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Minneapolis has one of the largest urban Indian populations. The Native youth there face an array of issues, but there are services to give them the tools they need to succeed. One of these programs teaches Native youth new media
skills, allowing them create content about issues in their community.
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The Traditional Native American Farmers Association, also known as TNAFA, held its 16th Annual Indigenous Sustainable Communities Design Course July 2011, in collaboration with Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture in Northern Arizona. TNAFA has been working since 1992 to increase the Native community's interest in agriculture, especially the youth. Instructor Lilian Hill taught a natural building workshop on the Hopi Reservation, where agricultural methods date back as far as the 1500s. ISCD students learned the basics of traditional Hopi cob earth building and the essential elements of building a home with heart. The results of their collective efforts were the construction of an earthen bread oven and bench in the village of Kykotsmovi.
Participant testimonials in this film include Jacqueline Gamboa, Juan Gamboa, Rico Kleinstein Chenyek, as well as TNAFA Coordinator, Malin Ramirez. To find out more about the ISCD course, TNAFA and Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture visit: http://www.tnafanm.org
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The World Series of Stickball is an annual event in Philadelphia, Mississippi where stickball players from around the country come to compete. Jake, an Oklahoma Choctaw player, hopes to defeat the Nukoachi stickball team. Stickball has given Jake, and many others the opportunity to connect with cultural traditions.
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For twenty-five years, Red Earth has been committed to promoting Native Arts and Culture. In that time, Native art has seen amazing growth and change. The artists themselves weigh in on the state of Native art and its future. http://www.nativetelecom.org
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President Barack Obama announced Thursday at the White House Tribal Nations Conference that his administration will support the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The announcement removes the United States as the last remaining developed country that had not yet embraced the declaration, which recognizes and protects the world's 370 million indigenous peoples' rights to self-determination and protection of their lands and resources, among other rights.
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The Indigenous Language Institute, located on the Santa Fe Indian School campus, is doing all they can to combat the extinction of indigenous languages.
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Pomo for The Indian Children's Place, Hintil Kuu Ca is the only Native American child development center (CDC) in an urban area in California. Started in 1974, the idea originated from a school called Red Rock School created during the Alcatraz island occupation in the early 70's. It currently serves 119 children. Hintil is one of seven CDC's currently listed for closure at the end of August. Funding for early child education has been suspended due to the budget crisis in Sacramento.
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By Rebekka Schlichting
Drugs, alcohol, poor education, and poverty are all common problems in Indian Country, and tribes everywhere are constantly trying to find ways to win those battles. The Winnebago, who call themselves the Ho-Chunk Nation, have developed many programs to run on the front lines of these battles.
One of those programs is the Boys and Girls Club of the Hocak Nisoc Haci, which was established in Winnebago, Nebraska in 2007.
"It was started as a way to have a place for kids to go after school," Melissa Johnson, the CEO of the Club, said.
The Boys and Girls Club is in charge of the youth football team, the cheerleading squad, and an after school tutoring program. In addition, they serve about 50 meals a night to the children.
In the early stages of the club, they closed their doors between 6 and 7 p.m., so that the children could go home and eat. Eventually, the staff realized that the children didn't have anywhere to go during that time.
"We would notice that kids would just be sitting outside, waiting for us to open," Johnson said. "We knew that they weren't eating."
Johnson knows that there are many more children on the reservation who might go without dinner because of working parents, neglect, or other aforementioned issues in Indian Country. She said that there about 800 more children that the Boys and Girls Club could cater to, however, they're facility is too small.
In July 2013, during the 147th Annual Winnebago Homecoming Celebration in Winnebago, Nebraska, the Boys and Girls Club attempted to raise money to expand their facility. They are currently looking at a 1.5 million dollar project that would include a full-sized gym for the children. The Boys and Girls Club managed to raise $21,000 for a new building by holding a concession stand at the softball tournament.
Club members also volunteered to serve water at the Fun Walk/Run. This provided the Club with an opportunity to engage and build relationships with community and visiting guests.
"Our mission statement is 'To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,'" Johnson said.
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By Rebekka Schlichting
Myron Longsoldier knows firsthand what it's like to be young, lost, and Native American. By the time he was 9 years old, he had already experienced a bad hangover.
"I became involved with drinking from peer pressure, also environment, and problems with low self-esteem," Myron said.
Five years later, Myron was a struggling alcoholic. He was sent to penitentiaries for intoxication, disturbing the peace, fighting, auto theft, burglary, minor in possession, and many misdemeanors in about eight different states.
In 1975, Myron realized he could have a better life if he was sober. He began to try and stay clean, but after going back to the reservation and facing old friends, he often craved for a drink.
Building a relationship with God through recovery programs saved Myron. He was able to put his trust into man because of his sponsor, to whom he shared all of his secrets, shames, and feelings. Confiding in someone also improved Myron's English, which he often struggled with because Lakota was his first language.
Myron went back to his Native ways—the language, sun dances, sweats, and other traditional ceremonies—in 1986. He has practiced his Native ways and has been sober for 32 years.
Today, Myron tries his best to help people find the path to a better life. He takes many young people under his wing. He introduces them to ceremonies, the importance of tradition, and God.
"Spirituality to me is honoring that spirit of life given to you by being one with it, showing it respect, and passing it on," Myron said.
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By Rebekka Schlichting
In the early summer of 2013, Kevin Abourezk, Rosebud Sioux, allowed me to record his everyday activities at the newspaper. He led me up to the news area, took his seat, and began working on a story about the tribal council's decision to let their members vote on whether to allow alcohol onto the Pine Ridge Reservation.
While normally covering the higher education beat for the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska, Kevin has more time to write Native American issue stories during the summer. He has also written stories for Reznetnews.org, Indian Country Today, and Lakota Country Times.
"I think it's important for Native people to have their own scribes who can give them a voice that is credible and well-versed in their issues, both social and cultural," Kevin said. "If I don't write about Native issues, few people here at the Journal Star would, I fear. Having reporters from diverse backgrounds lends a diverse set of voices to a newspaper."
Kevin sets a good example of the modern-day Indian— dark-skinned, ponytail placed in the middle of his back, and commonly dressed in a button down.
He also lives the life of a modern-day Indian. While living in Lincoln, Kevin has limited access to ceremonial events. However, he does bring his children to powwows, and he often attends a sweat lodge. Kevin is familiar with the importance of passing on Native traditions, so he teaches his children the Lakota language and heritage.
Kevin is the father of four children, ages 2, 5, 7, and 10. He and his wife, Taryn, have been married for 13 years. They started dating during Kevin's sophomore year at the University of South Dakota.