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October 2016 - Volume 14 Number 10
 
 
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"Aquy Tôn kutaya?"
The Mohegan Greeting
Hello, How are you?
 
 


Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus)

 
 
"PEPEWARR"
White Frost On Grass And Ground Moon
Algonquin
 
 
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"I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes.
I can go everywhere with a good feeling."

~ Geronimo ~
 
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We Salute
Anne McKeig

While sometimes it seems like we have surpassed many of the "firsts" in society, last week there was a new — and significant — first. Anne McKeig, a Native American, took her spot on the Minnesota Supreme Court. This is significant progress for the face of justice in Minnesota and will stand long into the future.

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Our Featured Artist: Honoring Students
Bryan Akipa Among Master Artists To Be Honored In Washington, DC

Dakota flute craftsman and player Bryan Akipa, Sisseton, South Dakota, will be honored later this month in Washington, D.C., as a 2016 National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellow. The fellowships are the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He is one of nine artists chosen for the National Heritage Fellowship this year.
 
First Recipient Of Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Law Scholarship Drawn To Hands-on Policy Work

Sarah
Crawford, from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate community in northeastern South Dakota, is the first recipient of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Law Scholarship that was started earlier this year as part of a $1.2 million endowment to the ASU Indian Legal Program.
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Our Featured Story: First Person History:
Standing Rock Update

Let's start at the very beginning when I first came to Standing Rock to give you an idea of my first experience as I was called to help assist Standing Rock with the Missouri River.

 
Bering Strait Theory,
Part Five:
The Theory Comes Crashing Down
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Preserving Language Education News
Playing Scrabble In Chipewyan: New game Helps Teach Language

Over the past year, he's developed "Scramble" or ?ëk'e´ch'a Hela´, a Chipewyan version of the popular word game. And he's bringing it into his classroom at Paul William Kaeser High School as a teaching tool.
 
Welcome To Great Mathematics In The Diné Bikéyah

We are the Navajo Nation Math Circles (NNMC) for students and teachers of the Navajo Nation. Our goal is to share fun and rewarding mathematics with everyone. We partner with over 40 mathematicians across the United States to develop amazing mathematics and amazing mathematicians.
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Nation Looks To Enhance Language Learning

"Daycare and language staff are meeting (with MOBOCES) to develop the best method to share the language with the children," explained Randy Phillips, Oneida Nation education programs assistant manager. Randy added the curriculum has shifted this spring to allow more daycare staff to reinforce the language.
 
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Over the past 10 years, the Hollings Scholarship Program has provided an average of 118 undergraduate students per year with tuition support and paid summer internships with NOAA across the country. Hollings has a growing network of over 1200 alumni from over 300 universities.
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Honoring Students Preserving Language
Math Whiz Honing Skills At Tuba City High School And Junior High

Tuba City Junior High student Jehron Smith, the son of Alberta Nez and Nate Smith, is categorized as gifted and talented. He presents his special skills in math at two separate high school level classes, geometry and algebra II.
 
Learning The Anishinabe Language Brings Sisters Together

The Kabatay family is Shelly, Sherri, Shannon and Tracy four siblings who come from the Seine River First Nation in northwestern Ontario.
Sherri remembered the stories being told in their home.
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Living Traditions Living Traditions
1,000 Lakota Sioux Youth To Descend Upon Dakota Pipeline Protest Site

1,000 Young Native Americans from the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe are raising $100,000 to pay for the transport, tents, sleeping bags, and food needed for them to reach the pipeline protest site, according to One Spirit Native Progress.
 
Solidarity Rally For Standing Rock Unites Native & Non Native People

Both Native and non Native people came together September 17 at a solidarity rally for Standing Rock as the stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Stephens Performing Arts Center on the Idaho State University campus.
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Wild Horse Race: Highway 160 Repeats As Navajo Nation Fair Champions

This was not what they expected.
However, for the 'Highway 160' team of Don Hunter, Ryan Smith, and Herb Smith, the type of horse they drew came as a complete surprise.
 
Two Options This Year For Seminole Doll Ornaments

The concept was to create an iconic image of Seminole craft tradition: the Seminole Doll. Once the design was approved a mold was made. The mold, unique to the medium of glass, was made from an original clay sculpture. Once the reusable mold was completed, the intensive work of creating these works of art began.
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The 2016 Ase Tsi Tewa:ton Experience

The Ase Tsi Tewa:ton (Cultural Restoration Program) gave their Fall presentation of traditional foods, cooking demonstrations, river and fish preservation, a medicine walk, hunting and trapping skills and Kanien'keha lessons on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
 
Six Nations Chiefs Win Third Mann Cup in Four Years

The Six Nations Chiefs are a true dynasty you may think Yankees in baseball or Patriots in the NFL but when you think lacrosse you have to think of the Chiefs who just won their third Mann Cup championship in the last four seasons and their sixth as a franchise.
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Education News   Education News
NAU President Emeritus Dr. Eugene Hughes Receives CCC Distinguished Service Award

Northern Arizona University President Emeritus Dr. Eugene Hughes has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Service Award at Coconino Community College.
 
EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships.
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Living Traditions   Living Traditions
Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham Attend ‘Te Ata’ Premiere In Oklahoma

The worlds of Hollywood and the Chickasaw blended on September 13, when Chickasaw Nation Productions’ movie Te Ata premiered. Showing at the Art Deco-styled Warren Theater in Moore, Okla., over six screens were used to accommodate over 700 invited guests.
 
How Alaskan Actor Martin Sensmeier Became One Of 'The Magnificent Seven'

How does a young Tlingit-Athabascan from Yakutat become one of the "Magnificent Seven" in a feature film released today starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke?
Martin Sensmeier says it’s by never being afraid to chase a dream, no matter how crazy it may seem.
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Living Traditions   Living Traditions
National Museum Of The American Indian Unveils Secret Treaty

For the first time in history, one of the 18 treaties negotiated and signed during the Gold Rush between the United States and the American Indian Nations of California, but secretly unratified by the United States Senate in 1852, went on display to the public today.
 
Native Hawaiians Given Way To Create Ties With US Government

The final rule sets out an administrative procedure and criteria that the U.S. Secretary of the Interior would use if the Native Hawaiian community forms a unified government that then seeks a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States.

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Living Traditions   Living Traditions
Adams, Goshorn Win In Santa Fe

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is known for its talented artists. Two EBCI tribal members proved that to be true as they won awards at this year's SWAIA (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts) Santa Fe Indian Market.

 
Native American Restaurant Startup Smashes Kickstarter Record

A forthcoming Native American restaurant in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area just set a crowdfunding record.

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Preserving Traditions   Preserving Traditions
Nahkohenexahe: The Remarkable Story Of Henry Littlewhiteman, As Told By Eugene Limpy

The vision my grandpa got was to take care of his people. He took this message very seriously and he lived his life around that. People back then took Cheyenne ceremonies very seriously and they walked their talk.

 
New Exhibit Showcases Importance Of Walking In Cree Culture

Snowshoes, toboggans, ceremonial clothing and even a snowmobile will be part of a new travelling exhibit celebrating the role of walking as a way of life and survival for the Crees of Quebec. Representatives of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) announced the upcoming exhibit during this week's Nishiiyuu Cultural Gathering in Nemaska.

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Preserving Traditions   A Poem
Experience Akwesasne Interactive Map Launched

The Akwesasne Tourism Working Group (ATWG) is pleased to announce the launch of our Experience Akwesasne Interactive Map, which is now accessible at www.experienceakwesasne.com — a digital tour featuring our community’s rich artistic, historical, and cultural heritage. Visitors can now use the map to plan their visit to Akwesasne and navigate local points of interest using their smartphones.
 
New Gord Downie Work Devoted To First Nations Boy Who Died Running Away From Residential School

A 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died from hunger and exposure after trying to find his way home from a residential school is the inspiration behind a new project from Gord Downie.

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"Hello, How are you?" is "Aquy Tôn kutaya?" in Mohegan. You can learn more about the Mohegan Language here. Mohegan Language Project
Nature's Beauty:
Eastern Whip-Poor-Will
(Antrostomus vociferus)
 
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Makiawisug, Or The Little People
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