By all accounts, Begaye will be a superior teacher when she completes her education, her roots sunk deep in the reservation. It’s a place where students often struggle to learn from teachers who do not understand Navajo culture.
Begaye, 29, had twice left the reservation. As it turned out, she needed her Navajo family to help find her gift. Now, the reservation needs her.
Most students learn about the program through word-of-mouth, though recruiters scour the reservation to find potential Native American teachers. The Navajos’ Chinle Unified School District was the first to launch the ASU program, called Project WIN, for “With Indian Nations.”
Reservations across the West are launching similar programs. Research shows that Native American children who live on reservations have unique learning styles and that it is easier to teach Navajos how to be teachers than it is to teach Navajo culture to Anglos.
Native Hawaiians are the last remaining indigenous group in the United States that hasn’t been allowed to establish their own government, a right already extended to Alaska Natives and 564 Native American tribes.
With a final vote pending in the U.S. Senate and Hawaii-born President Barack Obama on their side, the nation’s 400,000 Native Hawaiians could earn federal recognition as soon as this month – and the land, money and power that comes with it. They measure passed the U.S. House last month.
PINE RIDGE – Tyler Randall, 17, committed suicide in January in Wanblee, Shilo Pierce, 20, took his own life in August in Rapid City, Joe Red Willow in Wanblee in October and in the last three weeks Mariah Montileaux, 14, Joshua Kills Enemy, 16 and Fred Brown Bull all committed suicide. Citing these deaths and putting emphasis on the three teen suicides and the high number of attempts and ideations, tribal president Theresa Two Bulls proclaimed an “Oglala Sioux Tribal Suicide State of Emergency” on Thursday during a press conference in the OST health administration conference room in the old I.H.S. in Pine Ridge.
I hate to post something as tragic as this, but people have to know about it to act, if they can.
I’ve noticed that many of the gov’t organizations working with tribes and American Indian newspapers do have job vacancy announcements, primarily for civil service type jobs. If you know anyone looking for employment who might be a good fit and willing to relocate, they might find something here. Here’s just one example: There are many more if you start digging.
SACRAMENTO – A group from the Tule River Reservation took a trip to Sacramento last week to play a major role in the swearing-in of Pedro Molina, the first Assistant Secretary for Native American Veterans Affairs in the nation.
At the ceremony, Curly Santos, Emo Alvarado, Adam Christman and Koda Bell of the Painted Rock Singers performed the flag song.
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President Barack Obama is weighing his position on the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, a White House spokesperson said.
The bill prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes and certain tobacco product, effectively kill the Indian tobacco industry. Tribes say it was developed without their input and without full hearings into the impact on their rights.
WASHINGTON – Handing big tobacco corporations a huge victory, the U.S. Senate has passed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act – an act tribal leaders say is an attack on tribal sovereignty and economies that will devastate Indian tobacco businesses across the country.
The PACT Act passed by unanimous consent without a vote or a hearing late the evening of March 11. The act bans the shipment of cigarettes and certain tobacco products through the U.S. Postal Service, cutting off the only remaining delivery service for Indian retailers who do business through Internet sales. A few years ago, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who was ousted in a prostitution scandal, “persuaded” private carriers such as Federal Express and UPS to “voluntarily” stop shipping tobacco products.
The Senate bill, introduced by Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., has 20 co-sponsors, including New York Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The House version, which was introduced by Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., passed the House last year by a vote of 397-11.
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The Osage Nation of Oklahoma will ask the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a case over the status of its reservation, Chief Jim Gray said.
Gray said the 10th Circuit ignored its own precedent in declaring that the reservation was disestablished by an act of Congress. He said the ruling threatens other tribes’ rights.
“By establishing new law and not following precedent, their own and that of the Supreme Court, the 10th Circuit court has signaled that every tribe with a reservation is at risk,” Gray said in a press release. “The same thing could happen to them, so we are hopeful that the (court) will reconsider its decision and remain faithful to established federal law.”
Oklahoma businesses and groups that have property in Osage County had said they feared the tribe would use its contention to assert its governmental authority to try to regulate and tax them.
The Oklahoma Tax Commission characterized the tribe’s position as an attempted “land grab.”
The appeals court’s 21-page decision acknowledged that Congress never expressly terminated the reservation that it had established in 1872.
The judges wrote, however, that “the manner in which the Osage Allotment Act was negotiated reflects clear congressional intent that the reservation would be disestablished.” Congress passed that act in 1906, and the allotments divided the reservation among tribal members.
The court, citing testimony by an Osage representative at a 1905 congressional hearing, concluded that the tribe “also recognized that the allotment process would terminate reservation status.”
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When my dad was a little boy, he said everyone was poor. But because the Osage had outsmarted the government by I think buying their land back and keeping the mineral rights, the Osage children came to school with 20 dollar bills.
Emergency” announcement is not recent, and Autumn TwoBulls is trying to draw attention to this ongoing crisis as well as to the general neglect of the Pine Ridge rez with her Facebook group activities, H.E.L.P. (Help Every Lakota Person).
Rosebud is one of them (geothermal energy)- hooray!
…The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, in partnership with the Office of Trust Services in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has identified 13 tribes that have significant potential for quickly developing biomass, geothermal, or hydroelectric energy on their reservations. The tribes, resources and award amounts are listed in the attached table.
Salazar noted that tribal communities have shown exceptional interest in renewable energy development.
“This attests to the tribes’ desire to use their available energy resources for the benefit of its members,” he said. “It also indicates the willingness of tribes to help America reduce our dependence on foreign energy resources through domestic production…”
RYAN WASHINGTON, 21, said he can perform over 100 gravity-defying tricks on his skateboard, which has given him a place of honor at the local skate park. “There is no limit to what you can do on a piece of wood with plastic wheels, he said. “Whenever I master a trick, I feel like I am on top of the world.”
Mr. Washington, a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe, started skateboarding at age 14 and quickly fell in love with a sport that requires tenacity…
Article is related to an upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian
Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America June 12, 2009-November 1, 2009 NMAI on the National Mall, Washington, DC
Ramp it Up celebrates the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian skate culture. Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion with design, graphic art, filmmaking, and music to produce a unique and dynamic culture. One of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, skateboarding has inspired American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities to host skateboard competitions and build skate parks to encourage their youth. Native entrepreneurs own skateboard companies and sponsor community-based skate teams. Native artists and filmmakers, inspired by their skating experiences, credit the sport with teaching them a successful work ethic. The exhibition features rare and archival photographs and film of Native skaters as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists.
World War II gunnery trainees shot at flying targets Ola Rexroat towed behind her aircraft during World War II, and now, the nation has said “thank you.”
Rexroat, who lives in Edgemont, is one of about 300 members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPS, honored with a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of their military service. About 200 women attended the medal ceremony Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Rexroat, an Oglala Lakota, joined the WASPs after high school. After the war, Rexroat served almost 10 years in the Air Force Reserve. She is believed to be the only Native American WASP.
Navajo named to Colorado Indian affairs post Native Times DENVER (AP) – A former energy attorney and member of the Navajo Nation is the new executive secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. Lt. Gov. …
SRP approves rate hike while EIP reports AZ among top producers of mercury … Examiner.com Four Corners Power Plant-located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona, is fueled by coal. APS owns and operates the facility along with five other …
Today’s Headlines – Thursday, March 18, 2010
Replacing No Child Left Behind Legislation Could Mean Big Changes for Indian Country
Jodi Gillette Visits Navajo Nation for Human Rights Listening Session