Saturday, August 22, 2009

his Weeks Indigenous News, Issues & Prayer Requests

his Weeks Indigenous News, Issues & Prayer Requests
(Side note from Dave: Because of previous controversy with the group known as buffalo messengers and the man called Hawk. We will not repost anything about this issue that includes their input or web address or other links to them. I will instead ask for everyone to pray for these two Buffalo one black/ one white that even though the zoo is closing, someone who is a good person will help get them to the real Lakota People not fake impersonaters who abuse Lakota traditions. Anyone who really wants to help get these babies to those who will give them respect, email marcie ( ).

This Weeks Indigenous News, Issues & Prayer Requests

In memory of Stephanie M. Schwartz

Stephanie M. Schwartz
January 17, 1947 - August 17, 2009

We just received the sad message that our dear friend and colleague Stehanie
M. Schwartz has passed away.

Stephanie was a writer, poet, journalist (member of the Native American
Journalists Association - NAJA), editor, and the president of the Link
Center Foundation.

Stephanie worked as a counselor, lecturer, and mediator between cultural
traditions for 13 years. She was a volunteer to the World Peace and Prayer
Day non-profit organization and Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota,
Nakota, and Dakota from 1999 to 2003.
She was also an author and webmaster for websites relating to indigenous
traditional cultures, information, and charitable activities, such as Wambli
Ho / Voice of the Eagle; Miracle's Website; He Ska Tokala Sobriety Society,
for Thurman Horse, Lakota Artist, the Kanasita Foundation, and for Chief
Arvol Looking Horse.
She was a member of the Board of Advisors for Native Village Publications --
an award-winning internet Native American educational and news non-profit
resource; a volunteer for Dreamkeepers, an organization promoting the
recording and publishing of indigenous wisdoms from around the world;
founded by writer/journalist Harvey Arden.
Stephanie Schwartz was a contributing author to national and international
news organizations such as Country Road Chronicles, Native American Times,
Lakota-Dakota Journal, Well Nations Magazine, Namaste Magazine, Sacred Hoop
Magazine, and more.

She also volunteered for winter holiday toy drives for the Porcupine
District of the Pine Ridge Reservation since 2002. These toy drives were
originally initiated by Wambli Ho News and the He Ska Tokala Sobriety
Society and are currently continued by the Kanasita Foundation. And a
volunteer for heat and utility assistance program for the Elders of the
Lakota Reservations of South Dakota sponsored by the Link Center Foundation
since 2005.

Stephanie was a volunteer editor for indigenous writers and elders.

And Steph was one of the VIPs who signed the International Peltier Forum
letter to braise awareness to Leonard Peltier's case.

Her contributions to the Lakota people have been plentiful and
compassionate. Stephanie kept us all aware of what was going on in Lakota
country. Her articles were eye-openers to many, and a constant reminder to
all of us of the struggles Lakota people still face today.

Stephanie M. Schwartz was a true gem. It was a real honour knowing her and
working with her. She will be missed and remembered.

Els Herten
coordinator KOLA / IPF

And Who Will Cry

Dedicated to my adoptive brother, Tiblo Kangi Sapa, my friend, Wanbli
Cikala, and others your world has lost....

Warriors don't cry
So they say
Be strong
Mourn not, grieve not

Yet who will cry
Who will shed the water
To feed the spirit
And heal the people

Keen and wail
Tatter the clothes
Cut the hair
Sing the pain to the stars

Sound of power
Carrying aloft the soul
While tears soft and loud
Nourish those left behind

Warriors don't cry
A fallacy
Earth mothers know the strength
Female Warriors cry

by Stephanie M. Schwartz
© March 3, 2004
Brighton, Colorado

for more poetry by Steph, please visit


Teresa Anahuy


Update on DQ University- Northern California

For those that might not know, DQ is the only Tribal College in California. It has a long history of chaos, yet under the right people, with the right Board, there is so much that this school could accomplish by helping our people and making a huge impact in our community-

Please take the time to review the information and sign the petition;
your voice counts and is necessary to save this College

For more information on this please see/speak/email Quanah Brightman
with United Native Americans


From Quanah Brightman:

***Current DQU Board of Trustees' Chair Margaret Hoaglen Assaulting Community February 16 2008 ***;

Please SIGN Our On-Line PETITION For a NEW Board of Trustees' For DQ-University;

Re-open California's only tribal college, D-Q University

D-Q University was occupied in 1970, becoming the first inter-tribal collaboration which addressed the lack of structural unity among First Nations of North America. It opened its doors with a purpose to serve all indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. D-Q is a place for international peace, wisdom and understanding. It is here that we can preserve and share with the World our cultures, traditions and heritage, without interference or dominance from the Western Colonial Establishment.
With 643 acres of land, D-Q U provides one of the few spaces in North America for all tribes to bring and share their ceremonies. Indigenous Perma culture (ancient traditional native farming), renewable energy such as bio-diesel fuels, solar technology, wind power, along with land and animal restoration are key components of the mission of D-Q University. Due to growing world wars, a black hole economy, and unprecedented environmental disasters, we as Natives, have taken initiative in confronting assimilation and absorption of Western policies.

Over the years D-Q U has been the victim of embezzlement, fraud, and abuse from the corrupted Board of Trustees while the youth bear the burden of consequences. Direct action must be taken against the Board of Trustees to be held accountable for their crimes.

Since 2005, D-Q University's Board of Trustees have failed to hold a structure that can deliver progressive results towards maintaining any place of education. They annually receive $52,000 from a land lease agreement from the Yolo County Board of Supervisor's Chairman Duane Chamberlain. While serving as Board members, under their "leadership" the campus has now been condemned and is currently a fire hazard being overgrown with dry brush with no water or electricity.
Due to the fact that the members of the Board have proven their lack of knowledge, skills and abilities to run a university, as well as its long list of failing the school by losing its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, spending endowment money meant for student scholarships, doing nothing to hire teachers and re-start classes, losing federal funding and not applying to get it back, and not securing student records, library holdings, and collections of the university, this Board has repeatedly demonstrated incompetence to the point of malfeasance. Individual board members have unlawfully exercised powers, committed fraud, abused the community and the students that the university was intended to serve, and misappropriated and converted funds donated for the use of the university to their own personal use.

We, the people, are asking Jerry Brown, Attorney General for the State of California, to dismiss the current D-QU Board of Trustees and appoint, with the support of the community, a new Board of Trustees, one that is properly educated and motivated to reopen D-Q U.
We further request that Attorney General Brown act in support of the Quo Warranto Complaint filed in California Superior Court for Yolo County seeking redress in these matters.

We Encourage The Indigenous Community To Demand Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr name a new competent Board of Trustees for D-Q University. Please Write & or Call Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr and Voice Your Concern For The One & Only Tribal College In California DQ-University.;;
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr
Attorney General’s Office, Department of Justice.
Mailing Address
Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice Attn: Public Inquiry Unit P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Service On The Attorney General
Information for the service of court filings on the Attorney General
Public Records Act Requests
Contact the PRA Ombudsman
For questions regarding the Department of Justice contact:
Public Inquiry Unit
Voice Pleae Call Between The Hours of 9AM-12:00PM or 1PM-4PM West Coast Time (Pacific): (916) 322-3360 or (Toll-free in California) (800) 952-5225 Fax: (916) 323-5341
California Relay Service:
(For Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Callers) TTY/TDD Dial 711 or English: TTY/TDD (800) 735-2929 Spanish: TTY/TDD (800) 855-3000 Voice: (800) 735-2922

DQU Talking Circle Video Updates
Videos Posted by Tony Bautista;;;;

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Indian women meet at wellness gathering
Posted by: "" shirl4116
Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:29 am (PDT)

Indian women meet at wellness gathering
Monday, August 17, 2009

About 125 women met on the Soboba Reservation in California over the
weekend or the third annual Native Womens Wellness Conference.
The conference focused on healthy relationships, sobriety and domestic
violence. Speakers said American Indian and Alaska Native women are more likely
to be sexually assaulted than any other racial or ethnic group.
"And we are the least protected by laws," said Wendy Schlater, a member of
the _La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians_
( , The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
The event was hosted by the Luiseño Native Women of Soboba, Riverside and
San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc. and the _Soboba Band of Luiseño
Indians_ ( .
Get the Story:
_Native American conference 'is about the togetherness of women' _
ocal_S_health17.45cf17b.html) (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 8/17)


Harrison Helkrow sent a message to the members of "Red Power Movement" (RPM).

Subject: Looking 6 New Admins

"Looking for members of Red Power Movement that have the same Beliefs all Values that I have as far as Native Pride and Keeping the Circle Strong took post on the Wall or Message me on my Friends list to become a New Admin for our Red Power Movement.. I am looking for 6 Admins to help with the running of the Group. You must be able to help maintain our Movement, by posting Things of Value such as Updates of what is currently happening in Native Communities as well as Help our other members with info and questions they may have Regarding our new changes. *The Red Power Movement is Starting to Spread in other Places then on FB. This movement is real and is ready to make our circle stronger for our people and our communities."

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Native Film Night in Middletown CT
On October 22nd there will be a a screening of Dance Me Outside & four short
films by local Native filmmakers. See below for more information, or cantact
me with questions: Stephanie Elliott,

Troy Phillips, Nipmuc filmmaker, will be our guest speaker.

October 22nd at 7PM
Wesleyan University ­ Center for Film Studies - 301 Washington Terrace,
Middletown, CT

Dance Me Outside
Silas Crow (Ryan Black) and Frank Fencepost (Adam Beach) are two average 18
year olds who live on a reservation in Northern Ontariotheir futures and love lives. Their community is shocked by the murder of
one of their friends by a drunken punk. When he gets out of jail, Silas and
Frank plan revenge, leading to an unexpected outcome. Dance Me Outside
entertains from start to finish, with plenty of humor, mystery, and romance.
Based on the stories of W.P. Kinsella.

These Walls Are My Reservation
by Troy Phillips (Nipmuc)
As a child, an urban Indian did not know what being an Indian meant.
Filmmaker¹s Statement: ³This was an opportunity to tell a story that I
haven¹t seen on TV or in film about being an urban Indian. You hear about0Areservation Indians, or stories of our ancestors, but I wanted to tell the
story of what it was like to be raised as an urban Indian. As a child, it
was always a struggle for me because I¹d always seen Indians on TV, and that
wasn¹t what my life was like. It was an awakening for me to learn our
traditions from my family and teachers as I¹ve grown older. Now I¹ve become
a teacher myself, so I want to get the story out.²

Casino Indian
by Rebecca Perry Levy (Eastern Woodland Pequot)
For one woman, the opening of the Foxwoods casino in CT brought the promise
of economic independence.
Filmmakers Statement: ³I hope this short film will dispel myths about casino
Indians and see me as a real person instead of a mythological entity.
There¹s a misrepresentation that one, we¹re not real Indians, and two, that
because we have a casino we have a lot of money and life is perfect.²

by Bruce Curliss (Nipmuc)
A 13th generation survivor reflects on the path his tribe and his ancestors
traveled to bring him where he is today.
Filmmaker¹s Statement: ³For me this was a stepping off point to create a
community dialogue and to encourage community involvement. My ultimate goal
is to get other people to step up to tell the same story from their own
perspective. That¹s what will really complete this idea of telling a
community story.²

Hope for Bigger than 16 Seconds
by Keely Curliss (Nipmuc)
A teenager remembers her childhood dream of a vi
brant Nipmuc tribe
reclaiming a sacred mountain.
Filmmaker¹s Statement: ³For the Nipmuc people, my message is to get their
act together for the youth. It¹s important to preserve the things that make
us unique. For non-Natives, I¹d like this to be a learning experience, so
you might learn a bit about tribes you may not have heard of.²

# # #

Stephanie Elliott
Wesleyan University Press
215 Long Lane
Middletown, CT 06459
phone: 860-685-7723
fax: 860-685-7712

USDA releases $1M for tribal food assistance
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Department of Agriculture announced the release of $1 million for tribes that participate in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDIPR).
The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A total of $5 million has been allocated for Indian Country.
"It is imperative that people in the United States have access to safe and nutritious food, and through the Recovery Act, we're investing resources to enhance the availability of food on Indian Reservations and tribal lands," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a press release. "The Obama administration is committed to increasing the health and nutrition of people throughout the country, and these Recovery Act investments will help further that goal."
Tribes use the program to provide food to low-income households on and near reservations. Nearly 100,000 individuals receive a monthly FDPIR food package, according to the USDA.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
H.R.1 | S.1

Below is the tentative schedule for Show #3 of AIM TV- found at Santa Barbara Channels, Public Access Television, channel 17;

This episode is on the candlelight vigil for Leonard Peltier held at the Santa Barbara Couthouse on Monday July 27th, 2009, Featuring Kathy Peltier and other guest speakers.

We want to thank all of you that came and shared with us, it was a very special evening.

As of yet, we have not received any information or updates regarding the outcome his parole hearing. We will update on our website (;, Myspace and Face Book, once we receive word.

As always our prayers and positive thoughts go out to his family, friends and all his supporters.

AIM TV #3 “Peltier”
08/20/09 Thursday 11:30 pm
08/23/09 Sunday 9:30 am
08/23/09 Sunday 5:00 pm
08/30/09 Wednesday 5:30 pm

09/02/09 Wednesday 5:30pm
09/06/09 Sunday 9:30am
09/09/09 Wednesday 5:30pm
09/13/09 Sunday 9:30am
09/16/09 Wednesday 5:30pm
09/20/09 Sunday 9:30am
09/23/09 Wednesday 5:30am

Hope you can all catch the show! If you do, please do us a favor and send us your comments at

Youtubes will be up soon for all of you that live out of the area, or have some kind of satellite system where you don’t get public access.

More information on Leonard Peltier;

Special thanks to the Fund for Santa Barbara, SB Channels crew & staff
Kathy Peltier, Anne Begay, Graywolf, Danza Caulteoc, Marcus Lopez, Pilulaw Khus, Eagle Bear, Jackson Sierra and the rest of the AIM SB crew.

In the Spirit of Resistance,

CherokeeLink Newsletter

AOL - 8/20/2009 Newsletter
Justice Department Announces Details for Tribal Nations Listening Conference

WASHINGTON, Aug 20, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ ----The Justice Department today announced the dates of the 2009 Tribal Nations Listening Conference to be led by Attorney General Eric Holder. Prior to the Listening Conference, the Department will also convene two working sessions with tribal leaders and experts in law enforcement to be led by Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden and Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli:

-- Working Session #1: Aug. 25-26 in Seattle, Wash.

-- Working Session #2: Sept. 21-22 in Albuquerque, N.M.

-- Listening Conference: Oct 28-29 Minneapolis, Minn..

All sessions will be closed to press, however the principles will be available for media inquiries following each event.

The Listening Conference is part of an ongoing Justice Department initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on tribal justice in Indian Country. It will allow top Department officials to confer with tribal leaders on how to address the chronic problems of public safety in Indian Country and other important issues affecting tribal communities. The working sessions will include Department component leaders and tribal experts in relevant areas to begin a dialogue on a range of important issues including, law enforcement policy and personnel; communications and consultation; grants and technical assistance; detention facilities; federal prosecution in Indian country; tribal court development; domestic violence; drug courts and substance abuse; federal litigation involving tribes; and civil rights.

In 1994, Attorney General Janet Reno convened the only other National Listening Conference, sponsored jointly with the Department of the Interior, which led to numerous initiatives, including major funding for tribal police, jails and courts.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice

In peace & solidarity,
Tamra Brennan


"Providing news and information about Native American Issues & Causes"
"Helping to make a difference for our people in Indian Country, one day at a time. What will you do today to help make a difference?"

"Our sacred lands are all that remain keeping us connected to our place on Mother Earth, to our spirituality, our heritage and our lands; what’s left of them. If they take it all away, what will remain except a vague memory of a past so forgotten?" ......excerpt from One Nation, One Land, One People by Tamra Brennan, 2006


Memorial Info for Steph Schwartz
f you haven’t had an opportunity to sign our online memorial guestbook for Steph, please visit

Memorial for Stephanie M. Schwartz

January 17, 1947 - August 17, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009 : 1:00 p.m.

Boulder Lodge, Boulder Colorado

Ceremony led by Lakota elder David Swallow, Jr.

Monday, August 24, 2009, 11:00 a.m.

Graveside Ceremony

Riverside Cemetery, Denver, CO

In peace & solidarity,
Tamra Brennan


"Providing news and information about Native American Issues & Causes"
"Helping to make a difference for our people in Indian Country, one day at a time. What will you do today to help make a difference?"

"Our sacred lands are all that remain keeping us connected to our place on Mother Earth, to our spirituality, our heritage and our lands; what’s left of them. If they take it all away, what will remain except a vague memory of a past so forgotten?" ......excerpt from One Nation, One Land, One People by Tamra Brennan, 2006


Cherokee Phoenix Weekly Newsletter


Parole Denied for Leonard


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says imprisoned American Indian activist Leonard Peltier has once again been denied parole.

Wrigley says the next scheduled hearing for Peltier is 2024, when Peltier would be 79 years old. Peltier is serving two life sentences for the execution-style deaths of FBI agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams during a June 26, 1975, standoff on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was convicted in Fargo, N.D., in 1977. He has claimed the FBI framed him, which the agency denies, and unsuccessfully appealed his conviction numerous times.

Peltier had a full parole hearing for the first time in 15 years last month at the Lewisburg, Pa., federal prison where he is being held. Defense attorney Eric Seitz declined comment on the U.S. Parole Commission decision Friday, saying the Justice Department had not informed him.

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