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November 2014 - Volume 12 Number 11
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"Ka-hay Sho-o Dah Chi"
The Crow Greeting
Hello. How are you?

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

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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

Victor Rocha

Victor Rocha began a website as the Pechanga tribe began its quest for gambling.

He's a Pechanga guy who grew up in Colton, the son of a graveyard-shift truck driver, a nothing-special teen who preferred playing guitar to playing sports.

But he has made good.

Fifteen years ago, as Pechanga battled state law enforcement and other casino owners to establish its gambling operation, Victor Rocha hoped to help his tribe by learning all he could about it.

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Our Featured Artist: Honoring Students
'Horse Nation' Documentary Explores
Lakota Culture, Horse Relatives

"People tend to think of us as buffalo people, but really, we are horse people, too. That got lost and is coming back, and we want to document that," said Jim Cortez, the film's editor of "We Are A Horse Nation."

Red Cloud Language Curriculum Inspires Students, Spreads Lakota

At the Red Cloud School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Lakota is still the second language. But it's first in the hearts of educators and students who are bringing back the fast-disappearing language in a program that leads the nation.

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Our Featured Story: Northwestern Wisconsin First Person History:
No Veteran Left Alone

The Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma honors its warriors with a ceremony more than 300 years old

Autobiography of Black Hawk
Black Hawk's Last Visit
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Healthy Living Healthy Living

Native Americans Have Superfoods Right Under Their Feet

On American Indian reservations, the traditional diet of wild plants and game for food is increasingly being replaced with a far less healthful diet of predominantly high-carb, high-sugar foods.

While researchers have long suspected that the traditional plant foods consumed by Native American tribes in the Northern Plains were super nutritious, no one had ever really studied it.
Delicious, Crispy, Crunchy and Salty Beet Chips Recipe

Wash, slice and bake! It's as easy as that to make crispy, crunchy and salty beet chips. You've never tasted beets like this before:

Beets are really having their day in the sun. A once unglamorous, inexpensive root vegetable is now popping up on trendy restaurant menus and being used in everything from smoothies to hummus.

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Preserving Language Preserving Language

With Stroke Of A Pen,
20 Alaska Native Languages Made
Official State Languages

Twenty alaska native languages became official languages of the State of Alaska Thursday, as Governor Sean Parnell signed House Bill 216 into law during the Alaska Federation of Native conference.

In a packed room at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, nearly two dozen elders sat front and center as the governor and a handful of legislators spoke to the importance of the bill.
Free Online Osage Language Classes Now Offered

For years Osages living outside the service areas for the Osage Language Department have wanted courses online. In January, the language department made it so.

"Online Osage language classes are providing a connection to our heritage language for many Osage people across the country who, otherwise, have no way to experience learning our language," said Osage language staff in an email.

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Learning about Mother Eartb Learning about Mother Earth
Late Summer Arrives in the Boreal Forest

It’s early August, 118 miles from the Arctic Circle. Time for a walk to work.

The last time I wrote about hiking through the North Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, summer was a puppy crashing into your shin. Now it has a white muzzle.

Maverick Red Aspens In A World of Gold

Will Lentz, a reader from Fairbanks, asks a question that flares every fall: why do some aspens turn red?A few scientists from Fort Collins, Colorado, pondered that subject in the late 1970s. Curious about red aspen trees people had noticed for half a century, they studied why these existed amid those with the more common leaf color, yellow.

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Honoring Students Honoring Students
Flagstaff Cheerleader To Perform In London New Year's Day Parade

Flagstaff High School student Daniell Albert is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers across the U.S. who will perform in the word famous London New Year's Day parade in 2015. Albert is Hopi and Navajo.

Kin Dah Lichi'i Olta Student is
New Little Miss Southwestern Navajo

.Nothing proves you’re a Navajo princess like sheep intestines.

At least that is what the newly crowned 2014-15 Little Miss Southwestern Navajo proved when she won over the judges with her ach’ii’-making skills.

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Living Traditions Living Traditions
Control Of Nature: Stewardship Of Fire Ecology By Native Cultures

Before the colonial era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now called California, and many of their cultures manipulated fire to control the availability of plants they used for food, fuel, tools, and ritual. Contemporary tribes continue to use fire to maintain desired habitat and natural resources.

Kinder Morgan's Qs on Aboriginal Food Provokes Avalanche of Fish Photos

Hundreds of aboriginal people -- who apparently really love fish -- took the bait of an impromptu viral social media campaign to submit their favourite fishing pictures, following a Vancouver Observer story last week that reported that pipeline-giant Kinder Morgan had questioned how much a B.C. band still eats fish.

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Our World Living Traditions

The Land Bridge Theory and the Visiting Wise

As a child I recall vividly my dear Nana, Lucy Marie Charles, sharing stories of our Mi'kmaq heritage. Some stories stood above others. One in particular had to do with the origins of our Mi'kmaq people. The creation story, as Lucy shared it, was complicated and detailed. There was Glooscap and Martin involved; rocks, islands, fish and little people too. The one thing that really stuck was our physical manifestation.
Back From Near Extinction:
Kootenais Open First Ever Hatchery for
Burbot and Sturgeon

Drums throbbed and the sacred circle of life was on display last week at what the Kootenai Tribe hopes will be the rebirth of sturgeon and burbot, at a ceremony dedicating a massive new 35,000-square foot hatchery for propagating and rearing both species.

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Our World   Our World
History Got it Wrong: Scientists Now Say Serpent Mound as Old as Aristotle

Serpent Mound in rural Adams County, Ohio, is one of the premier Native American earthworks in the hemisphere. Its pristine flowing form was enhanced by major reconstruction in the 1880s. That reconstruction now appears to have been the second time in its long life that Serpent Mound has shed some of its skin.

Big Gulp: How Often Do Trout and Grayling Eat Mammals?

A shrew, hunting insects along a stream bank, slips into the icy water. It swims frantically to reach shore, using all its energy to stay afloat.

Just as it appears the small critter might make it, an almost imperceptible ripple appears. And then the water explodes. The surface soon calms, but the shrew is gone. Trout food.

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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:
Hermit Thrush
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A Story To Share:
Hermit Thrust
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