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Pow Wows.com newsletter 4 August, 2014

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Pow Wows.com newsletter Wednesday 21 May 2014

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

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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

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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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Pow Wows.com April 2014 Newsletter



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

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How To Make Your Own Bead Loom

By Robyn Rokar, I just made myself 4 looms over the weekend and had the foresight to take some pics. It’s a very simple loom…no need to mess with screws,nails, etc…. Supply list: 1″ x 4″ board, wide Strapping tape.

I bought a 8 foot board and had the lumber yard cut it in half to fit in my car. Here’s a pic of the strapping tape I used and one of the spacer blocks I cut out.

Of course the lumber yard didn’t cut my board EXACTLY in half, so I took the longer side and cut in 3 equal pieces about 18 inches long.

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Beaded Moccasins – eBay Find of the Week

From eBay: For sale is a wonderful pair of beaded Sioux (Lakota) moccasins, first half of the 20th Century, from the Zehner Collection. Uppers made of native tanned hide, rawhide soles. Hide is in a very good condition. Beadwork is lane stitched and sinew sewn in traditional designs. Bead colors are white, medium blue, dark blue, tomato red, some bright-red-white-heart and pea green. Metal danglers with red chicken feathers. Size of the moccasins is circa 9″ x 4″. Minor bead loss at heels. Overall very good condition.

Collected by Dr. Luther R. and Frances T. Zehner at the Standing Rock Reservation in 1949/1950.Dr. Zehner started working in 1949 as a physician in the reservation hospital at Standing Rock Reservation near Fort Yates, ND, while Mrs. Zehner was a teacher in the Standing Rock reservation school. Dr. and Mrs.

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2014 PowWows.com Princess – Alexa Winona Mary Gabbard

My name is Alexa Winona Mary Gabbard from Moorhead, MN. My Dakota name is Unki Maka Akan Waci Win which translates as ‘She Walks On Mother Earth. I am Dakota oyate from Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada and Ojibway from North West Angle, Ontario, Canada. I was born in British Columbia, Canada and lived there for five years before I moved to the United States. I am 13 years old and I am in seventh grade at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, Minnesota. My parents are Mike and Delores Gabbard. My grand parents are Alden and Elsie Pompana from Manitoba.

I travel all over the United States and Canada with my family, going to pow-wows all year long. I have been dancing since I was able to walk and pow-wows have become a very big part of my life. I also enjoy going to ceremony in my home community and other communities. Along with pow-wows and school, I also enjoy theater, choir and playing trombone in my school band. When I get older I want to finish high school and get a scholarship to Harvard University to be a lawyer.

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Quincy Afraid of Lighting, Lakota Warrior

Quincy Afraid of Lightning’s striking name makes an indelible impression on everyone who hears it. So does his stunning presence in powwow regalia, as this mighty Lakota dances at many powwows. Yet, it is his indomitable spirit that stands out as a steady, strong example of traditional Lakota values and his personal faith beliefs. Recently, this powwow dancer took a break from serving his community to speak with us about the fire that fuels his way of life.

Q) You are amazing! Each time we visit, you’re doing something remarkable! What are you into these days?

A) I’m 38 and growing stronger as I get older . I’m drug, alcohol, and smoke free. I do teaching presentations on our Lakota culture and music. I pastor a church in Rapid City SD called The Miracle Center. Before all of that I had a very troubled life of addiction. I have also been to state and federal prison. I am also an author. I wrote a book called “The Blue Road” which is going all over the U.S. and helping many people get free of the same obstacles I had in my life.

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Protecting Native Seeds

According to a report by KRQE out of Albuquerque, NM, a bill has been introduced in the Senate and House in New Mexico which would protect Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agriculture purposes. The proposal would permit tribes to work alongside public research institutions to encourage education and training programs preserving the purity of the seeds.

Currently there are several organizations throughout Indian Country dedicated to seed conservation such as Native Seeds in Arizona, Upon request, Native Seeds will provide free seeds to Native Americans in the Greater Southwest region.

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Moapa Band of Paiutes Break Ground on Solar Power Plant

Last Year members from the Moapa Band of Paiutes led a 16-mile walk to highlight plans to close a coal-fired power plant and build a solar energy plant in Southern Nevada.

This year they’re starting construction on a 250MW solar power plant. As reported by Lucy Woods with PV Tech, The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar project is to be built by Moapa Southern Paiute Solar, a subsidiary of First Solar Electric. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2015, powering 93,000 homes and creating 400 construction jobs.

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Pow Wow Trail – The Fancy Dance

“The Fancy Dance” is the sixth episode of an eleven part television series from 2001 known as “The Pow Wow Trail”. Over the course of 2 years producer Jeremy Torrie and film crew traveled to over 40 reservations, ceremonies and Pow Wow celebrations.

Their travels brought them all over the United States and Canada shooting and interviewing the best Pow Wow singers, dancers, the most respected elders, songwriters, traditional teachers and the various perspectives of people living, traveling and competing on the Pow Wow circuit.

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Pamunkey Woman to Portray Pocahontas in Re-enactment

It’s been 400 years since Pocahontas wed John Rolfe, and folks at the Historic Jamestowne will be holding an re-enactment of the wedding. Steve Vaughan with the Virgina Gazette reports that Wendy Taylor, a member of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe who says she’s a descendant of Powhatan, will portray the famous leader’s daughter, Pocahontas, in the re-enactment.

“I live on the Pamunkey Reservation. We have good relations with Jamestown,” Taylor said in a telephone interview Friday. “They asked me if I wanted to do it, and I said I would be happy to.”

Taylor, a 25-year-old mother of two, said there have been no rehearsals for the wedding yet.

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Indigenize the World: Indigenous Rights Activist Raps His Way to Justice

Indigenize the World! One Indigenous activist hopes to do just that by using his Navajo culture and lyrical talent. Hip hop artist Indigenize plans to fire up and motivate Native America through his music. Nothing is off limits in this talented performer’s interview with Powwows.com.

Q) Indigenize the World! That’s a mighty message! Who is the man behind such a powerful phrase?

A) I’m towering house people clan and red house people clan. I am a Hip Hop emcee from the Dine’h ( Navajo) territories. I am a Indigenous rights activists with a message of rekindling our warrior societies.

Q) Such passion for Indigenous rights must have a story behind it?

A) My journey with music started when I was young. The power of music didn’t come to my understanding until I got shot at the age of 17 in my home town of Gallup, New Mexico in 2008. What kept me sane was a Tupac Album titled “Me Against the World”. After my experience with death, I NOW understood what Tupac and what ALL great musicians talk about when Speaking on the struggles of people instead of exploiting the issue and expose the issue at its core. Then, I came to realize we as Indigenous here on Turtle Island have become part of this systems history.

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The Sisters Schimel – HBO Real Sports

The Schimmel sisters will be featured in a segment tonight on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel!

Straight from the HBO press release:

The Sisters Schimmel. A force in women’s basketball, the University of Louisville hopes to return to the Final Four for the second straight year after earning a three-seed in this year’s tournament. The Cardinals are led in part by two sisters who hail from a little-known basketball hotbed in the United States: Native American reservations. The older sibling, All-American senior guard Shoni Schimmel, is widely expected to be a top pick in the WNBA draft next month. Junior guard Jude Schimmel is the team’s reliable sixth woman.

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Mural Helps Raise Awareness : #ItEndsHere

The mural was inspired by the #ItEndsHere campaign poster, designed by Jaque Fragua. Fellow artists Owee, Keir1, Dan Tullie, and Tom Greyeyes helped paint the mural during the PAINT PHX event held in Phoenix, AZ. Via Decolonizing Media tumblr The #ItEndsHere campaign, organized by Nations Rising, aims to confront the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls, by declaring: #ItEndsHere.They are committed to eliminating all forms of violence within Indigenous communities, including violence based on gender and sexual identity and orientation.

Read about the full series of articles on the #ItEndsHere campaign at Nations Rising

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Native American Night in Louisville

Even though the game was two weeks ago, people are still buzzing about the energy that was inside the KFC YUM! Center where the Schimmel sisters of Louisville women’s basketball team took on a still undefeated Connecticut. The recent snowstorm that cut across the country didn’t deter the thousands of Native American fans who traveled from all over Indian Country to attend the game. They waited hours before the game to show their support for Shoni Schimmel on her Senior Night, and waited hours after the game to get her autograph.

How many of you attended the game? Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make it, Charlie Perry of The Indian Leader has a great recap of the game.

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Scalps on Display at Karl May Museum

It’s no secret that many Europeans have been infatuated with Native American culture for quite some time. Karl May, a German novelist during the late 1800s, has been credited with creating the German fascination with all things “Wild West”. A museum dedicated to the man is now under fire for displaying Native American scalps and refusing to return them. British newspaper The Guardian reports, the Karl May Museum in Radebeul near Dresden is in possession of 17 scalps, 3 on display, that were given to the private collection by a friend of the novelist.

For the last four years, activists have been calling for the return of the scalps, whose display in American museums has been illegal since 1990. Yet in spite of these requests the Karl May Museum has made no moves to return the items.

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Dan Snyder Creating Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation

Are you buying what he’s selling?

In a four-page letter yesterday, Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskin’s football team, announced that he was creating the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

The mission of the Original Americans Foundation is to provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities. With open arms and determined minds, we will work as partners to begin to tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country. Our efforts will address the urgent .challenges plaguing Indian country based on what Tribal leaders tell us they need most. We may have created this new organization, but the direction of the Foundation is truly theirs.

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Pow Wows. Com Newsletter February 12, 2014

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

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A Visit With Miss Native American USA – Sarah Ortegon

Thank you very much Dr. Dawn Karima, this has truly been an adventure and would love to share some of my thoughts with you. I was born in Denver, CO. Growing up my family would travel from Denver to the Wind River Reservation and drop us off at my Uncle and Aunties house during the summers in Fort Washakie, WY. My life started out in a large family, which eventually ended up with my parents having twelve children, six boys and six girls. My parents have been my backbone; my Mom Sharon Joy has been my inspiration through out my life. I am a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University. I received my Bachelor in Fine arts with a concentration in drawing in June of 2013. I was also able to study art history overseas in Italy in 2012 for a semester. Recently, I was blessed with becoming a part of Larry Yazzie’s Native Pride Dancers. I also continue to work while I hold my title. My passions include working out, jingle dress dancing, creating art and giving back to the community in any way that presents itself.

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What Are You Proud To Be?

As Native Americans, we call ourselves many things. What are you proud to be?

Watch the video from the National Congress of American Indians!

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New Kicks for Pow Wow Season

OBOnesSpider.jpg&h=400&w=570&q=100Before you hit the pow wow trail this year, you might be thinking of getting some new shoes. Should you go for comfort or style?

How about a little bit of both?

Check out the custom artwork on these shoes done by talented artist Orlando Begay.

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Interview with George Abeyta – Fancy Dancer and Educator

We are visiting with George J. Abeyta, a dynamic presence in Native Dance. Known for his energetic athleticism as a fancy dancer, Mr. Abeyta is also the Coordinator of Eastern Shoshone Days, one the USA’s most popular powwows. Thanks so much for joining us! Please tell us a little about yourself?

A) I have been a fancy feather dancer most of my life. I enjoy educating non-Natives about our culture and inspiring others through the dance that the Creator has blessed me with. The profession that I chose allows me to do this without too much conflict (summer vacations). I have been a teacher and a coach here at Fort Washakie School for 21 years (awarded BA in Elementary Ed, University of Wyoming ’91 and MA in Teaching, Grand Canyon University ’04).

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People’s Choice Award Winners

What was the Best Pow Wow of 2013?

Best MC?

Best dancer?

Best Northern Drum?

Your votes are in!

Find out the winners!

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The Great Spirit Made a Pow Wow Dancer

During the 2013 Super Bowl I saw a commercial made by Ram Trucks using a speech by Paul Harvey and still images of farmers. Seeing it gave me the desire to do something similar honoring Native Americans, specifically powwow dancers. I don’t dance but many of my family and relatives do. I just photograph them.

So I sent out a request via my Like page, Sings In The Timber Photography, asking if anyone had the ability to adapt Mr. Harvey’s original speech to fit the life of a powwow dancer. Writer Anne Thundercloud responded, I wrote the first phrase and Ms. Thundercloud wrote the rest. I then asked my friend Joseph Grady to record the voice-over, Mr. Grady is a local Montana actor who had a role in the film Winter In The Blood. Finally, I needed music so I turned to my friend Nate Ante and his Wisconsin drum group Tha Bucks. I’ve known many of Tha Bucks singers for years and the are like family to me.

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Miss Indian Nations XXI – Alexandria Alvarez

Q) Congratulations! You are truly a lovely Miss Indian Nations! Please tell us about yourself? What do you want us to know about you?

A) My name is Alexandria Brooke Alvarez, I am Miss Indian Nations XXI, I am 26 years-old, and I graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University with an Associate in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies. I completed two internships in the Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) with Social Security in the Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity, and then at the Environmental Protection Agency in the American Indian Environmental Office.

I currently work at the Sho-Ban News, our tribal newspaper, and was attending Idaho State University for the last two years, but this past fall I decided to take a year off so that I may put my whole heart into being Miss Indian Nations.

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Photos from Native American Cultural Day at Wickiup

This past summer Bob Uhl, who runs the Midwest PowWows blog, attended the Native American Cultural Day at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center in Iowa. He captured some great photos from the event. Let’s take a look at how his day went.

Linn County Conservation Commission & the Wickiup Learning Center held its 3rd annual Native American Cultural Day on Saturday August 24th at the Wickiup Learning Center, North of Cedar Rapids near Toddville, Iowa. Running an event & coordinating so things run smooth can sometimes be an arduous task, but director Gail Barels & a long list of volunteers & supporters did an excellent job at hosting the event.

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Man Who Gave Seahawks Drum, Honored With New Drum

When running back Marshawn Lynch asked Seahawks fan John Scott in the crowd for his Native American hand drum at the team’s Super Bowl victory parade last Wednesday, Scott hesitated at first, but then he gave it up.

“I was kind of concerned; he doesn’t know how sacred it is to the Native community, but then when I realized, hey, this is Marshawn Lynch, he just won us a Super Bowl. So I thought it was an even exchange — the drum for the Super Bowl,” Scott said.

Lynch beat on the drum during much of the parade.

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Native Treasures at Goodwill?

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A lot of famous paintings have been found amongst the racks of posters, dishes and old clothing at your local Goodwill. Have you ever seen any Native American items up for sale? Last year a Goodwill in Seattle found a beaded vest, which they quickly donated to a museum. Recent Goodwill online auctions have showcased beaded gloves and a breechcloth from the 1880s.

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Dancing for her People – Dr. Denise Walters

For many Powwow goers from many tribes, Dr. Denise Walters is a comforting, compassionate presence. Blessed with academic excellence and cultural interests, this Nottoway beauty shares her Traditional Dancing at numerous powwows and events. Dr. Denise Walters, Ph.D. discussed her heritage and her heart for Native lifeways with Powwows.com.

Q) You’re so dedicated to Native Causes and Powwows! I’m thrilled you could visit with us. You’re familiar to many powwow fans, but will you please introduce yourself to us?

A) My name is Denise Lowe Walters. I am a scientist with a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in pharmacy. I have been dancing for more than 20 years.

Q) What is your Native heritage? How do you incorporate your heritage into your life?

A) I am a member of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia. Our tribe values faith, hard work, and education. I have focused on education in my personal life, which has resulted in a very fulfilling career. My tribe focuses on understanding our heritage and sharing our traditions and history with both Native and non-Native people in the area. In recent years, my son and I have participated in a number of our tribe’s sharing activities.

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Omaha Tribe Invites Peyton Manning to Reservation

PhotAn open letter to Peyton Manning from the Omaha Tribe:

January 30, 2014

Mr. Manning,

Let us first congratulate you on a successful season and we wish you the best of luck at the Super Bowl. We wanted to take this time to thank you for your affinity with the word: “Omaha.” Recently, the City of Omaha officials worked all week to capitalize on the publicity generated by your audible call, “Omaha” which has been used numerous times during recent Bronco’s Football Games.

Several City of Omaha businesses have also teamed up to donate monetary contributions for every ”Omaha” call which was made to your PeyBack Foundation for at-risk youth. The Omaha Tribe applauds those businesses and your foundations efforts.

We recently read an article through the Associated Press with the following text: “I’ve had a lot of people ask me what ‘Omaha’ means,” Manning said. “It’s a run play, but it could be a pass play, or a playaction pass, depending on a couple of things. The wind, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys we’re wearing. It varies from play to play.”

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Walking in Two Worlds – Russell Mean’s Son Releases CD

Many people all over the world remember and respect Russell Means for his tireless work for Native American rights and visibility. Now, his son Nataanii Means is forging a path that raises awareness of Native American issues and interests through his music. He sat down with me to share his feelings about his debut cd, entitled 2 Worlds.
Q) What’s new in your world right now?

A) With the release of my debut album 2 Worlds has come quite a few shows and new opportunities. I’m looking forward to a lot more of that has time comes. As of right now, just shooting music videos and doing shows.

Q) What do you want us to call the musical style that you use?

A) I don’t like categorizing my music to just “Native hip hop” or anything like that. I tell people its music with a message, human music that people will relate too and bring into my world of being Indigenous in the 21st century. Basically just Hip-hop.

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Time Lapse Video of Indian Alley

Check out this time lapse of artist Votan Ik creating his mural of Plenty Coups in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Indian Alley.

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The Making of Code Talker Medals

Twenty-five Native American leaders stood in a packed Emancipation Hall in Washington DCNovember 20, 2013 to accept Congressional Gold Medals on behalf of their tribe’s Code Talkers – men who worked in secret to help win World Wars One and Two. Check out this video from the United States Mint on how the medals were made.

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America The Beautiful Sung in Pueblo

Did you catch this commercial during the big game? Meet Christy and hear her sing “America the Beautiful” in Keres, one of the many languages in Coca-Cola’s 2014 Big Game ad.

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Frybread TV Series Coming Soon

Coming off the success of his film More Than Frybread, Holt Hamilton is hoping to recreate that magic in a TV/Web Series.

The pilot TV episode of “Frybread” is sixty-percent completed, and features several cast members from the movie More Than Frybread. The release of the pilot by Holt Hamilton Productions (HHP) could very well be the first TV series based on Native American sitcom. The original movie released in 2012 was screened in more than fifty reservations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The release of “Frybread” is scheduled for mid-March 2014.

The series takes off with the World Wide Frybread Association, founded in 2005, in peril with bankruptcy and litigation nipping at its heels. Donathan Littlehair (actor J.W. Washington), who is naturally thin on top, conjures up a means to save the organization with the aid of humorous and colorful characters from various Native American tribes.

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