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Pow Wows.com newsletter Wednesday 21 May 2014

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DNA Below are excerpts of articles that have been published on Powwows.comover the last couple of weeks that you may have missed!

Be sure to check our site often for new articles!

Congratulations Diane Humetewa! Newest Member of the Federal Bench

You might remember we mentioned Diane Humetewa was nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the district of Arizona as a federal judge. It was announced May 14, 2014, that the United States Senate confirmed her to serve on the federal bench! Humetewa is the first American Indian woman to serve in the federal judiciary.

The National Congress of American Indians released a statement.
The Honorable Humetewa is impeccably qualified for her new role. She has practiced law in federal courts for over a decade – as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, as Assistant U.S. Attorney, and as the U.S. Attorney for Arizona – and is experienced in a wide array of complex proceedings, hearings, and cases.

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Pow Wow Calendar Update – May 15, 2014

Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Plan your Pow Wow trips!
Upcoming Pow Wow

40th Annual DE-UN-DA-GA Memorial Day Pow Wow
May 23 – May 26
7 Boy Scout Lane, Carlton , PA – 16311

Memorial Dayz Pow Wow has been postponed
May 24 – May 24
The Mall, Washington D.C., D.C. – 20024

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Congratulations to all the New Native Graduates!

Lots of folks were busy attending graduation ceremonies this past weekend, for both high school and college. Good job everyone!

I saw this great photo by Jack Ahasteen, the man behind Navajo Times’ editorial cartoons, and thought it would be an appropriate sentiment to share.

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Chickasaw Nation Showcases Thriving Culture Online

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma is proud of its heritage and hopes to increase awareness of their culture and legacy by producing high-quality videos for the public to view. Chickasaw.tv is where the Chickasaw Nation’s past and present come together. Take a look below at some of the talented members of this nation.

Jeremy Wallace is a Chickasaw drummer, singer and stomp dancer. During his performances, Jeremy’s connection to his ancestors and the Creator become palpable, as he honors his Chickasaw heritage through song and dance.

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Videos from the 43rd Annual Stanford Pow Wow

Our friend Charlie Ballard hit the pow wow trail again and attended the 43rd Annual Stanford Pow Wow this past weekend. The Stanford Pow Wow is one of the largest student-run pow wows in the United States.

It looks like he had a lot of fun taking in the sights, the sounds and the frybread! Check out some of his videos below:
Interview with Southern Emcee Tom Phillips. He has the perfect emcee voice!

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Gathering of Nations Midnight Special – Smoke Dance Competition

Were you lucky enough to watch the Smoke Dance Competition at Gathering of Nations this year? If not we’ve got you covered. Check out some highlights from the Friday Midnight Special with singer Sheldon Sundown.
Men and Women together:

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Waskewitch Family, Gathering of Nations Hand Drum Singing – Pow Wow Video of the Week

Waskewitch Family, GON 2014 hand drum singing

Watch the video!

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Third Native American Issue from Sooner Spectator Released

I met some really great people during my years at the University of Oklahoma. It was wonderful to have such a strong Native American community there as well. That’s why it makes me happy to see that OU is recognizing those strong contributions our fellow Native students made to the campus.NDNSports has a great write up of the latest release of the Sooner Spectator which features a 16-page section on key student-athletes who have helped enhance the tradition and history that Natives have established there over the last 108 years.

“Native Americans have played such a significant role in so many aspects of campus life at the University of Oklahoma. They are an essential part of the fabric that is OU and OU athletics,” said Jay C. Upchurch, editor of Sooner Spectator. “Looking back at the history of OU football, Natives have been there basically every step of the way — helping build a tradition that many believe is the greatest in college athletics.”

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Overcrowding An Issue at Pow Wows?

There’s no doubt about, Gathering of Nations is one of the most anticipated Pow Wows each year with representatives from over 500 nations attending the event. According to tourism statistics in New Mexico it’s the 2nd largest event in the state, right behind the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

In its 31st year, the pow wow was examined for safety issues with reports of at least 2,000 dancers on the floor during grand entry. Local TV reporters from KRQE TV took a closer look at the concern.

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Natives Fight Back: Siouxper SOBER

In case you missed it last week, University of North Dakota (UND) students came under fire for creating some ignorant party t-shirts that proclaimed they were“Siouxper Drunk”. The t-shirts show a version of the old UND mascot (Fighting Sioux) with a beer bong in his mouth. This led to outrage, protests and heated arguments on social media.

If you want to order a t-shirt follow the link for Pow Wow Jamz. And if you want to, there’s also a new group you can join on Facebook called#SiouxperSOBER Natives.

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Have You Seen the Lakota Bears?

Back in 2011, 20 episodes of The Berenstain Bears series were dubbed with the Lakota language and began airing on public television in North and South Dakota under the title Mat?ó Waú?šila Thiwáhe (“The Compassionate Bear Family”). The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project is a joint venture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to television sets across Indian Country

My little guy watched a whole episode, not even caring that it was a language he didn’t understand. Too bad they don’t have a Comanche version! What other languages would you like to see the series dubbed with?

The first episode is “Trouble At School: Owáyawa-ta Wóiyotiyekiye” Watch the full episode below:

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Life of a Pow Wow Singer

This upcoming Summer, many pow wow singers will be hitting the road. Our friend Charlie Ballard recently sat down with Manuel Lieras to get an inside peek at life on the pow wow trail with one of the many singers everyone will be seeing this 2014 season.

CB: Please introduce yourself – name, tribe, where you from, schooling/education, age, horoscope sign, dating status, family members.
ML: Manuel “Manny” Lieras. I’m Diné and Comanche, born and raised in San Diego, CA. I have a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from San Diego State University, turning 36 on May 29th, Gemini, Indian, married. I have a daughter named Joni who is 16 months and expecting a second child with my wife Yvonne Marshall in December.

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Help Send the Sewam American Indian Dance group to France!

Eddie Madril, Anecita Hernandez, Michael Bercier and Sara Moncada are honored to be the first Native American Indigenous group to be invited to present at the Cultures of the World International Dance Festival in France. The festival has over a 40-year history of presenting cultures from around the world and has been awarded a non-governmental organization partnership with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, for the safeguard, development and promotion of traditional cultures around the world. Other groups in the 2014 program include Pampa y Huella from Argentina, Wadaiko Group Saidi from Japan, Baku Group of Azerbaijan and the Massai from Kenya to name a few.

While the festival provides housing and meals while there, the dancers are responsible for all travel and extras in getting their people there and back home.

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