Friday, July 29, 2005

"I was in homes where 16 to 20 people were sharing a 3 bedroom 1 bath mobile home,"

Old mobile homes help ease housing shortage on Indian reservation
written by:  Roger Wolfe  9NEWS Northern Reporter
Created: 7/29/2005 5:42 PM MDT - Updated: 7/29/2005 5:42 PM MDT

Old mobile homes that were headed for a Colorado landfill are headed instead to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  They will provide badly needed housing for Native Americans on the reservation where unemployment is almost 80 percent.

When Noel Lane closed the Fall River Village Mobile Home Park last year, many of the older trailers at the park were abandoned by their owners.  Lane is clearing the property to build a condominium development.  He was planning to trash the old trailers until he learned about the need on the reservation and went for a visit himself.

    "I was in homes where 16 to 20 people were sharing a 3 bedroom 1 bath mobile home," Lane says.  "You realize that by going a little extra step you can do something like this and put a home under someone.  That's quite an accomplishment." 

    Lane bought a used truck and hired a crew to move the mobile homes.  So far, eight of the 20 trailers have been moved.

    Larry Wright drives the truck on the 400-mile trip to Pine Ridge.  He says people move into the homes as soon as they arrive.  "They have no electricity, no sewer or water set up in that field yet.  They're just living in boxes and they're very grateful," says Wright.  "The young children are waving in the windows, jumping up and down that we're bringing them houses."

    Lane wants to find other mobile homes to donate to the reservation after his property is cleared.  "There's a huge inventory," Lane says.  "They either go to landfills or they can become housing again."

    Lane can be contacted at .

  The Sky is our father, the Earth is our mother, Chiricahua saying...

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Fwd: [Powwow_Circle] hurry!

Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 16:16:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Powwow_Circle] hurry!




go there now! VOTE... b4 they close it..


Remember the banana. When it left the bunch, it got skinned. Banana 

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Space Shuttle Discovery's Launch

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Native American Issues Survey

 Hello everyone - I have been selected to participate in a college study that involves writing articles on a survey study for a symposium of native american colleges for a study journal publication they will distribute to various departments among the participating colleges and universities for research and program development purposes. The first step in this process involves me establishing and circulating a survey questionnaire to as many people, native americans (of any status or degree of blood heritage) and non native americans alike through various forums and means, both online and physically in person. The second requirement for me is to then compile, analyze and publish the survey results in article form to the colleges. The results of the survey and my subsequent articles on it will be used as a source for developing accurate assessments of the major issues, perceptions and attitudes about these issues, and the general level of awareness surrounding these issues facing Native American's & Native American communities today. This information will be utilized by the various participating colleges in their curriculum course study planning and development and community out reach programs to enable them to better identify, address and develop effective programs to help the tribal colleges, tribal communities, tribal governments, organizations that serve Native Americans interests and needs, federal & state agencies to better serve Native American people and their needs. It will also help to raise the general public's awareness and understanding of these issues. I feel this is a valuable and important study and program, and I am proud to have been selected to contribute and participate in this program study and development. If anyone is interested in supporting this important effort to better serve and empower the Native Americans of North America, you may do so by taking this general survey I have devised, it would only take a few minutes and it would be greatly appreciated and of immense help in furthering the interests of all native americans. The survey is confidential and no personally identifiable information of the survey participants is either collected or disclosed to anyone, not even myself. All participants and their answers to the survey questions remain anonymous unless you so choose to tell others you have participated. This is just the first of several surveys that will undertaken in coming weeks,... and while many questions are specifically addressed towards native americans in general, everyone, non native americans included, are invited and welcome to participate. Non Native Americans are encouraged to participate as part of the study's intent and goals is to assess awareness and understanding among the general public regarding Native Americans and the issues they face today. If there is a question that does not apply specifically to a survey participant, that question may be skipped or additional information added in the provided free form text boxes if applicable. This is the first such serious study of it's kind ever undertaken by a non U.S. or Canadian government agency or private university, specifically conducted by Native American & tribal colleges themselves. Results of this survey along with other census, demographic, and research data will be combined and analyzed to help develop a true and accurate picture of the state of Native Americans' and the issues the face today. Your participation will serve a valued and important cause that may prove to be of intrinsic importance in helping find solutions to many issues and providing a foundation for addressing the needs of many tribal communities and all Native Americans today and tomorrow. In advance, I thank everyone for their participation in this important survey and study. Again, all participation is confidential and no personal information is collected or disclosed on any individual participant in the survey. Only total numbers of responses and the answers to the questions asked is collected. You will not be asked for your email address, mailing address, name, location, or any other personally identifying information. At the end of the survey, when you click "done", you will be directed to the main site page of the company that is providing the online survey service for this study, you may close and ignore that page, they do not wish any information from you. To participate in this important survey please visit: "" (funny name I know, but they provide a great and easy to use confidential service). Thank you. peace and many blessings. RJ H. Owner - Nvision Arts Media & Publishing Group Business and Services Inquiries, EMAIL TO: "" "" "" Nvision Arts NewZ Nvision Arts News Nvision Arts Productions Nvision Arts Media

Friday, July 22, 2005

Dated Music NAMA 7th Annual Awards; Who Won?    

7th Annual Winners List link at top

A. Artist of the Year
Litefoot "Native American Me" (Red Vinyl)

Winner of the Seventh Annual Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Short or Long-Form Video

Walela: Live in Concert Coming to PBS

Walela: Live in Concert Coming to PBS


Walela photo by Jill Jarrett

PBS stations will be carrying a new 60-minute Native American concert program called Walela: Live in Concert beginning in August. Winner of the Seventh Annual Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Short or Long-Form Video, it is a musical journey of the spirit. Comprised of pop-singer Rita Coolidge, her sister Priscilla Coolidge, and Priscilla's daughter Laura Satterfield, Walela blends gospel, folk, and pop influences into the traditional songs of their Cherokee heritage for a contemporary take on Native American music.

PBS Plus Feed dates:
July 25 for SD version
August 8 for HD version

For feed times, contact

Also look to purchase Walela: Live in Concert on VisionMaker in August.

WALELA, The Cherokee word for hummingbird and the symbol of
inspiration for this family of women singers.
They are Rita Coolidge, her sister Priscilla Coolidge, and
Priscilla's daughter Laura Satterfield.


yeah, this is going to be good,....

I know someone who worked on the pre production services, production
and post editing of the concert footage, and she has told me it is
going to be good.

Of course, the waters woman (at Native Arts Culture Group) is a bit biased of course, having been
But I trust her assessment, she knows her stuff.


RJ:)(at Native Arts Culture Group)

Thursday, July 21, 2005

How to contact your Federal Reps to contact on National Forest & other issues.

For those who oppose the new rules opening up our national forests
for more road building and clear cutting of the forests to profit the
timber companies, or opening up our coastlines for more drilling for
oil, or opening up the Arctic Wildlife
Reserve to oil drilling, or nay other major issue affecting both our
national forests or environment
or any other issues, here is a short list of where and how to contact
your federal reps to express
your concern with these issues (or whatever issue is most important to

If you write a normal letter, please use recycled paper, it is
preferable to email or call though.

Let them know where you stand and how you feel!

Thanks, peace and many blessings.

National Headquarters
USDA Forest Service
George Lennon, Director
(202) 205-1273

National Headquarters
USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-0003

(202) 205-8333

On the Web:



Contact State Representative

On the Web:


Just select your state and zip code (5 or 9 digit).


Contact State Senator

On the Web:


Site has a list of all state senators including contact information.


Contact President

Email: ""

Capitol Address:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Ph: (202) 456-1111
Fax: (202) 456-2461

Tips for more sustainable living

Every day you are using water and energy, and creating waste. That
means, every day you
are impacting the environment. These tips will help you make choices
with th
good of the environment in mind.

These are just a few tips, there are great many things any and all of
us can and should be doing to
help reduce consumption and impacts upon our environment.


â—¦ Fix any leaky faucets, toilets or water pipes. Even a small drip
can add up to a lot of water over time.
â—¦ Wash your car the natural way - wait until it rains.
â—¦ Install water saving faucets.


â—¦ Conserve fuel by turning down the heat at night and while you are
away from your home — or install a programmable thermostat.
â—¦ Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
â—¦ Insulate your home against heat loss and periodically check
â—¦ Fix air leakage with weather-stripping and caulking.
â—¦ In the winter, change your furnace air filters once a month. The
heater uses more energy when it is full of dust.
â—¦ Insulate your electric hot water heater and pipes. Do not, however,
insulate gas heaters and only start insulating gas heater pipes about
six inches away from the heater.
◦ Avoid using cars — walk, cycle or use public transportation
whenever possible.
â—¦ Avoid anything battery operated (or use rechargables or solar
rechargables if batteries are unavoidable).
◦ Buy locally — not only is it good for the local economy, it will
save energy because products haven’t traveled across the globe to get
to you.


â—¦ Use non-toxic cleaning alternatives in your home, such as the ones
listed below. â—¦ Furnish your home with furniture made out of natural
fibres, wood, metal and glass.
â—¦ Avoid the use of polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC or vinyl) in
your home. The entire life-cycle of products made from PVC pollutes the
environment and your home. PVC items include shower curtains, flooring
and even some children’s toys.
â—¦ Avoid the use of aerosols.
â—¦ Use castor or mineral oils to lubricate switches and hinges instead
of lubricants containing solvents.
â—¦ Choose water based latex paints over solvent based paints when
painting your home. Never use lead-based paints.
â—¦ If you have a furnace, fireplace or gas heater, have them serviced
regularly to prevent deadly fumes and install a carbon monoxide
â—¦ Ensure you have good ventilation and balanced humidity in your home
to prevent the growth of mold and mildew which can be harmful to your

â—¦ Do not throw out your toxic household wastes, such as paint, paint
thinner and car fluids, in the garbage or down the drain. Check with
your local facilities for proper disposal and avoid these products in
the future.
â—¦ Take your own bags to the grocery store. If you take plastic bags,
use them until they are worn out.
â—¦ Compost your food waste and use as nutrient rich soil for your lawn.
â—¦ Avoid excess packaging.
â—¦ Always use reusables: mugs, lunch containers, batteries, pens,
razors, etc.
â—¦ Replace paper products with reusable ones (use recycled,
non-chlorine bleached paper when you do have to use paper).

We are all part of the environment and what we do to the environment,
we do to ourselves.

This is one of the cornerstone messages of the environmental movement.
And in the same way that environmental degradation takes place in a
variety of forms, so too does environmental healing. The United States,
as one of the world’s largest consumers and waste producers, plays a
major role in the degradation of the earth. We must ALL be part of the

There are many ways you, as an individual, can step a little lighter on
the Earth. One of the simplest things you can do is to remember to
"reduce, reuse and recyle."


Really, the best thing that we can do for the planet is to use less of
it. At the heart of the environmental crisis is our consumer society.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself before you buy: Do I, or
the other person I am buying this for, really need this? Is there
another product which would do the same thing but more sustainably?
Will this last a long time? Do I know how this item was made, how it
will be used and how it will be disposed of? Where was this made and
under what circumstances? Are the materials used to make this renewable
and have they been harvested in a sustainable manner?


Regrettably, because we live in a “disposable society,” we are
encouraged to buy a new and “improved” item even if the one we have can
be repaired. When we buy, we should buy items which are durable, we
should maintain them, and have them repaired when necessary. If we
practice this, many things cannot only last a lifetime, but can be
passed along from generation to generation. If something is truly
unusable for its original purpose, try to be creative and think of how
else it might be used. When you are done with it, think of whether
someone else might be able to use it as well.


Rather than throwing an item out when neither you nor anyone else can
make use of it, have it recycled. And while recycling is not perfect —
it requires energy and the process of changing something into something
else often produces by-products — it is better than sending goods to
the landfill or having them incinerated.

Find out what types of materials can be recycled in your area. Clean
and sort the materials before putting them out on the curb — often
collectors will not pick up recycling that is mixed or contains
For more information on recycling, visit the National Recycling
Coalition website.

If you read the packaging of household cleaning products, you've
probably come across some words you've never seen before. Chances are,
if you can't pronounce it, it's not good for the environment. Try these
homemade concoctions instead.

All-Purpose Cleaner

â—¦ 1/2 cup (125 ml) pure soap
â—¦ 1 gallon (4 liters) hot water
â—¦ For a clean scent and to help cut grease add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of
lemon juice.
This solution is safe for all surfaces, should be rinsed with water,
and is very effective for most jobs. For a stronger cleaner, double the
amounts of soap and lemon juice.


â—¦ Mix 50-100 ml of eucalyptus oil with a liter of water.
This can be used in a spray bottle, but remember to shake the mixture
before using to disperse the oil.

Scouring Powder

â—¦ Use a firm bristle brush and scrub with pure soap combined with
either table salt or baking soda.
â—¦ Baking soda alone on a damp sponge is also effective on most
surfaces. You can also personalize your scouring powder by adding an
aromatic herb or flower. Put the ingredients in a blender and run until
the fragrance has infused the powder.
â—¦ For oven spills, scrub using straight baking soda or combine with
the stronger version of the all purpose cleaner.
â—¦ Remember to wear gloves when scrubbing.

Air Fresheners

Commercial air fresheners work by masking smells and coating the nasal
passages with chemicals which diminish the sense of smell by deadening
the nerves. Avoid these products. Instead, try the all-natural air
purifiers — house plants. Or try these natural recipes to diminish odor
and add a fragrant smell to your house:
â—¦ Use baking soda in your garbage or refrigerator to help reduce
odors at their source.
â—¦ Dissolve 1 tsp (5 ml) of baking soda in 2 cups (500 ml) of hot
water, add 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon juice. Pour the solution into a spray
bottle and spray as you would an air freshener.
â—¦ Place a few slices of a citrus fruit, cloves or cinnamon in a pot
with enough water to simmer gently for an hour or two.

Liquid Dish Soap

Grate a bar of pure soap into a sauce pan. Cover with water and simmer
over low heat until they melt together. Add some vinegar to the water
for tough grease and to remove spots. Pour into a container and use as
you would any liquid dishwashing soap.

Mirrors, Glass and Windows

Wash with pure soap and water, rinse with a solution of 1 part vinegar
to 4 parts water. Use washable, reusable cheese clothes instead of
paper towels.


To fully clean and deodorize carpets: vacuum, liberally sprinkle
cornstarch or baking soda, leave one hour, then vacuum again. For
tougher stains, try cold soda water or repeatedly blot with vinegar and
soapy water.


Most store-bought polishes contain solvents harmful to the environment.
Aresol sprays are wasteful and also contain harmful gases.
â—¦ Furniture Polish: Dissolve 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon oil in 1 cup (250 ml)
vegetable oil. Apply with a clean dry rag.
â—¦ Floor Polish: Melt 1/8 cup (30 ml) paraffin wax in a double boiler.
Add 1 quart/liter mineral oil and a few drops of lemon oil. Apply with
a rag, allow to dry and polish.

Polishing Metals
â—¦ Copper: Try lemon juice and a little salt or hot vinegar and a
little salt on a rag.
â—¦ Chrome: Try white flour on a dry rag.
â—¦ Brass: Try equal parts salt and flour, with a little vinegar on a
dry rag.
â—¦ Silver: Bring to a boil in a large pan: 1 quart/litre water, 1 Tbsp
(15 ml) salt, 1 Tbsp (15 ml) baking soda and a strip of aluminum foil.
Drop in silver, boil for 3 minutes and polish with a soft cloth. Or
polish with a paste of wood ash and water. *Note* These methods should
be done on sterling silver only and not on silver plate.

Industry is by far the largest source of hazardous and toxic chemical
pollution. But many of us also contribute to pollution through the
cleaning products we choose, the gardening chemicals we use and the
energy we consume.

Protecting and preserving the environment starts right in your own
home. Here are some items that will not only save you money, but are
also safer for you, those you care about and for the environment.

Basic Ingredients

Each of the ingredients listed below can be found in grocery or health
food stores.

Pure Soap

For generations, people washed their clothes, their homes and
themselves with pure soap. Today, it is the key ingredient of many
alternative cleaning recipes. Soap biodegrades safely and completely,
and is non-toxic. Make sure that you use soap without synthetic scents,
colors or other additives. Even phosphate-free biodegradable laundry
detergent contributes to water pollution.

Vinegar (five percent acetic acid)

Vinegar is a mild disinfectant which cuts grease, cleans glass,
deodorizes and removes calcium deposits, stains and wax build-up.


Cornstarch is an odorless powder which is great for carpet cleaning
and greasy stains.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is a good disinfectant and deodorizer. It gets rid of
some stains, like ink and grease, kills and repels some insects and
even attacks rust.

Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate)

A key ingredient for washing clothes, washing soda cuts grease,
removes stains, disinfects and softens water. Washing soda should not
be used on aluminum.

Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)

Baking soda works well as an abrasive in alternative recipes. Baking
soda also deodorizes, removes stains, polishes and softens fabrics.


There are some people who feel that ammonia and borax are other key
ingredients in alternative cleaners. It is true that they are both very
effective at cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting. It is also true
that they are both quite harsh chemicals which can irritate the eyes,
nose, throat and skin, and can cause headaches, nausea and chest pain.
Additionally, when ammonia mixes with certain other cleaning products,
namely those which contain chlorine, poisonous gas can be created. For
these reasons, we have left ammonia and borax off the list of core
ingredients and out of the recipes.

One person can make a difference. But 100 people can make a bigger
difference. Spread the word about your environmental habits and get
others to do their part.

Get Involved
â—¦ Write your local energy utility asking them to promote energy
efficient programs, give customers financial incentives to use energy
efficient appliances and begin planning to provide alternatives to
fossil fuels and nuclear power.
â—¦ Join one of the many local environmental groups in your area that
work on issues ranging from local air and water pollution to effective
community recycling programs.
â—¦ Lobby your politicians, councilmembers and company leaders. Tell
them your concerns and ask them to clean up their acts.
â—¦ If there is an environmental issue in your community that concerns
you — start your own campaign.
â—¦ Organize a beach clean-up.
â—¦ Start a community curb-side composting program. You can then sell
the compost to gardeners and nurseries to help cover your costs.
â—¦ Make your community bicycle-friendly.
â—¦ Start a paint exchange with your neighbors. Use the opportunity to
educate your friends and neighbors about environmentally sound paint
â—¦ Set up a "pollution patrol" to report any signs of pollution in
your local rivers, lakes, air and land.
â—¦ Organize a tree planting program.
â—¦ Conduct an environmental audit of City Hall. Put together a list of
environmental questions to ask your representative, city staff and
caretakers. Ask them about heating, light bulbs, lawn care, purchasing
policies, cleaning supplies, etc. Use the information you gather to
suggest changes. Give copies of the results to the people you spoke
with and send a copy to your local newspaper or environmental group.
â—¦ Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to your favorite
environmental group — like Greenpeace (or other favorite environmental

There are many more things you can do in your home and community to
protect your local environment and the planet as a whole. If you have
other ideas — start your own campaign and let us know about your

The above courtesy of Greenpeace's website. For more great ideas and
information, please visit:

Ringing the Alarm for Earth

   Ringing the Alarm for Earth
    By Tim Radford
    The Guardian UK

    Thursday 14 July 2005
Leading botanist Peter Raven calculates that species crucial to the
survival of the human race are in steep decline. Tim Radford meets a
man dubbed a 'hero of the planet.'

    Peter Raven is a botanist. He knows about photosynthesis, primary
productivity and sustainable growth. He knows that all flesh is grass;
that the richest humans and the hungriest alike depend ultimately on
plants for food, fuel, clothing, medicines and shelter, and that all of
these come from the kiss of the sun on warm moist soils, to quicken
growth and ripen grain.

    So botanists such as Raven begin with the big picture of
sustainable growth and can calculate to the nearest planet how much
land and sea it would take to sustain the population of the world if
everybody lived as comfortably as the Americans, British or French. The
answer is three planets.

    The global population is about to soar from 6 billion to 9 billion
in less than a lifetime. Around 800 million humans are starving, and
maybe 2 billion are malnourished, while 3 billion survive on two
dollars a day.

    Valuable agricultural land is being poisoned or parched or covered
in concrete, soils eroded, rivers emptied and aquifers drained to feed
the swelling numbers. Something has got to give, and the first things
to go are many of the plants and animals.

    By many, Raven means perhaps half to two thirds of all the other
species on the planet in the next 100 years. There could be 10m
different kinds of fern, fungus, flowering plant, arthropod, amphibian,
reptile, bird, fish and mammal on Earth. Nobody knows. People such as
Raven, director of the Missouri Botanic Gardens in St Louis, are doing
their best to count and preserve them.

    But the human population is growing at the rate of about 10,000 an
hour, and each human depends on a hectare or two of land and water for
what economists now call "ecosystem services" - the organisms that
ultimately recycle waste and deliver new wealth to provide oxygen,
fresh food, clean water, fuel, new clothes, safe shelter and disposable

    Some of these organisms are now being chased to oblivion by human
population growth at levels that ecosystems cannot sustain.

    Ecosystems, he says, can be whatever you like. Hedgerows in
Hampshire are an ecosystem; so are weeds on a railway line at
Hammersmith. Savannahs, grasslands, prairies, rainforests, dry forests,
pine forests, uplands, heathlands, downlands, wetlands, mangrove
swamps, estuaries, oxbow lakes and coral reefs are all ecosystems, and
they survive on diversity. The greater the variety of microbes, plants
and animals in an ecosystem, the more resilient it is and the better it
works for all, including humans. So it would not be a good idea to
evict at least half of these creatures, especially if nothing is known
about them. But, Raven says, that is what is happening.

    There are ways of confirming species loss, even if it cannot be
established how many species there were in the first place. Look at the
vertebrates and molluscs in fossil records, Raven says, just for the
past 65m years or so. "You find that the average life of a species is
two to three million years and you get about one species per million
becoming extinct per year in the fossil record. Those particular groups
are a small sample, but they are a real sample," he says.

    "Then you can start with the literature in about 1600, when people
began to care enough about organisms to be able to document them well,
and for the groups that they were documenting - birds, mammals,
amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and plants - then you can say, 'What
was the rate over the past 400 years? It's tens of times or hundreds of
times the level it was before.'"

    That works out at hundreds of creatures per year over the past 400
years, and even more when humans, rats and other invaders started
colonising islands: 2,000 species have vanished from the Pacific basin
alone since the Polynesians got there 1,200 years ago.

    There is another way of checking, Raven says, pioneered by, among
others, sociobiologist and evolutionary psychologist Edward O Wilson.
There is a logarithmic relationship between the area of habitat and the
species that inhabit it. Measure a patch of forest and count a sample
of the species in it. Then compare it with another patch of forest 10
times smaller. The smaller one will have only half the sample species
count. This has been shown in thousands of individual observations, he
says. So destroying forests, piecemeal, is a way of extinguishing

    There are various wild creatures that get along with humans and
follow them everywhere: cockroaches, fleas, ticks, rats, cats, pigs,
cattle, scavenger birds, lusty weeds. These invade little islands of
ancient biodiversity, take over, and see the natives off the premises.
And not just islands: one-third of all endangered plants in the
continental US are threatened because of alien invaders, Raven says. In
Hawaii, it is 100%.

    Global warming is not going to help, either. What happens to the
unique assembly of plants in the Cape region of Africa as the
thermometer rises? They cannot migrate south. There is no land south of
the Cape. So many will perish.

    Ecosystems are not static. They change, naturally. They burn, are
grazed or browsed, they regenerate, flood and silt up. But left to
themselves, they go on providing services that humans and other
creatures value. A mangrove swamp provides a habitat for shrimps. It
cannot be improved by draining it for a tourist beach, or building a
large city on it. Its natural value would be dissipated.

    "An ecosystem itself undamaged is very, very resilient, and the
more simplified it gets, the less resilient. Globally, what we are
doing is simplifying them all, simultaneously, which is a very
dangerous large-scale experiment," Raven says.

    Plants are a lifelong obsession of Raven - any plants. "I was so
excited and pleased by so many kinds of plants where I was first
getting used to them as a teenager, and even now I can look at
individual kinds of plants and be very, very excited.

    "The florid nature of a really beautiful orchid or some kind of
very rare plant that you see for the first time is really amazing.
There are some Chinese monkshoods, for example, in a garden outside my
office, and every year they come up and each time I see them I just get
completely excited by the intricacy of their flowers, and how beautiful
they are, and the fact that they are blooming.

    "Then when Isee photographs of really bizarre species of
monkshoods from high elevations in southern China, I just say, 'Oh my
gosh.' "

    Raven was born in China in 1936 and educated in California. "I grew
up in San Francisco and took plants and collected them - and then
through the rest of the Pacific states - and it never occurred to me
that things were becoming extinct rapidly. I thought of the world as a
natural place divided between cultivated and urban areas and what have
you, and in the 1950s, the global population was far less than half of
what it is now and certainly standards of affluence were nothing like
they are now. By the mid-1960s, we really began to think in terms of
environmental problems."

    Even then, the concerns were more about the domestic environment,
how people lived, the gap between rich and poor, and the dramatic, all
too visible swelling of the human investment. Population growth rates
were moving towards the highest percentages the world had ever seen.

    "I remember an article in the New Scientist in the mid-1960s, where
a physicist had calculated that at the rates of growth then prevalent,
in something like several hundred years the mass of human bodies would
be expanding away from the surface of the Earth at the speed of light,
which began to put a fine point on it," he says. "By the end of the
1960s, it was beginning to become evident that species were becoming
extinct rapidly."

    He got letters about extinction from Norman Myers (once a district
officer in Africa, now a professor at Green College, Oxford) which
provoked some serious thinking.

    In 1972, Raven chaired a National Science Foundation committee on
the future of systematic and evolutionary biology. By then, it was
obvious that tropical forests were being lost, and very rapidly. "Since
we knew far less about them than we did about organisms found anywhere
else, it was obvious that if we were going to derive biological
generalities and really understand the structure of life on Earth, we
needed to understand the interactions between them, the ways that they
evolved, whether the kinds of behaviours that took place in them were
like those in the well-known temperate communities or not," he says.

    Raven went from StanfordUniversity to the Missouri Botanic Gardens
in 1971, and began turning a small city recreation with one or two
researchers into a world-class research institution - mentioned in the
same breath as Kew and New York Botanic Gardens - with 50 scientists,
100 support workers and big research projects in places such as

    He has, for the past three decades, been one of a highly vocal
scholarly group that has banged the drum for the environment. Time
magazine dubbed him a "hero of the planet". He can - and on public
platforms does - paint an alarming picture of the great human takeover;
the domination, by just one species, of a home fashioned by 3bn years
of evolution to be shared by 10bn species. The world is clearly
becoming more homogeneous, Raven says. "But the way I see it, we are
not dying. We are simply losing opportunities, and at some point we
have got to become sustainable. The choice is not whether we are going
to reverse things. They are not going to be reversed. The real choices
are where to stabilise it or how far to go."

    As he keeps pointing out, the human species is living as if it had
more than one planet to occupy. Forty years ago, at Stanford, he and
colleagues tried to calculate the economic cost of exporting humans to
a star system likely to be orbited by habitable planets. They worked
out that it would cost the entire gross economic product of the planet
to ship just 12 people a year to Proxima Centauri or beyond. His
message for the planet is, "Think, look at the big picture, and think

    "If both the population and standards increase, then obviously you
come up with an impossible picture, which is a clear signal that we
must [change]. It is not a matter of choice, it is not a matter of
social justice alone, it is not a matter of morality, it is not a
matter of creating a sustainable world so that industrialised countries
can benefit from it.

    "We must reach a sustainable population level, sustainable levels
of affluence or consumption, and we must find technologies that replace
the ones we are using now."

    Life at a Glance

    Born: Shanghai, 1936.
    Education: Graduated, highest honours, Berkeley, 1957; doctorate,
Los Angeles, 1960.
    Career: Foreign member of more than 20 learned institutions,
including the Chinese and Indian Academies of Science, and the Royal
Society. First book was Native Shrubs of Southern California, 1966;
author of more than 480 books and papers. Director of Missouri Botanic
Gardens since 1971.
    Family: Married, with three daughters and a son, none of them

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3.6 million face starvation in Niger if the world does not respond

Or for those who can not donate money directly for whatever reason,
please visit
the Hunger site and donate food every day for free. This is a great
site, but
it doesn't provide emergency relief, but it does help provide long term
help, especially
if one buys products through their store.


peace and many blessings.

If anyone has any money left after financing the war
and destruction in Iraq, please help, urgent help needed now
to help save and feed a few kids instead of bombing them
or shooting at them for a change! Every little bit helps.

Oxfam: 3.6 million face starvation in Niger if the world does not

More than three million people, including almost a million children,
will face starvation if the world continues to ignore the worsening
food crisis in Niger, said international aid agency Oxfam today.

"The situation is desperate. Even the limited food that is available
has soared in price rendering it unaffordable for most families and
there is no hope of any harvest for at least three months. Families are
feeding their children grass and leaves from the trees to keep them
alive," said Natasha Kafoworola Quist, Oxfam Great Britain’s Regional
Director for West Africa, currently in Niger.

UN appeals remain dangerously under-funded with only one third of the
money needed from international donors pledged. In many cases, even the
pledges that have been made have not translated into money arriving.
The failure to fund these appeals is putting lives at risk.

Oxfam experts in Niger are setting up a $2 million food support
program. Vouchers will be distributed to 130,000 people which can be
traded for food with local traders. Plans are also in place to help
28,000 nomadic herders to buy new animals for a fair price.

"Oxfam's program is saving lives but in the face of the level of need,
this is just a drop in the ocean. Almost four million people need food
aid now. The UN appeals need immediate funding to ensure that all those
in need receive help," said Quist.

The World Food Program (WFP) increased its appeal on July 12th asking
for a further $12 million to help the people in Niger to make it
through the next three months. The UN emergency appeal for $18.3
million, launched in May, remains less than a quarter funded. Between
them, the appeals are two thirds under-funded, with a total funding
shortfall of $26.5m.

"The UN needs money now. Every day that the world’s richest countries
look the other way, more people face starvation. They have to put their
hands in their pockets before it’s too late," added Quist.

Last year's locust invasion and rain failure during the agricultural
season have plunged nomadic herder and farming families into crisis.
Emaciated livestock, worth nothing, cannot be sold. The price of
cereals has more than doubled and no staple foods are available in the

Notes to Editors

The UN emergency flash appeal for Niger for $18.3 million was launched
in May 2005. It remains less than a quarter funded, with a shortfall of


WFP, which is responsible for emergency food aid, initially asked for
$4.2 million to feed 465,000 people, aiming to help the poorest
households through the worst hunger period.

It said the tardy donor response, exacerbated by problems buying food
in the region, allowed the situation to worsen, forcing WFP to announce
last week it was tripling its operation to feed 1.2 million people and
ask for an extra $12 million.

Cirri said donors have so far funded 37 percent of the total appeal for
about $16 million from WFP, but other U.N. agencies like the children's
fund UNICEF have also had to increase the size of their appeals to deal
with the scale of the disaster.

"We missed the first train because of late funding and huge procurement
problems. We have no other solution than to ask for a huge amount of
money just to save those lives, otherwise we will have a tragedy,"
Cirri told Reuters by telephone.

OCHA appealed in New York on Tuesday for $500,000 in grants to set up a
fund to send relief as soon as warning signs emerge.

Niger's government, which is aiming to feed roughly 1.3 million people,
says it has had a paltry response to a June appeal for about 35 million
euros to replenish its mechanism to deal with the country's chronic
food shortages.

The former colonial power France announced it was donating 2 million
euros on Tuesday to add to an existing 3 million euro pledge for
Niger's food crisis this year.

Until France made its pledge the government said it had received a
total of about 240,000 euros from China and South Korea for the June
appeal, the vast majority donated by Beijing. (Additional reporting by
Abdoulaye Massalatchi in Niamey) (Editing by Rex Merrifield;; tel: +221 864 5076)

How to help:

Please visit this site and give what you can, even 50 cents, a dollar,
whatever, every bit helps.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Full Moon
Don't Miss the Full Buck Moon July 21's full moon will be the closest and largest of the year. Learn how it got its name and see moon photos taken by AOL members. As you look at this full moon, remember that we first put men on the moon 36 years ago today.

- Watch Video of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, July 20, 1969
- Follow Space Shuttle Discovery at our new site:

Monday, July 18, 2005

NA Information-Indian Names for Moons, Days and Other Calendar Stuff

 NA Information-Indian Names for Moons, Days and Other Calendar Stuff There are occasional multiple names for one moon or month. This could be caused by the overlapping ... EASTERN CHEROKEE MOONS (thanks to Robert Graybear): ...      NFA Planetarium - Full Moon Names FULL MOON NAMES. MONTH NAME TRIBE (FOR INDIAN NAME) ... September Fruit Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Black Butterfly Moon Cherokee. October Harvest...     Cherokee Moons Cherokee Moons. These are the names of the the moons. JANUARY NOLVTANA - COLD MOON ... Click Here to listen to the months in Cherokee ...    Moon Names ... American (Cherokee) ... names were apparently also used in medieval England as well, but this time with the names pushed one month forward, January Wolf Moon, February Storm Moon ...

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Maybe you already knew? As some deadlines to get your work in is close!!!!

American Indian Film Festival: Deadline August 5 Open Call - Funding from ITVS

Flatwater Native American Film Festival, Aug. 5-18 in Lincoln, NE

Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) and the Mary Reipma Ross Media Arts Center (The Ross) present the Flatwater Native American Film Festival, Aug. 6-18 in Lincoln, NE.

John TrudellFeatured films at the Flatwater Native American Film Festival will include Trudell, a documentary about Nebraska native John Trudell, a poet and activist from the Santee Sioux Tribe. Trudell is enjoying an impressive run at major film festivals throughout the world, including Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, and Munich. Cherokee filmmaker Heather Rae has spent the better part of the last thirteen years making this documentary which follows John Trudell from the Alcatraz and Wounded Knee incidents in the 1970s, which led to the tragic loss of his family in a mysterious house fire, to the present day as he continues to speak out for Native rights, tribal sovereignty, and living in balance with the Earth. Trudell and Rae will be in Lincoln for the film’s screenings to engage in discussions with audience members, independent filmmakers, and NAJA attendees.

Aleut StoryOther features include: Aleut Story, a 90 minute documentary which tells the little known story of the Aleuts of Alaska, US citizens all, who were forceably removed from their Aleutian Island homes to internment camps in World War II; A Thousand Roads by filmmaker Chris Eyre, whose previous credits include Smoke Signals, Skins, and Skinwalkers on PBS, the film follows the lives of four contemporary Native Americans as they confront the crises that arise in a single day. From the crest of the Andes, through the mesas of New Mexico, the ice floes of Alaska, to the concrete canyons of Manhattan, A Thousand Roads takes filmgoers on a memorable Native journey.

The Festival coincides with the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), which holds its annual convention in Lincoln, August 11 – 14.

For additional schedule and ticket information, contact the Ross Theater at 402-472-5353 or on the web at and on NAPT's website,

Funding for the festival comes from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Co-sponsored by the Native Voice Newspaper and Lincoln Journal Star, a Lee Enterprises Publication.


Sundance Film Festival 2005: Deadline Early Submissions August 19 CPB American History and Civics Initiative NAPT Seeks Production Proposals

NAPT announces the 2005 Open Call for Proposals. In this round, we welcome projects in production, post-production and completion stages. Complete proposals must arrive at NAPT by September 1, 2005, at 5:00 PM CDT. Click Here for application and guidelines.

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list to receive requests for proposals in the mail, please send your complete contact information, including mailing address, phone, and email to Please put "NAPT RFP MAILING LIST" in the subject line to ensure that we get your message. Due to an abundance of viruses and spam, we may delete your message inadvertently if the subject line does not clearly state the intent of your message.

Native Radio Theatre (NRT) Calls For Scripts

The goal of NRT is to bring audio theater to AIROS, using works by Native authors, theater and recording artists. The first phase of this effort is a call for scripts. This is a project of Native American Public Telecommunications and Native Voices at the Autry with planning funds from the Ford Foundation. See for application procedure. The deadline for receiving scripts is November 15, 2005.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Try out these Journals features: Pow Wow Colors or Sky or Earth hummmmmm;)

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Tired of plain vanilla? Try out these Journals features:

Sweeter then Sugar, Native South Americans have known this plant

Tribal College Journal open in new window
If you put the words Native Americans in the search box, there are several links. ... Stevia, a natural herb that is 300 times sweeter than sugar, ...

The stevia plant is native to the Amambay mountain range in Paraguay, South America and was used by the native people in a tea-like beverage as well as for medicinal purposes.It was finally brought to the attention U.S. government in 1918 by a botanist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It is far less popular in the U.S. due to a well-entrenched existing sugar industry. Efforts to gain a foothold in the U.S. has been routinely blocked.

Stevia is approved in the United States for sale as a herb but it has not been approved for use in "food products". Until now, we now have Splenda on the shelves for its sweetness!

 Stevia Rebaudiana

Stevia Plant in Pot

Volume 15 Winter 2003 Issue No. 2

Resource Guide:   Materials provide crucial information about diabetes and American Indians by Peggy Hiestand, M.Ed.How do I know if I'm getting the correct information about diabetes? Where can I get specific information on diabetes for American Indians and Alaska Natives? Are there any videos that my community could view on diabetes? Are there any books or cookbooks that focus on diabetes that could possibly help me? What about the Internet -- what sites are good sites to find information?

If you have diabetes, getting the correct information from a reliable source is critical. With this chronic disease increasing in numbers every day, people are looking for ways to find up-to-date, reliable information.

The Internet has become a source for many people who have computer and Internet access available. This resource guide is intended to give you reliable sources out on the "web" for the most current information. This guide is by no means the only resource; it is a starting point to obtain further information.

The more informed you are about diabetes, the more you will understand the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity in your life. Type 2 diabetes is a disease of lifestyle, and prevention is the key. As this disease is reaching epidemic proportions, we now have children with this disease. Get informed on what to do to prevent members of your family from getting this chronic disease. VideosNative American Prevention Research Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-College of Public Health & Rhoades, E.R. (2002) Diabetes -- don't you get it. Oklahoma City, OK: Native American Prevention Research Center.
This 20-minute video is directed at Native American children all across America to tell them the importance of healthy eating and lifestyle in preventing diabetes. Contact: or call Kymberly Cravatt at (405) 271-2330 ext.6740.

Williamson, G., Brown, N. P., & Noble, S. (2000) Horse song. Shiprock, NM: Four Directions Health Communications.
Produced with assistance from the Navajo Nation, this 60-minute video focuses on the impacts on family members who live with a person who has undiagnosed diabetes. Horse Song is told in the Navajo language with English subtitles. Traditional stories provide healing as the father seeks out both Native and Western remedies. For a copy of this video, phone (505) 368-6499.

Rhine, G. & Belgarde, P. (2000) Rez robics. Malibu, CA: Dreamcatchers, Inc.
Exercise along with other Native Americans. Copies of this video are free of charge to Indian communities. Contact Pam Belgarde at (209) 388-1548, or email for more information.

Shenandoah Film Productions, Arcata, CA.
An Indian-owned enterprise, this company has over 300 videos on topics related to culture, health, environment, addictions, healing, education, elders, and sovereignty. Call (707) 822-1030 for a catalogue. Internet sitesAmerican Indian Radio on Satellite or phone (402) 472-3522
Check this website out weekly for information relating to health in Indian Country.

 American Diabetes Association or phone (800) 342-2383
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. Check out their website for current research, information, recipes, and even a support group at

Association of American Indian Physicians or phone (405) 946-7072
Check out this website for issues in Indian health. Included is a site link ( for student resources (scholarships, activities) and a site link( to fitness and nutrition that has many links to health organizations.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention or phone (877) 232-3422
This web page has links to current diabetes data, diabetes trends, diabetes prevention, and a national diabetes fact sheet to name a few.

Tribal Health Connections or phone (505) 368-2984
This site is an internet-based health information and education project developed for the Four Corner states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. A free email newsletter concerning health events in Indian Country is available at this site.

Wisdom Steps or phone (800) 882-6262
This elder program is a partnership among the American Indian communities and the Minnesota Board on Aging to encourage the path to health.

Woodlands Wisdom or phone (612) 625-3187
Six tribal colleges and the University of Minnesota formed a confederation to address chronic health issues in Native American communities through culturally-relevant programs of teaching, research, and community connections. The Woodlands Wisdom Nutrition Project looks at integrating traditional knowledge to help guide contemporary health issues.


Monday, July 11, 2005

Native lore tells the tale:


Native lore tells the tale: There's been a whole lotta shakin' goin' on - UWNews
Stories of two-headed serpents and epic battles between Thunderbird and Whale, common among Northwest native peoples, have their root in the region's seismic history. New research led by a University of Washington scientist has found stories that could relate to a large Seattle fault earthquake around A.D. 900 and specific eyewitness accounts linked to a mammoth 1700 earthquake and tsunami in the Cascadia subduction zone.

The stories come from people living in areas from northern California to the northern edge of Vancouver Island. They often differ depending on where they originated, said Ruth Ludwin, a UW research scientist in Earth and space sciences and lead author of two recent papers detailing evidence gleaned from native lore.The same event might have been depicted differently in different places, depending on the local effects and cultural differences, Ludwin said. But references to Thunderbird and Whale, or similar figures related in lore to wind or thunder and water, are found in stories of shaking and flooding that were collected all along the coastline. 

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Kasaan Haida Elders Speak

Fred's Work to Save a Language

new project Kasaan
Haida Heritage Foundation.

 our recent project, "Gásaáan Xaadas Guusuu"  
(Kasaan Haida Elders Speak).

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The Sounds of Haida

Click on the Sounds-of-Haida to hear samples of each of the sounds in the Haida language. These recordings were made in Ketchikan, Alaska at the home of Mrs. Erma Lawrence, a Native speaker of the Kasaan dialect of Alaskan Haida.

Historic Background of Kasaan Village and Its People

The only two Alaskan Haida villages remaining today are Hydaburg and (New) Kasaan. The original village of (Old) Kasaan was abandoned in 1902 for the promise of year round employment and schools at the new location. At its peak, the population in Kasaan reached 150 in the 1900s. Today the village population has remained at a stable, though low, number (35-45 depending on the season). About one-third to one-half the population are descendants of the original Kasaan Haida families with the remaining population consisting of non-Natives and Natives who are members of other tribal groups, specifically Tlingit and Aleut. Currently, the remaining living Kasaan Haida elders (seven identified – all 75 years plus) live in Kasaan, Ketchikan, and Seattle—all who speak some Haida (Kasaan dialect) with varying degrees of fluency.

The traditional IRA council, for the most part, was inactive until 1996. Since IRAs members do not need to be of the local tribe, but can from be any Native American tribe, unlike many other traditional IRA’s in Alaska, the Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK) tribal council is made up of six members with just over one-half being Kasaan Haida and the others are Tlingit and Aleut. Still, as long term residents of Kasaan, the OVK tribal council recognizes the historical importance of the work Kasaan Haida Heritage Foundation (KHHF), the non-profit arm of Kasaan Village Corporation (Kavilco) will do and supports the project.

Critical Issues of Historic Preservation

Relatively little comprehensive information exists regarding either the Kasaan Haida, or Kasaan village area history. The largest and most consolidated source of information is from a 167+ page compilation of interviews collected in June of 1971 by Andrea Laforet and published as Kasaan Cultural Heritage Project as part of a Historic Preservation project sponsored by National Parks. Three elders were interviewed who have long since passed away. At that time, the recommendation was to do more work in this area, but it was not until recently the people actively committed to documenting what remains of their cultural heritage and language.

As part of the recognition of the urgent need for action—board members of Kavilco formed a non-profit entity named KHHF for the purpose of documenting and preserving what remains of cultural and historical heritage. This would be done both for future descendants and for outsiders who will be able to learn about this little known region of Alaska and its people.


To meet this need, KHHF has developed a project entitled “Kasaan Haida Elders Speak: Gásaáan Xaadas Guusuu”. The intent is to gather and preserve the oral testimonies of the seven remaining Kasaan Haida elders through a series of both audio and video recordings with the aim of making available the edited versions to both Kasaan Haida people themselves, and others including teachers and researchers.


This Project was successfully completed in 2002, and the video tape was viewed during the Annual Meeting.

Order Tape

VHS Video tapes may be ordered for $23.95 (includes shipping and handling).
Send your request to:

Kasaan Haida Heritage Foundation
c/o Jeane Breinig, Secretary/Treasurer
9715 Trappers Lane
Juneau, AK 99801

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Ruidoso, New Mexico Art Festival

Inn of the Mountain Gods Mescalero

 800-545-9011, Offering a Championship Golf Course with various golf packages available. Beautiful mountain views and course. Lodging, restaurant, lounge, pool, spa, and banquet facilities available.

Apache Mesa Golf Course 151 W. Gate Avenue, Alamogordo, NM 88310, Bldg. 761, 505-572-3574, Located within the Holloman Airforce Base. Professional course. Call for tee times and activities.


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New Mexico Tourism Department

The Sacramento mountains rise majestically above the surrounding desert plains in south central New Mexico, and Sierra Blanca peak dominates the landscape at over 12,000 feet. In the midst of these sacred mountains there is a magical valley where tall pines whisper in the breeze, and a rushing stream makes lively music.

Welcome to Ruidoso and
Lincoln County, New Mexico!

Ruidoso Art Festival

Art Festival hours are:

Friday, July 29 12 noon to 6:00 p.m
Saturday, July 30 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Sunday, July 31 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Recognized by the Harris Poll as one of the top Juried Art Shows in the United States, the Ruidoso Art Festival features over 100 award-winning artists displaying work in a variety of mediums including:

  • Oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings
  • Sculpture
  • Porcelain and Pottery
  • Fabric, leather, and weaving
  • Pastels, pencil, and pen & ink
  • Jewelry
  • Metalwork
  • Glass
  • Photography
  • Woodwork
  • Mixed Media

Yearly, every last Friday in July from Friday, July 29th - Sunday, July 31st, 2005
Friday noon-6pm; Sat 10am-6pm Sun 11am - 5pm

Ruidoso Art Festival

Join us in the tall, cool pines of Ruidoso for the annual Ruidoso Art Festival. Listed by the Harris Poll as one of the top art events in the U.S., the three-day Festival features over 100 award-winning artists. From serious collectors to first time buyers, visitors are certain to discover treasures to complement any lifestyle or budget. The Festival also features a Silent Auction to benefit the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce, including scholarships for area students.

Cost:$3 adult $1 children under 16; discounts for multiple day passes

General Information & Fees:First held in 1971 as an outdoor tent show, the Ruidoso Art Festival is now held at the Ruidoso Convention Center and attracts thousands annually.

Location & Directions:
Ruidoso Convention Center, just off NM Hwy 48 (Mechem Drive) in Ruidoso. Entrance next to Ruidoso Post Office.

505-257-7395 or 1-877-RUIDOSO (784-3676)

Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce
720 Sudderth Drive
Ruidoso, NM 88345



Sunday, July 10, 2005

Thoughts about film book The guy who wrote it for the film, Max McCoy - Author

  Re: [nativeartsculture] Ooooooooo Hot, hot review of 'Into The West'

Hi there Ann.... How are you??!! Hope you are feelin better Mashke... Nitanyan bluha ye!   Well... Many people made a big deal out of "Dances with Wolves" but it was another epic movie of one white man's view on Lakota people. Saying that, it could have been much worse in its whole.It still turned out more or less okay. At least on the language side of things. It was well done at least just for that. ( I still love that "k'u wo" from Rodney Grant!) I will give a shot to "In the West" when we get to see it over here, if we do get to!! Obviously after this follow-up, I will be cautious, but I do not expect the worse out of things. It is not everyday that a major movie is done on the Natives, I cannot help but be hopeful that it might not be as bad as you told us....   Thank you for the post and email. Hope to hear that you are better soon.

"Ann ..... Little Running Deer"

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intothewest   Into the West Preview part two of 'Into the West,' premiering Friday.

 Osiyo all -

Well, have to put my two cents in here,....

Dances with Wolves was not so bad as to prevent the Lakota from making
Kevin Costner an honorary
member of the tribe (regardless of what I personally thought of the
film or Kevin Costner).

As far as Into The West is concerned,... several points I will make

First of all, I have watched every episode thus far, and I have to
disagree with the some of the views presented
in this article,... the production is very well made, the acting good,
the story overall is good, and the portrayal of
Native Americans - their side of the story and how they are presented
from a historical standpoint of that time period -
is actually good also in my opinion. Granted, it is rather basic, but
it is as in depth as any film can be given the limitations
of the medium I believe, especially considering the number of
individual characters involved and the breadth of the time period
the story spans - to be truly multi-dimensional and in depth as true
life is and was would require not just 12 hours of filming, but
dozens of hours, maybe hundreds of hours of film for a story such as

I do agree with the one point of the person who said more film stories
should be done by Native Americans themselves, this is something
I have long wholeheartedly supported...........................(In part)

Peace and blessings


 Re: [nativeartsculture] Ooooooooo Hot, hot review of 'Into The West'

"Ann ..... Little Running Deer"

The chat boards at film site became so bloody hot, they closed them!!!!! Some, ...... most only saw first viewing. There were views of and by Ndns in the film also. But most wars at the chat site were over ones who are full blooded and  the 1/16 or want to be's Ndn and who even ( was that bravely or stupidly) walked in and spoke up on that topic, not about the film !!!! Ooooooooooooooo Wooooooooooooo

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Youth and Education News

June 15, 2005 Issue 154 Volume 3

“I have my community. Not to say that it is a developed community, but it is true that we all live like the five fingers in a hand, which know how to join with each other.”
— Panchito Ramírez

The American Indian IQ Quiz
The American Indian College Fund has posted an online test to determine your knowledge of American Indian Issues. The "American Indian IQ Test" asks the following questions:
x 1. Do Indians receive a free education from the government?
x 2. How many tribal colleges are currently served by the American Indian College Fund?
x 3. When did the majority of American Indians become American citizens?
x 4. What are the Five Civilized Tribes? And why were they considered civilized?
x 5. Do American Indians serve in the armed forces?
x 6. How many Indian people reside in the U.S.?
x 7. How many federally recognized tribes are there in the United States and Alaska?
x 8. What role did Harvard and Dartmouth play in Indian education?
x 9. Can individual American Indians own casinos?
x 10. What were George Washington's agreements in the first treaty signed with the Delaware Indians?
Find the answers:

Red tape? What red tape?
The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers has identified the best way for tribes and federal agencies to discuss issues involving places of religious and cultural significance. That information is outlined in a report completed by state, local, federal and tribal officials. According to the National Historic Preservation Act, “tribal consultation is required by law and this study provides the legal background, as well as a model protocol to follow for when federal agencies consult with tribes on projects that will affect them,” said Sherry Hutt, one of the report’s authors. “Regardless of the desired result -- to build bridges of communication or to proceed smoothly into a project -- this study shows that if tribal consultation is not early and informed, a meeting is not consultation.”
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South Dakota: In 1975, Leonard Peltier and fellow warriors responded to a call to protect Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  After a shootout with the FBI, Peltier was blamed for killing two FBI agents for which he is now serving two consecutive life terms. Despite evidence from documents, witnesses, or FBI cover-ups that attest to his innocence, Leonard remains in prison.  Now Leonard's defense team has been granted a hearing to correct his illegal sentencing. Their motion claims the United States District Court lacked jurisdiction under the statutes upon which Mr. Peltier was convicted and sentenced. The statutes in question require that the crime take place "within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States." Since the agents died on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which is neither "within the special maritime [or] territorial jurisdiction of the United States," the Peltier defense team is asking the Court to grant Mr. Peltier's motion and vacate the illegal sentences imposed upon him. The hearing takes place June 15.

Read Leonard's latest public statement: Statement to Supporters June 10, 2005


  Re: [nativeartsculture] Leonard has been moved to USP Terre Haute, Indiana. Prison

Yes, I had heard this,...

I already sent emails, and made 3 calls, hope others do as well.


Hang in there Brother Leonard, we are pulling for you man!

Peace and many blessings.

Wado, Ann.
RJ:)Scared -OwlWolf

Poor Little Rich Country
Bolivia: Quechuans in colorful ponchos are taking control of highways, and tens of thousands of Aymara Indians are on the march. An American Indian majority is standing up to the light-skinned, European elite and its corrupt relationship with the world.  McDonald's closed its outlets here; demonstrators in bowler hats forced out water privatizers; an income tax was blocked, and former president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozado was ousted over his plan to export Bolivian gas to California.  Many are calling the remarkable protests in Bolivia a war against globalization.  Today the country is paralyzed by blockades and protests to force president Carlos Mesa and corrupt officials to resign. Highland and Amazon peoples compose almost two-thirds of Bolivia's population, the highest proportion of Indians in the hemisphere. Yet still today,, Bolivian apartheid continues. Indians are barred from swimming pools at some clubs, they are still "peones" on eastern haciendas, and Indian women are pushed off city sidewalks.  But as one Quechua said: "Our cultures have been blocked for 500 years.  This is our only voice."

  Native Leader Tells Prince 100-year-old Agreement Is Not Being Respected

Ontario: England's Prince Edward met with First Nations leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of The James Bay Treaty. The historic treaty, signed by Prince Edward's great-great grandfather, created a peaceful alliance between the British Crown and First Nations people across much of Ontario. "It is a great honour to be here in the centenary year of that treaty, basically a treaty from my family  to the peoples of the First Nations,"  Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation told Prince Edward that treaty is not being respected.  "Our forefathers made treaty on a nation-to-nation basis to co-exist peacefully in our homelands," Beardy said. He said that while the treaty generated prosperity and wealth in parts of Ontario and Canada, many indigenous northern communities suffer from terrible poverty, illiteracy and suicide rates.   "I think (Ontarians) need to know what's happening to us, their treaty partners..." he said.   'My people are suffering.  Some of my communities are still using outhouses. This is the year 2005. We've had people walk on the moon and yet my people are still using outhouses. A lot of them can't even access basic education. That has to change." The United Nations ranks living standards in the region as "squarely in the Third World category," with extremely low levels of literacy and "terribly high" levels of suicide.
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State senators call for action at Whiteclay
Nebraska:  Fifteen Nebraska senators told the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota that Nebraska needs to do more about the alcohol problems in Whiteclay.  Alcohol is banned on the 5,000-square-mile Pine Ridge Reservation, home to 15,000 Oglala Sioux.  Whiteclay, which borders Pine Ridge, has only 14 residents and 3 liquor stores which sell thousands of cans of beer each week to the Sioux. Today, the reservation has one of the nation's highest alcoholism-related mortality rates.   Nebraska's lawmakers said people who purchase and consume alcohol in Whiteclay must take responsibility for their actions.  "We also recognize the state of Nebraska's contribution to the misery caused in Whiteclay by its licensing of alcohol sales within 200 feet of a reservation which allows neither the sale nor consumption of alcoholic beverages upon its lands," the senators said.  Tribal police will now help patrol the streets of Whiteclay.

Talking elder issues
Oklahoma: Gary Kodaseet, a Kiowa elder from Oklahoma City, is the former Executive Director of the National Indian Council on Aging. Kodaseet, 69, recently answered questions about elders' issues. 
What is the gap in funding between what the Indian Council on Aging asked for and what it actually received?
The National Indian Council on Aging asked for at least $100,000,000. Currently, the budget is $27,000,000. Many tribes don't receive services because they must have 60 elders that are 55 and older, and a lot of tribes don't have that.
What are things that can be done to help Native American elders, who are traditionally held in very high regard?
There needs to be more money for eating programs.  Transportation is also a big problem. Many elders can't get to the services they need, and the services can't come to them.
Are there enough groups lobbying only for Native American seniors?
We only have the National Indian Council on Aging. Some Indian organizations have partnered with the NICA, including the Indian Health Board and also the National Congress of American Indians. Some people are lobbying Congress to increase funding for tribal programs. One thing under President Bush is the Medicare prescription drug benefit which requires seniors to get their medicines at regular pharmacies and not the Indian Health Service.  We need to have more education for the elders on how to apply for the new service.
What can AARP can do to help elders?
AARP has information centers. An elder should visit them, see what different programs are available, and request printed information. 
Do you find that Indian young people are doing enough today to take care of their elders?
As far as long term care, elders are taking care of the young people. Grandparents are raising their grandchildren because their children are having problems. With the high cost of childcare, grandparents have a needed role in the family.

Home could be foundation for Navajo enterprise
New Mexico: Mary and Kee Augustine are an elderly Navajo couple living on the Navajo Reservation. For years they have applied--and been denied--housing assistance, even though their home was literally falling apart around them.  Now, thanks to an Arizona State University project, the Augustines will receive a new home with the cooperation of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes.  A home will be designed and built from FlexCrete — an energy-efficient, aerated concrete made from fly ash. Aerated FlexCrete has a lower compression strength than concrete, thus making it easier to cut, cheaper to build and much more efficient than a traditionally constructed home. The Navajo Housing Authority donated more than 1,500 blocks to construct the Augustines’ home, along with a week’s worth of labor to assist in laying the block.  The home is designed like a traditional hogan, with a typical Western rectangular design coming off the round structure to complete the home.  A dedication ceremony for the Augustines’ new FlexCrete home is set for July 3.

Mni Wiconi deadline looms
South Dakota: As Mni Wiconi project crewswork to deliver Missouri River water to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation,  officials worry that Congress won't provide enough money to finish the project. Last fall Congress approved $25,000,000  for construction during  2005, and this summer's work will begin soon. For 2006  the U.S. House on passed a bill providing $22,000,000.  But the $22,000,000 for Mni  Wiconi includes $7,000,000 for operation and maintenance, meaning less than $15,000,000 is available for actual construction.  "That's ugly," said Mike Kurle, manager of West River/Lyman Jones Rural Water Systems. "If it stays at $15,000,000 for construction, it will set this project back four years." Oglala Sioux Rural  Water Supply System will operate Mni Wiconi's core line and water treatment. Head engineer Mike Watson said about $285,000,000 has been spent on Mni Wiconi  so far. He estimates the project needs about $142,200,000 to be completed by the 2008 deadline. However, if the project is not finished by then, Congress must reauthorize it before more funds can be provided.  Once completed, Mni Wiconi will deliver Missouri River water to about 50,000 people on three Indian reservations and nine counties. The project is now about 67% complete.

  Klamath Fisheries Facing Closure
California: The Hoopa and Yurok tribes face drastic cuts to their annual salmon harvest from the Klamath River. Over the past several years, they have harvested 30,000-70,000 fish--half the total salmon population. This year, however, the total fish populations are only about 16,800 fish.  In addition, up to 80% of the fish are diseased.   Mike Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe's director of tribal fisheries, said the tribe will likely only harvest enough fish for subsistence and ceremonial purposes and all but shut down any commercial fishing.   Many problems are blamed for the sharp decline in salmon including a five-year drought, and federal management of the river which allots too much water tofarmers. The Bush administration has been roundly criticized by tribes, fishermen, and environmentalists for keeping the water flowing to the farmers at the expense of the salmon and other fish species.
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