Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
DECEMBER 25, 1999




Canku Ota Staff:
Editor: Vicki Lockard (
Webmaster: Paul C. Barry (

Quote of the Week

"We are not conquered yet...Remember my children...Remember my people".
War Woman/Beloved Woman Cornblossom
Chickamaugan Thunderbolt Cherokee

Dear Friends:
Please join us in a day or moment of prayer and healing for our tribes and nation on January 1, 2000.
We ask that our friends help spread the word to pray for our tribes and families on this day.

We will be lighting a red candle this New Year's Day to symbolize the commitment of prayer and healing for our communities. We want to memorialize all the victims who have lost their lives physically and spiritually because of alcohol or substance use.

We are praying to end alcohol and substance use in our communities.
By ending alcohol and substance abuse we can eradicate poverty, violence and spiritual distress in our communities.

We are praying for the next seven generations to have a good and wonderful life.
We are praying for good things to come for our grandchildren and those following in our journeys.

Please join us in our prayers for our children and those who will be coming in the 21st century.

Ask the support of your tribal leaders, clergy, spiritual leaders and community leaders to join us in this united effort.

Today, make the commitment to teach a tradition of sobriety, spiritual renewal, and community support.

National Day of Prayer and Healing
A Spiritual Renewal
January 1, 2000

Canku Ota's Hero of the Week
"There was just no hope."

Marge Anderson, chief executive for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, said for years life on the reservation was bleak. Unemployment, poverty and alcoholism seemed to stand heel to toe on the reservations. Anderson's own family lived in a tar-paper shack.

For Anderson, now 67, public school was a struggle. She spoke Ojibwe as a child. Not speaking English made early school days understandably more difficult. Anderson struggled through public school and thought of quitting several times. But each time her parents encouraged her to return. They believed in the power of change that comes with education, she said. read more

Mitchell Zephier
by Garnet1654

For Mitchell Zephier, called Pretty Voice Hawk in the Lakota language, artistry, teaching, and social activism are important tribal values taught to him, as a child, by his grandparents. read more


The Cost of Arrogance
by Ondamitag

If we ever wonder what the cost for being arrogant can be, all we need to do is look into the Santee Sioux Uprising of 1862. read more


News and Current Events

"Thunder in the Desert"
Where will you be when the sun rises on the new millennium?
A 10-day powwow involving more than 100 Native American tribes that starts in Tucson, Arizona on Dec. 31 has grown to such proportions that ABC-TV plans to televise it as part of its millennium coverage on New Year's Eve.
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  Reconciliation: Healing & Remembering
All around Dakota country, perhaps all around "Indian Country," December 26th is remembered. It is a day when ceremonies, to heal and reconcile, are conducted by many families. It is a day to remember a sad day in our history.
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The census affects the entire Native American community, tribal governments, urban Indian communities, local and nationally, especially in terms of funding for programs serving Indian families and children.
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  Taking Pride in Heritage
By taking her teen-aged sons to a school-sponsored Indian education program, Geri Meyle hopes to help them take pride in their Native American ancestry instead of denying it.
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Kids Learn Native Ways - Hands-On
There was a time when local American Indians hunted on the land of this county. Richard Bugbee, a member of the Luiseno tribe, remembered his first hunt years ago. It was in the Kearny Mesa area, and his grandfather shot a rabbit.
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Websites of the Week read more


Story: The Cave of the Yellow Jackets read more

Take A Guess - Cheezits - the Answer read more


Recipe: Root Beer Cranberries read more

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