North American Indian & Indigenous People

“The battle for Indian children will be won in the classroom, not on the streets or on horses. The students of today are our warriors of tomorrow.” –Wilma P. Mankiller

NC Public Schools: DLS Classroom Resources Documentaries
Cherokee: The Principle People A Must See!
(The History and Culture of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation) Hosted by Wes Studi
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/

Nations Within “The Conflict of Native American Sovereignty”
broadcast, always available on NPR’s Justice Talking site!
http://justicetalking.org/

American Indian Heritage Month ~ Web Special Reports
“U.S. Department of Defense ~ Defense Link”
http://www.defense.gov/specials/nativeamerican01/

 

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  • Message of Thanks from the LPDC

    Message of Thanks from the LPDC

    Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Dear Friends and Supporters: In recent years the case of Leonard Peltier has received increasing worldwide attention. This is largely due to the teamwork and cohesive efforts of the LPDC and their network of strong supporters. For...
    One Indian Boys Life Is Turned Around

    One Indian Boys Life Is Turned Around

    Guest Column by Devery Fairbanks In the spring of 1982 I was fresh out of New Visions Treatment Center and staying at the American Indian Services (AIS) Men’s Halfway House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was my first time in treatment and I must say it helped...
    To my many friends in Indian Country

    To my many friends in Indian Country

    By John Herrington, USN Commander, NASA Astronaut, Flight Engineer Now that the mission of STS-113 has come to a conclusion, I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who flew with me in spirit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. I am humbled by the number of...
    Why Won’t You Just Die?

    Why Won’t You Just Die?

    Guest column by Deron Marquez These words seem to be on the minds of many folk. As Tribal Nations establish their rightful positions, many seek to quash their endeavors. I often write and speak about the infamous “them”. This “them” is a...
    Happy New Year From Uncle Jake

    Happy New Year From Uncle Jake

    Note From Uncle Jake Davies Author of Views From The Hogan Ya’a’tee, Konnichiwa, hello I hope all is well with you and yours, and that the new year brings much more of what you wish for. I apologize for the paucity of my communications this last year,...
    UNHRC Big Mountain Statement to the World

    UNHRC Big Mountain Statement to the World

    By Roberta Blackgoat & Kee Watchman Item 15: Indigenous Issues United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Fifty-eighth Session Written intervention by the Big Mountain Sovereign Communities & from the Big Mountain Resistance Movement: Thank you Mr. Chairman,...
    The Spirit of Our People

    The Spirit of Our People

    “Subsistence &Federal Recognition of Tribes” Guest column by Evon Peter, Gwich’in As Alaska Native peoples we are again at a critical point in time. The decisions we make and the actions we take will forever impact the spirit of our people and...
    Spirituality of Many Tribes Diluted

    Spirituality of Many Tribes Diluted

    “Lakota spirituality is the one thing that must not be stolen.” Notes From Indian Country, By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) It seems to me that the spirituality (religion) of so many Indian tribes has become diluted by overexposure and by flagrant abuse by...
    AFN Open Letter To The United Nations

    AFN Open Letter To The United Nations

    Wachiya! Greetings! Bonjour! [Short traditional greeting in Cree] Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues May 13 2002, New York City, New York I am honoured to have the opportunity to address this historic occasion, the first meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum...
    How Effective Was Navajo Code?

    How Effective Was Navajo Code?

    “One Former Captive Knows” By Tim Korte, Sanostee, New Mexico By the close of World War II, Army Sgt. Joe Kieyoomia shared something with the secret words employed by the Navajo Code Talkers: both were like granite against Japanese efforts to break them....
    History AIM #1 – Indictment AIM

    History AIM #1 – Indictment AIM

    The following is from a tribunal held against Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt. By the American Indian Movement. “I would like people to read Russell Means’s book “Where White Men Fear to Tread.” He explains Vernon’s behavior. Vernon and Clyde...
    Psuedo Shamans Cherokee Statement

    Psuedo Shamans Cherokee Statement

    By Richard L. Allen, EdD Research & Policy Analyst Cherokee Nation Greetings: The Cherokee Nation is overwhelmed with those charlatans who fraudulently claim to be shaman, spiritual leaders or descendents of a Cherokee princess. Such individuals make such claims...
    Violation Against Sacred Ceremony

    Violation Against Sacred Ceremony

    Statement from Chief Arvol Looking Horse: I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nation would like to offer a statement concerning the violation against the Sacred Sundance Ceremony at Big Mountain, Arizona. The Sacred White Buffalo Calf Bundle...
    Wichita North Redskins

    Wichita North Redskins

    “Remarks by Clem Ironwing, Sioux, during a public Mascot/Identity Committee hearing.” – November 11, 1996 In the spring of 1996 Wichita Unified School District 259, Wichita Kansas, formed a Committee on Desegregation. This committee made a unanimous...
    Destruction of the Sundance Tree

    Destruction of the Sundance Tree

    I want to communicate with you on behalf of myself and the Sundancers who exercise their beliefs here in Big Mountain. I want to tell you what is happening to us in the millennium years. By now you must have heard about the desecration and destruction of the Sundance...
    Hopi Stuff “Tree of Life” Into Chipper

    Hopi Stuff “Tree of Life” Into Chipper

    “Hopi Tribal staff stuffed the Tree of Life into a woodchipper and haul the other remains away in trailers” Camp Ana Mae, the well-known site of Sun Dances , home to Louise Benally and her children at the foot of Big Mountain, Arizona has been bulldozed by...
    Begaye On Bulldozing of Sundance Site

    Begaye On Bulldozing of Sundance Site

    Statement by the President of the Navajo Nation, Kelsey A. Begaye, on the bulldozing of HPL Sundance Ceremony site by the Hopi Tribe. Window Rock, Navajo Nation (Arizona) – The Hopi governmentĂ­s decision to bulldoze the Sundance ceremony site at Big Mountain is...
    Dismissal of Charges Disappoints Hopi’s

    Dismissal of Charges Disappoints Hopi’s

    Over seven months after their arrest at Camp Anna Mae on the HPL, charges of trespass were dismissed against Joella Ashkie, Ruth Benally, Louise Benally, Elvira Horseherder and Pauline Whitesinger. The five Navajo women were arrested on July 11, 2001 and charged with...
    Witnesses Observe Dismantlement of Site

    Witnesses Observe Dismantlement of Site

    Big Mountain, AZ – Yesterday, Friday, August 17, 2001, at approximately 5:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, the Office of Hopi Lands, Hopi Range Management, Resource Enforcement Services, Hopi Tribal Police, Navajo County Sheriff, and U.S. Department of the...
    Desecration of Sacred Sundance Ground

    Desecration of Sacred Sundance Ground

    BIG MOUNTAIN, AZ – Today (8-17-01) at approximately 5:00 a.m., the Office of Hopi Lands, Hopi Range Management, Resource Enforcement Services, Hopi Tribal Police, Navajo County Sheriff, and BIA impoundment trailers entered Camp Ana Mae, a sacred religious area...
    Begaye Met With Big Mountain Families

    Begaye Met With Big Mountain Families

    On Saturday, August 25, 2001, along with Navajo Nation Council Speaker Edward T. Begaye and other Navajo officials, I visited the Navajo families at Big Mountain to discuss with them the destruction of the Sundance ceremonial ground by the Hopi government. As you...
    ENOUGH! What happened to us at Big Mtn

    ENOUGH! What happened to us at Big Mtn

    ENOUGH! Statement by Leonard Benally in response to desecration of sacred Sundance Grounds site. To all the people Indigenous and non-indigenous people, On August 17th at 5:00 a.m. this was a disgrace, humiliating, and disregarded our right to pray which is supposed...
    The View From The Hogan #XB

    The View From The Hogan #XB

    Ya’a’tee I’ve had difficulty getting the time to send out the latest VFH, so I add this addendum. The following is a statement made by Roberta Blackgoat just a few days ago. She would appreciate it if her words were distributed. Uncle Jake RELIGION...
    Big Mountain Under Siege

    Big Mountain Under Siege

    From the Southeastern foothills of Big Mountain – We wish to say our words to our Indigenous brothers and sisters and other concerned people. By now you have heard the news that we were recently under military siege (armed Hopi Rangers, armed Navajo police,...
    Big Mountain Sun Dance 2001 Report

    Big Mountain Sun Dance 2001 Report

    “This tree is a prophecy. That’s what the Hopi rangers don’t understand. This tree is the fulfillment of a prophecy. This is the end of the 4th world in Hopi prophecy. The name of the 5th world is the World of Glittering Trees.” — Joseph...
    View from the Hogan VIV ~ January 2000

    View from the Hogan VIV ~ January 2000

    Ya’a’tee First off, I apologize for the length of time since I last wrote, I had a dose of pneumonia, things have been real busy, and quite frankly I choose not to spend too much time staring at a computer screen. So Thanksgiving came and went, and a good...
    Annual Florida Pow Wows

    Annual Florida Pow Wows

    **JANUARY January Annual Indian River Native American Festival Silver Sands Arena, 625 Tomoka Farms Road (C. R.#415) New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168 Contact: 904-424-0860 (Vendors by invitation.) **FEBRUARY February Annual Native American Inter-Tribal “Arts...
    Hantavirus Infections

    Hantavirus Infections

    The Hantavirus That Visited the Four Corners – “Sin Nombre virus” has not departed A CNN feature, originating in San Francisco, reports the death last month of a 55-year-old man after a Hantavirus infection. The man, otherwise healthy, died three...