Weekly Native American News Update – March 31, 2017


Posted By PowWow Articles March 31st, 2017 Blog


‘The Border Wall Would Destroy a Lot of Families’

‘The Border Wall Would Destroy a Lot of Families


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Protestors stood outside Arizona Senator John McCain’s Phoenix office on Thursday, March 23 with signs and flags to express their opposition against President Trump’s proposed border wall.

“We are here to ask Senator John McCain to officially oppose the border wall and reverse waivers that allow the government to build without environmental impact studies, without regard to American Indian Religious Freedom Act and NAGPRA,” said Gabriella Cazares-Kelly at the start of the protest.

Cazares-Kelly (Tohono O’odham) went on to say she wants Senator McCain to share how he plans to work with the Tohono O’odham to ensure that the 75 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border that runs through the Tohono O’odham Nation is not further militarized. Read More…


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Foxwoods, Largest Indian Gaming Resort in North America, Celebrates its Quarter Century

Foxwoods, Largest Indian Gaming Resort in North America, Celebrates its Quarter Century

When the now iconic Foxwoods Resort Casino came onto the scene in Southeastern Connecticut in 1992, outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, it was the only true resort-casino destination in the country. “We had players coming in from not only all over New England but all over the country and in some cases from all over the world,” said Rodney A. Butler, who has served as chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council since 2010.

But such success wasn’t always the case for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. “Going back to federal recognition in 1983, there were just a handful of houses on the reservation, and we were cutting trees for timber and tapping maple trees for syrup,” Butler said. Read More…

Native Voices Theater Company in Gripping Play: ‘Fairly Traceable’

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Mary Kathryn Nagle is ambitious, brilliant and talented. She proves it once again in her new play showcased by the Native Voices Theater Company in Los Angeles. Fairly Traceable, which opened March 10. It addresses the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita and the relationship crisis experienced by two Native law students.


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Native Voices at the Autry is the leading Native American theater company in the U.S. focusing on Native narratives, and is the only Equity theater company dedicated exclusively to developing stage productions by Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations playwrights. Read More…

8 Things You Should Know About Two Spirit People

8 Things You Should Know About Two Spirit People

When attempting to explain the concept of Two Spirit people in Indian country, many people may visualize images of Unicorns and Rainbows, Donna Summers and Seventies disco balls. Try to explain the concept of Two Spirit outside Indian country, and you may as well throw in war bonnets and glitter.

The term Two Spirit has been present in Native communities for countless generations that predate LGBTQ terminology. For generations, Two Spirit Native culture went underground to avoid detection and persecution.

Today the Two Spirit movement has been negatively affected by rumor, gossip, the tyranny of western religion, and an all-around lack of information.

Here are eight misconceptions and/or things you should know about Two Spirit people that may help foster a better understanding of the Two Spirit community.

Two Spirit is not a contemporary “new-age” movement. Read More

College Ball Hopeful: Brave Williams is 7-Foot-1, 400 Pounds with Size 21 Shoes

IRVING, NY - OCTOBER 2: Brave Williams gets his hair done by his mom at home on October 2, 2016 in Irving, New York. TOWERING over his teammates at 7ft 1in tall, 17-year-old Brave Williams is hoping his height can help propel him to sporting stardom. The 400lb man mountain, a senior at Lake Shore High School in Angola, New York, is already a highly-regarded member of his high school basketball and American football teams. Brave’s growth spurt started early - he was 5ft 3in tall by age five and had reached 6ft 5in by his tenth birthday. Praised by friends and family as a gentle giant, the gigantic teen now lives on the Cattaraugus Reservation in the Seneca Nation of Indians and is looking to catch the eye of scouts and win an athletic scholarship. PHOTOGRAPH BY Ruaridh Connellan / Barcroft ImagesAt 7’1” tall and 400 pounds with size 21 shoes, Brave Williams (Seneca) says he wants to play college basketball or possibly football. Considering he’s a high school senior who already squats 1,000 pounds and easily bench-presses 200 pounds 20 times, his aspiration to make it to the NCAA and even the NBA, where his idols Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal played, aren’t unrealistic.

As a Lake Shore high school student in Angola, New York that played center on his high school football team, Brave Williams says he has offers from colleges for both basketball and football, but has yet to commit to any program. Read More…

Young Lakota Entrepreneurs Create Sweet Business Idea – 1400 lbs of Honey Sold!

Young Lakota Entrepreneurs Create Sweet Business Idea – 1400 lbs of Honey Sold!

The Honey Lodge Youth Enterprise is what happens when brilliant minds come together and think outside the box!

The Native American Advocacy Program (NAAP), a non-profit organization that serves Rosebud Indian Reservation, was facing a lack of funding for their youth programs and also dealing with an unemployment crisis.

When looking for ideas for fundraising, they thought to create a sustainable business, not just a one off raffle or bake sale.

“An important aspect of the Native American Advocacy Program's (NAAP) mission is to teach and equip Lakota young people to survive and thrive in today's world by strengthening their connection to their own culture. The Honey Lodge enterprise (keeping bees, and collecting and selling honey), supports that overall mission by teaching independence, initiative, and good work ethic to accomplish goals.” Read More…

Oglala Lakota College and Honda Team Up On Lakota Star Knowledge Project

Oglala Lakota College and Honda Team Up On Lakota Star Knowledge Project

TORRANCE, Calif., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — To address the issue of low science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) proficiency on the reservation and increase exposure to STEM opportunities, Oglala Lakota College and the American Honda Foundation have partnered on the Lakota Star Knowledge Project. The program provides STEM curriculum, research, and outreach to kindergarten through twelfth-grade Native American youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A new Honda Community Partners Spotlight video about the program can be seen at Honda.us/LakotaStarKnowledge.

The Lakota Star Knowledge Project was designed to increase students' STEM knowledge while helping to preserve their native history and culture. With an emphasis on astronomy, the program uses a portable Starlab planetarium to make STEM more relatable and accessible to youth. Read More…

Amazing 360 View of Inuit Mussel Harvest Under the Ice

Amazing 360 View of Inuit Mussel Harvest Under the Ice

Would you risk going under the ice?

The New York Times recently posted an article about the adventures of harvesting mussels under the ice, something the Inuit in the village of Kangiqsujuaq know quite a bit about.

But in the coldest months, when the ice is thickest, some venture beneath the ice to gather mussels. Every two weeks the pull of the moon combines with the geography of this region to create unusually large tides. The water falls as much as 55 feet in some places, emptying the bay under the ice along the shore for an hour or more. That’s when some Inuit climb aboard their snowmobiles and head out onto the bay. Read More…

Beaded 15 Piece Women’s Dance Set – eBay Find of the Week

Beaded 15 Piece Women’s Dance Set – eBay Find of the Week

BEAUTIFUL HAND CRAFTED 15 PIECE CUT BEADED GEOMETRIC DESIGN NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE SET

This nice handmade 15 piece cut beaded Native American Indian geometric design dance set features a pair of beaded buckskin moccasins and leggings, large cut beaded rosette necklace, tall cut beaded crown with a cut beaded rosette in the back, two cut beaded barrettes, cut beaded drag piece, glass beaded 3 strand choker, a large cut beaded buckskin purse, a 3 piece buckskin cut beaded hang down set, a glass beaded 4 strand bandolier, and a pair of cut beaded hairties. The pieces are beaded with small size 13 cut, 3 cut, and round beads and have cylinder beaded accents. The pieces have glass fire polished beads, silver beads, imitation and bovine bone hairpipe, tin extensions, sea shells, and rigtop cowrie shells. This set was made by V. Plumley: Tribe: Kaw.

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Stage 49 Line Up – 2017 Gathering of Nations

Stage 49 Line Up – 2017 Gathering of Nations

Stage 49 at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow features the top Native American artists. You can see a variety of acts including music, fashion, dancing, comedy and more.

Acoma Rain Dancers – Amadeo Wauneka – Aunty Beatress – Beulah Sunrise – Blackkiss – Cale Crowe – Cellicion Zuni Dancers – Darren Thompson – DDAT – Diamond Creek Crown Dancers – Ethnic De Generation – Ernest David Tsosie – Grupo Saraguro – Innastate – In Tlanextli Tlacopan Aztec Dancers – Jamie Coon – Jaye Begaye & Bee'chana'nasin Dancers – Leela Gilday – Levi Platero – Nahko and Medicine for the People – Native Roots – Project Logic featuring Vernon Reid and Special Guests – Quese IMC X DJ Shock B – Randy Granger – Tha ‘Yoties – The GroovaLottos – Skye Sprits Flute and Dance Performers – Stateline – Sunburnt Stone – Suspended – The Red and Blues – Tonia Jo Hall – Twindian Designs – Under Exile – Xiuh Arte Traditional Aztec Dancers. Read More…

Denver March Powwow 2017 or Bust !!!!

Denver March Powwow 2017 or Bust !!!!

Its powwow time and starting off this season is one of the biggest powwows in the Indian Country – Denver March Powwow 2017!

The Denver March Powwow is run by the Denver Indian Center, “it started off as a youth enrichment powwow and has continued as that”, says Ken LaDeaux of the DMPW committee. “The Denver March Powwow has also been featured as a premier exhibit at the NMAI (National Museum of American Indian) in Washington D.C.”.

The DMPW is held annually at the Denver Coliseum, which is the near the I-25 and I-70 interchange, as we came off the ramp and it made my heart feel good seeing their powwow sign! Read More…

Updates from 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Updates from 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

PowWows.com will bring you updates throughout the weekend on our website and our Facebook Page.

Denver March Pow Wow is generally considered to be the beginning of the powwow season. And it will launch the excitement for powwow dancers, singers, and spectators. Denver March Powwow is the third largest powwow in the world with over 1,000 tribal dancers from 95 tribes from 33 states and 6 Canadian provinces. Over 35 drum groups attend with a record of 73 drum groups in the past. In addition, over 14,000 guests attend per day. Read More…

Tocabe – Native American Eats at Denver March Pow Wow

Tocabe – Native American Eats at Denver March Pow Wow

Tocabe (an Osage word for “blue”) will feed dancers, singers and visitors at the Denver March Powwow, serving Indian tacos and fry bread.

Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery is a local restaurant in Denver with two locations. Matthew Chandra and Ben Jacobs, college pals, founded Tocabe in 2008 and based their recipes on Jacobs’ Osage tribal roots and traditional Native cuisine. Starting with 8 employees, Tocabe now has 21 employees.

Matt and Ben state that it is important for them to support and help sustain Native businesses. They source their products from Native businesses and local sources.

Employees are approximately 70% Native. Matt and Ben hire Native people who may not necessarily have restaurant experience and then train them. Read More…

Leo “Chico” Her Many Horses – Arena Director at Denver March Pow Wow

Leo “Chico” Her Many Horses – Arena Director at Denver March Pow Wow

The Denver March selected Leo “Chico” Her Many Horses as their Arena Director. Chico, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, grew up in Pine Ridge and Rosebud, SD. His name Toka Ka Kiyuch’pe translates loosely to “His Enemies are Jealous”.

Chico currently lives in Ethete, WY with his wife, Julie and sons Dawson, Taylor, Kyle, Samuel, Caleb and Keegan.

Chico has been competitively dancing since 1968: fancy dancing for 22 years, grass dancing for 8 years, and currently Men’s Northern Traditional.

At Denver March this year, Chico sponsored dance special: Men’s All Around – Men’s Fancy. Read More…

Pow Wow Princesses at Denver March Pow Wow

Pow Wow Princesses at Denver March Pow Wow

Denver March Pow Wow kicks off the Pow Wow season each year. The event attracts dancers, singers, and spectators from across North America.

Dozens of Pow Wow Princesses show up to Denver March to start the new season representing their various titles.

Take a look at some of these young ladies with their crowns at the 2017 Denver March Pow Wow. Read More…

Denver March 2016-2017 Princess – Keya Clairmont

Denver March 2016-2017 Princess – Keya Clairmont

Keya Clairmont is a Denver native and has proudly served as the Denver March Powwow Princess, traveling across the United States and Canada representing her family, community and the Denver March.

Keya’s Lakota name is “Ta Oyate Iyucupi Waciyan Win” – Makes People Happy Through Her Dancing. She is proof that this is her name.

Keya described her worst experience during her reign was like one of those bad dreams when you are trying to run somewhere down a long hallway and the hallway just gets longer and longer. It didn’t happen often but when she was late and rushing around: no safety pins for the sash, crown on crooked, etc. Keya said, “It’s all about presentation. Be prepared.” Read More…

Osage Nations Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Osage Nations Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

As reported in the Osage Nation News this week, members of the tribe voted in a special election to recognize gay marriage by law.

In complete, but unofficial results, Osages approved the same-sex marriage question with 52.38 percent voting in favor of amending the definition of marriage to recognize “a personal relation between two persons.”

Voters also passed a Constitutional amendment question with an 82.18 percent “yes” vote. This amendment changes the constitution to add: “the annual budget of the Osage Nation shall be governed by the principles of transparency and accountability, and the budgetary process encompassing those principles shall be set forth in Osage law.” Read More

Lead Cast Finalized for WGN America’s ‘Scalped’

Lead Cast Finalized for WGN America’s ‘Scalped’

Slowly but surely the cast and crew is coming together for WGN America's long anticipated series Scalped. Just recently announced for the lead cast are Gil Birmingham (Comanche), Irene Bedard (Inupiaq/Yupik/Cree/), and Chaske Spencer (Lakota). Before their addition to cast we had heard last month that Alex Meraz (Purepecha/Lakota) and Lily Gladstone (Kainai/Amskapi Piikani/Nimi'ipuu) had signed on. And one of the best Native filmmakers out there today, Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) is on board as a producer. That'a quite the lineup, so I have high hopes for this series.

And in case you're not familiar with the comics here's a quick synopsis of the story. Read More…

 

 

 

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