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Spotlight on First Look Series: Measure for Measure

November 25, 2013
This interview with Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) originally appeared on the blog Native Voices @ the Autry. Excitement is in the room as we begin our second First Look Series workshop of the season. Described as "Blazing Saddles meets Shakespeare," Measure for Measure: A Boarding School Comedy is Native Voices founder and artistic director Randy Reinholz's adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, Measure for Measure . The original Shakespeare piece, written around 1603, deals with Catholicism's contradictions and asks serious questions about who should have moral authority. Who gets to decide...
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Anger Turned Inside: The Fight For Native Families

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the blog lara (author-blogger) . I am honored to take part in the Moms Rising Blog Carnival and bring awareness to "Raising the Voices of Native Americans." I wrote a blog post "Anger Turned Inside: The Fight for Native Families" to coincide with a documentary that aired on Al Jazeera Fault Lines in November. (They are now creating a webpage with some of my adoption search and reunion and photos.) My blog "Lara" exposes issues of Human Trafficking in 2013 and Indian Country. I am 57 years on the long road as an adoptee warrior. In the past year, my...
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Ask For Directions

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the blog Bad NDNS . I wrote this poem as a reminder to myself that we are never alone, that within us are countless years of experience and wisdom from our Ancestors - if we can just remember to ask for help! Our DNA is a map made of stories. A genealogy of stories. A storytelling festival, featuring ancestors and those still in the womb, and those looking at us through eyes not yet made from stardust. When we tell stories we tap an ancestor on the arm, ask her to speak. We take the hand of a child, let our fingers intertwine. When we tell stories we time...
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Job Shadowing My Father, and My Path to Tenure

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the blog Beyond the Mesas . Earlier this summer the University of Illinois granted me promotion to associate professor with indefinite tenure in American Indian Studies & history. Since then, I've been thinking a lot about my path to tenure, and the road I took to get where I am now. Thirty years ago I wanted to grow up to be an astronaut, a veterinarian, or a professional musician. I did not imagine that I would become a university professor or a "scholar." But when I was a senior in high school, my perspective and desire changed. At this time, I had...
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Making Knowledge Out Of Sound: The Enduring Legacy Of The American Indian Flute

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the website The Flute Portal . I want to share what has been shared with me over my career in a good way and try and touch the souls of young people that stories matter. As a cultural outreach & world flute artist I try and bring the universal language of music to the world. The true essence for me of the sound and the enduring legacy of the traditional American Indian Courting Love Flute with its haunting, yet plaintive, sounds is the long vocal-like phrases and the unique delicate pulse that transcends the sound and takes you to another world. That...
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17th Century Books About Indians

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the online forum Native American Netroots . During the seventeenth century Europeans wrote a number of books about American Indians which both created and perpetuated many of the common stereotypes and misconceptions about Indians. Some of these books were basically fantasies reflecting the author’s beliefs about European fantasies; some were works of propaganda intended to foster a belief in the inherent superiority of European ways; some were sympathetic and empathetic regarding Indians and were based on actual observations. Indian Origins: When the...
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My Mother's Story: Flora Sombrero Lind 1923 – 2010

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the online forum Native American Netroots . My mother passed away on June 25, 2010 at her home in Richfield, Utah. She was 86. My brother, sister and I were by her side when she breathed her last breath. This is the tribute I gave at her funeral: Another elder in our Navajo Nation has left us. It is significant for our tribe to lose those who are fluent in our language and remember the traditional and ancient way of Navajo living. My husband Jeff called my mom a National Treasure. All elders of all American Indian tribes are National Treasures. From L-R:...
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DNC Speaker Denise Juneau Leads Montana's Public Schools with an Emphasis on Indian Education for All

November 25, 2013
Editor's Note: Denise Juneau won re-election as head of Montana's public schools on November 6, 2012. This profile about her originally appeared in the online forum Native American Netroots . -Elisa Batista, For six minutes between the speeches last week at the Democratic National Convention of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a far less known Democrat stood at the podium in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was Denise Juneau ( Hidatsa-Mandan ). One of 161 American Indian delegates at the convention, Juneau is...
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Sharing 'Three Kings' Sweet Bread With My Daughter's Class: Recipe and Video Included!

November 22, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- My daughter's first grade class is studying family traditions. Her teacher invited parents to share their stories, and most recently, it was my turn. I spoke to the kids about a tradition unique to Latin American, Spanish and Catholic families called "Three Kings Day" or el día de los tres reyes magos. Celebrated on January 6 of every year, it marks the time that the three kings in the New Testament, Baltazar, Gaspar, and Melchor, came bearing gifts of gold, incense and myrrh for baby Jesus. Every Spanish-speaking country, including Spain, celebrates it in its own way. In...
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Share Your Story: MomsRising Blog Carnival "Raising the Voices of Native American Families"

November 19, 2013
For many families across the United States, November is a time to reflect and show gratitude for all that we have. Thanksgiving is an annual celebration marked by family reunions, turkey dinners and football. However, for many Native Americans, whose ancestors lived in the United States long before European settlers, the holiday -- especially in its commercialized form -- can be a painful reminder of how their history has been trivialized, revised...or simply ignored. Yet, despite numerous economic and social challenges facing the community, the resilience of Native American people endures...
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