Weekly Native American News Update – May 12, 2017

Posted By PowWow Articles May 11th, 2017 Last Updated on: May 11th, 2017

Blackfeet Nation Ratifies Water Compact

Blackfeet Nation Ratifies Water Compact

In what the Blackfeet Nation is calling their most important development in a century, a majority of tribal members approved the Blackfeet Water Compact and Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act with Montana and the federal government, by a vote of 1,894 to 631.

Harry Barnes, Chairman of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, called it a “historic day for the Blackfeet people,” and well worth the time that Blackfeet staff and leaders had put into the effort the past four decades.

“My faith in the wisdom of the people’s vote has come to reality,” he said in a statement.

The history of the struggle between the tribes in Montana, and the State of Montana, over water rights began in the 1970s, when the federal government filed court water rights cases on behalf of all Montana tribes. Read More…

PHOTOS: Wellness Leaders Inspire at NB3 Foundation’s ‘Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures!’

PHOTOS Wellness Leaders Inspire at NB3 Foundation’s ‘Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures

Dynamic speakers, panelists and interactive workshop leaders — like Umatilla professional basketball player and Nike N7 Ambassador Jude Schimmel, and food sovereignty advocate and chef Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa) — educated and inspired attendees of the Notah Begay III Foundation’s “Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures!” (HKHF). The fourth annual conference took place April 26-27 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Other presenters included the founders of Well For Culture, who discussed grassroots indigenous wellness. Up2Us promoted interactive games. The White Mountain Apache Tribe explained their community gardening initiative. NB3Fit offered insight on their training curriculum. Community Outreach Patient Empowerment (COPE) detailed its program Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx), in which doctors give their patients “prescriptions,” in the form of vouchers, for a month’s worth of free fruits and vegetables. Read More…

Joy Harjo Awarded 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and $100,000

Joy Harjo Awarded 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and $100,000

In recognition of her contributions to poetry, The Poetry Foundation just announced Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is the winner of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which honors a living U.S. poet for lifetime achievement. The award comes with a $100,000 cash prize.

Editors Note: It is also worth mentioning that May 9th is also Joy Harjo’s birthday. ICMN wishes a sincere and Happy Birthday to Joy Harjo as well as a congratulations on being recognized.

The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize is administered by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, and is presented annually to a living U.S. poet whose accomplishments warrant singular recognition. This is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets and with a prize of $100,000, is one of the nation’s largest literary prizes. Read More…

Musician Shawnee Talbot Casting for 10-15 Year-old Female First Nations Dancer for ‘Warrior Heart’ Video

Musician Shawnee Talbot Casting for 10-15 Year-old Female First Nations Dancer for ‘Warrior Heart’ Video

Celebrated musician Shawnee Talbot, (Mohawk, Six Nations Grande River) has just announced a casting call stating she is looking for 10-15 year old First Nations dancer for her newest video ‘Warrior Heart.’ The dancer must be available to shoot in Toronto on June 3rd and the audition takes place May 15th.

According to Talbot, “Modern dance as well as traditional dance experience is a plus, and the part is paid work.”

“The song is not out yet,” Talbot told ICMN, “But the song will come out at the same time as the video on June 19th. It’s been a long time in the making. I am also excited to work with youth. It is important for me to feature our Native youth and our culture through dancing.” Read More…

Ranchers and Tribes Unite Once Again to Fight Keystone XL


A week after tens of thousands turned out in support of science and just before thousands more took to the streets for the People’s Climate March, a quieter walk was held at what might be considered ground zero of the country’s energy debate. On April 29, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska headed south on a 273-mile remembrance walk beginning in Niobrara, Nebraska, and scheduled to culminate 12 days later in the small village of Barneston. The event will commemorate the Ponca’s forced removal from their traditional lands in the 1870s—lands that today are again under dispute to make way for the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Knowing how painful it was to have that land taken away from us, we can empathize with those farmers that own that land today. We know what it’s like to be told somebody’s going to take your property away,” said Larry Wright, Ponca Tribal Chairman of Nebraska. Read More…

Saskatchewan Fashion Week Highlights Indigenous Designer

Saskatchewan Fashion Week Highlights Indigenous Designer

Becki Bitternose (George Gordon First Nation) is just one of many designers who will be showing off their work at Saskatchewan Fashion Week.

Raise your hand if you'd like to own one of these gorgeous designs!

Becki Bitternose for PlayBuffalo Fashion Show at Couture Fashion Week

You can see PlayBuffalo and much more Indigenous designers at Saskatchewan Fashion Week May 11th-13th. Visit http://www.saskfashionweek.com/ for more details. Read More…

Top 5 Tips on Using Ancestry.com to Find Native American Info

Top 5 Tips on Using Ancestry.com to Find Native American Info

A lot of people have found success using Ancestry.com to find out about their heritage. The website provides the largest arsenal of genealogical data online. By entering in some basic personal information, you can start opening doors to pieces of your family history that you may not have even known existed.

But what about those of us with Native American ancestry? Since there have been several points throughout history where records have been lost or not existed in the first place, it can be tough to track our American Indian heritage. With the right guidance and some digging, Ancestry.com can still be a useful tool in uncovering your Native American genealogy. Read More…

DNA Results vs. Tribal Enrollment vs. CDIB — What Do They All Mean?

DNA Results vs. Tribal Enrollment vs. CDIB — What Do They All Mean

You may think you have Native American heritage, but there is a lot more to it than simply the stories about a distant ancestor that have been passed down through your family members.

The tribal enrollment process is a long journey.

And when it comes to researching your genealogy, you’ll likely stumble upon a lot of unfamiliar terms that may cause some confusion your research process.

Thankfully, you have access to more information than ever before through the resources available online. Here, we will discuss the key differences between DNA test results, a CDIB card, and Tribal Enrollment. Read More…

2017 Native American Mother’s Day Gift Guide

2017 Native American Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Spring is finally here and that means the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming.

And oh yea, Mother's Day is just around the corner on Sunday May 14th. Have you thought about what you'll be getting the special lady in your life? Whether she's your partner in this crazy thing called parenthood, your mother, your grandma or another mother-figure, make sure these ladies don't go unrecognized!

I've picked out a few thoughtful gifts that just might put a smile on their faces. Read More…

2017 Gathering of Nations Winners

2017 Gathering of Nations

Congratulations to the winners from the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

View photos from the winners, points, and tribal information on the Gathering of Nations website.

Northern Singing Challenge

5 Sharpshooter
4 Bear Creek
3 Blackstone
2 The Boyz
1 Poundmaker

Southern Singing Challenge

5 Southern Boys
4 Cozad
3 Southern Slam
2 Thunder Hill
1 Buc Wild

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Stellar Lineup Announced for 2017 Indigenous Music Awards!

Stellar Lineup Announced for 2017 Indigenous Music Awards!

The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards, presented by Casinos of Winnipeg, will welcome to the stage a list of high-calibre Indigenous talent to entertain the crowd between the presentation of awards in 15 different categories on May 19, 2017, at the Club Regent Event Centre.

Crystal Shawanda

With an impressive array of awards and accolades including a recent JUNO win, thousands of concerts to rapturous audiences throughout North America under her belt, and a remarkable recording pedigree to her credit, Crystal Shawanda, like many, still struggled mightily for many years to find her place within the music industry. Read More…

One to Watch! Netflix Drama Casts Adam Beach

One to Watch! Netflix Drama Casts Adam Beach

Adam Beach is set to start in an upcoming drama for Netflix titled Juanita. The lead actress is Alfre Woodard and features Blair Underwood, Marcus Henderson and LaTanya Richardson.

According to Deadline, “It centers on Juanita (Woodard), a woman who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence and takes a Greyhound bus to Montana, where she reinvents herself and finds her mojo. Roderick Spencer adapted the screenplay based on Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams.”

Will she be getting her mojo back with Adam Beach? Lucky gal! We'll just have to tune in and see how the story unfolds. No release date yet for the film, but we'll be sure to be on the lookout for you guys! Read More…

Weekly Native American News Update – May 5, 2017

Weekly Native American News Update – May 5, 2017

Native Filmmaker Indie Film: Road of Iniquity, Highlights A Gritty World of Native Gangsters

First Nations filmmaker Mark Ennis (Maliseet Algonquian and a member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada) can now add ‘internationally-recognized” to his resume as the Cine Las Americas film festival based in Austin, Texas will be showcasing his film, Road of Iniquity on May 4th.

As described on their website, Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural non-profit offering theatrical screenings of films made by and/or about Latinos or Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Road of Iniquity will be featured as part of their Narrative Features competition. Read More…

The Road to Gathering: Ron Eagle Chasing

The Road to Gathering Ron Eagle Chasing

Ron Eagle Chasing is a Traditional dancer who has been dancing for 30 years. He's from South Dakota and is from the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe.

Eagle Chasing started dancing in the 8th grade and continued until his time in the service. Eagle Chasing served in Vietnam and shared with me that the effects of serving weighed heavily on him, and he struggled with PTSD.

After seeking counsel with his elders, and praying in the Black Hills he was instructed by Creator to allow the powwow dance to heal him. With sweat, and prayer and dance, Eagle Chasing feels healed when he enters the powwow arena. Read More….

New Pendleton Blanket Benefits the American Indian College Fund

New Pendleton Blanket Benefits the American Indian College Fund

PORTLAND, ORE. – May 2, 2017 Pendleton Woolen Mills, the acclaimed- lifestyle brand headquartered in Portland, Oregon, introduces a new, exclusive blanket for 2017, Gift of the Earth, to benefit the American Indian College Fund. For more than 25 years the College Fund has supported access to higher education for Native American students.

Gift of the Earth is a collaborative effort between Pendleton®, the College Fund and creative partner Wieden+Kennedy, honoring the rich storytelling, history and culture of the Hopi tribe of the American Southwest.

“The blanket tells of the Hopi nation and their sacred relationship with the ancient caretaker of the earth, Maasaw, and the respect of every gift given to them.” says designer Patty Orlando of creative agency Wieden+Kennedy. “The clay they and their ancestors have sourced from the land for centuries is treated with the utmost regard. Because of this, the Hopi people maintain a beautiful and unique pottery tradition on the mesas in Arizona. Read More…

Inspiring! Watch This Young Native Activist Speak Out at Trump Hotel

Inspiring Watch This Young Native Activist Speak Out at Trump Hotel

Recently, Fusion media shared a powerful speech from 15 year-old Jansikwe Medina-Tayac (Piscataway) who was participating in the Peoples Climate March last weekend in Washington D.C.

What a strong young lady who is wise beyond her years! And I can only imagine her mother helped guide and inspire her along the way. Her mother is Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a historian at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

I have a feeling we'll be seeing and hearing more from her.

Thank you for speaking up!

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Highest number Indigenous Graduates Celebrated at U of M Pow-wow

Highest number Indigenous Graduates Celebrated at U of M Pow-wow

The University of Manitoba 28th Annual Traditional Powwow held on May 6, 2017, at the Investors Group Athletic Centre in Winnipeg, MB celebrated its highest number of Indigenous graduates.

430 Indigenous Graduates!

All of the graduates were recognized in the program and honored during the celebration for their achievements.

More than 430 Indigenous students are set to graduate this year, the highest number of Indigenous graduates ever at the University of Manitoba. On May 6, graduates, relatives, friends and community members will celebrate at the 28th Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow.UM News Today

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