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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.

Image Credit:  Native News Network photo USBudgetFY13_zps24dd5fe5.png 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.

POLICY:  WAGANAKISING ODAWA CONSIDERING MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL

 photo WaganakisingOdawaSeal_zps9bdd7ce2.gif 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.

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FIVE INDIAN PLAINTIFFS SEEK REVOCATION OF "REDSKINS" TRADEMARK

 photo BigotLogo_zpsabd27690.jpg 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.

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HUMOR? SERIOUSLY?:  CBS'S MIKE & MOLLY UNDER FIRE
FOR "DRUNK INDIANS" ONE-LINER

 photo PeggyonMikeandMolly_zps0099d4fe.jpg 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.

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ARTS:  MINNEAPOLIS NATIVE ART EXHIBIT
"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.

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HONORING NATIVE WOMEN:  
NEW U-MT INSTITUTE NAMED FOR ELOUISE COBELL

 photo UMEloiseCobellCenterDedication_zps59cced35.jpg 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.

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HONORING NATIVE WOMEN:  "LAKOTA WOMAN" MARY BRAVE BIRD WALKS ON

 photo MaryCrowDog1970s_zpsf9b2f740.jpg 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.

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Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Frybead Thingey

:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
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

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

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Friday, March 15th

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts Street • Lawrence

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. glitterscale
3. Geiiga
4. Syoho
5. Paula68154
Maybees:
Scout Finch
zamrzla
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
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Sunday, March 17th

SFKossacks Welcome realalaskan with Birding in Point Reyes

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road • Point Reyes Station [exact location of event TBD]

ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. lineatus
2. realalaskan
3. Mrs. side pocket
4. side pocket
5. tgypsy
6. Kestrel
7. Ebby

Maybees:
elfling and offspring
navajo

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Community Quilt Project
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Sunday, March 17th

Koscadia Wheelchair Quilts Quilting Bee for Palo Alto VA Hospital

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Sara R's and winglion's home
Sent by email to RSVPs • Portland

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Sara R
2. winglion
3. loggersbrat
4. Horace Boothroyd III
Maybees:
BlueJessamine
Latest diary: DK Quilt Guild - Palo Alto VA wheelchair quilts
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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.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. Joe Bacon
3. jakedog42
4. SanFernandoValleyMom
5. Shockwave
6. susans
7. otoelbc (Mr. susans - New Kossack!)
8. Ducktape

Maybees:
 

Latest diary: LA Kossacks, San Fernando Valley Group: Meetup Photos
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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.

RSVPs:
1. VetGrl
2. Ohiodem1
3. Silvia Nightshade
4. Don midwest
5. thenekkidtruth
6. Spirit of Life
7. LabRat
8. Major Kong
9. CayceP
10. Mama Nightshade
11. here4tehbeer
Maybees:
concernedamerican
freeport beach PA
lilypew
Latest diary: Central Ohio Kossacks MEETUP: March 23, 6:00 at the Tap Room
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Mid-March - Boston Kossacks First Meet-up

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.

RSVPs:
1. GreyHawk
2. HawkWife
3. bjedward
4. gmoke
5. BlueStateRedhead
6. CuriousBoston
7. ruthmiller
8. ialonelady
Maybees:
AnotherMassachusettsLiberal
TrueBlueMajority
Latest diary: Boston Kossacks - Sat 16 Mar 2013
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New York Hudson Valley Kossacks

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DATE TBD

NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY

ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. boran2
2. thankgodforairamerica
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Diva waiting...
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TBD - Late March or Early April Meet-up

Colorado COmmunity Kossacks Pot Luck

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: ColoTim's home
Address given by Kosmail • Outside of Denver

ORGANIZER: Send ColoTim a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. ColoTim
2. Frankenoid
3.
Maybees:
victoria2dc
acpa
Latest diary: Colorado COmmunity Meetup - Flowers Edition
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Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

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Friday, April 19th

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Springfield Brewing Company
305 South Market Street • Springfield

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
4.
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
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Dkos Asheville
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Saturday, April 20th]

Dkos Asheville's First Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Otteray Scribe
4. eeff
5. people power granny
6. Joieau
7. LamontCranston
8. cultjake
9. GordonNC (UID 5123 & City Councilman)
10. DawnN
11. SteelerGrrl
12. SteelerDude
13. Captain Sham
14. Sandy on Signal
15. gulfgal98
16. gigihopes

Maybees:
polecat
Land of Enchantment
jnhobbs
alicia (plus two)
Nic Goodman
Audri
ecthompson
emmasnacker

Latest diary:Dkos Asheville Open Thread

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."

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Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations
June 20th - 23rd  •  REGISTER HERE



SFKossacks:
1. side pocket [First Lieutenant]
2. mrs. side pocket
3. kimoconnor
4. citisven
5. lineatus
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber
8. remembrance
9. jotter
10. Mrs. jotter
SFKossacks:
1. Lusty
2. mrsgoo
3. norm
4. boran2 (Honorary)
5. Lorikeet
6. FogCityJohn
7. slksfca
8. madhaus
9. boatsie
10. maggiejean
SFKossacks:
1. Kamakhya
2. dharmasyd
3. Ebby
4. Bustergirl
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. shanikka
4. no way lack of brain
5. translatorpro
6. Kitsap River
7. Charles Curtis Stanley
8. 4Freedom (maybe)
9.
10.
Central Valley Kossacks:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned
4. paradise50
5. smileycreek
6. Caddis Fly
7. Kestrel
8.
9.
10.
Lone Star Kossacks:
1. nomandates
2. texasmom
3. texasdad
4. doraphasia
5. krwheaton
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Cheers & Jeers:
1. Bill in Portland Maine
2. Common Sense Mainer
3. vicki
4. Sharoney
5. Spousal Unit
6. cskendrick
7.
8.
9.
10.
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42
3. susans
4. murphy
5. Dave in Northridge
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
NYC and beyond:
1. sidnora
2. belinda ridgewood
3. belinda ridgewood's guest
4. Jimdotz
5. theroaringgirl
6. thankgodforairamerica
7.
8.
9.
10.
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
2. winglion?
3. loggersbrat
4. ramara (Arizona)
5. Horace Boothroyd III
6. linkage
7.
8.
9.
10.
Military Community Members:
1. DaNang65
2. drnatrl
3. angelajean (Maybe)
4. exlrrp (Maybe)
5. ccasas
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Misc. registered Kossacks + regions:
1.  
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Hopefully we can put together whole tables for them.


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Community Quilt Project

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
1. paradise50
2. Dave in Northridge
3. remembrance
4. BeninSC
5. mimi
6. cskendrick
7. DaNang65
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (may not attend)
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
11. slksfca
12. belinda ridgewood
13. Ebby
14. Bustergirl
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
17.
18.
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Glacier National Park
June 27- June 30th

Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!

TIME: 24/7
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. BlueJessamine
2. arizonablue
3. Mr.arizonablue
4. Truman
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
6. MTmofo
7. figbash!
8. spottedbear
9. jakedog42
10. Oke
11. cooltraveler
12. Mr.cooltraveler
13. state of confusion
14. Lute the Norwegian
15. Josh Blue

Maybees:
Joan McCarter
slksfca
Ed in Montana

Latest diary: Glacier National Park Meetup - Part II w/ lodging and campground info!
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Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.

Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?

Originally posted to Connect! Unite! Act! on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 07:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Native American Netroots and SFKossacks.

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