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POLITICS: SEQUESTER'S IMPACTS ON INDIAN TRIBES
Tribal nations are expected to be among the hardest-hit by the sequester's impacts. Affected funding streams fall into two broad categories, the Department of the Interior/Bureau of Indian Affairs (DOI/BIA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS), but touch nearly every aspect of life in contemporary Indian Country.
Via the Interior/BIA funding stream, tribes can expect to lose nearly $130 million, distributed across such areas as economic development, education, human services, law enforcement, and natural resources services. This includes a loss of some $60 million in "Impact Aid" for schools serving more than 113,000 tribal students; $12 million for Indian Head Start programs; and nearly $2.4 million for the Child Care & Development Block Grants for Tribes program. Other cuts will affect funding for tribal housing projects; forest-fire abatement, wildlife programs, and environmental management; and energy services.
Perhaps the most immediate effects will become apparent with regard to health care. IHS estimates that cuts will require some 804,000 fewer "outpatient visits" (e.g., doctor's appointments, etc.) and 3,000 fewer inpatient admissions. This means delayed health care (and too often, no health care) for too many American Indians over the months to come - which, in turn, means too many unnecessary deaths.
You can use the widgets at this site to contact your congressional representatives and other elected officials and urge them to stop the sequester madness before one more person dies as a result.
The Waganakising Odawa (also known as the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa) in Northern Michigan may become the third tribal nation to pass marriage equality legislation. Last weekend, the band's tribal council approved the measure. Tribal Chair Dexter MacNamara, however, has said publicly that he'll "have to think about [signing] it." If he vetoes the bill, an override is considered unlikely.
The State of Michigan has already taken the opposite tack, approving a constitutional amendment defining marriage as valid only between one man and one woman. Only two other tribal nations have thus far enacted marriage equality laws: the Coquille of southern Oregon, in 2008; and the Suquamish of Washington State in 2011.
FIVE INDIAN PLAINTIFFS SEEK REVOCATION OF "REDSKINS" TRADEMARK
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in Alexandria, VA, held its first hearing last week in a case brought by five Indian plaintiffs seeking to revoke the Washington Redskins team's trademark. The team was stripped of its trademark protection in 1999, but an appellate court reinstated it. The current group of plaintiffs first filed in 2006. Last week's hearing hinged primarily on questions of ripeness (whether the plaintiffs waited too long to file their complaint) and whether "redskin" is a slur (since, of course, Indians themselves can't be permitted to make that determination). It appears, however, that at least two of the three Trademark Board judges might "get it":
The Redskins maintain that the name honors Native Americans and that they don’t mean to offend anybody. But two judges questioned that line of thinking. Cataldo asked if the team could have called itself the "Washington n-word" with nothing but honorable intentions and still be subject to scrutiny.
The Board's decision could take as much as a year, and appeals are expected regardless of outcome.
FOR "DRUNK INDIANS" ONE-LINER
In last week's episode of the CBS prime-time sitcom Mike & Molly, regular character Peggy, Molly's mother (shown at left), said: "Arizona? Why would I go to Arizona? It’s nothing but a furnace full of drunk Indians." Now, several Indian groups and entities, including the Navajo Nation and the Native American Journalists Association, are demanding an apology. Erny Zah, spokesman for the Navajo Nation, said:
"It’s offensive, it’s derogatory, it’s deplorable. Ignorance is one thing, but this must have passed through a lot of eyes before it appeared on a network show. An apology would be appropriate but it can’t fix the damage done. . . . Alcoholism is a real issue on our reservations and it’s not funny."
As of this writing, CBS has declined even to comment, much less to issue an apology.
"POPS" CULTURAL "IN-APPROPRIATION"
The All My Relations Gallery in South Minneapolis is hosting "Make It Pop," an exhibition of art by 12 Indian artists that focuses on cultural appropriation. At right is In-Appropriate #3, by Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), using the recent (real-life) image of a model who appeared on a runway in a bikini and a floor-length traditional bonnet. In text accompanying his entries, Buffalo Hyde calls such cultural appropriations "Red-Face racism that is effortlessly marketed to the masses" that "do not pay homage to the indigenous people of North America." He concludes that Indians will only resolve this cultural and existential "conflict of idea versus ideal . . . when we own our own image."
Information on other artists and their entries is available both in the linked article and at the gallery's Web site.
NEW U-MT INSTITUTE NAMED FOR ELOUISE COBELL
Last week, the University of Montana announced plans for the Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute at the school's Payne Family Native American Center. The Institute bears the late Ms. Cobell's name in honor of her tireless efforts as lead plaintiff in Cobell v. Salazar to obtain billions in trust monies owed to Indians across the country. Housed on the Center's lower floor, it will provide both labs and space for research and analysis of land-related issues and their impacts on tribal nations and cultures. Project design is slated to begin this week, with completion expected in six months.
Terry Payne and the Payne family, who underwrote the University's Native American Center, are contributing the monies needed to establish the new Institute.
On February 14, Mary Brave Bird walked on at age 58. Perhaps best known to the outside world by her autobiographical name "Lakota Woman," she bore several names throughout her life: Mary Ellen Moore, Mary Brave Bird, Ohitaki Win, Mary Crow Dog, Mary Olguin, Lakota Woman, Ohitika Woman, Mary Ellen Moore-Richards, and Mary Brave Bird Richards.
Mary Brave Bird was born in 1954 on the Rosebud Reservation, a member of the Sicangu Oyate (Brulé Lakota). She would write of her difficult childhood: mocked as the "half-breed" daughter of an Indian mother and a mostly-white father who subsequently abandoned the family; introduced to alcohol at age 10 by her stepfather; forced into St. Francis Indian [Boarding] School and denied her language, her adolescence marked by conflict and rebellion. At 18, she joined the American Indian Movement [AIM], and participated in the Trail of Broken Treaties, the BIA occupation, and the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee. While at Wounded Knee, she gave birth to her first child - and the only Indian child born during the siege - and was given the name Ohitaki Win (Brave Woman). She eventually married AIM activist Leonard Crow Dog.
She collaborated with writer Richard Erdoes on two books: her 1990 autobiography, Lakota Woman, and a 1993 sequel, Ohitika Woman. In 1994, Jane Fonda and TNT adapted the former into a television movie, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, in which she played a minor acting role.
Mary Brave Bird is survived by four sons, two daughters, her mother, two brothers, and two sisters. Arrangements were handled by Rooks Funeral Chapel of Mission, South Dakota. Condolences may be left on the Chapel's online "tribute wall" on its Web site.
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Frybead Thingey
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
Click >>>HERE to see a list of all the regional Kossack groups that have organized for social and activism events. There are handy links to contact each organizer to join.
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
Kansas & Missouri KossacksFriday, March 15th
Kansas & Missouri Kossacks Meet-up
LOCATION: Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts Street • Lawrence
ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
SFKossacks Welcome realalaskan with Birding in Point Reyes
LOCATION: Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road • Point Reyes Station [exact location of event TBD]
ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.
3. Mrs. side pocket
4. side pocket
elfling and offspring
Koscadia Wheelchair Quilts Quilting Bee for Palo Alto VA Hospital
LOCATION: Sara R's and winglion's home
Sent by email to RSVPs • Portland
ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: DK Quilt Guild - Palo Alto VA wheelchair quilts
1. Sara R
4. Horace Boothroyd III
Saturday, March 23rd
LAKossacks Monthly Meet-up
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Casey's Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave. • Los Angeles
ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: LA Kossacks, San Fernando Valley Group: Meetup Photos
1. Dave in Northridge
2. Joe Bacon
7. otoelbc (Mr. susans - New Kossack!)
Saturday, March 23rd
Central Ohio Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: The Tap Room in the Brewery District
150 W. Sycamore St. • Columbus
ORGANIZER: Send VetGrl a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Central Ohio Kossacks MEETUP: March 23, 6:00 at the Tap Room
3. Silvia Nightshade
4. Don midwest
6. Spirit of Life
8. Major Kong
10. Mama Nightshade
freeport beach PA
Mid-March - Boston Kossacks First Meet-up
TIME: Possibly 2:00 PM, stay tuned
LOCATION: The Border Cafe
32 Church Street • Cambridge
ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Boston Kossacks - Sat 16 Mar 2013
New York Hudson Valley Kossacks
NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up
LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY
ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Diva waiting...
TBD - Late March or Early April Meet-up
LOCATION: ColoTim's home
Address given by Kosmail • Outside of Denver
ORGANIZER: Send ColoTim a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Colorado COmmunity Meetup - Flowers Edition
Kansas & Missouri KossacksFriday, April 19th
LOCATION: Springfield Brewing Company
305 South Market Street • Springfield
ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
Dkos Asheville's First Meet-up
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary:Dkos Asheville Open Thread
3. Otteray Scribe
5. people power granny
9. GordonNC (UID 5123 & City Councilman)
13. Captain Sham
14. Sandy on Signal
Land of Enchantment
alicia (plus two)
From randallt: "DKos Asheville is hosting a meet up and we've managed to cast a wide net! Asheville NC is the epicenter of cool progressive in the heart of the mountains and we have folks traveling from Eastern Tennessee, the Southern Highlands and Charlotte. So don't let the distance keep you away, come to Asheville, sign up today! You know you want to."
Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations
June 20th - 23rd • REGISTER HERE
1. side pocket [First Lieutenant]
2. mrs. side pocket
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber
10. Mrs. jotter
4. boran2 (Honorary)
Native American Netroots:
2. Meteor Blades
4. no way lack of brain
6. Kitsap River
7. Charles Curtis Stanley
8. 4Freedom (maybe)
Central Valley Kossacks:
6. Caddis Fly
Lone Star Kossacks:
Cheers & Jeers:
1. Bill in Portland Maine
2. Common Sense Mainer
5. Spousal Unit
Los Angeles Kossacks:
5. Dave in Northridge
NYC and beyond:
2. belinda ridgewood
3. belinda ridgewood's guest
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
4. ramara (Arizona)
5. Horace Boothroyd III
Hopefully we can put together whole tables for them.
Military Community Members:
3. angelajean (Maybe)
4. exlrrp (Maybe)
Misc. registered Kossacks + regions:
Community Quilt Project NN13 Flash Mob Photo
smileycreek is organizing and asking all Community Quilt recipients to bring their quilts to NN13. We'll assemble at a pre-designated location and time for a group photo with one of the NN13 professional photographers. It will be a group hug celebrating one of the most beloved community building projects we have here at Daily Kos with Sara R and winglion at the center of it. navajo and Glen the Plumber are going to scout out and select a location in advance for all to meet with their quilts for a memorable photo opportunity. Stay tuned.
Date: TBD Time: TBD
2. Dave in Northridge
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (may not attend)
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
12. belinda ridgewood
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana
ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Glacier National Park Meetup - Part II w/ lodging and campground info!
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
13. state of confusion
14. Lute the Norwegian
15. Josh Blue
Ed in Montana
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
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