Thursday, December 8, 2011

Indigenous News 12/8/2011M.s. Johnna Cherokee language segment from the documentary Voices of North Carolinathe Cherokee language Cherokee language segment from the documentary Voices of North Carolina. M.s. Johnna The story of the Keetoowah Cherokee peoplePart 1 - Cherokee History As You've Never Heard It The story of the Keetoowah Cherokee people@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field and in the policy arena to protect America's last wild buffalo.Buffalo Field Campaign Yellowstone Bison Update from the Field December 8, 2011 ------------------------------ ------------------------------* Update from the Field & Interagency Bison Management Meeting Report * TAKE ACTION! Wild Buffalo Need Your Voice Now! * Wild Bison 2012 Calendars Make Wonderful Gifts! * BFC Logo Contest Results * BFC Wish List 2012 * Mike Mease Heading to Arizona in April! * By The Numbers * Last Words------------------------------* Update from the Field & IBMP Meeting Report A buffalo calf checks in with mom after a nap. Wild American buffalo are ecologically extinct, existing on less than 1% of their historic habitat. The Yellowstone herds are the last population to hold identity as a wildlife species, the last wellspring of the great herds that once aided life across one third of North America's land mass. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image. Since our last report, another bull buffalo was killed in Montana's canned buffalo "hunt." If the agencies behind the Interagency Bison Management Plan have their way, hundreds of America's last wild buffalo could be cruelly eliminated from the population this winter. The alarming fact that wild bison are ecologically extinct does not seem to concern IBMP representatives. By their words and deeds they intend to push wild bison over the brink. BFC attended the two-day IBMP meeting last week. The first day was devoted entirely to presentations by the IBMP Citizens Working Group (CWG), an unlikely collaboration of conservationists, cattle producers, and other concerned citizens positioned on both sides of the issue, working to improve the failing IBMP. Sadly absent from the CWG were First Nations voices and many locals who are directly impacted by the IBMP-driven buffalo wars that are literally carried out in their front and back yards. Generally, the CWG recommendations echoed management strategies and goals that the highly controversial IBMP is already engaged in or proposing. There were, however, a few very good suggestions presented, including year-round habitat on lands contiguous with Yellowstone National Park, opposition to vaccinating wild buffalo, and increased responsibility from cattle producers. Unfortunately, the CWG recommended that slaughter should continue, though as a last option, as well as increased hunting and quarantine. While we applaud the CWG for making the effort, wild buffalo continue to come last. There are many components that continue the livestock model status quo, validate the brucellosis myth, and ignore the fact that cattle are an ecologically harmful and invasive species. The Working Group's recommendations make no mention of the dire status of wild American bison. The IBMP agencies were pleased with the similarities the CWG shared with their own adaptive management ideas. You can read the CWG's report here. The IBMP will review the CWG's recommendations and offer responses at a public meeting in late-February. On the second day of meetings the IBMP representatives revealed some shocking plans to further harm America's last population of wild buffalo. While the population currently numbers approximately 3,700 animals, the agencies announced a target population size of only 3,000. They intend to "selectively cull" at least 700 wild buffalo through increased hunting, slaughter, and shipment outside the Yellowstone area. The agencies announced their goal of engineering an equal male/female sex ratio, and want to focus on decreasing the number of females in the northern herd. They repeatedly threw out the term "over abundance," even though scientific studies have concluded again and again that wild buffalo are ecologically extinct. Managers from Yellowstone National Park, anticipating a winter similar to last year, stated that they intend to capture and hold hundreds of migrating buffalo again this winter. The agencies are working under an old operating plan, and have yet to come to consensus on adaptive changes that have been discussed, touted in the press, and nearly agreed to for months. Increased tolerance in the Gardiner Basin will be on hold until current litigation issues are settled and an Environmental Assessment (EA) is completed. This EA, due out in about a week, will need your voice! Nez Perce and Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribal representatives with the IBMP expressed support in increasing hunting opportunities while cautioning against slaughter. The InterTribal Buffalo Council voiced their support for slaughter, increased hunting, and quarantine. Conspicuously absent from agency discussion were plans by APHIS, the federal livestock overseer, to sequester up to 108 wild buffalo and use them in birth control experiments. Thankfully, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has already announced that he will not allow IBMP agencies to ship wild buffalo to slaughter through Montana, so this should help stem the blood flow, as it did last year. However, Schweitzer is also pressuring Yellowstone to open its boundaries to hunting, which the Park stated neither they nor the public will support. The weather is helping keep buffalo alive for now. With little snowfall so far, the buffalo have not yet needed to seek lower elevation habitat, and are essentially absent in Montana. BFC, as always, is in the field every day, monitoring the buffalo's movements and advocating for their lasting protection. You are the biggest part of our success, and there are numerous things you can do to help to champion wild buffalo and keep BFC on the front lines, working in their defense. With all the overwhelming desire from the IBMP and the CWG to continue to kill or domesticate wild buffalo as the only "solution" to the problems cattle have caused, there's never been a bigger need for BFC to be on the front lines, representing WILD buffalo and honoring their perspective. ROAM FREE!------------------------------* TAKE ACTION! Wild Buffalo Need Your Voice! 1. Stop Federal Livestock Overseer from Harming Wild Buffalo! 2. Urge Congress to Pass Public Lands Grazing Bill! Thank you so much for taking these important actions! If you do get a response from these decision-makers, please forward a copy to Stephany. And, if you feel that your concerns have not been addressed by the decision-makers you have written to, write them back or call them to let them know you expect a thoughtful response. Please spread the word by passing these alerts on through all your networks of friends and colleagues! Thank you! 3. Make a year-end donation to keep BFC strong and effective in the field and at every level of the policy arena. Donations are tax-deductible and go directly to BFC's critical program work.------------------------------* Wild Bison 2012 Calendars Make Wonderful Gifts! We can't believe it's nearly time to take down our first ever Wild Bison calendar and hang up the new and amazing Wild Bison 2012 calendar! We hope that you have been thoroughly enjoying your Wild Bison Calendar, and that you are equally as excited as we are for the 2012 edition! These calendars make terrific gifts, so if you're still looking for that perfect something for someone, please consider a Wild Bison 2012 Calendar, the gift that celebrates wild buffalo every single day of the year!Order Your Wild Bison 2012 Calendars Now! ------------------------------* Results Are In for BFC's Logo Contest After some very difficult decision-making, BFC has finally chosen a new logo! Well, three, actually. With more than 30 creative entries, we had our work cut out for us. We thank everyone who participated in this logo contest for your time, creativity, and art. Because the decision was so hard to make, we present to you our top three choices! Look for them in this and future Updates from the Field and on our web site. BFC logo choice #1 submitted by Timm Kurtz. CONGRATULATIONS! Click image for larger view. BFC logo choice #2 submitted by Laura Ladendorf. CONGRATULATIONS! Click image for larger view. BFC logo choice #3 submitted by Laura Ladendorf. CONGRATULATIONS! Click image for larger view. ------------------------------* BFC Wish List 2012 There are many ways for you to make a difference for wild buffalo. Our wish page is one way to visualize the breadth of Buffalo Field Campaign's reach and capacity to work in defense of wild buffalo year-round. It's also a great way to match your interests with our day-to-day needs, prayers and wishes.BFC Wish List 2012 ------------------------------* Mike Mease Heading to Arizona in April! Buffalo Field Campaign co-founder Mike Mease will be giving a presentation at the University of Arizona. He would also like to organize an event or two for the community. He is available for presentations on April 3-6. Please contact him if you are willing to help set up an event. Mike can be reached via email or by calling 406-646-0070. Thanks and see you in the spring!------------------------------* By the NumbersAMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S. The last wild population is currently estimated at fewer than 3,700 individual buffalo. Wild bison are currently ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America. 2011-2012 Total Buffalo Killed: 3 2011-2012 Government Capture: 2011-2012 Government Slaughter: 2011-2012 Held for Government Experiment: 2011-2012 Died In Government Trap: 2011-2012 Miscarriage in Government Trap: 2011-2012 State & Treaty Hunts: 3 2011-2012 Quarantine: 2011-2012 Shot by Agents: 2011-2012 Killed by Angry Residents: 2011-2012 Highway Mortality: 2010-2011 Total: 227 2009-2010 Total: 7 2008-2009 Total: 22 2007-2008 Total: 1,631 * Total Since 2000: 3,975* *includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, highway mortality-----------------------------* Last Words"... culling of Yellowstone bison to prevent transmission to cattle has been ineffective at reducing brucellosis infection. This management strategy is negatively affecting long-term bison conservation .... Bison management practices used to prevent brucellosis transmission to local cattle conflicts with the goal of conserving bison and the processes that sustain them (e.g. migration) .... Removing brucellosis-infected bison is expected to reduce the level of population infection, but test and slaughter practices may instead be removing mainly recovered bison." ~ Excerpts from a scientific paper, which Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologists contributed to. The paper is titled, "Estimating probabilities of active brucellosis infection in Yellowstone bison through quantitative serology and tissue culture." The paper appeared in the Journal of Applied Ecology and can be viewed on our web site. Do you have submissions for Last Words? Send them to Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you have been sending! Keep them coming!------------------------------ Media & Outreach Buffalo Field Campaign P.O. Box 957 West Yellowstone, MT 59758406-646-0070bfc-media@wildrockies.orghttp://www.buffalofieldcampaign.orgBFC is the only group working in the field every day in defense of the last wild buffalo population in the U.S.KEEP BFC ON THE FRONTLINES Join Buffalo Field Campaign -- It's Free!Tell-a-Friend!Take Action!Find BFC on FaceBook! ROAM FREE! @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Tory appointee charges $1,300 a day to run Attawapiskat finances Spread the word. Every invitation counts: Invite Friends The federal government is forcing the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation to pay a private-sector consultant about $1,300 a day to run its finances – even though the government's own assessments say the third-party management system is not cost-effective.Aboriginal Affairs officials told The Canadian Press they have an agreement to pay Jacques Marion of BDO Canada LLP a total of $180,000 to look after the reserve's accounts from now until June 30.More related to this storyThe money comes from the Attawapiskat First Nation's budget. That rate over the course of a year would run up to $300,000 and easily pay for at least one nice, solid house, notes Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit.“And [Aboriginal Affairs] should pay for this over and above First Nations existing budgets,” he said.Instead, the band will soon find itself cutting off educational assistants and aides for special-needs children in order to scrape together the money to pay the consultant, said New Democrat MP Charlie Angus, whose Northern Ontario riding includes Attawapiskat.“What they've done is taken $300,000 out of this band's limited budget for political cover to pay for the mistakes of an incompetent minister,” Mr. Angus said. “They have to shut down programs to pay for this guy.”Mr. Marion's daily fee is about a month's salary for educational assistants, he added.The price tag is well within the going rate, say those familiar with third-party management of native reserves. Assembly of First Nations officials say per-diem rates for third-party managers are between $1,000 and $3,000, plus expenses.Stan Beardy – Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which includes Attawapiskat – says that communities in the James Bay region would normally have to pay $200,000 and $300,000 a year for such a government appointee.Per diem rates vary widely to reflect the difficulty of the job at hand, a spokeswoman for accounting firm KPMG said. The firm does a lot of business with first nations, but is not involved in the Attawapiskat contract.Neither KPMG nor BDO would comment on specific rates, nor would Mr. Marion explain what he would do in return for the fees. “We will not respond due to the confidential nature of our arrangements,” he said in an email response to questions from The Canadian Press.However, Aboriginal Affairs is now making some of the details public.In a statement to The Canadian Press, the department said the appointee has been instructed to put the community's health and safety first, and to continue financing all building projects that support that aim.“The work of the third-party manager will support the department's first priority which is to address the community's immediate health-and-safety issues,” a note from departmental spokeswoman Genevieve Guibert said.Mr. Marion has been told to assess the need for housing, and then provide “safe, warm shelter” to anyone living in a temporary home, until other housing options are identified.On Wednesday, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan wrote the band's chief to say the government would consider evacuation or retrofitting the local arena and treatment centre for shelter until 15 new modular houses could be trucked in on the winter road.The appointee is also supposed to be working “on site,” the department email says. However, for now, Mr. Marion is not there because the band council sent him packing when he arrived on Monday.Band Chief Theresa Spence has argued vigorously against intervention, saying it is an attempt to discredit her leadership during a housing crisis that requires immediate measures – and not the long-term accounting advice that generally comes from third-party management.Aboriginal Affairs has three different levels of intervention when a band is having financial trouble, and third-party management is for the very worst cases. The latest tally shows 12 bands are currently being run by government appointees.Before now, Attawapiskat was already in the second-ranked arrangement, with the department “co-managing” band finances.Third-party management is usually triggered by glaring financial irregularities or a default on payment, but can also be prompted by a threat to the health and safety of a band's inhabitants. That was the trigger in the case of Attiwapiskat.The band has annual revenues of about $17-million, and a budget of about half a million dollars a year for housing.A recent departmental review of the intervention regime concluded that the third-party management system is not cost-effective, and hurts a band's ability to govern itself.“Considerable time and effort is required from [Aboriginal Affairs] and recipients to implement the intervention policy,” the November 2010 evaluation says. “The cost of co-managers and third-party managers affects the availability of band support funding for governance and administration in recipients.”The review points out that third-party managers are not able to use surpluses to pay off debt.It also said the arrangement is applied inconsistently across the country, making measurement of success or failure difficult. Some third-party arrangements drag on for up to 10 years, with no evident plan to graduate to a more independent financial arrangement.The Auditor-General has also repeatedly criticized third-party management for not being properly monitored by the government. Spread the word. Every invitation counts: Invite Friends @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@BAY AREA INDIAN CALENDAR, Dec 7, 2011 Thanks to American Indian Contemporary Arts/AICA for the calendar. More info linked to Bay Native Circle page at To include events send text info to Janeen Antoine or post on the Bay Area Native American Indian Network. Bay Native Circle at kpfa 94.1 airs every Wed, 2–3 pm with rotating hosts Lakota Harden, Janeen Antoine, Morningstar Gali, Ras K’Dee and Mark Anquoe. On FB. This week Mark Anquoe interviews guests on ICWA and updates on mining issues in Indian Country with Jim Brown, Shawna Lawson and Manny Pino plus native music and the Bay Area Indian Calendar. If public radio is a part of your life, please support with a financial contribution. Even small contributions help! Pilaunyapi! Upcoming Thursday December 8th at 7pm City of Fremont council chambers 3300 Capital Ave., Fremont Planning Commission will consider: Patterson Ranch 6330 Patterson Ranch Road development agreement annual review for the Patterson Ranch planned district located generally at the northeast corner of Ardenwood Blvd. and Paseo Padre Parkway. To many this area is know as Coyote Hills. This project will disturb Ohlone burial sites. The City has stated that this is not near the water there for this is not considered scared sites. However there is a known Ohlone site in the area and across from this site were remains found and in that case the developer did not report that remains were being found. I have been attending meetings concerning this project for 7 years with only 1 other person joining me in objecting to this project. I have asked that this land continue to be left undeveloped as the rest of Coyote Hills. It would be good to have more Native's make a showing in objection. These burial sites need to be respected and the ancestors need to be allowed to rest in peace. From Carmen Saldivar on FB. Thurs, Dec 8, 5th Annual Heyday Harvest, Malcolm Margolin introduces four authors from Heyday's New California Writing: Andrew Lam, Stephen Meadows, J. Tony Serra and Mariah K. Young. David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. Reception 6:30, program 7:30, $55 tickets reserve by Dec 1. more info. Thurs, Dec 8 – Northern CA Chapter Luncheon, 11 am-1 pm, Location: River Rock Casino, 3250 Highway 128 – Geyersville, CA 95441 for directions click here, Annual Winery Tour After Holiday Meal and Chamber Festivities, No Charge to Attend Due to the Kind Support of Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, Please bring an unwrapped toy for our Toy Drive and/or a gift for the raffle. Due to the casino's state compact, no alcohol is allowed in gift baskets or as raffle gifts. rsvp 213.440-3232, Am Ind Chamber of Commerce of CA. Fri, Dec 9, 6-on, Celebrating the new Book: Malaquias Montoya by Terezita Romo, A Talk with the Artist and Author, Refreshments, Wine, Art & Books. Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, 510.533-6629, Sat, Dec 10, 1-4pm, community training on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley. Free. Beverages/snacks provided. RSVP:, Presenters: Alex Cleghorn, attorney Caifornia Indian Legal Services; Kimberly Cluff, lawyer practicing tribal law; Vida Castaneda, Court services analyst; and Ella Callow, Legal Program Director for The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families, a project of Through the Looking Glass and other BACAIR member agencies ( Sat, Dec 10, 1-5 pm, Heyday Holiday Book Sale and Open House,Heyday, 1633 University Ave., Berkeley. Special presentation at 3:30 p.m. with Malcolm Margolin and Susan Snyder: The Making of Beyond Words! FMI: Sat, Dec 10, 1-7 pm. Native American Holiday Craft Fair, IFH, 523 International, Oakland. Native American arts and crafts, jewelry, pottery, beadwork, Native dolls, and Pomo baskets. Indian Tacos and baked goods. The public is invited, free. Youth organized. Wheelchair accessible, Walking distance from Lake Merritt BART and on bus lines 62, 1 & 14. FMI: Carol, 510.836-1955, Sat, Dec 10, 3-5, Decolonize Oakland teach-ins to explore some of the questions raised at the “Occupy Oakland” General Assembly on Oct 28 when the Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples passed by a 97% voting majority, Oscar Grant Plaza Amphitheater, Oakland. FMI: Joanne Barker,, Join Us: Facebook Open Group & Page: Decolonize Oakland, Tumblr: Decolonize Oakland, Twitter: DecolonizeOak, Sat-Sun, Dec 10-11, Art Quintana’s Old Pawn Jewelry Show, Gathering Tribes, 1412 Solano Ave, Albany. FMI: 510.528-9038, *** Weekend hours: Saturday, 10-7, Sunday, 11-6. The box loads of older and newer Southwest Indian jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, rings, bolo ties, concho belts, earrings & more is 20% off of the marked prices. Art also brings beautiful beadwork from purses to dolls, each an amazing work of art. Tues, Dec 13, 1-5 pm, Bay Area Northern CA Climate Change Roundtable, David Brower Center, 4th fl Conference Room, Berkeley, Ohlone Territory, IITC, invitation-only strategic discussion to exchange information and strategies about the impacts, policies and, most importantly, solutions to climate change in the SF Bay Area and Northern California. FMI: Mark Anquoe, IITC, 415.641-4482 x302 Thurs, Dec 15, 4-on, Heyday Holiday Party, Bingo 6 pm, potluck, 1633 University, Berkeley. FMI: Sun, Dec 18, Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights begins at Alcatraz & ends May 18 in Washington, DC. LPDOC :, Walk info:, 501-C-3 for the walk Wed, Dec 21, 4-8 pm, Intertribal Friendship House Holiday Dinner/Santa Claus/Gift for Children after dinner. 523 International Blvd., Oakland CA 510.836.1955,, Sun, Jan 15, 12-2, Decolonize Oakland teach-ins to explore some of the questions raised at the “Occupy Oakland” General Assembly on Oct 28 when the Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples passed by a 97% voting majority, Oscar Grant Plaza Amphitheater, Oakland. FMI: Joanne Barker,, Join Us: Facebook Open Group & Page: Decolonize Oakland, Tumblr: Decolonize Oakland, Twitter: DecolonizeOak, Sun, Jan 15, 4-8, event on new natural eating coaching program for preventing and reversing diabetes naturally. at the Happiness Institute in SF. Free, FMI: Micha'el Bedar ( Sat, Feb 11, 3-5, Decolonize Oakland teach-ins to explore some of the questions raised at the “Occupy Oakland” General Assembly on Oct 28 when the Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples passed by a 97% voting majority, Oscar Grant Plaza Amphitheater, Oakland. FMI: Joanne Barker,, Join Us: Facebook Open Group & Page: Decolonize Oakland, Tumblr: Decolonize Oakland, Twitter: DecolonizeOak, Sun, Mar 11, 12-2, Decolonize Oakland teach-ins to explore some of the questions raised at the “Occupy Oakland” General Assembly on Oct 28 when the Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples passed by a 97% voting majority, Oscar Grant Plaza Amphitheater, Oakland. FMI: Joanne Barker,, Join Us: Facebook Open Group & Page: Decolonize Oakland, Tumblr: Decolonize Oakland, Twitter: DecolonizeOak, EXHIBITS “We Are Still Here,” the Alcatraz occupation exhibit on the island. With photographs of the 40th anniversary occupation celebration; an audio landscape with excerpts from interviews of Alcatraz veterans and native activists; a collage of contemporary and archival footage; contemporary Native American poetry; and original art, the exhibit will be housed in the cellblock basement until February 2012 and will then move to another location on the island. FMI: Phil: 415.531-6890, Sep 20, 2011–Jan 6, 2012 California Crossings: Stories of Migration, Relocation, and New Encounters. Mon-Fri with exceptions | 10 am-4 pm | Bancroft Library, Gallery, UC Berkeley. Selected from Bancroft’s voluminous collections, the original manuscripts, drawings, paintings, photographs, rare publications and prints highlight the often contradictory and competing claims to history from the points of view of the original peoples and the national interests that set in motion California’s coming of age. Includes section from the Bay Area American Indian Community History Center, including images and early ‘70s article by Ilka Hartman. FMI:, 510.642-3782. (Closed: Nov 11, 24, 25; Dec 26-30). Exhibit: Double Vision Sept 29 - Dec 2. CN Gorman Museum, The exhibition poses an intervention with the photographic archive based on historical images from the late 1800s by Laton Alton Huffman and William Henry Jackson held in the collections of the Great Plains Art Museum at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Tuskegee/Dine) creates works that serve as a remembrance of the bison, a visual confrontation, and an appropriation into a Native American context. Artist & Curator Lecture: Tues, Nov 29, 4pm. "The Americana Indian" til Dec 10. Maidu Museum and Historical Site, 1970 Johnson Ranch Rd, Roseville. Curated by Stanford alumnus Dr. Brian Baker, Sacramento State University. 9:00-4:00 Mon-Frid and 9:00-1:00 Sat. Info: California Indians: Making a Difference, The California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento. The first statewide project to emphasize Native voices in California. visitors will be immersed in California Indian culture through displays of artifacts, oral histories, photographs, maps, and contemporary art. FMI: 916.653-7524 or ANNOUNCEMENTS/OPPORTUNITIES 2011 Dolores Sanchez Memorial Christmas Toy Drive for Muwekma Ohlone Children. Donate an unwrapped new toy (for children 0-18 years old). Native American Cultural Center, 524 Lasuen Mall, Clubhouse, Ground Floor, Stanford. The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Education Youth Committee will pick up toys Mon, Dec 12 to distribute Dec 17. Thank you for your generosity! For information about the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe (the indigenous people of the San Francisco Bay Area) visit Truly CA of KQED seeks well-crafted documentaries to feature on selected Sundays at 6pm on KQED TV, with repeats on KQED's other digital channels and Comcast Video on Demand. Seek entries that featuring compelling characters, about California in some way, primarily shot in California, and preferably made by California's talented, independent, documentary filmmakers. Season Eight submission deadline Mon, Jan 9, 5pm. App and info: <>. diabetes survey on lifestyle, diet, life factors, and mental attitudes, designed to discover how to help people get the treatment that is right for them. By Micha'el Bedar ( for master’s thesis. Seeks native input. for papers, 13th Annual American Indian Studies Assn. Conference, ASY, Tempe, AZ. Feb 2-3, 2012. Theme: Making the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Work for Tribal Communities. Submit in digital format a paragraph on panel theme, list of panel participants with address and email info, and a 200 word abstract by Dec 15, 2011. FMI: Elizabeth P. Martos, Coordinator American Indian Studies, PO Box 874603, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287-4603, Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grants. Individual SF or LA based artists receive up to $500 and arts organizations receive up to $1,000 in professional development reimbursement grants to build administrative capacity and hone business skills. Applications due by 15th of the month for notification on the 15th of the following month. To apply: Video Appeal from Russel Means to support his fight with cancer. Lehman Brightman Healing Fund. Monetary gifts are greatly appreciated and can be mailed to: United Native Americans, Inc., 2434 Faria Avenue, Pinole, CA 94564. FMI, or 510.672-7187. Petitions: “Indigenous Mothers Against Mercury" IEN Petition: English, and Spanish.President Obama: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline!Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. Free: “Mission Labor” California missions under Spanish and Mexican rule. Suitable for grades 4-5, Spanish/English, 24 pages. Download free pdf or purchase $3 each, $2/10 or more. FMI: Boarding Schools curriculum. Zibbiwing Center (Saginaw Chippewa). 48 page Student Resource Guide from CA Congresswoman Lucille Royball-Allard. Bay Area events:, and Also in Oakland, kids eat for free. ONGOING TV: San Jose, Channel 15, Native Voice TV, Sat 4-5 pm. Hosts Cihuapili and Michael New Moon. Also 1st, 3rd, 4th MON, 8 pm courtesy La Raza Round Table.First Nations Experience Television, Native Circle, Wed 2-3 pm, 94.1 fm, Janeen Antoine producer, Hosts Lakota Harden, Janeen Antoine, Morning Star Gali, Ras K’Dee, Mark Anquoe. Berkeley.Indian Time Tues 8-10 pm, 91.5 fm, Jack Hyatt/David Romero. Native Way, 2nd/4th Sun, 1-3 pm, David Romero/Veronica Gonzales. San Jose.On Native Ground - Where Art Speaks!, 90.3 fm,Thurs 8:30-9:30 am, Jack Kohler / Patrice Pena. Sovereignty Sound, DJ Ya-nah, Sun 3-6 am, 916.380-2818. Davis.Webworks: Voices of the Native Nation, 3rd/4th Wed, 6-8 pm, 89.5, Mary Jean Robertson, San Francisco.Calendars/Newsletters:Bay Area native community network. Bay Area Indian Calendar.News from Native California Quarterly. Submissions by email, or PO Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709 or fax 510.549-1889. $22.50. Read this message from Margaret Dubin, Managing Editor of News.San Francisco Tlingit & Haida Community Council newsletter, Kathryn Paddock, President, 415.887-9315.Powwows: in Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley & Richmond: West of Bay (Peninsula) Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits. Learn powwow and honor songs. 1st Tues 7:30-9:00 pm, at LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, SF. Ask for BAAITS drum practice; Jaynie Weye Hlapsi aka (Jaynie Lara) leads the classes, sings and drums on Sweet Medicine Drum. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford. 650-723-4177. “Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas,” Northwest Coast, California, Southwest, and Mesoamerica collections. Wed–Sun. Free. de Young Museum, Teotihuacan murals, California baskets, Inuit/Eskimo art, Pueblo pottery. Free 1st Tues, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, SF, 415.750-3600. the first Tues of month free. FMI:; 415-750-3600. Images of the North. Inuit sculptures, prints, masks, jewelry, several exhibits yearly, Oct. Cape Dorset Print Show. 2036 Union, SF, 415.673-1273, Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center, 423 Baden Ave, So. SF. Mon: Men & Women (13-40) 6:30-7:30; Tues: Kupuna (50+) 6-7; Wed: Keiki (5-12) 6-7; Thurs: Makua (35-50) 6:30-7:30. Bring open mind and willingness to learn. ($10/class) rsvp: 650-588-1091. Mission Dolores. 3321 16th St, SF, 415.621-8203, Andrew A. Galvan, (Ohlone), Curator. SF’s oldest intact building. The only intact Mission Chapel of the original 21. Final resting place of 5,000 First Californians. Native plants/artifacts. North of Bay (To Sacramento) Sacramento Powwow Dance Class & Potluck, Mon, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Sierra 2 Center: Curtis H all, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento. Free/open to all ages and levels. Bring your drum if you have one and sing! Potluck 2nd/4th Mon. FMI: Shonnie Bear: 916-747-5133, Frances Rocha: 916-544-7121, Jup McCloud: 916-704-4864, Email: On FB. CN Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall, UC Davis. Mon-Fri, 12-5pm & Sun 2-5pm, 530.752-6567. California Indian Museum, 1020 O St, Sacramento. “American Masterpieces: Artistic Legacy of California Indian Basketry,” Through early 2010, Admission. California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, 707.579-3004, “Ishi: A California Indian Story of Dignity, Hope, Courage and Survival.” Jesse Peter Native American Art Museum, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Bussman Hall, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527-4479. California cultures, artists change monthly. Maidu Museum and Historic Site, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr., Roseville. 916.774-5934. Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato, 415.897-4064. “Sharing Traditions,” last Sat, 1-4 pm. Tues-Sun 12-4 pm. Free. Mendocino County Museum. 400 E. Commercial St., Willits, 707.459-2739. Wed-Sun: 10-4:30. Pomo baskets and weavers. Free. Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin helps identify, preserve and protect the cultural and physical resources of the Coast Miwok indigenous peoples of Marin and southern Sonoma Counties., Janice Cunningham 415.491-0401. MAPOM, PO Box 481, Novato CA 94948. Northern California Flute Circle. 530.432-2716. Native Am. Flute concerts & workshops. Pacific Western Traders, 305 Wool St., Folsom, 916.985-3851. Wed-Sun, 10-5. Native American arts, books, recordings, videos, Pendletons. Changing exhibits. Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council. Mugg’s Coffee Shop, Ferry Building, 495 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 707.552-2562 or 707.554-6114. Call to confirm Thur 6:30 pm meetings. Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council. Lakota Language Class, 2nd Wed/4th Wed, 6-8 pm, Native American Studies, 301 Wallace St, Vallejo. FMI:, Midge 707.226-1234. Community, adults and especially youth welcome. Free. Janeen Antoine teaches 2nd Wed, Midge Wagner 4th Wed. East of Bay (To Tuolumne) Four Directions AA Meetings, Suns at 2, IFH, 523 International Blvd, Oakland. Meetings: 1st Sun: Birthdays; 2nd Sun: As Bill Sees It; 3rd Sun: Step Study; 4th Sun: Basket Drop. Children welcome, open meeting. FMI Vermaine 415-933-1259. Lakota Conversation Class, Tues, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, IFH, 523 International, Oakland. FMI: Janeen. Healthy potluck, donations. Lila wopila IFH, AICLS, Community Futures Collective, AICA and AICRC for helping our tiyospaye learn Lakota. Thanks also to our teacher and mentor Willie Underbaggage. Medicine Warriors All Nations Dance Practice. Free, open to all. Thurs, 7-9 pm, IFH, 523 International, Oakland. “Friendship, Fitness, Fun.” San Leandro Thurs Nite Powwow Class, 6-8 pm, on FB. Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555. Fees and Reg. required. Register online for some classes: FMI: 510.544-3200. Events also at Garin Regional Park, 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544, 510.544-3079. Gathering Tribes, 1412 Solano, Albany. 510.528-9038. Weekend artist presentations. Intertribal Friendship House, 523 International Blvd, Oakland. 510.836-1955. Classes: Tues: 6-9 pm, Beading Circle w Gayle Burns, 6:30-8:30 Lakota. Thurs: Medicine Warriors/All Nations Dance, Fri: Talking Circles, Sat: Gardening, Parenting. Library open some Tues/Thurs. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St, Oakland. 501.238-2200. Historical display of California lifeways/basketry. Free First Suns. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, 103 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley. 510.643-7649. Wed-Sat, 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun 12-4 pm. Free; $5 tours, $2 children. South of Bay (To Santa Cruz) IHSCV Dance and Drum Class Tues, 5-7:30, Roosevelt Community Center, 901 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose; Youth Empowerment Program tutoring Wed 4-7 and Thurs 4-6; and Youth Empowerment Program Thurs, 6-8, 25 N 14th Street, Ste 140, San Jose, CA 95112. FMI: 408.445-3400 x 330, Funded by One With All Substance Abuse Prevention program of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley. Four Directions Nat Am AA Meeting, every Fri 8 pm, 749 Story Rd, San Jose FMI: Linda W, 408/564-3895. Indian Canyon, Ceremonial Refuge/Facilities, w. of Hollister, ANNUAL EVENTS Avoid scheduling conflicts and plan in advance. For inclusion, email listings in format below. Post more details on Bay Area Native American Indian Network. Pilamayaye! Jan 28, Sat, MWAN B-Day Party, IFH, Oakland, Gilbert Blacksmith. Mar 10, Sat, NAHC Running is My High, Oakland, 25, SAT, 6th Taking Care of the Tribe/NAAP Powwow, Location tbd, Anna Leroy.Apr 28, Sat, 3rd Pow Wow, Sacramento City College, 28, Sofia Yohema Gathering, Lake Merced, 28-29, CA Indian Market, San Juan Bautista, May 6, Sun, UCB Powwow, Berkeley, 12-13, Fri-Sun, Mothers Day Weekend, Stanford Powwow, from 2011:May 13-15, Fri-Sun, 3rd Pit River "Big Time" Powwow.May 14, Sat, 12th Bloody Island Memorial, Clayton Duncan.May 14-15, Sat/Sun, 10th CA Indian Market, Tuolumne, Jennifer Bates.May 21, Sat, 5th Comedy Jam, San Jose, 5, Sat, Gathering of Honored Elders, Sacramento.Jun 18, Ohlone Big Time, Yerba Buena Gardens, SF.Jun 19, Sat, 14th Native Contemp Arts Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, SF, Janeen Antoine.Jun 25, 2nd Richmond Powwow, Nichols Park, Courtney Cummings.Jul 16, Sat, 31st Kule Loklo Big Time, Point Reyes National Seashore.Jul 23-24, 16th ITC Pow-Wow, Vallejo, Midge, 707.226-1234.Jul 29, 10th Gathering of the Lodges, Oakland, 20, Sat, Storytelling Festival, Indian Canyon, Hollister, Ann Marie Sayers. 20, Sat, 7th Friendship House NDN Market/Powwow, SF, 10, SAT, MWAN Powwow, Clinton Square Park, Oakland, Gilbert Blacksmith.Sep 10-11, Tuolumne Acorn Festival, Tuolumne, CA.Sep 17, Sat, Am Ind Heritage Celeb/Big Time/Powwow/Market, San Jose, 17, Sat, NAHC Pow Wow, San Leandro, Cathy Wisdom.Sep 23, 4th Fri, California American Indian Day. Oct 2, Ohlone Gathering, Coyote Hills, Fremont, 8, IPD Pow Wow/Market, Berkeley, 10, IPD Sunrise Ceremony, Alacatraz Island, Mark Anquoe.Oct 22, Sat, N. A. Culture Day, Oakland Library, Oct 27-30, 26th Annual California Indian Conference, Amy Huberland, 530.898-5438.NOV 4-12, AIFF American Indian Film Festival, SF, 12, SAT, AIFF Awards Night, SF, 20, Honoring Sobriety Powwow, San Jose.Nov 21-23, AIM National Conference, SF, Tony Gonzales. Nov 24, IITC/AICA Sunrise Ceremony, Alcatraz Island, Mark Anquoe.Nov 25, Black Fri Shellmound Mall Protest, Emeryville, 3-4, Sat/Sun, AICRC Powwow, Laney College, Oak, Mary Trimble Norris.@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Obama Signs Executive Order on Education and Tribal CollegesBy Rob CapricciosoDecember 5, 2011Read more: Billie Fidlin 9:49pm Dec 8 "We believe the sky to be the first creation. The sky is the Giver of life. In my personal belief it is from there that the Creator watches over all. The first level of Creation, called Gisoolg, means you are created, in this understanding, the sky..." Read more at WnT link Native Spirituality below. Native Spiritualitywhispernthunder.orgCheck out!... -- "When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. When evil people call you evil, you know that you are a good person. When lairs call you a liar, you know that you are truthful. Know who you are and don't let others tell you who you are." - Dave Kitchen

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