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Monday, September 1, 2014 – **Pre-Recorded** Songs to Make You Smile

What kind of music brings a smile across your face? Is it a country or rock tune? What about round dance music or the soulful Louisiana Cajun sound? This Labor Day we are closing down the phone lines to bring you some of Native America’s sounds from many of the musicians you love. We’ve put together memorable songs make you smile while you enjoy your day of rest and relaxation. Who’s on your top list of songs that brighten your day? Do you turn to Native musicians to help ease you into or out of your day? Is there a song you like to listen to over and over?

Break Music:John Wayne’s Teeth (song) Eagle Bear Singers (artist) Smoke Signals: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture (album)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014— Current Events

It's time for another roundup of events taking place this month in Native America! Join us as we learn about events like theFatherhood Is Sacred & Motherhood Is Sacred Facilitator Training, an "Our food is Our Medicine" conference, the Comanche Nation Fair and the Yanaguana Indian Arts Market. You are also invited to call in and share details about events and gatherings taking place during September in your community.

Break Music: Shake it Down (song) Gary Farmer (artist)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - Bigfoot Country

Native Americas saw Bigfoot first. The Choctaw call this mysterious creature "Shampe," the Chinook call it "Skookum," the Salish call it "Sasquatch" and the Navajo call it "Yé' iitsoh." Some tribes even have stories that are passed down from generation to generation about these big, hairy creatures that live in the wilderness. Bigfoot is an evil being, a friend, a guardian or a supernatural being one shouldn't be worried about. What does your tribe call Bigfoot? Does this mysterious creature play a role in your culture and folklore? Have you seen Bigfoot? And what about little people? Guests include Matt Moneymaker from the show "Finding Bigfoot" and eyewitnesses Rose James (Sokokomish) and Natalie Murphy (Navajo).

Break Music: Metropolis (Mix) Tribe Called Red (artist)

Thursday, September 4, 2014– Preparing Food for Winter

Now is the time to gather your fresh fruits and vegetables and prepare them to last through the winter. Do you can or preserve things from your garden to feed your family during cold months? Do you smoke salmon or dry meat to stock your pantry? Join us as we discuss the best tips and techniques for canning, preserving and drying foods. We also want to hear how you learned these skills. Were they passed down through your family? Are you reviving food preservation traditions in your community?

Break Music: Nadjiwan (single) Broken Treaty Blues (artist)

Friday, September 5, 2014– Coming of Age in Native America 

Coming of age is an important milestone. For many Native American tribes, it is acknowledged with a ceremony. These ceremonies are unique and some may include endurance tests, days of song and dance, special foods or tough tasks to prove these kids are ready to become adults in their community. Coming of age ceremonies are an important turning point in a young Native American's life where childhood play time is replaced by responsibility and visions of the future. Have you had a coming of age or puberty ceremony? What happens when we don't have these ceremonies? Does your tribe still carry on these traditions? Guests include Dr. Lloyd Lee (Navajo), Dr. Carol Markstrom and Veronica Tiller (Apache).

Break Music: Shades of Red Part 3 (song) Dawn Avery (artist) Shades of Red (album)


First Native Woman to Graduate from Oxford (profile)

Shinnecock Member Is First Native Woman to Graduate from England’s Oxford University


On September 22, Kelsey Leonard became the first Native American woman to graduate from England’s Oxford University. She’s a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Southampton,New Yorkand graduated with a master’s degree in water science, policy and management from St Cross College, one of Oxford’s 38 colleges.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for not only Ms. Leonard but for all Native peoples of the United States,” stated a representative of theShinnecock Indian Nationin an Oxford press release. “Kelsey continues to bring much pride to the Shinnecock Indian Nation.”


Dartmouth Fall Fly-In (opportunity/education)

Dartmouth Bound: Native American Community Program


We welcome students with an interest in our Native community or in Native American Studies to apply to this program for high school seniors.

OCTOBER 12 – 15, 2014


Native American Community Program (formerly Native Fly-In) participants visit classes, interact with faculty, connect with the Native community at Dartmouth, and attend workshops on the admissions and financial aid process. Dartmouth's commitment to the Native community dates back to the very beginning of the College. In 1769, at Dartmouth’s founding, the charter directed that Dartmouth College exist "for the education and instruction of youth of the Indian tribes in this land... English Youth, and any others."

In 1970, John Kemeny, Dartmouth's 13th president, pledged to redress the historical lack of opportunities for Native Americans in higher education. This recommitment not only held Dartmouth to a higher standard than its peers, but also established the Native American Program, laid the groundwork for the Native American Studies department, and directed the Admissions Office to actively recruit Native students.

Over 1000 Native Americans and Alaskan Natives representing over 200 different tribes have attended Dartmouth. Native American Studies, an academic program open to all Dartmouth students, provides opportunities to explore historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Native peoples in the United States and Canada through interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Since its conception over 30 years ago, the Native American Community Program has brought hundreds of prospective students from all corners of the country to visit Hanover and see Dartmouth College first-hand.  We welcome students of all backgrounds with a demonstrated interest in Native community and/or Native American Studies to apply to the program.


You must be a high school senior to be considered for the program.

•       2014 Application



•       Arrival & registration

•       Dinner with Dartmouth hosts and mentors


•       Welcome breakfast

•       Campus tours

•       Class visits

•       Dartmouth Plan showcase

•       Native Students' Experience Forum

•       Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD) Community Dinner


•       Breakfast and admissions case studies workshop

•       Thayer School of Engineering information session

•       The First-Year Experience

•       Financial aid workshop

•       Honoring dinner


•       Departures


Admissions staff and current Dartmouth students, many whom are past Dartmouth Bound participants, will offer their perspectives on Dartmouth and advice about navigating the college search and admissions process.

Tours include an orientation of the Dartmouth campus and facilities, as well as specific areas of interest, and tours of the athletic facilities, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the Thayer School of Engineering.

Native Students' Experience Forum is an opportunity for program participants to get an unedited view of life at the College from the perspective of Native students. A cross-section of students and leaders from the Native community will be available to answer questions and relate their own experiences at Dartmouth and beyond. Program participants should come ready to ask about everything from academics to social life to extracurricular and cultural involvement.

Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD) community dinner, held at the Native American House, is an opportunity for the entire Native community (students, faculty, and staff) to come together over a meal, introduce themselves, welcome prospective students, and informally share their experiences.

Admissions workshops and case studies are a hallmark of our program. Admissions officers will walk you through our individualized review process and provide tips for completing college applications. You will have the chance to review real applications to the College as part of a mock admissions committee exercise. You will also have the opportunity to meet in small groups with a member of our admissions staff to ask questions about the college application process.

First-Year Experience provides insight into the transition to College and an overview of some of the programs and resources available to our students.

Financial aid makes the Dartmouth experience possible for all students, regardless of their family finances. Our financial aid officers will provide an overview of how financial aid works at Dartmouth and answer questions.

Closing dinner is a chance for participants, mentors, admissions staff, and faculty to gather and reflect on the program's events and discussions. There will also be a guest speaker who will offer some final words of encouragement.


•       Native American Program at Dartmouth

Native American Studies Department

Title VII Program Devastated (education)

FYI... The following email originated from Michael Folsom, Indian Education/Ocean View School District (Huntington Beach Unified School District).  Please review forwarded message, and direct all inquiries regarding this email to Mr. Folsom, (714) 848-0656 ext. 4955,

If you want to participate then, send letters of support to letter to HBUHSD administration about the importance of meeting the cultural needs of Indian children,,, and

---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
From: Michael Folsom
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:05 PM
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 2:05 PM
Subject: Indian Education Devastated

My school district followed suit with Ocean View School District and eliminated all students in Indian Education who are not tribally enrolled.  This devastated my program and I was reassigned to other programs.  I promised students last  year that I would make every effort to take them to cultural activities like the UCI Summer Residential program,  UCR and UCLA programs and AILOTT but now will not be able too.  Would you mind sending a letter to HBUHSD administration about the importance  of meeting the cultural needs of Indian children ( and

I am working with William Mendoza, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Indian/Alaskan Native Education.  He was shocked that two good programs have been taken down.  I am asking  the community to let the board hear know that they do not agree with stopping services. Their address are on the website under the board tab. My program went from the high 900’s to 35 under the new criteria.  Please pass on the information to anyone who you would think might speak up against the second coming of the same old  calvary.  

Michael Folsom M.S.

School Psychologist

Indian Education
 OVHS Rm 909

JOM Count (education)

Thanks to Kerry V. for the reminder

Johnson O'Malley Student Count
September 15, 2014 Deadline
The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is in the process of updating the Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Student Count, which is critical to highlighting increased need as the Native student population increases. States, school districts, tribal organizations and Indian corporations should mark your calendars because the BIE needs your student count information by Monday, September 15, 2014. The Johnson-O'Malley Act of 1934 became law in order to subsidize education, medical services, and other social services for American Indians. Today, JOM funding (25 CFR Part 273) is used for programs designed to meet the specialized and unique educational needs of eligible Indian students.
To be eligible, a student must be:
  • An American Indian child age 3 through 12th grade attending a public school;
  • A citizen of a tribe or one-fourth degree Indian blood; and
  • Recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for BIE services.
The form for submissions is located at the JOM website linked below. To submit your JOM student count, please email Juanita Mendoza at or fax to(202) 208-3271.
Important Information
  • BIE JOM Website: Please click HERE.
  • July 24, 2014 Tribal Leader Letter: Please click HERE.
  • August 19, 2014 Tribal Leader Letter: Please click HERE.
For any questions, please contact the Bureau of Indian Education at (202) 208-3559.


SEMINOLE, TEXAS — For five-year-old Malachi Wilson, the first day of kindergarten will always be one he remembers. As it turns out, Monday, which was the first day of school for students at F.J. Young Elementary School in Seminole, Texas, was not Malachi’s first day of school because he was sent home because of the length of his hair.

School principal Sherrie Warren informed April Wilson, Malachi’s mother, that Malachi’s hair is too long since he is a boy; therefore, he would not be able to attend classes until he got a haircut.

Malachi is Navajo on his father’s side of the family and Kiowa on his mother’s side.

Seminole is located in southwest Texas. F. J. Elementary School is home of the Seminole Indians. A sign near the school’s gymnasium reads: “Welcome to the Tribe.”

Wilson told Warren that Malachi is Native American and she and her husband don’t believe in cutting his hair. Malachi has never had a haircut, except for trims at the ends to keep it his hair healthy.

She explained to the principal that for religious beliefs Native Americans consider hair sacred and spiritual. The principal then asked Wilson if she could prove Malachi is Native American.

“I told her yes and told her what tribe he is part of,” Wilson told the Native News Online on Wednesday night.

Even with the explanation, Warren would not relent. Malachi was denied admission on his first day of kindergarten.


After Malachi and his mother left the school, Wilson called the Navajo Nation to assist in the documentation process. She also called a member of the American Indian Movement, who called the school district’s superintendant.

By mid-afternoon, the school called Wilson to inform her that Malachi could attend school the next day if she was willing to sign an exemption form with a brief explanation why Malachi wears his hair long.

“The principal asked me if I could pull his hair back and even tuck it into his shirt to hide it,” said Wilson. “I braid it all the time, so that was not a problem to keep it confined. But, I would not agree to have him put his hair down his shirt collar.”

On Tuesday, Malachi attended his first day of kindergarten – without incident.

Iron Eyes (profile/cultural appropriation)

"Native American" icon created his own story

By Katherine Yamada

August 27, 2014 | 6:14 p.m.

Iron Eyes Cody, who lived most of his life as an Indian, was very active in the Scouting program here in Glendale and often shared his knowledge of Indian lore with local groups. So, it was a surprise to many when a 1996 newspaper article said that Cody was not a Native American.

Cody presented himself as an Indian, both in his private and public life.

"Iron Eyes learned much of his Indian lore in the days when, as a youth, he toured the country with his father, Thomas Long Plume, in a wild west show. During his travels, he taught himself the sign language of other tribes of Indians," according to a 1951 unidentified newspaper article on file in Special Collections at the Glendale Public Library.

The article said that the television star and his wife would appear at a Glendale Historical Society event to tell the story of the "Indian Sign Language in Pictures'' and would demonstrate Indian arts and customs. Plus, the couple would bring along their 3-month-old "papoose" Robin (Robert Timothy). All were to be attired in Indian regalia.

His wife, a Seneca Indian known in tribal circles as Gayewas, was known in archaeological and ethnological fields for her work at the Southwest Museum under the name of Bertha Parker Cody.

Iron Eyes Cody was preparing a book titled "Indian Sign Languages in Pictures," which he'd hoped to publish the following year, the article noted.

Cody's background was revealed in a 1996 New Orleans Times-Picayune article stating that Cody was born to immigrants from Sicily.

A profile of Cody, posted online on "Hollywood Star Walk" by the Los Angeles Times, said that, in 1919, a film crew used the family's Oklahoma farm as a movie location. Within a year, Cody's father had come to Hollywood as a technical adviser.

He brought his family along, and Iron Eyes Cody soon got into show business. After touring with the wild west show, he returned to both act in and direct several "quickie westerns," according to The Times online report.

Cody was already a celebrity when he became a supporter of the local Scouting program and he often taught Indian lore to Order of the Arrow members up at Camp Bill Lane.

Area Scouts also made trips to his Moosehead Museum in his Atwater home. He was an adviser to the Northwest District Boy Scouts, a member of the Order of the Arrow and a life member of the Order of the Arrow of Verdugo Hills Council.

Sheldon Baker, a lifelong Scout, recalled Cody's visits to Camp Bill Lane in a previous Verdugo Views (Sept. 26, 2013).

Baker said in a recent telephone interview, "When I was on the staff, Iron Eyes would come to the camp. Other times, we would visit him in his home."

Baker has many fond memories of Cody, and said it really didn't matter to him whether Cody was of Indian background or Sicilian.

"He was what he was to us, a friend and a good person," Baker said. "We didn't inquire into each other's background or ethnicity."

Cody, who denied the 1996 Times-Picayune report when it appeared, died three years later and is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

"He lived and worked as an Indian for all his adult life; he labored for decades to promote Native American causes, and was honored by Hollywood's Native American community in 1995 as a "non-Native" for his contribution to film," according to an article posted on the IMDb website.

Native female college freshman (opportunity/education)

Scholastic’s Scope Magazine is looking for Native female college freshman (or close to that year) to interview for an educational magazine for middle/high school students nationally. The interview will focus on how Native females from reservations or culturally rooted backgrounds are able to leave home and be successful in college. For more information please see email below.

From: Jane Bianchi [] 
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 3:10 PM
Subject: URGENT: Scholastic request


 I'm writing an article for Scholastic's Scope magazine (an educational magazine that goes to middle school and high school classrooms across the country). I'm looking to interview a young Native American woman who grew up on a reservation and is now a freshman in college (or near that age). We want to help teen readers understand what it feels like to straddle those two worlds. I'm looking for someone thoughtful, insightful, articulate, open and hopeful--someone who can perhaps talk about cultural challenges that she's had to overcome. 

One important note is that I'd need to interview the girl over the phone and write the piece by the end of this week, so it's very urgent. Any chance you know a girl who might be a good fit? If so, I'd love to hear from you right away.

If you'd like to see any of the work I've done for Scholastic classroom magazines in the past, feel free to check out my portfolio at:  



Jane Bianchi

Freelance Writer


Native America Calling Schedule August 25-29 (media)

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Monday, August 25, 2014 – Housing for Native Veterans

Veterans are entitled to specific benefits after their service in the military, including health care and money for education. Another benefit is VA home loans, but many vets don't take advantage of that opportunity. Some veterans also struggle with mental illness and substance abuse and find themselves homelessIs your tribe stepping up to help veterans find stable, affordable housing? Are you or a loved one who served in the Armed Forces struggling to find a place to live? What do you think should be done to make sure our veterans in Indian Country have a place to live?

Break Music:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014— Voter Registration

Voting is one way for individuals to have their voice heard in local, state and federal elections. Are you registered to vote this year? Community groups around the US are working to register more Native voters and encourage them to cast a ballot this November. Join us as we explore voter registration efforts. This program is part of a series this fall on the 2014 Elections on Native America Calling. Do you think registering more Native voters will make a difference in the outcome of elections in your area? Do you think your vote matters?

Break Music: Pisa Ay Sobeli (song) The GrayHawk Band (artist) Worth The Wait (album)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - August Book of the Month: “Effigies II”

Effigies II” is a compilation of works from Native women poets. Editor Allison Hedge Coke says debuting these works in a collection gives these Native writers a chance to enter the literary publishing world as a community. The book is like a road trip through Indian Country through words. The poems allow the reader to experience a multi-regional view on Native life. We invite you join us live as we take in the words of Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee), Ungilbah Davila (Diné), Kristi Leora (Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg), Laura Mann (Choctaw/Cherokee/Mohawk) and Kateri Menominee (Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa).

Break Music:

Thursday, August 28, 2014– August Music Maker: Eden Fine Day

Eden Fine Day, a Cree First Nations musician from Canada’s Sweetgrass Reserve made her debut as a solo artist in the new album “Things Get Better.” This autobiographical musical venture is a reflection on her life. Eden feels rhythm and melody are a birthright. The sounds and lyrics of the 12-track album highlight both the highs and lows that life can bring and blends them into a melodic understanding of human emotions. Are you ready for a soulful journey to strength? We invite you to join us for our August Music Maker as we visit with Eden Fine Day.

Break Music:

Friday, August 29, 2014– What's on TV? 
The fall television season is just around the corner. Are you waiting for new episodes of your favorite show? Did the last season end on a cliffhanger? Fall is also the time when networks release new shows that may just be the next bit national hit. What are your favorite TV shows? Join us as we discuss the most popular shows right now. We'll also explore Native American characters and actors on shows like LongmireThe Red RoadEscaping Alaska, and Hell on Wheels.

Send us reviews of your most loved (or hated) shows on TV right now to

Break Music: