Looming Fish Kill (environment)

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Internship Sponsored by Representative Raul Ruiz (opportunity)

Dr. Ruiz's story is compelling, and I know that he's very aware of issues regarding Natives, especially in Cailfornia.

Raul Ruiz (born August 25, 1972) is an American medical doctor and politician. He is a member of the United States House of Representatives and a member of the Democratic Party.[4] In what was considered a major upset,[5] Ruiz defeated redistricted, incumbent Republican representative Mary Bono Mack in the November 2012 general election in California's 36th congressional district. Ruiz is running for re-election in 2014, in what is considered one of the most competitive congressional races in the country.[6]

He sees the lack of native interns on Capitol Hill, and would like to help to change that.  He is interested in getting more natives to apply starting with his office.

Here is information about him: http://ruiz.house.gov/biography/

Here are pertinent sites for applying to become a congressional intern:


Here is his website to fill out an application:


Just so you know, these applications are like college applications.  They are competitive, you need to write essays, and get letters of recommendations.

We know many native students who have a natural interest in government, and helping people through government.

If you follow Dr. Ruiz's story, he started out following his passion, which was to become a doctor, and to give back to his community.  While he was on this journey, he realized that he needed to get into politics in order to better serve his community, and to improve health care for all people, not just those who can afford it.

Dr. Ruiz is Yaqui from South of the Border, and is very connected to that background.  His wife is Choctaw/Apache.  They are both interested in native concerns and issues.

PS. Re-election: http://www.drraulruiz.com/  

The other project that Dr. Ruiz is promoting for native youth is mentoring students who want to go to medical school.

He has an internship program already set up in Palm Desert. He knows the tribes will mostly be from the areas, since the project is already there.

He is interested in high school students who are contemplating a medical career.

Here is the information:


Donate To Quechan Memorial Skate Park (mascot)

Support the Youth of The Quechan Tribe and the decision to not take reds**n bribe money from OAF


The Quechan Tribe turned down a "blank check" from the foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins because it didn't want to be used to prop up the reputation of the controversial team, a tribal member who attended the meetings said Thursday.

Representatives from team owner Daniel Snyder's Original Americans Foundation offered the Quechans money to build a memorial skate park on the Fort Yuma Reservation on the Arizona-California border, according to Kenrick Escalanti, who attended the meetings at the tribal administration building.

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Coming home: Yurok Tribe celebrates 'repatriation'(culture)


KLAMATH >> Imagine the outcry that would be heard around the world if bandits broke into the Vatican (or into Mecca, or any other modern spiritual center), stripped precious metals from every surface, raided the tombs of the saints and sold their spoils to museums and private collectors for millions. A crime of this scale seems almost unimaginable in this day and age, but for hundreds of years it was common practice for unscrupulous traders to despoil Native American villages, burial sites and ceremonial centers, selling the artifacts and amassing huge personal collections.

While it's impossible to change the past, efforts have begun in recent years to "repatriate" purloined items to their rightful owners. On June 28, the Yurok Tribe hosted a Repatriation Ceremony (called Kwom-hle'-chey-ehl, meaning "They have come back") to celebrate the return of 128 ceremonial pieces used in the traditional Brush Dance.

"It is indescribably important that Yurok ceremonial items come back to the people and the land where they originated," said Cultural Resource Manager Rosie Clayburn in a news release about the event. "Not only do they belong with us, but they need to participate in ceremonies, which is their intended purpose. We are all out of balance until they are all home."

It took more than five years of negotiations with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian to secure the release of these items, which are the second "installment" of artifacts described in a 2005 claim. The first batch was repatriated in 2010, bringing back 217 artifacts used in the White Deerskin Dance and the Jump Dance.

Tribal representatives said the majority of their items from the museum have now been returned, though the museum retains 15 caps that the tribe is working to reacquire. (The museum is conducting research to determine whether the caps qualify for repatriation under their definition of "sacred.")

"Our perspective is that those caps are ceremonial. They're used in dances, so to us they are sacred," said Clayburn. "When you're making something for a ceremony, a basket cap or a dress or anything else, you spend a lot of time gathering things. Everything on there is from the Earth — shells from the beach, bear grass from the hills and so on — and the materials have to be worked in the right frame of mind. The whole time you're making something, you're praying and bringing the object to life by putting your thoughts and prayers into it."

The most recent batch of returned items included a basket cap decorated with dentillium shells (also called 'dentalium' shells), dresses adorned with abalone, arrow quivers made with woodpecker scalps, "jump sticks" decorated with woodpecker heads and more.

"I'd like to thank tribal staff and the Smithsonian for working so hard to bring these ceremonial items home," said Thomas P. O'Rourke Sr., chairman of the Yurok Tribe. "This is where they belong. They are meant to be used in our ceremonies for healing and prayer."

According to the news release, "90 percent of the items were removed from Yurok territory by Grace Nicholson, an avid collector of Native American items in the early 1900s. The remaining 10 percent were collected by various non-Indian collectors throughout North America."

After Nicholson acquired the items, she sold some of them to wealthy private collectors Harmon Hendricks and George Gustav Heye, and they eventually became part of the Museum of the American Indian in New York. They remained there until a 1989 act of Congress created the National Museum of the American Indian and transferred stewardship of more than 800,000 objects to the Smithsonian Institution.

The act requires that Smithsonian museums create and carry out a repatriation policy "to inventory, identify, and consider for return — if requested by a Native community or individual — American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian human remains and funerary objects." The law was amended in 1996 to add provisions for "unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony." A similar law, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, was passed in 1990, and it directs repatriation efforts for other federally-funded institutions.)

According to the NMAI website (http://nmai.si.edu), "One common misconception about the NMAI's repatriation program is that the majority of the NMAI's collections, at some point in the future, will be repatriated. In fact, less than 3 percent (about 25,000 items) of the NMAI's collections fall within the four primary categories of eligible items for repatriation: human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony."

Clayburn said that the tribe's main focus has been on repatriating human remains and funerary objects, and now that most of those items have been returned, they're beginning to focus on the other categories. They plan to file repatriation claims with three more museums soon, including one in Del Norte County, one in Portland, Oregon, and one at the University of Washington.

"It's a feeling of overwhelming joy to see these items come home. It's like welcoming somebody home who has been away for a long time, like a prisoner of war. They're finally back and doing what they are made to do," said Clayburn.

"A lot of the elders who started this work are no longer here, but this is their life's work that we're continuing, and we'll keep it up until all of our items have been returned so that we can make the Yurok people whole, and put the world back in balance."

Contact Clay McGlaughlin at 441-0516.


Items that can be 'repatriated' include:

Culturally affiliated human remains: The legislation defines these as human remains with whom a demonstrable relationship of shared group identity can be shown to an existing federally recognized American Indian tribe, Alaska Native Village or Regional Corporation or Native Hawaiian organization, based on a preponderance of evidence.

Associated and unassociated funerary objects: Funerary objects are items that, as part of the death rites of a culture, are believed to have been intentionally placed with an individual at the time of death or later. An object is considered to be "associated" if the human remains with which it was originally interred are present at the National Museum of Natural History.

Sacred objects: These are specific ceremonial objects that are needed by traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents.

Objects of cultural patrimony: An object having ongoing historical, traditional or cultural importance central to the Native American group or culture itself, rather than property owned by an individual Native American, and which, therefore, cannot be alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by any individual regardless of whether or not the individual is a member of the Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization and such object shall have been considered inalienable by such Native American group at the time the object was separated from such group.

Remains of individuals whose identity is known: The return of the remains of named individuals to lineal descendants was an established priority for the National Museum of Natural History, even prior to the passage of the NMAI Act. This policy continues to be in effect. Very few of the individuals whose remains are in the collections of the National Museum of Natural History are known by name.

Objects acquired illegally: In accordance with long-standing Smithsonian policy, the National Museum of Natural History may repatriate any materials acquired by or transferred to the National Museum of Natural History illegally or under circumstances that render invalid the Museum's claim to them.

Native America Calling Schedule July 21-25 (media)

Native America  Calling, http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/ 

Airs Live Monday - Friday, 1-2pm Eastern 

To participate call: 
1-800-996-2848 (1-800-99-NATIVE)

Monday, July 21, 2014 – Teaching Art

Creating art is an important tradition in many Native American and Alaska Native communities. Many artisans also make teaching those skills a high priority. Who is teaching traditional techniques to young people in your tribe or village? Are there artists who are reviving some art forms through education? How can teaching traditional art forms help to preserve cultural traditions? Join us as we hear from art educators from around Native America who are working with our young ones to keep art in their daily lives.

Break Music: Shawnee Stomp Dance (song) The Unconquered Spirit (artist) Chants and Trances of the Native American Indian, Vol. 1 (album)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014— Native in the Spotlight: Frank Waln

Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota) is an award winning hip-hop artist from the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota. His hip-hop group, Nake Nula Waun, which means: “I am always ready, at all times, for anything” in Lakota, won two Native American Music Awards. His music tackles social issues like environmental concerns and he participated in the Healing Walk 2014. Join us for a conversation with Frank about his music and environmental justice. You are also welcome to call in and speak directly with Frank Waln about his life and work.

Break Music: AbOriginal (song) Frank Waln (artist) AbOriginal – Single (album)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - July Music Maker: Dawn Avery

Mohawk artist Dawn Avery is known for her alluring cello sounds and vocals. Her latest album “50 Shades of Red” offers listeners a 12-track exploration of peace and passion through sound. Avery says her album has a lot of love both sensual and spiritual. Tracks like “My Life With You” and “My Heart Is Strong” maneuver through a layered composition of lyrics and notes. We invite you to connect to Dawn Avery’s newest musical venture on our June Music Maker edition of Native America Calling. 
Break Music: Ndn Girl On Top (song) Dawn Avery (artist) 50 Shades of Red (album)

Thursday, July 24, 2014– Hawaiian Sovereignty

The current debate over Native Hawaiian sovereignty involves many Indigenous voices. While some are in favor of the U.S. of reestablishing a collective government-to- government relationship, others are opposed and often sight illegal occupation as the reason. Listening sessions on the matter are under way right now across the nation. Other issues connected to this discussion include federal recognition, community and culture. What do you think about the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement? Given your own tribe’s history with the U.S. government, what would you like to add to the discussion?

Break Music: Chant (song) Mihana (artist) One Little Dream (album)

Friday, July 25, 2014– Beading 
Native artists have created beaded work for generations. Through the years, beading has evolved from large clay beads to small glass beads from Europe. Beaders today put their touch on everything from earrings to stethoscopes. Just about anything can be decorated with beads. Beading can take a long time, with intricate designs, while other creations are simple strings of beads crafted for volume and profit. Does your tribe have a unique style of beading? Does your family have a tradition of beading? Guests include: beaders Brian Zepeda (Seminole) and Summer Peters (Ojibwe).

Break Music: Show Stopper (song) BlackStone (artist) On The Oregon Trail (album)