Native Traditions

Nations Unite

June 27, 2008

Author: Robin Buda

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096417591

Observances and ceremonies took place across the country June 20 and 21, marking the 2008 National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places.

The first national prayer day took place June 20, 2003, to emphasize the need for Congress to enact a cause of action to protect Native sacred places.

''Native and non-...

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Life, Death, And a 'Reservoir Of Hope'

June 25, 2008

Author: Jonathan Beasley

Source: Harvard Divinity School News and Events

http://www.hds.harvard.edu/news/article_archive/CommunityAltar.html

In early May, an enthusiastic HDS staff member walked into offices in Divinity Hall to let people know about a community altar that was being constructed on the building's third floor. Those of us who could spare a moment were invited for an informal viewing. This altar was, apparently, unique...

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Ancient Bones Home for a Native Burial

June 14, 2008

Author: Murray Langdon

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080614.BCBONES14/TPStory/National

As eagles soared overhead and a raven kept a watchful eye from a tree branch, members of a Coast Salish first nation on Vancouver Island reburied their lost ancestors.

With the ceremony, which featured a sacred mask dance in their longhouse, a number of songs and prayers, the...

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Canada Apology for Native Schools

June 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7447811.stm

Canada has apologised for forcing about 150,000 aboriginal children to attend state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the apology in parliament in Ottawa, in front of hundreds of ex-schoolchildren. The schools operated from the late 19th Century until the 1990s, although most of them shut in the...

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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, jewerly and ceremonial items, a young female’s voice echoes from the center of the room.

“We indigenous peoples are emphatic in stating...

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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

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977305742

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...

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