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dcnatives DC Intertribal Drum Circle is back! – Sat., Feb. 25 at 3:00-5:00

DC Intertribal Drum Circle
Luminous Warrior Rainbow Tree

Calling all Handrum carriers!

The DC Drum Circle is back & taking 2012 by storm!

Then bring out your hand-drums, because we will be holding an “Intro to a Drum Circle & Blessing” in Washington , DC this Saturday afternoon (Feb 25) at 3:00. We will conduct a blessing, the…n be learning a bit about Drum Etiquette & then learn a hand drum song to start out with.


Bring your Hand Drums, Flutes and rattles, & lets have some fun!

Drumming can be healing, meditative, relaxing and/or energizing. It can take you on a journey deep within yourself or to other levels of consciousness. Whether you play a drum, shake a rattle, dance, sing and chant, or simply sit back and take it all in, we all create the… circle together.

So come. Bring a drum, bring a rattle or just bring yourself, and join us for an afternoon of healing, rhythm and spirit. No previous drumming or drum circle experience required, only an open heart and an open mind. All types of drums and percussion instruments welcome as well as didgeridoos and flutes.

Cost: Free event – donations gratefully accepted.

Sign up at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/231636566931117/
email Evans (evans@evanscraig.com) or Sara (sara@luminouswarrior.com)
(202)710-2995 or (202) 670-7086

Come on out, usually the third weekend of every month.
See DC Drum Circle Schedule here: http://bit.ly/lwdrumcircle

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February 22, 2012 Posted by | Native News | , , , , | Leave a comment

2011 White House Tribal Nations Conference Progress Report

DC Update from the Whitehouse

Achieving a Brighter Future for Tribal Nations

Executive Summary

At the White House Tribal Nations Conference on December 16, 2010, President Obama, joined by Cabinet Secretaries and other senior Administration officials from the Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency, met with leaders invited from all 565 federally recognized tribes to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. government and tribal governments. In his opening remarks, President Obama discussed his Administration’s comprehensive strategy, developed in consultation with tribal governments, to meet the challenges facing Indian Country—including growing the economy and creating jobs; taking land into trust for federally recognized tribes; improving health care for Native Americans and all Americans; enhancing tribal schools from primary education to tribal colleges; and reforming the way justice is served on Indian reservations.

President Obama also announced that the United States was lending support to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration). Like the Administration’s strategy for Indian Country, the decision to support the Declaration followed multiple consultation sessions with tribal leaders and other meetings with interested groups and individuals. However, the decision to support the Declaration was not an end in itself. As President Obama made clear: “What matters far more than words—what matters far more than any resolution or declaration—are actions to match those words.”

The Administration’s commitment to that standard of action is reflected in the many federal policies and programs discussed throughout this report that are being implemented by federal agencies in response to concerns raised by American Indians and Alaska Natives. These policies are focused on healthcare, education, public safety and economic development for American Indian and Alaska Native communities and protecting tribal lands and the environment. And federal agencies will continue to be informed by the Declaration as they implement these policies and develop new initiatives together with tribal leaders.

President Barack Obama meets with tribal leaders

Obama Administration Accomplishments for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have made tremendous progress in addressing the major issues of concern to Indian Country. Underlying this progress is President Obama’s strong belief that tribal leaders must be part of the solution and have a seat at the table. At both the 2009 and 2010 White House Tribal Nations Conferences, tribal leaders had discussions with the President and Cabinet officials. In addition, at the 2009 Conference, the President signed a memorandum directing federal agencies to fully implement an Executive Order on tribal consultation. Both actions have led to greater tribal consultation and feedback that has helped shape the Administration’s policy priorities for American Indians and Alaska Natives, which have included improving the quality of care offered by the Indian Health Service, promoting economic development in Indian Country, and making tribal communities safer.

The following highlights some of the key accomplishments that this Administration has achieved in support of Native Americans.

  • Strengthening the Government-to-Government Relationship: In 2009, President Obama signed a memorandum to signal a new era in the government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes, which has improved communication and inclusiveness. The President directed every agency to develop detailed plans to fully implement Executive Order 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Tribal Governments.” Federal agencies have submitted the required plans and progress reports, and consultations are now at historic levels. In addition, the President has hosted two White House Tribal Nations Conferences, inviting tribal leaders from each of the 565 federal recognized tribes to meet with Cabinet secretaries and senior Administration officials.
  • Improving Health Care and Healthy Living: President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, which is improving the quality of health care and make it more accessible and affordable for all Americans, including Native Americans. The law permanently authorized new and expanded programs and services available to those who use the Indian Health Service, which includes most American Indians and Alaska Natives. In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! in Indian Country, bringing together federal agencies, local communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation by creating a healthy start on life for children; ensuring families access to healthy, affordable, traditional foods; and increasing opportunities for physical activity.
  • Promoting Sustainable Economic Development in Indian Country: President Obama has taken significant steps to promote the economic well-being of Native Americans. The Recovery Act provided more than $3 billion to help tribal communities renovate schools on reservations, spur job creation in tribal economies, improve housing and energy efficiency, and support health facilities and policing services. Recognizing that Indian Country faces unique challenges when it comes to sustainable economic development, the White House Rural Council is working across federal agencies to address these challenges and promote economic prosperity and quality of life in Indian Country and across rural America. The Administration has already made important investments in infrastructure to support economic development in Indian Country. In order to bring high-speed, affordable broadband into tribal communities, both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce have dedicated programs for this effort and have awarded loans and grants worth over $1.5 billion for projects to benefit tribal areas.  
  • Making Tribal Communities Safer: President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) into law in July 2010. The TLOA gives tribes greater sentencing authority, improves defendants’ rights, establishes new guidelines and training for officers handling domestic violence and sex crimes, strengthens services to victims; helps combat alcohol and drug abuse, helps at-risk youth, and expands recruitment and retention of Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal officers and gives them better access to criminal databases. Also, in July 2011, the Department of Justice submitted to Congress a legislative proposal that would recognize certain tribes’ power to exercise concurrent criminal authority over domestic-violence cases, regardless of whether the defendant is Indian or non-Indian. This proposal would significantly improve safety for Native women and allow federal and tribal law enforcement agencies to hold more perpetrators of domestic violence accountable for their crimes. 
  • Resolving Longstanding Disputes: President Obama has resolved several significant and longstanding Native American legal claims against the United States. In 2010, the Administration reached a $760 million settlement with Native American farmers and ranchers in the Keepseagle case, alleging discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in loan programs. Under the agreement, USDA will pay $680 million in damages and forgive $80 million of outstanding farm loan debt. President Obama also signed into law the Claims Resolution Act which includes the Cobell v. Salazar settlement agreement. This class-action suit lawsuit regarding the U.S. government’s trust management and accounting of over three hundred thousand individual American Indian trust accounts had been long-running and highly contentious. In addition, the Claims Resolution Act included four water settlements benefitting seven tribes in Arizona, Montana, and New Mexico.
  • Addressing Indigenous Issues: The President announced the United States’ support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in December 2010. President Obama and his Administration are working to improve relations with indigenous peoples by looking to the principles embodied in the Declaration in its dealings with federally recognized tribes, while also working with all indigenous individuals and communities in the United States.
  • Ensuring Greater Representation for Native Americans: To ensure that Native Americans are represented in this Administration, President Obama appointed Larry Echo Hawk of the Pawnee Nation as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux of the Rosebud Sioux tribe as the Director of the Indian Health Service, Hilary Tompkins of the Navajo Nation as the Solicitor of the Interior, Lillian Sparks of the Rosebud and Oglala Sioux Tribes as Commissioner for the Administration for Native Americans, Tracie Stevens of the Tulalip Tribes as Chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, Charles Galbraith of the Navajo Nation as Deputy Associate Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Kimberly Teehee of the Cherokee Nation as Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Domestic Policy Council, and others. Working with tribal leaders, this team is helping shape federal policies that impact tribal communities.

The Full Report is here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/2011whtnc_report.pdf

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January 26, 2012 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Online Course Introduced for Native American Small Business Owners

DC Update: SBA News Release

U.S. Small Business Administration Press Office

Release Date: January 4, 2012
Release Number: 12-02
Contact: Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059
Internet Address: www.sba.gov/news
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New Online Course Introduced for Native American Small Business Owners

WASHINGTON – Native American entrepreneurs have a new tool to help determine if they’re ready for business ownership and to help them get started. Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success is a free, self-paced online business course developed for Native American business owners. The course provides an overview of basic business principles and makes them aware of the programs and services available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success will enhance the agency’s effort to provide important resources for emerging Native American entrepreneurs,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “Our ultimate goal is to help create jobs and stimulate economic and business development in our Native American communities. This course is an essential business development tool for the entrepreneur’s toolbox.”

SBA's Starting an Online BusinessThe new online course: emphasizes business planning and market research as essential steps to take before going into business; informs Native American entrepreneurs about the legal aspects of starting a business, including the type of ownership (legal structure) and licensing; and provides key information on seed money for starting up, raising capital, and borrowing money. In addition, there is a section on how to estimate business start-up costs that can help assess the financial needs of going into business.

The course is available from the SBA’s Online Small Business Training web page under Online Courses for Starting Your Business at http://www.sba.gov/content/online-courses-starting-your-business.

SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs works to ensure that American Indian, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian communities have full access to all SBA programs and services. Each year, more than 200,000 American Indian and Alaska Native and 29,000 Native Hawaiian-owned businesses add billions to the American economy.

Course participants completing the online training programs can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA, with their name, date and course title. The Native American Small Business Primer course is one of nearly 30 online tutorials offered by the SBA’s Online Business Training (www.sba.gov/training). Free courses are offered on Starting a Business, Managing a Business, Financing a Business, and Contracting.

SBA can also help pair new business owners with expert advisers, counseling and mentoring services through an SBA representative or resource partner about management assistance, financing options, or participating local SBA lenders.

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January 10, 2012 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The power of chocolate

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Power of Chocolate Festival Two-Day Celebration: The Power of ChocolateSaturday and Sunday, February 12 & 13
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
NMAI on the National Mall
Washington, D.C.

This multi-day celebration of one of the world’s favorite flavors includes several daily performances in the Potomac by two local Bolivian dance groups: Alma Boliviana and Tradiciones Bolivianas Dancers; ongoing demonstrations by two Kuna mola (cloth applique) artisans from Panama; presentations by experts at MARS Chocolate North America; live food demonstrations with Mitsitam Cafe executive chef Richard Hetzler; a talk focused on the history of chocolate with Howard-Yana Shapiro and hands-on activities for families, including paper mola making.

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Dr. Howard Shapiro Chocolate Talk: Cacao History and Science: An Uncommon Conversation
Howard-Yana Shapiro, PhD.

Saturday and Sunday, February 12 & 13
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Rasmuson Theater
NMAI on the National Mall
Washington, D.C.This special, once-daily presentation, given in conjunction with the museum’s The Power of Chocolate Festival, will begin with a look at the mythology of chocolate, describing the unique relationship that people have had with this tropical treasure and the remarkable role it has played in human culture through time. Dr. Shapiro, Global Staff Officer for Plant Science and External Research at Mars, Incorporated, and Adjunct Professor, University of California-Davis, will then discuss this amazing plant in the context of a really sustainable future. Dr. Shapiro will identify promising new terrain for cacao research and development.



This program will be webcast live on Saturday, February 12, at 2:00 pm
Privacy Policy | 4th St. & Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024 | p. 202-633-1000

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February 9, 2011 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Why the Longest Walk3: Reversing Diabetes?

I was diagnosed with Diabetes a few years ago. My Dad died last year due to complications of Heart Disease, which all started with diabetes 20+ years ago!

Longest Walk 3: Reversing Diabetes logo

Longest Walk 3: Reversing Diabetes

Now I am the Washington , DC Coordinator for the Longest Walk 3: Reversing Diabetes, where we are bringing awareness & education about the Diabetes epidemic that is happening to the Indian Tribes (with up to 90% diagnosed with diabetes!) by walking across the US with two groups; from SD, CA  & Porland, Oregon to Washington, DC.

The Walk starts in 4 weeks from La Jolla ( San Diego ) CA & from Portland , Oregon . We want to be ready when they approach DC in July!

Join this Yahoo Group to assist/volunteeer for the Longest Walk 3: Reversing Diabetes as the walkers approach… http://fb.me/y5QCrqyh


Here is the Longest Walk 3 Flyer for the DC Event:

Here are the LW3 routes, city by city: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dcnatives/files/LW3%20Northern-Southern%20Route.pdf

The DC Event is here:


Also see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Landmark-Education-Native-Style/205411560614

All of your help is welcomed & appreciated in a humble way!

Evans Craig,
DC Coordinator, Longest Walk 3: Reversing Diabetes

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January 21, 2011 Posted by | Landmark Education, Native News, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

US announces support for the UN Declaration

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U.S. endorses the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples!

This morning, President Barack Obama announced that the United States endorses the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This is an enormously important day for indigenous peoples. There is now a global consensus and this will improve the lives of Indian and Alaska Native nations and indigenous peoples everywhere.

Thank you for your faith in our work and your support for this 33-year effort.

Obama announces support of the UN Declaration

Robert T. Coulter Commentary:

Declaration sets a new agenda for US-Indian relations

The United States’ endorsement of the UN Declaration marks the culmination of over three decades of hard work by indigenous peoples and other members of the international human rights community … We can and should use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a powerful affirmation of our rights. Only through continued use will the Declaration’s provisions become our reality.

Read the full statement more

Reactions from other Indian and community leaders:

The work is not over

Listen to Susan Masten video clipThis endorsement is a critical first step towards addressing difficult issues such as violence against Native women, land law reform and protecting the environment. It is a first step to respecting land and water rights, and protecting sacred sites. It also provides guidance to global entities like multilateral development banks, which fund development projects around the world that directly and often negatively impact indigenous communities.

More from the Center’s Board of Directors
and other Indian leaders

For more information, visit www.indianlaw.org

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American Indian Society Calendar of Events

DC Update

AIS Meetings 1st Wed. of every month: (Jun 2/Jul 7/Aug 4/Sep 1/Oct 6/Nov 3/Dec 1)American Indian Society of DC logo
The Church of St. Clement Episcopal, 1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

Baltimore American Indian Center Cultural ClassesTuesdays from 6:00-9:00 pm
Baltimore American Indian Center, 113 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD,

Dec 11, 10 am-8 pmAIS Christmas Crafts Bazaar and Christmas Party at
the Community Center at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place (corner of
Fenton St. and Ellsworth Drive) Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Jan 8, 2011Morning Star Celebration, 11th annual benefit powwow for
St. Labre Indian School, John Carroll School, Bel Air, MD
(I-95, exit 85, follow Rt. 22 to Bel Air-school on left).
Contact 410-838-8333 x 2002 or

Feb 12, 2011American Indian Unity Dinner (5-6 pm/Social, 6-9 pm/Buffett Dinner), Marriott Richmond West, 4240 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA 23060, 804-965-9500. $50.00 per
person – make out check to “American Indian Unity Dinner” and send checks and your reservation/contact info to: American Indian Unity Dinner, c/o Sid Turner, 6518 Glen Ridge Court, Midlothian, VA 23112.
Contacts Sid Turner 804-475-1446 or Joanne Curnutt 804-746-4611. Room reservations 1-888-839-0610 ($79 plus tax for reservations made under American Indian Unity Dinner before 1/13/2011)

Apr 30-May 113th Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow at the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center, Hatteras Island, NC. Info: 252-995-4440 /

CHECK the AIS Website at www.aisdc.org for updates on events between newsletters.

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December 8, 2010 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Gathering of Nations Special Announcement

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Gathering of Nations Special Announcement

For a limited time, get this CD for only $14 and FREE SHIPPING! Click here for sound clips, click here to purchase.

The Gathering of Nations Limited is a federally recognized 501(c) 3 non profit organization established to promote the traditions and culture of Native people. The Gathering of Nations founded and funds the Gathering of Nations Academic Scholarship foundation at the University of New Mexico. The Gathering of Nations is North America’s Biggest PowWow! Everyone, both Native and non-Native are invited and encouraged to attend. Some of the Gathering of Nations contributions.


This update was sent from the Gathering of Nations, Ltd., 3301 Coors Rd. NW
#R300, Albuquerque, NM 87120; (505) 836-2810; www.gatheringofnations.com © 2010 Gathering of Nations, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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Hopi honors veterans on Veterans Day

American Indian Source Newsletter by Roy Cook

Hopi honors veterans on Veterans Day


Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO, Ethel Sahmie, who holds the distinction of being the first Hopi woman to serve in the military, was given a standing ovation during a community recognition ceremony held on Nov. 11 in Kykotsmovi. Sahmie served in WWII with the Army/Air Corp.
KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. – Hopi veterans were overheard joking with one another about the Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day celebration at Hopi Day School, saying that “it was packed tighter than the kiva on a night dance.”

Monday, November 15, 2010


11/10/2010 3:28:00 PM
Hopi High JROTC hosts Fifth Annual Piestewa Meet

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The Hopi High Drill Team stands in formation during the Fifth Annual Piestewa Drill Meet held in Polacca. The meet is held every year in honor of Lori Piestewa.
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The Hopi High JROTC Color Guard posts colors during the LET 2-4 portion of the competition. There were a number of events in which the Color Guard and Drill Team competed.

Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Gabriella Tovar
Special to the Observer

POLACCA, Ariz. – On Oct. 30, the Fifth Annual Piestewa Meet was held at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School. This meet was hosted by the Hopi JROTC SAI Major Taylor. Six schools, which included Coconino, Pinon, Gallup, Wingate, Chinle and Tuba City attended the meet, held every year at Hopi High School.

Major Taylor gave a brief speech about the meet before the drill competition started. The Piestewa meet is held in honor of Lori Piestewa, the first female Native American to die in combat in the Iraq war.

The marksmanship competition took place at the Hopi JROTC rifle range. The competition started at 7 a.m. Hopi shot against Tuba City High School, who finished in first place while Hopi took second.

The drill and color gaurd events started at 9 a.m. The drill events that took place were 10-person unarmed regulation, 10-person armed regulation, and 10-person armed exhibition, including solo and unarmed dual. Colorgaurd Events included posting of colors for LET 1 and LET 2-4.

Next came the Raiders competition, which were all the physical tests. The cadets had to do a tug-of-war, a one-mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, and the litter carry test.

The cadets from Gallup High school said, “It was great to see all the cadets out here taking pride for what they do.” The cadets from Pinon said, “We were all nervous but when we got out there it was easy.”

The cadets showed pride in representing their schools and for being in the JROTC program. Cadets made new friends with cadets from other schools.

The meet ended at 2 p.m. with a Drill-Down and the Awards Ceremony.

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

President Obama Announces 2010 White House Tribal Nations Conference

Office of the Press Secretary

November 15, 2010

 President Obama Announces 2010 White House Tribal Nations Conference

 WASHINGTON – On Thursday, December 16, 2010, President Obama will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference. As part of President Obama’s ongoing outreach to the American people, this conference will provide leaders from the 565 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration.  Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference.   This will be the second White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the nation to nation relationship with Indian Country.

 Media credentialing information will be released at a later date.

November 22, 2010 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

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