Native American Traditions

Obama, Clinton Woo American Indian Voters

June 2, 2008

Author: Matthew Brown and Mary Clare Jalonick

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h5U5WsF9RY8AIQhHcuQcr13qFmrwD911Q1KG0

The purification ceremony isn't an everyday ritual of U.S. presidential politics.

The newly named Awe Kooda Bilaxpak Kuuxshish — better known as Barack Obama — faced east, the symbolic source of new life. His adopted Crow father, Hartford Black Eagle, prayed over...

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International: Canada Hears of Native Abuse Pain

June 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7430270.stm

A truth and reconciliation commission examining what native leaders call one of the most tragic and racist chapters in Canada's history has begun.

The commission will study Canada's decades-long policies that removed Aboriginal children from their families to force Christianity upon them.

The state-funded religious schools were often the...

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Tribe Blesses Burial Ground in Danbury

May 29, 2008

Author: Kristina Smith Horn

Source: Port Clinton News Herald

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080529/NEWS01/805290304/1002

As Chief Leaford Bearskin stood on a Native American burial ground Wednesday, he and his tribe felt a strong connection with the ancient people interred below him.

Bearskin, head of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma, asked the Great Spirit to...

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Focusing on Earth, Not Drugs

May 26, 2008

Author: Greg Peterson

Source: Indian Country

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096417372

Menominee Tribal School fifth-grader La-Rie Corn is already well-versed in the dangers of drug gangs, protecting the environment and learning her tribe's heritage, including keeping alive its Native language.

The affable 11-year-old has proposed an Earth Club that's being formed at the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in Keshena.
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Community Pushing to Preserve Indian Burial Ground

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WPXI

http://www.wpxi.com/news/16095336/detail.html

McKees Rocks wants to move debris at the base of a burial mound.

One man find[s] this extremely offensive.

Euegene Strong says, "If a person were to write a story of Pittsburgh, this is the beginning of that story."

Hidden on a tree covered mountain, in a place people talk about, let alone ever get to see, stands a Native American Burial Ground....

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Indigenous Voices Demand Climate Justice

April 25, 2008

Author: Jessica Lee

Source: The Indypendent

http://www.indypendent.org/2008/04/25/indigenous-voices-demand-climate-justice/

In the massive half-moon shaped United Nations conference auditorium filled with hundreds of individuals robed in colorful traditional clothing, jewelry and ceremonial items, a young female’s voice echoes from the center of the room.

“We indigenous peoples are emphatic in...

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Native American Gathering Focuses on Traditional Music, Dance, Skills

April 21, 2008

Author: LORETTA DEMKO

Source: The Times and Democrat

http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2008/04/21/news/13050563.txt

Traditional music and dance and other practices of Native Americans was the focus of an event held during the 17th Annual Western Weekend Rodeo and Festival in South Congaree.

The Native American gathering featured a grand entry in which all of the participants marched into the sacred circle. Emcee Gary Five Crows...

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Pow Wow Gets off to Late Start, Still Draws Visitors

April 20, 2008

Author: Ezra Mann

Source: The Pine Bluff Commercial

http://www.pbcommercial.com/articles/2008/04/20/news/news1.txt

Though the gates to Saracen Landing opened at 9 a.m., many were on “Indian Time,” with festivities beginning after 10:30 a.m and running until about 5 p.m., Sue Trulock, director of the Jefferson County Historical Museum and one of the sponsors for the Native American Heritage Day Pow Wow, said Saturday.

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Earth Healing Initiative: Faith Groups Face Tipping Point; Learn Native American Respect for Planet

April 9, 2008

Author: Greg Peterson

Source: Gather

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The new non-profit Earth Healing Initiative, based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is honoring faith-based and Native American environmental projects across the Great Lakes.

The interfaith Earth Healing Initiative (EHI) is currently collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge involving about 37 projects in eight states including...

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Hawaii Passes Bill to Protect Taro Plant

April 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thomson Financial News

Wire Service: AP

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The sacred Hawaiian taro plant cannot be genetically modified for at least five years, according to a measure approved by lawmakers Thursday.

The moratorium falls short of the demands of many taro farmers and Native Hawaiian groups who want taro to remain untampered with forever. They sought a 10-year ban on alteration of the crop...

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Incoming Elmhurst College President is Lawyer, Theologian

March 13, 2008

Author: Joseph Sjostrom

Source: The Chicago Tribune

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The incoming president of Elmhurst College is a lawyer, theologian and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

The college announced late last month that S. Alan Ray, an administrator at the University of New Hampshire, will replace Bryant Cureton on July 1 to become Elmhurst College's 13th president.

A native of Oklahoma, Ray is half Cherokee and a citizen of the...

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Activist: Old Native Ways Can Be Used in New Sustainability Efforts

March 9, 2008

Author: Brynn Grimley

Source: Kitsap Sun

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As a mother, Lydia Sigo is concerned about her child's future. As a member of the Suquamish Tribe, Sigo is concerned about the next seven generations and what their futures hold.

That's why the young mother attended an event held Sunday at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort, where environmental activist Winona LaDuke spoke about ways people — specifically Native...

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Walkers Seek Protection of Sacred Sites, Native Rights

February 23, 2008

Author: MICHAEL MARESH

Source: Lahontan Valley News

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Several people are reliving a walk of 30 years ago from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to promote that all life is sacred, whether it be the Earth, sites or life itself.

Participants arrived Fallon on Thursday and stopped at the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Reservation. They will rest there through the weekend before resuming their journey to Austin, Eureka and then Ely.

Army Sued to Clear Ordnance from Hawaiian Temples

February 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Environment News Service

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Today, community group Malama Makua asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii to order the U.S. Army to move quickly to expand cultural access to Native Hawaiian sites at Makua Military Reservation on Oahu.

This access is required under the October 4, 2001 settlement that resolved Malama Makua's lawsuit challenging the Army's failure to prepare an environmental impact...

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