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Thursday, 15 November

05:35

Deb Haaland, One of Nations First Native Congresswomen, Calls for Probe of Missing Indigenous Women | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Deb Haaland, One of Nations First Native Congresswomen, Calls for Probe of Missing Indigenous Women | Democracy Now!: Two Native American women have made history in the midterms, becoming the nations first Native congresswomen. Democrat Sharice Davids won the 3rd Congressional District in Kansas, unseating Republican Kevin Yoder. In New Mexico, Democrat Deb Haaland won in the 1st Congressional District, defeating Republican Janice Arnold-Jones. They will join more than 100 women in the U.S. House of Representativesanother historic first. We speak to Deb Haaland about her plans for Congress, the crisis of missing and murdered Native American women around the country, and whether shell attempt to impeach Donald Trump.

05:14

Ramzy Baroud // In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports Death Penalty against Palestinians | Opinion | teleSUR English Aboriginal News Group Newswire

In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports Death Penalty against Palestinians | Opinion | teleSUR English: Netanyahus decision was made on November 4, but the wrangling over the issue has been taking place for some time.

The Death Penalty bill has been the crying rally for the Israel Beiteinu party, led by ultra-nationalist Israeli politician and current Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman during its 2015 election campaign.

But when Lieberman attempted to push the bill in the Israeli Knesset (parliament) soon after the forming of the current coalition government in July 2015, the draft was resoundingly defeated by 94 to 6 with Netanyahu himself opposing it.

04:05

LGBTQ Migrants Arrive in Mexico's Tijuana, Hit With Bigotry | News | teleSUR English Aboriginal News Group Newswire

LGBTQ Migrants Arrive in Mexico's Tijuana, Hit With Bigotry | News | teleSUR English: The 77 people from the LGBTQI community in Central America arrived on Sunday to their Airbnb in the wealthy Coronado neighborhood only to be confronted by neighbors who yelled at the groups spokesperson, Cesar Mejia: you (all) arent welcome here. Please go somewhere else.

04:01

Advocates: Trump Creating Border Crisis by Pitting Troops Against Women Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Advocates: Trump Creating Border Crisis by Pitting Troops Against Women: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling to McAllen, Texas, today to visit some of the thousands of troops deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border by President Donald Trump. Nearly 6,000 active-duty troops are currently stationed in Texas, California and Arizona, following Trumps escalating attacks against the Central American caravan heading toward the border. Trump has warned that that number could swell to 15,000more than the U.S. forces in Afghanistan and almost triple the number of troops in Iraq. According to some reports, the border deployments could cost $220 million, despite the fact the Pentagon does not see the caravan as a risk. Mattiss visit comes just days after the Trump administration announced new immigration rules to deny asylum to anyone who enters the country outside of a port of entry, a move the American Civil Liberties Union has called illegal.

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Wednesday, 14 November

16:01

Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People to Debut Short Documentary at Tribal Film Festival Native News Online

Published November 14, 2018

Special screening held in Hollywood on Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.  Cherokee Nations Emmy award-winning documentary series, Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People, has been named a finalist in the Short Documentary category at the 2018 LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL.

The short documentary, titled Harry Oosahwee, Speaking Through Art, features Cherokee Nation citizen and soapstone artist Harry Oosahwee. The film will be screened on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with executive producer and host Jennifer Loren.

Winners of the Short Documentary category will be announced at the Celebrate Natives in Film, TV, and New Media Awards ceremony later that night.

We are honored and humbled to be selected for this festival among so many of our talented peers, Loren said. We take our work seriously and are so proud the Cherokee people trust us to share their stories through film. The exposure from this festival will further bolster our mission of sharing authentic Cherokee stories with the world. Like many of our subjects, Harry Oosahwees deep connection to Cherokee culture has played a vital role in his art. His compelling story demonstrates the role language has played in his art as well as the challenges that our people have faced through the loss of our language and the ways we have worked to overcome this loss.

Oosahwees story was produced by Jennifer Loren (Cherokee) and directed by Sterlin Harjo (Muscogee Creek/Seminole), one of the co-creators of Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. It was edited by Harjo and Blake Brown (Chickasaw) of FireThief Productions.

OsiyoTV continues to evolve and create informative and entertaining stories that tell the important stories of Cherokee history, culture and people, said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. We are proud to share this narrative. Participating in a unique LA film festival designed for Native filmmakers only reinforces our commitment to short and long form filmmaking from a distinctly Cherokee point of view.

The prestigious LA SKINS FEST ranks among the countrys best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics.

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16:00

UMass Amherst Team Works with Alaska Native Villages for Suicide Prevention Native News Online

Participants in the PC-CARES training with Lisa Wexler (front row, second from left).

Published November 14, 2018

AMHERST, Mass.    As the nights grow longer and winter settles in across the north, a team of health researchers is using a community mobilization approach to translate research into practice for an Alaska Native youth suicide prevention program in 15 remote Alaska towns.

The intervention, Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) was developed by Lisa Wexler and Cris Smith at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues from Northwest Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Wexler and colleagues pilot-tested the program in 10 far-flung Native Alaskacommunities over the past year. They recently received a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes ofMental Health to expand the project, re-envisioning it to adapt to a new region, as she explains.

Wexler says that rural Alaska Native suicide rates are up to 18 times higher for young people when compared to all American youth, 124 vs. 6.9 per 100,000, and the health disparity of youth suicide continues to plague rural indigenous communities in Alaska. The current system of care with a focus on mental health is not effective, she adds, 79 percent of suicide decedents and 62 percent of attempters received no mental health care.

PC CARES seeks to respectfully provide Native communities with a practical method for translating scientific research into culturally relevant ways to reduce suicide risk factors and increase safety, help-seeking and support, she points out.

Wexler, associate professor of community health education at UMass Amhersts School of Public Health and Health Sciences, adds, So much suicide prevention focuses on mental health services, but in an area where there are no roads and a mental health professional may visit only one or two days a month, putting more effort into that kind of resource is not really helpful to the community. PC CARES offers a way of translating research into community practice on their terms, so they are better equipped to use research in ways that are helpful in their communities.

For example, Wexler says, studies show that suicide deaths can be reduced by making it a little harder, adding even just 10 minutes, to delay access to lethal, dangerous...

16:00

Navajo Technical University Recognized as One of the Best colleges in New Mexico Native News Online

Published November 14, 2018

CROWNPOINT, N.M.  Navajo Technical University was recognized as one of the Best Colleges in New Mexico in 2018 according to BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education research and college planning resources. The ranking highlights accredited, not-for-profit institutions who have developed affordable, accessible, and quality academic programs for students seeking to advance their knowledge, skills, and career in their respective fields of study. NTU was third in the ranking behind Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.

BestColleges.coms ranking uses a methodology grounded in statistical data compiled from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The aim is to objectively assess relative quality based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.

 The Best Colleges in New Mexico ranking serves to recognize higher education institutions in the state that offer students affordable and meaningful learning opportunities, says Stephanie Snider, Director at BestColleges.com. Earning a position on this ranking demonstrates that Navajo Technical University stands out as one of the best colleges in New Mexico and is committed to providing learning experiences that value successful student outcomes.

NTU has received numerous achievements over the past year to help further its national prestige. In May, NTUs veterinary technician program received accreditation through the American Veterinary Medical Association, and in October NTUs industrial engineering and electrical engineering programs received ABET accreditation. The university has also been building its degree offerings over the past year, and now offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Science in biology.

To view the full rankings by BestColleges.com, visit: https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-colleges-in-new-mexico/

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16:00

How to Compare Auto Insurance Quotes? Native News Online

Published November 14, 2018

As like buying the car, buying the auto insurance remains important. The auto insurance mandates the protection of the vehicle at any cost under various circumstances. As a car owner, you want to protect your car to the point regardless of your situation right? If that is the case with you, then you need to buy the auto insurance. There are many different auto insurance policies available to choose from. Among that, you need to choose the auto insurance policy that offers the full coverage to your car. The type of the auto insurance will determine what kind of coverage it offers.

Types of Auto Insurance Coverage

Ahead comparing the auto insurance quotes, you need to know about the types of coverage provided by the auto insurance policies. The following are the two types of auto insurance coverage that you should consider when choosing the auto insurance plan for you.

Comprehensive Coverage

This coverage will pay you for the damage from anything other than the collision. The damages covered include but not limited to fire, deer, vandalism, theft, glass damage, storm damage and more. Some deductible will be applied in this coverage.

Collision Coverage

This coverage will give you the compensation when you damage your vehicle with another either it is another vehicle or mailbox or a tree or something else like that. You can get compensation amount minus your deductibles in this coverage.

Besides the above mentioned coverage, the auto insurance will provide a lot of other coverage, which includes roadside assistance coverage, rental insurance coverage, gap insurance coverage, minor violation forgiveness, OEM endorsement, accident forgiveness, custom equipment and more. All you have to do is to visit the right American insurance company to get the right auto insurance coverage for your car.

Why Auto Insurance Rates Should be Compared?

The comparison of the auto insurance rates will help an individual to fully understand the rates and suitable policies. There are auto insurance websites that allow people to compare the auto...

16:00

StrongHearts Native Helpline Announces Move to the MinneapolisSaint Paul Metro Region Native News Online

Published November 14, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas The StrongHearts Native Helpline, a partnered project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Indigenous Womens Resource Center, is moving from Austin, Texas, to its permanent home in Eagan, Minnesota, a city in the MinneapolisSaint Paul metro area where its national headquarters will be based. The move will take place in the winter of 2018. More details will be announced as the move date draws closer.

We are proud to call Minnesota as StrongHearts new home because of its rich Native history, Native population, and its status as a hub for Native-led organizations, said StrongHearts Assistant Director Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians). Organizations in Minnesota are also known for being very proactive and progressive in the work that is being done around domestic violence, which goes hand-in-hand with basing our operations in a supportive environment with a built-in network that fits StrongHearts mission and goals.

Created in March 2017, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) is the first national helpline created specifically to support Native Americans impacted by domestic violence and dating violence. With support from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, StrongHearts remains a collaborative project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Indigenous Womens Resource Center.

 

The post StrongHearts Native Helpline Announces Move to the MinneapolisSaint Paul Metro Region appeared first on Native News Online.

15:20

Murder Suicide Leaves Four Dead, One Wounded, on Navajo Nation Native News Online

Tsayatoh  Chapter on Navajo Nation

Breaking News

Published November 13, 2018

TSAYATOH CHAPTER NAVAJO Nation  The FBI announced in a statement late Tuesday, an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday morning has left four people dead and another person wounded in the Tsayatoh Chapter on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico, near the Arizona border.

According to Frank Fisher, a public affairs specialist with the FBIs Albuquerque office, the tragic incident took place inside a home and is believed to have been in act of domestic violence.

Four unidentified adults were killed as a result. An additional adult female was also injured and taken to an area hospital where she was being treated for gunshot wounds.

President Russell Begaye extends his condolences to the families involved in a fatal shooting that took place early this morning in Tseyatoh, N.M.

Our lives are sacred and valuable. If you or your loved ones are struggling with issues, know that help is always available. Please seek help, President Begaye said. Remember that there is strength in prayer. Talk to trusted family members, counselors or traditional medicine people.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye calls upon the Navajo Nation in this time of tragedy to hold the victims families in prayer.

The incident is currently under investigation by the FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.

For anyone affected or traumatized by the Tseyatoh shooting, the Office of the President and Vice President asks that you seek counseling services.

Counseling services and resources are listed below:

NN Dispatch Services/Crisis Response Team on Navajo Nation: (928) 871-6111
NN Behavioral & Mental Health Services (928) 729-4012
Ft. Defiance Indian Health Services (928) 729-8500
Gallup Indian Medical Center (505) 722-1000
Chinle Counseling Services (928) 674-7377
Crownpoint New Horizon (505) 786-6232
Dzith-Na-O-Dith-Le Counseling (505) 368-8001
Four Corners Regional Health Services (928) 856-5000
Inscription House Clinic (928) 672-3000
Kayenta Health Center (928) 697-4000
Pinon Health Center (928) 725-9500
Shiprock Medical Center (505) 369-6001
Tohatchi Medical Center (505) 733-8100
Tsaile Medical Center ...

08:06

NOT RECOMMENDED: The Oregon Trail - The Race to Chimney Rock American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

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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06:56

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Business Meeting & Legislative Hearing On Three Bills Native News Online

Published November 13, 2018

WASHINGTON   On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. 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:

...

05:02

Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member - Scrates Vsquez Garca Cultural Survival

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Tuesday, 13 November

16:01

Native American Journalists Association Condemns Repeal of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Free Press Act Native News Online

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...

16:01

Grayeyes Dismisses Suit against State, County Officials Native News Online

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....

16:00

WOVEN PATH | Solo exhibition by Ishi Glinsky Native News Online

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...

16:00

Ho-Chunk Nations Beloit Casino Moves Forward in Federal Approval Process Native News Online

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.

16:00

Cheyenne River Youth Project Will Host Thanks for Kids Celebration for the Community on Monday, Nov. 19 at Cokata Wiconi. Native News Online

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...

06:35

Teaching Thanksgiving Panel LIVESTREAM at 4 p.m. EST Today Native News Online

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...

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