Weekly Native American News Update – March 23, 2017

Posted By PowWow Articles March 24th, 2017 Last Updated on: March 24th, 2017

World Water Day: Standing With Water Protectors Everywhere

World Water Day Standing With Water Protectors Everywhere

March 22 is World Water Day, started by the United Nations in 1993, and this year’s theme is wastewater, there’s no escaping the fact that we all contain it.—as in, the futility of wasting it. Though there are many words for water.

“Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused—polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials,” the U.N. says on the World Water Day website. “Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it. In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation.”

By recognizing wastewater as the valuable resource that it is, “we will make the water cycle work better for every living thing,” the U.N. says. “And we will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse.” Read More…

One World, Many Voices: Pictorial History of Canyon Records

One World, Many Voices Pictorial History of Canyon Records

Setting your travel radar for Arizona in the next few months could serve you well as the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix is inviting the public to its premiere exhibit, One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records. The exhibit is a comprehensive photographic, musical, and historical exhibit of Canyon Records, one of the world’s most notable Native American record companies.

Founded in 1951, Canyon Records is one of the oldest independent record labels for Native American music. It is also one of the oldest cultural institutions in Arizona. It was a recent recipient of the first Governor’s Arts Awards for Small Business and received worldwide acclaim for one of its artists in February 2017 when Northern Cree’s performance on the GRAMMY’s © went viral.

One World, Many Voices  features over 40 photographic images of artists, including R. Carlos Nakai, Tony Duncan, Radmilla Cody and others, photographed by Canyon Records president and owner, Robert Doyle.Read More…

New Facilities and Polar Bears at Iḷisaġvik College

New Facilities and Polar Bears at Iḷisaġvik College

You know Iḷisaġvik College President Pearl Kiyawn Brower, Iñupiat, has her work cut out for her when the first thing you see on the college’s website is a polar bear warning—the animals, which can stand 10 feet tall on their hind legs and weigh 1,000 pounds, have been sighted near the college; caution is advised.

But that’s only one of the challenges of running a two-year tribal college on the North Slope. A desperately-needed new campus is in the works, which Brower hopes will be completed within the next five years. “Our facilities were built in the 1950s as a naval arctic research laboratory. When the Navy departed in the early 70s, this whole complex went to our local village corporation who now rents it to the college, but the buildings were never intended for education,” she said. Iḷisaġvik College offers post-secondary academic, vocational and technical education while perpetuating and strengthening Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. Read More…

Native Sun News Today: Community development project continues on Pine Ridge Reservation

Native Sun News Today Community development project continues on Pine Ridge Reservation

PORCUPINE –– Gathered on the first floor of what will soon be a finished home in Thunder Valley CDC's Regenerative Community Development, local community members looked around and imagined what the home will look like when surrounded by parks, stores and other buildings.

“It’s a great that it is centrally located and that there is easy access to this community,” says Alice Phelps, principal of the Wounded Knee District School. “I drive past all the time, but I’m always on my way somewhere else so I am glad I stopped in to see what is happening here.”

Alice stopped in to attend our very first Open House event, a designated time for community members to take a tour of our facilities, ask questions, and share their ideas for the Regenerative Community Development. Since TVCDC is an active construction site, the Open House events allow people a chance to see the progress firsthand without disrupting workers. Attendees are able to tour the homes that are for sale, look at floor plans and hear about what all will be included in the community once it is fully constructed. Additionally, families curious about owning a homes can see what options are available to them.Read More…

Making Pow Wow Regalia Raw Materials into Modern Traditional Art

Making Pow Wow Regalia Raw Materials into Modern Traditional Art

Pow wows contain multiple elements of beauty, from colorful beadwork and fringe to the sounds of jingle dress cones, and Mississippi Choctaw and Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson is using pow wow regalia raw materials that make dance regalia at a new Gibson’s Oklahoma City exhibition, titled Speak to Me, which is on display at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center through June 11, 2017.

The collection, which covers a three-year period of mixed media and sculptures by Gibson, blends ceramics, carved wood, shawl fringe, rolled snuff can lids, tin cones, crow beads and more.

“One of the elements in my work is really about transformation,” Gibson says. “The garment that you wear transforms you. The shape of something that transforms–I think I’ve always been impressed and inspired by it.”Read More…

Lummi Nation Stands Up to Coal – “Not for Any Price”

Lummi Nation Stands Up to Coal – “Not for Any Price”

In case you're not familiar with the issue, this documentary does a great job of catching you up. SSA Marine was eyeing Cherry Point, Washington as a new sight for the largest coal terminal in North America. This was right near the Lummi Nation and they argued that this coal port would disrupt their treaty fishing rights. Read More…

Original Stan Natchez Oil Painting On Dollar Bills – eBay Find of the Week

Original Stan Natchez Oil Painting On Dollar Bills – eBay Find of the Week

Original Stan Natchez Hand Beaded Oil Painting Mixed Media Horse w Dollar Bills

AWESOME COLORS!! This auction is for a super original oil painting. Please see all the photos for condition and quality. The artist is Stan Natchez, born in Los Angeles and is from the Shoshone – Tataviam Nation. His work is universal and very well received in the US and abroad. He is known for his innovative and creative paintings. Inspired by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and other pop aritst he came into his own with the mixed media paintings which include the US currency and the beading on the canvas. He says the dollar bills are layered on the canvas as a modern-day buffalo hide. His works are so very colorful….as shown in this painting up for auction.

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Indigenous Chefs Forage for Flavor

Indigenous Chefs Forage for Flavor

AJ+ once again comes out with a spectacular video focusing on Native American issues.

In this short clip, Sean Sherman, aka Sioux Chef, talks about how important it is to save Indigenous cuisine.

AJ+ is a global news community for the connected generation. We highlight human struggles and achievements, empower impassioned voices and challenge the status quo. We bring you the stories that are shaping our world. Do you ever laugh, cry, get angry or inspired? You’ll fit right in.Read More…

Native Athletes to Watch in March Madness & Post Season Games!

Native Athletes to Watch in March Madness & Post Season Games!

It's one of the most wonderful times of the year for college basketball fanatics. March Madness is here and folks are gearing up for some phenomenal games. And since basketball is such a popular sport on the rez, you know a bunch of us Native fans will be watching. There will even be some Native athletes on the court too!

NDNSports.com has a break down of players to root for as you watch the NCAA basketball tournament.

2017 NCAA Men's Tournament:

Bronson Koenig (Ho-Chunk Nation) Senior guard for the University of Wisconsin Badgers Derek Willis (Arapaho/Pawnee/Creek Tribes) Senior forward for the University of Kentucky Wildcats
Lindy Waters, III (Kiowa/Cherokee) – Freshman forward for the Oklahoma State Cowboys Chance Comanche (Choctaw/Comanche) Sophomore forward for the University of Arizona Wildcats Read More…

#2017GON – Gathering of Nations Social Media Gallery

#2017GON – Gathering of Nations Social Media Gallery

2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
April 28-29, 2017
Albuquerque, New Mexico

North America's Biggest Pow Wow is just a few weeks away!

If you can't make it be sure to stay tuned to PowWows.com for the latest updates from the Pow Wow.

Watch it live!

Hundreds of people will be posting on social media leading up to, during, and after the Pow Wow. We have a gallery that will pull all the images together in one place!

Gathering of Nations Social Media Gallery

To have your post included on the gallery please do the following:

Facebook – Tag the Gathering of Nations FB Page and use the hashtag – #2017GON
Twitter – Use the hashtag – #2017GON
Instagram – Use the hasthtag – #2017GON Read More…

Practice Makes Perfect! Studio Session with Hoop Dancer James Jones

Practice Makes Perfect! Studio Session with Hoop Dancer James Jones

Hoop Dancer James Jones is constantly touring with A Tribe Called Red, but he's also putting in work when not on the road.

Check out this practice session with a little DJ Shub playing in the background!

And you can't help but smile watching this one.

Follow him on Instagram if you're not already!

And if you want to book him for your next event, check out http://www.jonesdancer.com/.

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Unreserved’s Tuesday Teaching – Women’s Traditional Skirts

Unreserved’s Tuesday Teaching – Women’s Traditional Skirts

CBC Radio's Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild is back with another Tuesday Teaching video.

In this video they talk about the skirt, where it comes from and the connection to Mother Earth. Read More…

Weekly Native American News – March 17, 2017

Weekly Native American News – March 17, 2017

SCIA Staff Director Anthony Walters to Lead National American Indian Housing Council

The staff director and chief counsel to Senator Jon Tester for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) has been appointed to lead the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC). The NAIHC supports Native communities in their self-determined goals to provide culturally relevant and quality, affordable housing for their people.

Anthony (Tony) Walters, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will begin his new role as NAIHC executive director on April 3, 2017.After four years with the SCIA, Walters brings with him a strong background in advocacy and Indian law and policy, including the development of legislative strategies. From Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Walters earned his Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Juris Doctor from the Oklahoma University College of Law. Read More…

Native American Pow Wow Lesson Plan

Native American Pow Wow Lesson Plan

Every weekend somewhere in North American, Native Americans are gathering for a Pow Wow.

It’s not very often that students get a chance to see Native American culture up close and personal. Yes, we have the history books and the museums – yet rarely do we get an opportunity to learn and explore the celebration, life, and history of Native American culture live.

Bring Native American culture and history to life through our Pow Wow lesson plans.

Watching a Pow Wow allows you to experience an authentic piece of Native American culture. Most Pow Wows are held on weekends making it difficult for schools to visit. PowWows.com's archive of streams allows you to watch online anytime. Read More…

How to Use the Dawes Rolls to Trace Your Indian Ancestry

How to Use the Dawes Rolls to Trace Your Indian Ancestry

As you’ve likely figured out by now, tracing your Indian heritage requires a lot of work. You may end up having to do a lot more work than you had initially anticipated.

When tracing your Native American genealogy, there are a lot of resources available to you that you may have not even thought of. One such resource is the Dawes Rolls, also known as the “Final Rolls.”

What are the Dawes Rolls?

In 1893, the Dawes Commission was established by the U.S. Congress for the purpose of trading land in the southeastern United States for land allotments in Oklahoma. Read More….

Ho-Chunk’s Bronson Koenig Backbone of Wisconsin’s Advancement in NCAA Tournament

Ho-Chunk’s Bronson Koenig Backbone of Wisconsin’s Advancement in NCAA Tournament

In his last trip to the Big Dance, Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig has not only the State of Wisconsin or an entire Big 10 campus cheering him on in this year's NCAA Tournament, but Indian Country as well.

With Wisconsin seeded in their bracket at No. 8 in the NCAA Tournament, they faced a tough road to the Final Four in facing former NCAA Champions Villanova at the No. 1 seed in the second round. With odds against Wisconsin, they persevered through a controlled game managing the clock and handling the ball with a win no one expected at 65-62.

A proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Koenig is well voiced when it comes to his heritage as both Native American and Ho-Chunk. He's visited various Indian reservations, instructed basketball camps far and wide for youth, and traveled with a trailer full of supplies last summer to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota to show his support in the tribe's fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read More…


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