Posts Tagged ‘National Native American Heritage’

WAPO is commemorating Veteran’s Day, with an article on Tammy Duckworth and the new generation at the VA.

Today’s Christian Science Monitor’s article discusses new attempts to help homeless vets. I have to say I don’t think there has been this much Federal activity in this direction since Governor Reagan. You may remember him. He’s the one that did so much in aid of the population’s growth in CA when he shut down thousands of hospital beds as a cost cutter.

President Obama was busy speechifying at Arlington, as he did yesterday in Fort Hood, Texas.

New Hampshire’s Peterboro, the company that has been making USAn made baskets since 1854, is offering a few patriotically themed baskets in celebration of Veterans Day. You know the ones; they make picnic, pie and bicycle baskets.

My hometown is having a parade in just a few minutes, and I’ve been searching for my display flag, the one my mother gave me, all day. I haven’t been able to find it since we packed a few things into storage.

Elsewhere around the Bay area, these VA events are happening.


On Oct 30 Barack Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. (NNAHM)

Indigenous peoples in Alaska are giving informative lectures on various tribes and nations.

As well, in Alaska, the Juneau Empire is featuring daily, a different member of the Juneau native community.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is taking applications for their 2010 list of Endangered Native American Places.

The Library of Congress has put together an interview and web page on Keith M Little, Navajo code talker during WWII.

The National Park Service has nicely featured in their National Register of Historic Places, properties relating to “American Indian Heritage Month”.

Mills College, in Oakland, CA is commemorating the month with various activities. The next will be an evening of music and dinner on November 19th.

WaterturtleWeaver has a new 2010 ethnobotany calandar on sale, that looks scrumptious! The project was a cooperative effort including well known artist-ethnologist Deborah Small and photographer-weaver Rose Ramierz.

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featherWinona LaDuke

Author, Environmental Activist, Economist, VP Political Candidate, Community Developer

Born: 1959

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

“There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made by the hands of individuals.”

Winona LaDuke, is the daughter of Anishinabeg (Ojibwa) Vincent LaDuke (SunBear) and Russian Betty Bernstein. A member of the Ashland Oregon high school debate team, She determined to attend Harvard. While earning a degree in economic development from Harvard, she met and was influenced by Jimmy Durham, a well-known Cherokee activist. When she was 18, she addressed the United Nations on Native American issues. (more…)

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featherMaria Martinez (Maria Antonia Montoya)


Born: 1887 died 1980

Birthplace: San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico

Renowned rescuer of an ancient pottery technique, Maria Martinez was interested in pottery from childhood. She was born of the Native American Tewa tribe. In general, pottery making was in decline during this period in her area, due to the gain of mass produced dishes. However, she was able to learn pottery from her grandmother. She gained early respect for her work. (more…)

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featherKateri Tekakwitha  [tek”äkwith’u]

1656 – April 17, 1680

“Born in 1656 of an Algonquin Indian mother who was a devout Christian, and a pagan Mohawk chief.  Kateri Tekakwitha was beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II. Despite common understanding, Tekakwitha’s people were of a matrilineal tradition. Therefore,  she belonged to the Algonquin nation. (more…)

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This month the seventeen year old  Sacagawea, or Sakakawea, saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time, hunted for food to feed men who were tired of dried fish, and voted over where the Lewis and Clark Expedition would winter along the Oregon coast. She had begun her travels at sixteen with her French Canadian husband, Charbonneau, an black slave named York, who despite his efforts and another’s promise, would never be freed, and a gaggle of white men who did not speak her language. (more…)

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Stop the rape NOW!


Each year the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers highlights sixteen women, men and organizations that standout in the fight against gender violence. Representing November 25th, is:

featherIngrid El-Issa

The Fund for the Four Directions
, New York City, USA. 

Native American Women’s Rights Activist

Ingrid El-Issa (O’Peqtaw-Metamoh) was an outspoken Indigenous women’s human rights activist who was brutally murdered in February of 1999. Ingrid was Executive Director of the Fund for the Four Directions where she initiated a new effort to promote and revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures.

She was the Chair of the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which eventually created the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in 2002. Ingrid is acknowledged by many as one of the key figures in the establishment of the Forum.

Today, she is recognized as a pioneering women’s human rights defender who helped to integrate Indigenous Rights into the human rights framework and influenced governments and institutions to take action on a number of Indigenous rights concerns.


I Own My Vote, PUMA, The Denver Group, Just Say No Deal

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