Coyote traveled a long distance and in the middle of the day it was very hot. He sat down and rested, and thought, as he looked up to Tinia, “How I wish the Cloud People would freshen my path and make it cool.” Read more the Legend of Coyote as a Hunter http://bit.ly/19S2By2
The Navajo Indian Tribe is recognized as the largest Indian tribe in the United States. According to the 1990 Census, almost 80,000 Navajo people live in New Mexico. Learn more http://bit.ly/ZvzBLk
Zahn McClarnon (Standing Rock Sioux) is a Native American actor, who is known for his guest starring roles in various television shows. He grew up in Northern Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming. Read more http://bit.ly/MJbpx9 [Zahn McClarnon & Michael Spears in ‘Into The West’]
By testing and thoroughly studying Native American DNA, scientists can trace genetics, family histories, where people have traveled, and how the tribes eventually came to split up into different groups. Read more http://bit.ly/XbIbMq [Photo by @Dave Brosha Photography]
The Eagle Dance is performed by many Native American Indians as part of their ceremonies. However, the details of the dance will vary from tribe to tribe. Learn more http://bit.ly/JYC46F
Two Guns White Calf (1872-1934) was a Blackfoot chief who provided one of the most readily recognizable images of Native American in the world after an impression of his portrait appeared on a common coin, the Indian head nickel. Read more http://bit.ly/WX9exr
The Cherokee Nation has selected 13 Cherokee students for the 2014 Remember the Removal Bike Ride. Each summer, Cherokee students retrace the path their Cherokee ancestors were forced to walk along the northern route of the Trail of Tears.
“I’ve wanted to do this ride for years,” said Cassie Moore, a 24-year-old student at Northeastern State University. “I am very excited to be selected and ready to accept the challenge that will come with it. I’m not only excited to meet new people, but help my fellow riders endure this journey that our ancestors overcame.”
The Remember the Removal Bike Ride begins in New Echota, Georgia in late May and will follow the northern route of the Trail of Tears ending in Oklahoma. The 950-mile journey spans Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Riders will put their bodies to the test as they travel an average of 60 miles a day for three weeks, mirroring in part the hardships of their Cherokee ancestors who made the same trek on foot. Of the estimated 16,000 Cherokees who were forced to make the journey to Indian Territory, 4,000 died due to exposure, starvation and disease giving credence to the name Trail of Tears.
“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground,” advises a proverb commonly attributed to the Tsistsistas (Cheyenne). “Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors or strong its weapons.”
In the country today known as Canada, indigenous women have always been at the forefront of defending their lands and cultures—from the iconic 1990 standoff between Mohawk warriors and the Canadian army near Oka, Quebec to Elsipogtog First Nation’s ongoing anti-fracking battle near Rexton, New Brunswick.
In the most recent Assembly of First Nations elections two years ago, an unprecedented number of Native women campaigned to lead the body representing 633 bands. This week, women’s decades of campaigning for a national inquiry into missing and murdered women has hit Parliament once again.
On International Women’s Day, Indian Country Today Media Network highlights just some of the women leaders, artists and advocates at the forefront of change across Canada.
Twenty-four years ago, Indian country exploded with unrest that has shaped Native politics in Canada in a way no other event has since the 1960s. The spark was the quiet town of Oka, Quebec’s attempt to expand a nine-hole golf course in 1990 atop a Mohawk burial ground and into the pine forest that’s sacred to the community of Kanehsatake. Their outrage ignored by authorities, women from the community set up a small blockade on the road. But when the provincial police force and even Canadian army was deployed, the blockade transformed into a months-long armed standoff that saw Native warriors from all corners of Turtle Island to draw a line in the sand, flooding into Mohawk territories, blocking major bridges along the U.S. border, setting police cars ablaze, and seeing railway blockades across the land in solidarity.
Women remained the decision-makers behind the blockade, and one 26-year-old became the face and voice of Kanehsatake for Canada. Ellen Gabriel, whose traditional name is Katsitsakwas, was chosen by her community at the time to represent the blockade.
In the decades since the so-called “Oka Crisis,” Gabriel has continued her fight for her people. She became the president of Quebec Native Women, and went on to protect her language and culture through Kanehsatà:ke Language and Cultural Center, where she works to this day.
Two years ago, Gabriel entered the spotlight once again, challenging incumbent National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo, in a race centring on standing up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and pushing for Indigenous self-determination. Her campaign was unsuccessful, but Gabriel told the aboriginal news site Windspeaker that her goal was “to bring back the voice of the people.”
“In 1990, Aboriginal peoples asserted our sovereignty, and we were criminalized for doing that,” she said. “We are at a crossroads right now, whether we will be totally assimilated and whether we will have the ability to be self-determining people… We’re still dealing with the challenges of how to de-colonize our relationship with Canada, but also to decolonize the one we have with each other.”
Gabriel received the International Women’s Day Award from the Québec Bar Association in 2008 and has also received the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Golden Eagle Award, and a Jigonsaseh Women of Peace Award, for her ongoing advocacy work.
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International Women’s Day started in 1909 as National Women’s Day on February 28. It was celebrated as such on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
The day became international when Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, suggested it in 1910 at a second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. Her idea was passed unanimously by over 100 women from 17 countries. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland on March 19. Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February in 1913. Soon after, the day was moved to March 8 and has been celebrated then since. Learn more about the history of the day at InternationalWomensDay.com.
What can you do to celebrate the women in your life? Anything you want really. Attend an event, there’s a list of them at InternationalWomensDay.com. Or go for something simpler, like singing a song, giving them a hug, or simply saying thank you. You can even take a picture and post it to social media, just don’t forget to hashtag it—#internationalwomensday.
In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today. Please introduce yourself with your name and title. Orvena “Twiggy” Gregory, second chief of the Sac and Fox Nation. Can you give us your Native name and its English translation? My Sauk name is Kyokamekwa, pronounced kee-o-kum-mekwa and translated as “on a specific path.” Most tribal members know me by my nickname, Twiggy. When I was a baby, my grandma Bell on my Pawnee side called me twigs takoo. Takoo is the Pawnee word for prairie chicken. Grandma Bell said I reminded her of a skinny chicken. During the primary elections when I ran for second chief, many people didn’t know me as Orvena Gregory.
Recently newspapers have trumpeted new scientific discoveries that lead some scientists to conclude that early American Indians lived in the area of the Bering Strait, known as…
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Almost 40 years after starting the process to acquire Kerr Dam, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have almost reached the finish line. And they’ll get there for a price that is tens of millions of dollars closer to what the tribes said it was worth than what PPL Montana wanted for it, the Missoulian
(Newtown, ND) – Newtown High School’s Joe Baker from New Town, ND and a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation on the on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation made a half court shot last night that was the #1 play on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the day for March 6th. The play was from the 2014 State Class B Boys …
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Matt Driscoll from Seattle Weekly News takes an in-depth look of what it’s like to be a member of Seattle’s urban Native community. For urban Natives it can be lonely …
Awakening is a short film directed by LaRonn Katchia, a Warm Springs/Wasco/Piautte Native of Warm Springs, Oregon. Katchia studied filmmaking at The Art Institute of Portland and created Awakening as …
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In Honor of Loretta Saunders
Trigger Warning: This article deals with the death of Loretta Saunders, an Inuk woman who was found murdered on Wednesday, February 26, in Salisbury, New Brunswick.
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