Twenty different images have been unveiled with each one depicting a design emblematic of the theme, "Mohawk Iron Workers."

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Honoring Students Honoring Students
Cherokee Nation Selects 2014 'Remember The Removal' Riders

The Cherokee Nation has selected 13 Cherokee students for the 2014 Remember the Removal bike ride. Each summer, Cherokee students retrace the path their Cherokee ancestors were forced to walk along the northern route of the Trail of Tears.

Wisconsin Freshman Guard Koenig Making Ho Chunk Nation Proud

After leading Aquinnas High School to the Wisconsin State Basketball Championship during his sophomore year in 2011, Bronson Koenig, Ho Chunk Nation, was scouted by ACC powerhouses Duke and North Carolina.

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Healthy Living Healthy Living
A Return To Pre-reservation Diet May Be Key To Healing For Apache

Twenty years ago, while teaching employees of the San Carlos Apache Tribe’s Department of Forest Resources staff about traditional Apache plants, the late elder Wallace Johnson said, “If we eat our traditional Apache food and exercised, there would be none of these new diseases.”

That simple statement has stuck in the heads of those employees, and they wondered if the knowledge of Mr. Johnson’s generation (who was born in 1903) – directly taught to him from forebears who grew up before Apaches were herded onto reservations – held keys to combating the epidemics of poor physical and emotional health, suicide, and sexual violence amid the Reservation backdrop of generationally-embedded toxic stress.

Nettle, The Nutritional Nuisance: Hibulb Rediscovery Program Begins Annual Spring Harvest Of Traditional Superfood

The nuisance in the back yard known for its annoying sting and pungent earthy smell, nettle is not the most desirable flora of the Pacific Northwest. For northwest tribes, however, nettle is a cultural and traditional staple. The Rediscovery Program at the Hibulb Cultural Center began their spring harvest of nettle sprouts March 12th, working to reintroduce the use of nettle into the community and continuing the revitalization of our culture.

Bill, who has spent the last ten years learning about how to use nettle, harvested nettle sprouts on the bluff above Arcadia on the Tulalip Reservation.

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Living Traditions Living Traditions
The Beginning Of North American Agriculture

Of the 10 historically recognized independent centers of plant domestication worldwide, five were in the Americas.

Three of these occurred in South America, where chile peppers, squash, beans, yucca, yams and white and sweet potatoes were grown. North America’s contributions included squash, maize (corn) and beans – the trifecta of New World foods – as well as other species such as chile pepper.

Piki Bread

Piki bread is one of the Southwest regions’ precious gifts, a sacred and delicious tradition now recognized by Slow Foods Ark of Taste. The making of Piki is an art and a ritual taking years of practice to master, and the knowledge, along with the heirloom stone used to make the traditional bread, is passed down through generations from mother to daughter. In the past, a young woman was required to demonstrate that she had mastered the art of making Piki before she could be considered a suitable bride.

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Living Traditions Heads Up
Floor Will Make Journey From Wisconsin Forest To Final Four In Arlington

The road to the Final Four — or at least the floor — starts in Menominee, in rural northeastern Wisconsin.

The tiny town doesn't have a competitive college basketball program. But the work there makes all the difference on which team can call itself the nation's best.

Announcing The 2014 Young Native Writers Essay Contest

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about their experiences as a member of a Native American community and the culture that inspires them. The voices that emerge from this program honor the legacy of every Native American who has ever lived. Add your words to the thousands submitted through this project - all writers receive a Certificate of Honor for their submission.

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Living Traditions   Living Traditions
Tribal Member, Ovah Will Represent Hopi In Boston Marathon

The Hopi Tribe will have two runners represented at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Caroline "Kadoo" Sekaquaptewa and Stephen Lawrence Ovah of Sichomovi. The marathon is scheduled on Mon, Apr. 21, 2014.

Ovah is 29 years old; he is from the Water clan. His parents are Marty and Joycelyn Ovah. He is the oldest of three kids and has two kids, a daughter 5 years old and a son 3 years old. His resume includes four state championships with Hopi High School. He went on to run for Haskell University where he ran cross country and track & field.

Hopi Runner, Sekaquaptewa Sets Sights On Boston Marathon

Caroline “Kadoo” Sekaquaptewa is water clan from the village of Sipaulovi. Her parents are Rosa Honanie and the late Phil Sekaquaptewa. She is the oldest of four siblings and a single mother of four girls ages 19, 16, 10 and 5 years old. She is in her 10th year of teaching at Salt River Elementary School as an Early Childhood Educator.

Moencopi Developers Corporation (MDC) is sponsoring both Sekaquaptewa and Stephan Ovah to participate in the Boston Marathon. MDC has paid for their registration fees and are having custom made uniforms designed for them. MDC is also helping them with fundraising efforts for their expenses.

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Living Traditions

Calling All Young Chefs!
The 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is Here

First Lady Michelle Obama is again teaming up with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Epicurious to host a nationwide recipe challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among America’s youth. We’re inviting parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, to submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty, with the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" here at the White House where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

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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.
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A Story To Share:
A Visit From the Creator
Nature's Beauty:
House Finch
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