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June 2014 - Volume 12 Number 6
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Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Egg Hatching or Laying 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
Senator John Walsh

Senator Walsh Aims To Increase Employment In Indian Country

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Our Featured Artist: Honoring Students
2014 NACF Artist Fellowships

Each year, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation awards NACF Artist Fellowships to honor American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists making a significant impact in their discipline and who have the potential to be or already are powerful voices in the arts.

From a national call for entries, peer panels select the year's top entries in the disciplines of Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Traditional and Visual Arts. Fellowships provide Native artists the opportunity for study, reflection, experimentation and discovery, with awards of up to $20,000 per artist.

Student Rights Advocate Visits Hopi High School Journalism Students

A student at a Phoenix high school had an Ibuprofen in her pocket so the school decided to strip-search her. She had a feeling that this violated her rights, but she didn't know for sure, so she let them continue the search.

That's why Mary Beth Tinker wants students to know their rights. Tinker is touring the country now to advocate for students rights, especially First Amendment rights.

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Our Featured Story: Northwestern Wisconsin First Person History:
The Sweet Taste Of Failure
DC World Record Frybread Attempt Falls Apart

For one brief shining moment, the world's largest frybread sizzled triumphantly in its giant custom-made pan.

Autobiography of
Black Hawk

Part 10
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Giving Back Education News

Cherokee Nation And CNB Partners With Oklahoma Blood Institute To Save More Than 5,000 Lives

Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses employees potentially saved the lives of more than 5,000 people throughout the state last year by donating more than 1,800 pints of blood. The tribe's partnership with Oklahoma Blood Institute has potentially saved more than 18,000 lives since 2010.

"Our staffs at Cherokee Nation and CNB stepped up and made a commitment to Oklahoma families by donating blood," said Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
Competitors Gear Up For The Jim Thorpe Games

About 1,200 competitors are expected to take part in a multi-sport competition honoring one the greatest athletes from the 20th century. The 3rd annual Jim Thorpe Native American Games will be staged June 8-14 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

During its first two years, the Games were held in Oklahoma City. Instead, organizers opted to move the games to Shawnee, located about a 30-minute drive east of Oklahoma City. "It was really done to have the Games have more of an Indian community feel," Annetta Abbott, the Games' executive director, told ICTMN. "We are more in Indian country now."
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Education News Education News
Tester Proposes Fix To Improve Indian Education

Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, is proposing a straightforward solution to rebuild schools and improve education in Indian Country.

The 2009 Recovery Act authorized Indian tribes to issue bonds that would raise capital to build new schools and renovate existing ones. The Interior Department, however, did not set up an escrow account to allow tribes to take advantage of the support.

SDSU Student Launches "Bison: My Way!" Cookbook

At an early age, Kristin Olson revealed a love for cooking.

She remembers sitting on the counter by her grandma Anna Marie, mixing up cookies and punching down bread dough—just the beginning of her culinary calling.

That calling has provided "Bison: My Way!"—a cookbook filled with unique bison recipes.

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Honoring Students Honoring Students
Miss Indian World Welcomed Home

Miss Indian World 2014-2015 Taylor Thomas, was given a royal homecoming on Thursday, May 1.
A video of the crowning opened the event and was viewed before a room full of community members from Fort Hall and surrounding areas. As the clip announced Thomas the winner, the crowd within the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center erupted in cheer; reenacting the enthusiasm that echoed within The Pit on April 26.

Thomas and her escort James Tone entered the room as Spring Creek Singers offered an honor song.

In A Native American Sport,
A Family's Giant Leap

The Albany lacrosse coaches stared at a small projector screen, searching for the black streak of a three-foot-long ponytail swooping toward the goal.

They were watching Lyle Thompson, an Onondaga Indian from upstate New York, who has become a Wayne Gretzky-like figure in collegiate lacrosse. Last year, his sophomore season, Thompson finished one point short of tying the N.C.A.A. single-season record with 113 points on 50 goals and 63 assists in 17 games while leading SUNY Albany into the postseason for the first time since 2007.

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Preserving Language Preserving Language
Cherokee Immersion Charter School Graduates More Speakers

The Cherokee Immersion Charter School graduated its third group of Cherokee speakers Tuesday.

The school, which is operated by the Cherokee Nation, held its sixth-grade graduation Tuesday night in the Sequoyah High School gym.

The graduating students have been taught the importance of preserving the Cherokee language as part of their cultural identity. Students speak only Cherokee while they learn grade level state standard curriculum and also learn to read and write the 86-character Cherokee syllabary.


International Recognition for Hawaiian Language Preschools

The 'Aha Punana Leo's Hawaiian language nests preschools have just been awarded the world's first accreditation of an early education program conducted through an endangered and indigenous language by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC). A distinguished review team of experts that included international educators from countries with records of high academic achievement in multiple languages, such as Scandinavia and New Zealand, conducted the newly established process of accreditation for preschool through high school. The accreditation serves as the base from which WINHEC seeks to develop distinctive support for indigenous early education. As the first in the world with this international accreditation, Hawai'i's Punana Leo preschools are setting the bar for early childhood education in indigenous languages around the globe.

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Living Traditions Who We Are
Navajo Families Live With Electricity For First Time

Turning on the lights or opening the fridge are things many of us take for granted. But if you've never had electricity, they might seem like luxuries. Now, for dozens of families on the Navajo Nation, those luxuries are becoming a reality. As Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo reports, more than 60 families will soon have electricity for the first time in their lives.

Margie Tso has a beautiful view from her family ranch on the Navajo Nation, just southeast of Page.


'War Party' Helps Create Peace At Home

A group of parents from the Spirit Lake Reservation has discovered the secret to meaningful relationships with their children.

Involvement, encouragement, and time have paid off in the lives of their preteen girls. The parents began a traveling basketball team called "War Party" last year and are already seeing the fruit of their labor.

"Because of the team, Riah works harder at home and at school," said parent Kayla Robertson, "She's appreciative and says, 'I really love you, mom.'"
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Education News Who We Are
Tuba City High Student Wins SkillsNATIVE Welding Competition

April Bracker, a senior at Tuba City High School and the daughter of Ruby and Davey Bracker, beat 16 student welding competitors to take first place in the 11th Annual SkillsNATIVE (Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education) competition.

Bracker competed against students from eight other area high schools including Chinle, Ganado, Monument Valley-Kayenta, Pinon, Red Mesa, Tuba City, Valley-Sanders and Window Rock in Gas Metal Arc Welding. She received a scholarship to attend Tulsa Welding School after she graduates this May.

Ryan Dreveskracht: Skateboarding Offers Hope To Native Youth

Attorney Ryan Dreveskracht discusses why skateboarding is so popular among youth in Indian Country:

Skateboarding provides Native youth with freedom — the freedom to take control of their lives, their bodies, the world around them, and their futures.

Native Americans and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to be diagnosed Type 2 diabetes. Native kids that skateboard are much less likely to suffer complications from diabetes, and are 48 percent more likely to stay healthy as an adult (compared to 20-percent for kids who play organized sports).
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About This Issue's Greeting - "Howka"
The Kumeyaay, once referred to as Diegueno by the Spanish, were the original native inhabitants of San Diego County. The Kumeyaay, Yuman-speaking people of Hokan stock, have lived in this region for more than 10,000 years. Historically, the Kumeyaay were horticulturists and hunters and gatherers. They were the only Yuman group in the area, and were the people who greeted the Spanish when they first sailed into San Diego harbor with the Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo expedition of 1542
Nature's Beauty:
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
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