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May 2014 - Volume 12 Number 5
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"Mique wush tagooven "
The Ute Greeting
"Hello My Friend"

Californi Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

Blossom Moon

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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
Tribe, Robert Redford Group OK Wild Horses Plan

The Navajo Nation and a group founded by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and actor Robert Redford said Thursday they have agreed on a plan to manage thousands of wild horses on the reservation and keep the animals from being sent to slaughter houses.

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Our Featured Artist: Honoring Students
Rez Sensation:
Pointing With Lips

Native American publishing collective Blue Hand Books has announced that Dana Lone Hill's sensational fiction novel POINTING WITH LIPS, A Week in the Life of a Rez Chick, debuts on and Kindle in early March 2014. It is now available in the Create Space e-store:

Osage Scholarship Recipient Receives The Fulbright-University of York Scholar Award

Zachary Carter recently won the Fulbright-University of York Scholar Award for the fall semester of 2014 and spring semester of 2015. He will study abroad in York, England.

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Our Featured Story: Northwestern Wisconsin First Person History:

My Life as a Cleveland Indian: The Enduring Disgrace of Racist Sports Mascots

I am a Cleveland Indian.
Autobiography of
Black Hawk

Part 9
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Education News Education News
New Support Group Designed To Teach Native Girls Life Skills

Being young is one of the most thrilling times in a person's life. It is the time frame between major responsibilities and no responsibilities at all, however, the decisions made during this phase can be hazardous to their future. Some decisions can destroy your life while others will define what type of an adult you will be. To help teen Native girls navigate this precarious time, a new group designed just for them through Tulalip Family Haven is providing Native girls the support they need to become the most successful person they can be.

Physical Activity Kit

The Indian Health Service and the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center partnered to promote living a healthy lifestyle focusing on physical activity through developing the PAK.

The PAK is based on best and promising practices to increase physical activity. The PAK toolkit can be used in schools, communities, worksites, Head Start programs, elderly centers, and youth programs.

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Education News Education News
World Records Fall During Native Youth Olympics

The entryway of the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center was packed Thursday afternoon. More than 500 student athletes from across Alaska had gathered, some dressed in matching T-shirts and colorful kuspuks, to represent their heritage, communities, regions and schools at the Native Youth Olympics.

White Earth College to Test Online Instruction This Summer

White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen is, for the first time, dipping its toes into the world of online classes.

The school is launching this summer what it says is a pilot program to hold hybrid classes, in which students will put in a small amount of time in class and the rest online.

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Who We Are Who We are
'It's All About The Kids'

Nine years ago, the Gallup Lions Club and the T&R Feed & Rope Center launched a riding craze with their Wooly Riding Championship series.

The annual series has attracted riders from all over the reservation and last Saturday's event was no different as 66 wooly riders took part in the riding competition.

O'iyokiphiyA Omaka Theca Yelo!
The Joyous Season Of The New Earth Is Here!

In the span of a few weeks, the ice has broken on the Missouri River and melted away, the song birds have returned, the first rainfall has cleansed the air and earth, and the trees have begun to bud new leaves.

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Cultural Preservation Health News
'Going To buffalo' On Cayuse Horses

In the Treaty of 1855, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) reserved the right to hunt, fish and gather in its usual and accustom places. During the treaty negotiations, Governor Stevens assured all those at the treaty council that they would continue to have access to and the right to hunt buffalo. Less than six months later, Stevens negotiated and signed the Blackfeet Fort Benton Treaty of 1855 in which an intertribal hunting area was defined, which is part of the CTUIR’s usual and accustom buffalo hunting area. Generally speaking, the territory of the Blackfeet, Shoshone, and Crow were the areas that were commonly used for buffalo hunting by the CTUIR. These are the areas and tribes with which the CTUIR has the greatest amount of evidence for past partnerships and disputes within their travels to hunt buffalo.


David vs. Goliath: A Tiny Tribe Takes On Big Energy

Surita Hernandez leaned against the frame of her front door, looking nowhere in particular. Some of her brood played on a stack of tossed mattresses. Her husband's contagious cackle erupted from across the street.

"There's been just so many deaths from people right here on the reservation," she said matter-of-factly, a light breeze rustling through her waist-length black hair. "Growing up, I don't remember going to so many funerals."

Hernandez believes a nearby coal-fired power plant is killing her people.

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Living Traditions Cultural Preservation

New Tests Confirm Lake Minnetonka Canoe Is 1,000 Years Old

New tests show that the old canoe, unearthed from Lake Minnetonka 80 years ago, is more valuable and rare than first thought — estimated to be nearly 1,000 years old, the oldest of its kind in Minnesota.

"We've always thought it was 200, 300 years old," said Russ Ferrin, a retiree who runs the Pioneer Museum. "And then they came back and said it was 1,000 years old. It totally shocked us."


Waddington's Pulls Child's Blood-Stained Tunic From Auction Gallery

The small child's leather tunic has fringe along the arms and torso, and the neck is embroidered with beads in purple, pink and turquoise. But what really grabs the eye is the jagged bullet hole in the centre of the chest, and the large stain of dried blood on the back.

Till Monday noon, this gruesome Plains Indian artifact was on show at the galleries of Waddington's, the Toronto auction house, which planned to sell it during a decorative arts auction on Tuesday evening.

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Preserving Language Living Traditions
Native American Language Immersion:
Innovative Native Education for Children & Families

Native American language immersion schools and projects are the focus of this study. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation supported this analysis, to describe and analyze this innovative Native Education for children and families. A people's initiative, Native American language immersion encompasses educational practices and social development that lie outside the mainstream language teaching, education and socialization methods of American children. Native American language immersion programs are characterized by Native ways of knowing, learning and indigenous knowledge.

Fort Hall Woman Wins Miss Indian World Title

Fort Hall resident Taylor Thomas, who is a member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe, was crowned Miss Indian World at the 31st Annual Gathering of Nations, one of the most prominent Native American powwows in the world.

Thomas received the honor out of 23 Native American women representing each of their different tribes and traditions. They competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality assessment. She is currently attending Idaho State University.

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Cultural Preservation Living Traditions
Native History: Alcohol and Murder Result in Loss of 50 Million Acres

This Date in Native History: On April 6, 1832 Black Hawk's War began. The event that set the "war" into motion took place in a "small settlement of semi-savage white people," according to Perry Armstrong's book, The Sauks And The Black Hawk War With Biographical Sketches, Etc. The settlement was populated with very few women and many white traders, and there was a lot of alcohol.

Yurok Tribe Works to Protect a Raptor it Reveres: California Condor

An agreement signed by the tribe with wildlife groups could make Yurok ancestral land California's northernmost condor release site.

The Yurok name for the bird that soared closest to the creator and could deliver the people's prayers is "prey-go-neesh."

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About This Issue's Greeting - "Ka-hay Sho-o Dah Chi"
In traditional and contemporary Crow culture, it is customary to greet each other with a quick glance away or a blink and nod of the head. If they are wearing a hat, they might tip the brim of the hat. Handshaking is a white man's custom and was only recently accepted as a greeting in Crow culture. You will rarely see Crow people embracing publicly. From: Vincent Goes Ahead, Jr., Museum Interpreter, Vice Chairman of the Crow Tribe
Nature's Beauty:
California Condor
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The Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor
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