WASHINGTON, D.C. — Where to begin? Let's start at the end, of his college career, that is.
It occurred almost three Saturday afternoons ago in Denver. Lyle Thompson gave it everything he had in the NCAA quarterfinals. One goal, four assists and an uncharacteristic six turnovers forced by a Notre Dame defense that did what no one thought could be done: limit Lyle to the point where it directly influenced the outcome. But what are we talking about? He still had five points, which in the bigger picture is a career-day for most players that have picked up a stick at one point or another, in the backyard, schoolyard or just tossing around.
by Gyasi Ross, Editor at Large, Blackfeet Nation/Suquamish Territories (3/26/15)
At this very moment, all of us are missing out on the life of someone we say we care about and love. There’s someone who means the world to us whom we will never see again, and we don’t even know it. Right now.
Sorry for the dramatic introduction. I’ve lost some people recently—people who were incredibly important to me—and so I’ve probably been thinking about mortality, and the practices around mortality more than I should. Maybe. Most of the deaths were young and unexpected—people who were seemingly perfectly healthy and then BOOM…
St. Louis University has removed a statue of a Roman Catholic priest and two American Indians that was described in the campus newspaper as a depiction of "colonialism, imperialism, racism and ... Christian and white supremacy."
The statue, "Where the Rivers Meet," shows Pierre-Jean De Smet, a cross held high above his head, putting a hand on a Native American who stands below him. A second Native is shown kneeling.
"This message to American Indians is simple: 'You do not belong here if you do not submit to our culture and our religion,'" wrote Ryan McKinley in The University News. McKinley stressed that SLU, a private Catholic University, was "likely unintentionally" committing the racial slight.
Saving indigenous languages by recording them and then issuing a challenge online has inspired thousands of people to reciprocate by posting videos onto YouTube in the last year; the project has also created two currents of participants from south to north and vice-versa.
The southern effort began more recently in 2015 with the Indigenous Language Challenge (El Reto de las Lenguas Indigenas in Spanish) from Peru, and was created by Peru’s Ministry of Culture to recognize and celebrate the 17 Native languages in the country.
John Sayles is known for making affecting, critically acclaimed films, among them Matewan, Eight Men Out, Passion Fish, and Lone Star. He recently announced that his next project will be To Save the Man, a film about the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
The title comes from the dictum of Capt. Richard H. Pratt, the school's founder: "Kill the Indian, save the man."
Pratt will be featured in the film, and played by a well-known actor. Maggie Renzi, Sayles' partner and the film's producer, told Peninsula Daily News that she and Sayles would soon be conducting a nationwide search for 13 young Native actors, ages 14-22, to portray Carlisle students.
The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978, preceded by studies like the 1976 study by the Association of American Indian Affairs, which found that 25 to 35 percent of all Indian children were being placed in out-of-home care. Eighty-five percent of those children were being placed in non-Indian homes or institutions. In a response to the overwhelming evidence from Indian communities that the loss of their children meant the destruction of Indian culture, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. It was passed due to the disproportionate amount of Indian children placed in out of home placements, as well as finalizing adoptions away from the child’s tribe and family. ICWA has served thousands of Indian children, and has helped strengthen their families.
For the second year in a row, Lyle Thompson, Onondaga, was honored with the Tewaaraton Award, making him the second men’s player in the award’s 15-year history to be a repeat winner.
"It feels good," Thompson said, according to the Associated Press. "I am proud of my team, proud of everything they have helped me with these four years, and everything we have accomplished.
"That is what matters to me -- that the name 2015 UAlbany lacrosse team is on the trophy."
Nelson Tagoona grew up in Baker Lake, Nunavut, in an Inuit community that retained the old ways of hunting and fishing but was vexed with all-too-common modern Indigenous problems. The suicide rate was high, and in fact that's how Tagoona lost his father, while Nelson himself struggled with depression and bullying.
Fortunately, Nelson Tagoona could apply himself to music. He started playing guitar at age 7, and was writing his own music in his teens. He also learned the Inuit vocal style of throatsinging.
Going into space is a dream some little kids have growing up. It’s a dream John Herrington, the first Native astronaut, first dreamed when he was just 8 years old, reports the Navajo-Hopi Observer.
Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Tribe, is one of only 215 humans to have been outside an aircraft in space. He is now retired, but he spoke to students at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School on May 5 about.
Among his space travels has been a trip to the International Space Station, situated 220 miles above Earth.
“It was a unique opportunity and a chance to do something remarkable,” he said, according to the Navajo-Hopi Observer. “Two hundred and twenty miles would be a few hours drive if you could drive straight up.”
An Ontario environmental group is recognizing one of Canada's longest standing blockades with a public service award.
Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario received Ontario Nature's J.R. Dymond Public Service Award for exceptional environmental achievement.
Members of the First Nation first began a blockade 12 years ago against logging trucks on its traditional territory north of Kenora, Ont.
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- Aboriginal communities help put names to faces of the past
- Dartmouth woman shocked by donated bodies transported in U-Haul---- Remains transported in simple wooden boxes from New Brunswick after medical training
- Feds spent $1M on bottled water in First Nation with broken water plant, chief says ----- Frustration mounts as Neskantaga First Nation goes more than 20 years without safe drinking water