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Tuesday, 13 November

22:06

NOT RECOMMENDED: The Oregon Trail - The Race to Chimney Rock "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A few days ago, people started sharing the books that Amazon has listed as "Best Children's Books of 2018." In the ages 6-8 category, Amazon has The Oregon Trail: The Race to Chimney Rock. 

As you might imagine, it is in that category of books that AICL usually describes as NOT RECOMMENDED.

Published on September 4, 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it is book 1 in a 4-book series. The series is like the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books where readers make a decision about what they want to do at a specific point in the story. Instead of an adventure, readers of this series choose their own trail. The publisher of The Race to Chimney Rock made a marketing decision that people who liked the Choose Your Own Adventure series and/or those who liked playing the Oregon Trail video game, would buy this series. That Amazon lists it as one of the best books of 2018 tells us that the publisher was right. With this series, it is adding to its profit margin--but miseducating children. Of course, that doesn't matter. What matters more and more in the US is $$.

If we were being accurate about history, the information kids get would be different than what they get in this book. Here's the first sentence in the book (p. 7):
You are loading up your covered wagon to head out to Oregon Territory, where a square mile of free farmland awaits your family. 
The first decision point happens several pages later, but if I was editing that book, I'd edit that sentence a bit, add some more information, and offer a decision point right away. It might be something like this:
As you and Pa load your covered wagon to head out to Oregon Territory, he tells you about the square mile of free farmland you are going to claim. You had read Section 4 of the Donation Land Act of 1850, and know that land was only available to certain people. You know it was designed to displace even more Native peoples from their homelands, and that to get land, you had to be a "white settler" or "American half-breed Indian." You know the law is wrong and racist. What do you do?
If you speak up, turn to page __. 
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20:56

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Business Meeting & Legislative Hearing On Three Bills "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 13, 2018

WASHINGTON   On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM EST, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider:

        S. 1942, Savannas Act.

The business meeting will be immediately followed by a committee legislative hearing on S. 2788, A bill to repeal the Act entitled An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of North Dakota over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Devils Lake Indian Reservation, H.R. 2606, the Stigler Act Amendments of 2018, and H.R. 4032, the Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act.

DETAILS:

WHAT:         A committee business meeting, followed by a legislative hearing on S. 2788, H.R. 2606 and H.R. 4032.

WHEN:         2:30 PM EST, Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WHERE:       628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video for the business meeting will be provided here.

Live video and written witness testimony for the legislative hearing will be provided here.

WITNESSES FOR LEGISLATIVE HEARING:

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19:02

Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member - Scrates Vsquez Garca "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member - Scrates Vsquez Garca

Nov 13, 2018
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Scrates Vsquez Garca (Ayuujk Jy, Pueblo Ayuujk) joins Cultural Survival as...

16:18

Convening Native American Women Writers at Hedgebrook "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Convening Native American Women Writers at Hedgebrook

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06:01

Native American Journalists Association Condemns Repeal of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Free Press Act "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 13, 2018

NORMAN, Okla.   The Native American Journalists Association condemns the Muscogee (Creek) Nations repeal of the free press law and asks Muscogee (Creek) citizens to support an independent press free of government influence and censorship.

On the evening of Nov. 8, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council voted 7-6 to repeal the tribes Free Press Act and move its award-winning independent media arm, Mvskoke Media, under the executive branchs Department of Commerce. The repeal also dissolved Mvskoke Medias three-member editorial board and placed the staff under the direction of the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce Elijah W. McIntosh. The measure was approved by Principal Chief James Floyd.

The text of the measure was not announced or made available to the public including the Mvskoke Media staff and editorial board until the morning of the meeting. As confirmed during Thursday nights emergency council session, neither the Mvskoke Media staff nor the editorial board was consulted in the drafting process or even knew that the bill had been written.

During debate on the measure, elected officials cited a desire to see more positive stories in the newspaper. NAJA has also learned that Mvskoke Media staff must now receive prior approval on all published material. It is the opinion of NAJA that journalists should be bound by the ethical obligation to seek truth and report it.

In a survey of NAJA membership earlier this year, two of the biggest threats to tribal media identified were a lack of financial resources and editorial control. Tribal journalists reported that their nations economies impacted their tribal medias ability to be financially independent and that government officials and political interests often determined media content.

Indigenous journalism plays a critical role in supporting tribal sovereignty and self-determination. From holding the powerful accountable to disseminating stories of cultural significance, a free and independent Indigenous press supports the goals of tribal nations by providing an open public forum for community voices. The Muscogee (Creek) National Councils actions undermine this role and demean this sacred responsibility. Like many tribes, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is bound by a common history catalogued by stories stories of joy...

06:01

Grayeyes Dismisses Suit against State, County Officials "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Special to the Times|Krista Allen
Willie Grayeyes, left, talks to Paul Smallcanyon after he voted at Naatsisaan Chapter Tuesday. Grayeyes won a seat on the San Juan County (Utah) Commission.

Published November 13, 2018

CHINLE  With a lead of 95 votes and only a few ballots left to be counted, San Juan County (Utah) Commission candidate Willie Grayeyes has asked for his lawsuit against county and state officials to be dismissed.

Grayeyes suit stemmed from allegations by one of his opponents, Wendy Black, that he should not be on the ballot because he does not live in San Juan County, a contention Grayeyes denies. He had previously won a preliminary injunction allowing him to appear on the ballot until the suit was settled, and the election occurred in the meantime.

With the election over and Grayeyes victorious, there is no other relief to be provided by the court, explained Leonard Gorman, executive director of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, which had filed accompanying voting rights lawsuits against the county.

Grayeyes and his co-plaintiff, Terry Whitehat, still want the county to pay their attorney fees. U.S. Judge David Nuffer has scheduled a settlement conference on the monetary aspects of the suit for this afternoon in Moab, Utah.

Reached on the road to Moab, Grayeyes said he feels good about the election and finally being able to put the contention over his candidacy to rest.

The people have spoken, loudly, Grayeyes said.

He emphasized that he will be a commissioner for all his constituents, white and Navajo, and he will not retaliate for the racism he believes was shown to him.

The people have to be served with the idea of impartiality and equality, he said.

As for the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument, a cause Grayeyes has espoused as a leader of the pro-monument group Utah Din Bikyah, Grayeyes is confident that will come about in spite of vehement opposition from San Juan County Republicans.

We already prayed about that, he said. We expect to hear something about that very soon.

Latest figures show Grayeyes, a Navajo Democrat, with 900 votes to 805 for his Republican opponent, Kelly G....

06:00

WOVEN PATH | Solo exhibition by Ishi Glinsky "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Ishi Glinsky

Published November 13, 2018

November 17, 2018- January 6, 2019
Opening Reception | November 17, 7-9 PM

LOS ANGELES  These Days is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by artist Ishi Glinsky.

Horizontal, intersecting line breaks, characteristic of Din blankets and textiles, are defined as weavers path or, spirit lines.

The Loomers embrace the idea of imperfection and refer to these threads as guidance and continuance toward future works. Weavings of the Din people and other Indigenous tribes of the Southwest are intersections of shape, pattern and color that remain examples of harmonious balance.

For Ishi Glinskys new solo exhibition, each painting is an exploration of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century beadwork and textile weavings of North American Indigenous tribes. Extracting cross sections from ancestral pieces, Glinsky enhances the scale allowing each woolen fiber or minute variance of beadwork to dictate the palette and process for the paintings of Woven Path. The creation of these compositions begins at the lower foundation with the layering of paint in an ascending manner. This process references the art of looming; as Glinsky notes, I am taking the idea of weavers path as a concept, to recreate an age-old practice and allow the colors to shift. Once I start to paint, each process is a little battle of color balance in each thread. Woven Path reimagines the three-dimensional into a flat plane where the lines can be morphed, skewed and enhanced to create an optical tension between warp and weft, an infinite composition, or Weavers Path, of continuance.
Glinsky is a sculptor, painter and installation artist, who works and resides in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Glinskys work is often formed through handmade methods and inspired by materials, both industrial and organic. Each immersive installation, sculpture or painting is an investigation into resourcefulness, permanence, or continual evolution, all dependent upon the chosen material and its considered composition.

While continuing to navigate through historical events and ephemera of...

06:00

Ho-Chunk Nations Beloit Casino Moves Forward in Federal Approval Process "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 13, 2018

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis.    The Bureau of Indian Affairs has published a Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Ho-Chunk Nation Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project.

This step moves the Beloit Casino forward in the final approval process. For many years, the City of Beloit, Rock County, community members, and the Ho-Chunk Nation have been extremely supportive of the project.

We feel energized as this is the farthest this project has ever been. We look forward to working with our local partners through this approval process that creates thousands of construction jobs and 1,500 full time jobs for Wisconsin, said Ho-Chunk Nation President Wilfrid Cleveland.

The next step is a public hearing in the City of Beloit at a site and date yet to be determined

The post Ho-Chunk Nations Beloit Casino Moves Forward in Federal Approval Process appeared first on Native News Online.

06:00

Cheyenne River Youth Project Will Host Thanks for Kids Celebration for the Community on Monday, Nov. 19 at Cokata Wiconi. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

CRYP will celebrate Lakota youth through its annual Thanks for Kids festival, including an honoring and drum song for its teen interns, a Lakota dance exhibition, and a community feast. The Growing Into Wowachinyepi champions (pictured here) will help organize and emcee the evenings activities.

Published November 13, 2018

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. The Cheyenne River Youth Project will host its annual Thanks for Kids celebration next Monday, Nov. 19 at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). The special event is open free to the community, and this year, the nonprofit youth organization has a few extra treats for its guests.

Each year, we host a holiday-themed feast for our friends and neighbors here on Cheyenne River, inviting them to come celebrate the Lakota Nations greatest resourceits children, says Julie Garreau, CRYPs executive director. This year, because its the fifth anniversary of our teen internship program as well as the 30th anniversary of CRYP itself, were going all out to make this an evening to remember.

The fun will kick off at 4 p.m. with a youth art project in the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, weather permitting; the activity will be moved indoors if necessary. Visiting artist Sadat will work with CRYPs eight current art interns on the project, while younger children ages 4-12 can enjoy seasonal arts and crafts in Cokata Wiconi.

An Oklahoma native, Sadat has experience in multiple mediums, although his artistic roots specifically lie in graffiti culture. Over the years, his work has graced public spaces across the country; he also has contributed to national initiatives with larger artist collectives. One of these is Water Writes, an international mural campaign to raise awareness for water rights around the world.

This past summer, Sadat participated in CRYPs RedCan invitational graffiti jam for the first time. He makes periodic trips to the youth projects campus to teach youth art classes and workshops.

At 5:30, CRYP will host a special honoring and drum song for its current and former teen interns, along with a Lakota dance exhibition. Local elders will be invited to speak, and the five teen Growing Into Wowachinyepi champions will help emcee the program.

Were looking forward to recognizing our teens for their enthusiasm, dedication and hard w...

Monday, 12 November

20:35

Teaching Thanksgiving Panel LIVESTREAM at 4 p.m. EST Today "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 12, 2018

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Monday, November 12, 2018, 4pm EST

ALLENDALE, Mich.  Grand Valley State Universitys Office of Minority Affairs is hosting the Teaching Thanksgiving: A Discussion of Reframing Represenatitions of American Indians panel today at 4:00 p.m. EST. Levi Rickert, publisher and editor of Native News Online will be part of the panel discussion.

Levi Rickert

Thanksgiving is celebrated across the United States every third Thursday in November.  The holiday may perceived  as a harmless and apolitical holiday. For many American Indians, it remains a complicated holiday and a painful reminder of colonial violence and indigenous erasure for American Indian communities.

This panel will explore how the myths and lies of Thanksgiving are taught and reinforced in the school systems. Invited panelists will discuss how they educate about Thanksgiving and have a focused discussion on creating culturally-appropriate curriculum reflective of the contemporary experiences of American Indians. The audience will leave this lively discussion with an understanding of how the Thanksgiving myth does harm and receive resources, strategies, and best practices on how to intervene on inaccurate representations about American Indians in the school systems and our communities.

The panel includes:

  • Andrea Riley Mukavetz, Liberal Studies Department, GVSU
  • Steve Perry, artist, educator, and philanthropist
  • Hunter Genia, Resilience Counseling and Consultation
  • Levi Rickert, Native News Online
  • Jannan Cotto, Director of Niigaandiwin Education Department for LTBB
  • Amanda Weinert, Curriculum Specialist for Niigaandiwim Education Department for L...

15:37

NOT RECOMMENDED: DR. CARBLES IS LOSING HIS MARBLES by Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published by HarperCollins in 2008, Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot's Dr. Carbles is Losing His Marbles! gets a Not Recommended label right away.



The first chapter, "Squanto and Pocahontas" starts out with this illustration:



The narrator for Dr. Carbles is Losing His Marbles is a kid named A.J. He hates school. That's him in the foreground of the illustration. He tells us that it is time to go home (end of the school day) but the school secretary announces that they all have to go to the all purpose room (p. 2-4):
So we were sitting there, bored out of our minds, when suddenly two American Indians came running down the aisle! They were wearing feathers and head-dresses. They jumped onto the stage, whooping and hollering. 
But they couldnt fool us. We knew exactly who they were. 
Its Mrs. Roopy! yelled my friend Michael, who never ties his shoes. Mrs. Roopy is our librarian.
And Mr. Klutz! yelled my friend Ryan, who will eat anything, even stuff that isnt food. Mr. Klutz is our principal, and he has no hair. 
Klutz? said Mr. Klutz. Never heard of him. I am Squanto, a Patuxet Indian who helped the Pilgrims survive their first years in America. 
And I am Pocahontas, said Mrs. Roopy. I helped the English colonists when they arrived in Virginia in 1607. 
Mrs. Roopy always dresses up like somebody else. She never admits shes the librarian. 
Mrs. Roopy is loopy. 
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06:53

Veterans Day Message from Navajo Nation Council Speaker Lorenzo Bates "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Memorial at Navajo Nation Headquarters remembers WW IIs Legendary Navajo Marines, whose language was used as a unique and cryptic tactical communications code in battle. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert.

Veterans Day 2018

Published November 12, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  The Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council released the following statement on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in commemoraton of Veterans Day:

On behalf of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, it is my honor to deliver this message in recognition and remembrance of the thousands of Navajo veterans who have served our country and the Navajo Nation in every branch of the Armed Services. We honor the sacrifices of our military men and women who fought for our freedom and sacrificed so much for all of us. We are very proud to have many of our Din people who continue to serve around the world and across our country in the Marine Corps, the Navy, U.S. Army, and the Air Force.

Navajo Nattion Speaker Lorenzo Bates

Many of our people gave the ultimate sacrifice and did not return home. For those who did not return home, we say thank you to their families and their loved ones on this day. Thank you for your loved ones sacrifice for this country and for the Navajo people we will always remember them in our prayers and be grateful for their lives.

Today, we have many veterans who continue to serve our people whether it be in our communities, in leadership positions, or for their families and fellow veterans. I am proud to say that the N...

06:02

Remembering the Service of Cherokee Code Talkers "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Veterans Day 2018

Published November 12, 2018

We just concluded elections across Oklahoma and the United States. Being able to vote and participate in the electoral process is a critical part of our democracy. At Cherokee Nation we are adamant about honoring and paying respects to those who have fought for the liberties we enjoy every day and hold so dear.  Reflecting on the sacrifices that brave men and women have made over the years gives us perspective on the cost of freedom and democracy.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI in 1918. Recently, the Intertribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes passed a resolution honoring the warriors and code talkers of WWI with a Day of Remembrance for their service and valor. Veterans from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole tribes have served in every military branch and in every U.S. war.

According to historians, during WWI several Cherokee soldiers utilized the Cherokee language in relaying critical, top-secret messages across Europe. To prevent communication lines from being cut or tapped, signal officers met and decided to put Native soldiers, including Cherokees, to work on the field phones. They transmitted messages in their own language, keeping the messages secret. From then on, it was reported that there were no further messages intercepted by the enemy that we heard of.  In fact, a colonel of the enemys intelligence staff was captured and taken to headquarters. He stated that the enemy had men who could speak and translate a majority of languages of the world but none could understand the language the Americans were using.

It is reported that Cherokees were used in the message relaying capacity until the end of WWI. The Cherokee men who served in this heroic role did so even before they held American citizenship and, consequently, the right to vote, which was not granted to most Native Americans until 1924.

They served at a time when the federal governments policies toward tribal nations were hostile, and yet they still fought for American freedom. Our code talkers, from al...

06:00

Thanksgiving Tribe S.O.S. Walk and Rally "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 12, 2018

WASHINGTON  As the nation celebrates Native American Heritage Month, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the historic tribe at the center of our Thanksgiving tradition and the indigenous community who helped the Pilgrims survive and provided the land for Plymouth Colony, is sending out an S.O.S. (Save Our Sovereignty).

Related: Trump Administration Deals Major Blow to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

The tribe is calling on Americans of good will to #StandWithMashpee to protect the tribes ancestral homeland. With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes sovereign reservation land under threat to be disestablished, tribal leaders from across Indian Countrywill walk to the U.S. Capitol Building and hold a rally calling on Congress to pass the Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation Reaffirmation Act (HR 5244).

WHEN:                 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 10 AM

WHERE:               

Walk will begin at 10 AM in front of the Welcome Plaza at the National Museum of the American Indian. Tribal leaders and citizens from across Indian Country, along with non-tribal allies, will walk to the U.S. Capitol building and hold rally at 11 AM on the lawn (Area 1) outside the Capitol building.

WHO:                    

Cedric Cromwell

Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Vice Chair Jessie Little Doe Baird of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation

Trustee Lance Gumbs, Shinnecock Tribal Nation

Chairman Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe

...

06:00

Two Events Planned to Honor Native American Heritage Month in Ohio "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

November is Native American Heritage Month

Published November 12, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio  The generosity of community is one of the many reasons to honor month Native American Heritage Month.  In a collaborative effort, the American Indian Movement of Ohio, Big Mountain Indigenous Support, and the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, have come together to have two events that emphasize the Diversity, Ingenuity, and Resiliency of Native peoples.

In partnership with the Dayton International Peace Museum, (www.daytonpeacemuseum.org/)
on Friday, November 16th, 2018,

Conversations on Peace, Native Americans and The Media

Dr. Victoria LaPoe

Dr. Victoria LaPoe (Cherokee) will be featured guest speaker for a meet & greet reception to kick off the weekends events.   Dr. LaPoe is an assistant professor in Ohio Universitys Scripps School of Journalism focused on media inclusivity and digital media.  She received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2013. She is co-author numerous books.  Dr. Victoria is vice president and education chair of the Native American Journalists Association.  The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. NAJA is committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.This is free to the public beginning at 6:30pm offering coffee and light refreshments.

Other special guests include-Dineh Elder, Danny Blackgoat- he is Todich ii nii or Bitterwater clan, from Big Mountain, Arizona.  Danny Blackgoat is a linguist, Dine (Navaho) language educator, life-long human rights advocate, community organizer,...

06:00

The Osage Nation Dedicated the First Monument Honoring the Military Contributions of Osage Veterans "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Veterans Day 2018

Published November 12, 2018

PAWHUSKA, Okla. The first-ever memorial recognizing Osage US military veterans and pre-military scouts was dedicated on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. The momentous dedication took place on the lawn by the Osage Nation Museum in Pawhuska at 873 Grandview Avenue. The memorial features a twenty-foot eagle feather and a place for recognition of each branch of the military with the name of those Osages who served in those branches.

Recognizing Osage Veterans 
This memorial, like all other memorials is a bridge to the past for the people in the present to have some understanding of the great cost of war, said Franklin McKinley (Osage), a veteran and the chair of the Osage Veterans Memorial Commission (OVM) in a speech to the Osage Nation Congress. Loss is just not on the battlefield alone, but back at home as well. Memorials are a compassionate way of respectfully reminding all of the sacrifices that are made by our veterans.

This memorial is bringing back the native tradition of honoring our warriors. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice, and this memorial will celebrate the lives of women and men that believed in something greater than themselves, said Maria DeRoin, the Communications Consultant for the Osage Veterans Memorial Commission (OVM).  She has been working with the OVM, architects, construction companies, and Osage Nation Tribal Development to finalize the details of the memorial long-awaited completion.

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