Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor Q)It’s energizing to watch you dance! We know you love to dance…what else inspires you? A) I’m a drug and alcohol …
Emilia Gaston is a Texas-based professional photographer and photo-journalist who grew up in Alabama going to pow wows with her part-Cherokee father. To this day she still loves going to …
A Native American Story That Leaves ‘Feathers Or Leather’ Cliches Behind
The new film Winter in the Blood is based on a landmark of literature from the American West: a novel, published to critical acclaim in 1974, about a 30-something American Indian man living in Montana.
Another guilty plea comes in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
Another person will be pleading guilty in connection with the theft of federal funds from the Chippewa Cree Tribe, the Associated Press reports.
Shad Huston will admit to theft from an Indian tribal government, bribery of an agent of a program receiving federal funds and failure to file a cash transaction, the AP said. His company overbilled the tribe $116,000 to pay off corrupt tribal leaders and he also gave a $25,000 SUV to a corrupt tribal chair, according to the AP.
Large crowd turns out to denounce supremacist group’s activities
The leader of the Fort Belknap Indian Community asked officials in Havre, Montana, to investigate a White supremacist group that distributed fliers at the homes of Indian residents.
A tribal member found the fliers from the The United Klans of America and was scared, President Mark Azure said. He spoke at a crowded city council meeting last night and the issue was at the top of many people’s minds.
Tribes hail Oregon decision to deny permit for coal export project
Tribal leaders welcomed a decision to deny a key permit for a controversial coal export terminal in eastern Oregon.
The Yakama Nation, the Umatilla Tribes and the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission oppose the project. They say it will harm usual and accustomed fishing sites that are promised to them by treaty.
Chickasaw Nation offers new blend of coffee made from chocolate
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has launched a new line of coffee products.The coffee expands on the tribe’s Bedré Fine Chocolate. It will be available in milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors.
The coffee is available at outlets in Oklahoma.
Bethel Police Officer Shoots Man During Altercation
A 31-year-old Bethel man is recovering after being shot by a police officer during an altercation Friday. The man, Aaron Moses, was stabilized in Bethel and medevaced to Anchorage. One officer was also treated for minor injuries.
Alaska Native man being treated after being shot by police officer
An Alaska Native man is being treated for injuries after being shot in an incident with police officers in Bethel last Friday.
The 31-year-old man was identified as Aaron Moses. A video uploaded by KYUK-TV shows him swinging a baseball bat at two officers, one of whom shot him in the abdomen with a stun gun.
Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds
Oklahoma is the nation’s fourth-largest generator of wind energy. But wind developers in the northeast corner of the state, where the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies, are up against stiff opposition from an unlikely pair of allies: environmentalists and oil interests.
Osage Nation disputes wind development on mineral estate
Leaders and members of the Osage Nation are questioning wind energy projects in northeastern Oklahoma out of fear it could affect their mineral rights:
Wind farms are common in western parts of the state, but they’re new to the northeast region. There has always been some local resistance from residents who don’t want their views ruined by spinning turbines, but Oklahoma’s wind energy debate is magnified in Osage County. That’s the slice of prairie that Joe Bush and the nature preserve share.
State struggles with Native language voting material
Al Jazeera reports on the latest developments in Toyukuk v. Treadwell, a voting rights case that seeks to ensure the state of Alaska provides election materials in Native languages:
Ahead of tomorrow’s primary elections in Alaska, every voter in the state should have received a pamphlet that introduces the candidates, describes ballot issues and explains how to vote.
C.A. Orders Court to Reconsider Indian Child Placement
The Court of Appeal for this district Friday overturned an order placing a child of Native American heritage with extended family members in another state, rather than with the non-Indian foster parents.
Court in California won’t let Choctaw girl be placed with relatives
An appeals court in California overturned a decision to place a Choctaw Nation girl with relatives in Utah.
The tribe and the Choctaw father initially consented to the placement of the girl in a non-Indian foster home with the goal of reunification. Although that effort failed, the tribe wanted her to be with blood relatives and a judge agreed, saying it was in her best interests.
Boneheaded Errors Ruin NYT Bestseller About Comanche Leader
I started to read S.C. Gwynne’s book, Empire of the Summer Moon, about Quanah Parker and the U.S. war against the Comanche, but I don’t know if I’ll finish it.
It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Times bestseller. The cover blurbs say, “transcendent,” “mesmerizing,” “glorious,” “riveting.”
Carl Stromquist ~ Interior Salish
Carl began working as a full-time artist in 1992 with the production of original paintings and limited-edition prints. Carl began working in wood in 1997, after training with Coast Salish artist, George Pennier. He cites Robert Davidson, Dempsey Bob and Charles Edenshaw as influences. Interestingly, Carl has expressed a strong interest in Egyptian forms and motifs, which can occasionally be seen in his designs.
David Tune – Navajo
David Tune is an authentic Native American Indian. He is a member of the Creek and Navajo Tribes. David began his professional career as a jewelry craftsman in 1976, when he was commissioned to design a jewelry ensemble for the National March of Dimes Poster Child and Past President Ford Senate, from this inspiration he decided to allow his creativity to flow and has created and constructed some of the finest masterpieces of authentic Native American Indian jewelry with a contemporary flare.
Raynond Stevens ~ Haida/Nisga’a
Raymond’s birth mother was Nisga’a and his birth father was Haida, but he was adopted by Haida artist Bill Reid and Bill’s wife at the time, Mabel Stevens. Raymond first worked with argillite after being enrolled in a children’s carving class run by Haida artist Rufus Moody, which was held in Skidegate in the early 1960s. Raymond’s talent was identified immediately and he became famous on Haida Gwaii for his incredibly fine crosshatching.
Damen Bell-Holter (Haida) to play professional basketball overseas for BC Kormend
From a small Alaskan village of less than 300 people, Damen Bell-Holder (Haida) is living out his Dreams he has worked so hard for and now will be playing for one of the top teams in Europe during the off-season.
Last season, Bell-Holter spent his NBA pre-season with the Boston Celtics and made it all the way until the final cut day.
Leonard Tsosie “Corn Hill” – Jemez
Leonard Tsosie “Corn Hill” was born in the late 1940’s into the Jemez Pueblo. Leonard was inspired to continue a long lived tradition by observing his wife, Emily Fragua-Tsosie. She is known for hand coiling storytellers and corn maidens. Leonard has been working with clay since the age of 11. However, he didn’t spark an interest in working with clay until he noticed how dedicated his wife was to her art.
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Maxine R. Toya “New Snow” – Jemez
Maxine R. Toya “New Snow” is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born in 1948 into the Jemez Pueblo. She is a member of the Corn Clan. Maxine began drawing and painting at the age of 5. She began working with clay in 1971. Her mother, Marie Romero, along with other family members, encouraged and inspired her to learn the art of the long lived tradition of working with clay, using ancient methods in the process.
Giving the Child a Name
This ceremony, formerly practiced among the Omaha and cognate tribes, took place in the spring, “when the grass was up and the birds were singing.” A tent was set apart and made sacred by the priest who had the hereditary right to perform the ceremony. As the occasion was one of tribal interest, many people flocked to the scene of the rite.
Bestowing a New Name
The bestowal of a new name upon an adult generally took place at some tribal ceremony when all the people were gathered together. In this way as much publicity as possible was given to the act. Among the Pawnee tribe there were three requirements that had to be met in order to take a new name:
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