Justin Beiber sports a new tattoo…
Haha #obama #1491s #humor #nativehumor #native #election #raindance
Gorgeous Eve Ringuette (Montagnaise/Innu from Uashat mak Mani-Utenam) in French film ‘Mesnak’.
She won best actress at the American Indian Film Festival..
She is stunning!
Mississauga Ojibwa group including Uhwussiggeezhiggookway (aka Beyond The Sky Woman, aka Hannah Henry) standing far left, and her husband Maunguadaus (aka Courageous, aka George Henry) standing 2nd from the left - circa 1846
Nadia Duvan, last shaman of the Ulchi people of Siberia, communicating with a bear spirit.
Some rights reserved © 2012 Kiliii Fish Photography
I don’t know if that kid knows it, but he has powerful energy which shocked me at first.. I have never felt someones energy through a music video.
Skrillex and Damian Marley ‘Make it Bun Dem’
Wow. Talk about doing Native American media right. Damn.
Native Americans Have Highest Rate of Suicide
article by Laurel Morales
“American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rates of suicide compared to any other ethnic group in the United States. And in many tribes it’s considered taboo to even talk about the problem. A recent workshop in Flagstaff hoped to address that.
Emmy Burruel lives in Flagstaff with her husband and two children. She recalled a couple years ago she and her husband were fixing up their guest room when they got the call.
“My mom is crying hysterically, she’s like, ‘we found your brother’ and I’m like, ‘what do you mean you found my brother?’” Burruel said. “She’s like, ‘he’s gone. He hung himself.’”
Burruel immediately packed her kids up in the car and drove three hours to the small Navajo community called Many Farms to be with her family. Burruel said she wishes she would’ve acted when she saw the signs — red flags she only recognizes now.
“I should’ve asked or I should’ve intervened somehow,” Burruel said.
But she said Navajos don’t talk about death.
Burruel has made it her mission to educate and empower other families. Now she knows when someone is indirectly asking for help and she teaches those signs.”
Up Heartbreak Hill
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s Up Heartbreak Hill is a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.
A co-production of Long Distance Films, Native American Public Telecommunications, ITVS, POV’s Diverse Voices Project and New Mexico PBS, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with Native American Public Telecommunications.
Native American women in the London 2012 Olympics! from top to bottom, right to left:
Mary Killman, US synchronized swimming (Potawatomi)
Mary Killman (right), born in Ada, Oklahoma, 21, was a member of the USA Synchro Junior Nationals Team in 2008 and was named the USA Synchro Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2011. “Representing the United States is an amazing honor,” she said. “To be able to not only represent my country, but also my sport, and have a bit of Native American pride as well just makes it all better!”
All the hard work and training she has put into making it to where she’s at today has been lined with confidence, something she feels is crucial to success. “The most powerful thing you can have is confidence in yourself,” says Killman. “There are always going to be rough times but if you keep pushing and just believe you can, you can achieve things you’ve only dreamed about. This works in not only athletics but in life in general. I’ve worked years trying to make my dream a reality and it’s finally coming true.”
One of Killman’s heroes is the above-mentioned Thorpe. “He’s definitely someone who had to work insanely hard to get every bit of recognition he got. He’s proof that you can do anything if you set your mind to it…I’ve always been brought up with something my dad always said, ‘rather you can see yourself doing or not, you’re right.”
Mary Spencer, Canada boxing (Ojibway)
The 2012 London games marks the debut of women’s boxing and First Nation Ojibway Mary Spencer set off as one of Canada’s best bets; a sure contender for gold. Spencer nearly lost her chance of competing in this year’s game after a surprising and disappointing first round loss at the women’s world championships in China that served as the qualifier for the 2012 Olympics. A few agonizing weeks later, she learned she had been awarded the wild card and became the lone Americas Continental group selection by the Tripartite Commission in the middleweight (75kg) class.
Spencer began boxing in 2002 at the age of 17. In an interview with the International Amateur Boxing Association she said, “I was always a sports fanatic and I took up boxing after my basketball season ended and I wanted to keep in shape. Since then I have not looked back, the energy in boxing is unrivalled in sports.”
From her beginning days in the sport, she has been described as a natural and very quickly started training under three-time Olympic coach Charlie Stewart at the Windsor Amateur Boxing Club in Ontario, Canada. Under his guidance and her hardwork, she’s become an 8-time nation champion, 3-time world champion and 5-time Pan-American champion.
Not only is she a fierce fighter in the ring, she’s proof positive there’s true splendor in being a strong woman as she was named as an ambassador for Cover Girl. Of the endorsement Cover Girls says they are, “proud to support Mary Spencer to help celebrate the power and strength in beauty.” She is also a member of the Motivate Canada’s GEN7 Aboriginal role model initiative. Her participation in the program includes developing sport, physical activity and empowerment programming with Aboriginal youth in First Nation communities in Ontario.
Tumua Anae, US water polo (Hawaiian)
Tumua Anae heads into the 2012 games as the goalie for the US National Water Polo team. Anae, full name Tumuaialli Anea, is a Native Hawaiian whose grandfather emigrated there from Samoa in the 1920’s.
Tumua attended the University of Southern California where she majored in broadcast journalism. While at USC, she played goalie for their water polo team all four years of her college career and then began training with the National team the summer after her senior year. One the road to becoming an Olympic athlete, Tumua racked in honors with her incredible talent in the pool. Among other things, she was part of the 2005 and 2006 CIF Water Polo Champions Division II, a finalist for the 2010 Peter J. Cutino Award and 2010 NCAA champion. More recently, she had 8 saves as backup goalie at the 2011 FINA World Championships as well as the 2011 FINA World League Super Final, in which she won gold, 7 saves in Team USA’s gold medal win at the 2011 Pan American Games, and a whopping 16 saves at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final. Finally, in May of this year, she was selected to the Olympic team as backup to Betsey Armstrong, whom many consider the best women’s water polo player in the world.
Adrienne Lyle, US dressage (Cherokee)
Adrienne Lyle, a Cherokee Nation citizen, comes to her first Olympic games as one of America’s youngest dressage riders at the age of 27 in a sport that commonly has Olympians double her age. She earned her spot by placing fourth-place at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Dressage Festival of Champions and USEF Dressage Olympic Selection Trials while riding Wizard, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Weltmeyer.
Lyle, coming from humble beginnings being raised on a small cattle ranch in Whidbey Island, Wash., shot to stardom in the dressage world after working some with Debbie McDonald (an extremely successful dressage rider in her own right) as a working student at Peggy and Parry Thomas’s River Grove Farm in Idaho in 2005, in 2006 as a fulltime assistant trainer and then competing with Wizard in their first Grand Prix in 2009.
These young women exemplify where hard work, discipline and the courage to put your dreams in motion can lead to. Many throughout Indian Country will be keeping an eye on these ladies as they strive for gold in these coming weeks.
First Nation’s band Digging Roots video for Spring to Come
I got this in an email, pass it along.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is seeking persons
with fluency in Lakota or Yup’ik to serve on an as-needed (intermittent)
basis as Federal Voting Rights Observers. Lakota speakers are especially
needed for the upcoming South Dakota Primary in June.
Duties: Observers monitor voting procedures at polling sites, and write
reports of what they see and hear.
. U.S. citizenship
. 18 years of age or older
. Skill in the Lakota or the Yup’ik language
. Solid writing skills in English
. For Lakota speakers: At this time, we can only deploy observers who (1) do
not live in Shannon County, SD, (2) do not have immediate family living in
Shannon County, or (3) are not members of the Oglala-Sioux tribe.
. For Yup’ik speakers: We are only able to deploy observers who live outside
the Bethel Census Area.
Current Federal Employees:
Federal employees may serve as observers (being paid by OPM), provided that
they take annual leave or leave without pay from their home agencies while
on Voting Rights coverage. Normally, coverage lasts from Sunday to
. $20.22/hr (plus overtime) for all time working, in training, and in
. Reimbursement for local travel, meals, and incidental expenses at
Government per diem rates
. Hotel and airfare costs are borne in advance by OPM
To Apply Online:
. Go to https://ApplicationManager.gov.
. Click “Create an Account” at the bottom of the screen, and enter all
. After you have created your account, enter 584940 under “Start a New
Application” and click “Go.”
. Then answer all questions completely and to the best of your ability.
For more information about OPM’s Voting Rights Program, call toll-free at
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