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Tuesday, 13 November


NOT RECOMMENDED: DR. CARBLES IS LOSING HIS MARBLES by Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

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. 
Thanksgiving is coming up, sai...

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Monday, 12 November


Veterans Day Message from Navajo Nation Council Speaker Lorenzo Bates Native News Online

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...


Remembering the Service of Cherokee Code Talkers Native News Online

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...


Thanksgiving Tribe S.O.S. Walk and Rally Native News Online

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).


Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 10 AM


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.


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



Two Events Planned to Honor Native American Heritage Month in Ohio Native News Online

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, (
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,...


The Osage Nation Dedicated the First Monument Honoring the Military Contributions of Osage Veterans Native News Online

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.



At last! A writer incorporates a critical take on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE! The writer? Emma Donoghue. American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

That's a long title for a blog post, but that's what I want people to see right now.

In 2017, Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic) published Emma Donoghue's The Lotterys Plus One. Though I've not had time to turn my notes on that book into a blog post, it is one of the rare instances in which a non-Native writer does ok in their depictions of Native content. Here's the description of The Lotterys Plus One (I highlighted the word 'multicultural'):

Sumac Lottery is nine years old and the self-proclaimed "good girl" of her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. And what a family the Lotterys are: four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a menagerie of pets, all living and learning together in a sprawling house called Camelottery. Then one day, the news breaks that one of their grandfathers is suffering from dementia and will be coming to live with them. And not just any grandfather; the long dormant "Grumps," who fell out with his son so long ago that he hasn't been part of any of their lives. Suddenly, everything changes. Sumac has to give up her room to make the newcomer feel at home. She tries to be nice, but prickly Grumps's clearly disapproves of how the Lotterys live: whole grains, strange vegetables, rescue pets, a multicultural household... He's worse than just tough to get along with -- Grumps has got to go! But can Sumac help him find a home where he belongs?

See that "multicultural household" in the description? On the first page of the book, we get the details (I highlighted the word 'Mohawk'):
Once upon a time, a man from Delhi and a man from Yukon fell in love, and so did a woman from Jamaica and a Mohawk woman. The two couples became best friends and had a baby together. When they won the lottery, they gave up their jobs and found a big old house where their family could learn and grow... and grow some more.
The household, described by some as being hippy-like, is one where there's an awareness of societal ills, like racism. We see that Donoghue take a poke at Little House on the Prairie in the sequel The Lotterys More or Less (published in 2018).  On September 24, 2018,  Dr. Rob Bittner tweeted a photo from an advanced reader copy. The book has since been published. The passage he tweeted is on page 194:
She's trying to find that wonderful Christmas scene in Little House on the Prairie, but she keeps coming across racist remarks about savages, so she gi...

Sunday, 11 November


Crews Remove Christopher Columbus Statue from Los Angeles Grand Park Must See Video Native News Online

Christopher Columbus statue was removed from Grand Park in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Published November 11, 2018

Bronze statue placed in storage, Native American-led discussion to decide on replacement

LOS ANGELES  Dozens of Angelenos gathered Saturday morning to watch crews remove a bronze statue depicting Christopher Columbus, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Councilmember Mitch OFarrell, and the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission announced today.

The historic record is clear that Christopher Columbus did not discover America since he never reached the shores of North America and there were millions of Indigenous people already living here. The genocide of indigenous people during the colonization of the Americas lasted centuries. Today, statues of Christopher Columbus are regarded as signs of oppression. The statue that was removed today was located at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, next to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse off Hill Street, and close to the steps of the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration.

The statue of Christopher Columbus rewrites a stained chapter of history that romanticizes expansions of European empires and exploitations of natural resources and of human beings, said Supervisor Solis, who authored the motion at the County Board of Supervisors to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. We have all inherited this complex, difficult history. Minimizing or worse, ignoring the pain of Los Angeles original inhabitants is a disservice to the truth. The removal of the Columbus statue in Grand Park is an act of restorative justice that honors and embraces the resilient spirit of our Countys original inhabitants. With its removal, we begin a new chapter of our history where we learn from past mistakes so we are no longer doomed to repeat them.

                                                                       Video courtsey of Pamela J. Peters.

This is a natural next step in the progression to...


Tribal Councils Vote Threatens Free Press in Muscogee (Creek) Nation Native News Online

Guest Commentary

Published November 11, 2018

Editors Note: On Thursday evening, the National Council of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation revoked the tribes Free Press Act because it felt it was receiving negative press coverage. On Friday afternoon, Chief James Floyd approved the legislation. Muscogee Media Manager Sterling Cosper resigned after the vote. The following is a guest commentary written by Rebecca Landsberry, who serves on the Mvskoke Media Editorial Board:

The Mvskoke Media Editorial Board was established in 2015 with unanimous support from the Muscogee (Creek) National Council for Mvskoke Medias free press legislation, NCA 15-218.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the National Council voted 7-6 to repeal the tribes Free Press Act through the adoption of NCA18-180 during an emergency session.

The signing of this bill into law by Principal Chief James Floyd dismantles all free press protections in place at Mvskoke Media, including the dissolving of the Mvskoke Media Editorial Board, which has served as a buffer between government influence and independent news coverage of MCN for the last three years.



Navajo Election Board: Poor Communication Led to Ballot Shortage Native News Online

Chapter house ballot boxes sit idly in the corner of the meeting room for the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors on Friday. Navajo Times | Arlyssa Becenti

Published November 11, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  During Thursdays Board of Election Supervisors meeting supervisors went into executive session to discuss the reason chapter houses across the Navajo Nation ran short of ballots on Tuesday night.

We need to have a response to the shortage, said Sam Akeah, election supervisor for the Shiprock Agency.

Board Chairman Melvin Harris asked, just before the media and the supervisors who were candidates, including himself, were asked to leave for the executive session, how many chapters ran out of ballots and how many copies of those ballots were given to those chapters.

We have media here, so I think we should have an accurate number first, said Shirlee A. Bedonie, supervisor for Western Navajo Agency.

A news release sent out following the supervisors meeting stated there was confusion on the referendum question regarding salary adjustments for the president and vice president that led to spoiled ballots.

Some voters misread the questions in which the No vote did not allow a vote on the options for salary range increases, stated the release. Voters voting No and voting on the option caused a spoiled ballot so a second ballot had to be issued.

Another problem was poor communication at the more remote chapters, who apparently didnt get the memo that they could issue photocopied ballots once the originals ran out.
Lack and poor communication at remote sites caused delays in the instructions getting to all polling sites, it stated.

Polling sites were also instructed to get contact information for all voters who were in line at 7 p.m. but, again, this was not received as quickly in remote sites.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates arrived during the executive session but its unknown what he discussed with the supervisors. He did not comment after he left.

The Board of Election Supervisors responding to these issues have instructed the Election Administration to complete the vote count, stated the release.

The vote count includes hand-counting the ballots that could not be counted by the ballot machine, counting the absentee ballots received the day of the general election, and counting the challenged votes.

The release also said those who li...


Public Invited to Join in Observing Veterans Day with the Chickasaw Cultural Center Native News Online

Photo from 2013 Cultural Evening at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur. Photographer: Michael Kubilis

Published November 11, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla.    The month of November is Native American Heritage Montha time to gather together, give thanks and celebrate tradition and culture. November is also the month we set aside a special day to honor veterans.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, honors culture, heritage and veterans during the Veterans Day Celebration, open to the public at no charge Nov. 10-11.

Activities will include special stomp dances to honor military personnel, cultural demonstrations and interactive attractions in the living village, featuring stickball, archery and basket making.

Active military and veterans receive free admission into the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center and a special discount in the Aaimpa Caf and retail shops.

Visitors will be able to visit the Te Ata Exhibit, catch the films Lincoln at 10:30 a.m. and Pearl Harbor at 1 p.m. in the Anoli Theater and enjoy traditional Chickasaw or contemporary cuisine in the caf.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in recognition of Veterans Day.

For more information, call (580) 622-7130 or visit

The post Public Invited to Join in Observing Veterans Day with the Chickasaw Cultural Center appeared first on Native News Online.

The National Center Announces 2018 American Indian Business Scholarship Award Winners Native News Online

Ongweoweh Corporation President and CEO, Justin Bennet, Alisha Murphy with National Center President and CEO Chris James.

Published November 10, 2018

MESA, Ariz.  The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) recently announced five winners of its 2018 American Indian Business Scholarships. The scholarships recipients were honored at the 10th Anniversary 40 under 40 Celebration, which took place in conjunction with the latest Native Edge Institute (NEI) at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week.

Scholarship winners must be full-time collegiate juniors, seniors, or graduate students majoring in a business-related field. The applicants were evaluated based on grades, community involvement, personal challenges, business experience, and the quality of their personal essay. This year, awards totaled over $25,000. Scholarships are made possible through generous contributions from Lockheed Martin and the Ongweoweh Corporation.

This years scholarship winners are an incredibly impressive and talented group of emerging Native American business leaders, said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. We are proud to be able to support these students as they strive to reach their educational goals and look forward to their contributions to advancing economic development within Indian Country. Congratulations to these very deserving scholarship winners, and we extend our gratitude to Lockheed Martin and Ongweoweh Corporation for their continued support of Native American scholars.

The 2018 winners are:

Zachary Harris   Lockheed Martin Scholarship. Harris is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and is currently majoring in Business Management and Tribal Governance at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington. After graduation, Zachary hopes to either start his own business or work for a company that provides services to Native communities.


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