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Weekly Native News Update – February 17, 2017


Posted By PowWow Articles February 16th, 2017 Blog


8 Images from Bear River Massacre Memorial Ceremony

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A 154th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony was held January 29, 2017 to remember those lost in 1863.

More than 200 people of all ages attended a 154th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony to remember the Bear River Massacre and the 450 Northwestern Shoshone who were killed along the Bear River, near what is now Preston, Idaho, in perhaps the largest massacre in United States history.

Chief Bear Hunter’s band of Northern Shoshone spent the cold months in Utah Territory where they and other Shoshone bands gathered for winter games and the Warm Dance to urge the return of spring. Food was plentiful, the weather was mild, and children played along the river. There was plenty of wood for fire and natural hot springs—the people were content. Read More…

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St. Valentine and the Idea of True Love

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St. Valentine had it right by providing adults with marriage to fulfill practical needs as well as indulge their feelings of true love.

Indians used to get sucked up into early Valentines gee-gaws because of the association of bows with Indians, which is kind of odd because there really was a St. Valentine and he was not a cherub but a human.

A more sensible association would be lovers and chocolate leading to Indians because chocolate—despite what marketing has done for Switzerland and Belgium—originates with American Indians and still is grown where the Spanish discovered it.

The other customary gift, flowers, spans the entire world, although the species and the colors and the smells differ.Read More…

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Insurance Veteran Kenneth Black Promoted to AMERIND Risk Chief Operations Officer

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Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico – AMERIND Risk, the only Native-owned provider of insurance solutions, has named Kenneth Black, MBA, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), as its Chief Operations Officer reporting to Derek Valdo, Sr., CEO of AMERIND Risk.

“Kenneth is a valuable member of the AMERIND Risk Team. He has provided solid knowledge of risk and insurance while sharing his experience and mentoring our majority American Indian and Alaska Native staff.

AMERIND Risk was founded 30 years ago by more than 400 tribes who united and pooled their resources to create AMERIND Risk to keep money within Indian country. AMERIND Risk provides employee benefits, and property, liability, and workers compensation insurance for tribes, tribal governments, tribal businesses and individual property coverage.Read More…

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Native Humor and Love: A Fun List of Be My Native Valentine Tweets!

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An awesome Native Valentine’s Day hashtag and a Fun List of Be My Native Valentine Tweets by great Indian country Twitter accounts!

Today is Valentine’s Day! The day where some weird winged baby in a diaper goes around shooting arrows at people. (It’s kind of frightening when you think about it.) Considering many of you in Indian country were up late last night contributing to the Be My Native Valentine hashtag on Twitter, it is only fitting to highlight some of the best.

Thanks to Native Hashtags on Twitter for getting the Be My Native Valentine hashtag started.

Here are a great bunch of #BeMyNativeValentine tweets posted since yesterday.Read More…

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Northern Cree GRAMMY Performance: Drum Group Performs at 59th Awards Premiere

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Seven-time Grammy-nominated Native drum group Northern Cree GRAMMY performance included “Cree Cuttin'” and “Un Beso” at the 59th GRAMMY Awards.

To the delight of Indian Country, a Northern Cree GRAMMY performance was part of this year’s celebrations. The seven-time Grammy-nominated Native drum group Northern Cree and Carla Morrison performed  “Cree Cuttin'” and “Un Beso” at the 59th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.

In an interview with the Wetaskiwin Times, Steve Wood, the leader of the Alberta-based drum group stated why he was proud to be invited to the Grammys. Read More…

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Bird Song & Dance Festival at Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

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This past Saturday, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum presented “Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahxmuweh): Bird Song & Dance Festival” at Palm Springs High School in California. This free public event was hosted by Michael Mirelez (Desert Cahuilla) and celebrated traditional Native American bird singing and dancing.

Videographer Albert Chacon was at the event and captured some great energy from the bird singers and dancers.

Derek Duro w/Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Bird Singers are Up in 4K. Bird Singing 2017

I get goosebumps every time I hear these songs, so beautiful!. Read More..

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Pow Wow Calendar Update – February 7, 2017

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Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Plan your Pow Wow trips!

Upcoming Pow Wow

Tecumseh Lodge 2017 Mid-Winter Pow Wow
January 07 – January 07
1900 East Main St , Danville, IN – 46122

BAY AREA AMERICAN INDIAN TWO SPIRITS POW WOW
February 04 – February 04
2 Marina Boulevard, 
San Francisco, CA – 94115

THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS CONCERT AND POW
WOW
February 04 – February 18
155 First Avenue
, New York, NY – 10003

THE BOIS FORTE MIDWINTER POWWOW 2017
February 17 – February 19
5344 Lakeshore Drive , Nett Lake, MN – 55772

Need travel help? Check our travel page for discounts on hotels, rental cars and airfare

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Tuesday Teaching from Boys with Braids

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Boys with Braids is a movement across Turtle Island, dedicated to sharing the teachings of why boys, men and elders wear braids. A lot of young men sometimes feel ashamed to wear their hair long so it’s been very uplifting for other boys and men to share why they wear their hair long.

CBC Radio: Unreserved recently interviewed Cultural educator, Cecil Sveinson about his long hair and teachings from his elders.

Make sure you follow along with Boys with Braids on their social media channels:

https://www.facebook.com/boyswithbraidsteachings

https://twitter.com/boyswithbraids. Read More…

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Northern Cree to Perform at The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony!

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Big congratulations are in order for Northern Cree, who have now racked up seven Grammy nominations in their long and lustrous career. Their recent album It’s a Cree Thing is in the running for Best Regional Roots Music Album this year.

Not only are they nominated this year, but they also get to perform alongside some top talent at the pre-show. Read more below!

The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will take place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally via GRAMMY.com/live.

Preceding the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will be hosted by current GRAMMY nominee Margaret Cho and will feature performances by current nominees Judy Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Ziggy Marley, Carla Morrison, Northern Cree, O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor, and Third Coast Percussion. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam and current nominees Lauren Daigle, For King & Country, Sarah Jarosz, René Marie, Mýa, and Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco. Read More…

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On The Road – Mall of America

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The Mall of American is Bloomington, Minnesota has invited me to spend the weekend enjoying the shopping, attractions, and restaurants in the largest mall in the United States. This weekend they invited a few other bloggers and myself to take part in their MinNoCoata program.

No, MinNoCoata isn’t the Indian word for shopping mall! Their program is to bring people to the Mall of American in the middle of winter with No Coat – MinNoCoata. So this Southern guy is heading to the great white north! For the record, it was 75 degrees in my hometown today. According to Weather.com the current temperature in Bloomington is 11 degrees, but feels like -5!. Read More..

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#StopDisenrollment Movement

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#StopDisenrollment is a grassroots visual advocacy movement that was created by Indigenous peoples. It first went viral last February and has gained lots of support from celebrities and regular folks in the Native community.

The #stopdisenrollment project might have launched a year ago, but disenrollment is still a big topic in Indian Country. Just last month The New York Times wrote an article about the Nooksack Tribe, asking just who gets to decide who is a Native American?

So what are they doing this year for the project? Celebrated Indian author Sherman Alexie is helping to headline this year’s movement.Read More..

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NEW 5 PIECE CUT BEADED TULIP NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE SET – eBay Find of the Week

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NEW 5 PIECE HAND CRAFTED CUT BEADED TULIP DES NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE SET

LOW PRICE ON THIS NICE NEW MATCHING 5 PIECE HAND CRAFTED CUT BEADED TULIP FLOWER DESIGN NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE SET

This nice 5 piece Native American Indian tulip flower design dance set features a fully beaded rosette necklace, pair of beaded earstuds, and a pair of beaded hairties(need laces added). The pieces are beaded with small 3 cut beads. This set was made by L. Schrock Tribe:Choctaw. CLICK HERE TO BUY

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Weekly Native News Update – February 9, 2017

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Eat, Play & Get Lucky: Romantic Valentine’s Getaways at Native Resorts

Daft Punk might as well have been singing about a weekend casino getaway.

At Las Vegas-style destinations across Indian country, it’s easy to play all hours of the night. Though some resorts are arguably just as appreciated if not more for their fine dining, divine spa treatments, and luxurious rooms. Why not take advantage of the specials offered to love birds this time of year?

From secluded Casitas in Southern California to rooms “fit for the gods” in Santa Fe, these tribally owned resorts are perfect for couples craving an escape.Read More..

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Watch Northern Cree at the 2017 Grammy Awards

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Northern Cree was invited to perform at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. The 7 time Grammy nominated group performed on February 12, 2017 as part of the Grammy Pre-Show.

In case you missed it, Northern Cree were invited to perform at the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, which took place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Feb. 12 from [12:30]–3:30 p.m. While they did not take home a GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots Music Album, they put on one heck of a performance! They were joined onstage by fellow nominee Carla Morrison.

Below is the video from their performance.Read More…

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Two Great Vids Sharing Two-Spirit Pride

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This past weekend the 6th Annual Bay Area American Indians Two-Spirits (BAAITS) Powwow was held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, California. It was a great time to catch up with old friends, make new friends and celebrate the “spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people.”

Several media outlets and videographers were at the pow wow and frequent contributor Charlie Ballard was interviewed in one of the videos!

Another great video I saw was from Project 562’s Matika Wilbur. Read More..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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